Pilot: “Mary Kills People”

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The medical drama is nothing new to TV, which could be good or bad depending on the overall series. The ones that stand out somehow manage to do something truly different and refreshing enough, while maintaining an overall compelling narrative that keeps you coming back for more. The ones that have a specific theme at its core seem to be even rarer, and so it’s pretty much up in the air on whether or not it’ll be worth watching. Continue reading

Series End: “Bates Motel”

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The way one responds to the end of a series is never predictable. It could be the best experience ever, even when really emotional. Or, it could just be okay and achieve enough of what you hope for. Sometimes though, a series finale hits all the right notes, that you not only know it was a good way to end, but that the series itself maintained what made it worth watching in the first place, and that it was worth every minute of invested time. Continue reading

Series End: “Switched at Birth”

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While there will always be another drama series on television to keep you entertained, it’s rare to find one that aims to achieve so much. Telling a good story with well developed characters is a goal, of course, but it’s not the only one. A new kind of juggling act must be attempted in order to get it right. And that’s after you consider the fact that this television show you’re watching (or watched in my case), is already doing what the majority have failed to do for decades. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Girlboss”

It wouldn’t be a new month without a new original series coming from the biggest name in streaming. The people in charge know you have plenty of time to watch what’s new, on top of all the returning shows and other original programming that’s put out. And I can’t forget the other acquired content. What’s sleep? Who needs that? You’ve got your new best friend and can’t wait to obsess over what types of antics she gets into. Everything else, per usual with Netflix, can wait. Continue reading

Series End: “Grimm”

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While it’s an inevitable conclusion, the ending of any TV series is still one that’s difficult to accept. So many emotions floating around, along with some expectations that don’t need to be all that high, and it’s kind of surprising anyone tunes in at all. Will you be disappointed? Did you set your expectations within reason, but still hope what’s given goes far above them? Did you bring enough tissues? And so many more questions follow us into the final episode. It may be a tough thing to accept, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.
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At First Glance: “My Cousin Rachel”

Sometimes getting excited for a film doesn’t even require viewing the trailer. You recognize an actor in the film’s poster and that’s all you need. Of course, having the poster be immediately mysterious and intriguing helps a lot as well. And then, there’s the trailer itself. If that wasn’t reason enough, throw in the fact that the film is based on a classic novel, by an author who’s works include other classic novels which helped elevate her status as a storyteller. At this rate, is a trailer even necessary? Continue reading

At First Glance: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

When you stumble upon a film trailer, there’s no telling what you’ll end up thinking. You’ll either love it, hate it or just question why it even exists at all. Perhaps some cautious optimism may be needed because the trailer itself is making it hard to form a first opinion. In this case, it could very well be that the trailer was badly constructed. If this happens, hopefully that’s the only problem as too many trailers have managed to cause many more, which are usually avoidable, and the finished film suffers because of it. Continue reading