My Netflix Addiction: Salem

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I’ve always had a special interest in the Salem Witch Trials, as a wiccan enthusiast and avid history buff. I’ve seen The Crucible more times than I can count both on stage and on screen. The crucible and the Salem Witch trials as a whole have been used in many political science classes and I’m sure many others as a prime example of what panic and fear can do to a community.

Throughout history when the government was searching for communists or terrorists we caution them not to start a “witch hunt” advising our present day rulers not to make the mistakes of the past.  The Salem Witch trials, for me has always been a favorite subject to research.

As usual my Saturday morning was spent scanning through my Netflix queue wondering what new show I wanted to see. I just finished watching Ozark and was in a period of mourning for my loss of something to watch.

Enter Salem, a show that initially I’d assumed would be a repeat of the cast and crew  of the crucible. Opening several years before the show explores the lives of Mary Walcott and John Aldan, young lovers being forced apart by the cruel George Sibley, head and councilor of the selectmen board, and one of the founders of Salem. John was being sent to fight in the French and Indian war leaving Mary in Salem alone. salem title card

Before the end of episode One we see that she and slave Tituba magically abort the baby she carried by John to protect them both form the persecution of the puritans.  Years passed and we see the Mary has married the wicked George Sibley but also, has become a witch embarking on her grand rite. Of course John comes back to complicate things.  The retelling of the Salem Witch trials plays out with the witches being behind it all. A secret which means the noose if it was revealed.

I’ve gotten my boyfriend hooked and so as of now we’re re-watching season One. Each episode is approximately an hour so I’ve made it to episode 6. It comes on WGN but all 3 seasons are currently on Netflix. I read somewhere a petition was going around to get the show back on air as it was cancelled after season 3.

That will be a burden for a few weeks from now when I’ve finished binge watching the first 3 seasons.

 

Have you seen Salem? What did you think? Will you be signing the petition? Let us know in the comments below!

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My Netflix Addiction: Hemlock Grove

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Remember when Netflix had Max, the feature that recommended movies based on your preferences. I miss that guy, he made being lazy super easy. Just before his abrupt departure Max recommended this based on my interest in magical TV shows and dark story lines.

The first season was a bit confusing but weird enough to get me to watch it through to the end. Femke Jensen and that kid from Degrassi were among the primary cast and they did a great job. The acting on the show is amazing.

I later found out that it was also a book series. I may actually try reading because my interest in the show fizzled midway through season three. There is a lot of incest in this show. Some pretty gross blood play and what I assume would be attempts at true to life gypsy rituals which are still pretty icky.

All in all, the show just got to be too confusing, when you have no idea what’s happening in an episode that’s your sign to bail. I may revisit Hemlock Grove again someday. It really only takes an episode to win me back to a show’s side.

 

Have you seen Hemlock Grove? What did you think? Did you also read the book?

My Netflix Addiction: Happy Tree Friends

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I am obsessed with cartoons. If I could make a living doing voice overs I would. While I work on my sound reel, let’s talk about this cartoon. I should start by saying this is not a cartoon for kids. In fact it probably isn’t a cartoon most adults would like. I have a morbid sense of humor.

In old school Tom & Jerry fashion (one of my faves) this show offers no messy dialogue, only squeaks and murmurs from our doomed animal cast. I won’t ruin it for you check out this clip below!

 

My Netflix Addiction: 13 Reasons Why

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*The content featured in this article could be seen as graphic, I am discussing a program which showed strong sexual content, minor abusing drugs and alcohol, strong language and rape. Basically you should not be reading this without permission if you are a minor.  Also spoiler alert.

I’d heard mixed reviews from friends, coworkers, Facebook followers people who’ve read the book and new it existed prior to watching the series. When I started watching i’d understood that i’d either feel a sense of kindred belonging or utter disdain for the late Hannah Baker.

Instead I felt myself feeling a both annoyed by her naivete and sad no one stepped in to save the histrionic young woman. Hannah Baker committed suicide by slicing her wrists in the bathroom tub, she’d endured 2 years of torture after moving to a new town and a new school. Sadly this was her only way out.

Before committing the final deed, she’d recorded 13 cassette tapes, (yes they still exist in 2017!) and confessed her sins and the sins of those she felt were most responsible for driving her to end her life.  Some would consider it a bit pious of her.

I at times agreed, the police would have and could have stepped in to bring justice to the stalker and the rapist. (i’m sure the later did face criminal charges once his confession was released.)  Some would suggest she merely get over the other teenage shenanigans.

I believe she could’ve used benefited from having a real counselor who could’ve guided her through a few minor struggles, had any adult been able to offer her refuge she could’ve had a chance.

My beloved would say she needed “thicker skin”  The series as a whole was pretty interesting and I would even consider watching a second season if they bothered to continue the show. The book was a stand alone project but who knows Season One left room for a 13 Reasons Why I shot up the school or 13 Reasons Why I Ran Away.

Secret Life of the American Teenager 

When it first aired I too was sold on the great Molly Ringwald’s return. If seen Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Secret Life was one of those shows that I caught just before college. 

Basic premise is Amy is a high school freshman who finds out the hot bad boy she banged in band camp got het pregnant.  Along with normal social issues, Secret Life explores Amy’s life as eldest daughter, expectant mother all while dealing with the struggles of maneuvering high school.

I gotta be honest here, I don’t know who’s secret life this is but I feel terribly sorry for them and the townies that surround them.

After a series of partner swaps and questionable plot twists my senior year Netflix binge fizzled during the 4th season premiere. What was once ABC family offered both and entertaining yet loosely family focused program that sometimes teetered on x-rated. 

These kids got more tail than I did during my senior year of college. Any who I found myself having mushy drama overload and quit watching before the series finale.

I recently rediscovered Secret Life and jumped right back in where I left off. Turns out Ben, spiraled after Amy and Ricky got back together and unfortunately as of Season 5 episode 10 he was still waiting for Amy and Ricky to split up even if he had to wait until they were geriatric. 

There’s a new girl in school who gets to be pregnant and we get to see history repeat itself while a new young guy tries to save the young mother.

Where am I now?

Molly Ringwald, “Amy’s Mom” is a lesbian, Amy and Ricky are pretending to have eloped while their families plan a large wedding. Ben is semi stalking her whilst having also ran through the graduating class. Ricky, Jack and Adrian are all attending the same college.

For some reason there was a pimp roaming campus who beat up Jack. We’ll see how this works. 
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My Netflix Addiction: Fuller House

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Buzz about the Full House reboot had me exciting and worried. Not every idea is a god idea and when I heard the premise I was less than impressed. Twenty – Nine years later D.J. Tanner – Fuller, newly widowed moves back into her childhood home to raise her three sons after her firefighter husband passes.

The first episode a great reunion for the original cast, (except Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen), reveals that Stephanie has become a super HOT! deejay who goes by the name of Deejay Tanner. Insert Canned Laugh Here. Kimmy Gibbler who looks much like she always has, wed and reproduced with latin lover Fernando and the two have a sassy 12-year-old.

Overhearing D.J.’s plight, being a single mom with three kids (maybe she’s being overly dramatic?) Danny, Joey, Jesse and Aunt Becky offer to stay in San Fran to help raise the children.

However, Stephanie offers to give up her jet setting lifestyle to stay and help out and Kimmy eager to move into the Tanner family home since youth leapt at the chance to move in for some added assistance.

Biggest shocker from the show so far – Stephanie revealed that she is unable to have children.

I did appreciate the tie in of the old cast with the new. D.J.’s ex boyfriend now divorced has made it clear that he wants her back and at least one of the familial elders shows up once an episode to help out or eat chicken.

My favorite part so far would be the subtle hints at Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s absence and the quirky they stare into the camera when during punch-lines. Fuller House definitely has my attention.

What’s been your favorite episode so far? Comment below!

Check out the upgrade to the original theme song!

My Netflix Addiction: The Hunted (2003)

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One evening during movie night I found myself scouring the Netflix database trying to find something new to watch. I was in the mood for something action packed, maybe with an explosion or two. What I came across was something better. A fast paced action thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro called The Hunted.

Netflix described it as this “A retired special ops agent is enlisted to rack down an assassin with a strange proclivity he makes a sport of murdering deer hunters,” and IMDB says, “An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.” Hunted fighting 1

I actually found it to be more of a cat and mouse game between Tommy Lee Jones character LT and Del Toro’s character Aaron Hallman. In true teacher VS student fashion Hallman is the rogue assassin stringing up hunters in the woods. He makes a jab about chickens being slaughtered I guess in an attempt to elude to his ties with PETA.

Overall it was a great movie. I was genuinely interested to see how it all played out in the end. I think the description for the movies don’t really provide insight into what you’ll be watching.

hunted training 1It’s more along the lines of “A retired tracker is enlisted to help put down a rabid former recruit who he trained, who’s gone on a killing spree in a small hunting town while escaping persecution for his Black Ops crimes.”

It was Directed by William Friedken known for his work on movies like “The Exorcist,” “The French Connection” and “Rules of Engagement” another moving also starring Tommy Lee Jones. It was written by David and Peter Griffiths known for movies like Collateral Damage.

If you find yourself in the mood for some action and have yet to see this film Definitely check it out!