Santa Clarita Diet: A Raunchy Zombie Sitcom

SANTA CLARITA DIET

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DIRECTED BY: Victor Fresco

STARRING: Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo

NO. OF EPISODES: 10 episodes

GENRE: Horror-Comedy

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States

Verge: “It’s mostly about how one woman must become a serial murderer in order to keep herself alive, as the only thing she can eat now is fresh human meat. Her husband and daughter love her, so they have to help her. As you might be able to guess, that situation can get pretty zany at times! Factor in the fact that their next-door neighbor is a weird, paranoid police officer and you’re in for the ride of your life!

Alright, Santa Clarita Diet…this one’s a weird one. Essentially a sitcom with a straight edge husband (Olyphant) and a zombie of a wife (Barrymore), you would expect that they would get into some rather hilarious shenanigans. That is exactly what happens and you will indeed laugh your head off. Barrymore and Olyphant carry this show with their fantastic performances, while expertly dealing with the clunky dialogue that was written. Granted though, I actually really laughed while Barrymore commented about not sleeping with her first kill, but eating one of his tiny testicles satisfactory.rs-santa-clarita-diet-02-0db921f3-9b0c-405c-8cd6-59cdb789d18f

While there are genuine funny moments, it also gets to the point that it is kind of awkward. Barrymore and Olyphant do a fantastic job, but it’s hard to bounce off of each other all the time. There is a weird kind of chemistry between the two, since these are not typically the roles that they should be cast in. Also, unlike the other heavily story-driven zombie shows that are on right now during our golden age of television, Santa Clarita Diet really sponges on the story. It primarily focuses on the day to day instances that the family finds themselves in rather than developing a fluid story.

 

PROS:

  • Good, but weird chemistry.
  • Hilarious dialogue.
  • Genuinely funny moments.

CONS:

  • Characters are dumber than they need to be.
  • Rather lousy on the story.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Sherlock: A 4th Series is Upon Us

SHERLOCK (S4)

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CREATED BY: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat

STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington

GENRE: Crime Drama

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, United States

sherlock-season-4-sherlock-with-dogJumping forward in time to when John and Mary have a baby daughter named Rosamund, and Sherlock got off with that whole shooting Magnussen thing. But nothing on Moriarty’s ‘return’ yet. After investigating a case of a death of a student, Sherlock becomes intrigued with the smashing of a Margaret Thatcher bust at the victim’s home. Similar busts are smashed elsewhere, before Sherlock fights the culprit and discovers the last one contained a memory stick containing info about Mary and her past as a government agent. This is just episode one. Don’t want to spoil too much for all of you out there.

So…Who else has been waiting eagerly for Sherlock to come back? I’m a little disappointed that it was here and gone so quickly, but hey, three episodes go by rather quickly. But just like in the rest of the series, the cast performed wonderfully. Normally I praise Benedict Cumberbatch for his show-stealing performance, but this year I think I should give it to Amanda Abbington, who played Mary. Even though her character as a whole at least was done after the first episode, her performance left an everlasting mark on our characters. I also incredibly enjoyed the increased banter this season, as it added plenty more comedic elements (like the show needed any though).

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Today…they are soldiers

Okay the real meaty core of my problem with this season is with the season/series finale “The Final Problem”. While I am not saying that I didn’t like the episode, I just feel that it was a little TOO convoluted and melodramatic, even for Sherlock. For example, they use an entire sequence as a convoluted metaphor that inevitably ends in a mess of a plot. It was incredibly confusing about that status of some characters that I lost interest for just a mere moment. Sherlock, don’t do that to me…ever…again.

PROS:

  • Entire cast performance.
  • Massive suspense.
  • More witty banter.
  • More struggle/drama.

CONS:

  • “The Final Problem” convolution.
  • “The Metaphor”

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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Black Mirror (S3): Welcome Beyond the Twitter Age

BLACK MIRROR (Season 3)

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CREATED BY: Charlie Brooker

NO. OF EPISODES: Six episodes. Total= 13

GENRE: Science fiction, Satire

YEAR: 2011-14, 2016-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, United States

landscape-1471553666-cqktqcnwyaazgihAs Black Mirror is an anthology show, I will give a quick summary of each episode.

  1. Nosedive: Insecure office worker Lacie (Bryce Dallas Howard) lives in a happy, smiley, status-obsessed nightmare world. Her old friend Naomi (Alice Eve) is one of society’s elites — and Lacie may have found a way to join her…
  2. Playtest: Thrill-seeking globetrotter Cooper (Wyatt Russell) visits Britain, hooks up with Sonja (Hannah John-Kamen) — and tests a video game so advanced, it’s terrifying…
  3. Shut Up and Dance: When withdrawn 19-year-old Kenny (Alex Lawther) stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector (Jerome Flynn) – both of them at the mercy of persons unknown.
  4. San Junipero: California, 1987: San Junipero is a fun-loving beach town synonymous with sun, surf, and sex. And for recent arrivals Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), it’s going to be a life-changer…
  5. Men Against Fire: Future soldiers Stripe (Malachi Kirby) and Raiman (Madeline Brewer) must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants. Technologically, they have the edge – but will that help them survive?
  6. Hated in the Nation: In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke (Kelly McDonald) and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue (Faye Marsay) investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

Alright, I tried not to go too much into spoiler territory with those.

Alright, I have been waiting for the newest season of Black Mirror to drop for ages now. With the show’s transition over to Netflix, it was kind of a toss up if it would still be good or not. This season blew me away, with some phenomenal acting from the entire cast. Very much a modern day Twilight Zone, this season of Black Mirror made me fearful for what the future holds including our continued integration of technology. As for what episode is my favorite, it would have to be “Hated in the Nation”.  It was scary and insane, but at the same time completely believable. Use hashtags wisely, people.

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Honestly, there really isn’t much I can say negatively about this season.the only thing I can think of is that the messages of each episode were rather heavy-handed. I felt I was being beaten over the head until I ceded to their ideas. The problem is though, the whole series is like that. It’s just how the show is written. I mean some things can’t change. I just hope this was a plentiful experience and I will be rated a 5 star. I need to reach that 4.6 so I can move.

PROS:

  • Overall cast performance.
  • Very modern take on Twilight Zone.
  • Amazing storytelling.

CONS:

  • A bit heavy-handed in messages.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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