The story of the Umbrella Academy begins all the way back to 1989 when 43 children were born to different women around the globe who didn’t show signs of pregnancy the day of. Seven of these children were adopted by a man named Sir Reginald Hargreeves and he creates what is known as the Umbrella Academy. While he raises them he prepares his children to save the world. During their teenage years, the family disbands all creating their own paths. However, in present time their father Reginal Hargreeves passes and this forces the family back together again. Now they must work together to uncover the mysteries behind their father’s death and the upcoming threat to the world itself.
Weird Is the New Good
This is anything but your average superhero show. If you go into this expecting crime-fighting action around every corner this isn’t what you’re looking for. Our heroes are all but retired at this point and they dislike the sight of each other. Their personalities clash at every instant without fail. These people are flawed with many issues including narcissism, drug habits, and more giving us a very different perspective of heroes since they are almost the opposite of any Marvel hero we see on the big screen.
Not an Origin Story
Instead of telling this story in order the viewers are subjected to a lot of jumping around. We are introduced to plenty of characters in a short amount of time and throughout the season we’ll learn more about each one. Flashbacks are present to give some background on the story and its characters.
This is not a show that you can start watching at any point. You’re going to want to watch this from start to end or just not at all if you want to understand the plot. You’ll also need to be paying close attention being on your phone or talking can make up miss out on important moments that affect the story at a later time.
As previously mentioned these characters were all introduced in quick succession, but they all earn their screen time. Number 1 otherwise known as Luther (Tom Hopper) has been on the moon for the past four years of his life and possesses superhuman strength. Diego (David Castañeda) also known as Number 2 has the ability to thrown knives with great accuracy and works as a vigilante taking down criminals any way he sees fit.
Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) is Number 3 and she can make “rumors” reality just by saying them aloud. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) is Number 4, he can speak with the dead when he isn’t under the influence which is pretty difficult for him since he’s a junkie. Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher) doesn’t have a name, but he can jump through time. Ben is Number 6 and he was killed before the events of the Umbrella Academy happened. Finally, Vanya (Ellen Page) is Number 7 and she doesn’t have any powers. However, her skill with the violin is rivaled by close to none.
The different approach that this show took to the superhero genre is welcoming, to say the least. Having the story bounce around from time to time allows for the exciting bits to be constant. We also aren’t given an overload of information at any one time except for the beginning. The cast is stellar and they all deserve much praise. Each performance was convincing and they all brought something different to the table. I implore you all to sit down and watch Netflix’s newest hit show.
Verdict 8.5 out of 10 Stars
A Bright Future Ahead
In a show, all about teenagers going through puberty in a comedic fashion the idea for a Valentine’s Day special is genius. If this is a good representation of the following season I am incredibly anxious to see the continuation of this series. The controversial comedy this series is known for has not lost its knack to leave you speechless. So much so that you’ll have to ask yourself if you really should be laughing at times.
Chemistry is at an all-time high
The relationship between Andrew (John Mulaney) and Maurice (Maya Rudolph) has easily been one of the best parts of the show since it’s inception. Andrew’s weird sexual obsession with almost anything as well as being convinced to do things he wouldn’t normally by Maurice never gets old. Maurice himself is unpredictable nothing is off the table and that reminds me of the early seasons of Family Guy. The creators of Big Mouth aren’t afraid to be bombarded by today’s sensitive people all over the internet and that’s the only way to make a show of this nature.
While Andrew and Maurice are a great pair this special brings us another interesting relationship being Nick (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph). Both of these characters have been on the show for quite a while, but with Connie being Nick’s new hormone monstress plenty of new problems arise.
Valentine’s Day is the Worst
This particular holiday is generally disliked by many people and it’s not hard to know why. For people not in relationships, a day that focuses on the love in the air can be frustrating. There are people that to step outside of their comfort zone and finally ask that person out that they’ve always wanted only to get rejected. This day isn’t just hard for people who aren’t in relationships it’s hard for people with partners as well because they are expected to be as romantic as possible. Seeing these ideas explored during this episode is not only relatable but entertaining to see play out.
The no holds barred comedy is back and is the best it has ever been. New relationships have been forged and have only changed the show for the better. The odd musical numbers and taboo topics make their return as well. Fans of Big Mouth will be pleased with this double episode and if the following season can keep to the standard of this special we are in for the best episodes of this show yet.
Verdict: 8 out of 10 Stars
In this world, suddenly hundreds of thousands of people begin committing suicide at an alarming rate. The cause of this are these mysterious creatures that when seen causes the individual to take their own life. A woman named Malorie (Sandra Bullock) must go on a dangerous quest for the benefit of her and the children she must protect. Her journey has the chance to bring her to a safe haven, but the only way to get there is by not having her sight.
This film isn’t revolutionary in terms of a plot, but it is interesting to see how things unfold. Time is not wasted getting into the post-apocalyptic setting it happens quite fast in fact. We see plenty of deaths just at the start, and I think most people are just wondering what’s going on. Why are people killing themselves? Why do these people stop responding when they see these creatures? There’s a lot of questions that don’t get answered until much later in the film and it can be pretty annoying.
The survivors stay inside their homes because the creatures cannot get to them there. This leads to much of this film taking place in one location. Which wouldn’t be so bad if the cast wasn’t the everyday horror movie characters. You have the old man who everyone thinks is a jerk, but he’s the most intelligent in the group. You have the comic relief nerdy character along with the person who thinks everyone is doomed from the very start. I don’t hate the cast because a few of the characters stick out in a good way, however many of them didn’t add anything to the film.
People Don’t Act Like This in Real Life
In most horror movies I’d say that the characters make their fair share of dumb mistakes. In recent history, I’ve started seeing that less and less especially in Halloween (2018). When characters died in that film it was mostly because they were outsmarted not because they made it easy for Michael Myers. I wish I could say the same about this film. In Bird Box, there were a handful of characters who actually made smart choices and the plot was only pushed forward because of the mistakes made by certain individuals in the film.
During this review, I haven’t given the good parts of the cast much recognition and they did deliver at the end of the day. Tom (Trevante Rhodes) played a pretty big role in this film. From his protective nature over Malorie and leader like qualities he quickly became one of my favorites. Douglas (John Malkovich) stood out to me as well. He’s definitely not a very nice guy, but he knows what must be done. His acting skills also elevated this otherwise by the book’s character. Then, of course, Malorie was consistent throughout the film. I felt her need to want to protect her children. She’s strong as well, but not in an annoying way. Movies will make the impossible possible for the protagonist, but I don’t believe they made her practically a superhero or anything of that sort.
This movie isn’t quite what it’s hyped up to be, but it’s not a bad film. Some of the cast really sticks out and make the film better overall. Bullock had the leading role and crushed it as the protagonist. She really made the character her own and I couldn’t see many other people being able to outperform her. The movie’s downfall is the basic character traits as well as being a bit too confusing. There are just things that are never explained throughout the film. To top it off there are many coincidences that push the plot forward and there doesn’t seem to be a clear path this movie would’ve taken if most of the characters had acted like they had common sense.
Verdict 6 out of 10 Stars
At this point in time season one and two of Castlevania has been released on Netflix. To say these seasons live up to the hype would be an understatement. I watched season one a couple weeks ago and I did it in one session which only took about two hours. It felt like a test to see if the show would do well and obviously enough people liked it if season three plans are already in the making. I can’t wait for more episodes my one hope is that they can keep up this level of quality consistently.
Something that I can truly appreciate about the plot is the simplicity of it all. This series begins with the tragic death of Dracula’s wife. She was the only human that he loved and she deemed the human race worthy of living. Once she is executed the extinction of the human race begins. It’s up to Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), Alucard (James Callis), and Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) to defeat this great evil brought upon the land
The cooperation of Trevor, Alucard, and Sypha makes the show very enjoyable. When all three of these characters are on screen are the times I enjoy this series the most. Belmont is not a traditional hero, but he has the charm to make up for it. Alucard and Belmont’s relationship is also quite interesting as well. They don’t see eye to eye and I love it that way. They argue constantly, but at the end of the day, both of these individuals realize they need each other. You can’t forget about Belnades either because of an integral part of this trio. When it comes to combat I enjoy watching her the most because of her magic. Her relation with Belmont isn’t forced and I am incredibly grateful for that. Love stories tend to ruin a lot of different media so I’m glad that didn’t happen to this series.
Shows that have origins tied to video games generally are not done justice. Castlevania has avoided that curse and turned out to be a pretty good watch. Looking back on what the series has done so far I look forward to seeing how our protagonists work together in future seasons. I have no doubt in my mind that this series has done well up to this point I am concerned for its future and if it can continue to be the best video game adaption in media.
What did they gain from the inclusion of this graphic scene?
13 Reasons why has taken the world by storm since it’s release in March of 2017. It was a controversial show, which had people talking. Not all of it positive, but all of that buzz certainly brought more people to see the show. Season two released in May of 2018. While in season one I understood the point of this show it was pretty obvious. Bullying isn’t cool and you never know what people are actually going through. Someone could be on their last legs and it’s important not to tear people down. Its a good but rather obvious message.
In season two, a character named Tyler Down (Devin Druid) was raped in a very graphic scene. Personally, I don’t understand what they gain from showing this. Montgomery de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos) is the individual who rapes Tyler and its a horrible scene. Following this obviously traumatizing experience, Tyler goes to the school with a gun and the audience doesn’t know if his target is his rapist or anyone he can take his rage out on. He ends up being talked down by Clay Jenson (Dylan Minnette), but what does this scene accomplish. Is the message to have friends because if no one cared about there wouldn’t be anyone to convince him not to go through with the shooting. Should I always be on the lookout for someone who seems mad and convinces them not to shoot up a school? There seems to be no message here nothing happens. A boy is put through a horrible experience and then takes it too far. What does the show want me to take away from this? I think going forward with season three the writers should ask themselves that question.