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Power Season 1

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When I first heard about “Power” and that 50 Cent was producing it I was skeptical. I thought that it would be completely ridiculous and cheesy and utter garbage. However, after finishing Season 1 I have to bite my words. The show has really caught my attention and now I am hooked; waiting week to week for each episode.

The show is about James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) a nightclub owner, husband/father of three, and a powerful drug dealer. He juggles his two lives continuously with the dream of being more than just a drug dealer and eventually focusing on his nightclub exclusively. James is surrounded by Tommy Eagan (Joseph Sikora) his hot headed partner who he has known for 25 years. Tasha (Naturi Naughton) his wife tries to keep James focused on the drug dealing business as she feels he is sidetracked by the club.

One night James runs into Angela Valdez (Lela Loren) a high school sweetheart who got away and became a government lawyer. Seeing Angela again causes James to start questioning his life and what he actually wants for himself. In the meanwhile he has to deal with people trying to kill him and make his business even harder both at the nightclub and the streets.

Omari Hardwick delivers a great performance as Ghost. He tries to show just how difficult it is to go legit when everyone wants him to stay focused on drug dealing. Ghost is conflicted on everything in his life and tries to appear as if he can handle it all but becomes overwhelmed by all the pressure. The show does a great job of showing how ruthless Ghost can be when feeling threatened.

The show presents New York as this gritty dog eat dog world where everything is up for grabs and nothing is sacred. The drug dealers who operate in this world are constantly on guard and find it hard to trust one another.

Overall “Power” is a must-watch for its depiction of street life with an edge of sophistication. It also showcases different ethnic groups including Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians and African Americans. I highly recommend checking out “Power”.

Salem

I recently finished the TV series Salem and I was really surprised by how good it actually was. There is definitely a resurgence of everything vampire, zombie and witch that is infiltrating films, books and television. This is both a good and a bad thing but for Salem it works quite well.

Salem takes place in the 17th century and presents a fictional account of the Salem witch trials. The show focuses on Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) and her induction into witchcraft while secretly harboring feelings for her first love John Alden (Shane West) who is a soldier that has returned back to Salem. Mary Sibley is guided and instructed by her servant Tituba (Ashley Madekwe) who wants to bring forth the grand rite which is hell on earth.

Mary battles both her fellow witches who try to control her as well as Reverend Increase Mather who is a witch hunter that has killed many witches and does not shy away from torture. Mary also fights her feelings for John Alden who wants to protect her from the town’s vindictive nature towards witches.

This show is quite remarkable with its dark and erotic story. The production and costume design is really amazing and really helps to present this sordid and evil world. The acting is good especially from Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley. The theme song which is by Marilyn Manson is also an added incentive. Overall I highly recommend watching Salem.

True Detective

I just completed watching HBO’s True Detective and I have to say that is one if not the best TV show ever created. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey deliver the best performances of their careers as Detectives Marty Hart and Rustin Cohle respectively. Initially they are trying to solve the murder of a girl found in the Louisiana woods but the show moves into the direction of the characters’ lives over the span of a few decades.

Detectives Hart and Cohle are complete opposites in every way. They don’t see eye to eye and have different outlooks on life. Hart is interested in having a good time and things being in control whereas Cohle is nihilistic and views life as a chore to get through. The two detectives butt heads as they try to make sense of the grisly murder they are assigned to as well as trying to come to terms with the choices they have made in their own personal lives.

From the very first episode of this show I was hooked. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s slow tracking shots and views of a stark Louisiana is quite something to see. There are many scenes where the color black is striking in comparison to the surroundings. There are also many scenes where Cohle senses are heightened specifically in episode four when he is in a firefight. Everything slows down and he tries to regain control over a very deteriorating situation.

Last year Matthew McConaughey’s career really took off with a series of roles in critically acclaimed films including “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dallas Buyer’s Club”. I hope that next year he wins a much deserved Golden Globe for his performance on True Detective.

New Girl Season 1

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I finally got around to watching Fox’s “New Girl” after many attempts at avoiding it. This avoidance being that I thought Zooey Deschanel would be terrible on it but I must admit now that I was wrong. Deschanel does a terrific job as the fun-loving, happy-go-lucky Jess who wants to please everyone but always makes things either awkward or worse for everyone. Deschanel’s character finds an apartment with three guys after a terrible breakup with a cheating ex-boyfriend. She tries to get her life back on track and even tries to help her roommates out in the process which leads to her meddling in their affairs when they absolutely don’t want her to.

I am about more than halfway through the first season and I am already addicted to this show. There are many pop cultural references and hilarious words that the characters use that you can’t help but burst out laughing. Deschanel is definitely the main star of the show but the other actors steal the spotlight so often that you want to delve more into their comic adventures.

Homeland Season One

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After being convinced to check out Homeland I decided to spend a week watching it. I have to say without a doubt that it is one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. From the very first episode I was pulled into its amazing premise.

Homeland follows Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA agent with a secret that is alerted by one of her operatives that an American POW has been turned by their enemy. This POW appears to be Nicolas Brody (Damian Lewis) a recently rescued Marine Sergeant. Carrie takes it upon herself to uncover Brody’s plans when she is not believed by her co-workers including her mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

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Homeland is instantly gripping and each episode heightens the suspense of the plot. The viewer is left anticipating each coming episode wanting to know if Claire will discover Brody’s agenda or if Brody really is who he says he is.

I completed the entire season in a week and already I want to delve into the second season. Every other TV show and movie that I want to see has been put on the back-burner so that I can completely immerse myself in Homeland.

Bored to Death Season One Review

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After doing a search for current TV shows that delve into the film noir/neo-noir genre, I came across Bored to Death. I had heard about this show a few years ago but never got around to watching it due to the million other shows and movies I had already wanted to see. I did an initial query on the show and decided to check it out.

The first season of Bored to Death is not what I expected. It seemed to be all over the place and even boring at times. My expectations for the show did not measure up one iota and I found myself struggling through the remainder of the series. I was bored by the lame jokes and even the dull plot-lines for several episodes.

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The one good thing I liked about the show was Ted Danson. His performance as a magazine editor who is a womanizer and enjoys pot is the only rewarding thing about this show. I always looked forward to see what he would do next during each episode and was always surprised by the witty things his character would say. He reminded me of Bill Murray with his quirky and offbeat personality. The other actors such as Jason Schwartzman and Zack Galifianakis do not even come close to the comedic performances by Danson which is really surprising.

Even though the first season of Bored to Death didn’t grab hold of me as I thought that it would, I have decided to watch the remaining seasons out of mere curiosity to see if it would improve and to just watch Ted Danson’s hilarious character.