Review: Hanna, the final season

Hanna finishes up its exciting and suspense-filled run with a 6 episode third season on Prime Video. This series has been a top-notch, edge-of-your-seat thriller from start to finish. The ending was not so much happy as inevitable.

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Review: The Great, season 2, wild and raunchy

The Great, season 2, is improbable and ribald, with its mangled view of Russian history and its dumpster fire attitude toward the human race in general. Mixed in with the coarse vulgarity of its comedy are gems of wisdom about governing, love, equality, and women’s rights.

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Review: Hawkeye, episodes 1-2

Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld joined the Marvel Universe with the release of the first two episodes of a six episode mini-series on Disney+. The first two episodes were the opening of the origin story as we learn how Kate Bishop becomes Hawkeye.

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Review: The Wheel of Time, episodes 1-3

The Wheel of Time is a fantasy series on Prime Video. Three episodes were released last Friday, with more to come on future Fridays. The first season is based on the first novel in a series by Robert Jordan, also called The Wheel of Time.

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Review: Dopesick

The Dopesick series on Hulu looks at the rise of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family from multiple points of view. Even though most of us are unhappily familiar with the opioid crisis, this series adds insider detail to the story. It slowly and meticulously examines every aspect of how one private company created an opioid epidemic affecting every corner of America.

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Gentefied, season 2, the quest for a green card

Gentefied, season 2, takes the extended Morales family from Boyle Heights on a season long journey to get the family patriarch Casimiro, or Pop, Morales (Joaquín Cosío) a green card and keep him from being deported to Mexico.

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Review: Head of the Class, season 1

The Head of the Class remake on HBO Max dropped the entire season 1 on the same day. I didn’t watch the original, so I had nothing to compare with this version. I found it very light-hearted and cheerful. It was unrealistic in terms of the pressures and stresses of high school life and in terms of how teachers behave, but it’s a sitcom. Reality is not the goal here.

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Why am I still watching this stuff?

I’ve abandoned many a show midseason when I didn’t like it, but I want to talk about 3 shows I’m still watching in spite of thinking I’m bored or upset every time I see one. They are The Morning Show, Y: The Last Man, and New Amsterdam.

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Wentworth, season 9 (or season 8 part 2) ends the series

Wentworth’s final season recently reached Netflix US and I gobbled it right up. The season ended the story of the women and the guards in Wentworth Prison with lots of love, revenge, murder, mistaken judgements, and even some redemption. My personal thanks to everyone involved in this series. From beginning to end, Wentworth has been top notch melodrama.

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Review: Jaguar, a Spanish thriller

Jaguar, from Spain, is a Netflix series about a group of Nazi hunters in 1960s Madrid. It’s about an interesting part of Spanish history, but otherwise is a pretty standard action thriller.

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