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Carnival Row TV Show Review

So far, so good! I’m currently on episode four, and I’ve been hooked ever since I started watching!

Seriously, who needs cable when you have cheap streaming apps?! Hulu, Netflix and Amazon are really coming through with original programs. Carnival Row is a great show brought to you by Amazon Prime Video. Created by Travis Beacham and Rene’ Echevarria, Carnival Row is a fantasy show, that’s a little on the darker side!

Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row revolves around mythical creatures – like faeries, different fae species, witches, an unnamed creature(that literally tore apart and ate a faerie, and left her guts in the street), and humans. Now, I’m going to be honest, as I’m only on episode four, I’m not too sure about all the different species, but there’s A LOT. It’s not really a manual on this, so you have to really pay attention when watching. It’s part of the show’s charm. We’re use to the same ol’ species, but this show is bringing out some new ones! It’s really good.

The show starts off with the faeries running for their lives, trying to escape their homeland, which is at war. The show takes place in a town for humans, but with the fae homelands being attacked and stripped of their resources(thanks to humans….), they have fled to this town as refugees. Once in the town (The Republic of Burgue), the fae are forced into low level professions. Some are forced into servitude, some are escorts, some are just throwing other faes off of buildings. That last one is a spoiler, buttttttt it’s crazy, so I had to mention.

Carnival Row is a great take on immigration, discrimination, political power, politics, war, serial murders, and even, LOVE. I haven’t watched a fantasy show, based on mythical creatures, add this much realism since Buffy The Vampire Slayer – which is saying something, because Buffy set the blueprint! The show mixes everything together perfectly, which makes it unique in this generation of shows.

The show premiered on Amazon Prime Video, August 30th, 2019, and has already been renewed for a second season, so you won’t be wasting your time getting invested. Season 1 consists of eight episodes. This show is definitely worth a watch. It’s new, refreshing, and I guarantee, there’s nothing quite like this on TV right now. It’s really good. Check it out!

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Book 1 Review

What a wonderful start to a creative, informative, mystery-driven, and action packed series. I loved everything about this book!

As a big fan of the author, Rick Riordan, I went into this book already ecstatic. I’m a big fan of the Percy Jackson series – rivaling my time, with Harry Potter (J.K Rowling – you’re awesome), during my teen years. I have a fascination for Greek mythology, so the books are like readable sugar to me. After Percy Jackson, I moved on to Rick Riordan’s Egyptian themed series, The Kane Chronicles, which are just as good.

Magnus Chase, the son of Vanir deity Frey, is the hero of this book. The series is all about Norse mythology, so if your not caught up on it, you can wait until the end of the book, which explains the words and terms. Though, if your like me, just have your wiki, mobile encyclopedia, or dictionary ready, and I guarantee by the end of this book, you’ll be well informed!

Magnus Chase is simply awesome.

In this book, Magnus is a homeless orphan, who dies, goes to Valhalla, soon comes back to life, and then goes on the quest of his life. His mom died, gruesomely, two years ago, and his father is the God, Frey – who Magnus has never met. As a child of Frey, it’s prophesized that he finds the Sumarbrander (Sword of Summers), the most powerful sword in the Nine Worlds (created by his father), and must stop Fenris Wolf from starting Ragnarok.

Accompanying Magnus on his quest is the Valkyrie, Samantha, who’s a child of the trickster God, Loki. Next are Magnus’ homeless companions, Blitzen and Hearthstone – a crafty dwarf and a magical elf. Though at the time of Magnus’ homeless period, he wasn’t aware of Blitzen’s and Hearthstone’s true natures.

This book is equally informative and imaginative! I learned so much from start to finish about Norse Mythology. That’s what I love about Rick Riordan’s literary work – it’s informative and you learn a bunch of new knowledge. A fictional book that’s also teaching you. It’s ingenious.

Magnus Chase starts off as an orphan, but by the end of the book, he forms a new family, and together they stop the world from ending. If anyone loves fictional, mythological based books, I recommend reading this series! It’ll leave you wanting more. I’m about to start book two now!

Avengers Endgame

This isn’t a review, I just wanted to share how awesome this movie was!

*Though it’ll be in the review category, since it pertains to a movie*

I decided to have a movie day before the work week starts. I cleaned my house from top to bottom, picked a spot on the couch, got my snacks together, and then got this movie gem to watch.

I know it came out months ago, but I’m just now watching it, and can I say, I was definitely missing out! Marvel gained a new fan! Everything about this movie was wonderful. It was comedy gold from start to finish, it was a tear-jerker, with a couple deaths leaving you feeling like you lost a couple friends/family members, and the action scenes – OMG the action scenes – were marvelous!! I’m amazed and in awe of how well this movie was set up!

Just wanted to share with you guys! I’m still over here shaking with excitement! I hope that you wonderful writers are having a great Sunday! ❤️

The Boys TV Show Review

This Review contains spoilers! 🤞🏾Read at your own accord, though I’ve warned.

OMG, this show is…it’s so…it’s just…whatever you think about traditional superheroes – how they’re suppose to act, treat people, etc., just forget it all. These are not your traditional superheroes. This show is really something else, and a welcoming surprise. To put it lightly, these are super-powered beings that are dressed in superhero costumes. Super, but not really heroes. The super-powered people are basically cash cropping political figures, owned by a powerful corporation. To top it off, there are Vigilantes (our protagonists) who decide to fight these super-powered people! Talk about role reversals.

The Boys, based on the comics of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is an Amazon Prime Web Series created by Eric Kripke. Did I mention it’s a welcoming surprise? I’ve already watched it twice, and the second time was as unbelievable as the first.

The streaming apps are on fire with TV shows. Netflix has Stranger Things, Hulu has The Handmaid’s Tale, and Amazon has this bloody work of art.

These are our Vigilantes, and in a sense, the real superheroes of the show. Although their methods are a little unethical. It’s the lesser of two evils, I suppose (they’re NO WHERE near as bad as the super, non heroes). Their causes are justified, especially against the super powered people.

Take for example, Hugh “Hughie” Campbell (played by Jack Quaid), our main protagonist:

Hughie starts off as your ordinary person. He works in a store, pretty good at what he does, has a girlfriend; you know, the works. Things quickly takes a turn for the worse when one of the super powered people RUNS through his girlfriend and obliterates her. Like literally, runs through this poor girl. This is pretty much how it went:

Yes, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The Boy’s version of The Flash, aka A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), literally ran through a girl. Heroes don’t do that! Even worse, Hughie was still holding her dead hands!! 🤷🏽‍♂️😯 From there, Hughie suffers from PTSD, and soon gets an offer to join our vigilantes, “The Boys.”

The Boys are led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), a calculated, sort of asshole-ish, man that despises super-powered people. He’s the one who gets The Boys together to fight the super powered beings known as The Seven!

This is The Seven. That one guy isn’t missing his head, he’s just invisible! 😉 The Seven all have super powers, and doesn’t hold back with using them! Take Homelander (Antony Starr), for instance, pictured below with Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott):

Homelander is the amalgamation of Captain America and Superman. He’s actually pretty scary – you never know what he’ll do, and he’s unstoppable. One moment he’s laughing with you. The next he’s stepping on your head, or frying your brains out with his heat vision. He’s very menacing. Creepy stuff. Queen Maeve, pictured with him, is a spinoff of Wonder Woman. She’s over the “superhero” life, and drinks her worries away.

There’s also an Aquaman type character, called “The Deep (Chace Crawford).” 😂

He’s the punching bag of the group. It’s pretty funny. Pre Jason Momoa Aquaman was always a punching bag. This character represents that perfectly. Has anyone ever watched the clip of Robot Chicken with Aquaman being made fun of? Just imagine that clip for “The Deep.” 😂

This is our forbidden love on the show. Hughie, a member of The Boys, and Starlight (Erin Moriarty), a member of The Seven. She’s probably the only actual superhero of the group.

There’s also super-powered babies! This show certainly has everything. Wait until you see how Butcher uses this particular baby. Good stuff, you guys!

The Boys is currently on its first season, and it has been renewed for a second! It’s available to stream on Amazon Prime! Everyone should check it out. It’s unique, in a way that it breaks away from traditional superhero stories. It’s dark, I mean, verrrrry dark. It’s gory, a lot of blood. It’s very funny, full of comedy, action-based, awesome fight scenes, and more! If you’re looking for something new to watch, definitely check out this show! Be prepared to see a lot of blood!

A Discovery Of Witches TV Review

This Review contains spoilers! 🤞🏾

Season One Review

I’ve read articles and posts calling this show the new age Twilight, so I had to check it out! And sure, I can definitely see where that conclusion can be drawn – forbidden love aspect. Though, let me say, main characters Diana Bishop, is far from a Bella, and Matthew de Clairmont, is far from an Edward. I’d compare them more to Buffy and Angel.

Based off of the Deborah Harkness‘ book of the same name, A Discovery of Witches is a hidden gem. A truly spectacular show!

Diana Bishop (played by the beautiful Teresa Palmer) is our heroine and the main character of the show. Matthew de Clairmont (played by Matthew Goode) is the second main character, Diana’s heroic love interest, a very strong, and old, vampire, who will do anything to protect Diana. Okay, sounds like Twilight, though seriously, Diana is a BADASS all on her own!! Trust me!

Diana is a powerful witch, yet she has forsaken her magical side, believing that magic isn’t good and things can be done the human way. She’s also very smart. She’s a Yale college Professor of History – being a historian with a vast knowledge of alchemy and science. Her parents were murdered when she was young, and she was left in the care of her aunts, Sarah Bishop, and Sarah’s partner, Emily Mather. They’re both powerful witches as well. Actually, the Bishops (Diana’s mom side) are descendants of Bridget Bishop, the very first witch killed in the Salem Witch trials. So yeah, it’s safe to say that the Bishops are very magically adept.

The series starts off with Diana checking books out at the Bodleian Library. She checks out a certain book, Ashmole 782, which she quickly realizes is an enchanted manuscript. Once Diana touches it, the book literally brands her with a rose tattoo, and BOOM, it sets off a magical wave that supernatural creatures everywhere can feel. This manuscript is the secret to all supernatural species. So you can see why everyone is alerted and wants it. Diana puts the manuscript back, but that doesn’t stop everyone from coming after her, especially since Diana is the ONLY one who can obtain the magical manuscript.

You see what I mean? Just look at the last picture. Who wouldn’t be terrified when you have an old, vampire creeper looking at you like that.

This puts Diana in the path of her future soulmate Matthew, a vampire geneticist, and Professor of Biochemistry. Matthew instantly feels the magic that the manuscript releases. He finds out that it came from Diana, and tells Diana that she needs to watch her back, as the supernatural world will be coming for her. Matthew originally wants it for himself, because it contains information on the creation of vampires. Yet, once he meets Diana, he feels a connection with her that he hasn’t felt for anyone in centuries. It’s love, you guys!

Matthew and Diana quickly fall for each other. This leads them into being targets for the Congregation. The Congregation was formed to keep the supernatural world in line, consisting of witches, vampires and daemons.

Now, if you’re like me, you’re asking yourself what are daemons? Not much are known about them, except that they’re very creative and smart. Their power lies in their minds, as their ideas are ingenious. Besides that, they’re not immortal like vampires. Their lifespans are like humans. They’re also pretty friendly, becoming allies of Diana and Matthew. The Congregation isn’t having any of Diana’s and Matthews forbidden love, though, so they instantly go after the couple. Not to mention they want the Ashmole 782 manuscript – mostly the vampires and witches, the daemons have their own agenda.

Witches and vampires come after Diana, yet she unleashes magic that hasn’t been seen in centuries. A testament to her powers!

Look how badass she looks. Go Diana! I’ve watched a lot of supernatural shows, and this is the FIRST time I’ve seen a witch do this to a vampire!

Later down the line, we find out why Diana’s parents were murdered..and it has a lot to do with power, and Diana. They were murdered by fellow witches, by the way. This show is very good with twists and mysteries!

Towards the end of the season, Diana and Matthew are up to their necks in trouble, and this leads Diana to embrace her magical side fully, and since no other witches in her time has the power she has, she decides to travel back in time to train. This is a very rare power. Diana gets this power from her father. You see, Diana comes from two rare, powerful witch lineages, so that’s why she’s so powerful.

A Discovery of Witches is a very history informative, creative and fun show! The magical scenes are spectacular and magnificent. There’s headless witches being kept prisoner by vampires. So yeah, also pretty dark. The romantic scenes between Matthew and Diana are beautiful. Seriously, two romantic characters that can take care of themselves, if needed, is a wonderful element to see on TV! Diana is a force to be reckon with, and Matthew is the strength behind the pair!

A Discovery of Witches TV series is produced by Bad Wolf and Sky Productions and comes on UK’s channel, Sky One. Being in the US, I’m thankful that AMC decided to air the show! That’s how I watched it. It’s been picked up for a second season, though there isn’t a release date for it yet! I highly recommend that everyone checks out this show!!

If you love witches, magic, vampires, dAemons, and magical battles, this show is right up your alley. It’s informative, creative, and the scenery is breathtaking – you won’t be disappointed, trust me!

Charmed (Reboot) Review

This Review contains spoilers!

What a spectacular time for TV shows! Though the beloved Game of Thrones is over, there’s plenty of room for new shows, new seasons, remakes, and adaptations. I’m late to the party, as usual, but thanks to Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, I can play catch-up before the new seasons arrive. Now, to be fair, I wasn’t even going to watch this show. I was stuck in my ways, and I didn’t want to see any new faces as The Charmed Ones, originally created by Constance M. Burge. As far as I was concerned, no one could ever replace Prue (Shannon Doherty), Piper (Holly Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Paige (Rose McGowan). Well, this show didn’t even try to replace them. The remake, created by Jennie Snyder, Jessica O’Toole, and Amy Rardin, did something better! They developed new, original Charmed Ones! And let me just say, they are pretty awesome!!

A lot to catch up on, so let’s just dive right in:

The show starts off with the two younger sisters, Mel and Maggie, and their mother, Marisol. Their mom, who’s been drinking, gives off a monologue about how she loves her daughters, they are special, lovely, beautiful, wonderful, spectacular, and stronger together. These weren’t her exact words, but you catch my drift, right? We’ve all seen a scary movie, so we know this is a recipe for the grim reaper. The sisters go about their ways, only to later receive texts from their mom to come home. They rush home and find her dead(like accidentally took a tumble out of the attic window, dead).

Fast forward, Mel(the “older” sister, but actually the middle), knows their mom didn’t actually fall out of the attic window, though no one believes her, and blames it on the a a a a a alcohol… 🎶. Mystery #1 right off the bat! Soon after, we’re introduced to the actual older sister, Macy, who just moved to town, comes to the family manor, meets her sisters, shows them a picture of baby Macy with their mom, and then BOOM, sparks happen. Like an actual spark that blew out the power in their house.

Soon after, their powers start manifesting, and now the show starts to get good!!

We’re introduced to their white-lighter(teacher/protector of witches) Harry, who explains that the sisters are actually witches, CHARMED witches, the strongest of the strongest, and their mother was actually murdered. This is one of the many GOOD twists of the show, especially when they find out who/what did it!

Their powers are pretty much like the original Charmed.

The oldest sister Macy (Madeleine Mantock) is really badass! She’s a telekinetic witch with demon blood, so her powers are amplified. She has a PhD in molecular physics, and works in a lab. She’s pretty awesome, and probably my favorite!

The middle sister is Mel(Melonie Diaz). She’s outspoken, doesn’t take any shit, and devout feminist. She’s also a graduate student. She can freeze time, and doesn’t waste any time on using it!

The youngest, and more outgoing, sister is Maggie(Sarah Jeffery). She’s a college freshman and sweetheart, being the first one to accept Macy as her sister. She is a telepath, being able to read thoughts. This is different from the original, where Phoebe had premonitions.

Throughout the series, the sisters are introduced to various demons, mythological creatures, a HALF human/demon, and a HALF witch/white-lighter. The reason why I capitalized those is because if you’ve watched the original, you know that Cole was the half human/demon and forbidden love interest of Phoebe. This show uses that theme – And better, the half demon hybrid’s(Parker) dad is one of the main villains. The half witch/white- lighter, in the original, was for the introduction of Paige. This show introduced a completely new, non Charmed One, for the role, and she’s actually pretty cool. She’s apart of a secret group of witches called the S’Arcana, and becomes a love interest of Mel. You also have the Elders, a group of ancient witches, able to do incredible things – such as creating white-lighters. This is different from the original, who’s Elders were ancient white lighters.

The battles throughout the show are amazing. One thing I really LOVED about this remake is that they introduced new types magic. They introduced the religion Santería, and magic used in this practice. This type of magic was able to assist the Charmed Ones. Necromancy is also pretty big in this show. This really set the show apart from the original!

Overall, this show is amazing! The Charmed Ones battle a huge variety of demons and even evil witches. You don’t really know who the good guys are, and that even goes for the actual good guys. Remember, Macy(eldest sister) has demon blood. 😉 That’s another thing, they deal with the issue of why she was abandoned, and the creators do it in a big way!

This show has definitely done well with separating itself from the original. The characters are very lovable, the magical battles are intense, there’s a lot of mystery, heartbreak, and everything you need for a wonderful show! The original Charmed will always be in our hearts, but this is a worthy remake, and quite frankly, stand-alone show!

The show is on hiatus, but you can catch it on Netflix! Season 2 premieres on the CW- October 11, 2019 at 8:00PM(ET). Plenty of time to catch up, and I highly recommend you do. Check it out, you’ll definitely be in for a satisfying treat!

Beyoncé -Spirit (The Lion King)

Wow, can I just say WOW, what an experience with Beyoncé’s new music video, Spirit, from Disney’s The Lion King!

Now, to be fair, I haven’t watched the new Lion King yet. I like to wait until the hype goes down. Call me the tardy guy. 🤞🏾😜

With that being said, this video is a work of elemental art. From the emotive dancing, to the beautiful lyrics, the colorful scenery, and the appearance of Blue Ivy, everything fit together perfectly. It felt like Mother Nature birthed out this video.

Can we talk about the dancing? Did it have anyone else dancing, or trying their best to move with spirit?! If it did, we were doing this together. Listening to this song, you can’t help but to sing and dance. The choreography is amazing, add Beyoncé’s remarkable vocals, and you have a showpiece.

This video will have you high off life. Everyone has probably watched it, though if you’re like me, and always late to the party, I definitely recommend you catch this masterpiece.

The Lion King premiered last Friday, July 19th, in the US. I’m going to wait to go see it – probably give it another week. Until then, here are the showtimes for anyone that hasn’t seen it. If you have seen it, let me know how it is!

I’m going to go watch the Spirit music video for the millionth time!