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See – An Underrated Dystopia With a Story To Tell

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Every once in a while, a show comes out that surprises me. At first glance, Apple TV’s See sounds a bit… strange, and it seems to be largely flying under the radar with its first 2 seasons. It’s about what happens when the world loses sight, and how the world adapts to this change. It’s a very interesting concept, but it’s one of those ideas that is far enough out there that you need good performances from the cast to make it actually work. That is where See truly shines IMO, even if some of the characters are VERY over the top. The cast does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life in a believable way, even if the world itself is a bit unbelievable at times.

The main characters that we follow are:

– Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa) – The main protagonist and adoptive father of the twins.
– Maghra (Hera Hilmar) – Baba’s wife and mother to the twins.
– Haniwa (Nesta Cooper) & Kofun (Archie Madekwe) – The twins that we watch grow up over the first 3 episodes.
– Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks) – Queen of Paya and main antagonist of Season 1.
– Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo) – The Witchfinder General, the leader of the Queen’s army who hunt’s and kills any witches that they find (Anyone with sight).
– Edo Voss (Dave Bautista) – Main Antagonist of Season 2, General of the Trivantian Army and Baba’s brother.
– Jerlamorel (Joshua Henry) – The twins’ biological father, who is sighted, and is trying to have as many sighted children as possible.

Overall, the cast does a pretty incredible job with bringing these characters to life. Jason Mamoa leans into the protective father role and does a great job telling that story. His relationship with his wife is believable and real, and both do a great job of feeding off of each other’s energy. That paired with Nesta Cooper and Archie Madekwe as Haniwa and Kofun, and the core of this show puts on a great performance.

Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa) and Maghra (Hera Hilmar). Source – IMDB

The first season takes us through the journey to reunite the Twins with their father, with the Witchfinders in pursuit. There are a ton of setpiece battles, exciting chases, and surprises along the way. There is also some political intrigue mixed in with how Queen Kane is handling a potential uprising, which is highlighted by a stellar (if over the top) performance by Sylvia Hoeks. She balances terrifying and crazy near perfect and has some truly chilling moments as the Mad Queen.

The Mad Queen Kane. Source – IMDB

We also follow the pilgrimage of sorts that the Twins go through to find their biological father throughout the season. This sets up a confrontation at the end about what kind of world they should live in… Do they embrace the sight, or do they continue to live among the blind, hiding what they can do? Personally, I think they handled this well, and they really pushed hard into setting up for season 2.

Overall, 2 seasons in this is a really good show. The world seems like a bit of a stretch at times, but it’s not so far out there that it breaks immersion. The characters are engaging, and the story is fantastic. If you have some time, and an Apple TV+ Subscription, I can’t recommend See enough.

What are your thoughts on the show? Comment below and let me know!

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‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ Post-Credits Scene & Director’s Commentary

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ is now available on Digital HD ahead of its arrival on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD next month on February 8th, and a new video has dropped on IGN to show off some of the extra features in store, including director’s commentary.

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray editions of the movie will include over 20 minutes of all-new featurettes, exploring the characters, creatures and all of those unsettling locations scattered throughout Raccoon City. There will also be a discussion of how the first two games were adapted for the big screen.

Check out a teaser below:

 

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Netflix Unveils ‘The Cuphead Show!’ with Crazy Trailer

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The Cuphead Show

Netflix has dropped a trailer to unveil a brand new horror-comedy animated series to the popular streaming platform, and this one is based on the popular video game ‘Cuphead’.

‘The Cuphead Show’ will make it’s official arrival to Netflix on February, 18th, 2022, and it looks every bit like the crazy, off the wall, and somewhat creepy animation that made Cuphead the hit that it became.

According to the official rundown: “As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back. Unless there’s only one cookie left, in which case it’s every cup for himself. “The Cuphead Show!” combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies—especially when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.”

The character-driven comedy series that follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman will debut 12 episodes, and it is not for kids.

 

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Netflix Increasing their Subscription Fees!

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Netflix offers a variety of plans to meet your needs. The plan you choose will determine the video quality and the number of screens you can watch Netflix on at the same time. With all of their plans, you can watch unlimited TV shows and movies, and play mobile games.

Netflix announced that they are increasing their subscription fees for all their plans for US and Canada subscribers. Their basic plan, which allows you to watch on one screen will increase to $9.99, Standard, which allows you to watch on two screens, will be $15.49, and their Premium, which allows you to watch on 4 screens, will be $19.99. In Canada, the premium plan rose from C$2 to C$20.99, and the basic plan was unchanged at C$9.99.

The United States and Canada are Netflix’s largest region with 74 million streaming customers as of September 2021. The region accounted for nearly 44% of the company’s revenue in 2021’s third quarter, or about $3.3 billion.

These prices apply to new members and will gradually take effect for all current members. Current members will receive an email notification 30 days before their price changes unless they change their plan.

At $15.49 per month, the standard U.S. plan from Netflix now costs more than competitors. HBO Max, owned by AT&T Inc is currently offering an $11.99-a-month promotion for 12 months. The price of Disney+ is $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year.

Shares of Netflix gained nearly 3% to $533.84 on Nasdaq after Reuters broke the news of the price rises. They closed 1.3% higher at $525.69.

The increases, the first in those markets since October 2020, took effect immediately for new customers. Existing members will see the new prices in the coming weeks when they receive their monthly bills.

Netflix has added customers despite prior price increases, which shows its members have been willing to accept higher costs, Evercore ISI analyst Mark Mahaney said.

“This is evidence that Netflix has pricing power,” Mahaney said. “We understand people have more entertainment choices than ever and we’re committed to delivering an even better experience for our members,” “As always we offer a range of plans so members can pick a price that works for their budget.” “We’re updating our prices so that we can continue to offer a wide variety of quality entertainment options,” a Netflix spokesperson told Reuters.

Netflix had said it would spend $17 billion on programming in 2021. The company has not disclosed spending for 2022.

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