Netflix Synopsis: Everyone knows what happened in Psycho, but this chilling series takes viewers inside Norman Bates’ world before Marion Crane checked in. The story opens following Mr. Bates’ death, as Norman and his mother buy the motel that will bear their name.
My Take: I just discovered this show a couple weeks ago and it blew me away. I think I must have devoured the entire season in about three days. I was hooked from the beginning. The writing is great, the acting top notch and the cinematography is stunning. The one standout is Vera Farmiga who plays Norman’s mother. She brings a very nuanced performance and since I watched the episodes back to back, I got to really appreciate how skillfully she handled her character’s evolution from a nurturing and slightly overprotective mom, to a batsh*t crazy shrew. The kid they have playing Norman is great as well. He really nailed the character’s social awkwardness. And the mother-son relationship is absolutely creepy. It’s just an all around stellar cast. If you haven’t seen this series I urge you to take a look. It’s awesome. I can’t wait until the next season.
Netflix Synopsis: After serving five years for killing his aunt, charming teen Danny Desai returns home to enroll in high school and reconnect with old friends. But he finds himself under suspicion when a new murder haunts his hometown.
My Take: I don’t know what it is that keeps me coming back to this show, but I’m hooked. Both of the female leads are annoying and wooden. Most of the adults are annoying too, and I can’t take Denise Richards seriously as a mom. She doesn’t look like a mom. She looks like a movie star playing a mom, so my suspension of disbelief is challenged, not to mention her acting is a little stilted. Oh, wait. Now I know why I can’t stop watching this show. It’s Danny Desai. Yeah, he’s cute and all, but what keeps me tuning in is the mystery behind the character. One half of me is convinced he’s a straight-up sociopath, while the other sees his innocence. Every week I change my mind because something else is revealed that throws a monkey wrench in my current theory.
Do No Harm
Netflix Synopsis: Neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Cole struggles to control his sociopathic alter ego who comes out each night and is intent on destroying his life — putting his friends, patients and girlfriend at risk in this twist on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale.
My Take: This series was cancelled after the second show! LOL Granted, it did have a rough start, but I kept tuning in because I wanted to see where they’d take it. When it got yanked, I kinda understood why because the first two shows, while interesting, were kind of over the top and disjointed. However, as sometimes happens, some shows that get pulled actually manage to get better. I found this out when the network announced that they’d be airing the rest of this cancelled series this summer. It’s a damn shame because this show is actually good. The writing, the acting and the direction are great. A lot of times shows just need a little time to get their footing, but in this day and age of mandatory instant gratification, shows have to hit the ground running or they’re taken out. I long for the days where TV shows were allowed at least a season to grow. I believe this show would have survived had NBC given it more of a chance.
Hell On Wheels
Netflix Synopsis: Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon seeks his wife’s killer as post-Civil War America struggles to rebuild its identity. His quest traverses the history of Reconstruction, peopled with railroad bosses, emancipated slaves and immigrants.
My Take: This is one of the grittiest TV westerns out here. What’s strange is that I’m not really a fan of westerns, but this one is an exception. I love the theme song, the cinematography, the acting and I especially love the constant conflict between two of the lead characters — Cullen Bohannon and Elam Ferguson (played by Anson Mount and Common). Neither man trusts the other as far as he can spit, but they developed a grudging respect for each other that’s been slowly building over the past two seasons. If you like a good western, this one’s well worth a look see.