Monday, May 10, 2021

Debris S01E11: Asalah


The season has been building to this.

by Chuck Duncan

Guest Cast: Erin Karpluck, Zarina Sterling

The seeds for this week's episode of Debris, titled Asalah, were planted way back in Episode 2, 'You Are Not Alone'. Two key things introduced there came into play here: Bryan being cloned, and the photo of the woman in clone Bryan's pocket that he refused to talk about (showing that the season has actually been pretty well laid out).

The key to unlocking these mysteries comes in the form of a woman named Mariel, who was found at what appeared to br ground zero for a major piece of debris which was sending the Legari meters off the scale. Donning some special equipment, one of the recovery team approaches the woman who keeps repeating 'Bryan Beneventi'. This, of course, causes concern and Bryan and Finola are diverted to Cedarville, MD to see if Bryan can determine who the woman is and why she's asking for him. Bryan is a bit rattled when he realizes she's talking about Afghanistan, particularly a certain mission that he's tried to put out of his mind for years. Mariel is repeating conversations, from the last thing Bryan's mother said to him before he was deployed to specific coordinates and mission information that no one would know unless they were there. Bryan approaches Mariel and she grabs his are, plunging him into a catatonic state.

But Bryan suddenly finds himself back in Afghanistan, back to the time of the mission he was about to lead to flush out Taliban in the area. It's there we see the woman who we saw in the Episode 2 photo, Asalah. Apparently Bryan brought her to the base to get some medical attention for her injured hand. While she and Bryan have a conversation about her concern for her grandfather's safety, Mariel is repeating the conversation out loud. By this time Maddox has arrived, and he confirms she's repeating conversations from the mission that was very important to Bryan. We see Bryan bond with Asalah over Elton John (she wants to go to America and play the piano), and she offers to help Bryan find the Taliban. He tells her they don't need her help and it's too dangerous for her. Later, one of the troops brings Bryan his camera that Asalah had apparently taken, and he sees photos she took of the Taliban.

In the real world, Finola suggests that somehow the debris is all linked and it's all communicating, and there's a very real possibility that when Bryan was cloned the debris backed up his memories, and they are being transmitted across the debris network. Mariel came into contact with the debris and the memories were downloaded into her. Finola suggests that a way to break the connection would be to basically short-circuit Bryan's brainwaves with electro-convulsive therapy (aka shock treatment). Maddox trusts that Finola is right, and gives the order. Behind her back, he also tells the doctor to up Bryan's dosage of the injections he's been taking if he wakes up. Those injections are still a piece of the puzzle that is missing.


When they shock Bryan, Mariel convulses as well. Back in the dream world, Bryan is being briefed on the mission and ... Maddox is there. Bryan seems to know him, in what appears to be a reaction to the shock therapy, but this looks like the moment the two met which was alluded to in the previous episodes, in one of the timelines where Maddox mentioned he'd talked to a Bryan Beneventi but he didn't work for the CIA, he was a war criminal. Now we see Maddox wish Bryan luck with his mission. Knowing what's about to come, Bryan warns Asalah to take her grandfather and get to safety.

As the shock therapy continues, Bryan is now in the middle of the raid, each of the shocks causing what appears to be lightning in his alternate universe. But something is weighing on his mind and he orders his men to cease fire because he knows what's going to happen next and he has to stop it. But he didn't. Bryan now appears to be alone in the village and on the ground is Asalah, killed in the crossfire. He then takes her body to her grandfather, and then he sees Mariel sitting on a chair on the side of the mountain. He asks her why she made him go through this again. She reaches out but before they can touch hands, one last shock spring Bryan back to reality, jumping off of the operating table. He needs to see Mariel, but it appears that the shock and breaking the link between them has killed her.

Finola tells Bryan she knows about Asalah. Bryan says her grandfather told him that she knew there was going to be an ambush and had come to the village to warn Bryan so he didn't think she'd betrayed him. Bryan then took his men to find the Taliban, and they did find a group hiding in a cave. Bryan took revenge for Asalah but it wasn't the same group that had killed her. And that is why Bryan was in prison as a war criminal, and he'd still be there if Maddox hadn't pulled him out and given him a job. Bryan now carries the picture not to remember Asalah, but to not forget what it's like to invest in something he can lose. Bryan believes he was chosen to relive all that for a reason, but without Mariel now it will be harder to determine why. Finola tells him she things the debris is all connected, and they wonder if the debris is experiencing them the same way they are experiencing it. Maddox has said that Bryan's the only person the debris has sought out, that they know of, and he can't let that happen again, but Bryan is fairly sure what happened to him has nothing to do with the injections he's getting losing their effectiveness.

Ferris sent Finola the Legari files, and George is making his way across the country to Virginia to the antenna fields to boost the signals. He assures her he'll be fine. Ummm, isn't George sort of a fugitive and won't Maddox have people looking for him?

The last moment of the episode moved to Sedona, Arizona. A Native American man is making his way to perhaps watch the sunset, and in voice over he talks about the Blackwater grandfather, and different colored metals in the north, south, east and west parts of the country, and how the grandfather brough the black wind down on the Earth. What does it all mean?

And what about the end credits 'mission control' voices (probably not heard in the NBC broadcast version of the episode)? A man's voice says that they've found Beneventi. A female voice that sounds like Finola says he has a wound on his chest. The male voices asks what happened to those men out there? I'm assuming that now that Bryan has been name-checked here that it must be of some importance. We have two more episodes before we find out what any of this means.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Jupiter's Legacy - HOTCHKA Review

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'Jupiter's Legacy' doesn't know what it wants to be

by Chuck Duncan

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter

There are times when a movie or TV based on another property is released that it's better to go into it blind, without any expectations of what it should be. Other times, it's good to have some familiarity with the source material so you're not completely lost or left on the outside of the in-jokes and Easter eggs other members of the audience are enjoying. With the new Netflix series Jupiter's Legacy, I went into it completely blind, not really sure what the show was about (foolishly, I thought perhaps it had something to do with Roman gods). I'm still not sure after eight episodes.

From the start we meet a team of superheroes in modern day America (this is a decidedly American show with flag-waving and Christian values that may not translate well to other countries where it may simply promote American arrogance) facing off against the usual band of supervillains. One in particular, Blackstar (Tyler Mane), has been a thorn in their side (by the way, this group of heroes appears to have no team name although they all gather under their own version of the Hall of Justice, just one of the many derivative things in this show), and he's been incorporated in some Supervillain Superman prison ... until now. With the heroes coming out in full force to battle Blackstar, the son of The Utopian (Josh Duhamel), The Paragon (Andrew Horton), has to make a snap decision to save his father's life ... so he destroys Blackstar's skull, completely violating The Utopian's 'code' that they will never kill anyone, no matter what. This event is the driving force of the series, and it also begins to tear apart not only the heroes (most of whom believe the code is outdated as the villains become more powerful), but the family of The Utopian, also known as Sheldon Sampson. Not only does his son Brandon's actions cause embarrassment to the group (in Sheldon'e eyes, at least), he's also got rogue daughter Chloe (Elena Kampouris) openly showing disdain for her family while using her superhero superstardom -- yes, none of these heroes seem to hide their identities -- into fame as a model with a hot temper and a drug addiction (she also gets mixed up with the son of someone from Sheldon's past who has a device that can transport him anywhere he wishes). Sheldon's long-suffering wife Grace (Leslie Bibb) stands by his side and acts as the spokesperson for the group, but even she isn't sure about Sheldon's adherance to the code, and his brother Walter (Ben Daniels) also believes it's time to move on from the code. Their story takes a twist when they learn Blackstar is actually still in prison, so they now have to find out who sent this clone after them.

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The series spends half of its time in the modern world, but half of the time is spent giving up the origin story of the original six heroes (and there's no real explanation about the other, younger members of the group except that aside from Brandon and Chloe, there is one other child of the original six) that begins on the eve of the Great Depression where we meet Sheldon and Walter, sons of a steel magnate who commits suicide after gambling away all of his employees' pensions to expand the company despite warnings from Walter that things are about to change for the worse. Golden boy Sheldon is sent into an emotional spiral, constantly haunted by the mangled ghost of his father, tortured by a story by Grace (a reporter at the time before she married Sheldon) revealing the truth about his father, and nearly driven mad by visions of windmills and circles and coordinates in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. All Sheldon knows at this point is that he has to go to that location to see what's drawing him there, and after having another vision of Walter, Grace, a boat captain, one of his former employees, and unknown man and his best friend George (Matt Lanter), he convinces them all to get on a boat and follow him on his crazy quest ... and after almost dying in a raging storm, they find what Sheldon is looking for -- an island that appeared from out of thin air. The group ventures onto the island, which then won't let them leave. They finally realize that they must work together to survive, and they are awarded their superpowers for their efforts. By whom, we don't know but the planet Jupiter is visible, but if that is the legacy of the title it's never explained (and this doesn't happen until the seventh episode!). Back in the modern world, though, we're left with the question 'where's George?' That is finally answered ... sort of, but not really.

This is the basic problem with Jupiter's Legacy, splitting the action between two timelines over the course of the entire series. It would have worked much better with a modern day intro to this world of heroes and villains, and then spent an episode just on the whole backstory. The back and forth just muddles everything and breaks any momentum of the present day story, its only purpose seeming to be giving the post production team the chance to play with aspect ratios, with the scenes in the past filling the screen and given a more golden hue, and present day cropped in a more cinematic, colorful widescreen ratio. It's a nice visual trick, but that's all it is. It doesn't do anything to clarify anything in the story and, sadly, nor do the actors.

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This might have seemed like a great project to sign on to, with the chance to play both younger and older versions of themselves, but the whole concept is laughable. We're supposed to believe Duhamel, Bibb and especially Daniels are in their early 20s in 1928. Daniels is pushing 57 and undergoes some obvious digital de-aging for the scenes in the past, whereas Bibb and Duhamel are subjected to some old age makeup in the present -- which it seems is pretty much forgotten about by the second episode as they just wear their really bad white wigs and, in Duhamel's and Daniels' case, glued on beards. Mike Wade, who was the steel mill employee hired for the sea voyage, doesn't appear aged at all. His older self is in a wheelchair with some skin discoloration (burns?) on one side of his face. Otherwise he looks the same almost 100 years later. Speaking of bad wigs ... that rat's next they put on Chloe's head is, in a word, awful. Think Liza Minnelli if she never combed her hair. I think the entire make-up budget went into Tyler Mane's Blackstar prosthetics (I'm assuming it's prosthetics, although it very well could be digital) because that is the most impressive look in the series.

Besides no favors being done by the makeup, the script also does no justice to the actors. Duhamel's given a range of stoic to unhinged with very little ground between them. Bibb's firecracker reporter is reduced to patient wife. Daniels at least has some shades to Walter, who has to tread a fine line with his baby brother while always having some resentment towards him bubbling just beneath the surface. Horton's Brandon reminds one of a young Clark Kent, except more bland, and Kampouris's Chloe is just as annoying as her wig. Ian Quinlan, who plays Hutch (the guy Chloe gets mixed up with) is at least interesting with questionable motivations -- Is he lying to Sheldon about not knowing where his father is? Is he using Chloe to help his father get revenge on Sheldon? We don't know but it's the most intriguing part of the story. And then there is a twist that leaves the series on a cliffhanger ending ... that probably could have been resolved in one more episode.

Will there be a second season? It seems that's what Netflix is banking on calling these first eight episodes 'Volume 1' instead of 'Season 1' (which means they could have already filmed a second 'volume' of eight episodes as they did with Ratched). The question is, will there be enough people tuning in who actually want to spend another eight episodes with these people?

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Trailer Roundup: May 2 - 8

May 13


Intergalactic is streaming on Peacock May 13th. Written by award-winning showrunner, Julie Gearey ("Prisoners’ Wives," "Cuffs," "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"), the series tells the story of fearless young cop and galactic pilot, Ash Harper ("Savannah Steyn"), who has her glittering career ripped away from her after being wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony. But on the way there, Ash’s fellow convicts stage a mutiny and seize control of their prison transfer ship. With the flight crew dead, mob leader Tula Quik ("Sharon Duncan-Brewster"), is intent on reaching the free world – Arcadia – with her gang; and Ash is the only pilot who can get them there. Ash is forced to join them on the run towards a distant galaxy and an uncertain future.

May 20


Downtown Naples is much like love. Once you have fallen in, there is no escaping it. Season 4 of the Gritty Italian mafia drama, Gomorrah, premieres May 20 on HBO Max.

May 21


Let’s talk it out. #PAUSEwithSamJay​, a new approach to late night conversations from SNL writer Sam Jay and Insecure’s Prentice Penny, debuts May 21 on HBO Max.

If you need saving, don't call him. The Neighbor returns to Netflix on May 21.

May 24


Bothered to realize they are next-door neighbors and share a psychiatrist, a man and a woman find it's impossible to stay out of each other's way.

May 26


Food, community, culture, resiliency. Based on Jessica B. Harris’ award-winning book, High On The Hog traces the moving story of a people's survival and triumph via the food that has knit generations together and helped define the American kitchen. From Gumbo to fried chicken, our culinary journey stretches from Africa to enslavement, to the Harlem Renaissance, up to our present-day; we celebrate the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people. This is not just an African American story; it’s an American story. A feast for all the senses. Watch High on The Hog, only on Netflix on May 26.

May 27


Streaming May 27th, only on Paramount+, a reimagining of the classic '90s hit, the brand-new series features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view.

May 28


The best trips are never planned. When a straight-laced high school student has a regrettable first sexual encounter, she and her and slacker best friend have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in America's heartland. Watch the Hulu Original Film, Plan B, May 28th, and stream more Asian and Pacific Islander Stories, only on Hulu.

Lavell Crawford performs his fifth stand-up comedy special in Tempe, Arizona focusing on COVID-19. Lavell shares his views on mask culture, fatherhood and why 2020 was the best year to fart in public. Lavell Crawford: The Comedy Vaccine premieres on Friday, May 28 at 10/9c only on SHOWTIME.

June 3


Atlanta’s hottest dancers transition from working in the club to life Beyond the Pole. Friendships are tested, finances are strapped, but together these ladies hustle to move Beyond the Pole. Beyond The Pole Premieres Thursday June 3 at 10/9c.

There are certain Summers that made us who we are. And the protagonists of Summertime 2 are about to live one of them. Summer, Edo, Sofia, Ale and Dario will discover what growing up really means: being able to make choices, experiencing love like they've never done before and accepting that sometimes, Summer is the most difficult season of all. But it's also the one we'll remember forever. Summertime, season 2, coming June 3 only on Netflix.

The popular survival series Alone returns for season eight on Thursday, June 3 at 9:30PM ET/PT only on The HISTORY® Channel. Watch ten new contestants fight to survive in the location with one of the densest grizzly bear populations on earth, Chilko Lake, British Columbia.

Meet Dylan Pettersson, a girl with big dancing aspirations. When she’s talked into cleaning at the struggling drag club Queens, the club’s star dancer and choreographer Victor accidentally discovers her talent. She desperately wants to be a part of the show, but she's a girl - and it's a drag show. However, where there's a will, there’s a way. Dancing Queens premieres June 3, only on Netflix.

Creators who emit a mystical sense of professionalism test their skills against an unprecedented lineup of star-studded guests. Streaming worldwide on June 3, only on Netflix!

When a dark power enshrouds the Earth after a total solar eclipse, the scattered Sailor Guardians must reunite to bring light back into the world. Premieres June 3 only on Netflix.

June 4


"Can a love so sweet ... last forever?" Or will it turn sour before the expiration date? When love goes bad. Sweet & Sour, 4 June, Only on Netflix.

Available June 4th on Netflix. Two years after the murder of his son and father, a retired hitman plots his revenge against the murderer: his own brother.

June 6


War of the Worlds Season 2 premieres Sunday, June 6th. Set-in present-day Europe, War of the Worlds is a multi-faceted series, based on the story by H.G. Wells. When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with baited breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out; just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world. As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? This is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - but they are more than just victims in a brutal war. For, as we will come to realize, the aliens’ savage attack on earth is not arbitrary: its seeds are being sown before our very eyes.

June 9


Chaos ensues after a global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep. But Jill (Gina Rodriguez), an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. Sleep Is Survival. Watch AWAKE, on Netflix June 9

June 27


A Discovery of Witches returns to AMC June 27th. Stream all episodes now on AMC+.

July 9


In this new iteration and new world, the Leverage crew have watched as the rich and powerful continue to take what they want without consequence. Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) have watched the world change over the last eight years.Since their last job, it’s become easier–and sometimes legal–for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. To address the changes in the world around them, the team finds new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble.

July 23


The forbidden love affair between a 1960s couple (Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner) is uncovered by an ambitious present-day journalist (Felicity Jones) after she finds a trove of secret love letters. Directed by Augustine Frizzell, adapted from Jojo Moyes’ sweeping, romantic novel, and also starring Joe Alwyn and Nabhaan Rizwan. Watch The Last Letter From Your Lover on Netflix July 23.

August 15


In this life you’re either the hero or the heel. Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig star in Heels, premiering August 15 on STARZ.

Coming Soon



Cue the light(ning)! Mayhem takes a chilling turn this fall with #MuppetsHauntedMansion​, an Original Special, coming to #DisneyPlus.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Debris S01E10: I Am Icarus


Can Bryan and Finola restore the universe before it"s too late?

Guest Cast: Keenan Tracey, Jessica McLeod

That crazy-eyed beyotch shot Bryan! No offense to the actress, who I'm sure is a lovely person, but she's got crazy eyes and all I can think when I see her is Cecily Strong playing a crazy-eyed character on SNL. Sorry. Luckily, Shelby was able to get Bryan to the debris to make another jump ... except this time Kathleen is at the house when Bryan returns and Shelby is missing. Not only that, but rifts are opening up with views into the various multi-verses which are threatening the complete collapse of the universe as a whole. Seeing all this, Bryan's partner's eyes get even wider but she's not sure Bryan knows what he's talking about, especially after he tells her that George Jones is the only person who can fix all this. George is dead, killed two days earlier at the Influx raid. Sensing that this is a bad thing, Kathleen -- who said she hasn't jumped since Shelby disappeared -- takes off and resets things again. And this time i'ts Finola who knocks on her door with a new partner. When Kathleen tries to explain that Finola's father was the only person who could have fixed things, Finola says her father is very much alive.

George is working for Obital at Langley, but this version of him has no recollection of all the previous calls for assistance he's received, and as before he tells Finola that making another jump will most likely make things worse, not better, causing irreversible damage. He asserts that Kathleen has to accept that her brother is gone (not sure how that's going to repair the ripped fabric of the universe, George). Finola told her father about an agent in another universe named Bryan Beneventi, and George then brings that name up with Maddox. Nope, not an agent, but Maddox knows of him. Bryan is a war criminal in this universe. Is that so?

Back at the house, Kathleen and Finola see Shelby and Bryan through one of the rifts. Shelby writes a note saying they can see them as well. Bryan writes something but the rift closes before it can be read. Finola tells Kathleen that she knows she lied about what George had said about continuing to make jumps, and Kathleen takes the blame for causing all of this in the first place, forcing Shelby to keep making jumps until he disappeared. But screw it all, she runs off and resets things once again.

When she returns, she can see Shelby and Bryan again and she writes "I love you" and the two try to touch hands. Finola shows up again ... and now she's with Agent Crazy Eyes! There is a large rift on top of the house now, so she calls it in to get a team there right away. Inside, Kathleen tells Finola that Bryan and Shelby want to communicate with her. Bryan writes:

"Another version of you was on the verge of an answer. We got separated before she could tell me. Something about a bilateral deviation. No clue what that means. No more time."

This Finola has no clue what he's referring to, so Bryan writes, "Ask George." Finola writes back, "DEAD". Bryan responds:

"You believe debris came here for a reason. You believe in the world. Help save it."

And then they disappear.


With the crew on site to remove the debris, Kathleen tells Finola they have to jump again to get more time, and Finola has to come with her so she'll remember the next time. They manage to make the jump, Finola returns with one of Bryan's other partners and he tells Finola to call her father because he'll know what to do. Finola shocks her partner when she tells him George is dead ... because he'd just talked to George the day before. Now Finola is shocked that George is alive. But now there is concern because Shelby and Bryan haven't reappeared, so Finola calls George to explain everything, particularly Bryan's message of the bilateral deviation. George insists that the debris must be removed, but something clicks in Finola and she thinks she may now understand that cryptic message -- to restore the universe, they must all jump at the same time. When Bryan and Shelby finally reappear, Finola writes that they need to synchronize their watches and all jump together at the same time in their respective universes. And they have to move quickly because the extraction team is there.

They all jump and ... Bryan and Finola are back in the SUV on their way to Washington, back at the same overlook. They see the house but they don't know Shelby, or Kathleen, but they know the agents. They've got a lot of explaining to do. But this timeline reset still didn't put everything back the way it was. Back at Langley, Maddox gets a phone call about a lunch appointment he didn't make. This time he doesn't go to the restaurant to confront his wife. Instead, when he gets home she and Dario are gone, a packet of divorce papers awaiting him.

And lest we forget about Anson Ash, he's still being held at the facility. A guard comes to collect his dinner tray, but as he stupidly reaches through the slot in the door Ash grabs his arms and won't let go. He finally does and the guard says he's on report. As the guard leaves, punching in the security code to open the door, Ash recites the same numbers being pushed while in his cell. So now Ash has the ability to read someone's thoughts?! This can't be good.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Trailer Roundup: April 25 - May 1

April 28


The new season of The Handmaid's Tale now streaming, only on Hulu.

April 29


In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. Now streaming, only on Netflix.

May 6


From the simple mind of Michael Che comes a groundbreaking new comedy series where each episode illustrates what it feels like to experience everyday situations including racial profiling, unemployment, falling in love, and more, from Michael's perspective. Fellow SNL cast members Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Colin Quinn, Ellen Cleghorne and Colin Jost lend their talents along with guest stars Omari Hardwick, Geoffrey Owens, Godfrey, Billy Porter and Method Man. Stream all six episodes of That Damn Michael Che May 6 on HBO Max.

Ballroom is back! 10 new houses are turning up the heat with their unique styles and unforgettable routines, all to prove they have what it takes to be Legendary. Stream Season 2 of Legendary, available May 6 on HBO Max.

May 7


From Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman comes an astonishingly intimate portrait of one of the biggest international music superstars of our time. THE BOY FROM MEDELLÍN follows J Balvin as he prepares for the most important concert of his career--a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia.

May 8


A story of mystery and passion about the true identities and painful love of a group of ambitious people in the upper class. While they seem to have everything and live a glamorous life, the drama puts a spotlight on their unhappiness.

A struggling screenwriter discovers his lucrative ability to bring antiques from his dreams into the real world — but his new life soon unravels.

May 13


Eat your heart out Celine, there's a new Queen of Vegas. Max Original Hacks explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old (Hannah Einbinder). In addition to Smart and Einbinder, Hacks stars series regular Carl Clemons-Hopkins and recurring guest stars Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, Paul W. Downs, Mark Indelicato, Poppy Liu, Johnny Sibilly, Meg Stalter and Rose Abdoo. Stream Hacks on HBO Max, available May 13.

Dracula's influence looms large as Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Alucard struggles to embrace his humanity.

May 14


There's the entrance exam, and then the real test. An institute with decades of legacy, millions of aspiring students, and one common dream. The IITs are the Indian version of the American dream that involves clearing the world's toughest public exam for guaranteed lifelong success. But life is not an exam. It’s a hustle, one that nobody trained them for. Find out what goes into making an IITian an IITian, in Alma Matters, on 14th May on Netflix.

May 18


The wait is over and Dr. Dubrow & Dr. Nassif will see you now. The new season of Botched premieres May 18 on E!

May 19


A mysterious body found in his backyard threatens to send Alex back to jail. At the same time, he finds information that leads him to believe his sister wasn't who he really thought. Will he be able to exact his revenge? Who Killed Sara?, season two, arrives on May 19th, only on Netflix.

#무브투헤븐​ #Netflix​ #MovetoHeaven ​ "We will now begin your final move." Every death has a story to tell. We light your untold stories so they can live on. Move to Heaven delivers. Move to Heaven, May 14, Only on Netflix.

May 20


Why be normal, when you can be Special? From the heart and mind of Ryan O'Connell, Special returns to Netflix on May 20th.

May 23


The Emmy Award-winning MASTER OF NONE returns with a new season that chronicles the relationship of Denise (Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe) and her partner Alicia (BAFTA winner Naomi Ackie). Directed by series co-creator and Emmy winner Aziz Ansari, and scripted by Ansari and Waithe, this new season is a modern love story that intimately illustrates the ups and downs of marriage, struggles with fertility, and personal growth both together and apart. Fleeting romantic highs meet crushing personal losses while existential questions of love and living are raised. Co-created by Ansari and Emmy Award winner Alan Yang, Season 3 delivers an evolution of the series that remains tethered to previous seasons while breaking new storytelling ground of its own. Watch Master of None S3, only on Netflix.

You can kick them out of Wall Street, but the hustle NEVER ends. See what antics Mo, Dawn, and Blair are up to on the new season of Black Monday. Starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall. Watch the Season 3 premiere on May 23 at 10/9c on SHOWTIME.

May 26


In this Thai horror film that marries science with the supernatural, an experiment about the afterlife goes awry when Gla and Wee, two medical doctor buddies see a ‘ghost’ with their own eyes for the first time. This encounter spawns an insatiable drive to find a scientific explanation for ghosts and to find proof of the afterlife. Their fixation and reckless pursuit of knowledge will take them down a rabbit hole that will cost them their friendship and their loved ones.

May 28


In Hollywood, the final act is always full of surprises. The Final Season of The Kominsky Method premieres May 28, only on Netflix.

The privileged life of a pampered dog named Trouble is turned upside-down when he gets lost and must learn to survive on the big-city streets. Dog Gone Trouble is available on Netflix 5/28!

May 29


In the face of conflict, they sought peace. Based on the remarkable true story of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, the original film Oslo premieres May 29 on HBO Max.

May 30


The HISTORY® Channel sets the premiere date for its new two-hour documentary Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre on Sunday, May 30 at 8PM ET/PT. The documentary commemorates the 100th anniversary of the horrific Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history, and calls attention to the previously ignored but necessary repair of a town once devastated.

June 1


You've been there since the beginning. Now, see how it all ends. For the last time, on June 1st, temptation Tuesday's return. The final season of Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots premiers on Tuesday, June 1st, at 8/7c.

June 3


From creator Marc Cherry, this season of the dark comedy features a new ensemble cast and storylines set in 1949 that will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society, and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong...

The Pretty Guardians of Love and Justice return in an all-new double-feature where beautiful dreams come alive! Join all your favorite Sailor Guardians as they battle the mysterious Dead Moon Circus and awaken dazzling new powers in these films based on the popular "Dream" arc of Naoko Takeuchi's iconic saga. Coming to Netflix worldwide outside Japan on June 3rd!

June 4


Based on the beloved DC Comic, and Executive Produced by Susan Downey & Robert Downey Jr., Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer-boy and a wandering loner who embark on an extraordinary adventure. All episodes of Sweet Tooth premiere on June 4, 2021, only on Netflix.

Dom tells the story of Pedro, a handsome boy from Rio de Janeiro’s middle class who is introduced to cocaine in his teen years, putting him on the path to becoming the leader of a criminal gang that dominated the tabloids in Rio in the early 2000s: Pedro Dom. Shifting between action, adventure and drama, Dom also follows Pedro’s father Victor Dantas, who as a teenager, makes a discovery at the bottom of the sea, reports it to the authorities and ends up joining the police intelligence service. The series shows the journey of father and son living opposite lives, often mirroring and complementing each other, while both confront situations which blur the lines between right and wrong.

June 6


Domina coming to EPIX June 2021.

Welcome to Tangier. Based on the erotic short stories of Anaïs Nin, the six-part limited series Little Birds premieres June 6 on STARZ.

June 7


Katie Thurston makes her debut as “The Bachelorette” in the first promo for her season, which premieres June 7.

In this spin-off to the wildly popular Australian mystery series, Phryne Fisher's long-lost niece, Peregrine (Geraldine Hakewill), decides to follow in her stylish footsteps as a lady detective for a new era. With the help of the handsome, straitlaced Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson) and a group of accomplished women, Peregrine investigates murders in 1960s Melbourne.

June 11


Lights up on Washington Heights...The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. In theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax* June 11.

June 18


Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) is a quietly tormented housewife in ’80s San Diego, who behind closed door battles extreme personal demons and a vicious inner voice. But things change when she discovers aerobics, sparking a journey toward empowerment and success. Coming June 18 to Apple TV+.

This summer, you’re invited to Portorosso. Watch the new trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Luca and see the film June 18 on Disney+.

June 24


Takayuki Yamada stars in the story of the chaotic life of Toru Muranishi–a pioneer of prohibited broadcasting and a favorite son of the era–and his companions. The Naked Director Season 2 is set for worldwide release on June 24th, only on Netflix!

July 2


In Theaters and on Hulu July 2. In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

THE TOMORROW WAR premieres July 2, 2021 globally on Prime Video. In The TOMORROW WAR, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.

July 18


Southside Jamaica, Queens, 1991. These streets don’t play. Power Book III: Raising Kanan​ premieres July 18 only on STARZ!

July 21


The heroes from Trollhunters, 3 Below, and Wizards must team up to face a mysterious enemy who threatens to take over their worlds. This July 21st, they will rise! Only on Netflix.

Coming Soon


Check out the official trailer for Lil Duval's Living My Best Life Comedy Special — coming to ALLBLK this summer.

A new season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars and Untucked are coming soon and will be streaming exclusively on Paramount+. Fans can catch up on past seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, Untucked and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars on Paramount+ now.

Welcome to Tranquilim House, where in just 10 days, you will be transformed. Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu Original, is coming soon.

An animated musical adventure that follows VIVO, a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear,” voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda), who must find his way from Havana to Miami in order to deliver a song on behalf of his beloved owner and mentor Andres (Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan de Marcos Gonzáles).

In Betty, a diverse group of young women navigates their lives through the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City. Starring Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, from Crystal Moselle’s original film Skate Kitchen. Season 2 of Betty premieres in June on HBOMax.

Hit & Run is a thrilling mystery centered around one man’s unconditional love for his murdered wife, and his dark journey to uncover the truth behind her death no matter the cost. Hit & Run hits Netflix this summer.

America's favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan is back on SHOWTIME® in a new 10-episode limited series coming this fall. Starring Michael C. Hall. Watch the new Dexter Limited Series premiering in 2021. All past seasons now available to stream on SHOWTIME.

From Bo Burnham, a new comedy special, Inside. Coming soon, only on Netflix.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The CW Announces Summer Line-up of New & Returning Series

The CW Network today announced additional summer 2021 premiere dates for the U.S. broadcast debut of WELLINGTON PARANORMAL, as well as fan favorites DC'S STARGIRL, DEAD PIXELS and SUPERGIRL, in addition to alternative series MASTERS OF ILLUSION. The network also announced the returns of IN THE DARK, CORONER, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, RIVERDALE and BURDEN OF TRUTH.

The third season of IN THE DARK returns to The CW with a new premiere date Wednesday, June 23 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) following an original episode of the new hit series KUNG FU (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). IN THE DARK had previously been announced to premiere June 9.

The horror-comedy WELLINGTON PARANORMAL, a spinoff of the vampire mockumentary film "What We Do In The Shadows," from award-winning creators Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords") and Taika Waititi ("Jojo Rabbit"), will make its U.S. broadcast debut on The CW with back-to-back original episodes airing Sunday, July 11 (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT). The following week, on Sunday, July 18, WELLINGTON PARANORMAL (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT) will be paired with the return of the British comedy DEAD PIXELS (9:30-10:00pm ET/PT), back for its second season. Both nights will kick off with brand new, original episodes of DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

The Canadian investigative procedural CORONER returns with its season three U.S. premiere Thursday, July 15 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) following and original episode of The CW's hit series WALKER (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

The season three premiere of science fiction drama ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO airs Monday, July 26 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH starring Kristin Kreuk returns for its fourth and final season Thursday, August 19 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by an original episode of CORONER (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Brec Bassinger is back as DC'S STARGIRL returning for its second season premiere on Tuesday, August 10 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by an original episode of SUPERMAN & LOIS (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The return of RIVERDALE from its midseason hiatus moves to Wednesday, August 11 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) as it completes its fifth season, paired with original episodes of IN THE DARK (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). RIVERDALE was originally announced to return on July 7.

The CW's Friday magical programming of MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8:00-8:30pm and 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT) is set to premiere on August 13, followed by an all-new episode of DYNASTY (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

On Tuesday, August 24, SUPERGIRL (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) returns for the final 13 episodes and the series conclusion of the heroic journey of Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl (series star Melissa Benoist), paired on the night with fellow superhero DC'S STARGIRL (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

THE OUTPOST joins The CW's supersized summer of original programming, including the previously announced series premieres of THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH and WELLINGTON PARANORMAL as well as the returns of DC'S STARGIRL, DEAD PIXELS, IN THE DARK, CORONER, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, RIVERDALE, SUPERGIRL and BURDEN OF TRUTH. The season premiere for MASTERS OF ILLUSION, previously announced to air this summer, will be announced at a later date.

The fantasy adventure series THE OUTPOST will return to The CW on Thursday, July 15 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) following an original episode of The CW's hit series WALKER (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

The investigative procedural CORONER, starring Serinda Swan, will now make its season three debut on The CW on Thursday, August 19 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by an original episode of THE OUTPOST (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH, starring Kristin Kreuk, is set for its fourth and final season premiere on Friday, July 30 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by an original episode of DYNASTY (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Every episode from the current season of BATWOMAN, DC'S STARGIRL, KUNG FU, NANCY DREW, THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH, SUPERMAN & LOIS and WALKER as well as BURDEN OF TRUTH, CORONER, DEAD PIXELS, MASTERS OF ILLUSION, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, WELLINGTON PARANORMAL, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS will be available to stream on The CW's free digital platforms (The CW app and following its broadcast on The CW Network.

The following is The CW's extended Summer 2021 schedule including new series and returning season premieres and key revised dates. All times ET/PT:

  • 8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00pm SUPERMAN & LOIS (Return to Original Episodes)

  • 8:00-9:00pm ALL AMERICAN (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00pm THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH (Series Premiere)

  • 8:00-9:00pm KUNG FU (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00pm IN THE DARK (Season Premiere)

  • 8:00-9:00pm DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-9:30pm WELLINGTON PARANORMAL (Series Debut)
  • 9:30-10:00pm WELLINGTON PARANORMAL (Original Episode)

  • 8:00-9:00pm WALKER (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00pm THE OUTPOST (Season Premiere)

  • 8:00-9:00pm DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-9:30pm WELLINGTON PARANORMAL (Original Episode)
  • 9:30-10:00pm DEAD PIXELS (Season Premiere)

  • 8:00-9:00pm ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00pm THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH (Original Episode)

  • 8:00-9:00pm BURDEN OF TRUTH (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00pm DYNASTY (Original Episode)

  • 8:00-9:00pm DC'S STARGIRL (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00pm SUPERMAN & LOIS (Original Episode)

  • 8:00-9:00pm RIVERDALE (Return to Original Episodes)
  • 9:00-10:00pm IN THE DARK (Original Episode)

  • 8:00-9:00pm CORONER (Season Premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00pm THE OUTPOST (Original Episode)

  • 8:00-9:00pm DC'S STARGIRL (Original Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00pm SUPERGIRL (Return to Original Episodes)

Monday, April 26, 2021

Debris S01E09: Do You Know Icarus?


Things get a little timey-whimey in this week's episode.
by Chuck Duncan

Guest Cast: Zak Santiago, Keenan Tracey

We got a really interesting episode of Debris this week and, surprise, it's actually a two-parter (at least), giving us the first real cliffhanger of the season. It also played with our expectations from the previous episode in that we thought it was going to be about George building his device with the help of Gary Garcia, and Bryan and Finola trying to figure out how they were going to manage their betrayals of both of their countries. But, the pair are doing all they can to keep up appearances, taking on another debris case and leaving George with Gary (who, we learn, was a victim of George's early development of Orbital so there might be some hard feelings there).

But Finola and Bryan leave George behind and head to Washington state to investigate another anomaly caused by the debris. Upon their arrival, Bryan can detect a weak signal coming from the water, and they pay a visit to a young man named Shelby and his little brother. Except Shelby doesn't have a brother -- he claims to have a sister -- and this isn't the same little brother we already saw Shelby talking to earlier. Shelby also knows very well who Bryan and Finola are, surprising them both.

Shelby and his sister saw the debris fall into the water near their house -- he quickly blows up the cover story that it was a military aircraft by telling them point blank that he knows it's alien tech -- and when they dove in to check it out, a flash of light returned Shelby to his house two days earlier ... and with a little brother instead of a sister. Shelby has been attempting to reset his timeline so that his sister is back, and each time he does that, he also meets Bryan and Finola.

When he reveals he also knows George, they begin to believe his story of this never-ending time loop. Finola calls her father, again, and he talks to Shelby, trying to get details about what happened when his sister disappeared, such as the color pattern of the flash of light he saw before the time jump. Shelby can't really recall, and while talking privately with Finola, George warns her to not allow Shelby to time jump again because he's going to destroy the fabric of space and time. Shelby previously told them that George told him to keep jumping to reset the timeline, so Finola now knows that was a lie. But before she can tell Bryan, Shelby takes off and jumps again. And again. And again. Each time he gets a little more information for George, but the warning to stop the jumping is the same. When Bryan catches a glimpse of Shelby's sister in a mirror, he knows that the situation is becoming more serious.


But Shelby takes off again and Bryan goes after him, trying to prevent the jump but Shelby drags both of them into the debris and before Bryan knows it, he's back on the road to Washington. With a different partner but going through the same motions as before. Shelby keeps jumping and Bryan keeps getting new partners, but he knows what Shelby is doing now, and now he needs things to be reset so Finola is back where she belongs.

Finola is now just sitting at a desk at MI6 HQ, and Bryan calls her out of the blue. She has no idea who he is but she has his CIA file pulled and patiently listens to his wild story. But he strikes a nerve with her when he mentions a story about a soldier and a penguin, which Shelby said was something George had mentioned during one of their conversations (in this new scenario, George is dead again but in an accident instead of suicide). Finola is spooked when Bryan mentioned the story which was written for her mother. Bryan says there's something in the story that can help him get back something he needs desperately, so she relates the story to him. Basically the story is about someone who spends a lifetime hiding what he truly wants so that his heart isn't eventually broken. Finola asks who the person is Bryan is trying to get back to and he says, "You."

What Bryan doesn't know is that his latest partner has been in touch with Maddox with concerns that he's being affected by the debris, and that he won't listen to her. Maddox tells her to prevent him from making another jump by whatever means necessary. So will Bryan get Finola back, will he be stuck with his new wild-eyed partner who looks like she's about to lose her shit at any minute, or will she just kill him?

And I assume we are to start thinking, from the reminders of Maddox's family life, his son (who we now know was injured in an accident), his wife (who was driving the car), and her decision to leave her husband because she can't live with his forgiveness anymore, that Maddox's obsession with the debris is more than professional, perhaps he's hoping to find that piece that can restore his son's physical health and heal his marriage. Maybe he should just use the debris Bryan has found instead of ordering him killed.

By the way, if you're watching the broadcast version of the show, the end credits are different than the streaming version which has included some voices that remind one of NASA Mission Control. At the end of this week's episode, there is mention of Gary Garcia, with the voice saying, 'He's gone.' Perhaps this is just a little Easter egg for the streaming viewers and unimportant, but it is interesting.