Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Show exploring adventure of a small-town poser and his one-sided-love-affair
2) Supporting cast and cameos: Vineet Sharma as Singham, Abhimanyu Singh as Chachaji
3) Theme song by Vishal Dadlani

 

Cons –
1) Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain have set the bar too high for small town comedy
2) Shallow direction with hardly any memorable scenes; one-time watch.

 

Quote –
“shaashan prashaashan ki banti nahin, pata nahin tujhe”

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Sacred Games (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”

The Defenders (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Plot-Twist: Elektra killing Alexandra
2) Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra – Great casting
3) Stick cutting his own hand – badass!

 

Cons –
1) Stick’s death – end of a very powerful character.
2) Over-stretched climax with lousy action sequences. The hand-to-hand combat is ruined by excessive cuts and editing.
3) Iron Fist – probably the weakest super-hero of MCU

 

Quote –
Jessica Jones: Nice ears.
Daredevil: They’re horns.

Godless (Season 1)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Finale: Epic gun battle in the final episode
2) Jeff Daniels: the Central character of this mini-series. Possibly his definitive role.
3) The “Indian Ghost” plot-twist – I’m considering it was a joke
4) Some good cinematography and scenic locations
5) Christopher Fitzgerald as Valentine: The best actor in the entire show.Less screen-time but great performance.

 

Cons –
1) A lot of characters like Logan, Whitey were highlighted in all episode however with a dissatisfying conclusion.
2) This miniseries could’ve wrapped up in 3 episode max.
3) Jack O’Connell as Roy Goode – They could’ve found a better actor for such an important role.

 

Quote –
Pastor Moore: ‘Tis a fearful thing, to love what death can touch.

Black Mirror (Season 3)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Ep.1 : Nosedive – Hazards of internet and social media – Ingrid in dystopia.
2) Ep.2 : Playtest – Hazards of increasing video-game technology.Nasty plot-twist.
3) Ep.3 : Shut Up and Dance – Hazards of internet and social media.
4) Ep.6 : Hated in the Nation – Hazards of internet and social media – better than many feature-length movies in past 20 yrs.
6) The dominant theme this season was coming future with internet and technological advancement.

 

Cons –
1) Ep.4 : San Junipero – 61 minutes of LGBT propaganda
2) Ep.5 : Men Against Fire – Anti-war propaganda episode

 

 

Quote –
That Internet stuff drifts off like weather. It’s half hate. They don’t mean it.

The Tick (2016 – Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) A world of Superheroes and Supervillains – however, the plot of AEGIS is not exploited too much.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Mediocre supporting cast.
2) If you’re making a comedy, go full-throttle like Future Man. Half-measures will give you sub-standard output.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Arthur: We’re taking Ramses to AEGIS.
Tick: Yeah.
Overkill: Those stapler-fondling bureaucrats? They’ll drown you in red tape.They’ll file your file under “where the fuck is that fucking file?”

The End of the F***ing World (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Coming-of-age love story of 2 teenage psychopaths
2) Fast paced screen-play
3) The guitar-based soundtrack – mesmerizing! The strongest asset of this show.
4) The narration by lead characters gives a very authentic comic-book experience.
5) First sincere comic-book adaptation since Scott Pilgrim.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“I’m James.I’m 17. And I’m pretty sure I’m a psychopath.”