The Boys (Season 2)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) This season revealed the origin story of Vought International which was founded on Nazi ideology by Frederick Vought. This season focuses on the white supremacist agenda of Vought founder’s widow Stormfront trying to run the company on her terms while the CEO of Vought, Stan Edgar [played by Giancarlo Esposito] trying to get rid of her with the help of Billy Butcher.
2) The show sends a complex socio-political message where it juxtaposes Hitler’s Nazi ideology with the alt-right ideas prevalent in the post-Trump USA. At the same time, the anti-supe liberal congresswoman Victoria Neuman is revealed to be a supe herself in the final episode running her own nasty political agenda.

 

 

CONS –
1) The first season brought us to the world of chemically enhanced Superheroes working for a conglomerative. The second season is a drag with unnecessary sub-plots.


QUOTE –
Stormfront: People love what I have to say. They believe in it. They just don’t like the word “Nazi,” that’s all.

JL 50 (2020) – (miniseries)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A mad scientist in 1984 cracked an ancient time-travel code and conducted his experiment on a passenger plane named JL 50. He miscalculated and instead of returning in 35-hrs, the plane crash-landed after 35 years.
2) Project Ashoka – The space-time experiment with a Mauryan connection.
3) A remarkable series in terms of story, direction, screenplay, and of course performance from a brilliant cast including Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur, and Piyush Mishra.
4) Amongst the plethora of web-series available on OTT platforms, this sci-fi miniseries is a must-watch.

 

 


CONS –
1) The cliched explanation of wormholes using a sheet of paper and a pencil.
2) The cop investigating the case, going through a divorce is also now done to death.

 

 


QUOTE –
Das: We made it!

Die Hart (mini-series)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) An action-packed comedic mockumentary where Kevin Hart is playing a fictional version of himself who’s done playing the comedic sidekick of the leading action stars and decides to become the leading man. For that, he is sent to get trained in an “action star school”.
2) All 10 episodes are less than 10-minutes long which is very refreshing and very revolutionary approach from Quibi.
3) A good ensemble of actors. Watching John Travolta in a fun role was the best thing.

 

 

CONS –
1) The viewers can smell the final plot twist from a mile.
2) It could’ve been released as a 90 minutes movie instead.

 

 

QUOTE –
Claude Van De Velde: Do you remember what Matt Damon was before he was Jason Bourne.
Kevin: Yes. He’d just won an Oscar.
Claude Van De Velde: Neither do I

The Mandalorian (Season 1)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The best thing happened to Star War since Rogue-One. Honestly, the Lukewalker Saga is now milked enough and the entire storyline around the Lukewalker family doesn’t resonate with this generation.
2) A huge round of applause to Jon Favreau for giving a new breath of life to this franchise. He is the founding father of MCU and he proved his mettle once again.
3) Jaw-dropping concept art montage in each episode’s end credits.
4) The surprise element of “Baby Yoda” is massively promising.
5) Speeder-Bike, AT-ST, Bounty robot IG-11, etc. are some brand new addition to Star Wars tech.
6) The Mandalorian theme by Ludwig Göransson

 

 

CONS –
1) This space western got huge influences from Lone Wolf and Cub, Seven Samurai (1954), etc.
2) Moff Gideon [played by Giancarlo Esposito ] – dumb boss villain.

 

 

QUOTE –
“This is the way.”

Cobra Kai (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The redemption of Johnny Lawrence. It’s mind-blowing how the tables are turned now.
2) Assembling the original cast of a 34-year-old movie is in itself an accomplishment.
3) The show chose to be comedy-drama rather than being an overly-brooding story of a former-bully.
4) 30 minutes running time for an episode is just what we need to avoid unnecessary sub-plots and built-ups.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Johnny: “You can leave your asthma and your peanut allergies and all that other made-up bullshit outside.”

Paatal Lok (Mini-Series)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A small-town politician decides to get rid of his rival’s loyal henchman and ends up opening a pandora box. The numerous colorful characters involved in this mess are merely a ruse, irrelevant to the main puppeteer Bajpayee (played surprisingly by Anup Jalota).
2) The sub-plots and backstories are better than the main plot. Without the flashbacks, it’s an ordinary episode of Crime Patrol.
3) Jaideep Ahlawat finally landed up in a show where he can show his true prowess.
4) Fast-paced screenplay and brilliant writing by Sudip Sharma.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“aisa shaastron mein likha hua hai, par maine WhatsApp mein padha hai”

Panchayat (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Light-hearted fresh story of a young reluctant panchayat secretary stuck in a village.
2) In the presence of veterans like Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Jitendra Kumar – the highlight is grabbed by newcomer Chandan Roy as Vikas and Faisal Malik as Prahlad.
3) Fast-paced screenplay without any distracting sub-plot.
4) Looking at TVF’s track-record, a second season is very unlikely to happen. But it’ll be awaited for sure.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
N/A

Living with Yourself (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A sci-fi concept previously explored in movies like The 6th Day (2000), The Island (2005), etc.
2) The screenplay is well written with events of past episodes being explained in the subsequent episodes.
3) What’s better than Paul Rudd? Two Paul Rudd.

 

CONS –
1) The momentum and expectations built-up in the first 5 episodes fizzled out in the last episodes.

 

QUOTE –
“How can you be sure that you are you?”

Ramy (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rank this show almost equivalent to “Master of None”. And for the same reason, this series is redundant as Aziz Ansari already did it.
2) “Ne Me Quitte Pas” is the Emmy worth episode of this series.
3) Stephen Way as Stevie. The best thing in Hollywood for the disability community.

 
CONS –
1) Nothing new for the audiences of “Master of None” or even “Citizen Khan”.

 

QUOTE –
“Uncle Naseem: We protect women because we don’t trust men.”

The Office (Season 2) [India]

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Mallika Dua as Kitty is a nice addition to the cast.
2) The chemistry between T.P. Mishra and Anjali

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“compromise sirf drug addicts, divorcee aur 35 ki upar ki auratein karti hain”