The Boys (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A world where very familiar super-heroes with shady origins are working for a corporate.
2) Eric Kripke chose the perfect subject for his latest project. We live in a time where comic-book superheroes are having their golden-era in Hollywood thanks to MCU. Kudos to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for their 3rd consecutive super-hero black-comedy after Preacher and Future Man.
3) Antony Starr as Homelander. The mash-up of Superman and Captain America is the most fascinating character of all the “Supes”. Flight 37 sequence was most-shocking scene of this season.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Butcher: What’s Sporty Spice up to?
MM: Who?
Butcher: Sporty fucking Spice. What is she up to?
MM: I don’t know.
Butcher: Exactly. How about Posh? You know what she’s doing?
MM: I don’t understand.
Butcher: Making clothes for anorexics. Right? Not exactly a growth market.And Baby? You know what she’s doing?
Fuck all. Not even page six of the Daily Mail.And Scary Spice? Up to her eyeballs in lawsuits and sex tapes. Ginger, on the other hand, has released three albums. Passion, Schizophonic and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. They’ll all make your ears bleed. You see, when they’re apart, they’re absolute fucking rubbish. But, you put them together, they’re the goddamn fucking Spice Girls.

MM: How do you know so much about the Spice Girls?

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Mirzapur (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep# 7: “Lions of Mirzapur” – Best episode of the series.
2) Geographical tour of Purvanchal for the uninitiated.
3) A good ensemble of actors.

 

CONS –
1) If this show would have released before Gangs Of Wasseypur and Sacred Games, this probably would’ve been a success. But this genre belongs to Anurag Kashyap and his team, and he already raised the bar too high for any run-of-the-mill copy.
2) Shallow characters and soulless plot. Entire Rasika Dugal’s plot seems forcefully shoved for cheap thrills.
3) Pankaj Tripathi is now seriously typecasted in this role. Just like in Gurgaon (2017), his performance is mediocre.

 
QUOTE –
“jab aadmi ko izzat ki ummeed na ho,aur wo mil jaye, to uski loyalty dus guna badh jaati hai.”

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) A fitting tribute to Philip K. Dick was long overdue.
2) 10 episodes with a vast range of actors. Most notably Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Buscemi, and Timothy Spall.
3) Best episodes: “Impossible Planet”, “Real Life”, “The Father Thing”, “The Commuter”

 

Cons –
1) A mild version of Black Mirror
2) Boring episodes: “The Hood Maker”, “Crazy Diamond”, “Human Is”, “Kill All Others”

 
Quote –
“Irma: I dreamt you, Mr.Norton.Deep in my heart. And I think maybe you dreamt me too.”

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”

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) The 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?”

Haq Se Single by Zakir Khan (2017)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/3

 

Pros –
1) Stand-Up comedy like a TED-Talk

 

Cons –
1) Now it’s not spontaneous – it’s made up. Zakir trying to act like Zakir.
2) 30 minutes too long for a stand-up act

 

Quote –
“Mere hisab se duniya mein do tarah ke log hote hain – Ek jinko Gangs of Wasseypur pasand hai aur dusre sab saale Ramadhir ke aadmi !”