Netflix’s Release Date for 13 Reasons Why

Back in the summer of 2010, I was first introduced to the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher in a Lit for Young Adults class.  Since then. I’ve read the book a couple of times and even purchased it as an audible book.  When it was announced this past summer that Netflix had purchased the rights to create the adaptation of the book, I became excited.   After all, that is the hope of everyone’s favorite book: that some day, you’ll get to watch it come to life on-screen.

Selena Gomez, who is serving as a producer, posted a teaser of the 13 episode series on Instagram:

A peek at a passion project I've been working on with @Netflix. @13ReasonsWhy arrives 3/31.

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The teaser answered a much awaited question: When will the series premier?

Format of the series prediction

Netflix, thankfully, had decided to turn this Young Adult Novel into a 13 episode series.  I’m personally betting what will happen is that each episode will revolve around each of the reasons why Hannah Baker, the leading female protagonist, decided to kill herself.

New Netflix series 'Thirteen Reasons Why' launches MarchCredit: Netflix

New Netflix series ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ launches March Credit: Netflix

The male protagonist, Clay Jensen, will serve as the ‘present day’ storyteller leading us through the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide while Hannah will serve as the storyteller in the flashback portions of the series.

For those of you who need a quick refresher, Hannah sends out her ‘suicide note’ in the form of seven cassette tapes to each of the people she connects to why she commits suicide.  When we enter the book, Clay is sending the tapes to the next person on the list and then we see a flashback to when he got home the prior day and found the cassette tapes and then spends the night listening to them.

The Cast

The cast consists mostly of young up-and-coming actors:

In regards of cast credentials of the younger actors, I personally think Minnette might be an actor that a younger audience will be the most familiar with due to the fact that in 2015, he stared in the Goosebumps movie.

I think it’s daring, in a great way, that the show cast Langford as Hannah since she only has one other IMDB credit.

 

Riverdale’s Chapter 1: The River’s Edge

In regards of mid-season new TV shows, I was interested to watch Riverdale, the CW’s take on the Archie Comics cartoon after seeing the promo:

Sneak Peeks:

The sneak peeks I watched showcases how the creators and producers of the show have decided to take the 1930’s comic and puts a 21st century twist.  In a day and age where we’re seeing shows, like Stranger Things, set in the 1970’s or different time periods, it’s nice to see a modern-day take on a classic.

Although I’ve never read the comics, I remember watching a few episodes of The Archie Show.  This live action rendering seems to take the wholesome small town orientated show and showcase what it might be like living in a small town.  this is personally interesting to me, just because I grew up in a northern Minnesotan town.

This sneak peek is probably the most appealing to me because I think it’s a struggle a handful of children struggle with: pursuing what we want compared to what out parents want us to do.

Episode Review:

It’s clear that there will be a love triangle between Archie and Betty and Veronica.  It’s also clear that Archie is divided with the expectations of peers and his father.  Betty is feeling the pressure of the expectations of being a great student and Veronica is proving to being a great new friend, despite the fact the Veronica seems to spark a certain interest in Archie.

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A promo poster for The CW’s new show Riverdale.

Archie is clearly torn between a sophomore guy, an only son, and trying to figure out what his love interests. Betty comes off as a pushover at times, but already seems like she’s to be finding her footing.  Veronica is trying to find her footing after her father went to jail, causing her and her mother to move to Riverdale.    When the episode started, Jughead came off as the narrator for the episode, since we find out that he’s writing a novel inspired by the events that happened over the summer.

One thing that is a bit of a disappointment is the cliché of Archie hooking up with a teacher over the summer.  The main reason why this is a bit of a disappointment is the that we’ve seen this specific story line in Dawson’s Creek and Gossip Girl.  The whole male student being ‘seduced’ by a female teacher seems to be over done.  Regardless, it should be an interesting story line due to the fact that Archie and the his fling with the high school teacher is being kept a secret not just because of their  age difference, but because they both heard a gun shot on the  day that a Riverdale resident died.

What’s to Come…I think

With the series starting out with the show’s namesake as a high school sophomore, I think it’s safe to say that the producers are expecting the show to last a couple of years.  There is clearly some great potential of drama that can happen down the road: romantic drama, lost friendships, parental drama, life after high school, and so on.

Granted, there’s also the drama of the a Riverdale resident having possibly being murder.

We’re Charmed, Again

Last week, it was announced that fans of the 1998 WB series Charmed will get to see the series re-imagined.

According to TV Line, the reboot will take place in a small new-England town around 1976.  For those of you who remember the original series, Pure – the oldest Halliwell- was born in 1970.  The reboot, then, will be taking place during the same time period of the original series.  After all, don’t forget about the That ’70s Episode, in which the sisters travel back to to 1975.

charmedtitlelogo1Although we don’t know the specific connection to the original series, we have the following character description:

Tina: African American. Whip-smart, Tina is one dissertation (and one dissertation advisor) away from a PhD. She can be reserved, even standoffish, in uncomfortable situations, but she picks up on
everything and she’s definitely making quick, accurate judgments about you.

Paige: Caucasian Cheerful, curvy, wholesome and as all-American as the apple pie she can’t wait to serve to the husband she has yet to marry. Paige’s main goal in life is to marry a rich doctor and be a wife and mother.

Annie: Caucasian. Intense, smart, and quick to anger. She dresses neutrally, though she could give two s–ts if you like her outfit, so stop wondering what “neutral” means. But under that tough façade, well… there is a fragility. A person desperate to be loved, and love.

According to a piece posted on Bustle, the series has been confirmed by the head of CW that series will be a stand alone series, meaning that there won’t be any Halliwell appearance – at the moment – planned.  But the prequel series will have some connection to the original series in some fashion.

Despite having received the blessing from the original Charmed Ones, there is some push back in regards of a reboot.  The push book involves believing that the formula for the show has worked once before – granted the author didn’t mention the movie The Craft – and that the Wicca fad is ‘over’.

Despite these two points, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be something new and different about the series.  After all, the original dealt with three sisters and this one doesn’t.

 

MMPR: The Movie Review

With the Power Rangers reboot coming up on in a few months, I felt the need to re-watch Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

What is really nice about this movie is that we got to see more different suits, a more impressive power chamber then the series, a new villain, and a story line that wasn’t apart of the Super Sentai series.

The movie, overall, was a pretty good one for a 1990’s kid’s orientated action movie.  The special effects where better compared to the two first seasons of the TV series.  The story line was alright.  After all, it is a movie geared towards children right?

Here’s the thing, though: re-watching a movie that you liked as a kid is always a risk.  Either you watch it with the same wide-eye joy that you did as a kid or you wonder how as a kid, how where you so interested in one movie so much.  With this movie and this viewing, I was somewhere in between the two.

I loved re-watching this movie just because it was fun getting to enjoy it.  On the other hand, I couldn’t help but think that certain scenes could have been better – such as the one where the Rangers where fighting Ivan and destroying buildings during the battle – with special effects.  And I’m not one for big flashy special effects.

With watching this movie, it definitely showcases that we’re ready for the reboot since it’ll have 20 years worth of special effects advancement.

Music Videos as Short Stories

There are a few music videos that I’ve seen that are almost short stories or short videos.

The first one that comes to mind is Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night.”

As we see in the music video, it’s done in a flashback format where Katy’s character recants what happened the night before.  Although we really don’t see any pretext to where the music video starts, we do get a bit of a what happened after Katy waking up.

The other music video that comes to mind is One Direction’s Best Song Ever:

The reason why this video represents a short video/story is that we get to see some pretext before the actual music video starts.  This gives the music video something extra since it gives the guys something to do in the video as well as a promo for their movie.

What music videos come to mind to you?