Category Archives: Amazon

Catastrophe – Season 3 #Review

Season 3 of Catastrophe is here, and Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) are back, picking up right where they left off…with Sharon cheating on Rob and having taken Plan B, shortly after just getting back together.

The humor and style are exactly like we’ve come to expect from Catastrophe.
At the end of the day, the recipe for this show is so simple: They argue, they make up, and they continue along their chaotic paths.

Sharon: Why are you wearing no trousers?
Rob: Because on top of everything else, I’m fat now and they hurt. So when I got home I threw them away.

This season also has the last TV appearances of Carrie Fisher, continuing the role as Rob’s mother. All that’s left for her releases are Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Wonderwell.

But despite the continued chaos, this season is finally less dysfunctional, and because of that, it flows a lot better.
Season 3 has a 7.5 out of 10.

You should also read my reviews of Season 1 and Season 2.

Amazon Pilots Spring 2017

Fall of 2016 had a couple of 6’s, but with the Spring release of Pilots comes a slew of junk that no one should waste their time on (except Mrs. Maisel).

Here are the Spring 2017 Amazon Pilots from best to barf (the ‘paragraph’ included is the Amazon description). The first two are dramas, the rest comedy:


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she’s ever wanted – the perfect husband, kids, and Upper West Side apartment. But when her life suddenly takes a turn and Midge must start over, she discovers a previously unknown talent – one that will take her all the way from the comedy clubs of Greenwich Village to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch. From the creator of Gilmore Girls.

Rachel Broshanan (House of Cards), Tony Shalhoub, and Alex Borstein all star in this show, with appearances from  Gilbert Gottfried.
Mrs. Maisel is a nice Jewish girl (with a little rebellious side), who has money, two kids, and a husband who thinks he’s a comic.
But when her life starts to fall apart, and her husband leaves her, she turns her own hand at comedy in an effort to stay afloat.
Whimsical humor mixed with stand-up comedy.
6.5 out of 10


Oasis

Set in the near future, Oasis tells the story of priest Peter Leigh, who is called to a remote planet where a mysterious multinational company is building the first permanent off-Earth human colony. The planet, Oasis, is humanity’s last chance to escape from Earth’s impending collapse, but it quickly becomes apparent that it may not be as hospitable to humanity as it seems…

Based on a book by Michael Faber, this ‘religious show’ takes place in future London, as the world seems to be ending with disease and whatnot, a group is building up Oasis, a lifeline in space on the edge of the Galaxy, the first permanent community, to help save the Earth.
Our man of God is called upon to help, from a commander who has since gone missing while out exploring. Meanwhile, the workers are slowly dying from illusions and mishaps, as they stop drilling for water and their other needs.
Decent and curious.
6 out of 10


Budding Prospects

In 1983, three hapless guys from San Francisco are lured from their sex and drugs lifestyle to the countryside to grow marijuana. They find themselves stuck in a run-down cabin in the middle of nowhere, with harsh and unfriendly growing conditions, nosy neighbors, dangerous locals, and menacing law enforcement.

Based on the 1984 book by T.C. Boyle, the characters work for a “start-up bud company”, and are heading countryside to help collect marijuana.
This show features a sick robotic show amongst its strangeness.
So insanely weird and boring.
5 out of 10


The New V.I.P.s

Four low level employees seize control of a major corporation after accidentally murdering the CEO.

This is Amazon’s attempt at South Park…and while Amazon usually tries for “new and different”, this just feels “same and worse”.
Heavy language, low-level animation, drugs.
All the dirty jokes you’d expect from something like this as well.
Crude and failing.
4 out of 10


The Legend of Master Legend

The Legend of Master Legend is a dark comedy about the life of Master Legend – a real life superhero whose mission is the security and safety of the people of Las Vegas. Master Legend juggles the demands of justice with the even more complicated demands of his real family, who don’t see him as a hero at all.

Out on the streets of Sin City fighting evildoers. He is a gardener by day, a real-life superhero at night (based out of his secret hideout in his backyard). He spends time pushing for safety and making ‘food bags’ to hand out to the people of the streets.
Terrible, despite the ending.
3.5 out of 10

Patriot – Amazon #Review

Patriot is an Amazon exclusive show, starring Michael Dorman, Michael Chernus, Terry O’Quinn, and Kurtwood Smith.

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John Lakeman is a sad man and a secret American agent, trying to transfer money to the Iranians, in an attempt to fix their elections in America’s favor.
To do this he tries to join a piping company, with a contract in Iran, and lead the team on the fundamentals of flow.

Yet John has competition for the job, and must do everything in his power to keep Stephen Tchoo (or is it Edward?) from stealing it out from under him.

But during the transfer of money, in the quiet country of Luxembourg, a baggage handler steals the bag setting off a series of events that include a murder…something never seen in that country, and investigated by the Police’s ‘Stocks and Stockings Division’.

As the series progresses we find out more and more about what really went down that fateful night, as they try to figure out how to get the money back.

John is so plain and simple, yet so good (and simultaneously bad) at what he’s doing, that this quietly dark and slow paced show should draw most viewers in.

It gets a 7 out of 10.

Kindle Ads

Amazon offers most of their Kindle devices in two versions: With or without “special offers”.

For $15 more you can remove ads from your device, but the better question is: Why would you want to?

The ads only show up on the lock screen or an occasional notification, and as soon as you open the device (or swipe it away) you don’t see it again.

So your standard usage of the device is never impeded by the “special offers” and once in a blue moon, you may actually see something that interests you!

When you buy your device, don’t spend extra to remove those ads…try them for a bit, you can always take them off later if they annoy you.

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Sneaky Pete #Review

After the exciting pilot on this Amazon Exclusive, the show shallows out for a bit, but picks up as the season moves along.

Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) has a new life, taking on the role of Pete, faking out his family and friends in the hopes of escaping his past (and the mob boss (Bryan Cranston)) and scamming fresh new people out of their monies.

With flashbacks to his past, showing how he got stuck with the trouble he is in, Pete shows off the tools of his trade trying to pickpocket and scheme his way through life.

As has become the norm for these binge shows, they are very weak in the middle but put enough at the back end to make you want more of it.

This show has gotten picked up for a second season, after the second largest premiere for an Amazon show (behind Man in the High Castle, and gets a 7 out of 10.

Things To Look Out For In 2017

A brief list of some things I am looking forward to in 2017.

January

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Sneaky Pete

February

The Lego Batman Movie

March

Marvel’s Iron Fist

June

Captain Underpants

Wonder Woman

November

Justice League

Unknown Dates

Charlie XCX Album – Spring

Kelly Clarkson Album

Avril Lavigne Album

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Marvel’s The Defenders

Marvel’s The Punisher

The Tick

The Man In The High Castle – Season 2

I didn’t do a Season 1 review, but let’s skip on ahead to Season 2 of the Amazon Prime exclusive.

Juliana Crane has now visited the Man in the High Castle and is equally wanted by the Reich and Kempeitai.
Joe Blake has stopped wanting to help the Reich but is getting calls from Hitler and his father, after all that he’s accomplished in grabbing the film.
Meanwhile, Obergruppenfuehrer John Smith faces the decision of his sons’ health and a disease that the Nazi’s would never let survive.
Trade Minister Nobu, after ending up in alternate reality America in the final scenes of Season 1, tries to decipher “What is the ‘Cuban Missle Crisis’ and ‘Lolita'”?
Frank, after his role in the shooting of the Crown Prince, and the subsequent arrest of Ed, goes back to making false antiques to bring in money.
And lastly the resistance, led by Lem and Gary, are getting more bolden and brazen working hard against the government on both sides of the line, as they try to uncover more of the secret films of the future.

Season 1 made this one a pretty good show, but Season 2 has really kicked it up a notch. And while the first was described by a friend as “Dark. As in they need more lighting”, the second season makes this show a must watch, filled with action, drama, and just plain old dictatorships.

Season 2 gets a solid 9 out of 10.

Man in the High Castle Season 2 Poster