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Netflix Thriller “The Society” is a Perfectly Suspenseful Summertime Binge

With the temp heading towards triple digits, staying out of the heat is quickly becoming out top priority. Lucky for us, Netflix has our backs with fresh new content. Our favorite streaming service recently released a trailer for their new suspenseful thriller, “The Society,”. TBH, it’s giving us major chills.

“The Society” is an eerie drama about a group of teens who find themselves mysteriously transported to a bizarre imitation of their affluent hometown.

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While the place looks like home, there’s one big difference: their parents and every other citizen are nowhere to be found. Besides being electronically cut-off from the outside world, the teens find they’re also trapped by a dangerous forest surrounding the surreal town; baring them from escape.

The surprise isolation results in a bunch of young adults alone together with no supervision. What could possibly go wrong?

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Sure, there’s plenty of partying at first but the fun only lasts so long. In an effort to get things back to normal, some members of the group work to build a new community based on rules and order. However, not everyone is down to return to civilization. Left to their own devices, the group teeters between maintaining their society and devolving into chaos.

The plot might sound a bit familiar to you if you’re a fan of classic literature.

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With its themes of civilization versus anarchy, “The Society” is a modern retelling of the 1950’s William Golding masterpiece “Lord of the Flies.” However, this chilling series goes even darker than the esteemed novel. Instead of bloodthirsty preteen boys, sexy intrigue and dynamic power struggles are the focus of the Netflix Original series.

The suspenseful imagery in the trailer for “The Society” creates more questions than it answers.

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Where did the parents go? Who’s working against New Ham’s success? What’s going on in that mysterious forest? Will mayhem win out or will their new society persevere?

It’s these questions that “The Society” showrunner Christopher Keyser says drive the intrigue of this series.

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“It’s a long term mystery that needs to be teased out over time,” Keyser shared with IndieWire. “It’s a many-layered question.”

He continued, “That’s going to get stretched out over the course of the series because the answer — the ultimate answer, the fullness of it — you wouldn’t want known until close to the end.”

Keyser — whose TV credits include “Party of Five” and “Tyrant” — has been working for several years to get this show made. Before Netflix picked it up, Showtime was eyeing “The Society” but passed. They were concerned about the challenges of working with a young cast.

However, it’s the cast that really makes the series shine.

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Besides intrigue and aprehension, “The Society” features an ensemble cast of 18 up and coming stars that bring life to the troubled teens. Kathryn Newton of “Detective Pikachu” fame plays Allie — the new society’s reluctant leader and peacemaker.

Actor Toby Wallace plays Campbell, Allie’s adversary. It’s Campbell who causes most of the turmoil in New Ham purely for chaos’ sake. The role is Wallace’s first in American but the Australian actor is a household name with tweens in his home country.

Though set in an upper class Connecticut community, “The Society” isn’t lacking in Latinx representation. José Julián of “Shameless” plays Gordie, a bright teen set on solving the mystery surrounding New Ham. In what’s being regarded at his breakout role, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez portrays jock Jason. You might recognize him from his time on “Criminal Minds.”

Though the series has only been available for a few weeks, there’s already talk of a Season 2.

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Netflix usually decides the fate of their Original Series after they take a few months to gauge viewer reactions. Still, initial reception has been very positive for the thriller. Showrunner Keyser feels confident as to where “The Society” leaves off at the end of Season 1.

 “I kind of like to think that we’re at the end of the beginning,” Keyser explained to IndieWire. “If we’re lucky, we’ll get to tell it all the way through.”

The mysteries “The Society” Season 1 left behind have our fingers crossed for news of a Season 2 asap. In the meantime, the series is now streaming on Netflix for all of our binging and re-binging summertime needs.

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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