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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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The Teaser Is Out For Season 3 Of Cobra Kai And OMG I Want To Take Karate Lessons

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The Teaser Is Out For Season 3 Of Cobra Kai And OMG I Want To Take Karate Lessons

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Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” is continuing the epic story of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. The story now follows the two men as they train the fighters in their own dojos. The Netflix original series is coming back to for season 3 and, honestly, thank you, Netflix.

“Cobra Kai” season 3 is coming soon to Netflix soon and it’s about time.

Season 2 left us with a serious cliff hanger. A melee fight broke out at the high school between Cobra Kai and Miyagi Do. The fight, which was started by Samantha LaRusso and Tory Schwarber, took a shocking turn when Miguel Diaz gets knocked over a railing and falls to onto a staircase. Miguel fell onto the staircase below after being kicked by Robby Keene. Everyone was stunned when they saw Miguel fall and Robby immediately regretted his involvement.

Season 3 of “Cobra Kai” is coming to Netflix Jan. 8, 2021 and they are already renewed for a fourth season.

There is so much excitement around a new season of “Cobra Kai.” The show is bridging a generational gap between people who grew up with “Karate Kid” and those just discovering it through the Netflix show. “Karate Kid” spawned multiple sequels and made karate super cool, obvi. The latest iteration of the franchise puts a Latino, Miguel, in the main spotlight.

Young Latinos are loving the representation they get from Miguel as a main character.

There are issues with Miguel throughout the show that makes for frustrating moments. However, he is a teenager and we all know what it is like to be a teenager and just not get things. He is led by his emotions and, in classic movie teenage angst, finds himself becoming deeply committed to something to release his emotional frustrations.

Also, it continues to push the narrative that representation matters because it does.

It cannot be stressed enough how much people are loving this show.

“Cobra Kai” was a major show when it was first streaming. The Nielsen rating showed that “Cobra Kai” was second in the numbers of streams after its Netflix debut. The show began on YouTube Red (now YouTube Premium) but moved to Netflix because YouTube changed their strategy. The video-sharing platform is focusing more on content producers and less on creating scripted shows.

The move to Netflix brought the show to the forefront of entertainment as it hit number 1 for the streaming giant.

Binge watching television is what most people are doing as we sit in isolation in our apartments and homes. That kind of prolonged isolation has given people a chance to reconnect with their streaming options and dive into the content that is out there.

This show might be creating a new generation of karate enthusiasts.

If you’ve seen “Cobra Kai” then you know how exciting the idea of karate can be. Maybe the show being on Netflix will bring renewed interest to the sport. Who doesn’t want to be part of a dojo with other fighters who are ready to have you back?

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Netflix’s ‘Vampires Vs. The Bronx’ Takes A Horror-Comedy Approach To Gentrification

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Netflix’s ‘Vampires Vs. The Bronx’ Takes A Horror-Comedy Approach To Gentrification

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Netflix has been making the content we have all been waiting for and the latest hit is “Vampires Vs. The Bronx.” The movie is a new way to tell the narrative of gentrification through the lens of family-friendly horror. Netflix viewers are clearly loving the movie and some want to see it make history.

It’s hard to tell who is the biggest danger in “Vampires Vs. The Bronx.”

The comedy-horror was directed by Osmany Rodriguez who is the mastermind behind some of the funniest moments of “Saturday Night Live.” Basically, all of the 2016 election sketches with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon are thanks to Rodriguez and his directing prowess.

Rodriguez brings his same comedic look on the darker issues to this movie where vampires, gentrifiers, and gangsters are overwhelming the Bronx. Yet, despite all of the obvious dangers out there, it is hard to figure out who the real threat to safety is.

First off, people were here for the way to real cultural moments.

Like, okay. We all know that Timbs are a thing in the Bronx. They are a cultural icon of the neighborhood and to see them used as a weapon in “Vampires Vs. The Bronx” was just *chef’s kiss*. Tbh, it was the kind of reaction you could feel in your soul as our communities are still actively fighting against rampant gentrification in our neighborhoods.

The trailer shows a group of boys trying to exist in their neighborhood as the ultimate turf war begins between the three factions. White people with canvas bags, insanely evil vampires, and the stereotypical gangsters are out in full force in this relevant and quickly beloved movie.

Rodriguez did what most filmmakers should: he talked to people in the Bronx.

Rodriguez didn’t shy away from learning what the people had to say about what was happening to their neighborhood. The most common complaint and observation he heard from people in Washington Heights and the Bronx was that gentrification was really taking a negative toll on the communities.

According to an interview with The Daily Beast, Rodriguez learned from Bronx and Washington Heights residents that gentrification was killing the souls of the two Latino neighborhoods. The same can be seen in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, a Mexican and immigrant neighborhood.

People on social media cannot hype up the movie enough.

Fans of the movie appreciate the balance the movie has been able to strike when telling the story of gentrification. Also, the addition of vampires that seem to be just as horrible is a comical relief that communities impacted by gentrification seem to welcome. Rodriguez wanted to intentionally flip the narrative of gentrification making neighborhoods better and instead show that the neighborhoods are strong and vibrant with their own communities.

The movie has been compared to classics, like “Dracula.”

“Vampires Vs. The Bronx” is a clear commentary on the current class struggles happening in communities of color across the country. Much like the 1931 film “Dracula,” the narrative painted by the Netflix movie is poignant look at what is happening in the world.

“Dracula” was seen as a capitalist’s nightmare with the vampire representing the dead labor. That dead labor, which is the relentless work under capitalism, can only survive by draining the life out of the living to keep itself thriving.

It is clear that Netflix and Rodriguez gave their fans exactly what they wanted out of “Vampires Vs. The Bronx.”

People are more than fans. The movie has become a cultural entertainment moment for the communities represented in the film. This kind of representation is amazing. Afro-Latino talent is front and center in the film as the heroes and that is something we can all celebrate. Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Black actors delivered a performance that is resonating far beyond the Netflix-universe.

“Vampires Vs. The Bronx” is currently streaming on Netflix so you can watch it now.

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