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There was a time when fantasy shows, or movies sparked a genuine interest in adults and children alike. They had a certain charm to them, a way of engaging you in the magic of the story. Where did that go? What has made the content of that genre so unremarkable? “You're Nothing Special” is the story of Amaia, a bratty teenager, who moves to her grandmother's town and struggles to settle in with her family. Her grandmother is rumored to be a famous witch, and through a series of accidents, it is perceived that Amaia has inherited the same. Whether it is a hoax or not is a matter of debate. However, the magic of the series is sorely missing.Spoilers AheadAmaia's Journey As The New Witch Of The TownAmaia has moved from Barcelona to her grandmother's town with her sister and her mother. This move happened after her mother separated from their adoptive father and lost her job. One of her old friends helped her get a job at a bakery in town, and she has moved the entire family there. Amaia acts out and frequently makes it clear that she is not happy about this. While she seems to love and respect her adoptive father Moussa, she doesn't know who her birth father is, and it is a point of friction between her and her mother. In fact, upon a little investigation, she comes to know that her mother dated a famous photographer named Jovi in high school. She assumes that it must mean that he is her birth father. However, it is later revealed by her mother that while they were sweethearts, the pair broke up when Jovi needed to go abroad and that he is not Amaia's birth father. Devastated, Amaia focuses her energies elsewhere. She is clearly not fond of the growing attachment between her mother and her school teacher, as she fears that it would mean that their stay in the town would get extended if their relationship gets serious. Due to this, she refuses to accept him and is often rude when he comes to visit. One day, while helping her mother clean the attic, she finds a letter written in 2004, in which a guy is breaking up with her mother. Noticing the date, Amaia suspects that he might be her father. She notes down his name—Bernardo—and goes to find him. Turns out, he is the owner of a music shop and is old enough to be her grandfather. He has been married for more than 30 years, meaning that if he is Amaia's father, it was due to an extra-marital affair, and that is the fact that her mother was protecting her from. Amaia takes time to come to terms with this and eventually reconciles with her mother, but without telling her that she knows the truth about her parentage.Through the course of “You're Nothing Special” Season 1, we come to realize that Amaia is not just a bratty teenager who thinks she carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is someone who has a desperate need to be liked by everyone and cannot think beyond herself. This is the exact reason that causes chaos in her life and everyone's life around her. On her first or second day of school, she makes a group of friends—Javi, Lucia, and Zhao. She also develops a crush on Asier, but unfortunately, he already has a girlfriend, Irene. Through rumors, she comes to know that her grandmother was known as the town witch, and she had clients all over the country. Just as something fun to do, the group decides to try one of her spells. Javi chimes in with a suggestion. He had been bullied by a boy named Fran Chivite all his life, and he wanted him to feel the same helplessness and fear that he did. The group casts the spell, thinking nothing of it, and heads out to a party. But they come to know that Chivite has been in an accident. They are all spooked and wonder if the spell had something to do with it.The next day, a classmate of theirs, Jokin, asks Amaia if her mother can cast spells like her grandmother could. On an impulse, Amaia tells him that she can do it. He asks her for a love spell. He wants to get back together with his ex-Rori. Amaia lets him know that it is possible, for a price of 20 euros before the job and 20 euros after. Jokin agrees. Amaia picks up the method for it from her grandmother's books and tells Jokin that if it doesn't work, she will give him back his money. She tells her that he thinks she is a fraud since her grandmother never failed. From then onwards, we see Amaia change her language. She starts talking in terms of definite(s) instead of possibilities. As for her friends, they like the idea of earning potential and, hence, run a little tactic of their own to convince Rori of Jokin's love. It works, and they get back together. Amaia's reputation as the “town witch” starts to grow.One of the next few people to approach her is Chivite himself. He asks her whether she can do something to fix the wrong things in his life. Amaia tells him that this negative energy around him is the result of his bad karma, and he must seek forgiveness for it to be gone. She is hinting that he must apologize to Javi, which he does, but to no avail. Javi himself has taken a potion from Amaia, which she tells him will help him find his “Romeo,” but both of them treat it as a joke. Nevertheless, he joins a dating app and goes to meet a guy from there. He turns out to be Chivite's father, and not wanting to continue the date, he requests to be dropped off. The next day, he tells his friends this, but it is a secret between them. However, Chivite later confronts Amaia about the bad things in his life not resolving, and she turns it around that he must resolve some secret with his dad for that to happen. We can guess that Chivite probably knows and is coming to terms with it. This is another example of Amaia just telling people what they want to hear and using their secrets to her own advantage. Javi warns her that this can't go on, but she disregards his advice.On Lucia's end, she starts off by not liking Amaia too much but eventually accepts her as a friend. She likes Mateo, but he is interested in another girl. However, Zhao has a crush on Lucia, and he makes a pass at her at one of the parties, making her furious. Later, when they talk, Lucia tells him that she only likes him as a friend. Zhao is upset but is trying to come to terms with it. Amaia tries to reassure him and tells him that Lucia probably has feelings for him but is just hesitant. Zhao tells her that Lucia said no, and he is not going to interpret that as a yes. This is another instance that proves that Amaia doesn't really understand people. Sure, she means well, but only if everyone likes her, so she says what others want to hear.Next is the story arc of Amaia, Irene, and Asier. We know about the existing equation between them. Buoyed by the success of her status as the ‘witch,' Amaia casts a love spell on Asier. As the story moves forward, Irene talks to Lucia about her therapy not being successful. Lucia gently nudges her towards Amaia and tells her to try the magic. Initially hesitant, she confides in Amaia. She tells her that she has known Asier her entire life but doesn't seem to love him. With a little prodding, she reveals that she might be a lesbian. Previously, we had seen that Irene and Asier had an on-again, off-again relationship, and now we know why: Irene was not emotionally invested in it due to her orientation. Amaia encourages Irene to deal with this, which results in the pair breaking up. But Asier is still ignorant of the reason. However, one day, when both of them are walking, Asier presses her for a possible reason. He believes that she might be able to tell him with her witchy powers. Giving in, Amaia tells him that Irene is a lesbian, and that is the reason she has broken up with him. This is probably the worst thing Amaia has done in the “You're Nothing Special” series. Outing someone is a special kind of crime, and nothing can ever justify it. But Amaia does it anyway, proving once again that she only cares about herself.‘You're Nothing Special' Season 1: Ending Explained – Is Amaia Really A Witch?Right before the year-end party, Amaia gets the news that her family might be moving to Barcelona. What she had wanted for the longest time is suddenly making her uneasy. Because right there in that small town, Amaia had made a name for herself, something she wouldn't be able to do back home. She leaves the discussion for the next day. At the party itself, Amaia walks in like a queen, but her entry is interrupted when Irene splashes beer on her face.Can we just take a moment to say that we don't feel even a tiny bit bad for her? Her intrusive and selfish nature had earned her this. But anyway, the reason for Irene's actions is that since Amaia outed her to Asier, the word has spread to the entire school, and now, everyone knows. Amaia is embarrassed, but her friends encourage her to come out and enjoy the party. She meets Asier and, while talking to him, leans in for a kiss, but Asier tells her that he does not see her that way. In a moment of clarity, he asks her if this is the reason, she has been doing whatever she has been doing so far and whether this is the reason she outed Irene. As much as we don't endorse what Amaia has done so far, we can't help pointing out that she only told Asier about Irene's truth. He was the one who told the whole school. So, this was really his fault. Coming back to the scene, he leaves angrily, and Amaia has had enough. She decides to go back to Barcelona and is drinking a lot of alcohol when she runs into Zhao. They sit and chat for a while, during which he assures her that things will be alright. There is a moment between the two, and they end up kissing. Seeing them, Lucia is upset, and she goes to the DJ, who is, incidentally, Chevite. He lets her play the next song, and at that moment, she kisses him. Javi himself is talking to a guy who he had suspected was following him for a long time. The guy reveals that he had been doing so because he was into him. While talking, he reveals that his name is Romeo. This sends us to a flashback to when Amaia gave the love potion to Javi and told him that this would help him find his “Romeo.” He also remembered that despite the charlatan-like lies, her spells had worked for Chevite and Jokin, proving that there might be some magic after all. It turns out that Amaia is a witch who can cast spells. She has inherited the gift from her grandmother. She overreached in some places, but she is genuine, after all. And she made magic happen by getting together with Zhao, bringing Chevite and Lucia closer, and making Javi find his “Romeo.” Magic does come to those who look for it.Final Thoughts: What Works For ‘You're Nothing Special?We wonder about what works for “You're Nothing Special” because it has failed to cast a spell. The ending was sort of cute, but it was so abrupt that it did not make us feel the butterflies it should have. While we appreciate how it did not feel the need to wrap up everything in neat little bows, the justification of some of those felt off. For example, the matter of Amaia's father was not fully resolved, nor was her sketchy moral compass about outing Irene, for which she did not seem to have any regrets and was not at all held accountable. The story is a little choppy in bits and desperately unremarkable. Spain seems to still dedicate a part of its entertainment to producing content in the fantasy genre, and they don't want to give up on it just yet. But we definitely want to see better things. It doesn't look like there is going to be a second season, and there shouldn't be either, because we don't care. For now, let's just keep our fingers crossed for something better from somewhere, because this is just not cutting it for such a dearly loved genre. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Set in rural Georgia in 1940, Jazzman starts as a teen romance between family black sheep Bayou (Joshua Boone) and Leanne (Solea Pfeiffer), who is sent away to live up north after Bayou proposes marriage. Even though he goes on with his life (enlists in the service, dodges combat and returns home after suffering an injury), he still carries a flame for Leanne. And when she returns on the arm of a white scion of a political dynasty, it sends shivers through the Black community who knew her back when. Bayou knows she's “playing a dangerous game”, but neither can resist the urge to reconnect. When Leanne's diabolical mother, who sent her away to begin with, catches wind of the kids' rekindled romance, she tells a lie that forces Bayou to skip town with his older brother for Chicago.That brother, Wille Earl (Austin Scott), was off to make his fortune as a trumpet player and had an audition (kind of) set up in the hottest room in town by his mysterious manager Ira (Ryan Eggold), a Holocaust survivor with acute survivor's guilt. But as Bayou, a shy singer with a big voice, emerges as the much bigger talent, Wille Earl's resentment deepens with his addiction to heroin. Like Leanne, Bayou is eventually lured back home to check in on his mother, whose thriving juke joint business grew fallow after he escaped town. The star-crossed lovers hitch another plan to ditch town again, this time with a baby in their party. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Indian Predator recounts the investigation into Chandrakant Jha, one of the most gruesome serial killers in the country's history. He was convicted in 2013 for three gruesome killings between 2003 and 2007. The case's popularity has diminished over the years, and this also doesn't favour the makers. A lot of time hadn't passed since the Burari incident, and hence it had the advantage of being popular in the public consciousness.Right at the beginning, we get a glimpse into the mood that the documentary is going for with a rudimentary montage of higher authorities giving bits and pieces of information about a killer. Minutes into the opening monologue, we see a top cop say the humdrum true-crime cliche, "I have never come across a case like this in 23 years."The wonderful title design that we then get gives some hope, even reminding one of a Hannibal Lecter-like figure, but the first episode hardly breaks out of the cliche.On October 20, 2006, a mysterious caller informs the Delhi police that he has left a corpse near the Gate 3 entrance of the Tihar Jail. The cops find a mutilated body of a middle-aged man, neatly packed and kept inside a fruit basket.The story eventually unravels into one of the most shocking investigations. Chandrakant, a seemingly-normal migrant worker from Bihar is found to be the killer. How the Delhi police nabbed him seems straightforward as well. But what truly grips us is how the investigation moves, unravelling gruesome truths about a broken man with a shockingly-dark past.The material in hand is potent, but director Ayesha Sood hardly scratches the story beyond the surface. While experts keep track of the investigations, we are repeatedly shown blood-splattering recreations of the gruesome murders. The actor who plays Chandrakant even looks the part, but he hardly has anything to do, other than appear randomly and bludgeon men to death. Beyond a point, it gets too monotonous and even becomes a disturbance to the narrative at times.The second and third episodes do get better, especially when the investigation goes back to his roots, unravelling the other alleged crimes of the killer. The portions set in Bihar, particularly, give us a deeper understanding of the killer's psyche. Even here, it is disappointing that we never get to see an actual mental health professional speak about what made Chandrakant who he is. We instead get expert opinions from police officials and a forensic investigator, who beat around the same bush for quite some time.The show tries to speak about the social-economic factors that played a role in Chandrakant's life, but the exploration seems shallow and unconvincing. Unlike many other true-crime accounts, both the killer and the victims here hail from the poorest sections of society. Most victims are destitute and lured in with the promise of food, shelter, or companionship. This could have been an opportunity to explore the importance of mental health awareness among the lower economic sections when mental health issues are ironically trivialised as belonging to the upper sections.Further, Indian Predator also clearly stays away from Chandrakant's accusations of police brutality. We keep hearing about how his taunts at the police were all attempts to challenge the system, and are informed that this anger stems from his misfortune with dominant figures in his life like his mother. But none of the officials who Chandrakant mentions are questioned.The series could have been an enthralling documentary had it pushed the envelope more. It certainly does have its moments, but milking the shock value of a criminal case only gets you so far. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
HollyBlood is a 2022 Spanish teen romantic comedy with horror and parodical elements directed by Jesús Font which stars Óscar Casas and Isa Montalbán alongside Jordi Sánchez, Piero Méndez The plot follows Javi, an unremarkable high school student infatuated with classmate Sara, fangirling in turn on a vampire book series. Upon a series of misunderstandings, Sara ends up believing Javi to be a vampire, while the threat of an actual vampire looms in ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Okay, seriously, this IS the end of the Musicals Series. To remind you what else is there... Worst Movie Musicals Musicals Released After 1980 Musicals NOT Based on Broadway Plays Movies with Musical Performances Musicals Released Before 1980 Wow, as I type that out it seems like a lot less of a list than it seemed to be at the beginning, Ha Ha. But, can I just say how much fun it was to record LIVE in person with my sister in the same room with me. Best experience ever. These are just basically those musicals that we love but feel a little strange admitting that we love. Y'all feel me. I'm sure that many of us have the same #1 in this category and you'll discover that Annie and I have the same #1 in today's episode. It happens, what can I say? The Patreon Page is coming soon, should you want to support the show...and please do leave us a Rating and Review wherever you listen to the show. We would love your feedback and input. Tell us what you think, what you want to hear about, and which top five lists we should pursue! This is your podcast, too!!
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follows two best friends who accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America. Before they even graduate high school, Zoe and Rebecca move into a sick penthouse, earn more cash than they know what to do with, and then get raided by the feds. This is the story of their ultimate betrayal, told from each of their unreliable POVs as they compete for the last word. Starring Emilija Baranac (To All the Boys I've Loved Before), Jennifer Tong (Grand Army), and Richard Harmon (The 100). ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★