Welcome back to another edition of Be For Beauty’s monthly entertainment roundup where all of those hours spent on Netflix and YouTube finally make sense. So let’s dive right into it?
House of Cards: The month started with Season 5 of House of Cards and I’ve to admit I was waiting for it. Seeing that Frank Underwood’s reputation has suffered an attack (just like), Frank Underwood elevates his Machiavellian tactics and fabricates a terror attack when he seems to be losing the election. Ultimately, a terror threat brings the election to a halt.
Frank Underwood returns to power with his seemingly supportive wife whose stylist has done a fabulous job in image building.
Since I’m a journalist, I’m on Tom Hammerschmidt’s quest to uncover Frank’s dirty deeds including killing my favorite character Zoe Barnes—I was super happy when Doug Stamper’s name comes up by her ex, Lisa.
Meanwhile, more skeletons out of the closet lead to the reopening of an investigation committee on Frank Underwood’s involvement in illegal financial transactions back in the time of Paul Walker’s presidency. Propelled to see the truth after meeting Hammerschmidt, the ex-President, Gareth Walker decides to give a testimony against Underwood.
The plot weakened when Frank who didn’t seem to be bothered by the investigation, gives an epic speech and decides to step DOWN as the President of United States—with Claire Underwood taking over his place.
Claire, who murders her lover, Tom Yates—another writer, by the way, is unscathed by all that has happened doesn’t bat an eyelid when her husband decided to send Doug Stamper to prison for Frank’s crimes.
And then Frank tells Claire about how he’d planned this all along.
And here I can’t plan my day.
I don’t know why someone would do so much to get in power—twice, that too—sabotage his career by sending leaks to the media, kill a few people, sabotage his reputation as a Congressman and then get impeached.
Killing characters like the tech guy who helped them win support during elections or their own staff like LeAnn or pushing down the Secretary of State and sending her to the hospital was extreme.The lobbyists are made to be seen with the biggest and the most impactful power structure and seem to be running the show.
I think the show got a little unrealistic but that usually happens when a show reaches a certain level of popularity.
Performances by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright is controlled and entertaining but certain other characters—new ones have done pretty well for themselves too.
A must watch for those of you who’ve seen the first four seasons of House of Cards.
De Grassi: So I’m a huge sucker for high school TV shows (yes, I’m 31) because it’s such an escape for me for real life. Anyway, De Grassi is a typical high school TV show with characters dealing with issues that are quite relevant actually—sexuality, stereotypes, depression, and abortion. The characters are not very strong; neither is the storytelling but I went with it since it’s only 3 seasons old!
And don’t try comparing it to Riverdale—De Grassi doesn’t try that hard to make sense. If you’re in your teens, I’d say it’s as relevant as Glee (there is some music too) but if you’re not, it can just run in the background. You know while you make dinner—or write emails, like me.
Season 4 is to be premiered on July 7 and is said to be dealing with gender identity issues this season. Read more here.
Free Rein: Based in a picture perfect island off England, the story is about a 15-year-old Zoe and her family who come to spend summer break, the show is refreshingly about Zoe and a wild horse she happens to meet, better known as Raven. While the show’s story about equestrian life, handling a stable, daddy issues and teenage drama is a lot of subplots to discover, I didn’t find them extraordinary.
While the first season is out, I’ve only seen a few episodes over the weekend. It’s good to see that Netflix is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to TV production.
You can browse the show especially if you like equestrian themed shows or teen dramas.
Stand Up Comedy
Man on Fire with Chris D’Elia: So…I’m gonna keep this short. I only know Chris from Undateable; so I got curious when he cropped up on my recommend show list last week. Turns out, Chris wasn’t acting at all. He’s a bit obnoxious for sure—but some of the parts really made me laugh. Like LOL.
I didn’t finish the show because I wanted to get back to my re-run hit Mad Men but Chris did an OK job. If you like stand-up comedians who are keeping it real, telling you you’re not special and to just deal with things, he’s the one to watch!
Don’t Be That Guy with Kenny Sebastian: I’m really fond of Kenny—I follow him on Instagram and I’ve been seeing his YouTube clips for a few months now. Along with other talents from OML, Kenny got an opportunity to work with Amazon and I was quite excited to see his 60-minute show.
The script was good in parts but got really boring and even gross.
I guess the money does overtake content.