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The Slap
(2011)

A compelling guidebook to being a better person
While the title (and premise) of the series do come off as comical, The Slap is daring to take Network TV viewers to a place where we question our choices and our way of thinking. One small decision can spiral into a massive event that drastically changes everyone's lives around us. We have no idea what personal issues another person may be dealing with, or how we may affect them.

What each episode of this compelling miniseries forces us to do is confront a different controversial issue in today's society, and decide what we believe is right. Some people may argue that these characters are cliché and melodramatic. But the truth is, we all know people exactly like them, and we are guaranteed to confront some of these issues within our own lives. When these events occur, there's no predicting how another person will behave. The Slap is a guidebook to show how we should react, when others don't know how. We need to set the example, to prevent the disasters which happen in this series.

Society still has a long way to go. But by watching this series, we may gain some insight into being better people and caring neighbors.

The Slap
(2015)

A compelling guidebook to being a better person
While the title (and premise) of the series do come off as comical, The Slap is daring to take Network TV viewers to a place where we question our choices and our way of thinking. One small decision can spiral into a massive event that drastically changes everyone's lives around us. We have no idea what personal issues another person may be dealing with, or how we may affect them.

What each episode of this compelling miniseries forces us to do is confront a different controversial issue in today's society, and decide what we believe is right. Some people may argue that these characters are cliché and melodramatic. But the truth is, we all know people exactly like them, and we are guaranteed to confront some of these issues within our own lives. When these events occur, there's no predicting how another person will behave. The Slap is a guidebook to show how we should react, when others don't know how. We need to set the example, to prevent the disasters which happen in this series.

Society still has a long way to go. But by watching this series, we may gain some insight into being better people and caring neighbors.

This series may not have been as compelling or dramatic as the original, but it did bring a fresh take on an event that brought very different outcomes.

Crisis
(2014)

The most unrealistic characters
I don't know what it is about the series, if it's just poor casting, but none of the characters seem realistic in the least. Even the ones portrayed by good actors (Gillian Anderson) seem totally unrealistic. You can't take yourself into the story because everybody is acting so poorly. What's even worse about this series is the quality of cgi and effects. It looks like something that came from the SYFY channel. The violence is poorly coordinated and it's all wrapped up into a lump of coal.

This is just another series trying to get the 24 feel. Unfortunately, nothing was done right, and it ends up being a cheesy disappointment.

The After
(2014)

Another potential post-apocalyptic show that fell flat because of sloppy writing/dialogue and bad acting,
Like many people who checked out this series, I enjoy a good post- apocalyptic show; and based off the synopsis about eight strangers banding together, I wrongly assumed we'd be getting somewhat interesting and dynamic characters. Instead we got stale, unoriginal and unlikable characters played by bad actors. It didn't help that the writers gave these characters awful dialogue. There were times I had forgotten whether I was watching an Amazon original series or a SyFy TV movie. Some of the cinematography was well done, as well as many of the setting. But even some of the action scenes made no sense, and the story development was so unoriginal, it was embarrassing. Do yourself a favor, and just stick to The Walking Dead.

Siberia
(2013)

A pleasant surprise!
Let me begin by saying that this is by no means the best show ever. That being said, I must admit this show ended up impressing me much more than I had expected it to. This show started off somewhat dull, unoriginal, cheesy, and over the top with melodramatic acting. By episode 8, I've become completely entranced! The story is dynamic, well thought and planned out, creative, and emotional. Like I said before, it's not the best show ever, but it has become 10 times better then it started off! It's sad to say that this show is doing pretty badly as far as viewer ratings, so I'm not sure if it will get a season 2. But I hope it does! Or at least gets a satisfying season 1 ending.

Knowing
(2009)

An interesting premise that does a complete 180 half way through
I remember watching this film with some friends and finding the plot idea and the mysteries very interesting. We were hyped up with the excitement and waiting for each new scene. And then, suddenly, the film did a complete turn-around and changed drastically. The plot went in a complete different direction, and it had us all laughing hysterically. The idea for the film was very good and the first half was entertaining. But the 2nd half of the film was cheesy and just plain strange. If you're looking for an interesting mystery, scifi disaster film, look somewhere else. Nicholas Cage should have been the first red flag.

The Purge
(2013)

A great concept that fell short because of failure to be creative
Let me start off by saying, I have never seen a good plot develop in a film that's only an hour and 25 minutes long. It's just not possible. This was ultimately The Purge's major downfall.

With such a creative idea came a bit of story development for the beginning of the film, which took a decent chunk of time. By the time that we had a plot going, the movie was nearly over. They got a few jumps and scares in, and before we knew it, the movie had ended.

To put it simply, the writers came up with a brilliant idea for the movie. However, once they introduced the storyline of "The Purge", the creativity was thrown out, and we just started watching another typical home invasion movie, similar to "The Strangers". After the commencement of The Purge began, all fun ideas were shot out the window, and we were left with a typical scary movie.

Thankfully, it was the film's only fault (although that is a HUGE fault). The acting was decent. The scares and the action were quite enjoyable. There were quite a few moments where the audience screamed and shouted and even cheered for the characters. However, when the credits started rolling, I could tell people felt cheated that the film didn't bring as much originality as expected.

Hunted
(2012)

Right up there with Alias and Nikita
This show is addictive, mysterious, and thrilling. It has it's faults just like any TV show. The choreography and cinematography for the fight scenes are a bit awkward at times. There might be a couple clichés here or there. However, I think the strong points in the show overshadow the small faults. And if the writers/directors work on those small flaws, this show would definitely become a 10 in my book! If you enjoyed the espionage and paranoia that existed in Alias/Nikita, you will enjoy this. Who do you trust? Will the lead character get caught in her lies? Who else is lying? It gets quite addictive.

The plot line is very continuous, which is another plus. There are no standalone episodes. Everything sticks close to the main plot.

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