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Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’-The Summer Show You Need In Your Life

Have you ever wondered what might happen if you mixed “The Goonies” with “90210”? The answer is Netflix’s newest hit show, “Outer Banks” (affectionately known as OBX to the die-hard fans). The series follows the escapades of John B. (Chase Stokes) and his rowdy friends, JJ (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss). John B.’s father has been missing, and presumed dead, for nine months when the gang hears of another mysterious disappearance after a storm on the Outer Banks, the coastal island where they live. The island is gorgeous, but under its pristine, gleaming sunsets, nothing is as it seems.

As John B. and his friends investigate the disappearance of a man in their town, they start to find clues that the missing man may have been partnering with John B.’s dad on his life’s work: finding treasure in an old shipwreck. The trouble only escalades when rich girl Sarah Cameron (scene stealer Madelyn Cline) gets roped in as well. Thus ensues fights, boat chases, and even more shenanigans on the quest to find gold.

With only ten episodes in its first season, “Outer Banks” is a fast, riveting watch. Many people find themselves finishing the whole season in a matter of a few days. We finished it in two! Each episode leaves you with a cliffhanger, wondering what will happen next.

Even though the cast is made up of mostly newcomers, the performances are actually quite good. Sure, there’s a couple cheesy and unrealistic moments here and there, but that’s almost unavoidable in a teen series.

If you’re going to give “Outer Banks” a shot, give it at least two episodes. I guarantee the cliffhanger at the end of episode two will keep you coming back for more. And if you get sucked in to streaming this show, stay up way too late, and finish it in the early hours of the morning? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Happy Streaming!

Katie

‘Songland’ & ‘The Voice’ Hit All the Right Notes on Musical Monday Lineup

If you’re a fan of music, look no further than NBC’s Monday night lineups. ‘The Voice’ is somehow still finding ways to keep the show fresh, even though it’s in its 16th season. The panel of judges this season is made up of mainstay Blake Shelton, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and newcomer Nick Jonas. The teams have just started the Knockout rounds, where each coach pairs up two singers on their team to battle it out for one roster spot. Each team has extremely talented vocalists. Every year, there seems to be a front runner in the competition, but one has yet to emerge this season. Keep your eye on Allegra, a singer with unique and gritty tone, and Thunderstorm, whose buttery voice melts over every note.

Immediately following “The Voice”, viewers get the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of how music is made on “Songland”. Each episode features a famous musician and the three producers, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, and Shane McAnally. The artist and producers watch as a group of up-and-coming songwriters pitch their song ideas to the artist, who then picks three songs to move on to the next round. Then, each producer is assigned to a song and its writer to tweak and improve the song, in hopes of being chosen by the artist. Then, the three songwriters perform the new versions of their song, and the artist chooses one to record for themselves. 

“Songland” is by far the most interesting competition show on television right now. It allows viewers to watch their favorite artists put creative spins on music. This week’s season premiere featured Lady Antebellum, and the song they chose to record will be stuck in fans’ heads for days on end. The upcoming artists this season include H.E.R., Martina McBride, Boyz II Men, Julia Michaels, and more.

You can catch “The Voice” and “Songland” on NBC on Monday nights or next-day streaming on Hulu. 

Happy Streaming!

~Katie

‘Spies in Disguise’ Will Surprise You – And Keep the Kids Entertained

Many of us are making the interesting transition to being home with our children 24/7 in light of the current stay-at-home orders. If you’re like me, this has drastically changed what type of content you’re consuming on the daily. I was less than thrilled when my little one saw the “Spies in Disguise” movie pop up on our Vudu platform, which he promptly insisted on watching. 

I agreed to watch the movie, “Spies In Disguise”, where one of the main characters gets transformed into a talking bird for half the film. Needless to say, I went in with very low expectations.

I have to say – I was pleasantly surprised.

“Spies in Disguise” is full of heart, humor, and good messages. Not only that, but it’s got a stacked cast. The movie centers on Walter (Tom Holland), an inventor working for a government agency where Lance Sterling (Will Smith) is the alpha superspy. Walter, an outcast, spends his days watching soap operas and making inventions that are rather…unorthodox. 

Lance goes on a secret mission, where a database with all of the spies’ locations and names is stolen by an evil villain, Killian (Ben Mendelsohn) with a robot hand. During the fight preceding the theft, Lance tries to use one of Walter’s inventions to ward off attackers. Lance throws the gadget into the air, only to find out it is a Kitty Glitter Bomb. When Lance returns from his mission, he promptly fires Walter, citing the fact that Walter’s “weird” invention could’ve gotten him killed. 

Lance is called in by his boss, Joyless (Reba McEntire) to meet with an Internal Affairs investigator, Marcy (Rashida Jones). Marcy has video surveillance that shows that Lance is the one who stole the database, not Killian. Thus begins Lance’s journey on the lam. A series of events brings Lance to enlist Walter’s help, which is where things go awry.

Walter turns Lance into a pigeon. 

Yeah, they almost lost me there. But, trust me, there are plenty of antics to keep you and your kids entertained. Lance and Walter make an unlikely team as they try to track down Killian and retrieve the stolen database, all while running from Marcy and Joyless. 

One of the best parts of this film is that it begins with Walter being shy and afraid of what others think. Throughout the film, though, he learns to embrace his uniqueness. He is sensitive. He loves hugs and glitter bombs. This is not the typical male character in a movie. It was refreshing to see a male character on the screen that teaches young boys that it is okay to like hugs and glitter, to be smart, and to embrace their weirdness. 

So that’s how a movie about a talking pigeon made me squeeze my boy a little tighter and hope that one day when this pandemic craziness is all over and he is a little older, we can sit down and watch this movie again, and he’ll see a little reinforcement that being unique is his superpower.

Happy Streaming!

Katie

‘Set It Up’ is Netflix’s Best Kept Secret

Everyone loves a good romantic comedy, and for a while, it seemed like the industry had shied away from them. That is, until the last couple of years, where Netflix has been churning out some Original romantic comedies that have gained mainstream attention, like “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Someone Great”. But, there’s a lesser-known Netflix rom-com that deserves your attention. “Set It Up” follows two New York-based assistants, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), as they try to set up their bosses in an effort to ease their workloads.

Harper works for Kirsten (Lucy Liu), a fiery ESPN reporter who is passionate and intimidating. Harper dreams to write sports articles, but with all the demands of being Kirsten’s assistant, she feels like she doesn’t have the time to write.

Charlie works for hotshot Rick (Taye Diggs), who treats Charlie (and everyone else) like garbage. He’s your typical rich guy – inconsiderate, demanding, and egotistical. He makes insane demands of Charlie and rarely treats him positively.

After a chance meeting in the lobby of their building, Charlie and Harper begin comparing their bosses and who has the worse assistant job. They joke together that if Rick and Kirsten were to get out of the office more, their lives would be much easier. The next day, Harper tracks Charlie down and suggests they play matchmaker – if Rick and Kirsten are preoccupied falling in love with each other, they won’t have as much time to make Harper and Charlie’s lives so hard.

Thus begins their mission – use their extensive knowledge of their bosses to manufacture a relationship between Rick and Kirsten. As Harper and Charlie work together to help their bosses find love, they discover that not everything works out as planned.

Deutch and Powell’s chemistry is palpable, and it feels as if the audience is just watching a pair of old friends throughout the movie. Their humor plays off of each other almost effortlessly.

“Set It Up” was written by Katie Silberman, who is also responsible for one of the best films of last year, “Booksmart”. From Harper to Amy and Molly in “Booksmart”, Silberman creates incredibly relatable female characters. “Set It Up” features not just one, but two females who have deep knowledge about and love for sports, which is a rare representation for us tomboys out there.

If you haven’t seen “Set It Up”, stream it on Netflix. Prepare to laugh, smile, and maybe even cry. I promise this movie is worth your time.

Happy streaming!

-Katie