Love, Victor Season 2 | Engaging, Entertaining And Emotional
After the 2018 film Love, Simon was a hit, it received its own spin-off TV show Love, Victor which premiered on Hulu last year and on Star on Disney+ in other territories earlier this year and now the second season is here. Fans have been waiting eagerly to see what happens next after the end of season 1 left us on a big cliffhanger.
At the end of the first season we saw Victor (Michael Cimino) come out as gay to his parents, but the show ended right there leaving us waiting to see how they react. Season 1 saw Victor coming to terms with his sexuality and it was about Victor’s own self-discovery and the new season is about what follows from that discovery as Victor now has to deal with the difficulties that follow including how his parents react. How does he deal with his ex-girlfriend Mia (Rachel Hilson)? What about the difficulties of being an openly gay star-athlete? And on top of all this Victor has the excitement from his newfound relationship with Benjy (George Sear).
Season 2 of Love, Victor definitely ups the levels of drama and emotion in the show, which results in it being excellent. But most importantly it also broadens the scope of it. Whilst it is still mainly told from Victor’s perspective and he’s still the main character, we learn much more about the lives of all the supporting characters from the first season including Mia, Benjy, Lake (Bebe Wood) and Felix (Anthony Turpel). By enriching the backstories and complex emotions of all of this other characters it makes everything feel that bit more real.
There’s definitely a lot more going on in the second season but that just means it’s much more fast-paced and it results in season two being just as good, if not better than the first. At 10 episodes long, season 2 moves along quickly but it still spends just the right amount of time with each character, subplot and story, making sure to develop everything fully.
At lot happens over the course of the new season and I won’t divulge into any specific plot points or spoilers, but it picks up immediately from where the first ended with Victor coming out to his parents and it keeps going from there. It engages with lots of important issues like divorce, homophobia, sexuality, mental health, and religion, showing all of the ups and downs that come with teen relationships and it does so in a mature and sophisticated manner going into real depth with many of these important issues.
As well as this, the connection to the rest of the Love, Simon universe is expanded upon but crucially, Love, Victor isn’t dependent on these connections. It builds upon the characters that have already been set up in the film Love, Simon, but the show is constantly proving that it is its own thing and isn’t just a spin-off for spin-off’s sake. It’s developing and it’s moving beyond what’s already been established in this shared universe and allowing the show’s characters to develop, rather than relying on the characters from the film.
Season 2 of Love, Victor is engaging, entertaining, emotional and somehow even better than season 1. The new season adds a wealth of depth, not only to Victor but to all his friends and to his parents so that by the time season 2 ends you feel so connected to all of the characters in the show. And much like with the first season, it leaves you desperate to know what happens next and you just can’t wait for season 3.
Season 2 of Love, Victor starts streaming on June 11th on Hulu in the US and on June 18th on Disney+ in the UK.
First Look | White Men Can’t Jump – Jack Harlow
A remake of the 1992 film about a pair of basketball hustlers who team up to earn extra cash.
Comedy, Drama, Sport
May 19, 2023 (Hulu)
Lance Reddick, Jack Harlow, Andrew Schulz, Laura Harrier
A remake of the 1992 film about a pair of basketball hustlers who team up to earn extra cash.
Meryl Streep Joins the Cast for Season 3 of Hulu’s ‘Only Murders in the Building
Many were surprised when the Season 2 finale of Hulu comedy, Only Murders in the Building revealed that Paul Rudd would be joining the series for its upcoming season, however, it seems his casting may have just been topped. According to a tweet from the show’s Twitter account, it appears that Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep (Out of Africa, August: Osage County) will join the cast led by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez for Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building.
One can believe that Streep stumbled into the series similar to how she did for Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies. With the latter show, Streep was a fan of the mysterious female-led drama and was written into the sophomore season. You wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that Streep was probably a fan of the beloved comedy series and might want to join in the hijinks along with friends, Steve Martin and Martin Short. Streep will also appear in the upcoming AppleTV+ anthology series, Extrapolations in March.
The original tweet revealed that the third season of Only Murders in the Building has just begun filming. The show has been nominated for tons of awards thus far and with growing popularity as well as the additions of Streep and Rudd to the cast, anything can happen in the murder mystery program. Season 2 released back in June so we can probably expect Season 3 to begin streaming in Summer 2023.
PREY Review | A Brutal, Primeval Emotional Survival Epic
PREY is one of the best entries in the Predator franchise. Director Dan Trachtenberg has crafted a brutal, primaeval & emotional survival epic powered by Comanche tradition which features a fierce performance from Amber Midthunder who kicks Ass as the animalistic Predator becomes her PREY!
Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to prove herself a worthy hunter. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien Predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.
“Prey” stars Amber Midthunder, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator. The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Patrick Aison with a story by Patrick Aison & Dan Trachtenberg based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. It is produced by John Davis, Jhane Myers, and Marty Ewing, with Lawrence Gordon, Ben Rosenblatt, James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas, and Marc Toberoff serving as executive producers.
The Predator franchise which is now a collection on Disney+ began with the 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by John McTiernan. It told the story of an elite set of mercenaries who form a team and head to the jungles of South America on a recovery mission. However, they find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior with an arsenal of high-tech weapons.
In “PREY” we witness the first time this creature comes to earth as the alien Predator lands his spacecraft in the Northern Great Plains in 1719, it’s looking to hunt for sport. The land however is inhabited by men, women, and children of the Comanche tribe, many of them skilled at hunting and are warriors themselves. What I thoroughly loved about “PREY” is that it shows how committed director Dan Trachtenberg and his crew were in creating a film that provides an accurate portrayal of the Comanche world at the height of their empire. This truly brings a level of authenticity and showcases the true experiences and the lives of its indigenous people. This phenomenal cast is comprised almost entirely of Native and First Nation talent.
Amber Midthunder brings a fierce and powerful performance to the role of Naru, a highly skilled Comanche warrior raised in the shadow of the legendary hunters who roamed the Great Plains. When danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her band and faces the supreme test when the prey she stalks and ultimately confronts turns out to be an alien Predator. Smart, confident, and resourceful, she is familiar with every inch of the surrounding landscape and its natural predators. Naru means “fight” in Comanche, which is more than appropriate for this character. She has strong ideas and opinions about things, her future, and her life. Her wants are quite different from what other people would assign to her or imagine for her, Midthunder truly leads with power.
Taabe, a young Comanche warrior played by newcomer Dakota Beavers truly shines in his debut. The leader of the band of Comanches, War Chief Kehetu is played by Julian Black Antelope. Aruka, Naru’s mother is played by Michelle Thrush. Aruka along with the rest of the older Comanche generation, wants her daughter to follow a more traditional path.
This primal David vs Goliath story also features the animalistic Predator, brought to life ferociously by Dane DiLiegro. This creature is a highly advanced alien seeking the strongest opponent. The Iconic Predator is the ultimate adversary, and one of the fiercest hunters in the universe, especially with its high-tech weaponry, cloaking, and heat-seeking abilities. This iteration of the character is more creature-like as it takes 300 years prior to the original.
“PREY is full of different kinds of Predators. The Comanches, hunt and fight for survival. Everything that they hunt is used and nothing is wasted for example they use every part of the buffalo and are also thankful for the spirit of that animal that’s able to nourish them, clothe them and ultimately is used for everything that they needed in life. Their fighting style is powerful and the costuming is traditional with authentic colours which ensures historical accuracy. They also have to be comfortable for the actors who do a good deal of horseback riding.
Principle photography on “PREY” began in June 2021 at the Stone Nakoda Nation near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The entire production was filmed outdoors, with all the phenomenal exterior shots utilising the magnificent terrain of the Calgary landscape. The cinematography and the use of natural light were outstanding. Cinematographer Jeff Cutter has truly captured the epicness of dawn and dusk and embraces and respects nature. The earthy colours of the Comanche are black, red, and white and this colour pallet is well utilised through their face paintings. The score by Sarah Schachner is suspenseful and thrilling.
Overall It’s been 35 years since “Predator” first captivated audiences, and now fans have a chance to see the Predator in action once again. However, this particular “Predator” film truly revitalises the franchise with a deeply personal story and a thrilling hunt for survival.
Prey will be available to stream on Hulu and Disney+ Internationally on Friday, Aug. 5.
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