WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #32 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu, Peacock

Weekend #32 of 53 (8/7 – 8/9/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

This week I’m most looking forward movie-wise to watching An American Pickle (FIRST LOOK) starring Seth Rogen on HBO Max. It is available for streaming on August 6, 2020.

For TV, I’m looking most forward to the new adult animated series: Star Trek: Lower Decks (FIRST LOOK) on CBS All Access. To get into that Star Trek mode, I’ve been watching The Orville on Hulu, which has a very Next Generation feel. Lower Decks is also available for streaming on August 6, 2020.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Lost Husband (2020)
  2. *We Summon The Darkness (Aug 8)
  3. *The Promise
  4. *The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids In Space

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Selling Sunset – Season 3
    Reality TV, Realtors
  2. *Tiny Creatures – Season 1
    Animals
  3. *Dreamworks Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
    Animated
  4. *The New Legends of Monkey – Season 2
  5. *The Seven Deadly Sins – Season 4
    Anime
  6. *The Governor – Season 1 (Aug 8)

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 6) – Season 1 premiere episode
    Adult, Animated

HBO Max Movies

  1. *An American Pickle (FIRST LOOK)
  2. *Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (Aug 8)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 9 (also available on DC Universe)
  2. *Perry Mason – episode 8 – season finale!
  3. *On The Trail: Inside The 2020 Primaries
    Documentary – CNN (Aug 6)
  4. *The Swamp
    Documentary, Politics
  5. *Mob Psycho 100 – Season 1 – 12 episodes
    Anime
  6. *Promised Neverland – Season 1 – 12 episodes

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Arkansas (Aug 5)
  2. *Dora and The Lost City of Gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also on Hulu)
  3. *The Peanut Butter Falcon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (also on Hulu)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *Jessy and Nessy – Season 1 – 5 episodes available
    Children’s, Educational

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 13: “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part Two”

Season finale of Stargirl!

Hulu

  1. *The Peanut Butter Falcon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  2. *Dora and The Lost City of Gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  3. Slay The Dragon (2019)
    Documentary

Peacock

  1. Hitmen
    Comedy, Crime – Original Series

TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E12 – Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part One ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
August 2, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-8)

Episode 12 – Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part One

Every Sunday night on the west coast in the United States at 9pm PT, a new episode of Stargirl!

The Injustice Society is about to hatch a worldwide diabolical plan and a timer signals the countdown.

They dispatch a couple members to kill Pat/Stripesy, Courtney/Stargirl and everybody associated with them, including the other Justice Society members, Mike and Barbara. The first attack on Barbara and Courtney is warded off, as well as a secondary attack on Pat and Mike at his shop.

Mike learns about S.T.R.I.P.E and thinks it is “badass.”

Justin the Janitor drives up with KFC and encourages them to join him for a “feast.” The team Justice Society assembles at Justin’s place to formulate a plan of attack and/or defensive posture. Rick/Hourman must solve the riddle in his dad’s journal.

They learn that the Injustice Society has been building an amplifier and plan to go underground and destroy the device.

Will they be too late to stop the killing of innocent people with brains that can’t accept the input from Brainwave?

Summary

A couple good fighting scenes, the team pulling together, an insane plan hatching to control the human population and a timer countdown. Yes, this episode, the first of the final two-parts of the season delivers most of the goods. I would have liked to see the team suiting up sooner in the episode. I mean, they know they’re fighting evil, why are they still in their plain clothes? Suit up! Otherwise, a very good episode and sets up the season 1 finale.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #31 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu

Weekend #31 of 53 (7/31 – 8/2/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

The first of the month is huge for the various streaming services, as this is when a bunch of movie licenses move around.

It’s not uncommon to see dozens of movies added and removed from the leading services each month on this day. For movie lovers like us, this is like Christmas Day every month. Included in this week’s streaming picks are lists of movies cycled in on the first of the month by service.

There are plenty of sources out there covering every single movie title.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Banana Split (2018)
  2. *The Hater (2020)
  3. *Seriously Single (2020)
  4. *Killing Hasselhoff (2017)

If you missed rewatching (or watching for the first time — gasp!) the first three Jurassic Park movies have moved from Peacock to Netflix this month and are available as of August 1, 2020. Also, Mad Max (1979).

NETFLIX available for streaming on August 1

A Knight’s Tale
Acts of Violence
The Addams Family (1991)
An Education
Being John Malkovich
Death at a Funeral
Dennis the Menace
Elizabeth Harvest
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hardcore Henry
Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 1-2
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Mad Max
 (1979)
Mr. Deeds
My Perfect Landing: Season 1
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea: Season 1
The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
The Next Step: Season 6
Nights in Rodanthe
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Operation Ouch: Season 1
Operation Ouch: Special
Remember Me
Seabiscuit
Super Monsters: The New Class — Netflix Family
Toradora!: Season 1
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
The Ugly Truth
What Keeps You Alive

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Umbrella Academy – Season 2
  2. *Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy – Chapter 1 (5 episodes)
  3. *Tread
    Documentary, True Crime
  4. *Last Chance U – 5 parts
    Documentary, Sports
  5. *The Speed Cubers
    Documentary, Puzzle, Game

I’m not a huge Transformers fan, but the Cybertron trilogy on Netflix makes me want to check it out. The trailer is below.

HBO Max Movies

  1. *JoJo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  2. The Dark Knight

HBO Max available for streaming on August 1

10,000 BC (2008)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Altered States (1980)
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (Season 1)
Bad Influence (1990), HBO
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Batman (1989)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Bear (1989), HBO
Bee Season (2005), HBO
Before Sunrise (1995), (HBO)
Before Sunset (2004), (HBO)
Biloxi Blues (1988), HBO
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
Blue Crush (2002) HBO
The Candidate (1972)
Carefree (1938)
The Change-Up (2011), HBO
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Contact (1997)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dishwasher (2020), HBO
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Elf (2003)
The First Grader (2011), HBO
The First Wives Club (1996)
Flipper (1996) HBO
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Fool’s Gold (2008)
Fracture (2007)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Get on Up (2014), HBO
Go Tell It on the Mountain (2004), HBO
Grace Unplugged (2013), HBO
Hard to Kill (1990), HBO
Harley Quinn: Seasons 1 & 2 [RECOMMENDED]
Highlander: The Final Dimension (1995), HBO
Highlander IV: Endgame (2000), HBO
The Hindenburg (1975), HBO
Hours (2013), HBO
House of Wax (2005)
House Party (1990)
House Party 2 (1991)
House Party: Tonight’s the Night (2013)
How to Be a Player (1997), HBO
Idiocracy (Extended Version) (2006), HBO
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Jim Thorpe: All-American (1951)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Leprechaun (1993), HBO
Leprechaun 2 (1994), HBO
Leprechaun 3 (1995), HBO
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997), HBO
Leprechaun: Origins (2014), HBO
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2020), HBO
The Lost Boys: The Tribe (Unrated Version) (2020), HBO
Love Field (1992), HBO
Lovelace (2013), HBO
Lying And Stealing (2019), HBO
The Marine (Unrated Version) (2006), HBO
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), HBO
Marvin’s Room (1996), HBO
Maverick (1994)
Monkeybone (2001), HBO
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), HBO
Murder at 1600 (1997)
The Mustang (2019), HBO
My Blue Heaven (1990)
My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
Nell (1994), HBO
New Year’s Eve (2011), HBO
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
On Golden Pond (1981), HBO
Phantom (2013), HBO
Pi (1998), HBO
Raise the Titanic (1980), HBO
Roberta (1935)
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Savages (Unrated Version) (2012), HBO
Say It Isn’t So (2001) (HBO)
Serendipity (2001)
Skyline (2010) (HBO)
South Central (1992)
Spy Game (2001) (HBO)
Steven Universe Movie (2019)
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Striptease (1996)
Swing Time (1936)
They Live by Night (1949)
Things Never Said (2020) (HBO)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Time Bandits (1981) (HBO)
Top Hat (1935)
Two Minutes of Fame (2020) (HBO)
Walk the Line (Extended Version) (2005), HBO
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Without Limits (1998)
Yes Man (2008)

HBO Max TV

  1. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 6 – finale episode
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  2. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 8 (also available on DC Universe)
  3. *Perry Mason – episode 7

Amazon Prime Video available for streaming on August 1

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Inception (2010)
Margin Call (2011)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Rain Man (1988)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Safe (2012)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Square Parts (2015)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
The Holiday (2006)
Top Gun (1986)

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 12: “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part One”

Last week’s episode #10 was action-packed, fun and entertaining. Will be cool too see if they can follow up that episode.

Hulu available for streaming on August 1

71 (2015)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
A Good Woman (2006)
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Australia (2008)
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Child’s Play (1988)
City Slickers (1991)
City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994)
Company Business (1991)
Death At A Funeral (2010)
Elena Undone (2010)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Free Fall (2013)
Gayby (2012)
Hellraiser (1987)
Hurricane Bianca (2016)
Just Charlie (2017)
The Last Stand (2013)
Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole (2010)
Margin Call (2011)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Pit Stop (2013)
Rain Man (1988)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Safe (2012)
The Saint (1997)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Sordid Lives (2000)
Spare Parts (2015)
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Stuck On You (2003)
Top Gun (1986)
Ultraviolet (2006)
Up in the Air (2009)
Were The World Mine (2008)

WarnerMedia’s Crunchyroll growing, despite curated hub on HBO Max, maybe DC Universe will enjoy similar autonomy?

Crunchyroll’s free 14-day trial outlines benefits paid subscribers receive

Anime is popular in 2020. Is it bigger from a streaming site subscription than the comic book subscriptions? I don’t know.

We’ve all heard people saying they hate reading, so maybe that has something to do with it. One you can watch that makes you think, the other your read and makes you think. One is clearly more passive than the other.

Also, there are videogames. Anime and videogames go together perhaps even better — because of active audience participation — than comic book adaptations to movie or TV shows. Clearly, Crunchyroll has videogames going for it, too.

I hadn’t considered Crunchyroll — but probably should have — in my DC Universe coverage of how they are being treated during the release of HBO Max getting most of their movie content (see: HBO Max and DC Universe bundle is a good idea – Merging? No, here’s why).

Warnermedia is a hydra with many different businesses, some competing with each other for subscribers. It’s tough when you compete against yourself, but a company as large as their parent AT&T is no doubt going to have some tiger eating their own conflicts.

Their solution on HBO Max for Crunchyroll was to have a curated section, a best of Crunchyroll, which could be an attractive add-on for Max subscribers, but not pull away from Crunchyroll.

This strategy is working.

In an interview with Deadline, Waage declined to speculate on the broader strategy of WarnerMedia in streaming, but she said “the goal is to fuel both” Crunchyroll and HBO Max. “We believe we can grow this area by exposing people to it,” she added. “Dramatic animation is in its infancy … We are Fox 30 years ago with The Simpsons. This is a category that will only grow.”

WarnerMedia’s Crunchyroll Hits 3 Million Streaming Subscribers As Anime Continues To Make Strides – Deadline

With Crunchyroll adding subscribers it’s a different circumstance than DC Universe which might be holding even or losing paid subscribers based on the wide amount of negative publicity we’ve seen.

The difference is HBO Max has what DCU subscribers feel is more and better movie and TV content than DCU. A lot of the people seem to be heading to HBO Max for the movie and TV content and don’t see the value in keeping DCU.

Frustrating that the comic books aren’t being considered, but it isn’t a curated DCU comic books — which would have been a cool idea had HBO Max done that — instead they basically gutted DCU of the bulk of the movies they had.

Still, I’m reminded that DC Universe have like 24,000+ DC Comics. They have an active community around the comics and it’s more than just the animated movies, live action and TV shows.

I can see subscribers who want DC movies and TV shows only and don’t care as much about comics might find paying for a DC Universe subscription less desirable.

As for Crunchyroll? I know almost nothing about their site except that they do anime. I like anime but it’s not something I’d put in my top five genres of movies. I’ve seen some absolutely killer anime and have covered some anime here at this blog.

What I don’t understand, and maybe this is something a reader can help me with is why isn’t there as much excitement around comics? There are anime comics, so is that niche all self-contained and doesn’t carry over to the big companies DC and Marvel?

Maybe HBO Max should rethink how they do the DC Universe section of HBO Max and include a “best of” curated comics for HBO Max subscribers? This would be a great tie-in for HBO Max subscribers buying a subscription to DCU.

It just seems strange to me that HBO Max took two different strategies with how they handled Crunchyroll and DCU. The former is working and driving new subscribers whiel the latter is driving anger and frustration. At least from a segment of the subscriber base, those of us who see the value in the comic books aren’t as upset about the circumstance.

I think the biggest problem with WarnerMedia is communication. They haven’t communicated to their paid customers what they want to do with DCU. The sooner they can make their intentions known there the better. Are they leaving DCU to run the way it is? Are they closing DCU? Merging it entirely with HBO Max? Making DCU a comics-only subscription portal? Customers deserve to know what’s going on.

At least Crunchyroll subscribers know where they stand. Business is good there.

TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E11 – Shining Knight ⭐️⭐️

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
July 26, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-8)

Episode 11 – Shining Knight

Every Sunday night on the west coast in the United States at 9pm PT, a new episode of Stargirl!

It’s Justin the janitor time. He is having trouble remembering who he is. He has a vision that Stripesy can help him remember his past, including the location of his prized “white steed.”

Meanwhile, a stranger arrives in town on the bus. He claims to be Courtney’s father. Barbara confirms, but Court doesn’t want to believe it’s true. This guy isn’t Starman. Barbara wonders where the guy went, he deserted them over 10 years ago.

Justin shows up at Pat’s garage wielding his knight’s sword. He is having conflicting visions of seeing Pat/Stripesy as Doctor Ito. Beth/Doctor Midnite and Hourman are at the garage, ready to go to battle if Justin goes off with the sword, but he calms down.

Brainwave, now even more empowered after his son is gone, has total recall and wants to kill Pat and Courtney, knowing their superhero identities. Jordan/Icicle tells him to back off, it will ruin their plan to take them out this soon.

Courtney goes to breakfast with her father, as he tries to get to know her. He wants to get to know her and tries making amends. What it seems he’s really after is the locket he gave her all those years ago. She gives it back to him.

Back to Justin the janitor who says he used to clean the stables in King Arthur’s time when he was given the sword Excalibur. He’s from the past and Pat believes him. Justin was brainwashed in the tunnels under the city by Doctor Ito.

That painting looks foreboding, but when will we see these guys waging war?

Will Justin/Shining Knight be joining the Justice Society? Will Courtney/Stargirl be able to power the staff now that she knows Starman is not her father? Will the team gang up go back underground and fight the Injustice Society: Dr. Ito, Icicle, Brainwave, Grundy and their minions?

Summary

Another origin episode, but attempted dramatic twist with the addition of Courtney’s father — another cast member seemingly to learn about (or forget about) — that is not Starman. Also, we finally learn at least some of the story behind Justin, albeit in an extremely boring storytelling way.

So many characters in this show. It’s like the first season is setting up more seasons now, instead of rolling out some epic conflict and making viewers all in here and now. That’s what it looked like might be happening based on the amazing episode 10, that the rest of season one would be more action-oriented and we’d stop doing all these slow origin episodes.

The Justin / Janitor memory flashback could have included an exciting battle scene with Excalibur in the past. Instead we get a scraggly bearded janitor firing off more exposition. That’s the real star of this show: exposition everywhere again. What’s missing is left to the viewer’s imagination.

Stargirl teases live action comic book battles to come … someday. Guess that’s why I keep tuning in because I’m excited by what could be here instead of what too often turns out not to be. The most interesting parts of each episode are often the very last couple minutes of each episode. Like the writers realized, hey we better do something cool in the last couple minutes so they tune in next week.

Earlier in the series I mentioned the 1970s show The Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby. That should have provided Geoff Johns and his team the basic episode structure that Stargirl could follow, instead we get each episode essentially introducing new characters and setting up potential conflicts … somewhere in the future. This one just finding interesting pictures to take for this post was challenging.

For pretty much the entire season the foreshadowing, origin and backstories have been rolled out for a huge conflict like we saw at the beginning of the first episode. We keep getting mostly teased in 40+ minute chunks. Not a fan of this episode or this tease-heavy storytelling overall, because again, most of this could have covered this in 15 minutes of run time earlier in the season when we met Justin the first time. As for Courtney finding out about the truth of her dad? Yeah, that adds another dimension to her character, but weren’t there other more interesting ways to blend him into the storyline? Perhaps he could have been found by the Injustice Society? Used as pawn to lure in Stargirl and her team underground?

This is more of a soap opera episode that doesn’t even move with soap opera cuts and pacing. Fine, if that’s the show others want to watch every week. Not what I’m tuning in for. A bummer letdown for me from episode 10, which was fantastic. Two more episodes. Hope it pays off. Finally.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #30 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe

Sequel premieres on Netflix

Weekend #30 of 53 (7/24 – 7/26/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

If you plowed through everything Peacock had to offer last week (Lost Speedways was very good for those who like racing, BTW, I recommend that series), then several movies await this weekend across the streaming services.

I haven’t seen the first movie The Kissing Booth, but the sequel is coming straight to Netflix this weekend and the main lead stars are returning. I’m looking more forward to seeing Radioactive and Spotlight. The animated films: Animated Crackers and Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing might be worth a look, too.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)
  2. *Animal Crackers (2017)
  3. *Spotlight (2015)
  4. *Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing
  5. *The Larva Island Movie

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Signs (2018) – Season 1
    Crime, Thriller
  2. *Fear City: New York vs The Mafia
    Documentary
  3. *Love on the Spectrum
    Documentary

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (July 25)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Tig N Seek – Season 1 – episode 1 “The Five Rules of Finding”
    Animated, Children’s
  2. *Room 104 – Season 4 – premiere episode
  3. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 5
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  4. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 7 (also available on DC Universe)
  5. *Perry Mason – episode 6

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Radioactive (2020)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *If You Give A Mouse A Cookie – Season 1
  2. *Jim Gaffigan: Pale Tourist
    Stand-up Comedy

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 11: “Shining Knight”

Last week’s episode #10 was action-packed, fun and entertaining. Will be cool too see if they can follow up that episode.

TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E10 – Brainwave Jr ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
July 19, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-8)

Episode 10 – Brainwave Jr

Every Sunday night on the west coast in the United States at 9pm PT, a new episode of Stargirl!

Flashback to Pat and Barbara first meeting at an ice cream shop. They both order banana splits but there’s only one banana left, so they choose to share together. Return to present with Barbara discovering the staff and Courtney trying to explain that she’s Stargirl and her dad was Starman. All Barbara is hearing is that she was deceived and asks Pat to leave. He stays the night at the garage. Mike asks to go with him.

Brainwave has awoken with a memory gap of 10 years. He realizes his son is now Brainwave Jr, having his powers. Junior is incensed anew with the memory that his mother, Mary, was killed. He heads home to watch more VHS tapes recorded by his father to learn what happened. Icicle pays Henry/Brainwave a visit in the hospital.

The staff tries to get Courtney to go out, but she resists. It heads to the garage, inscribes a message on a picture of Icicle and then heads to the hospital where Icicle easily puts it on ice.

Barbara tells Courtney to pack, she’s heading to work for an hour and then they are leaving town. Courtney goes to Pat at the garage and tells him what’s happening. He tells Courtney to pack and that he can live with her mom’s decision to leave as long “as he knows she’s safe.” He goes to Barbara.

Courtney gathers the team with a plan to retrieve her staff from the underground Injustice Society lair. They suit up along with Brainwave Jr. and head to the tunnels. Doctor Midnite and Hourman head away from the group underground and discover the locked up Solomon Grundy. Hourman realizes that Grundy killed his parents and wants to free the beast.

Down the other corridor, the other team runs into the henchmen which are dispatched by Dragon King to kill the team. They also discover that Brainwave has had his memory restored and Stargirl’s staff has been chained. A huge battle ensues.

Will Stargirl and her team defeat the Injustice Society’s henchmen and Dragon King? Will Stargirl be able to free her staff? Which side will Brainwave Jr choose? Good or evil?

Tune into find out the answers to these questions and more!

Summary

Easily the best episode of the season so far, this one has everything: conflict, intrigue, epic superhero vs. villain battles, revelations and a mission straight into the heart of the villain’s lair. I didn’t see the ending coming either, which was a nice twist. Wow, what an amazing episode!

Loved this one, what else can I say? When tuning into the series, this was the type and quality of episode I’d hoped to see. Total delivery. Not sure I can say it should have taken 9 episodes to get here, but hey, this one is a ton of fun and majorly entertaining. Must watch.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #29 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Peacock, Netflix, HBO Max, Shudder, DC Universe

Available on VOD as of June 30 to rent or own

Weekend #29 of 53 (7/17 – 7/19/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Movie-wise, this is a pretty quiet weekend for new releases, unless we’re talking about Peacock, which has opened up a library of movies — some certified classics (like Psycho) — to the world at large.

Peacock is what I’m going to be spending at least some time watching several of their Peacock Originals. Have already watched a couple of the originals. Leading my interest as of this writing is Dale Earnhardt Jr. visiting a bunch of old racetracks (Lost Speedways). I’m always fascinated with how nature grows up through man-made structures. Even 10 years without upkeep can make something look ancient.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

PEACOCK Movies

  1. *Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

PEACOCK TV

  1. *Brave New World – 9 episodes
    Adaptation of Auldous Huxley Novel
  2. *The Capture – Season 1 – 6 episodes
    Thriller
  3. *Intelligence – Season 1 – 6 episodes
    Comedy
  4. *Lost Speedways – 8 episodes

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Fatal Affair (2020)
  2. *MILF (2020)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Cursed – Season 1 (July 17)
    Fantasy
  2. *The Last Dance – Limited Series ESPN
    Sports, NBA, Docuseries
  3. *Gigantosaurus
    Disney Junior series on dinosaurs

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Harriet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (July 18)

HBO Max TV

  1. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 4
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  2. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 6 (also available on DC Universe)
  3. *Perry Mason – episode 5

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *Lake of Death
  2. *Nina Forever (July 20)
  3. *The Pool (July 20)

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 10: “Brainwave Jr.”

TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E9 – Brainwave ⭐️½

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
July 12, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-8)

Episode 9 – Brainwave

Every Sunday night on the west coast in the United States at 9pm PT, a new episode of Stargirl!

Opens with Brainwave origin flashback. Brainwave Jr. locates and watches a videotape from his father explaining how he experimented on his own cerebral cortex and developed powers.

Courtney wants to invite Henry (Brainwave Jr.) to help them identify those in the Injustice Society. Pat isn’t sure about the idea. He goes into more exposition about Injustice League members including Dr. Ito, AKA Dragon King.

Cut to the janitor mopping in school imagining his mop handle as Stargirl’s staff. Then to Beth (Dr. Midnite) seeing that Cindy/Shiv has transferred out of Blue Valley High to study overseas. Beth isn’t buying it. In reality, Shiv is being locked in a dungeon underground.

Do we actually see Stargirl in this episode of Stargirl? To tell you would be a spoiler …

Will Henry agree to help the Justice Society or stay aligned with the other side? Will Brainwave Jr. use his powers for good or evil? Can Brainwave Jr. speak to Brainwave in a coma? Are his powers strong enough? Will Brainwave ever wake up from a coma or will Brainwave Jr. need to take his place in the Injustice Society?

Tune into find out the answers to these questions.

Summary

Another origin episode that focuses almost entirely on backstory and setup. Again, this is good for fleshing out characters, but not as interesting for an action-oriented superhero film. We want to see fighting, battles and some sort of conflict between good and evil. In the shows like The Incredible Hulk, it’s the equivalent of never seeing David Banner turn into The Hulk. Every episode, we got to see that at least one time, usually twice. It was formulaic but done for a reason: to show us the Hulk in action — what we were waiting to see.

Stargirl doesn’t follow this convention in episode. Those who find this lack of delivering the on screen goods consistently every episode will like episodes like this one. Me? I find them to be teases without payoffs. I’m guessing in the next episode which is titled “Brainwave Jr.” we’ll see Henry/Brainwave Jr. use his powers against Stargirl and Justice League. Or .. maybe we won’t. Season 1 continues to be mostly about origin and backstory for all the characters, setting up a final battle to end the first season just like episode 1 started with an epic battle.

This is my least favorite episode of season 1 so far. It literally put me to sleep — twice — in the last 15 minutes, which in any film should be the best part!

In fairness, the last few minutes do finally deliver some plot twists and turns, but by then it’s pretty much too late to redeem the other very slow 35+ minutes watched. It’s almost like the writers realized, hey, we better do something and then jammed in a few “oohs and ahhs” to setup next week’s episode. I don’t appreciate that type of lazy and uninspired storytelling, but maybe others will.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️½

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #28 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – AppleTV+, Netflix, HBO Max, Shudder, DC Universe

Available on VOD as of June 30 to rent or own

Weekend #28 of 53 (7/10 – 7/12/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

  • AppleTV+ subscribers — or those who want to be — will find the new Tom Hanks movie, Greyhound available to watch on July 10
  • Netflix – The Old Guard stars Charlize Theron.
  • HBO Max – Close Enough, an adult animated TV series debuts.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

APPLE TV+ Movies

  1. *Greyhound

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Old Guard – Charlize Theron
  2. *The Claudia Kishi Club – Documenatary

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Twelve – Season 1 (10 episodes)
    Legal, drama
  2. *Japan Sinks – Season 1, Episode 1
    Anime
  3. *The Protector – Season 4 (final season)
  4. *Down To Earth With Zac Efron
    Original
  5. *The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space
    Family

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (July 11)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Close Enough – Season 1, Episode 1 – “100% No Stress Day” (July 9)
    Adult, Animated – FIRST LOOK
  2. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 3
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  3. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 5 (also available on DC Universe)
  4. *Perry Mason – episode 4

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. Jeruzalem
  2. The Beach House

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 9: “Brainwave”