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Haters Back Off: A Netflix Original Series Review:

If you still doubt the legitimacy of YouTube and the talent they curate, then the all new Netflix Original Series “Haters Back Off” should change
your mind. The series, which follows the character of Miranda Sings, a parody character of YouTube cover singers created by actress and singer
Colleen Ballinger, showcases smart humor and surprising heart and emotion that will captivate loyal “Mirfandas” (fans of Miranda Sings), and
new audiences alike. Developed by both Ballinger and her brother Chris Ballinger and developed by a fantastic team at Netflix, (including show-runners
Perry Rein and Gigi McCreery, whose credits include Friends and Wizards of Waverly Place), the show is a fantastic study of fame, how it changes
people, and how we all crave acceptance and recognition. Here is the synopsis for the show.

This comedy series, exclusive to Netflix, follows the oddball family life of a fictional YouTube star named Miranda Sings, a character created
and portrayed by Colleen Ballinger, who also serves as an executive producer. Miranda is an incredibly confident, self-absorbed teenage
singer/dancer/actor/model who is on the rise – despite a complete and utter lack of talent. Miranda continues to luck into failing upward,
fueled by her belief that she was born to be famous, even if no one else knows it yet.

Now this show was definitely funny. The jokes ranged from the perfectly timed dry humor of a film like Napoleon Dynamite that focuses on oddball,
outsider like characters, and the more adult themed humor that reminded me of a film like Step Brothers. The show features some incredible
performers, from Colleen Ballinger as Miranda herself to Angela Kinsey, who plays Miranda’s eager to please mother who believes she suffers from
a multitude of diseases, to her Uncle Jim, played by actor Steve Little, who plays the over-eager uncle who feeds Miranda’s belief that she is
destined for greatness in all things and fuels the drama in this family unit. There is a surprise character that definitely will bring the
heart and emotion into the show, acting as the voice of reason and a surrogate for the audience in a way, which I will not spoil their identity
in this review. However a character that does steal the show is the boy next door who is smitten with Miranda herself, Patrick, played by actor
Erik Stocklin. Her best friend and love-sick neighbor who will do anything for her, the lengths this boy goes to in order to help this often
clueless and fame obsessed girl achieve her dreams is a great showcase for any of us in the audience who has ever fallen in love and walked
through the friend zone, hoping that they will come out on the other side with their love by their side.

While the humor is just as great as fans would expect from a show about the untalented YouTube sensation that has stolen so many hearts, what was
pleasantly surprising was the amount of emotion that was in this show. What really sold this show for me was the perfect blend of comedy and
heart, with Miranda herself showcasing moments of real human feeling when interacting with cast members on the show, (before stumbling back into
her self-obsessed self). By the end of the series, audiences will be able to see the many layers of themes and storytelling devices that are going
to be alluded to, from the hardships of fame and the price people have to pay to achieve it, to the lengths family will go to for one another. I
think this show is also a great way to showcase the people behind the camera that we all sometimes take for granted when exploring the world of
YouTube. The four to eight minute videos that capture so many people’s attention and hearts don’t define a person’s entire life, and this show
does a marvelous job of showcasing the struggles, the flaws, and the ups and downs that creators go through off camera.

Overall, this was an amazing show. In eight episodes, Colleen Ballinger has proved that real talent can be found on the internet, and her incredible
creation of Miranda Sings is the unsung hero of the current generation, much like Napoleon Dynamite was the hero of the 2000’s or Anthony
Michael Hall’s The Geek from Sixteen Candles was the underdog hero of the 80’s. The awkward, uncomfortable humor that has skyrocketed the Miranda
Sings brand to stardom is expertly explored in this series, and with a cliffhanger that will hopefully lead to a second season, Netflix has found
a character driven comedy that will merge the younger audiences from the YouTube world with the more adult audiences of the Netflix world in a
phenomenal way. We here at On Request Magazine are incredibly impressed with this amazing show, and sincerely hope to see a second season in the
future. Congratulations to Colleen Ballinger for becoming one of the first heroes and stars to emerge onto the world stage in the digital age!

Rating: 10/10 stars




The Flash Season 2 Episode 19 “Back to Normal”

Things “slow” down on this week’s episode of The Flash! Powerless and human, Barry adjusts to life without his speed after Zoom took it from him, but he soon learns what a heroes true calling is after Harry is taken by a metahuman with enhanced strength. Meanwhile Caitlyn finds herself a prisoner of Zoom, who believes himself to be in love with her. Soon she’s confronted by a familiar face, but will they be friend or foe? Plus, Wally West becomes determined to meet The Flash.

The episode does a fantastic job of showing what a hero truly is. Are they defined by their powers, or by the actions they take to protect people? Just as Barry loses his powers, it feels as if the Multiverse expands in this episode, dealing with multiple Earths, doppelgängers and some big Easter eggs the passionate DC Comics fan base will spot throughout the episode. By episodes end, Barry’s problem will have a solution, but will it come at a cost? Plus, Zoom’s threat will grow larger as we race into next week’s episode. Tune into all new episodes of The Flash, only on The CW!


The Flash Season 2 Episode 18: Versus Zoom Review

The secret origins of Zoom are explored in the return of The Flash. After discovering the way to increase his speed to match Zoom, Barry seeks help in finding a way back to Earth-2, while Wells asks for help in talking Barry out of it, fearing the repercussions of the battle with Zoom. While they do this, Team Flash learns who Zoom really is, and his identity is not only monstrous and haunting, but gives Barry an idea of how to stop him. Meanwhile, Joe bonds and grows closer with Wally, while Iris struggles with emerging feelings.

This episode does an excellent job of giving insight into the murderous mind of the season’s big bad. The complicated history of Zoom serves as an excellent mirror to our own Scarlet Speedster, giving the audience a look at a very twisted version of Barry himself. The confrontation between these two powerful forces leads to a shocking outcome as Zoom looms over the team in a dangerous way. Tune into The Flash, only on The CW!

Read my latest review of @theflash, “Versus Zoom!”

The Strain Episode 8 “Creatures of the Night” Review

All hell broke loose on The Strain, FX’s hit horror series, as night descended on Manhattan and the infection spread further among the populace.

After their battle with Thomas Elchorst, (the former nazi turned vampire helping The Master to spread the vampire contagion), in the subway station, Setrakian, Eph, Nora and Jim learn that ultraviolet light is deadly to the creatures, and go to Brooklyn in search for special ultraviolet flashlights to use as weapons.

Upon arriving at the location of the lights, the group meets city exterminator Vasilly Fet, who is also in search of the lights. Seeking supplies in a local gas station, the group and the other occupants of the station come under attack by a horde of vampires.

The hour features heart pounding suspense as the survivors must find a way to get out of the gas station alive and survive until sunrise. Full of terror, twists and turns, and a shocking end to one of the survivors that provides an emotionally charged push for the rest of the group, showcasing once more why The Strain is one of this years strongest freshman shows. Stay tuned for a preview of the next episode of The Strain, here for On Request Magazine!

FOX’s Gotham Pilot Preview

One of falls most anticipated new shows has definitely got to be FOX’s Gotham. Having recently been given a special screening of the show’s highly anticipated pilot, we were delighted to see the great story that unfolded and showcased the direction the show would take fans. Exploring the formative years before Batman started saving lives in Gotham, the show follows new police detective James Gordon, played by the incredibly talented Ben Mackenzie, and his journey into exploring the dark underbelly of the corrupt city of Gotham. After the tragic murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Gordon and his partner, Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue, begin traversing the crime ridden city, uncovering clues to the killer’s identity and turning over stones that may be better left unturned. Organized mobsters, corrupt police and city officials, and a city where the corrupt thrive and the innocent submit or die, Gotham is a gritty crime drama that is a mixture of old school noir and true to form comic book storytelling. The drama also does a fantastic job of introducing some of Gotham’s most notorious villains and vigilantes before they became said villains and vigilantes. Gotham premieres Monday, September 22nd, 2014 on FOX!