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The Toys That Made Us – A Netflix Series

Did you grow up in the 60s, 70s, or 80s and have a deep affection for how interactive, creative, and brilliant the toys of those decades were? Did you roleplay with reckless abandon, inspired by the dolls and action figures in your hands, inhabiting the playsets and driving the vehicles that transported you to another world? It was a great time for toys: before hand-held technologies turned us into hypnotized sloths, a world of play where toys were the genesis for creative storytelling. If you feel this passion for the playthings of your childhood (I know I certainly do), then have I got a great series for you: The Toys That Made Us which recently premiered on Netflix. 

Mind Hunter and Mindhunters: A Review of the Netflix Series

A few weeks ago, I was wandering around Barnes and Noble looking for some true crime books to read (I’ve been on a kick with this genre lately). I picked up a book on Jack the Ripper (a mind-shattering puzzle of a case that continues to fascinate me) and went to check out. The store cashier (also a true crime fanatic), asked me if I had read the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. I had not. He proceeded to tell me about the book, and he also informed me of the new Netflix series called Mindhunters (without the space) that is based on the book, urging me to give both a try. Barnes and Noble, as well as Netflix, owe this guy a commission, for I am sold on both.

Stranger Things: Season 2 – Is the Sophomore Year Stranger and Better?

A few, but limited, spoilers ahead.

For all of us sci-fi and fantasy nerds, the 2016 arrival of the Netflix series Stranger Things was a revelation, a compelling and energetic program that embraced the sense of adventure we crave while incorporating the best of the genre. For those of us who grew up in the 1980s and had our imaginations thrust into the crucible of such films as The Goonies, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, Gremlins, The Lost Boys, and even Nightmare on Elm Street, Stranger Things proved a nostalgic reminder of a decade where any kid could (and would) find excitement lurking around every corner. It was, after all, a time where we rode our bikes freely about town, stayed out after dark without fear for our lives, and we were inspired to our own fantasy heroics by the likes of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and the popular roleplay game Dungeons and Dragons. We may have had a peculiar sense of fashion in the 80s, but we sure knew how to play. The first season of Stranger Things is a time-machine back to this nonpareil world of wonder and excitement.  


The Big Deal About Big Mouth

Do you remember in late elementary school when they separated the boys and girls during gym class as told us all about how our bodies were about to change? Do you remember the fear, humiliation and spine-tingling horror that washed over us all when we were about to go for a swim in the shark-infested waters known as hormones? It's hard to know how to feel about the new Netflix original series Big Mouth, a cartoon that brutally (and comically) explores the mine field that is puberty, but I will tell you that the program captures every ounce of mind-numbing embarrassment that accompanies the honor.