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Bel Air is a Strange Beast

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Bel Air is a television show that, by all accounts, shouldn’t exist. It seems to take place is some dark timeline where The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is an hour-long family soap opera instead of a light family sitcom. The odd thing is it kind of works.

Some of that may be due to the influence of the original Fresh Prince Will Smith who lends his considerable star power to producing the new series. He knows the original material inside and out allowing him to give his blessing and put his mark on the new Bel Air.

The concept itself began life as a short film produced by Morgan Cooper. Once Will Smith saw it he immediately saw the potential of the series and brought it to life. The results are a mixed bag. For instance, it’s nice that the pilot spends most of its run time establishing who the new Will Smith (played with tons of charisma by Jabari Banks) is and what his life was like before he moved to Los Angeles. That’s a whole chapter the sitcom glossed over in the 90s.

It also adds a whole lot more depth to the rest of the family. In this universe Hillary (CoCo Jones) is a struggling social media influencer focused on creating her own culinary business. She’s very independent which is a nice change from the original. Carlton (Olly Sholotan) on the other hand is played as a villain right away. Any naïve swarm that the original character had in the 90s is now amped up right away.

The only one really left in the shadows is the new Ashley (Akira Akbar). It’s a shame too because the original Will Smith and Ashley Banks had a ton of chemistry and it seems like that’s been swapped out for a Will/Hilary relationship instead. Let’s hope she gets some attention and doesn’t become the cousin Oliver of the series.

If nothing else the show is gutsy as hell. The whole concept is crazy but it’s being done in the best possible way with the best possible people behind it. With clear story arcs and character development expect Bel Air to create a whole new generation of fans. Let’s hope they seek out the original show to see the origin of the series because the original Fresh Prince of Bel Air is still a classic.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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Axel Foley Is Back

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Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is back on the beat in Beverly Hills. After his daughter’s life is threatened, she (Taylour Paige) and Foley team up with a new partner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and old pals Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton) to turn up the heat and uncover a conspiracy. From Producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Eddie Murphy, Chad Oman, and Director Mark Molloy. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. Only on Netflix, Summer 2024. Watch on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81076856

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