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Netflix never fails to deliver some pretty amazing content, especially when it comes to their original series. However, when it comes to popularity or sheer controversy, few shows can top its runaway hit series, 13 Reasons Why! Unless you have been under a rock the series centers on a misunderstood, misjudged, and complicated teenage girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide; and leaves behind thirteen tapes, for thirteen different people, explaining why she did it.

The first season dealt with the revelation of why she committed suicide and those who contributed to it, the second season, however gets LEGAL and deeply personal. Herein lies more controversy as we delve more into what exactly each person did to hurt Hannah, the affect the suicide has had on her family and “friends,” and just how warped the American legal system can be when it comes to dealing with sexual assault.

What We Liked

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-This series gets a number of things right. Especially in its portrayal of misogyny, white privilege, mob mentality, and social issues plaguing teens.

-We loved seeing a posthumous Hannah haunting Clay, forcing him to not only “avenge” her suicide, but making him the glue that brought most of the other tape recipients together. Clay became a bona fide hero, however, we wonder to what cost?

-Jessica came into her own. It took a little while for her to go from victim to victor, but she got there. Although she did not win her case against Bryce, at the very least she is now ready to move on with her life and heal.

-Hannah’s mother is a fighter, and no matter what she learned about her daughter she held steadfast in her belief that the school failed her as it is failing other children like Tyler Down.

-We knew Tyler was going to finally snap based on the bullying and social isolation he’s endured since the first season, but we had no idea he himself might become a new set of “13 Reasons Why” I decided to become an active shooter at my school. His story line will definitely be the one to watch in the next season.

-Tony and his boyfriend are really cute together. Tony seems to be trying to get his anger under control and having a boxer boyfriend to keep him on the straight and narrow path works in his favor. That bloody kiss though…

What We Loved

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-Hannah finally transitioning. That scene with her walking into the light told us her soul was finally set free and her work there was done. Because of her pain and demise, the corruption of a school has been exposed and scrutinized.

-The tape recipients finally began to move on with their lives. We loved the camaraderie between all of them and how they were there for Clay when he began to mourn Hannah at the dance. It really shows that in the darkest of times a little love can go a long way.

What We Hated

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-Bryce got off completely with a mere slap on the wrist. At the very least we hoped he would not be breathing at the end of this second season.

-Watching Tyler be attacked and sodomized had us spinning and mortified. You hear about stories like this in the news, but to actually see it–and so graphically–is a memory we would rather try to forget. Still, we understand how important a moment this was to transitioning Tyler’s character to the active shooter he nearly became.

-Hannah’s parents split up. Her father left her mother for the woman he was having an affair with during their daughter’s trial? She really got the short end of the stick in so many ways.

-Jessica and Justin hooking up is something we definitely could have done without. We know he redeemed himself when he testified on her behalf against Bryce, but he was still an accessory to her rape. How she can move past that to forgive him, let alone hook up with him in a locker room is beyond us. Jessica we love you, but you have got to make better choices when it comes to these guys.

We definitely encourage you to see 13 Reasons Why for yourselves. It is definitely a timely series and the next season will tackle the issue of active shooting. This is a topic that needs to be explored now more than ever as it seems to be appearing more and more frequently. What do you guys think of the series? Sound off in the comments section below!

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The Brat Pack are BACK! Nickelodeon Relaunches “Rugrats” w/ New Series & Movie!

We really are living in the age of reboots when it comes to television. Many of our favorite sitcoms from the nineties and early 2000s have been rebooted or revamped. Now, it seems one of the the nineties most beloved animated series, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, is back on the scene! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil, Suzie, Dil, and Kimi are back with new episodes and a new Paramount movie!

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We really are living in the age of reboots when it comes to television. Many of our favorite sitcoms from the nineties and early 2000s have been rebooted or revamped. Now, it seems one of the the nineties most beloved animated series, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, is back on the scene! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil, Suzie, Dil, and Kimi are back with new episodes and a new Paramount movie!

The new series and film are currently still in the works, however.

via Variety

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Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures announced today a relaunch of the kids’ entertainment franchise “Rugrats.” A new animated-series revival featuring the characters from the ’90s cartoon has received with a 26-episode order from Nickelodeon; and Paramount Players, the new film division launched to develop projects based on properties from Viacom cable channels, has given a greenlight to a live-action film featuring CGI characters. Both the TV series and the movie will include new adventures with beloved characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters.

The show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

We have to tell you that we are HERE  for this Rugrats reboot! This series brings back all types of memories as you recall all of their misadventures and realize just how evil Angelica Pickles really was. Rugrats was one of those iconic NickToons we will never get over. Now if someone can just convince them to add Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Aah! Real Monsters, and of course CatDog, to that roster then we really will be talking!

Good job Nickelodeon we officially feel like kids again!

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[VIDEO] #PRIDE! “Steven Universe” Becomes first Children’s Animated Series to Show Same-Sex Wedding!

Gay “Pride” is not just for the month of June as daily LGBT people continue to make leaps and bounds in the arenas of acceptance, equality, and representation. One series, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has always pushed the envelope with its LGBT-friendly characters and content. Just this week, however, the series took things a step further with a wedding–a same-sex one!

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Gay “Pride” is not just for the month of June as daily LGBT people continue to make leaps and bounds in the arenas of acceptance, equality, and representation. One series, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has always pushed the envelope with its LGBT-friendly characters and content. Just this week, however, the series took things a step further with a wedding–a same-sex one!

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As you may already know most of the characters in Steven Universe are female aliens known as Gems. Two of these gems, leader of the Crystal Gems, faction of gems, sworn to protect the Earth, Ruby and Sapphire, are in a romantic relationship and are usually fused together to become the heroine, Garnet. Garnet is in many ways not only a physical manifestation of their love, but a symbol of a lesbian relationship. Ruby proposed to Sapphire this week and most of the other characters prepped for the wedding, made amends with one another, and finally teamed up to fight the series‘ antagonists, Blue and Yellow Diamond.

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Ruby proposes to Sapphire

This is not the first time Steven Universe has showcased gay content. Another character Pearl was in love Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond, Steven Universe’s mother, and has even pursued a human woman. Steven himself fuses with his female friend Connie, to become the intersexed fusion, Stevonnie, Rhodonite, another fusion, is the physical representation between two other female gems; and even more interesting is another character is Fluorite, a fusion of several gems in a polyamorous relationship!

You can check out the episode featuring the wedding, Reunited, in the video below. Happy viewing!

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ICYMI! Netflix’s “Luke Cage” (@LukeCage) features Gay Storyline in Season 2!

Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage is back an we could not be happier. Everyone’s favorite Harlem hero in a hoodie with bulletproof skin and super strength, is back walking the streets. This time around he’s going to need more than super powers to take down the villains that threaten his home turf. In fact it is the villains showcased in the second season of the series that really add the depth and power to the series. Although most of them are larger than life, two of them, Shades (Theo Rossi) and Comanche (Thomas Q. Jones) have actually been intimate with each other

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Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage is back an we could not be happier. Everyone’s favorite Harlem hero in a hoodie with bulletproof skin and super strength, is back walking the streets. This time around he’s going to need more than super powers to take down the villains that threaten his home turf. In fact it is the villains showcased in the second season of the series that really add the depth and power to the series. Although most of them are larger than life, two of them, Shades (Theo Rossi) and Comanche (Thomas Q. Jones) have actually been intimate with each other.

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Shades, as you recall, is a hired gun who worked for Cottonmouth in the first season, but by the season’s end he aligned himself with Black Mariah (Alfre Woodard), becoming her lieutenant and boy toy. In a surprising twist of events in Season 2, Shades brings on his childhood best friend, Comanche, as his right hand man. As their bond is explored we learn not only did they have each other’s backs, but were intimate while in prison.

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Thomas Q. Jones as Comanche

Until episode six, “The Basement,” where it is revealed that they were lovers in prison as well as being childhood friends. While Shades has processed their relationship jail as one of comfort in a dark place, Comanche makes it clear that who was in prison wasn’t a cover it’s who he is.

Comanche: We are more than that. Or did you forget that shit, too?

Shades: Inside was inside. Lack of human interaction. Lack of trust. We did what we had to do to keep from going crazy.

Comanche: We didn’t have to do shit. I wanted to. You did, too.

Shades: Life inside is inside. Prison has its own set of rules that no one in the outside world would ever understand. We’re out now. It’s different. I’m different, we’re different.

Comanche: I ain’t different. Inside, outside; I am who I am, B.

Shades: What do you want me to say?

Comanche: Come on, man. Cat’s out here getting their heads cut off. Maybe we survive, maybe we don’t. I’m just saying how I feel.

Shades: I would die for you, Che. That’ll never change. But it is what it is.

For Shades it seems his gay tryst with Comanche was situational for their time in prison. It is not the first time we have heard of guys beign “prison gay.” Theo Rossi has come forward to state that Comanche is in fact the true love of Shades’ life in an interview with SyFy.com:

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Theo Rossi and Thomas Q. Jones

Caught in the middle of the action is Shades’ long-time friend, partner, and “the love of his life,” Darius “Comanche” Jones (Thomas Q. Jones). Rossi says Comanche was Shades’ heart, his true soulmate, so when Shades finds it necessary to kill Comanche to protect Mariah’s (and his own) interests in Episode 7, “On and On,” he ends up inflicting permanent damage to himself.

Either way this is very progressive. Marvel continues to push the envelope with its characters and Luke Cage. What do you guys think of Shades and Comanche’s relationship? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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