The Week For Chase | Sep. 28 – Oct. 2

What a week it’s been. Due to situations within my personal life, I have been spending a ton of time locked in my room. With all of this sudden free time on my hands, you would think I would have gotten a ton of articles done. Well you would be wrong.

Instead, I decided to start watching Game of Thrones for the first time. What a journey I have decided to embark on. First of all, the show is absolutely awesome. I just finished the first season and I am absolutely hooked.

The complex names and relationships were a bit difficult to keep track of for the first few episodes, but boy once I figured out who was who, I was HOOKED. The really interesting thing about this first season, is how low of a budget they seem to have.

For the first few episodes, it feels like a soap opera. A drama told through tons of dialogue and not a lot action. The writing is so great that you find yourself not even needing giant fight scenes or CGI dragons. The actors are tremendous, they really make you feel immersed in the time period and this fictional world.

As the episodes go along in the first season, we start to see more action. We get to witness the complicated relationships between the characters get even more complex. I’m very glad that I have been able to just sit down and practically binge the entire season, so that I don’t forget anything from the episode before.

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Watching Game of Thrones now is a bit strange, as I am extremely late to party. However, I think that is going to be more helpful as I get to the later seasons. When people were going crazy for the seasons as they came out, having watch parties and talking about the show on a weekly basis; they became very disappointed with the final seasons.

I have the benefit of not expecting too much out of them, since I already know how disappointing they were upon release. So I am going through the series enjoying it for what it is. Not for what it could be, as so many fans did in the past.

Before I had started watching Game of Thrones this week, I had actually started watching the Netflix show ‘Peaky Blinders.’ Another period drama that has a huge fan base. I finished the first season in just over a day, and really enjoy it.

I have taken a break before starting season 2 in order to watch Game of Thrones. But once I finish the series, I’m looking forward to throwing myself right back into Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders has done what shows like Sons of Anarchy have done before, which is make me want to start my own gang.

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I always think it’s a good idea, but then I remember that in real life, it is a lot easier to get caught. Or killed. Either way, I love Peaky Blinders and I am excited to see how the story goes in the rest of the series.

Other things that I have been doing this week, is running a Greatest Actor/Actress tournament on the Exciting Incident instagram. The tournament is a collection of some of the greatest actors and actresses acting today. However, with only so many spots, I missed out on a ton of great actors and actresses for the tournament.

Maybe I will do another tournament after this one is done, and put the winner of this one up against a whole new bracket of amazing talent. If you want to participate in the tournament, voting takes place each day! So go jump in!

So that is what I have been doing and watching for this week! What have you guys been up to? Tell us about it!

Watch 21 Jump Street – No Not The One With Channing Tatum

written by chase bridges

If you over hear someone talking about 21 Jump Street now a days, you would assume that they were talking about the action comedy film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while we here at Exciting Incident enjoy that movie, as well as the sequel 22 Jump Street, we want to highlight the source material.

21 Jump Street was a crime drama that aired from 1987 to 1991. The show centered around a group of baby-faced cops who went undercover in local high schools solving crimes. The show gained tons of popularity due to its tackling of real life issues, and of course jump-started the career of Johnny Depp.

Depp played the lead, Tom Hanson. A young cop with anger issues after the death of his father turns him into the hardest working cadet at the academy. Along with Sergeant Hoffs (played by Holly Robinson), Officer Penhall (played by Peter DeLuise), Sergeant Ioki (played by Dustin Nguyen), and being led by Captain Adam Fuller (played by Steven Williams), the team went on to a five season run before eventually being cancelled.

The first half of season one, did not age well watching it back in 2020. However, the second half of the season has a huge increase in the writing which causes the show to become the classic that it is. Getting to watch Johnny Depp take on different under cover identities in the effort of catching the bad guy is extremely fun, and really shows how great of an actor he was and still is.

The show did something that a lot of current shows often fail to do. Which is slowly but genuinely build a bond and relationship between each of the characters, making the audience truly care about the stories as they unfold.

The brother like bond between Tom Hanson and his partner Penhall has you so invested in them, that when something happens to them, you really care. Same goes with the father and child like bond between Captain Fuller and his team.

The show proceeds to get even better for the second season, having some of the greatest episodes in the series. The third season following suit by introducing new character Detective Booker (played by Richard Grieco) and adding a whole new dynamic to the team.

But as much as I love this show, there are always going to be flaws.

One of these big flaws is the lack of fleshing out the whole team during the first two seasons. We see a rotation episode to episode. This episode we see Depp and DeLuise go undercover together, the next week we see Depp and Robinson, the week after that we see Robinson and Deluise.

Do you see the missing element? They have a whole other person on the team that was never highlighted. Ioki. We would go episodes without even seeing him! Sometimes, he would show up for thirty seconds just to say that he’s doing paper work in his office. Heck, even Captain Fuller would go undercover with the team on occasion leaving Ioki to hold down the fort back at the station.

This situation gets better after season two however, as Johnny Depp begins his hatred for the show and slowly leaves the fore front, Ioki gets utilized more often. Teaming up with Penhall and Hoffs in local high schools. Even getting his own entire episode giving him a very in-depth backstory.

Another issue with the show, is after season three, Johnny Depp began doing everything he could to get out of the show. Phoning in his performances, refusing to do certain episodes, etc. He didn’t agree with how some of the episodes handled their sensitive topics such as race and sexual assault. He eventually leaves the show after the fourth season.

Depp was a huge reason that the show is as good as it is, so when he checks out (figuratively and literally) the show takes a dive in quality. Depp isn’t the only one done with the show, as Nguyen also leaves after season four.

Grieco left the show after season four to star in his own spinoff show Booker, and DeLuise’s Penhall was reduced to a minor role for the last season. With a majority of the main cast leaving, the fifth and final season did not do well at all.

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This show has some absolutely awesome moments, such as when Hanson and Penhall go undercover as THE MCQUAID BROTHAS!!! or the episode Orpheus 3.3 where Johnny Depp gives the best performance of the entire show. It is jam packed with awesome crime solving, comedy, and action. All while giving a really down to earth story about a group of co-workers and how they become a family.

I can’t recommend this show enough, and it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and NBC’s new Peacock streaming service. If you are looking for a new show to binge this weekend, this is the show to watch!

Binging vs Releasing Weekly – The Pros and Cons

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

On September 4th, 2020 Amazon Prime original series The Boys Season 2 debuted its much anticipated first episode. When they did, fans were shocked to see that only the first episode was available to watch. The first season of the critically acclaimed blood filled show was released all at once. Making it one of Amazon’s biggest binge-worthy shows in their original programming library.

When the second season was released as a weekly episodic show, fans were not happy. In fact, a ton of unhappy fans were giving it one stars and plummeting it’s overall rating on the site. Why is this such a big deal to the audience? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Binging vs Episodic shows in 2020.

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When Netflix revolutionized the television and film medium with their streaming service, they introduced a new form of enjoying a show. No longer do you have to wait a week to see the next episode of your favorite show, but every episode was released all at once.

You could watch the entire show at your own pace. Want to watch the entire season in one night? Go ahead! Want to slowly make your way through it this month? Even better! But with the invention of binge watching, it created an unforeseen issue.

A streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime could drop a ten episode season on Friday night, and have their entire audience finish by Saturday morning. Now you have everyone begging for the next season already.

You have to go through all of the green-lighting, writing, pre-production, production, editing, and advertising as fast as possible to feed the rabid fan base of the show that you just released YESTERDAY.

When releasing on a weekly basis, you have plenty of time while the episodes are slowly coming out to get the next season prepared.

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There was such a large backlash against ‘The Boys’ releasing episodic, that major streaming services are probably going to be hesitant to do it in the future. So why were people so upset?

I think the biggest problem with releasing episodic is that its a format for an older time. We don’t have cable anymore. The days of sitting down in front of the TV at a certain time every week to catch the new episode of your favorite show is a thing of the past.

The younger generations have become so accustomed to getting to watch their shows on their own time, at their own pace, whenever they want. It would be a hard transition to having to wait an entire week.

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It is obviously a better move for the streaming services to try to transition into a weekly episodic format, but the audience may not allow it. Todays television audience has lost all patience after being spoiled with content the last few years.

Which do you prefer? Do you like binge watching? Or do you miss the excitement and anticipation of weekly released episodes? Tell us about it!

‘The Last Dance’ Review

Written by: Trey Stewart

The Last Dance – available on Netflix

All throughout the 1990s, Michael Jordan blossomed into a world-renowned superstar, becoming the savior for not only the Chicago Bulls, but for the entire sport of basketball.

More than twenty years later, the COVID-19 pandemic provided Jordan the opportunity to this time save not just basketball, but the vast landscape of the sporting world.

The Last Dance, a docuseries based around the life of Jordan, began airing on April 19, 2020, slightly over a month after sports were shut down altogether. ESPN, reeling for quality content, decided it to be in everyone’s best interest to move the series forward from its originally-scheduled June release date.

The move proved to be an undeniable success, with each episode of the series drawing record-high viewership for ESPN.

Now, being someone lacking the proper TV plan needed in order to view the documentary at the time, I was limited to waiting impatiently for the series to be released on Netflix in the United States. Exactly three months after the first episode aired on ESPN, I finally managed to sit down and take in the ordeal, binging all ten episodes as soon as they became available on Netflix.

It was well worth the wait.

The series was told in a style akin to that of a memoir, centering around the dismantling of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in 1998. Accompanying the constant flashes forward in time were throwback footage from Jordan’s life, from his days at UNC to his gambling controversies throughout the early 90s.

But above the unprecedented coverage this series granted to the average American viewer, it cemented a truth that is perhaps unbeknownst to a generation deprived of watching MJ play in real-time: Michael Jordan’s legacy and impact make him the undisputed greatest basketball player of all-time.

No knock to the likes of LeBron James, of course. There’s still plenty more of his career yet to unfold. The time to reflect on his esteemed career will soon come.

But as a former apologist for the LeBron G.O.A.T argument, watching The Last Dance swung the pendulum on my opinion and mindset.

Few athletes, or human beings for that matter, can lay claim to a greater legacy than that of Michael Jordan. Jordan’s story is one that filmmakers and writers devour, one of seemingly endless bumps in the road, leading to an eventual storybook climactic success. And in Jordan’s case, that level of success is yet to be replicated by anyone in sports history.

As entranced viewers watch Jordan’s career unfold, each chapter of his has its inevitable triumph.

His college career at UNC caps off with a game-winning shot to clinch the NCAA title over Georgetown.

His Olympic endeavors showcase him as a global icon, becoming a part of the “Dream Team,” a legendary compilation of basketball talent that cruised to a gold medal in 1992.

And his NBA career? You likely already know all about it. Shelves full of personal awards outshone by the six titles won throughout Jordan’s career, highlighted by back-to-back three-peats in the 90s.

Throughout the series, the filmmakers cut from interview-to-interview, collecting thoughts and opinions from some of basketball’s legends of the game and journalists alike. The one commonality between almost every one of them? Competitive respect.

From John Stockton to Magic Johnson and even all the way down to arguably MJ’s most-hated enemy Isiah Thomas, it would be a challenging task to attempt to find a former foe that didn’t feel a sense of respect or gratefulness for everything Jordan did for the game of basketball.

Kobe Bryant referred to Jordan as his “big brother,” during one portion of the series, highlighting Jordan’s passion to see the game carried out the right way by his succeeding generations.

Even Jordan’s former teammates, some of whom told stories of hellish episodes at practices led by taunting and berating from Jordan, displayed a type of admiration for their former teammate few athletes could ever warrant.

Take Steve Kerr, for example. During a practice in 1995, Kerr’s face found itself on the unfortunate end of Jordan’s fist.

“Practices were really intense,” Kerr explained. “Practice fights — not only on that team, there were probably three of ’em during the year on that team — on every team I played on in the late 80s, early 90s, there were a few practice fights. There was just a lot of competition, things would get out of hand, and it really wasn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. For me in that case, Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded, and I feel like I passed the test and he tested me more afterwards.”

The overarching conclusion I, along with many viewers, have come to after becoming wrapped up in the enamor of The Last Dance is this: Michael Jordan is arguably the most iconic athlete of all-time.

To define greatness as limited to moments on a hardwood court or turf-laden field would be asinine. Jordan would have a well-rounded case nonetheless, but his impact stretched so much farther than that.

Jordan has a legacy that will likely remain unmatched for decades to come. He is a true legend in every sense of the word, the type of figure who your father would be honored to sit you down on the couch and tell you reminiscent tales of.

Beloved by an entire generation of basketball fans and players alike, The Last Dance perfectly encapsulates exactly how important Michael Jordan was to the world that adored him.

My one piece of advice to anyone planning to take in the series? Watch with an open heart and an open mind. Press play with an intent not to critique, but to simply admire a true saint of a game now adorn by millions.

It’s the only way to properly appreciate everything that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time, was.