After fearing the zombies for the better part of two seasons of Kingdom, Ashin of the North made me want to root for them somewhat because of this special episode. As usual, I was blown away by everything, from the production, to the story (Kim Eun Hee), to the masterful direction (Kim Seong Hoon) — and to think this was shot during a pandemic. Amazing. The level of badassery in this installment was nothing short of masterful. Bravo! Well done, Netflix!

All in all, I would still recommend for Netflix to pick up the series for a second season. We have so much more mythical creatures to explore. Plus, there was too much backstory to unpack in just six half hour episodes. If Trese finds it in her heart to muster even a bit of enthusiasm for anything, Netflix should give her a chance to continue her journey.

All in all, Mirage was a well thought out story that had many layers. It had a complex plot but it was simplified in a way that helped the audiences understand what was going on unlike some films that thrive on the confusion of the viewers. There were rootable characters whose motivations were clear from the beginning. As such, it delivered a satisfying conclusion to a story that spanned 25 years to complete .

The Way of the House Husband is really funny as it depicts Tatsu’s complete 360 from his life of crime. What’s more, he makes a career out of being a house husband and fully commits to the role. From getting bargains to earning loyalty card points, to doing DIY projects, attending cooking class and even going to the gym with his new buddies — middle aged housewives who have welcomed Tatsu into their fold.

For me, the biggest takeaway from Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is this. Some kids equate an education from a top university to a pass to a smooth career, but that’s not it. Go where your parents can afford to send you and study the best that you can. Amass as much experience as you can and get a head start in dealing with #adulting responsibilities. That’s your key to success. And parents, stop raising entitled kids by giving them everything. Let them earn what they deserve using their own merits. It’s the same no matter where you are.

I think the greatest success of the series for me was that it made each point in this history lesson so compelling that I easily remember the names of the key players, as well as specific events that shaped this era in Japanese history. It’s tall order for someone who is not familiar with Japanese history at all, save for its connection to my country’s history. I wish that our filmmakers here in the Philippines would be able to come up with such a compelling project to depict our rich history as well.

At the end of the day, the real lesson of the tale is about responsibility and respect. Respect for the rule of law and responsibility for sharing only truthful information online, not versions of the truth, not subjective truth, not the truth tainted by biases, but just the truth. The truth is our shared responsibility and its non negotiable. For the people at the back, I hope you can hear this. The lives of others are not fodder for entertainment.