THEM SERIES REVIEW
You might have heard about “Them”, the new horror anthology series from Amazon that is certainly not like the others. Brad, Robert, Jamarco, and Mark are here to tell you about a family haunted not only by their past and present, but by external evils of terrible and ever-evolving shape. Can a show that takes on systemic racism, redlining, Jim Crow, identity crises, and 1950s America maintain its message and keep us enraged AND engaged? Join the Screener Squad from the Carolinas to the darkest basement in Southern California to find out if this was all trauma and no catharsis or a bold new take on some of America’s oldest sins.
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CREATED BY: Little Marvin and Lena Waithe
STARRING: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, Ryan Kwanten, Dale Dickey, Liam McIntyre, Lindsey Kraft, Pat Healy, Brooke Smith, Malcolm Mays, John Patrick Jordan, Dirk Rogers, Abbie Cobb, Max Barsness, Kim Shaw, Bailey Noble, Derek Phillips, P.J. Byrne, Sophie Guest, Tim Russ, Ryan Kennedy, Christopher Heyerdahl, Jeremiah Birkett, Paula Jai Parker, Sheria Irving, J. Mallory McCree, Anika Noni Rose, Roland Johnson, Lisa Banes, Michael Harney, Peter Mackenzie, Shaw Jones, Van Epperson, Barry Livingston, David Bowe, Christopher Murray, Daniel Robbins, Scott Alan Smith, Latarsha Rose, Samantha Sherman, Kate McNeil, Dominic Burgess, Nona Parker, Cranston Johnson, Melinda Page Hamilton, Gene Silvers, J. Paul Boehmer, Summera Howell, Kai Richard
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Through out the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Robert Garza (Screener Squad)
If it weren’t for sad music and scary stories I wouldn’t be as well-adjusted and cheerful as I am today. Moonlighting as a musician off and on since adolescence, I am as big a fan of scores and needle drops as I am of slow zooms, production design, and third act exposition. Just about all of my screen time is spent on international horror, drama, and hour long episodic. Big fan of genre, and the biggest fan of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi with meaningful representation and narratives that use trauma, grief, and grace as more than surface-level content. Also, I read a ton of modern horror novels/comics and stan Matt Berry. In the before times I worked music and film festivals across the US and will hopefully return to that sometime in the future.
Mark Prince (Screener Squad)
Mark Prince is a lifelong nerd so old he remembers the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons, the original Star Wars in the theater, and comics that cost a quarter and could be found on racks in the local apothecary. By day, a mere human services worker, by night he emerges to combat boredom, master the vagaries of the B grade television serial, the C grade cinematic release, and to ever assist his fellow man, as well as to master, once and for all, the Shoryuken Dragon Punch with ever stiffening thumbs.
Jamarco Shaw (Screener Squad)
Musician. Screenwriter. IMDB trivia page miraculously brought to life. These are a few ways to adequately describe Jamarco Shaw. Born on the southside of Houston, TX, Jamarco (or Marco, as he’s affectionately named, and NEVER Marco Polo) developed a lifelong love for everything pop culture ever since he was running around in his Blue Ranger Underoos. It wasn’t until a five-year detour in Burbank that he discovered that this love would inspire a passion for years to come. When he’s not raving about cinematography and Spider-Verse, he’s been known to make hip hop instrumentals to pass the time. He aspires to join the ranks of such great Renaissance Men as Donald Glover, John Cassavetes, and Jamie Foxx, but until then, you can catch him trying to make sense of whatever Christopher Nolan just released.
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