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Amazon Prime’s ‘How to Survive Being Single’ Is an Unfiltered Look at Online Dating in a Modern World

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How do you survive being single? According to Amazon Prime’s first global release of a Spanish-language scripted comedy series, Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero (How to Survive Being Single), all you need is a dating app and a good group of friends. 

Much like the streaming service, this is my first venture into a Spanish comedy (my portfolio extends to a few episodes of Netflix’s Elite that I started while in quarantine and the anxiety-inducing Money Heist (La Casa de Papel), so I didn’t know what to expect. Don’t worry, there are subtitles! 

Based on the first four episodes, the series has all the makings of a comedy and delivers on its promise of being a show that highlights how much “the dating world has changed in modern Mexico.”

The series is aimed at the millennial crowd with a plethora of references about the hook-up culture,  Tinder, and a character developed dating + ride-sharing app called “Love Ride” (how is that not a thing yet?), but most importantly, it centers around the framework of friendship and how necessary a good support group is following a breakup with the person you thought was “the one.”

The 13-episode series centers on Sebastián (nickname Seba). Sebastián Zurita plays his fictional self and draws inspiration from his real-life dating experiences for a series that’s part fiction and part autobiographical. It’s unclear which parts happened in real life, but in the short timeframe, Sebastián’s journey takes many unexpected turns and seems to be wildly exaggerated for the TV landscape. 

At first glance, Sebastián has it made. He’s on his way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the cult classic film “Dumped” with longtime girlfriend and co-star, Lucia (Pamela Almanza). It’s a love-story ripped straight from the headlines.

When we meet couples so early into a series, things can go one of two ways — their relationship flourishes and takes us on a romantic journey or they break up usually because someone cheated. Considering the series is titled “How to Survive Being Single,” I’ll let you decide which avenue we’re going down. 

Sebastián has no idea that the title of the film — dumped — is about to become his reality until his proposal is botched in front of the public when a reporter shows him a video of his cheating girlfriend while he’s down on one knee. Ouch. 

How to Survive Being Single Amazon Prime Review

Credit: Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero (How to Survive Being Single)/ Amazon Prime

Since the breakup happens in the pilot episode, we don’t get to see much of Sebastián’s relationship with Lucia prior to the movie premiere, and all we can really rely on are pieces of information given to us throughout the episodes mainly that they stayed together out of comfort and familiarity.

The series hopes that the audience will connect with the material and with Seba’s experiences because of our own personal long-term relationships and breakups. 

And thus, it intentionally makes Lucia a side-character that Sebastián doesn’t give much energy to because she’s out of the picture. After the breakup, he’s hurt, but he’s not interested in talking things through, finding out what went wrong, or getting back together.

He’s over it, and he’s Mr. Moving On. And for the audience, it’s easier to side with and focus on Seba’s journey if we don’t have any connection to Lucia. 

Being out of the game for 10-years means Seba, a self-described romantic, is out of his depth as he plunges into the dating world. He gets a lot of (bad and unwanted) dating advice from his friends, which includes getting over Lucia by getting under someone one.

Not only is Seba broken from being cheated on, but he’s also feeling sorry for himself and his diminishing career (he’s been typecast in a role that hasn’t allowed him much other success, which was a huge ding to his ego while dating Lucia). 

As Seba deals with his sorrow and grief, his adventure takes some pretty odd turns, and maybe they’re simply odd and unexpected to me because again, I have no idea what to expect from a Spanish-language comedy.

One of those weird storylines is joining a cult leader Christian Chavez, a well-known Mexican singer, songwriter, and actor. Zuritas has been open about giving newcomers and celebrity guests an equal seat at the table, so you can expect plenty of cameo appearances even if the storylines are slightly unconventional. 

Chavez runs the cult that aims to make people happy by any means possible, and though it’s a strange storyline, it’s also reflective of how cult’s thrive on vulnerable and impressionable people. All things aside, it was nice to see Sebastián normalize the idea of seeking help, even from this kind of “therapy group,” which allowed him to understand the importance of feeling whatever you need to feel in the moment. Sometimes, faking it till you make it just doesn’t work. The grief lets you know you’re alive. 

He then gives into using technology to find love, but navigating the new dating-world proves tricky when his date is a complete nightmare. It’s Seba’s first date post-breakup and he tries desperately to make it work, but here’s the lesson: not every date is going to be perfect, and you won’t vibe with every person you meet. That’s okay. Once Seba learns that, he’s able to open up himself to new opportunities including the beautiful biker woman named Julieta. 

It’s a real-life “missed connection,” and instead of leaving it up to fate and/or coincidence, he prints posters to find her because that’s how all great love stories start. Seba is admittedly a bit naive, but the point is, he’s relying on dated forms of connecting with someone when the world is trying so hard to usher him into this “new wave” of dating through an app. 

The effort that goes into trying to locate Julieta shows that Seba is exactly the kind of guy you’re looking for when you go on a dating app. They do exist.

Again, the search for Julieta is an unexpected twist, but the series proves that there is no right or wrong formula here — anything goes in Seba’s world, and the sooner the audience accepts that, the more they will enjoy the series. 

As previously mentioned, Seba has a group of friends that stand by his side no matter, and it would be unfair to only focus on him when they’re such a principal part of the series and his life. 

In a sea of single folks looking for love or the occasional hook-up, Daniel (Roberto Flores) and Mafer (Lucía Gómez-Robledo) are the show’s only (and strongest) couple, proving that when you find the one, you don’t need anything else. 

Gonzalo (Octavio Hinojosa)is thirsting over Fabiana (Tato Alexander), the spunkiest of the crew, and it’s evident that as she plays hard to get, eventually, she’ll give into Gonzalo’s efforts. 

And then there’s Fish (Fabrizio Santini), the recently dumped (off-screen) who seems to understand the single world and his place in it way better than Seba. 

Through the initial four 30-minute episodes, Seba proves that while life may not always go your way, it always happens for the right reasons. And being single is better than being with someone who lies and betrays you. 

The comedy doesn’t seem to be altered to entice an American audience but seeing the successes of other Spanish-language shows, it shouldn’t matter.

Love is a universal language… but so are getting your heartbroken and swiping right. 

Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero (How to Survive Being Single) debuts on June 26 on Amazon Prime. 

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Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review – Sweet Sixteen (203)

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There was nothing sweet about Mouse’s sweet 16 on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 3. 

At such a tender age, these girls have survived one serial killer, only to be preyed on by another, seemingly more deranged, one. 

My whole heart hurt for Mouse as she realized that the location where Lola dropped her off for her surprise party was a trap set by Bloody Rose Waters, considering how depressed she was when she thought her friends weren’t prioritizing her birthday.

All sweet Mouse wanted was to feel special, but instead, she was fighting for her life at every turn—and thanks to some quick thinking, managed to make her way out of the abandoned restaurant after Bloody Rose set it on fire. 

All those months of therapy went down the drain in a flash as the trauma returned upon the realization that it was happening again—their biggest fears were manifesting. Not to mention poor Imogen is going to struggle between distinguishing reality from her nightmares/hallucinations as Bloody Rose exists in both.  

The final girls needed to once again prove that they could survive a serial killer. 

Throughout the episode, I kept trying to figure out who could be behind Bloody Rose. While there’s always the possibility it is actually Archie’s mom, I’m inclined to believe it’s someone who knew what happened to them and wants to continue preying on them. 

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However, all of the topline suspects were at the roller rink for Mouse’s actual surprise party—that she sadly didn’t get to enjoy—including Imogen’s crush, Johnny, Noa’s juvie friend, Jen, Tabby’s new work crush Christian, and Kelly and Gregg. 

There were a few people missing, including Henry and Sean, which I found suspicious. I don’t actually think Sean is behind any of it, but I can’t shake the feeling I’m getting about Henry, especially as it would make sense for the killer to be someone all too familiar with what happened to them last year. 

Then there’s Ash, who wasn’t at the party but did come to Mouse’s rescue, once he found out about her other “surprise” party from Lola. He seemed very much in the dark the whole time, so I think we can rule him out. 

I’m not counting out Kelly’s mom, Chip’s mom (who has a reason for wanting revenge), and Dr. Sullivan herself, who knows the liars’ deepest darkest secrets and can frankly use them against them. 

Murder and serial killers aside, Tabby and Imogen both confided in their new crushes about their trauma and PTSD—and much like in the original, the guy seems like they will be a source of support, which is nice. Everyone needs supportive partners, especially when you’re being hounded by a psychopath.

Faran owned her power after a terrifying experience at the pool, and while being intimidating might warrant some haters—especially the dude she fired—it was also warranted as he was negligent on the job twice, and it almost led to a terrible accident. 

And I’ve got to ask, what’s with all the douchey dudes in Millwood? For every good one, there are several around to make derogatory and misogynistic comments for absolutely no reason.

What did you think of the episode? Is Bloody Rose taking things too far? How will the liars ensure their survival this time around?

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Chicago Med

Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

If you are having a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis, call 988. 

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Chicago P.D

Chicago PD Review – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)

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Chicago PD Season 11 did not come to play! Through the course of 11 seasons, fans have seen it all—and been through it all with the detectives working in Intelligence, but Voight getting taken by the serial killer he’s been obsessively chasing down takes the cake!

The Sgt. Voight somehow got outplayed—and it’s equal parts disappointing, concerning, and intriguing. These writers know what makes good TV. It’s also a change of pace to see someone like Voight end up as the victim. We always see them in these powerful positions, dominating crime scenes, dictating how situations will turn out, and demanding that criminals and suspects be held accountable, but now, we’re seeing him on the other side.

Voight has gotten what he’s wanted for some long—facetime with the serial killer terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It’s likely not the way he wanted this to unfold, or how he imagined the situation would go down, but it’s the unfortunate twist that it took as the suspect realized that the cops were on his tail and needed to regain control of the situation.

What he failed to anticipate is that Voight’s team was following a lead that he thought was no longer viable. Right before Kiki’s tragic death—and it pained me to hear that she didn’t pull through after being filled with so much optimism about the future just mere moments before she was gunned down—and before she could reveal who her informant was, she mentioned a key piece of information that was enough for Hailey Upton to go on. Upton located Kiki’s John, who previously told her that someone in his family was a serial killer, which is how she knew so many of the personal details of the case that weren’t made public. 

While Bobby wasn’t immediately comfortable with sharing, he eventually disclosed the name of his cousin’s husband, who blabbed about his love of torture when he was intoxicated, allowing Upton to pinpoint lockup keeper Frank Matson. 

He was right there, in front of them, the whole time, with access not only to all the victims upon cross-referencing, but to intel, cameras, and everything in between. It only makes sense that this person was close to it all having been able to get away with so much. Hiding in plain sight truly is one of the best ways to pull off a crime of this nature. 

And, now, he’s moved in on Voight, who found himself drugged with some kind of paralyzing agent after his trip to the bar. I wish that before he fell unconscious, he gave anyone on his team a ring to let them know he wasn’t feeling well, but, he tried his best, even locking the door after himself. Matson, however, was one step ahead—as he had been this whole time—breaking in, before creepily checking Voight’s eyes and pulling his frozen body to another location.

Once Hailey arrived to check in on Voight, she knew something wasn’t right. And once again, Matson takes the lead in an investigation that’s now racing against the clock. 

The team is currently searching Matson’s place, as his poor wife seemingly didn’t know anything was wrong, though, I’m willing to bet his daughter has some insight. The girl looked like she wanted to spill.

But Matson has proven time and again to be pretty crafty, so tracking him down might be very difficult, especially with Voight’s life on the line adding additional pressure. 

Will the team be able to pull it off? I’ve not heard any murmurings of Jason Beghe leaving the series, so odds are they will get to him in time, but the case, which has already taken an emotional toll on him, might leave a permanent mark. To be honest, all I want to see is Voight get his revenge and justice as Matson burns in hell—and as we race toward the season finale, this seems like a really fitting plot to finish on, all while lending itself to Upton’s inevitable exit.  If there’s anything to convince you that a career change is healthy and necessary, it’s seeing your boss almost get murdered by a serial killer. And, as we’ve seen with her vulnerable chats with Petrovic (who I am now convinced will join Intelligence after commenting on the “family vibes”), Upton isn’t in a great headspace to begin with so she’s going to need to take a step back and find something that allows her to move forward without all the baggage she’s been carrying from her childhood and divorce from Jay.

Also, with Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 12 being Jesse Lee Soffer’s (remember him?) directorial debut, I have to give him a shout-out for a job well done. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time—and that’s not an easy feat for a show 11 seasons in, but no one knows these characters better than the man who spent so much time on the show! 

What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Voight to become the next victim? Share your thoughts now! 

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