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Review: 'Dash and Lily' Is the Show You Need to Watch for a Sprinkle of Holiday Romance Review: 'Dash and Lily' Is the Show You Need to Watch for a Sprinkle of Holiday Romance

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‘Dash and Lily’ Is the Series You Need to Watch for a Sprinkle of Holiday Romance

DASH AND LILY (L to R) MIDORI FRANCIS as LILY in episode 102 of DASH AND LILY Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/NETFLIX © 2020

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Everywhere you look, there’s a holiday rom-com looking to fill your free-time during the holiday season. 

And while there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some Hallmark and Lifetime movie magic – the predictable storylines offer a sense of warmth and comfort – if you’re hoping to break the mold and escape the “cheesiness factor,” there’s nothing better than Netflix’s heartfelt Dash and Lily.

The limited-series “romantic comedy” is based on the young adult book series of the same name, and was released in early November as part of the streamer’s early holiday rollout. 

I initially skipped over it because I wasn’t ready to embrace the Christmas spirit before the Thanksgiving turkey was plopped into the oven, but as the weather became cooler and holidays drew  nearer, I caved and found that it’s a whimsical and authentic story of finding love amidst the holiday rush.

Review: 'Dash and Lily' Is the Show You Need to Watch for a Sprinkle of Holiday Romance

DASH AND LILY (L to R) AUSTIN ABRAMS as DASH and MIDORI FRANCIS as LILY in episode 108 of DASH AND LILY Cr. ALISON COHEN ROSA/NETFLIX © 2020

There’s an innocence about the series that evokes feelings of endless possibilities – anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of Christmas.

But it isn’t as unrealistic as all the other rom-coms. The series trades in the small-town love story for New York’s festive backdrop and the overworked, grinchy adults for two teens looking for that fairytale romance… or at least someone who understands and accepts them.

The series doesn’t sugarcoat the reality that the holidays can definitely be lonely, and its titular stars are just two lost souls looking for their “other half.” It’s a realistic portrayal of two young adults who haven’t quite figured out life yet but have definitely been kicked down by it.

While Dash (Austin Abrams) and Lily (Midori Francis) may initially seem like your typical nerdy girl meets popular and brooding boy at first, but there’s nothing cliche about them; there’s more depth to these two that’s uncovered in the eight episode run, which interestingly enough offers both of their points of view.

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Lily is a shy romantic who has had trouble fitting in and making friends because she’s “different,” while Dash is a cynical, self-proclaimed loner recovering from a breakup who is spending the holidays apart from his divorced parents. These characteristics could easily make them both insufferable, but instead, they straddle the line between awkward and genuine, which makes them and their experiences relatable to audience of all ages. In fact, it’s a welcome change to have the female protagonist as a girl who embraces her quirky and unique nature rather than one who conforms to societies standards.

Parts of the storyline may be predictable, but making this a series rather than a film allows Dash and Lily’s world to build on itself.

The duration of the series is perfect because it isn’t unnecessarily dragged out and yet provides just enough time to establish the characters and the connection they form via a notebook left behind at a bookstore. Even the supporting characters are fleshed out, have their own storylines that fit snuggly amidst the overall plot, and contribute to the action in some unexpected ways. Not only is the audience invested in what happens between Dash and Lily, but so are their friends and family members!  

Review: 'Dash and Lily' Is the Show You Need to Watch for a Sprinkle of Holiday Romance

DASH AND LILY (L to R) MIDORI FRANCIS as LILY and AUSTIN ABRAMS as DASH in episode 107 of DASH AND LILY Cr. ALISON COHEN ROSA/NETFLIX © 2020

The plot builds on Lily’s challenge to the person who finds the notebook. Dash is up for the challenge and the duo begin a “pen pal” relationship in which they share dreams, desires, and dares passing the book back-and-forth to each other.

The goal of the series is to prove that it’s possible to fall in love with someone simply by establishing a genuine connection.

Of course, some tension is necessary and meeting in person proves to be a bit more difficult as the two wonder if the spark they have on paper might not carry over into real life.

Their insecurities get the best of them – which again is relatable no matter your age – and things get in the way of true love, as they always do, but eventually, love prevails.

As Macy’s and other retailers aim to sell you items you don’t need during the holiday season, the series aims to sell you an uplifting story of heartbreak and love with a dash (pun-intended) of tinsel. And unlike all those other purchases, this is one you won’t regret making… or watching.

 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama

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'Elite' Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama

The wait is almost over.

On June 18, Elite returns for its fourth season, but aside from a few new faces and a new principal hellbent on making a difference, things at Las Encinas haven’t changed much at all. 

In fact, things are more dramatic than ever. 

The premiere of Elite evokes the same feelings as the start of the school year — there’s a rush of excitement for what’s to come.

The series indulges in more of what has made it such a success: scandal, parties, threesomes, love triangles, intrigue, crime, and sex. So. Much. Sex. 

I always forget just how many vivid sex scenes there are until I get pulled into a new season, but I’m very quickly reminded. 

The first day of school for Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Ander (Arón Piper), Rebeka (Claudia Salas), Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) is bittersweet. While they may be getting another shot at repeating their final year, their classmates Carla, Lu, Nadia, and Valerio have moved on to bigger and better things. It’s a bummer to lose such a great group of characters, but you almost don’t feel their absence when the new crop of students takes their place, flips the world upside down for current students, and simultaneously ushers in a brand new mystery.

ÉLITE (L to R) MIGUEL BERNADEU as GUZMÁN, MARTINA CARIDDI as MENCÍA, ARÓN PIPER as ANDER, MANU RÍOS as PATRICK, CLAUDIA SALAS as REBECA, CARLA DÍAZ as ARI in ÉLITE. Cr. NIETE/NETFLIX © 2020

The new mystery anchors the story, and like in seasons past, it plays out with flashbacks that lead up to the fated moment. 

However, unlike in previous seasons, we find out pretty early on who is at the center of the mystery with the how remaining the big question mark. 

But there’s no question about whether the Blanco family is involved. 

As Ander tells the investigator, the toxic family’s arrival “tainted everything.” 

Benjamin (Diego Martin) is the extremely rich new school director. He comes in like a bulldozer with big plans to rehabilitate Las Encinas and its reputation after a tumultuous few years that led to two student deaths. He begins his reign by setting his sights on Samu and Omar, who he doesn’t believe belong at the elite school.

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It’s honestly surprising anyone wants to send their children to get an education there at this point.

Benjamin doesn’t waste any time making changes, but with his focus solely on “discipline, excellence, and achievement,” he fails to realize that his family’s arrival brings the bulk of the drama.

Immediately, you begin to wonder how Benjamin plans to fix a whole school if he can’t even control his own children — Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Rios), and Mencia (Martina Cariddi). 

Benjamin has a fraught relationship with his youngest, Mencia, who has brought the family pain in the past and continues to rebel and defy her father at every turn.  

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She has a genuine connection with new girlfriend, Rebeka, but the relationship stirs up even more problems for Mencia as Benjamin disapproves and thinks Rebe is a bad influence considering her mother’s reputation as a drug kingpin. 

Little does he know, Mencia has gotten into a world of trouble all on her own.

While Rebe’s relationship with Mencia grows into one of the purest this season, following Samu’s betrayal last season, she’s understandably closed off and cautious with her heart.

Ander and Omar are still going strong but find their relationship is tested in unexpected ways when they invite Patrick, Benjamin’s son, into the fold.

Patrick knows the power he wields over them and intentionally meddles in their lives, but there’s also much more to him than meets the eye.

Ari is Benjamin’s star child who respects and listens to her father, but to her peers, she’s the resident mean girl who is oftentimes uptight and has a chip on her shoulder.

She catches the eye of both Samu and Guzman, which fractures their budding friendship. These two have always fought over women, but last time, Samu was being protective over his best friend, Nadia, who Guzman is still dating when the season commences. 

ÉLITE (L to R) CARLA DÍAZ as ARI in EPISODE 08 of ÉLITE. Cr. NIETE/NETFLIX © 2020

Nadia appears only via video chat from her New York apartment, and their relationship allows the series to explore the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship that’s tested as temptation lurks right around the corner for Guzman.

While Guzman stands a chance with Ari based solely on social class and standing, Ari and Samu connect unexpectedly in an academic setting. 

Who will the love triangle favor in the end?

Additionally, the school has attracted the youngest royal heir in Europe, Prince Philippe (Pol Granch). The series flips the classic “princess and the pauper” narrative to “prince and the pauper” as he connects with the school’s janitor Cayetana, making all of her fantasies come true.

But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for” as this fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare when it’s revealed the prince has a dark secret, and Cayetana’s past secrets with the late Polo and Valerio come back to haunt her.

Overall, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you press play on the fourth season. The writers have managed to deliver yet another incredibly intoxicating season about a group of lost souls looking for a purpose and tapping into the extreme lengths they’ll go to numb their pain.

Elite hits Netflix on Friday, June 18 with eight brand-new episodes. 

*This review is based on the first four episodes of season 4 that were available to the press*


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WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer

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There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer! 

Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?

It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does. 

Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)

As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.

With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?

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Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine. 

Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids! 

 
Check out the trailer below:
 


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‘Outer Banks’ Gets Season 2 Summer Premiere Date on Netflix – Watch the Trailer

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Outer Banks Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

The adventures of the Pogues will continue on Netflix.

The streaming giant renewed Outer Banks for a second season last year, but now, we have a summer premiere date and the first trailer!

The drama will officially return on Friday, July 30!

Check it out:

The season will pick up with the JJ, Kiara and Pope paying tribute to their friends John B and Sarah, who they think died at sea. However, John B and Sarah Cameron were saved by a boat on its way to Nassau where Ward stashed his gold.

Here’s the official synopsis for season 2:

“The $400M is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a new-found secret reunite the group for a fresh mission? The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive,” per the official description.

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