- After months of anticipation, Boity Thulo’s reality show, Own Your Throne, finally premiered on BET.
- The show gave viewers a “deeper glimpse” into the media personality’s life, including her spiritual and musical journeys, as well her relationship with her mother.
- Fans are smitten with Boity loveable character!
- But that was not enough to elevate what felt like a poorly executed start, which lacked flow and flavour.
While documenting one’s life and giving up the simple pleasures of anonymity was once frowned upon, South African celebrities have definitely warmed up to the idea of giving their fans televised access into their lives. Somizi has done it, Bonang has done it, and Dineo Moeketsi recently melted hearts with her three-part TV wedding special.
South African TV personality Boity became the latest celebrity to add ‘reality’ to her portfolio when on Wednesday, she premiered her own highly anticipated reality show, Own Your Thrown.
Airing on BET, DStv channel 129, the show offers viewers a look inside the media darling’s glamorous life.
Fans are are familiar with the splashy displays of her lavish lifestyle on social media.
On her social platforms, Boity is not shy about flaunting her expensive whips, premium globetrotting endeavours and an enviable closet full of expensive designer bags, designer shoes and copious amounts of high fashion designer clothes out there.
When the reality show made a debut, however, they got a little bit more than the timeline.
Boity chronicles bits of her musical journey, introduces us to the people who are near and dear to her, and puts on her sangoma garb.
The 28 year old, who in 2019 thrilled fans with the release of her first two singles, Wuz Dat and Bakae, takes fans into the process of creating music, distills the instinctive touch that shaped both her musicality and journey to being a sangoma, as well her documenting her mushrooming working relationship with Bobby Blanco.
They’ve been partying together for years, but Boity wants to know how she can take him under her wing. Bobby will continue being part of the show’s cast, QuenchSA understands.
‘OWN YOUR THRONE’ EPISODE 1 REVIEW
The 30-minute show kicked off with Boity introducing herself to her fans.
Indeed, she’s one of the most recognisable faces in the country. But not even popularity that has seen her gain more than 3, 5 million followers on Instagram alone mean we know her.
If anything, she’s only documented curated sightings of the stuff she’s been comfortable with letting her fans see, and a lot of that has been carefully managed.
Of course, she’s had some highly publicised personal moments, a few which came with some drama.
Her former relationship with Cassper Nyovest is one such headline making season in her career.
They were the talk of the town – he the country’s most talked about rapper and she one of the entertainment industry’s “it girls”. Her journey to becoming a sangoma is another one. She shared with her fans her spiritual journey.
Outside these moments and her music, this reality show would be the first time Boity is really allowing her fans to really get to know her.
Far from the allure around her controlled narrative, she’s now says she’s now ready to loosen up. “I’m now allowing myself to just be”, she shares in one of the confessional diary sessions.
The first scene features Boity reflecting on her spiritual journey. She drives to Cosmo City to meet with Gogo Dineo, her spiritual mentor. We get shots of the initiates doing their thing.
She’s there to communicate with her ancestors before embarking on the latest project, the reality show. “I really want (the show) to be impactful in a positive way”, and the session is an important spiritual consultation before undertaking such missions.
The next moments introduce us to Boity and her mother’s relationship. With quite the social media following herself, Boity’s fans are already somewhat familiar with her. In the scene, Boity is stressing about her looming trip to Spain.
The two also bicker about her Schengen visa. As far as her musical journey is concerned, we get some reactions to her first single, Wuz Dat, going gold. She also reveals that she’s worked on a song with Riky Rick.
SHOULD YOU WATCH ‘OWN YOUR THRONE’?
We will be giving the show two more goes, but’s it’s on probation.
We are as happy to see more South African celebrities doing reality shows as we are to see more unscripted shows on our screens.
Boity was the obvious next, seeing there’s so much going in her life and career that would make for good reality.
Unfortunately, though, Own Your Throne didn’t really do much on the first episode. The most dramatic moment was Boity’s make up artist being lost in an Uber that couldn’t find her place, which should have been left in the cutting floor.
The scenes with Bobby Blanco were too long.
We don’t imagine Boity’s fans couldn’t wait to watch the social media manager and their fave having a back and forth about what a ‘promo boy’ really does. We also don’t get why that scene had to be there in the first place, considering it barely contributed anything to the progression of the first episode.
Overall, the Own Your Throne premiere episode was underwhelming.
Tune in with us again on Wednesday at 21:30 on BET, DStv channel 129. We are hoping for more.
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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.