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‘Gomora’ Premieres on Mzansi Magic — What to Expect!

A triumphant rise from the township to the affluent Sandton ‘burbs is followed by an epic fall. What happens next? ‘Gomora’ arrives.

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Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 103, on Monday debuted their highly anticipated new telenovela drama, Gomora.

The thrilling new South African TV show, which chronicles the gripping tales of a woman who’s triumphant rise to the upper echelons of Sandton from her humble beginnings in the township, had viewers applauding its arrival.

WHAT ‘GOMORA’ IS ABOUT 

A woman manages to pace beyond her humble township roots and makes it big as a hotshot Sandton socialite.

But then, a series of events leads it all to come crashing down around her and suddenly she’s back where she started, in the hustle and bustle of Alexandra township which, although just down the road from her previous life, feels like a million miles away.

More than that, she finds herself at the heart of its underworld. There are so many reasons to watch this captivating new show, but here are just a few:

Katlego Danke plays the role of Thathi, a spoilt young woman with plenty of small skeletons in her closet. It’s Katlego’s first role since leaving Isidingo, and the seasoned actress is sure to enthrall us with her talent, as she always does.

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There’s a female crime boss. That’s right, Connie Chiume plays Mam’Sonto, a woman who appears to be a loving grandmother on the outside – but underneath has a heart of steel. She pulls the strings in this community and don’t let anyone forget it.

A complicated love story. What would any telenovela be without a bit of romance and Gomora delivers in spades. We don’t want to give too much away, but let’s say that Thathi finds herself reunited with an old flame whose heart she broke – and although he’s moved on with his life, there might just still be something there …

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There’s plenty of action, scandal and secrets. You’ll be holding your breath from the very first episode as things take a dire turn. And the twists and turns don’t stop from there on. Just when you think you know something, you’ll discover you knew nothing at all.

 It all takes place in Alexandra.The beloved Johannesburg Kasi is where most of the story unfolds (when it isn’t focused on nearby Sandton) and it’s an insight into the love and care of a community, despite the tough, frightening environment they might have to deal with on many an occasion.

Gomora airs on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Mondays at 19:30.

Episodic summaries below

Episode 1

Thathi’s fairy –tale is cut short when she and her kids suffer an unexpected tragedy. Ntokozo finds himself in a predicament he did not sign up for.  Sonto’s dark deeds catch up with her as she endangers her loved ones’ livelihood.

 

Episode 2

Sonto is relieved to be rid of Mbongeni’s car, but something remains that could send them all to jail. Thati prepares to break the news to her children but is met with yet another shocker. Melusi tries to bond with Ntokozo who gets emotional.

 

Episode 3

Ntokozo wrestles with his guilt while Thathi is hit with a devastating reality as the truth about Mbongeni trickles in. Ntokozo and Mazet’s search for the medal is far from over.

Episode 4

Thathi is forced to come clean to the family when she suffers a humiliating ordeal at the hands of the courts. Ntokozo crumbles under the weight of his guilt and finds himself in the lion’s den.

Episode 5

Thathi learns that her troubles are only beginning when she discovers more secrets Mbongeni kept from her. Gladys uncannily rekindles old flames by encouraging Melusi to be there for an old friend while Ntokozo continues to battle with his secret.

Episode 6

Thathi and her kids fail to adjust to their new living conditions while Sonto learns that the police have evidence that may lead to her doorstep. Ntokozo finds himself in a compromised position that could expose the truth. Teddy is publicly ridiculed by a family member’s bad behaviour.

Episode 7

Melusi learns that one of his students’ medals was found at the crime scene. Thathi gets some shocking news from her lawyer as Ntokozo and Teddy bond in an unlikely way.

Episode 8

Teddy’s friendship with Ntokozo costs him his freedom. Thathi learns who her true friends are when she hits rock bottom.

Episode 9

Ntokozo works overtime to help prove Teddy’s innocence while Sonto fights to get Thathi out of the bottomless pit of misery and despair.

Episode 10

On the brink of giving up, a piece of evidence unwittingly falls on Thathi’s lap. Gladys’ marital joy and Ntokozo’s peace of mind are disrupted when the Ndaba’s move to Alex. Detective Kolisi has news for Thathi that bring relief to Sonto.

Episode 11

Thathi calls on the Detective to follow on a lead everyone considers a useless dead end, and just when Sonto thinks she’s safe, Thathi stumbles on another lead. Melusi and Gladys’ good deeds put their son’s life in danger.

Episode 12

Sonto works around the clock to counter Thathi’s efforts to get in touch with the police regarding her new lead on the hijacking. Things don’t go well for Langa at school and Zodwa makes a crucial decision about her and Teddy’s futures.

Episode 13

Just as Thathi is about to give up on finding the maroon Cressida, Detective Kolisi comes in with information that could lead them straight to the owner. Fate leads Ntokozo to saving Langa from bullies.

Episode 14

Langa finds an unexpected ally while Sonto reveals some new information about Mbongeni’s hijacking case. Sonto does her best to derail Detective Kolisi and Thathi from going to look for the maroon Cressida.

Episode 15

Thathi is finally proven right as she nabs one of the hijackers. Sonto teaches a snitch a lesson but her victory is short lived while Ntokozo and Langa’s budding new relationship is quickly ruined.

Episode 16

Jomo is caught between a rock and a hard place when Detective Kolisi reveals new information about the case. Thathi’s reappearance in Alex is proving to be problematic for Melusi. Ntokozo and Teddy convince Langa not to snitch.

Episode 17

Gladys catches Thathi and Melusi in a compromising position. Detective Kolisi’s new findings rattle Sonto into making drastic decisions.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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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.

THE ENDING

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.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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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.

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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.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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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.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

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.

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