Even with the exodus of big names from the soapie last month, Isibaya still has a massive pull if South Africa’s primetime television viewership ratings are anything to go by. Stay clued up on the goings on in the show with this full list of soapie teasers provided by TVSA. From the millions that Skhaleni and Pearl want to blow to the attacks that the Zungus constantly have to ward off, the drama never stops. Catch Isibaya every weekdays from Mondays to Fridays on Mzansi Magic channel 161 at 20h30.
Wednesday 1 April 2020
Qaphela struggles with his feelings at his father’s burial, while Lillian and Beauty finally come face to face for the first time since Judas’ death. Pam helps S’Khaleni with a plan to unite every taxi driver in the country searching for the conman.
Thursday 2 April 2020
S’Khaleni and Pam work together as clues start to arrive from all across the country. The hunt for the conman heats up and S’Khaleni is convinced they will get their money back. Saddam tries to make a plan to get rid of Nombulelo and Lillian starts to suspect that Saddam is having an affair behind her back.
Friday 3 April 2020
Lillian makes a startling discovery on Saddam’s phone. S’Khaleni and Pam find themselves in a dangerous situation when they confront the conman who stole their money. Melusi meets a girl through online dating.
Monday 6 April 2020
Saddam is forced to tell Lillian the truth about Nombulelo which now seems to threaten their marriage. Melusi makes a plan to party with Zoey.
Tuesday 7 April 2020
S’khaleni promises Pam that no matter what, he will deliver on her dreams. Jerry and Qaphela beg Lillian to give Saddam a chance to explain himself. Thinking he has the house to himself, Melusi arranges to bring Zoey home.
Wednesday 8 April 2020
Melusi’s troubles deepen when the lies he has been telling his family come out. S’khaleni surprises Pam. Lillian and Saddam work together to deal with Nombulelo’s demands.
Thursday 9 April 2020
Mpiyakhe’s reaction to Melusi’s troubles is surprising, but that does not mean he is off the hook, and he receives an unexpected punishment. Realising that her plan to extort Saddam is in trouble, Nombulelo arrives with a startling new piece of leverage.
Friday 10 April 2020
Lillian sees a threat to her marriage and makes a plan to challenge Nombulelo’s claims. Melusi starts the first day of his punishment while Mpiyakhe decides what his next step is in his quest to heal his family. Phumelele questions her future.
Monday 13 April 2020
Phumelele drops a bombshell decision on Mpiyakhe and the whole Zungu family. Lillian gets Saddam to provide a DNA sample so she can test to see if the child is really his.
Tuesday 14 April 2020
The Zungu’s are shocked and astonished by what Phumelele has demanded, but Mpiyakhe seems determined to give her what she wants. Lillian tries to fast track the test results but fails. She’s surprised when she herself starts to bond with Boitumelo.
Wednesday 15 April 2020
Shadrack and Sibongile attempt to resolve the situation between Phumelele and Mpiyakhe. Saddam and Lillian start to enjoy spending time with the child Boitumelo, but then the DNA arrives.
Thursday 16 April 2020
Melusi’s arrogance and sense of privilege run him headlong into a violent confrontation at the rank. When Sibalukhulu hears the news about Phumelele he insults Siphokazi and finds himself on the receiving end of Mkabayi’s anger.
Friday 17 April 2020
S’bu is still struggling with the loss of Thandeka, and he spots a blue car that looks like the one used in the drive by that killed Thandeka. Ntandane fears he will be held responsible for the previous day’s events at the rank. Phumelele tries to reassure her children about the future.
Monday 20 April 2020
S’bu has tracked down one of the two men who killed his wife, but the confrontation does not go as expected. Siza and Mickey return to Bhubesini to start the final roll out of the Fibre deal.
Tuesday 21 April 2020
While other people worry that S’bu’s hunt for Thandeka’s killers is not good for his mental state of mind, new information arrives about the last man he is hunting. Mickey is looking for leverage in other places.
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Skhaleni is enjoying the peace of shut down but it is soon ruined when he thinks he might be sick. Shadrack remembers his daughter on what would have been her birthday. Skhaleni does something special.
Thursday 23 April 2020
Bhekumusi and Fezile find themselves stranded on the road on an important mission and Melusi is stressed that he is the cause.
Friday 24 April 2020
Lillian has cabin fever. Jerry finds it stressful to be trapped with the two who are so in love and he is all on his own, but then he finds an unlikely companion.
Monday 27 April 2020
S’bu is finally face to face with the second of the two men who killed Thandeka, and now he has to decide what kind of man he really is. Siza charms Jamludi and his wandering hand suddenly has some use.
Tuesday 28 April 2020
S’bu comes to terms with what he did. Siza charms the Ndlovus and makes them aware of the rich seam of possibility that appears to exist under their feet.
Wednesday 29 April 2020
Bhekumuzi starts to realise that his girlfriend is paying more attention to her boss S’bu than to him. Siza starts making plans to sell her vision of Bhubesini’s future to Jamludi and makes sure that Samson and Khanyi are aware of just how much they stand to gain from being on the inside of this deal.
Thursday 30 April 2020
Melusi feeds Bhekumuzi’s insecurities about Thandi. S’bu makes choices about how he will make amends for the things he has done. Duma is worried by what Siza appears to be selling to the chieftaincy.
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.