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The Queen Mzansi Magic: Quick Recap of Last Week’s Episodes

Look back at the week that was on The Queen Mzansi Magic.



After the gun smoke cleared at the venue of the big shootout between the Therons and the Khozas, Jasmine went into hiding. But Jozi’s drug Queen sent Dingane and Brutus to find her, which they promptly did, using their vast network of spies.

Jasmine’s baptism of fire

Over the years, Babomncane Brutus has proved himself the resident torture expert of the Khoza clan. Remember during a family squabble, he tortured Harriet. You might recall how he broke Jomo’s resistance with a very large sledgehammer. 

Dingane and Brutus connected Jasmine to electric wires before lowering her feet in a tub of water. No, the intention was not to give her pedicure. Harriet, personally turned on the power switch and repeatedly electrocuted Jasmine. Biological logic – when enough electricity passes through them, people always beg for mercy and give up their secrets.


Jasmine’s secret was that she had not inherited the Theron business after all. She had merely name-dropped the Therons in order to gain street cred. By the end of the torture session, Jasmine had agreed to steer clear from the Khoza drug territory. Brutus was disappointed Harriet did not let him shoot her. If it was up to me, I would have insisted that Harriet  torture her some more, as punishment for the bad acting of recent weeks. 

Of cocaine and snow white lies

Kagiso Khoza – the moody broody one – has been something of a puzzle. On the one side, he is the sweet, kind, generous man who pays for his girlfriend’s tuition. On the other side of the coin, Kagiso is an unfaithful lover who cannot choose between Amogelang, Goodness and Siyanda. In fact, if it wasn’t for the small matter of the bullet hole in her forehead, Kagiso would sneak out to Kamina. This week, he has been wearing a deep footpath between the Mabuza home, where he tends to Goodness’ needs, and a desolate storage room, where he hid Siyanda. More about the storage room later.

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After sneaking back into his bedroom, from a tryst with Goodness, Kagiso found Siyanda’s nose looking like she had gone ten rounds with Cassius Baloyi. Siyanda explained her bloody nose as a condition she has experienced since childhood. A snow white lie by a coke addict. Kagiso – the eternal rescuer of damsels in distress – immediately left the bedroom to find his doctor’s phone number. By the time he returned, Siyanda had disappeared. 

Kagiso went looking for Siyanda at her work place, only to find she had long quit her job. Siyanda’s mother in law – the mother of Thabiso, who we all know is feeding the earthworms in the Mabuza garden – also went to the Corner House, in search of not only Siyanda, but her granddaughter Neo. Together with Thato, they went to look for Siyanda at the Khoza mansion. Of course, Kagiso had to cover for Siyanda; she went to register for a course at university, he said. A little white lie, as white as cocaine.

Dingane steps in

With Kagiso preoccupied with his two women, Dingane found himself with more responsibilities than usual at the truck depot. It was at this point that any diehard fan of The Queen wished for Shaka to return from the dead. We have seen the workers at Khoza trucking literally trembling in Shaka’s presence. Whereas most bosses give written warnings, Shaka stops nonsense with his fists. This is what has been missing from the show since SK Khoza’s exit. An energetic, firebrand character to complement the calmness of Harriet and Kagiso and the old age of Brutus.

Goodness is safe

After Harriet neutralized the Jasmine threat, Goodness, who had already agreed to work under the Khozas was pleased to know that she can sleep with both eyes closed. But Patronella, fearing for her own safety, threatened to quit her job. To keep Sisi Pat, Goodness did what all rich people do – throw money at the problem. It worked. But no sooner had Patronella accepted the pay increase did her rural home burn down.

Daughter Georgina – who swore allegiance to Commissioner Bheki Cele – had been pushing her parents to leave the “drug money”  that comes with working for the Khozas and Mabuzas. Seeing the desperation of Mjekejeke and Patronella, Georgina drained all her savings and gave her parents R28,000. You would have thought Patronella would be happy. But, in her Eastern Cape voice, Patronella said “so you had all this money all along and didn’t help us sooner? You are stingy!” 

No ubuntu for Buntu

Speaking of the Eastern Cape, Schumacher’s younger brother arrived from home, looking for assistance from Bhuti Lumko. When you have been calling yourself by a cool name – Schumacher – your baby brother arrives and tells everyone your government name! Schumacher, um–er, I mean  Lumko, was clearly not happy to see Buntu – played by Phila Madlingozi. Buntu, who had no place to go, ended up crashing at Mjekejeke’s home.

To show his gratitude, he woke up at the crack of dawn and made breakfast for his hosts. Patronella and Mjakes were suitably impressed. Perhaps there is a spot for him in Thato’s kitchen at the Corner House. Buntu may have impressed Mjekejeke’s family. But Schumacher, who had given his brother bus fare to “voetsek” and go back home was gatvol when he found Buntu still lurking in Tembisa. There is some bad history between the siblings, but the scriptwriters are toying with us, for now.

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Drug rehabilitation

Kagiso finally realized that his girlfriend is an addict. To make sure Harriet would not find out that Siyanda had not only stolen a kilo of cocaine – but was now addicted – he took her to a decrepit room with no windows, no DSTV repeats, no internet, not even a newspaper, and locked her in there in order to force her to detox. 

I was underwhelmed by this part of the story. Ferguson Films have done well in bringing into the spotlight numerous social issues such as domestic violence and child abuse. When Keabetswe’s fiancé abused her, we really got to experience what domestic violence was all about. But Siyanda’s “drug rehab” was a brisk affair involving just a mattress on a cement floor and bottled water in a room without modern comforts.


We did not see Siyanda vomiting into a bucket and quivering as her body went into withdrawals. We did not get the sense of a desperate drug addict. After her fast track rehab, Siyanda went back to Thato and successfully grovelled to have her old job back. But we saw that Siyanda only swapped one demon for another. She isn’t snorting cocaine, but kept ducking under the work counter for a swig of alcohol. In my view, producers of The Queen missed an opportunity to illustrate the finer details of drug addiction.

Shaka’s resurrection

From out of the blue came news of SK Khoza’s return to the show. Since Khoza had stated that he was not returning to the show, nobody could be sure if there was any truth to the rumours. Until the actor himself confirmed in two words.


Shaka was never a man of many words.

That was not all. Menzi Ngubane, whose Isibaya corpse is still warm, will be joining The Queen, bringing with him someone else from Isibaya; Bhubesini’s beloved Mam Ndlunkulu. Jessica Nkosi, who worked with SK Khoza on the Bomb Shelter production, Ayeye, certainly gives fans something to look forward to.  

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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.

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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.

The House of Dragon

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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.



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.

Midnight Mass

“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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