Following to the forced disruptions to the production schedule of new episodes, the cast of SABC1 soapie Uzalo is back on set. The show goes on as usual, looking to maintain its number 1 spot in the tv ratings for the national broadcaster.
Last month, Uzalo clocked in a staggering 10 597 540 viewers on the prime time slot. Here’s a sneak preview of what you will find in July! Peep the list of soapie teasers provided by TVSA. Stay tuned to Uzalo which airs Mondays to Fridays on SABC1 at 20h30.
Wednesday 1 July 2020
Thulani and Godfather indulge in their newfound assets. Njeza rejects Sibonelo’s lobola. Fikile regrets staying with Sbu.
Thursday 2 July 2020
Nkunzi and MaNgcobo slowly feel the walls closing in on them. Sibonelo shocks everyone by agreeing to a ridiculous amount of ilobola. Sbu tries to prove Fikile wrong by stepping up as a man.
Friday 3 July 2020
A desperate Nkunzi enlists Zekhethelo’s help. MaZaza’s sudden change in lifestyle makes Nomcebo suspicious that she’s hiding something. Fikile finally lets the cat out the bag.
Monday 6 July 2020
MaNgcobo finds herself turned on by a bull determined not to let his enemies win. Zekhethelo finds herself without shelter, and is made an offer that is too tempting to resist. Fikile takes a pregnancy test and is surprised by what she learns.
Tuesday 7 July 2020
Thulani and Godfather make big moves while Nkunzi woos MaNgcobo. MaZaza runs into some big trouble. Fikile is hit with a dilemma regarding herself, Sbu and the pregnancy.
Wednesday 8 July 2020
MaNgcobo and Nkunzi’s tough days are far from being over. Nonka is stunned by Fikile’s heartlessness but Fikile explains her reasons while MaZaza ups the ante on Gabisile with more ridiculous demands and a stunning revelation.
Thursday 9 July 2020
MaNgcobo learns that Njeza is working with the Khanyile boys, and ideas start forming in her head. Knowledge of Sibonelo’s pending marriages has MaZaza heightening her demands. Sbu’s kindness towards Fikile because of her ‘pregnancy’, starts to make her feel guilty.
Friday 10 July 2020
Njeza lays down the law for Sibonelo now that he’s forced to accept his pending marriage to Nonka. Zekhethelo and MaMlambo find themselves at the mercy of Godfather. Fikile is turned on by a transformed Sbu.
Monday 13 July 2020
MaZaza drops a bombshell during Sibonelo and Nonka’s wedding and it appears that Fikile’s plan to keep a secret may backfire on her.
Tuesday 14 July 2020
Nkunzi, MaNgcobo and Nosipho escape by the skin of their teeth and Sbu makes a drastic decision where his family’s concerned.
Wednesday 15 July 2020
The Khanyile brothers come to the realisation that Nkunzi is a force to be reckoned with. Nonka returns to her family but they send her back where she came from. Fikile tries to get Sbu to put a bun in her oven.
Thursday 16 July 2020
Thulani offers Nosipho a fake apology. Njeza kicks Nonka out of the Xaba house. Fikile wants constant sex, much to Sbu’s misery.
Friday 17 July 2020
Nomcebo finds a letter in MaZaza’s room that may lead to her finding out the truth about her son. Nyawo makes Mondli feel that there’s a new sheriff at the police station. Fikile’s lie gets bigger and bigger by the day.
Monday 20 July 2020
Nkunzi is forced to swallow a bitter pill about how similar he is to his enemies. Realising that her marriage is dwindling, Sphilile has to swallow her pride and seek help. Someone gets her period and is frustrated beyond measure.
Tuesday 21 July 2020
Nosipho secures a love back but for the greater family good. Zekhethelo makes a desperate call to a man she would’ve rather left in the past. Fikile’s lies are catching up to her, and her conscience is not helping.
Wednesday 22 July 2020
Sibonelo gives his wives an ultimatum. MaNgcobo makes it clear she will take no prisoners if her loved one is hurt and Fikile keeps digging a deeper hole for herself with Sbu.
Thursday 23 July 2020
The brother’s relationship reaches boiling point and the battle lines are drawn between Nonka and Sphilile. Qhabanga and Nomcebo’s relationship continues to be tested and Fikile struggles to keep up the charade.
Friday 24 July 2020
MaZaza’s revenge plans are halted when an emotional Nomcebo reveals she’s still grappling with Khehla’s disappearance.
Monday 27 July 2020
Sibonelo re-assures Nonka she’s the first wife regardless of Sphilile’s lobola amount. Fikile finds out her man is planning a baby shower for her.
Tuesday 28 July 2020
Nomcebo finally finds closure. Nkunzi starts to have doubts about Nosipho pulling off their plan. Sbu enlists Nonka and Nosipho’s help in surprising Fikile.
Wednesday 29 July 2020
Sibonelo decides on a permanent solution to get rid of Mazaza. The battle lines are drawn between two brothers who have recently struck gold. Sbu sets himself up for a major disappointment as he flaunts his role as a father to the world.
Thursday 30 July 2020
Sibonelo is forced to take matters into his hands, and it’s a bloody sight. Qhabanga comes to a sobering realization about Nomcebo’s sudden disappearance. Sbu’s lingering achievement turns into a booby trap.
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.