Netflix Series of the Week- Medici: Masters of Florence

Hiya gamers, geeks and friends! Ever wanted to find a new Netflix binge worthy show to watch? Of course, you have! The purpose of this weekly blog post will be to view and review Netflix made series and provide my opinion on whether it is “Binge Worthy.” I will start off selecting some of the top recommendations from my personal Netflix queue however, I will be more than happy to take suggestions from the readers! If you have a series that you don’t want to get invested in until you have heard someone’s opinion, simply comment on the weekly post and I WILL watch and provide insight. This week’s post will be from a great period piece, Medici: Masters of Florence.

Once of the most influential families in Italy from the 13th century on would be the Medici family. In that time, Italy was pretty much divided in to factions more than as a whole. Florence is where the Medici family came into “power” and ruled the city through their intellect and let’s be honest, their money. The Medici’s were bankers that brokered deals to control trade and even the Pope’s shipments. With the amount of money the Medici’s procured, the same amount of influence and status followed. The interesting fact about this family and their rule was that the Medici’s alone did not have a crown or royal blood (through the family line they have bought their way into royalty). As we know, empires and dynasties are more commonly referred to Houses of Nobility and Royalty, yet the story of the Medici Family does not start from these enviable positions of status.

The series follows the life of Cosimo Medici and his brother Lorenzo. Cosimo is an artist, he indulges in beauty, art and the aesthetics while his brother Lorenzo is more of a loose cannon. Their father is getting set to pass the reigns of the Medici Bank (largest bank in Florence) over to one of his son’s. Though neither of the 2 particularly care for the banking life, Lorenzo and Cosimo compete for their father’s blessing. The series starts off with a mix of emotions and flashbacks through the 2 brothers lives. During the series you will notice little nuisances that will alert you to the “Flashback” happening such as the longer hair of the characters. Cosimo and Lorenzo must keep the family name and banking business from falling to the likes of politically corrupt characters, riots and religion. It’s a fantastic series even if you’re not into the whole period drama phase (as I most certainly am J). Surprisingly, the series will provide you with an ample amount of action (Plus watching the expressions on some of the characters faces when the wool is pulled is priceless) and more dramatic circumstances.

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I guess here I should talk about the timeline and how true to the original story (Yes this is based off of the true lives of the Medici) the series gets. Most of the historical aspects of the series (buildings, schemes, etc.) are fairly accurate as I have researched it to make sure. There are a few places where you wonder if that person really exists (as there’s no mention of some characters) which is not an uncommon thing. History is written by the winners and people with the most influence. Whether characters were really in love with others below their station or not, there must be some amount of drama incorporated. If that means creating an insatiable, forbidden love, so be it.

Before I give my recommendation, I will admit that I have been drawn to the earlier century dramas such as Reign or The Tudors ß (would recommend, Henry VIII is crazyyy lol). Due to my current obsession, I would of course jump at the chance to watch another series of the same (especially since the Medici family is present in Reign). In my opinion the Netflix series of the Medici is a good one and 10 out of 10 would recommend (not that I am giving it a perfect 10 lol). Let me know your thoughts! If you have watched the series what was your impression of it? Next week the Netflix series discussed will be “Series of Unfortunate Events” which I hear is fantastic!

Have a great week!

-Luna

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A Nostalgic, Yet Unfamiliar Terrain

Hiya, Gamers, Friends, Bloggers and Geeks!

I guess to start off this blog I should introduce myself. I am LaQuita, but I go by Luna or Lita online, unless you remember me from Xbox where ScoobyGirl was my alias (I do not have multiple personalities I SWEAR!). I am the owner of the GamersUnitedGG.com website and xGamersUnitedx twitter account. A brief Segway, I have been gaming for as long as I could remember. I have an older brother so when he would have LAN parties and such I was always there snooping around. How crazy is it that I am not a bigger fanatic then he? Who would have ever guessed??? Anyway, I came up with a crazy idea to start a video gaming website (mostly because I couldn’t find an active forum in which to talk about games, movies, anime, etc.). I didn’t really find everything that I wanted all in one centralized location so I said you know what, start your own website! When I embarked on this journey I never realized how intense and fulling everything would be. But I met many awesome people and actually launched a pretty decent website! So what happened? Well reality set in. I was spreading myself too thin trying to please everyone and not staying true to what I enjoyed. So with the laser start that I had, I stepped away because quite frankly I wasn’t having fun anymore. After a year or 2 of a break I am back! I am refreshed and I am more ambitious than ever (Which is also due to having my perfect career path at the moment). Well that’s it in a nutshell. I want to blog, network, share my thoughts and create an awesome atmosphere for people to connect and geek out! Enough about me.

What is GamersUnitedGG? We want to be know as a community that assists and encourages everyone to do what they love and share it with the world. When we like or RT a post/video, you will know that we have personally taken the time to read or watch your craft. It’s not a lame RT or Like. It’s a substantial chance to see what other creative minded people are up to and if we absolutely LOVE your content, you will know it as we will extend a permanent offer to share your content on our site. People rarely interact in the real world anymore so GamersUnitedGG is here to bridge the gap and allow for open, honest, creativity. We are not limited to just video game reviews or news, we support artists, collectors, binge watching Netflix (One of the blogs that will be featured here) and every type of creative expression that we can find.

What is different this time around? This time around I know exactly what I want and I am determined to get it. I don’t want to sell out or try to please everyone, what you see will be what you get! Over the next 2 weeks I will be trying to develop a fan base and continue working on the website for launch (haha my new career in social media put me in contact with an awesome friend who is currently studying digital design and coding, yes!). I will be looking for contributors to have your posts featured on the website. If you are a writer/blogger in the areas of Pop Culture, Video Games, Anime, Comics, Netflix Binges, Art etc. Please contact me and we can see about getting your content on the website. Likewise, if you are a streamer and actively looking to stream, contact me as well. I want to eventually have a network of dedicated streamers so that we can always have someone streaming anytime the website has a visitor (but this will take a while with schedules and such). I just want to RANT!!! Lol

Finally, what to expect from this blog. This blog will be both a personal outlet for me and a way to communicate what is going on with my journey to launching and running a website. As of now I will have posts regarding

  • Netflix (Binge Series of the Week),
  • My Pop Collection,
  • Weekly website updates,
  • Occasional book/game reviews
  • Whatever rant I decide to do at the moment.
  • Maybe even the progress of my other hobby (the book that I am writing).

Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction and Welcome! Write me anytime about topics or anything you want to hear (BTW I live in Orlando, Florida so maybe I’ll through on some theme park and entertainment tips).

Smile Every Day, Shoot for the Stars, They call me Luna, I’m orbiting around Mars!

-Luna :p