SILVER & GOLD
There is no gem too guarded, no diamond too secure, or no amount of cash too vaulted for these two paramours to relieve from their unfortunate marks.
"SILVER & GOLD" IS A six-part series written and directed by filmmaker Alonge Hawes. The show's primary focus is on a gang of professional thieves. Charles Goldar (Quentin Williams) is the slick-talking wise-cracking leader, and Sosa Gerena (Roberto Cruz Jr.) is the muscle and brains of the organization. The latest review can be read by scrolling down.
... THE GANG IS IN FULL SWING BY EPISODE TWO. AND THE TARGET? AN ONLINE PREACHER.
Of course, we need the ladies, and Bahiya Payne (Brittaney Taylor) plays a seductress who can con anyone with her looks and questionable English accent. There is also Cienna Valentine (Shani Hawes), who plays a computer wizard and seductress. Us viewers are introduced to everyone in the first episode when a sting doesn't quite go as planned, but the gang is in full swing by episode two. And the target? An online preacher.
... THE GANG IS AFTER A FABERGE NECKLACE, AND THEY ARE CHALLENGED BY A RIDDLER-LIKE NEMESIS.
Now I'm assuming a preacher with an online congregation is probably more than a little shady. So ripping off this dude is alright in my books. By the third episode, the gang is after a Faberge necklace, and they are challenged by a Riddler-like nemesis. I can't really get into much more without giving away the whole plot, and I don't really want to do that; I would instead rather you watch the series for yourself.
...THE CAMERA WORK AND EDITING ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL, AND THE MUSIC WORKS REALLY WELL IN EVERY SCENE.
I wanted to "really" like this series. And I do, but still think there is some room for improvement. It's just that there are times, for me, that the whole project feels like a draft that is meant to bring to the actual filmmakers as a pitch of sorts. But then there are also some pretty cool location scenes that give the series a professional boost. The acting itself is pretty good, but there are moments when the timing feels a little off, and the script doesn't always work its magic. There are a lot of quick comedic lines that kind of just fly by. On the other hand, the camera work and the editing are very professional, and the music works really well in every scene... and really gives an espionage vibe. "Silver & Gold" was a lot of fun, and a lot of love was clearly put into this project, so I'm going to give it three out of five stars.
NEWEST REVIEW - FOR SILVER & GOLD.
Now, I had the opportunity to catch up and get reacquainted with Silver & Gold - episodes four, five, and six. This latest stream of episodes finds the gang dealing with some issues of the past. An art dealer is their new contract. There is some past history there, adding some more depth to the series. The pact between the two crime syndicates goes terribly wrong when the leader of one of those groups is dismissed via the sword. The gang's new leader also has a connection to our boy Charles. It seems they were together previously in a cult/gang - even more interesting past lives, so to speak.
Charles left this group with Bahiya 3 years earlier - left with his girl as well. There is some very strange voodoo going on between these two—a mystical connection. So, I feel I must point out a few things at this point. I reviewed the first three episodes of Silver & Gold and found that, for me, one of the weakest links in the series was that it felt like it was trying to say something that just wasn't quite getting through. I have to say that I'm a little lost in the storyline here. Episode six does have a nice flashback scene that sort of explains why things are where they're at, including a very good history lesson on slavery. However, the show seems to be very strong in every other area - and continuing to grow in strength.
That strength is especially evident in the acting, which continues to get and be really, really good. As usual, all the technical aspects are admirable. Something I've come to expect from Alonge Hawes. The directing, editing, and the music all work really well. Except for a few audio blurs here and there, Silver & Gold shows nicely. It's possible that it's just me who is getting a little lost in the storyline itself - but if this is going to be a continuing series, which I assume it is, then there will be plenty more stories to come. Plus, the main concept is pretty easy to understand. Silver & Gold just became a little stronger with these episodes, and I'm enjoying myself, as a viewer, as the episodes quickly flash by. I really like the characters and find myself forming my own opinions on what should/shouldn't happen. I mean that as a compliment - that I am starting to imagine what could happen with them. I'm surprised at just how much Silver & Gold is growing on me. I only gave three stars the last time, but I think this show has progressed/is progressing at a lightning-fast clip, and this time, I give the show four stars. Thank you for reading.
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