TV Binge: Nailed It! Mexico (Season 1, 2019)

If you’ve missed my reviews of the original American Netflix version, here are my reviews:

Nailed It! (Season 1)
Nailed It! (Season 2)
Nailed It! Holidays

Nailed It! Mexico (Season 1, 2019)

Nailed It Mexico

Hosts: Omar Chappuro & Anna Ruiz

Hosted by Omar Chaparro and head judge Anna Ruiz, home bakers in Mexico with a terrible track record take a shot at recreating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part competition, part hot mess. – IMDB

After the massive success of Nailed It! on Netflix Original series that has gone through 2 seasons, brought in a special Queer Eye episode and then a holidays version, it has now expanded internationally with its first stop with Nailed It! Mexico. I’m always a big supporter of Netflix working around its own Netflix’s international grab and expanding its show, just like how it did the international cooking show, The Final Table or obstacles competition, Ultimate Beastmaster, which proves that its a foundation that has endless possibilities and a way to truly expose the world to different cultures and well, just each other. Plus, Nailed It! is a great idea because it breaks out from the professional version of things and takes a more relaxed and amateur approach to things while still keeping itself educational.

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Nailed It! Mexico honestly was a lot of the same as Nailed It! for USA. That is a good and bad thing. The good is that it keeps a certain type of humor and joke that runs throughout. It makes it more united and keeps it fun to watch. It uses Nailed It! signatures, like the golden hat for the winner of the first round or the same trophy design. However, going international as I mentioned gives a look at culture and while pop culture and its guests go hand in hand to expose some of their talents there in the baking and celebrity and/or foodie world, the baking designs are also with Mexican culture and themes for example something as simple as incorporation a pinata or the quinceanera. What also works here is that the first episode sets up the Mexican version to be on a higher baking knowledge especially looking at the same structure but more seemingly complicated desserts and designs.

nailed it mexico

There are a few “bad” things here. The bad is that it lacks a uniqueness other than location and language to give Mexico’s version its own distinction. Its something that is important to for someone like myself who watches all of it.  It likes reusing the bits like having those funky buttons like having Omar Chaparro take over the nagging duties and inviting Sylvia Weinstock as a foreign guest to link the two together while doing her little “stealing” things from the pantry bit and her witty remarks; also the trophy never being there for the announcement and reappearing from weird spots, etc. This all works well enough except when doing something like that, it becomes Nailed It signatures and yet, its easily going to be compared with its US original, which has an upperhand (in my opinion, because of Nicole Byers having that charisma she brings to the show).

With all that said, looking at both sides, Nailed It Mexico is a lot of the same, but that isn’t a bad thing because I had the same criticism about the second one going into an odd direction which didn’t work. In comparison, the complexity and different humor might sometimes get lost in translation however, the entertainment of Nailed It has always been looking at the funny failures (and learning from them) and with that, the Mexican version still delivers in spades.

What’s Up 2019: Week 6 Bring on the Romance Films!

Welcome to Week 6 of 2019!

I’m afraid to admit that things are still fairly in limbo this week. Although, I’ve been still fairly busy with Chinese New Year celebrations so put a few things to the side. I’m mostly recuperating some energy and playing catch up with writing and such. Yet again, Valentine’s marathon is still on so bring on the massive list of movies!

READING

one flew through the dragon heart

Currently reading: One Flew Through the Dragon Heart (Favan & Flew #1) by C.S. Johnson

I’m past the 30% mark of the book now. Its been pretty tiring in general so I haven’t put a whole lot of energy on reading but I need to pick up the pace and will probably finish this next week. One Flew Through the Dragon Heart is pretty cool. I’m liking it quite a bit especially with its setting and the use of magic and mechanics. The characters are pretty good so far as well. I have a few things that I feel a bit lacking but with only 30% of the book, there is lots of space for the story and character development to change my opinion on it.

PLAYING

Currently playing: Thumper

I have a million games (exaggeration) to get through but somehow, I only found time to play one level of Thumper in one week. Its pretty sad but the reality that gaming was the one that took the hit. It mostly has to do with the fact that I have so many reviews that I’ve started but not finished and its put me in a writing game reviews slump and gaming slump in general. The main goal is to get those done and then move on, and boy do I need to move along and play something else. However, if you haven’t played Thumper, you absolutely should because it is a fantastic rhythm game. I’m stuck on Level 6 which is why this playthrough isn’t complete but I keep trying to beat it.

WATCHING

guernsey literary

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Review)
  • How Do You Know (Review)
  • Ibiza (Review)
  • Just Friends (Review)
  • Krrish (Review)
  • Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner
  • Little Dragon Maiden (Review)
  • Midnight Sun (Review)

Valentine’s Marathon is still going very strong. The double feature thing is getting more hectic than I imagined (not sure why I didn’t expect it to be). However, its going to go on for the rest of the month to finish off the alphabet. I really want to get an entire alphabet round done again. Its been a while. With that said, we got a few good pairings here and while there are some fairly lackluster film choices that ended up on the viewing list. The standout films of this week goes to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which I loved so much that I used as the kickoff selection for the Movies and Tea blog’s Friday Film Club HERE), Ibiza and surprisingly, Midnight Sun. As an aside, I took a little moment on Friday night to watch the new Netflix comedy show for Ray Romano which was pretty decent. Some jokes landed much better than others but overall, it was a nice watch.

BINGING

Nailed It Mexico

  • Nailed It! Mexico (Season 1, 2019)

Currently binging: The Singer 2019, My Little One (Season 2)

At this point, I’ve binged all the Nailed It series, so when the Mexico edition was announced and then released last Friday, we got right to it on Sunday evening. Nailed It is about as bingeable as ever because its only 8 episodes of 30 minutes so that makes it so easy to get though because its such a small commitment. I should have the binge up very soon but overall, its a very similar experience just adding in the reading subtitles which might make the jokes a little harder to deliver. Other than that, the currently binging ones have taken a break on TV series and gone mostly on the stuff that is currently playing and I’m still enjoying The Singer 2019 and My Little One, especially the latter having a really meaningful latest episode.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
We have next week which will still be movie heavy for a part of it but things are picking up on other sections, I promise.

What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?