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Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 6, Episode 1 Recap 

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It’s a tale that takes place in Great Britain decades in the past. It’s about smartly dressed working class kids who drink and fight and shag and do copious amounts of drugs, thumbing their nose at the pretensions of the upper crust and reveling in the chaos. No, I’m not talking about the new Sex Pistols bio-dramady Pistol, though that’s cool, too. I’m talking about PEAKY BLINDERS, whose sixth and final season premieres today on Netflix.

Over the past five seasons, Peaky Blinders has vacillated between being a stylized period-noir (season 1), a blood-soaked pulp-epic (seasons 2 and 4), and a British historical drama (seasons 3 and 5). The costume and set design are impeccable, the soundtrack’s hip and unpredictable, and the acting ranges from good to great. Are there fakakta plot twists that make no rational sense? Why yes, yes there are. Do they egregiously rewrite historical events? Well, yeah, they do that too. Do we care? Not really.

Before we move forward, there’s A LOT to catch up on. It’s been nine years since the show’s 2013 premiere on BBC Two and almost three years since Season 5 wrapped up in the fall of 2019. Shooting of Season 6 was put on hold in March 2020 due the COVID-19 pandemic. When filming resumed, it was almost completely derailed by the death of actor Helen McCrory, who died from breast cancer in April 2021. Her character, Aunt Polly, was one of Peaky Blinders’ main characters and her death necessitated changes to the storyline and scenes to be re-shot.

When last we saw Peaky Blinders gang leader Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, he was pressing a gun to his head and screaming into the abyss, having been outsmarted by some unknown foe. Over the years the Shelby crime family have vanquished Birmingham rivals, London gangsters, interloping American Mafiosos, crooked cops and at least one pedophile priest. However, Tommy’s plans to assassinate his Season 5 nemesis, British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, went tits up quicker than a toot of coke snorted by one of his crew.

The click of an empty gun barrel starts off Episode 601, titled “Black Day.” Haunted by visions of his dead first wife Grace and the unknown “man I can’t defeat,” Tommy pulls the trigger only to find Arthur removed the bullets from his gun and ignominiously plops face down in the mud. Still-very much alive second wife Lizzie finds him wallowing in the dirt, calls him a coward and gives him the bullets should he want to finish the job, which is…hurtful.

PEAKY BLINDERS 601 TOMMY MUD
Yay, I’m still alive!

We learn the Mosley assasination plot was ruined by the fookin’ I.R.A. after Tommy receives a call from femme fatale Captain Swing, who we last saw in Peaky Blinders Season 5, Episode 2 (yeah, I forgot about her too). “We need to keep Mr. Mosley alive. That’s all you need to know,” she says mysteriously but they were nice enough to bring back the bodies of the dead, which includes Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) and Aunt Polly, who is given a proper Gypsy funeral, which apparently means being set on fire in your caravan. Her son, Michael Gray (Finn Cole), blames Tommy for her death and pledges revenge.

Big text in all caps tells us it’s now “FOUR YEARS LATER” on “MIQUELON ISLAND.” Where the fook is that? Oh, it’s in “NEWFOUNDLAND, FRENCH TERRITORY,” the text explains. A newly sober Tommy prepares to meet up with Michael and his gang, but not before he beats up a couple surly Frenchman and shoots a pigeon.

PEAKY BLINDERS 601 PIGEON
“HEY MAN NICE SHOT!”

Tommy says Prohibition is coming to an end and it’s time to diversify, and by diversify he means OPIUM. Michael now works for his wife’s uncle, who’s repeatedly referred to as a South Boston gangster because, like, of course, Bay State gangsters are only ever from SOUTH BOSTON (someone tell the script writers Whitey Bulger was from Somerville). Michael’s crew are total Massholes to Tommy but that’s OK because he’s a jerk too and narcs on Michael after giving him a giant bag of drugs.

Michael is visited in prison by his wife Gina Gray, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who has become a BIG STAR since appearing in Peaky Blinders Season 5 with a bad New York accent she’s since dropped. She makes her entrance to Joy Division’s “Disorder,” which is the coolest synch of the episode though somewhat incongruous. Gina asks Michael why he’s doing business with Tommy again and he says they have unfinished business (I think he means REVENGE).

While Michael rots in jail, Gina cuts loose to some jazz and pours her first legal drink since 1920. Tommy shows up to talk opium biz, but Gina  says, “No deal.” Tommy says if her uncle doesn’t buy, he’ll sell his opium to the “the East Boston Jews,” relatives of everybody’s favorite London gangster, Alfie Solomons, which is a good thing since it means Tom Hardy will be coming back.

While Tommy celebrates by shagging a Beantown prostitute, his good time comes to an end when Lizzie calls from overseas to say their daughter is sick with fever and speaking Gypsy and having visions of a man with green eyes, which is apparently a very, very bad. Tommy rushes back to England but not before visiting Michael in prison to exchange unpleasantries.

Though not quite the big bang of past premieres, Season 6’s first episode has lit several fuses that could blow the Peaky Blinders’ fortunes sky-high. The question is who else will get caught in the blast.

Benjamin H. Smith is a New York based writer, producer and musician. Follow him on Twitter:@BHSmithNYC.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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