Television has changed dramatically in the last few years. Gone are those days when you had to either rush home to catch your favorite TV show at the time it airs, or setting up the VCR or TiVo to record an episode while you’re out. Digital streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have made it easier than ever before to watch your shows whenever and however you want. With the ease and accessibility streaming services have given us, is it trickier to really sit back and fully soak up the show we’re watching?
Summer was once considered a dead zone for TV watching. Once all the network shows have wrapped up their seasons, you’re left with largely nothing to watch. Thanks to streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime there are plenty of content to keep us entertained through those dog days of summer. The season is gearing up to be a good TV viewing time, and there are a number of shows I’m looking forward to watching.
Anime has a plethora of options to choose from to suit your mood. The most recent ones to come out focus on friendships and odd duos. Last year’s anime How to Keep a Mummy, about a teenager’s sweet friendship with the mini-mummy his archaeologist father ships to him from Egypt, falls into the category of odd couple pairings. This year’s newest anime series My Roommate is a Cat continues this trend of surprisingly sweet and unlikely friendships.
Netflix’s Sex Education is a show that’s quite frank about its approach in talking about…well…sex. From the teenager who gets anxiety about jacking himself off to showing the proper way to give a blow job, there’s really nothing that’s off limits in this series. Amidst all the talk about getting down and dirty, the show has characters who aren’t written as caricatures of high school teen stereotypes. Each one are wonderfully unique and complex individuals going through some of the same hang ups and awkwardness we may have gone through as teenagers. One of the main bright spots about Sex Education is the heartwarming friendship between Otis and Eric.
The phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” can apply to a lot of the movies and television shows being considered for a remake or reboot. While Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime give us a plethora of original content to binge watch whenever we want, big wig studios will still find a rhyme and a reason to want to take what was a hit back then and redo it all for a new generation of entertainment watchers.
I’ve been against most of the remakes and reboots I’ve seen or heard about. Why revive something when it already had a good ending? The reboot of The X-Files, while nice to see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as agents Mulder and Scully, was a huge letdown overall during its two season run. Some shows are better off staying finished. Then there’s the remake of Roswell, the 1999 WB TV show that aired for three seasons before concluding in 2002. When the announcement was made about a whole new Roswell airing on the CW, now known as Roswell, New Mexico, I had no intentions of watching it. Eventually, I caved after a friend caught it and curiosity got the better of me. And now? I’m hooked.
With the amount of entertainment and streaming services at our disposable, there’s no shortage of things to watch in 2019. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming. How do you narrow down and prioritize which shows and films to watch out of the thousands competing for your time and binge watching dedication? In my case, watching trailers help me gauge what’s an absolute must-watch out of the ones that are lukewarm interest at best. Here are some of what will be on my Netflix queue.
With the advent of streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, summer has been the prime time to watch shows and movies during those months when major network shows are on break until the new season starts up again in September. Even though there’s now an overwhelming amount of options of shows and movies to add to our watch lists, I do like the accessibility and ease streaming sites give us to watch very specific genres at any time. This particularly applies to anime, and I’ve been using much of my summer to watch a handful in the past few months.
When books get adapted for screen or television, it’s almost certain there’s a clear and definitive end, at least if it’s not a book series being adapted. If you read the book prior to the adaptation, you get to decide if the movie or show is a worthy interpretation of its original source material. Or if you haven’t read the book before watching the adaptation, it may convince you to read the book. I’ve always been convinced a standalone novel that becomes a movie or TV show would always be enjoyed as a self-contained story, a one-time piece of entertainment to consume and re-watch whenever you feel like revisiting it. Instead, when a show or limited series becomes a massive hit, albeit a bit controversial, studios are quick to renew it for another season. That’s the end result of Netflix’s original series 13 Reasons Why.
The long awaited and highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things 2 went live on Netflix last month and it’s the talk of the town. Almost every entertainment news site has at least one Stranger Things related article each week, from interviews with the cast members to episode recaps. The hype train is real for anything that’s Stranger Things. It can also be difficult to sidestep spoilers from the show when you may not have the time to binge watch all 9-episodes in a single weekend. Although I am one of those people who hasn’t been able to devour the show within the first weekend since season two came out, I already have strong impressions of what I love about the current season so far. Here are some of my personal highlights from the first four episodes. As a note of caution, there will be some spoilers from the first batch of episodes of Stranger Things 2. You may want to come back to this post when you’ve gotten a bit further into the second season.
Everyone loves a good mystery. The kind that entices you to figure out the reason or motive behind why someone did what they did. But what if the mystery revolves around a girl who’s already dead, committed suicide a few weeks before, and the only way to understand her reasons for taking her own life is by listening to a series of recorded cassette tapes she left behind? This is the basic premise of Netflix’s latest original series 13 Reasons Why.