Netflix has quickly become one of the best ways to watch television. Their original programming only adds to the appeal of getting to watch entire seasons of shows with nary a commercial in sight. Rather than releasing episodes one at a time, all Netflix originals are released as entire seasons, with viewers being able to choose to experience the episodes at their own pace or all at once in binge watching sessions.
Coming soon from the streaming service is NARCOS, a new series that’s based on the true story of the 1980s Columbian drug war between the violent Medellin cartel and US and Columbian special agents. Judging from the trailer above, the show aims to hit all the right marks for fans of action crime dramas.
Since its debut on Netflix, Sense8 has received deserved praise for its ambition and its diversity. However, it’s worth remembering that a diverse show with terrible writing and boring characters would still be a pretty bad show. Thankfully, Sense8 avoids those pitfalls. The new series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski is not perfect, but it is beautifully sincere, with a phenomenal cast and a fantastic sci-fi premise that complements the show’s admirable diversity.
More to the point, Sense8 is explicitly about empathy. The show begins when eight strangers from around the globe are reborn as sensates with a telepathic link. Because they essentially share the same mind, the sensates intuitively understand and respect one another despite differences that might ordinarily drive them apart.
Much to the chagrin of horror fans everywhere, NBC has announced that it won’t be renewing Hannibal, the beloved show about the cannibal next door. There are still ten episodes yet to air, but the third season will be the final one appearing on the network.
The news isn’t exactly surprising. Hannibal has pulled dismal ratings for the entirety of its run, recently dipping to a low of 1.7 million, and everyone involved seems to be aware of the cold reality of the situation. Bryan Fuller expressed gratitude for being allowed to make three seasons, while NBC thanked Fuller for delivering some much-needed critical acclaim. That’s why I can’t criticize NBC. The network did everything it could for Hannibal, but there’s only so much that can be reasonably expected.
And yet, I’m strangely optimistic after the cancellation of my favorite show, largely because I just don’t think we’ve seen the last of Hannibal. In fact, I’m confident that it will find a home somewhere else, and that it will happen relatively soon.
Winona Ryder has been cast as the lead in an upcoming Netflix series, written and directed by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who have written a couple of episodes of current creepy TV show Wayward Pines.
This new eight-episode series, formerly known as Montauk, will be set in the 1980s Long Island town of the same name. Here’s the synopsis, according to Variety:
A young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Family, friends, and local cops try to uncover the truth about his disappearance – which turns out to involve top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Angie Han at /Film points out that the show might be inspired by The Montauk Project, a series of allegedly secret US government experiments on time travel. This sounds like something that must have been alluded to on at least one episode of The X-Files.
Marvel’s Daredevil hit Netflix a couple of months ago with thirteen episodes, a coup for comic fans and TV bingewatchers everywhere. The show, which focuses on blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as the titular character, was such a hit that a second season was announced on April 21.
Obviously 13 episodes wasn’t enough for YouTube user David Johns, who created two fake opening credits sequences for the show. One of these crosses Daredevil with ’80s courtroom comedy Night Court (a show I loved so much I wrote about it in my diary as a kid. True story.), while the other mashup utilizes the iconic opening credits of an even more well known courtroom show, the behemoth that is Law & Order.