Streaming Guide May 26 – June 1

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All I know about Bloodline is that Kyle Chandler is in it. Also Mendo.

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This was a bit of a weird one. I just remembered that I forgot to include The Bachelorette. I also had a great line about how Netflix rules our lives by putting House of Cards out on a Tuesday, which I’ve been using for a month and then forgot to put in the guide. Someone on the A.V. Club said that they need to fit it in before the Emmy cut-off date, which is May 31, but they still could have given it a Friday release. It’s one of their biggest shows, and even though I don’t watch it (long live the British House of Cards trilogy), I can see them wanting to use their Fridays for smaller shows.  Bloodline is in its final season though, which would seem to be a better reason to put it on a Tuesday. I don’t understand Netflix.

The other thing is that War Machine starring Brad Pitt has dropped on Netflix, and while screeners were sent out to critics, they’re still dropping it in a week with two Emmy winning series. I didn’t have time to watch it because my Twin Peaks watch has been slower than anticipated. I also wasn’t going to be able to fit it in highlights, because I balance out releases. There’s subscription fee for streaming services, and only highlighting things on Netflix is detrimental to viewers who only have Stan, or are using exclusively FTA streaming.

David Ehrlich also wrote this highly divisive (which is unsurprising) piece about whether or not movies are still movies if they debut on Netflix. He wrote this before Okja was booed at Cannes last week. I’m somewhere in the middle on this. I can think of three cinemas in Melbourne that would have screened Snowpiercer. I know it was definitely on at the Nova and has been at The Astor (which is a monoplex, so their schedule is carefully planned), and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was also on at ACMI. Australia also only tends to get day and date releases for blockbusters, and it’s not even every blockbuster. Thanksgiving releases in the US are usually held until Boxing Day in Australia, so a worldwide release on Netflix is beneficial for viewers outside the United States.

As far as my own viewing is going: I still haven’t finished Master of None or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the Twin Peaks rewatch is coming along at a reasonable pace. I watched the first part of the new season after finishing season one, and then decided that I needed to finish the rewatch. I should be up to date in a week or so, then I can catch up with Better Call Saul (and American Gods). It’s a good thing that the US network television season is coming to a close. There’s so much to watch! The shows aren’t stopping, either. I’ve prepared my June spreadsheet, and it’s going to be pretty busy.

Streaming Guide May 19 – May 25

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Rachel Lindsay: Lawyer, Bachelorette, angel, possibly nicest person in the world.

It’s a good week in streaming for: Twin Peaks fans, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans, fans of Laura Dern (in both shows) and Daveed Diggs (in Kimmy Schmidt). It’s a bad week in streaming for… anyone who hoped that they’d find a decent batch of boys for Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. There are some good boys in there: I like Anthony, Blake K, Mohit, and I think Michael was okay until he revealed that he follows a paleo diet.

I saw the first six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and they’re great. I mostly agree with the review over at the A.V. Club; I think a B+ is about right grade-wise. The show is still at its best when it’s dealing with Kimmy’s post-traumatic stress from being in the bunker, and there wasn’t a lot of that in the first six episodes. Laura Dern and Daveed Diggs are both perfect. Important note: I watched most of it with a patchy internet connection, which definitely hampers the viewing experience, but I enjoyed it. I laughed at the silliest joke. I’m planning on writing a review when I’ve seen the whole season.

I’m also really excited that the final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender drops on Stan tomorrow, as well as the first two episodes of The Legend of Korra. I’ve been keeping an eye out for them for a while, so I’m looking forward to watching. Right now however, I have a Twin Peaks rewatch to complete (I still haven’t gotten any further than I was when I wrote the guide. Still on episode 2.)

Why are Australians waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale?

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The Handmaid’s Tale is my most anticipated television show for 2017. I didn’t know it was going to be a show until January, but upon hearing the news I was thrilled. I did searches every few days to check if Australia had a distributor, and I participated in more than one Twitter discussion about its Australian home. There was a general agreement (as much as there can be on Twitter) that it should end up on Stan, which has built its brand on fast-tracking shows from the United States.

As the premiere date passed, there was still no news. Someone asked me if it could end up on Amazon, and I said maybe. Prime Video carries Hulu’s cult drama The Path, and they have worldwide distribution for American Gods. My next reply was something along the lines of “I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up on SBS,” which is exactly what happened. This was followed by the news that we would have to wait until July to watch any of it, which is when this piece started forming in my mind. SBS isn’t the only network that’s doing this sort of thing: Ten gets some attention in the piece, and Foxtel waited nearly three months to start airing the latest season of The Americans. It seemed things were going really well for a couple of years in terms of access, and they’ve dropped back now that the television landscape is becoming more crowded. There’s more competition in the marketplace, so television stations need to convince people that they’re worth watching. Making them wait a coupld of months for one of the year’s most highly anticipated shows isn’t the way to to do that.

I did a podcast! What’s the Riverdeal?

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The Riverdeal is that Cheryl is always fabulous.

The title says it all, really. Last week I was watching the penultimate episode of Riverdale’s first season, and Liam and Regan invited me to join them to podcast about it. I was on their first podcast about a year ago when we discussed the Lost finale, which was fun. This was even more fun because Riverdale is a zeitgeist show, and we’d just found out who the killer was. About an hour after we finished recording, I posited that perhaps Nana Blossom was the one who killed Cliff, because it’s the kind of crackpot theory I can get on board with – I knew it was basically impossible, but crackpot theories are supposed to be fun. Anyway, you should give it a listen with the rest of the podcast. They watch mystery television shows and try to solve them. Next they’re watching a show called The Sniffer that’s on Netflix. From what they’ve told me it’s not very good. Let’s see where that goes.

Streaming Guide May 12 – May 19

 

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Master of None was one of my favourite shows of 2015, and I’m so happy it’s back. The first episode is in black and white, and it’s stunning. In a world where television creators are constantly saying “It’s like a novel for TV,” Master of None is a series of short films following the same characters (most of the time), and musings on certain topics. As much as I loved the two episodes set in Italy (they made me really hungry – I meant what I wrote about not watching on an empty stomach), I was thrilled to get back to New York and hang out with Denise and the rest of the gang. Ansari’s directing is stunning, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

I haven’t seen anything else on this list just yet… okay, I’ve seen Chicago, Serendipity and Shall We Dance?Chicago is one of my favourite films, so I’ll always recommend it. I finally watched the second episode of American Gods last night, and I enjoyed it much more than the first. The Coming to America short with Orlando Jones was SO SO GOOD, and makes me think they didn’t really know how to use him on Sleepy Hollow. Mildly amusing story: I hit “continue watching” on Amazon, and there was no previously on section. It turned out that it was playing the premiere again, which I fixed quickly. That’s all I have on streaming for this week!

iZombie, Season 3 Episode 6: “Some Like it Hot Mess”

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Major’s first meal as a human: Ice cream with chocolate syrup and a packet of chips

This is your spoiler warning, hopefully it’s long enough that the facebook people don’t get spoiled.

Last week’s iZombie was one of the most emotionally devastating episodes of television I’ve seen this year, topped only by *that* episode of Jane the Virgin. Major believed he was going to permanently lose his memories when he took the zombie cure, and his last night with Liv was meaningful. iZombie emphasised story over plot, and this week they did the opposite. The episode was overstuffed, encompassing Major’s memory loss, Don E’s zombie client who wants a cure, Peyton and Blaine’s relationship and a pretty uninteresting case of the week.

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Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May (which means sometimes it will fall on my birthday), and this is the first year I’ve actually been aware of it. I didn’t grow up reading comics, and I only started getting into them about 18 months ago. All Star Comics in Melbourne has a monthly Women’s Comic Book Club, which I’ve been going to for a couple of months now, so I headed there yesterday to meet my sister-in-law (wearing her handknitted Jughead beanie) and get some free comics. My original plan was to get the Riverdale one-shot comic, but then I learned that it was just Archie and Veronica, and what’s the point of getting a Riverdale comic without Betty or Jughead? Then I read the recommendations from ASC, and I wanted about 12. Luckily they let us get up to 6! In the end, I ended up with an extra free one, and I bought a trade paperback as well. Reviews to follow (I haven’t read all of them yet).

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