Streaming Guide November 17 – November 23

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It’s been a long two months for LGBTQI+ people in Australia. We had a prolonged and expensive postal survey (the government called it a plebiscite but it wasn’t legally binding and since it was run by the Bureau of Statistics and not the Electoral Commission, it was actually a survey) on whether we should allow same-sex couples to marry. On Wednesday the result was announced, with 61% in favour of changing the law to be more inclusive. So I asked some people online for suggestions of favourite queer films and shows, and decided on Yuri!!! On ICE  and The Trixie and Katya Show. There were plenty of suggestions that people would have known, and some others that weren’t available on streaming.

In other news, there’s a LOT of new content on streaming this week. Veronica Mars is one of my favourite shows, I’ve read some really good things about She’s Gotta Have It, I just finished the first season of Search Party, and the US version of No Activity premieres next week. It’s a big one, and I don’t know how I’m going to watch it all. Enjoy your week!

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Whodunnit?, Season 1, Episodes 8 and 9: The killer revealed

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A few months ago I learned about the existent of Whodunnit?, the short lived murder-mystery reality show and started to write about it weekly. My friends Regan and Liam were podcasting about it, and my aim was to have all the posts up within 24 hours of the podcast. After watching the first episode, I did some research about the show, and I found out who won. Then after the third episode I checked the killer’s Twitter handle and found out their identity. So I backed off for a while, because I couldn’t really guess anything. Then the podcast took some time off for a couple of months, but the finale episode is probably going up some time in the next day, so I had a few thoughts I wanted to share about the show. This is your spoiler warning, I guess.

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Streaming Guide November 10 – November 16

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Okay, it’s a bit of a slow week, but next week is going to be huge. I’ll give you a hint:

A long time ago, we used to be friends / but I haven’t seen much of you lately at all.

Plus even more! As for this week, I’ll tell you a story about me trying to watch the first episode of Lady Dynamite. My friends Liam and Regan reviewed it on their first podcast and I had no idea what they were talking about, so I decided to check it out. I was sick at the time and taking cold and flu medicine – the colours and absurdity were just too much so I never continued (I think I was also mainlining the final season of Lost, but I don’t really remember). There was nothing wrong with the show, but the combination of the show and my illness just didn’t work. I promise to revisit it at some point, and as you all know, promises made on this blog are always kept. Ha.

I think that’s all I have for now, there are a couple of things I’m working on, which I hope will be up somewhere soon. Enjoy your weekend!

Some notes on the Australiana in Thor: Ragnarok

I saw Thor: Ragnarok eight days ago now, and I loved it. This post isn’t about my feelings on the movie (I got most of them out at comic book club which was later this afternoon), but on the touches of Australiana that Kiwi director Taika Waititi put in the film. A couple of weeks ago, he did an interview on triple j breakfast, where he revealed that he snuck in some nods to Australiana in the film to make the movie unique.

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Streaming Guide November 3 – November 9 | I GO TO THE ZOO

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This song is the only thing that matters.

In all seriousness though, there’s some great stuff on here. I’ve seen the first episode of Alias Grace (after finally admitting that I wouldn’t be able to read the book in time), and it’s stunning. Sometimes the best drama comes from two people sitting in a room talking, and this show is a perfect example of how to do that well. The best examples are psychology shows – the other one that comes to mind is HBO’s In Treatment, and Alias Grace‘s Doctor Jordan is a “doctor of the mind.” Either way, I’d still watch more of these shows, because when they’re done well, you don’t need anything else.

I hadn’t seen any of the new season of The Girlfriend Experience when I wrote this guide yesterday, and since it’s been published I’ve watched the first three episodes. The parallel storylines are a new approach to anthology series, and it works. I’m intrigued as to why the show decided to tell the story this way, but two episodes are released each week, one from each storyline. Right now my main concern is why all these buildings in D.C. appear to be empty for clandestine meetings and shady business dealings. Anyway, there are some really great things there, but if you take nothing else from this, watch the clip for “I Go to the Zoo.”

Riverdale, Season 2 Episode 3: “The Watcher in the Woods”

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A few weeks ago, I received an email from Netflix, telling me that I could watch the season premiere of Riverdale ahead of its release. Since then I’ve also had access to episodes 2 and 3, but this is the first time I’ve been organised enough to write a recap. At this point I haven’t received any further screeners, so this may be the only recap for the season.

Before we get into this week’s episode, some thoughts on the first two:

  • The Riverdale Hospital looks like it’s out of the 1950s. It’s ridiculous, but it adds to the idea that Riverdale is a town out of time, and reminds me of the bucolic nature of Twin Peaks (I haven’t finished The Return yet).
  • Speaking of Twin Peaks, Mädchen Amick is still great as Alice Cooper, even though she spoke about (presumably what would have been) consentual sex as Jughead ‘defiling’ Betty. They chose to write her that way for a reason, but I stared at the laptop in disbelief for a couple of seconds.
  • Me when Veronica got in the shower with Archie: “Really?”
  • I wondered if the storyline about Pop’s closing would be a reference to last year’s too short run of Betty & Veronica, and there are some elements that are similar, but this is its own thing.
  • Just pay the lawyers, Jughead!
  • Alice blamed Betty for the serpents and the new drug-dealing Reggie being at Pop’s. Because closing down a diner would eliminate all crime.
  • Jughead was still hanging out at Riverdale High in episode 2 but now he’s at South Side.

Onto “The Watcher in the Woods”

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Rosehaven: Season 2 Premiere

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Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola. Image courtesy of the ABC.

Last Monday I went to see the Rosehaven premiere at ACMI, which was a screening of the first two episodes followed by a Q&A with Celia and Luke. It’s not the first event of this kind that ACMI has hosted, and if you live in Melbourne, I highly recommend signing up to their mailing list, or buying a membership if you can afford it. I’m pleased to report that Rosehaven is still great, which is reflected in its performance overseas. This week they’re holding the US premiere at the New York Television Festival before it airs on Sundance the same day and date as Australia.

The first two episodes have storylines that involve pub trivia and working at the tuck shop. If I’d written this right after I’d seen it, I might remember more, but all you need to know is that it’s still great. I forgot to bring a notebook (usually there’s just one in my bag, so I need to figure out where that one went), so I scribbled some notes from the Q&A on the back of my ticket. Here are some of the highlights that are spoiler free:

  • Celia and Luke stayed in a hotel/inn while they were in production for season one. Luke asked Celia to swap rooms because he thought the painting in there would haunt him. Celia said no because she didn’t want to be haunted, and Luke stayed anyway because the painting could have been angry at him. The next time they stayed there he requested a different room. He’s gone full Hollywood.
  • Someone asked a great question about Celia and Luke’s writing process: they map out (or ‘break’) the episodes together, and work on the scripts separately in the same flat, so they can yell out things like “What would Emma say if I came into the room drinking a juice box?” The scripts then go to their script editor/producer Michael Lucas to read.
  • The tag at the end of episode 1 is based on a conversation Luke and Celia actually had.
  • There was another really great question about doing episodes on issues, and they responded that it’s a silly show. They also said that due to the production cycle, if they try to address the issue of the day, it will probably be out of date by the time it airs. Celia and Luke also try to address issues based on their own experiences, which makes the show more truthful.
  • Luke and Celia were asked how similar their characters are to them in real life. Daniel is Luke if he’d never gone into comedy, and Emma is Celia in a silly happy mood 100% of the time instead of the usual 20%. The best part of this answer is that they worked for Luke’s parents for a few weeks and were recognised. They said that comedy didn’t work out, and people were definitely ready to believe them.
  • The visual gags are all written into the script, but there’s some great background work in the pub trivia scenes that were improvised.
  • The opening credits (which are great, but make me slightly nauseous – it’s better on the big screen than the TV) are symbolic of Tasmania being on the bottom of the world. Both the opening credits sequence and the theme song have been nominated for awards.

Rosehaven season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 25 at 9pm on the ABC