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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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!

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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Streaming Guide October 13 – October 19

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Hey, remember when I posted this GIF yesterday? It was so my erstwhile editor Steve Molk could save it, because Slack won’t let you save GIFs. That’s what I learned late last night while I was watching the Dynasty premiere. Netflix did a number on me when they didn’t give me any warning that the latest seasons of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were dropping, so I had to highlight them retroactively. Last week was a little busy, so I couldn’t do both which meant I got really into my Crazy Ex-Girlfriend synopsis.

So, other things in streaming: I’m still not sure how I feel about The Babysitter, which I watched on Tuesday night. If you want to talk about it, please leave a comment or contact me on Twitter. At the start of the film I began counting how many songs had been used – there were 5 in the first 15 minutes – but when it gets to the point, it’s pretty fun. I know that last song choice as they cut to credits is supposed to be funny but it still rubbed me the wrong way. I liked that last line though! Oh well.

I haven’t watched The Meyerowitz Stories yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I have seen the season two premiere of Good Behavior, and I was drawn in immediately, despite not having seen the second half of the first season. I think Michelle Dockery’s performance is fantastic, but when I read the description, I was hoping it would be a little more like Leverage. Plus Ann Dowd and Laura Bell Bundy are guest starring! Okay, Ann Dowd was in the first season, but I’m definitely more interested in the show now than I was during the first season.

I think I’m going to start writing Riverdale recaps, but starting next week. I might put in a few bullet points tomorrow if I have time/remember. There’s a direction I think it’s going to take based on plot points I’m not allowed to reveal from my screener emails, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I’m right (I haven’t watched ahead yet – I’ll probably stick to one episode per week because I like talking about it with my friends).

Streaming Guide September 22-28: Farewell to another Terrace House

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Lady Gaga and Florence Welch. Image courtesy of Netflix.

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It’s been a pretty big week at Decider. Co-founder and editor Kevin Perry decided to leave the site to focus on other things. I owe a lot to Kevin, since he offered me the opportunity to write the streaming guides. Kevin and Steve have been great at letting me experiment with the format and highlight ridiculous things I’ll never watch, like The Ant Bully, as well as write a tribute to EMMY WINNER (yay!!!!!) Laura Dern. How great is Laura Dern? This might be one of the highest ratio of highlights to list guides I’ve written in a while. I was going to do five, but the last batch of Terrace House episodes drop on Tuesday, and I have to do right by Guy and Niki. I’m currently watching The Good Place and Parks and Recreation, so my viewing schedule is pretty busy right now, but I need to get ready for the return of all my favourite shows. It’s going to be a busy time.

Streaming Guide September 15 – September 21

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Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in The Good Place. I’m watching you, Michael.

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It’s as if September walked up to me and asked “Would you like to watch a Mike Schur show?” knowing that the answer would be yes. Yesterday brought the gift of Parks and Recreation, and next week we’re getting The Good Place. I’ve seen a few episodes of the first season, and I’m glad it’s becoming accessible. It would have been nice if the first season was available BEFORE the season two premiere, but it’s not really something to complain about.

We’ve also got premieres and finales galore. I’m intrigued by Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, and the last of Regular Show drops next week, as well as a preview of the new PowerPuff Girls event about a mysterious fourth PowerPuff Girl. Fall/Spring TV hasn’t even started and I’m already behind on The Deuce and Outlander. I feel like there was more I wanted to mention this week that I wasn’t able to highlight. I haven’t watched any of Bates Motel, but the final season is going up on Netflix, and I also would have liked to highlight either First They Killed My Father or My Transgender Summer Camp. There’s a lot of good content this week, and I’m excited to eventually see it six weeks from now.