Streaming Guide June 23 – June 29

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It’s a big week in streaming! Apparently there’s no such thing as an off-season any more. Better Call Saul just had its finale (I’m behind), and the finales of RuPaul’s Drag Race and iZombie are next week. And there are so many shows premiering! I’m very much looking forward to the new season of Younger, and all the new Diana Trout gifs. Power is a very good show that I’ll probably leave for a month (to catch up on all the other shows) before binging. As for the others…

People are raving about the new Netflix show GLOW, which I like but don’t love. Many of the critics I read watched the entire season, I just watched the first two. To be fair, I watched the first episode in April and the second this week, and I remember enjoying the first episode much more than the second. The gap could account for that. I have another four screeners I can watch, but the video quality is much better on Netflix proper, which I am paying for.

I didn’t watch much of Preacher‘s first season, but I’ve seen the first two episodes of the new season and they’re really good. For those of you who want to give it another shot, the advice I followed was to watch the premiere, the angel battle in episode 6, and the finale. The first season arguably (I haven’t seen all of it, so I can’t comment) has pacing problems, which makes sense when you find out that the events in the first season finale happened in the first issue of the comic. The second season is fun and has one of the two best uses of “Come on Eileen” in television this year (the other is Jane the Virgin, and while they are the only two instances I know of, they were both done really well). It’s still a very graphic show, which is part of what put me off season one, you just need to figure out when to cover your eyes.

I have a screener for Okja, but I haven’t watched it yet. I’ll wait until I can watch it on the TV. Snowpiercer is one of the best films I’ve seen in the past five years, and it would be great if I could see this film in cinemas, but the fact that I get to see this film at the same time as everyone else is a step in the right direction. Film distribution in Australia has a lot of problems, and I hope there’s a way that we can get both.

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Streaming Guide April 7 – April 13 | I’ve been doing this for a year! #BRICKFANGS

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#BRICKFANGS *

About a year ago I wrote my first streaming guide for DeciderTV, which was a great opportunity and also a bit scary. Last year I wrote about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and When I Get A Minute, and this April is just as crowded. Angie Tribeca and Better Call Saul are both returning to Stan next week, and if nothing else you should check out the description for Angie Tribeca. I didn’t write that copy, it’s directly from the press release, which is why it’s one of the best comedies on television.

In regards to Better Call Saul: I am looking forward to it, and also seeing whether Mike ACTUALLY owns rhododendrons. New Mexico’s climate isn’t really suited to that particular species.

* If you would like to understand BRICKFANGS, I highly recommend The Ones Who Knock podcast, it’s a lot of fun.

Emmy nominations 2016: Dramas

The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced at 1:30am local time yesterday, and I decided that I’d sleep through it. I’m perfectly happy with that decision. I don’t really have much to say about the Emmy nominations that haven’t already been said, but as usual there are some things that are great, and some not so great. You can find the full list of nominations here (okay, it’s not the full list, it excludes the Creative Arts categories, which I’ll peruse later).

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Better Call Saul, Season 2 Episode 2: “Cobbler”

Mike: It’s Ehrmantraut. You still morally flexible? If so, I might have a job for you.
Jimmy: Where and when?

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Nacho will be sure to tell that to the guys at the chop shop. Image courtesy of AMC.

Being morally flexible isn’t as easy as Jimmy thought it would be – at least not with Kim. I wrote last week that I didn’t quite understand why Jimmy decided to take the job, and of course it was Kim. I have no idea what their relationship is, but Jimmy wants to find out. He’s also finding out Kim’s limits to his moral flexibility. As they eat pie together at the end of the episode, Jimmy tells Kim about the story he spun the police for the world’s stupidest drug dealer. Kim knows who Jimmy is and she likes him anyway, but upon learning that he falsified evidence, she tenses up. Kim takes her role as a lawyer seriously, and she warns Jimmy that if the wrong people hear about this, he’ll be disbarred. It got even worse when she found out that this wasn’t even a Davis and Maine client, but some pro bono work. Disbarment is a high risk for a client that doesn’t even pay.

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Better Call Saul, Season 2 Episode 1: “Switch”

 

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Kim: So this is what a midlife crisis looks like?

Is Jimmy McGill having a midlife crisis? Maybe. He’s had a rough time recently with Chuck’s betrayal, and he’s wondering why he spent so much of his time and energy trying to impress his brother. Kim and Jimmy are both right – Jimmy needs a plan, but he also needs to figure out why he does whatever he chooses to do. Any sort of crisis that Jimmy is possibly having right now is deserved, but he realises he has to get back to real life. “Switch” is an understated episode of television. I enjoyed it, but I’m having some difficulty figuring out what to write, so this is going to be a short one.

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2016 Golden Globe Predictions: Television

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I’m going to miss these guys. Image courtesy of HFPA.

The Golden Globes is the first big awards ceremony to kick off the awards season when it comes to film. The problem here is that approximately 1% of the films that have been nominated have been released in Australia. Last year I used a randomiser to predict the film winners, but this year I’m going to leave my film predictions for the Oscars. There are still distribution issues with television in Australia, but it’s slowly getting better, and I think I’ve seen most of the nominated shows that I actually want to watch. It’s been a good year in television, and I like the complete unpredictability of the Hollywood Foreign Press, so every prediction I make will be worth a grain of salt.

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Better Call Saul, Season 1 Episode 10: “Marco”

Saul Goodman was Jimmy McGill’s conman name, other than of course, Slippin’ Jimmy. “S’all good, man!” is a phrase uttered by people who are happy and carefree, and Jimmy McGill is neither of those things following the realisation that it wasn’t Howard Hamlin, but his own brother, who roadblocked his career as a lawyer. And really, it makes sense. Howard didn’t know Slippin’ Jimmy, he just heard about it from Chuck, and when he finally met Jimmy, he saw a man who was trying to turn his life around. Now Jimmy McGill is a man who did turn his life around, got a law degree, worked as a public defender and in his work doing wills for the elderly, stumbled upon a huge class action case. Jimmy worked damn hard to get where he is, and he deserves that job at the Santa Fe law firm, but he’s a broken man.

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