Streaming Guide March 30 – April 5

 

 

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The first streaming guide of the month – regardless of how many days the new month takes up in a week – is always the longest of the streaming guide. Netflix and Foxtel drop all majority of their titles (okay, Netflix is an exception this month) on the first, and there’s a lot of copying and pasting dates. There are still some really good things this week!

I just watched the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and my list of favourite queens has now expanded beyond Miz Cracker and Mayhem Miller, who I mentioned in the piece. Dusty Ray Bottoms was great this week in the main challenge and on the runway, and I love what she’s doing. Comedy and slightly unconventional queens are my favourites – Sharon Needles and BenDeLaCreme come to mind immediately, and there are probably more I haven’t met in seasons 5-9.

The other thing that’s happened over the last few weeks is my return to A Series of Unfortunate Events. I really like the Netflix show, but after re-reading the first four books and watching the movie twice last year (once with commentary – it’s one of the best directors commentaries I’ve ever heard), seeing the same story for basically a fourth time was a bit of a drag. I only had time to watch one episode this season, and I’ve read all of book 5, and the start of 6 and 7, and I have a suspicion it might be better to re-read after watching the show. I also discovered something in the books that I thought was stupid when I was 15 – entirely because I was 15. When Lemony Snickett explains words, he doesn’t talk down to children, although that’s how I perceived it when I was 15. Now that I’m older, I see that it’s funny and clever – which is why, when I read the first page of book six, I decided that I wanted to do a reading of it on The Washing Up podcast. I still need to sort out these thoughts and feelings, and I hope to write more about that in the future. Also I haven’t seen any of her episodes yet, but Lucy Punch is perfect casting for Esmé Squalor. I also love Sara Rue as the librarian.

I also wrote about Legion, which is Noah Hawley’s X-Men show that I don’t know what I think about half the time. I love Hawley’s work on Fargo, but I have a suspicion that his shows are better when they’re binged. We’ll see.

I started a new job Thursday last week so I’m still getting into a routine, which is why I didn’t blog last week’s guide. I really wanted to because I got to put in the quote from a friend about Wolf Hall: “They should call it Good Hall because it’s really good.” As far as working goes, I need to figure out the balance of working full time and still writing for myself at least once a week, so this will be a good test. I also started a new dance class last night and it’s a lot of fun. I just needed to share that with everyone. I hope you have a pleasant Easter and I’ll be here next week!

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Streaming Guide January 12 – January 18

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After several weeks of dreading the “weekly episodes” section of the guide, I’ve finally culled some of Foxtel’s outings – sorry Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian and other shows that I can barely remember. In other news Jane the Virgin finally returns to Foxtel on Sunday but I left that off (in case you can’t tell by this weird disjointed copy, I’m not feeling great at the moment). There’s nothing I’m really excited about that’s dropping in the next week, which is good because I have several screeners to watch and shows to catch up on before their new seasons air. The Detour dropped on Stan yesterday and I watched the first season in two sittings. I have nearly two weeks before season 3 drops, so I think I’ll take the second season at a slightly slower pace. Until next time!

Oh, The Great Australian Bake Off premieres next week and I will be writing recaps for that again, which will be appearing both here and on DeciderTV.

Streaming Guide January 5 – January 11

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Very few stills of Dirk given that he’s the title character. Image courtesy of Netflix.

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Woooo Dirk Gently is back! The Good Place is back! The Detour drops on Thursday! This was the quickest streaming guide to write in a while, mainly because it’s a pretty quiet week. Except there are some good things returning and a David Bowie documentary. Usually the longest part of the streaming guide is figuring out the weekly episodes (Stan is the only service that provides a chronological breakdown of what’s on each day). Shows take varying lengths of breaks over December and January, so Netflix and Stan are at least pretty quiet on the weekly episodes front.

I just remembered I forgot about Netflix’s The End of the F**king World because it wasn’t on the press release. Anyway, there’s a lot to watch over the weekend, especially since it’s going to be 42 degrees (107.6 F) tomorrow and I’ll be staying inside with the air conditioning.

Streaming Guide December 29 – January 4 | Anti-Fash

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Cristin Milioti in Black Mirror. Image courtesty of Netflix.

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It’s the last streaming guide for the year, and the first for 2018! Television doesn’t take a break for Christmas, and this week’s guide focused on three new seasons of television. Season 11 of The X-Files starts next week, and reviews have been pretty good! I haven’t seen an episode of The X-Files, mainly because it’s licenced to Foxtel. We have Foxtel, but it’s also connected to the television, and I don’t think I could convince my family that we should be watching The X-Files when the cricket is on.

In other news, Netflix is dropping the fourth season of Black Mirror today, and I watched the episode “USS Callister”. I don’t do this television thing full time (although I have been on holiday), so I need to make time to watch screeners. In choosing which episode of the new season to watch (I’d like to thank Charlie Brooker for making an anthology series), I consulted Sonia Saraiya’s review over on Variety. “USS Callister” is a story inspired by Star Trek about male entitlement that lands very well based on what we’ve learned over the past few months. Jesse Plemons is perfectly cast, and I love Cristin Milioti in everything she does – yes, even A to Z. The final season of How I Met Your Mother has a lot of problems, but it brought Cristin Milioti to television, and she’s always great.

Finally, Stan is dropping its Romper Stomper miniseries on New Year’s Day. I’ve seen the first episode, and it’s not as tone-deaf as I worried it would be. At the same time, it’s a show I’m not willing to pass judgment on until I’ve seen more, or heard the opinions of people of colour. The concerns raised when Stan announced this show were warranted – the current political environment is toxic, and seeing that reflected on screen isn’t necessarily a good thing. On the other hand, I’m aware of my own privilege. My hope is that ABC’s Screen Time (one of the best additions to the Australian TV landscape in 2017) covers this in 2018, because their diverse panel will give the kind of insight I’m looking for. There is also an anti-fascist organisation called “Anti-Fash,” which is a hilariously bad name. You’re writers, you can do better than that.

Also Groundhog Day is dropping on January 1. Couldn’t Netflix wait a month (and a day) and drop it on the actual Groundhog Day?

Streaming Guide July 14 – July 20

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One of the many gorgeous images from Chasing Coral. Image courtesy of Netflix.

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I made a choice a few years ago to not be political online. There are plenty of reasons for that which I won’t go into, but every once in a while I highlight shows and films on the streaming guide I think are important. This week I chose Chasing Coral which premiered at Sundance, and is about the attempt to visually capture coral bleaching, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. I haven’t seen Bigelow’s films because I’m not very into war as a genre, but she’s also the only female director to have won the Oscar for Best Directing. That surprises me, but also it doesn’t. Aditi Mittal is one of the first women to perform stand-up comedy in India, another thing I didn’t know.

As for my other choices, Broad City and Game of Thrones are two of my favourite shows. Broad City deserves a highlight for that fantastic DMV episode (I renewed my licence last week, which you can now do at the post office. It’s the Australian equivalent of making an appointment), and there’s no season like GoT season. My podcasts are coming back, and I’m figuring out how to deal with this strange book/show world we live in. I’m happy that A Storm of Spoilers has a separate section for production spoilers, and stopping the podcast early is going to be an exercise in self-control. At the time I’m writing, George hasn’t followed up on this possibly fortuitous Live Journal entry, so that’s something to watch. I’m also going to be keeping an eye on any possible #BlackThorn evidence. Let me know if you find anything.

Streaming Guide March 3 – March 9 | DeciderTV

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I’ve made some changes to the streaming guide! Stan has been fast-tracking shows from the U.S. for two years now, and Netflix is doing the same with CW shows and Designated Survivor. SBS OnDemand and iview have been doing this with specific shows for a while now, namely Orphan Black and Doctor Who. As streaming grows in Australia, I’ve added more columns to my spreadsheet, and the list of titles gets longer most weeks. I’ve added a section for shows with weekly episodes. Designated Survivor and Underground both return next Thursday (I wanted to watch them yesterday because I’m thinking a week ahead when I write the guides), and Foxtel Play has replaced Presto, which means there are weekly episodes of Big Little Lies and Girls, as well as Foxtel originals including the local Real Housewives franchise. Plus Angie Tribeca, iZombie and Better Call Saul are returning in March, all of which I’m looking forward to to various degrees.

I don’t highlight everything I want to – Designated Survivor is a show that’s more fun than it has any right to be, and Greenleaf is an import from the Oprah Winfrey Network about a family that runs a Megachurch, which sounds like the perfect spiritual successor to Big Love (Bill Paxton, you are missed). Also The People Vs O.J. Simpson is on Netflix as of Monday – it’s a really good week and you can’t include everything. Until next week!

I almost forgot – Donald Glover’s Atlanta has finally come to Australia, and you can watch all of it now on SBS OnDemand. If you prefer the traditional method, two episodes air every Tuesday on SBS Viceland.

Streaming Guide February 17-23 | DeciderTV

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Is this Bob Benson? (Update: Yes it is) The Billions stills are delightful.

Amazon is starting to roll out its Original Programming for Australians, and this week is the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle Goliath. February has been a relatively quiet month in streaming, but it’s started to pick up again. Stan’s dropping up to four titles a day, and Netflix has started releasing everything on either Tuesday or Friday, so those days are particularly packed. From what I can tell, Netflix is dropping at least one standup special a week – and this week’s comedian is Trevor Noah! The most important thing is that Billions is back, so the Billions podcast will be back to take on Fighting in the War Room. It’s my favourite podcast rivalry.

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Fighting in the Billions room.