Alison Brie, Bashir Salahuddin, Betty Gilpin
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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.
Major’s first meal as a human: Ice cream with chocolate syrup and a packet of chips
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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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April begins tomorrow which means that the streaming services drop a minimum of eight titles each. When I was writing these up last year, the majority of Presto’s titles dropped on the first of the month. I got to make iZombie my top pick for the week, and I’ll see if I can include it again when Jason Dohring joins the show in Episode 8. I’ll need to at least watch the last three episodes of season 2 so I can remember what happened, other than Liv trying to get brains to Major while he was in jail, which involved Ken Marino as Major’s lawyer. Also there was the Rob Thomas joke that made sense to the show’s core audience and maybe a few Matchbox Twenty fans out there. Also I really love this poster.
She’s already dead.
Part 2 of Terrace House: Aloha State drops Tuesday night, so we’ll finally know why Naomi announced that she was leaving at the end of Episode 8. I’m enjoying Aloha State, but I think I prefer the version of the show that’s set in Japan, so I can look at all the food they’re eating.
In Netflix Originals, there’s 13 Reasons Why and Five Came Back. 13 Reasons Why has good reviews, so I’m looking forward to it. I had some misgivings when I read the synopsis, which I’ll hopefully write up in a full review of the show. Five Came Back is a docuseries based on a book by New York critic Mark Harris, who I follow on Twitter. He made a recent appearance on Gen Pop (Join the Patreon), and it sounds great. Meryl Streep is narrating, so she will probably be nominated for the Voice Over Emmy this year. I’m still annoyed Anthony Mendez hasn’t won it yet.
Robert Buckley. Image courtesy of The CW.
I’m almost guaranteed to like a piece of media that uses the Les Miserables soundtrack to end an episode in triumph. One of my favourite parts in season three of Orange Is the New Black was the prison guards singing ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ as they decided to unionise, and I similarly loved iZombie‘s use of ‘One Day More,’ as different groups of characters achieved small victories. For Blaine and Major it’s several days more, as Liv, Major and Ravi uncover the missing stock of tainted utopium. They needed that, now that New Hope has died. It’s lucky that Blaine and Major haven’t gone back to being zombies yet, and I’m wondering how much longer it will be until they do. At least they got some face to face time this week, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.
Wow, I got pretty slack towards the end of this week. Wednesday-Friday is the busiest part of my week, so that’s usually the period during which I don’t write anything. I meant to publish this yesterday, but it’s here now! I need to figure out a new publishing schedule, too. Everything is tying up nicely in the second season of iZombie, and “Physician, Heal Thy Selfie” still manages to have fun. This week Liv doesn’t get any psychic visions, because our corpses have been decapitated, so she can’t eat their brains. Luckily Ravi has some extra dead bodies lying around, and Liv eats the brain of a woman who was hit by a bus while posting something on social media. Elsewhere, both Blaine and Major appear to be in trouble with organised and corporate crime.
I haven’t seen an episode of iZombie that I haven’t liked. The best episodes however, are those in which everything ties together thematically. The case of the week in this episode was okay, but it didn’t really have an impact on the characters, aside from Liv’s inappropriateness in the office, which was good fun. As we get to what was to be the season’s penultimate episode, there’s a lot going on, and the case of the week fades into the background. Blaine hasn’t been as prominent this season, but he’s the linchpin to how the season will unfold because he’s part of every storyline: the disappearances and investigation, Peyton’s case against Boss, and finding a cure for the zombie virus, especially now we know the current cure isn’t permanent.
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I was delighted that the first season of The Flash dropped on Stan late last year, especially after the positive reviews I heard at the end of the season. However the end of the television season in Australia was really busy, so I saved it for my Christmas catchup. I began watching at some point in between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and finished last Tuesday. I didn’t watch every day, and some days I watched up to five episodes (it’s too hot to go outside, okay?) A week ago I watched up to episode 21, and then decided to save the two part finale for the next day. The Flash is yet another example of how the CW is on fire with its original programming so far. I don’t watch all of their shows and I’m at various points for each of them, but The Flash, iZombie and Jane the Virgin all premiered in the same season of television, and all of those first seasons were great. The Flash was well written, well acted and really well structured. It also helped that the season was a lot of fun, unlike its companion Arrow, which gets a bit too grim sometimes. The season wasn’t perfect, but it’s the most fun I’ve had watching a television show in a long time, and I’m eager to get to the Season 2 episodes I’ve recorded. There are