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.

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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.

The Crown, Season 2

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Claire Foy. Image courtesy of Netflix.

Every once in a while you come across a show that you know your parents would like. For me, this has been The Crown – to the extent that my mum decided to get it on DVD for my grandma (there’s no way she’s using Netflix) for Christmas. This is one of the few shows I watch with my parents, which meant that it took a while to get through the first season. Now that it’s that nebulous week between Christmas and New Year’s (it was when I started writing this), we’ve had time to watch the second. And I have thoughts.

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Master of None, Season 2

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Aziz Ansari in “The Thief.” Image courtesy of Netflix.

I have a version of a Top 10 Shows of 2017 list floating around, but it’s been very difficult to write, for one specific reason: I stopped watching shows mid-season – not because I disliked them, but through a combination of general apathy and then exhaustion depending on whether or not I was working at the time.* One of the things that got left behind was Master of None. I had screeners for the show, and I think I managed to watch the first five before its release. I watched the next two over that weekend and didn’t finish the season until December 28. It’s one of the best shows of 2017.

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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 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!

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!