Streaming Guide September 8 – September 14


The cast of Parks and Recreation. Also a giant teddy bear.


Hey, BoJack Horseman is back. I hear people like that show. There’s some great new content this week, mainly Parks and Recreation, one of my favourite shows of all time (and it’s going to be on Stan, my favourite streaming service). But I have to wait until Thursday for that one, so I’m watching Greenhouse Academy. I was hoping it would be some sort of environment show, but the synopsis Netflix sent me said something about challenges, so I went to the media site. It’s a teen show about a ridiculous selective entry private school with riddles. There are elements of camp, but if this show wants to be good it needs to embrace the camp. I’m tweeting about the show, because it doesn’t warrant a full post at this point. If you see me write about it again, it’s because there’s something worth saying. This is what happens when I have to wait for my CW shows to come back.

Writing a synopsis for Parks and Recreation was more difficult than I expected it to be. I love this show, and it’s impossible to fit all of my feelings into some short paragraphs. I got to mention its awards (and lack thereof – Amy Poehler never winning an Emmy for Leslie Knope is the greatest of Emmy Injustices), and that it’s a show about community and positivity that’s just as funny as joke a minute sitcoms. I warned potential new viewers about the rough first season. I would have liked to fit in a sentence or two about “Fancy Party,” but that episode is so perfect that you just need to let people experience it for themselves.

The other big thing is that both The Deuce and season three of Outlander premiere on Monday. Television is coming back, and I’m not remotely ready for it. I haven’t even finished Outlander season two.


2016 Golden Globe Predictions: Television


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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Golden Globe nominations: television

Wednesday to Friday is my busiest time of the weeks, so I was completely unaware of the Golden Globe nominations until I got home today, which was about 6pm. I haven’t even read a full list yet, but I generally use the film nomination categories as a guide for what to see when they’re eventually released in Australia. The Golden Globes don’t have the best reputation when it comes to what HFPA chooses to award, but I like that they’re the only awards body to have recognised Amy Poehler’s work on Parks and Recreation. Anyway, I’m too tired to watch Please Like Me tonight, so I’m just going to give my impressions of some of the television categories. You can find the full list of nominees over at Vox.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

It’s been very difficult for me to come up with even a plan for this review, because I have no idea how I feel about A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR), Sarah J Maas’ most recent novel, which is separate from the Throne of Glass trilogy. ACOTAR is inspired by the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast as well as the Ballad of Tam Lin. A nineteen year old woman named Feyre kills a wolf while she’s hunting to feed her family, but it turns out that the wolf is actually Fae, and a treaty between the Fae and the humans after one of their many wars forbids this, even though the Fae was in human territory. Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court, takes Feyre back to his lands as payment for the life she’s taken. There are spoilers for the entire book, so proceed with caution.

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Television Review: Outlander, Season One

Television has become a strange beast. Ever since Game of Thrones took off, other networks have been trying to replicate its success with other historical or fantasy television shows. Netflix has Marco Polo, The CW has Reign (neither of which I have seen), and last year Starz debuted Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel and subsequent series of the same name. The first season was sixteen episodes long, with eight episodes airing in August and September 2014 and the second beginning in April 2015 and finishing last weekend. I enjoyed the first season of Outlander, but it wasn’t without its problems, which are undoubtedly an issue of adapting from source material, which was encapsulated in the 9th and 16th episodes of the season, both of which aired this year.

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Outlander’s “The Reckoning” addresses a book problem, making it slightly less of a problem for the show

I was going to write about the new episode of Mad Men today, but once I started taking notes I realised that I can’t really get my head around writing about that show on a weekly basis. So I’m writing about the midseason premiere of Outlander, which took a difficult moment from the first novel of Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular series, and handled it much better than I think the book did. Most of the fans of the Outlander series of books are women, and being a romance story that involves a woman who was born in the 20th Century travelling back in time to the Jacobite revolution is that the role of women in society changed between 1743 and 1945, and it has continued to change in the last 70 years.

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