What I’ve been Watching.

No movie reviews this week, but I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately (Australian Netflix – some of these series are on different networks in America and Europe). I haven’t found a series on the streaming service I haven’t liked, yet.

Here’s a short sample of what I’ve been watching:

Stranger Things – 1980’s nostalgia and Stephen King homage. Kids on bikes and strange goings on in a mid-west American town. An awesome must see.

Rating: A+

13 Reasons Why – thirteen tapes left by a suicide victim indicting the people who directly or indirectly caused her to kill herself. Gripping and confronting.

Rating: A

Lost in Space – remake of 1950’s TV show, updated. A family lost on another world after a space-borne attack, trying to escape before the planet or their shady companion kills them. A bit slow at times but the character development and Dr Smith make up for it.

Rating: B

Black Lightning – family drama centred around a high school principal who brings his superhero alter-ego out of retirement to fight crime bosses and manipulative secret government programs. Still finding its feet but lots of promise for the second season.

Rating: C+

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – quirky and out there detective story about time travel, parallel dimensions, coincidence versus determinism and friendship. Wondering what Elijah Wood’s been doing since The Hobbit?

Rating: A

Santa Clarita Diet – mum’s a zombie, and dad and daughter are fine with that. But the zombie virus is making life difficult… Blackly comedic and violent.

Rating: B

Altered Carbon – noir-style sci-fi mystery; the world’s richest man’s murder can only be solved by a reanimated terrorist. Dark, violent and deep.

Rating: C+

Riverdale – Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead updated from the comics for the 21st century. Dark, over the top soap opera.

Rating: C+

Ozark – a mob accountant sets up a money laundering business in the Ozarks, failing to realise just what he’s up against. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are superb in this Breaking Bad-wannabe.

Rating: A

An Unfortunate Series of Events – based on the Lemony Snickett books, this excellent series has an absurdist sense of humour. Neil Patrick Harris steals the show.

Rating: B+

Jessica Jones – hard-ass alcoholic detective superhero from Marvel. Surprisingly deep.

Rating: B+

Atypical – comedy/drama about a high functioning autistic boy, his search for a girlfriend, and his neurotypical family. Enjoyable, but a little stereotypical at times.

Rating: B

So, what have you been watching on Netflix lately?

Steve 🙂

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  1. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for sharing your Netflix recomendations. I was looking for some more series to watch, so it’s always helpful to see what other people have enjoyed. I’ve only seen Atypical from your list. I loved it!! Have you seen Death in Paradise? My family was hooked on that one. I’ve also been re watching a bit of Crazy Ex Girlfriend (the title does it no justice, imo anyway).
    Take care!
    Lucy 🙂

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  2. There is a lot of TV shows about autism now. And wonder kind of like you said how accurate they portray it. But I am happy it’s getting everyone talking and more aware of this condition. I have Amazon Prime so I have been enjoying a great selection of movies and l watch YouTube a lot. The only TV shows that I was watching for a while were Outlander and This is Us.

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    1. I haven’t seen those, but I’ve been wanting to try Outlander as a few friends have mentioned it to me. I’m glad autism is being recognised in more shows now, with mainstream characters with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism. Even though the representations are a bit Hollywood, it’s still good and raises the profile of the condition and some of the impacts. I could identify with the parents in Atypical. 🙂

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      1. Outlander is a great show. It’s filled with history, suspense, drama and even mystical things! 😀 Sometimes the episodes drag on a little too long where I think they could cut down on the dialogue a little. But great show. 🙂

        I have never seen Atypical. Reviews say it shines a light on aspie in love with a neurotypical and the struggles they face. Do you think it accurately describes that situation well? And I am happy it shines a light from the parental experience as well.

        Take care. 🙂

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