Back in January I wrote a post with a few Netflix recommendations, and since then there’s been a whole host of new Netflix originals.
There has been a ton of Netflix shows continuing on into their second season this year, including Master of None, Grace and Frankie, Sense8, and The Get Down (although this was christened a ‘Part 2’ rather than a separate season). I mentioned most of these shows in my previous post so I’m just going to briefly summarise whether I found the second seasons worth watching.
If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I absolutely love Sense8. The 2nd season reached – and maybe even surpassed – my expectations and was definitely worth the 2 year wait. Sense8 is just so artfully written and filmed, with rich and dynamic characters that you can’t help becoming invested in. The 2nd season saw the addition of a new ‘cluster’ which opened so many new storylines and relationships. I was devastated when I found out that Sense8 was not being renewed, especially after the cliffhanger ending of season 2. Luckily, after a massive outcry from fans, Netflix is going to create one more episode to serve as a grand finale and hopefully tie up a lot of loose ends.
Although different in many ways, Master of None, Grace and Frankie, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt all fit neatly into the category of ‘Kooky Comedies’. Personally, I much preferred the 2nd season of Master of None. It felt like a season that was really offered you a little bit of everything. There were a couple of episodes set in Modena, Italy which gave a complete change from the show being centred around the rush of New York City. There were even a couple of episodes in which Dev (the main character, played by Aziz Ansari) took a backseat, such as “Thanksgiving” and “New York, I Love You”, allowing other characters to shine. Master of None practically captures life in 2017, exploring everything from the trivial – trying out a ‘popular dating app’ (that’s 100%, definitely, absolutely not Tinder) – to the incredibly heartfelt – coming out to family and falling in unrequited love. Grace and Frankie also manages to capture this mixture of intensity and sillyness, with the two women embarking on a venture to create vibrators for elderly women, but also struggling with aging, increasing frailty and not being taken seriously in the business world. This is something that Netflix seems to achieve in almost all of their original content, and it makes for great viewing. The characters feel real, because they experience the lows along with the highs, just like most people do in reality.
The Get Down, like Sense8, is sadly not being renewed for a 3rd season, despite being an incredible show. It’s vibrant, colourful and heartfelt with an amazing soundtrack to match. Definitely one I’d recommend watching.
Beyond 2 Seasons
May saw the release of season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a show with the completely crazy (and quite dark) premise of following a girl who is trying to rebuild her life after being kidnapped and trapped in a bunker for 15 years. However, in the 3rd season as well as the previous 2, the overwhelming message is one of positivity as the naive Kimmy Schmidt exists as a burst of colour amongst the cold reality of a worn-down New York neighbourhood. Despite being in the process of divorcing her evil kidnapper, Kimmy’s main concerns are finding a date (with the fantastic Daveed Diggs) and avoiding internet humiliation, in a show that never seems to take itself too seriously.
One of Netflix’s most famous originals, Orange is the New Black reached it”s 5th (!) season this year, and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Although I enjoyed this season, I can’t say it blew me away. I wish there had been more focus on the quiet moments of grief following the death of one of the most beloved inmates rather than just the shouting, screaming, rioting moments. For me, this season didn’t quite live up to the previous ones, as it began to slightly sacrifice emotion and thoughtfulness in favour of shock value and exaggeration.
Shows I Haven’t Finished Yet
Having only just started the 2nd season of Narcos, I’m way behind everyone else, but so far it’s a great watch. Although it may be a bit gory for some, (seeing people beat to a pulp is not for the weak stomached) you can’t get more dramatic than Narcos. A show that really proves that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, I was awestruck by the events that unfolded in Columbia, events that previously I knew very little about (cut me some slack, I wasn’t even born yet). Yes, it is most definitely a dramatisation, but it’s just so darn good.
Confession time: I’m slowly becoming a star trek nerd. I’ve watched almost all of The Next Generation and have made some pretty serious progress on Deep Space 9, so the new Discovery series was a bit of an excitement for me. I’m aware that it’s not a true Netflix original, rather a Netflix exclusive, but I couldn’t leave it off this list. There’s only been 3 episodes released so far, and I’m slowly warming up to it, after finding the first episode a little underwhelming and souless. The thing I like about star trek is that it’s a little bit silly, with ridiculous aliens wearing budget costumes. For me, Discovery seemed slightly too serious, launching into battle and conflict before I could catch my breath. But, I reserve judgement, we’ve only had 3 episodes so far and there are many more to come.
So there’s my thoughts on a few more Netflix originals. Sorry for the massive delay between posts, I’ve been lacking inspiration lately so let me know if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see my write. Drink some water, do some exercise, watch some Netflix. Take care of yourself. X