I’m a little bummed out that Mr.Robot, my favorite running series, will not premiere its third season over the summer. Although I won’t be able to catch up on Elliot’s mind boggling realities until October, there are plenty of quality shows that are heading our way this summer that I cannot wait to watch and am more eager to share with you. Including both returning and new series that have caught my interest, here is my Summer 2017 watchlist.
Netflix’s Stranger Things is a science fiction, horror, mystery and drama show that pays frequent homage to films made in the 80s. What is to be lauded the most of this series is not its ability to hold these numerous titles but its ability to successfully define itself as a stand alone project while being these many things at once.
The fourth season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is as complex as it is visceral. It bluntly throws the truth of American society at your face and barely gives you enough time to process the harshness of the reality. OITNB season 4, as all previous seasons have done so well, will rip your heart out, make you laugh, cry and scream at your television (laptop?) in agony within moments of your preceding emotion. Whatever you felt towards our beloved all female ensemble it goes without saying that the fourth season of OITNB is the show’s best.
Television has evolved into a fantastic platform where the viewing of our favorite shows are no longer at the hands of the network of origin but at the hands of the people. Through the existence of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and other streaming sites, viewers are able to access all the episodes of almost every season of nearly any television series. We can all catch up with a show that we may have fell behind on, watch that series that we always wanted to or watch that old show that that everyone was obsessed with a couple of years back. The God-like ability to watch whatever, whenever has promoted the popular “binge-watching” habit, or the complete viewing of an entire season or at times an entire show.
16 years into the 21st century, 10 of those I can probably remember, it’s safe to say that this not the peak era for music or film (it just isn’t). However we undoubtedly live in the Golden Age of television where directors can better define themselves as auteurs, where some shows’ writing has surpassed that of the average film, and where special effects are almost as strong as the big screen (honestly it’s really close now). The greatest thing to come out of modern television is possibly its ability to consistently represent minorities, in America that is, in a positive light. Instead of the typical white male protagonist, we have shows consisting of all Asian casts (Fresh Off the Boat), all black casts (Blackish) and ensemble shows where the cast is extremely diverse (Orange is the New Black). With this new wave of diversity we also see a growing evidence of strong-female characters. Thus I felt inclined, at least for this post, to share how the role of women is changing in modern television through a (unranked) list of my favorite actresses/ characters on the small screen.
I live overseas and Netflix is now available worldwide in over 190 countries. So…..I’ve had two Christmases in the span of 3 Weeks? Yep, just checking. Anyways. I have conformed to the America social norms and binged watched a series for my first time. This show was the comedy show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper. It is extremely stupid yet so entertaining, excruciatingly vulgar yet well written and dumb yet hilarious. Despite its idiocy, the show has surprisingly taught me a number of life lessons! The most important one was in the very beginning of the show when Kimmy shares her “10 seconds at a time rule”.