GODS & MON­STERS

Men's Style (Australia) - - Feature -

A Amer­i­can Gods ( AMA­ZON)

Ama­zon’s ul­tra-high-def­i­ni­tion de­liv­ery is spec­tac­u­larly show­cased in this adap­ta­tion of Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel of the same name. Ian Mcshane is on com­i­cally gruff form as Mr Wed­nes­day, the mod­ern in­car­na­tion of Odin, who re­veals to re­cent jail­bird Shadow Moon that our world is about to be ripped apart in a war be­tween the new and old gods. While it sounds like stock-stan­dard su­per­hero stuff, this has heart-rend­ing and head-scratch­ing lay­ers at ev­ery turn.

B Stranger Things ( NET­FLIX)

This 1980s-set se­ries in­vokes the two Steves – King and Spiel­berg – who were that decade’s defin­ing genre ge­niuses. Wi­nona Ry­der is the dis­traught mum of a tween who goes missing, with his best mates and a strange young girl try­ing to bring him back from… beyond. Think Firestarter meets Poltergeist by way of E. T. and you’re in for a su­per­nat­u­ral treat that’s funny and fright­en­ing while feel­ing new and nos­tal­gic.

C The Good Place ( NET­FLIX)

From Michael Schur, cre­ator of Brook­lyn Nine Nine, The Good Place has the cheery af­ter­life ad­min­is­tered by be­atific Ted Dan­son, with Kris­ten Bell find­ing her­self a res­i­dent after she’s killed in a stooopid ac­ci­dent. Prob­lem is, she was a to­tal fuck-up on Earth and she ac­tu­ally be­longs in The Bad Place. Slow-burn com­edy en­sues as she tries to hide her sin­ful sta­tus, with the show hit­ting its stride when she’s outed. From there a crack­ing twist launches us into the in­creas­ingly great sea­son two.

D Santa Clarita Diet ( NET­FLIX)

Don’t be put off by the ti­tle. Drew Bar­ry­more and Tim­o­thy Olyphant star as a sunny Cal­i­for­nian re­al­tor cou­ple whose white-bread dream turns blood-spat­tered night­mare when she sud­denly dies a vom­it­ing mess dur­ing an open house. Ex­cept that she doesn’t die-die. Perky-happy Drew is now a zom­bie who needs hu­man meat to sur­vive, with Tim at his droll-comic best try­ing to feed her ap­petites. The last few min­utes of the first episode are howl­ingly funny, and the show lives up to that prom­ise in sea­son one.

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