It’s a funny experience when you meet people overseas who have become fans of Australian shows via Netflix. Please Like Me is one you often hear mentioned. Wentworth is another; it now a screens in 140 countries. Season five premieres this week on Foxtel’s Showcase channel, with the narrative resuming after last season’s tragic finale. such as Bojack Horseman on Netflix, Rick and Morty, and here, Archer, the quintessential spy with no idea, are very funny and rewarding. Originally described by creator Adam Reed as “James Bond meets Arrested Development”, Archer has taken many twists and turns over the past seven seasons — remember when his agency was called ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service)? — having paid homage to Miami Vice, become CIA contractors, and in season seven opened a Los Angeles-based private investigation firm. Clearly the LA noir genre has captured the writers’ imaginations, and season eight — subtitled Dreamland — departs from the show’s main timeline to tell a side story about Archer, the hard-boiled private eye, searching for the killer of his partner and erstwhile manservant Woodhouse. Enjoy. Bordertown Streaming on Netflix from Friday Warcraft: The Beginning Finland last October and is now being brought to an international audience by Netflix. The 11episode series follows detective inspector Kari Sorjonen (Ville Virtanen), a respected officer at Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation. After his wife’s brush with cancer, he decides to take his family to an idyllic small town near the border wide Russia, to lead a quiet, peaceful life. But anyone with the vaguest notion of that particular border’s history won’t be surprised to learn it doesn’t work out that way at all. Mr Brooks (Wednesday, 8.30pm, Thriller) was one of the first roles in which Kevin Costner broke out of his own stereotype. From Dances with Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams, we felt we knew Costner’s ”type”. In this film, however, with costars Demi Moore and William Hurt, he showed a radically darker side as a serial killer so thorough and successful as to be completely above suspicion. Check out Warcraft (Wednesday, 10.55pm, Premiere), starring Australian actor Travis Fimmel, if only for his performance and the amazing special effects. Based on the famously life-ruining computer game, it was directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) and while it proved a box office disappointment in the US market, its strong showing elsewhere will probably mean a sequel is on the way. Speaking of Aussies and franchises, Terminator: Genisys (Wednesday, 9.30pm, Foxtel Movies More) stars one of the busiest actors around — Jason Clarke ( Everest, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor. Speculation has been running hot about whether Genisys would form a mini-trilogy; the latest is that a firm announcement will come later this year.
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