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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television -

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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