6 SHOWS TO WATCH ON YOUR LOCAL NETFLIX
Here are six shows we’ve picked out that may tickle your fancy.
The 100 is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where what’s left of humanity now lives in a revolving space station called the Ark. Eventually, 100 teenagers – all ‘criminals’ who have been spared the airlock fate because they are not yet 18 – are sent to the ground to test if the Earth has become inhabitable again. That sparks off a daring concoction of non-stop action, heart-wrenching betrayals, and thoughtprovoking questions about how far one should go to survive.
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin is a side-splitting mix of drama, romance, and all manner of intrigue involving drug cartels, bodies buried in concrete and nefarious plots. For those of you who shun romantic comedies because you find them sappy, Jane the Virgin will make you rethink the genre. It’s refreshingly self-aware, leveraging existing tropes and well-worn plot lines – love triangles and illicit affairs! – and turning them to its own ends. This is satire at its best and most unpretentious.
| MARCH 2016
If you think The Big Bang Theory is getting a bit stale, you may want to check out Brooklyn Nine-Nine to get your daily fix of laughter. Set in the fictional 99th precinct of the New York Police Department, the show is a charming take on the standard cop show. Its cast of colorful characters shares a repertoire of sharply written lines, acerbic wit, and scenes that play on age-old police tropes for fresh entertainment value.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Basically, if you liked Daredevil, you’ll like Jessica Jones. Done up in the same gritty, hard-boiled fashion, Jessica Jones tells the story of a superhero that is only too human, having to grapple daily with past traumas and the struggle of doing right by those she cares for. In a sense, it’s a superhero show without all the gratuitous spandex, posturing and bicep flexing. But for those of you who watch superhero flicks purely for the action, there’s plenty of that as well, and plenty of collateral damage along the way.
As a work of speculative fiction, Black Mirror is unnervingly relevant to our times, a sharp examination of the dark places that new technologies could lead us to. All the recent clamor over green technologies? One Black Mirror episode is set in a world where everyone must cycle on exercise bikes to generate electricity. Each episode stands on its own, but they’re all incisive commentaries on the technologies and debates that dominate public discourse today.
Fans of Gothic horror and literature will love this one. The show draws inspiration from the mainstays of 19th-century fiction, featuring an eclectic mix that includes Victor Frankenstein and his Creature, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and even Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray. To cap that all off, the show also grapples with other supernatural elements like werewolves, witches, and demonic possessions, all tossed together in a titillating stew of Gothic horror and dark, foreboding sets.