Iron Fist

Let me start by stating how I feel about the Marvel Netflix series so far: I thought the first season of Daredevil was fantastic, and I was especially wowed by Fisk and the great fight choreography; season 2 of Daredevil was a disappointment, and although I liked the portrayal of The Punisher, I felt that sticking him in court for a half a season was beyond boring; I very much disliked Jessica Jones, too dour with frustratingly slow development, and the only reason I watched the entire season was because I kept hoping it would right itself; I loved Luke Cage for the first half of the season, but then I felt it lost its way after they got rid of Cottonmouth. So Iron Fist, which arrives with horrible reviews. I used to be excited for this series — after seeing the exciting fight scenes in Daredevil, I thought we’d get that and more with Iron Fist. Alas, two episodes in, although I’m not hating the show like I did Jessica Jones, it is hugely disappointing to see such uninspired fight scenes. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the end of the season, but I’m at least still willing to give it a few more episodes.

Santa Clarita Diet

The latest series I’ve been watching during lunch time at work with colleagues (I started a “Watch Club,” and so far we’ve watched Crazy Head and Medici) is Santa Clarita Diet, and I’m absolutely loving it so far (from the first two episodes). Funny as hell, and yet it gets pretty dark — and gory — but in a deliciously ridiculous way. Great job by both Barrymore and Olyphant — the latter a revelation as a comedic actor. Can’t wait to watch the rest of the season.

Katherine Ryan: In Trouble

I’d never heard of Katherine Ryan, but I saw her Netflix comedy special, In Trouble, pop up while I was browsing for something to watch and was in the mood for some laughs. I ended up really enjoying her routine — I definitely do tend to enjoy crass comedy from female comics (think Sarah Silverman, Ali Wong, Amy Schumer). Ends up she’s Canadian and has been based in the UK for a few years, which probably explains why I hadn’t heard of her. Definitely worth watching, very funny.

Cyborg 009: The Call of Justice

Although I’ve heard of the franchise, I’ve never actually read or watched any Cyborg 009. I saw that a new series just debuted on Netflix, and so decided to watch the first episode. So far so good — the episode does a good job of setting up the whole thing, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything even though I’m new to the series. Produced by Production I.G, it’s CG-animated with a traditional anime-look — sort of like what you see in Ajin and Knights of Sidonia, but I’d say not as successful. But it’s not to say that it looks bad, and I’m interested in giving it a few more episodes.

Abstract: The Art of Design

I was quite looking forward to watching this documentary series that just debuted on Netflix this weekend, following the tease from Scott Dadich in the latest issue of Wired (Dadich is Executive Producer on the series). I watched the first episode, covering one of my favorite illustrators, Christoph Niemann. It’s really well done, with slick animation used throughout to highlight the work, and I love the mix of interviews and staging to illustrate a point. Can’t wait to watch the rest.

Riverdale

I didn’t think I’d watch this series — although I was kinda interested when I heard it had a Twin Peaks influence, I didn’t think I wanted to watch an Archie show. But it popped up on Netflix (here in Canada), and so I thought it might be fun to watch with my wife (who likes mysteries, and Twin Peaks). Two episodes in, and I like it enough to keep watching — just like we watched all of the Scream TV show. I wish it focused more on the murder and mystery, but the cast is likeable enough (Jugghead is pretty lame so far though), and it’s actually really well shot, with some beautiful natural lighting at times. I do hope it gets darker and weirder.

Medici: Masters of Florence

For our lunch time “Watch Club” at work, after we got done watching Crazyhead, we moved on to this, and so far it’s been pretty good (we’ve watched the first 4 episodes of 8). It’s a pretty decent story, with a good cast, and hey, who doesn’t like watching Robb Stark. The only thing that bugs me a bit is that Dustin Hoffman is in this, and although he does a fine job in terms of acting, it just always annoys me when you hear an American accent within an entirely British cast, for a European period piece. But still, it’s quite good, and yet another show I’m thankful to see on Netflix.

Marco Polo (Season 2)

As I mentioned not too long ago, I finally got around to watching season 1 of Marco Polo, and now I’m halfway through season 2. Like I said then, I’ve really come to enjoy this show, and I’m a bit bummed that we won’t be getting any more seasons.

Crazyhead

I recently watched this with some friends at work during lunch time (we’d watch an episode every day), and it made for some really fun watching. Yes, it’s pretty much a British take on Buffy, but it still feels like its own thing, and was definitely even more darkly funny. I’d love to get another season of this.

Marco Polo (Season 1)

I watched the first episode of this Netflix series quite a while ago, around the time it came out, and remember thinking it was alright, and I was planning on watching more, but never got around to it. Following my recent HK film viewing spree, I was reminded of this series, and so dived back in (from episode 2), and I find myself really liking it (I’ve watched 3 more episodes). It’s a lot of stuff I love – big armies, kung-fu, asian culture – and so it’s a wonder I didn’t really get caught up into it earlier. I’m looking forward to watching both seasons now, and a bit sad that Netflix has already announced that they won’t be producing any more seasons (I guess it hasn’t been the hit they were hoping – or required to justify what must be huge production costs).