GLOW

I’ve had a hard time really getting into TV shows of late (other than Twin Peaks and Better Call Saul), and so was pretty excited to see GLOW finally show up on Netflix. The premise sounded great — the making of a women’s wrestling show in the 80s — and the trailer I’d seen looked awesome. I’ve just watched the first episode, but really enjoyed it, and I think this is going to be right up my alley. I haven’t been in love with anything from Netflix since the second season of Master of None (having a hard time getting into the new seasons of Kimmy and House of Cards), so it’s good to get this.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)

Strangely, I’m having a hard time finding the drive to watch this new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I loved the first two seasons to death, and was super excited to get a new season last month. But I’ve watched the first 2-3 episodes, and they’re just not hitting for me. I don’t think it’s awful, but I’m not laughing like I used to, and I just feel a bit bored watching them — the musical sequence with Titus was a chore to watch for me, yet I’ve loved all the ones he’s done in the past. I’m not sure if it’s just that I haven’t been in the right mood to watch it, and I do plan on watching more, but I’m quite surprised by my lack of enthusiasm for season 3 so far.

Master of None (Season 2)

The second season of Master of None is just perfect (and the first season was pretty damn great too). It debuted on Netflix yesterday, and I watched the whole thing — episodes 1-2 at lunch time, and then 3-10 non-stop in the evening. I just loved it so damn much. Each episode feels like this perfect little movie (sort of like the second season of Louie did), and the episodes directed by Ansari were especially great (loved the opener in black & white). And that episode 6, just fantastic. The strength of the series is that it doesn’t usually go where you would assume it would go with something, and each story is just so captivating (for the most part, I’d say the weakest bit is the whole Chef Jeff bit). I’m just sad that I’ve now watched it all, and have another year to wait for another season (if there is one). Oh, and the ending was just perfect.

Lucas Brothers: On Drugs

I saw this stand-up special pop up on Netflix, and since I’ve found these two to be pretty funny in the past — mostly in cameos — I decided to watch it, and really liked it. It doesn’t have huge laughs, but I found myself constantly giggling throughout — I mostly like their laidback vibe, and the kinda stupid jokes they make (like the “OJ Joke Trilogy” bit).

The Get Down (Part 2)

I absolutely loved this series, and couldn’t wait for the second part of its first season to come out. Well, it’s out, it’s short (only 5 episodes), and now that I’m on the 3rd episode I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed. I’m still enjoying the performances immensely, but the story is falling flat for me. I kinda wish each episode was just wall-to-wall performances by the The Get Down Brothers.

Samurai Gourmet

This past Sunday I binged the entire season of Samurai Gourmet, a new series that was just added to Netflix. It’s a Japanese series that tells the story of a 60-year-old man who just entered retirement, and starts enjoying his post-work life through the lens of simple joys that he rediscovers, which pretty much all resolve around eating good food, while enjoying a good beer. I love this show to death — I think it’s because I’m completely going to be this guy at that point in my life (and I already tend to enjoy food the way he does). This is one of my new favorite series, and I really hope they make a second season.

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.