The -ber months are here and aside from the excitement for Christmas, one of the things I’m looking forward to is Halloween. Yes, I’m a scaredy-cat but that doesn’t mean I can’t dip my toes in something leaning towards horror. Netflix is prepared for the season and they will be streaming The Haunting of Hill House, a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel.
We Filipinos love anime so it comes as no surprise that Netflix is turning their eye to this genre, with new shows and renewed seasons. Some of the titles coming our way are the new Ultraman, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, and Cannon Busters, as well as new seasons of Aggretsuko and Castlevania.
One of my favorite Netflix shows is The Crown, which illustrates the rise of Queen Elizabeth II, the current Queen of the United Kingdom and the longest currently-reigning monarch, having served as the Queen since 1952. The show is an extravagantly-told tale with extravagance, elegance, pomp, and grandeur.
The thing about The Crown is that every two seasons, the cast will change to reflect the Queen’s age. Each season is set in a decade so it’s going to look kind of weird if she hasn’t aged 20 years for the third season. Claire Foy, who brilliantly portrayed the royal’s vulnerability and strength, will soon be replaced by Olivia Colman and Netflix just released her first look.
When I finished watching the first season of the rebooted Queer Eye, the first thing I thought of was, “When is the next season coming out?” My prayers were answered because just four months after the show premiered, the second season came out!
If you’ve been living under a rock and you have no idea who Jonathan Van Ness is, Queer Eye is a reality show that followed five gay guys as they gave “make-betters” to clueless straight men. The reboot has an entirely different cast made up of Jonathan for grooming, Tan France for fashion, Bobby Berk for interiors, Antoni Porowski for cooking, and Karamo Brown for culture. And while the original (which aired from 2003 to 2007) was fun and light, the reboot was so much more. It was heartfelt and empowering, and I found myself crying in many of the episodes.
Queer Eye‘s second season continues the Fab Five’s mission and I decided to rank all eight episodes:
As they say, space is the final frontier. And it’s a frontier that Netflix tells so well with Lost in Space, a modern-day adaptation of the ’60s series (itself an adaptation of the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson). In the series, Earth is falling apart so everyone is flying off to colonize a new planet. The result is a lush, intelligent, and compelling look at the lengths people would go to just to survive.
If you enjoyed the K-drama Descendants of the Sun and Goblin, you might enjoy this upcoming series that will be available for streaming on Netflix this month. Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. marine officer. He ironically falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.
Lately I’ve been watching a lot of sci-fi content so I decided to rest my overworked brain and go for something light. Suddenly I craved for a fun romantic comedy that doesn’t demand much from my brain cells, like the stellar Lost in Space (review soon!) and my catch-up of all the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And just when I needed something to warm my cold heart during the rainy season, Set It Up was made available on the streaming platform. It was just what I needed.
Technology has become so ingrained in our daily lives that there are people who use it to stalk and manipulate others. This concept is what drives You, an upcoming Netflix series starring Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley and Pretty Little Liars‘ Shay Mitchell.