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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 1 Recap
In 1989, 43 children were born with superpowers, seven of which were adopted by a mysterious and unyielding billionaire named Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore). Raised by the strict and abusive Reginald and a kind caretaking robot named Grace (Jordan Robbins) and a dapper walking, talking primate named Pogo, the seven Hargreaves children are forged into a dysfunctional superhero team called The Umbrella Academy. Rather than call them by their names, Reginald assigned them numbers according to their perceived usefulness.
5 Best New Movies on Netflix in August 2020
Project Power Netflix’s batch of original action movies is pretty hit-and-miss so far, with a tendency to fall in the “yeah, I guess that was ok” zone. They’ve had a bit of a hot streak this year with Extraction and The Old Guard, both flawed films that I still enjoyed immensely, and the trailer for their newest A-list actioner Project Power looks like it might just be extremely my shit. For one thing, it’s damn good to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt back in action on screen after his welcome return with Amazon’s thriller 7500, and he’s got a better-than-average track record when it comes to picking the right scripts.
Best Comedy Shows on Netflix
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Listen, we all miss 30 Rock. That gloriously offbeat tone and pitch-perfect cast made for one of television’s all-time greatest sitcoms, and it will never be replaced. However, the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the next best thing. 30 Rock showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock turn their attention to a “fish out of water” story as Kimmy Schmidt follows Ellie Kemper’s titular character, a woman who was held captive for years in an underground bunker and is now trying to start her life anew in New York City. Not only is the show genuinely hilarious, carrying flourishes of the same snappy goofiness that made 30 Rock so much fun, but the series simultaneously works perfectly as a sexual assault survivor story, making it all the more bold and impactful. First and foremost, though, it’s incredibly funny, with Tituss Burgess turning in a genuine breakout performance. And you’ll have the theme song stuck in your head forever.
The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
The Ritual The Ritual features, hands down, one of the creepiest movie monster creations in recent years. That’s worth a watch by itself. Barton/Nevill’s story may have a familiar setup at the outset, but there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing; a truly traumatic moment that happens early on in the telling will get you to sit up and pay attention because it signals that The Ritual is not your average horror movie.
3 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix
Snowpiercer Before the TV series by the same name arrives on TBS (of all places) in 2020, you’ll want to check out Snowpiercer on Netflix ASAP. Set in a future where a climate-correction experiment gone wrong has killed all life, the last lucky few members of the human race travel aboard the Snowpiercer, a globetrotting train. However, mankind resorts to the same evils that divided themselves against each other for millennia, leading to a class structure that separates and segregates the travelers all along the length of the train. With conflict among the classes comes the escalation to violence and the discovery of awful, awful truths.
Best Animated TV Series on Netflix
Attack on Titan Despite having wrapped its second season last summer, only Season 1 of Attack on Titan is currently available on Netflix. Perhaps Season 2 will arrive in its entirety on the streaming-content platform once Season 3 of the hit anime series arrives with new episodes this July. That should give viewers, new and old, plenty of time to get caught up on the story so far. And it’s a crazy one. Attack on Titan follows Eren Yeager and those around him who comprise the last vestiges of humanity in an era when gigantic humanoids known as Titans feast on their smaller kin. There’s a lot more mystery than answers provided throughout Attack on Titan‘s storytelling, but that’s what makes the experience so engrossing. Season 1 introduces the world and the rules that govern it while quickly teaching viewers not to get too attached to any one character; they might just be gobbled up in an instant. Season 2 deepens the mythology more and actually starts to answer some questions before revealing some absolutely stunning twists and turns. It’s a sometimes gruesome, sometime silly series, but it’s a must-watch nonetheless.
Best Crime Series on Netflix
Bodyguard The opening scene of the first episode of Bodyguard sinks its hooks in you, and the show never really lets up throughout its six-episode first season. The series premiered in the UK to staggering numbers before making its US debut on Netflix, and it follows a metropolitan police officer named David Budd (Richard Madden) who is tasked with guarding the life of Conservative Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) in the midst of a political crisis—namely the debate over how to deal with terrorism. Budd’s personal life and background are slowly revealed throughout the show, forcing the audience to consistently question whether he’s a true hero or a potential villain. If you loved the first season of Homeland, this show is absolutely for you.
The Best Fantasy Shows on Netflix
The Witcher The Witcher is an absolute blast and a half. The fantasy series is indeed very fantasy—it’s more Lord of the Rings than Game of Thrones—but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously and whole-heartedly embraces all aspects of fantasy storytelling and gaming, including fun side-quests, POV battles, and even a bard who follows Henry Cavill’s titular human/creature hybrid around singing songs about his glories. The show’s first season follows three stories destined to converge: Cavill’s Witcher is a muscle-for-hire monster hunter who begins to question why so many princesses have been turning into creatures; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) is a powerful sorceress in training who struggles to keep her emotions in check; and princess Ciri (Freya Allan) is on the run after the sacking of her city, but harbors secrets of her own. Steeped in lore and world building but always engaging, The Witcher is a perfect kind of binge-viewing show.
The Best Sci-Fi Shows on Netflix
Umbrella Academy For those fatigued by the current glut of superhero TV shows and/or movies, The Umbrella Academy is the tonic you need. Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater’s Netflix series, based on the Dark Horse comics by Gerard Way, immediately immerses you in this strange world and establishes that it is playing by its own rules. It’s not always clear what those rules are, but it doesn’t matter because the journey is so much fun.