Behold! Brad The Binge-Watcher?!
“Hi Brad! Thanks for joining Netflix. You’re all set to start enjoying TV programmes and films. We’re here to help if you need it” – Netflix.
What do bloggers do when they don’t blog?
They watch Netflix!
Yes, as a special birthday treat this year, Brad finally signed up to the top streaming service.
Had originally intended to join last September, but my laptop detected a virus so immediately denied access to the site. Besides, the urge to unwind “in front of the telly” after loooong increasingly-difficult days refuses to go away, despite hundreds of unappealing terrestrial and satellite channels now churning out a seemingly inexhaustible supply of the most insufferable pap!
Lately, summoning the concentration and energy to sit through entire movies and novels has become an unnecessary pain (grief! Even the quality and quantity of my writing has suffered); therefore, the demand for individual TV episodes to offer me more taut writing and direction has become more pressing than ever.
Okey-dokey, let’s see what Netflix served me during these past few weeks:
Takeshi Kovacs: “I didn’t ask you to bring me back into this world.”
Laurens Bancroft: “All I ask of you is that you solve a murder.”
Takeshi Kovacs: “Whose?”
Laurens Bancroft: “Mine.”
Heard some encouraging publicity surrounding Altered Carbon, a “futuristic thriller” based on the 2002 cyberpunk novel by Richard Morgan. It looked Blade Runneresque, but a tad rougher. Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner, known as Takeshi Kovacs, returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.
Yeah, methinks, let’s give this a go.
However, after a brutal and brooding first half, the pilot episode proved too much of a hefty slog to sit through. Sheesh, if Brad WANTS to be belaboured continuously, monotonously, with unsavoury dialogue and uncontrollable violence, he can hang out any time @ Granny Turnip’s gaff down in our own village! For me, the whole point of watching Netflix shows during the late-night hours is the chance to ESCAPE into bizarre and/or intriguing (hopefully well-written!) worlds, away from the tedium, shocks and inconveniences of “real” life.
The last slice of SF to bring an unsuspecting fella out of a 200-year carbon-freeze was Woody Allen’s Sleeper, an altogether more clever and rib-ticklingly funny adventure.
Nah, gimme Takeshi’s Castle any day, man! 😉
BECAUSE BRAD WATCHED ALTERED CARBON:
Lost In Space:
This version of the classic ’60s series has been totally revamped for the SJW crowd to such an extent that the makers forgot that annoying little matter known as The Script… It took me FOUR attempts to slog through the pilot episode, so felt no compulsion to click onto Episode 2. It’s oh-so-woke it ‘urts…
The Umbrella Academy:
“What if Wes Anderson made a superhero movie?” This intriguing – and, let’s face it, one heckuvan irresistible! – pitch drew me towards this series (based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name), but the pilot episode’s languid pace proved to be such an unexpected struggle. A pity, as one really hoped to enjoy this…
But never fear!
It still resides on My List, so there is plenty of time and opportunity to return and reassess it. Besides, Pogo is quite an intriguing character, so am looking forward to catch more of him 🙂
Oh, Good Lord, no. Avoiding this rubbish at the cinema became one of my Greatest Achievements of 2016…
The Royal Cake-Maker: “I think you will be very pleased with the revised cake, Your Highness!”
King Zog: “Nice likeness, competent lattice-work; moving down… Sugar columns seem structurally-sound; back looks good, and just a cursory glance at the bottom tier and it says: “Get Bent Dad.” Isn’t that- WHAT?!!
Matt Groening’s latest animation project: Disenchantment, intended as animated fare for adults, caught my eye upon its release last August.
Even me Mum laughed when she first saw the portrait of its goofy-toothed anti-heroine: Princess Tiabeanie (or Bean for short). Her co-anarchists: Elfo and Luci (that weird cat!) are irresistible; thankfully, the snazzy scripts are uproariously funny, with lines and visual gags delivered at a rate more rapid-fire than yer standard trebuchet. And it’s difficult to select a fav character – another promising sign! Hard to believe it’s received mixed reviews – roll on Season Two already!
They didn’t have to put Bowie on the trailer – this already held a high place on my Watchlist.
Actually, one had wolfed down the whole Season before completing the first episode of Altered Carbon! Perhaps the latter should have invested in a laughing horse…
Elfo: “You do the slightest thing here and everyone freaks out! It’s like they’ve all got peppermint sticks up their asses.”
Kissy: “Ooh yeah! Your whining really turns me on…!”
The Elf King: “Kissy! What in humping heaven is going on?!”
Kissy: “Nothing, father!”
The Elf King: “Weirdo doesn’t take his pants off for nothing! Elfo! This is the last straw! You’re going to be punished!”
Elfo: “What are you going to do? Give me a paddling with a big wallypop?”
BECAUSE BRAD WATCHED DISENCHANTMENT:
From elves to leotards?? Now that makes sense… …
Hey… didn’t we already-? How does enjoying a medieval fantasy cartoon make me want to watch THIS as well?! No Thank You!
Sure, why not? At the very least, it’ll be interesting to compare this with Marvel’s very own hot-headed, Harlem hard-hitter: Luke Cage.
OHO! Speaking of that bullet-proof bro…
“Sweet Christmas!” – Luke Cage.
Back in the day, one ish of Power Man and Iron Fist somehow found its way into my initial stash of comics, and into my heart. A considerable portion of my recent Bronze Age expeditions has concentrated on acquiring more ishs.
In addition to being brash and super-tough, Luke Cage had an amusing penchant for yellow silk shirts and the peculiar habit of yelling: “Christmas!” during the more shocking moments of any of his action-packed capers. Both seasons of his TV series couldn’t possibly incorporate those particular character traits.
Or could they…?
Mike Colter nails the indestructible titular protagonist, and the supporting cast – especially Alfre Woodard as the local corrupt politician and Mahershala Ali as her gangland cousin: Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes – are also impressive. And, of course, the theme tune is pretty slinky too.
It isn’t until the excellent Episode 4: Step Into The Arena, that we discover how Luke acquired his super-strength and bulletproof skin. Realising that he now has the power to punch through walls with his bare fists, he – yes! – utters the above cool line. During his prison-break, he nabs some clothes from a washing line, including – yes! – a yellow silk shirt.
Ultimately, you’ve got one happy viewer here 🙂
Good gravy, Ms Evans – playing herself as one of the acts @ Cottonmouth‘s club – certainly knows how to get on the good foot!
Ain’t it funky now!
BECAUSE BRAD WATCHED LUKE CAGE:
It’s great to learn that Luke’s partner in Heroes For Hire acquired his own TV series too, but personally, not too sure about the choice of actor for the titular role, though. Nevertheless, will sample the pilot and take it from there. Ta very much!
Bronze Age Boy here is unfamiliar with this particular modern Marvel character, but you can’t escape those rave reviews for this series, now into its third season. So, naturally, one is curious to find out what all the fuss is about.
Oh yes please! Despite NOT featuring Dr. Strange, nor Valkyrie (not even The Hulk!), once Luke and Jessica’s respective series have been gorged, then this will be the logical progression.
Aww… and you were doing so well… …
Landry: “We’re not going to stay and fight?!”
Godfrey: “There are too many of them! We must make sure the Grail is safe!”
Landry: “What about Acre?!”
Godfrey: “All is lost. We meet at the docks. Get the Grail! NOW!”
Personally, this next choice is rather special.
Templar History has fascinated me for several years. Here in Southern England, a 900-year-old Templar church still holds regular services in the adjacent village; and in the next town, what had served as the regional House of Templars lies at the bottom of the river (that changed course over 400 years ago.)
Fortunately, Knightfall (originally shown on History channel) made for engrossing viewing. Beginning with a suitably cinematic portrayal of the Siege of Acre in 1291, the ensuing drama of intrigue and infamy, brotherhood and betrayal, never lets up.
Of course, there is another – more urgent! – reason for gorging on this opening season. In an intrepid – albeit shrewd – piece of casting, Season Two is graced by the addition to the cast of none other than Mark Hamill! For the last few years, this first-generation Star Wars follower hoped to catch a wizened, bearded Master impart his sage advice to young initiates…
Never realized that such a joyous spectacle would come, instead, in the most unlikely form of a drama series set in medieval France!
Worryingly, it’s been a whole month since completing Season One, and there’s still no dickie bird as to when Netflix plan to play Season Two. Hmm, would subjecting myself to Suicide Squad help… rectify this matter? Uff, seems such a hefty price to pay…
This, below, is just a sample of what we’re missing:
Say! Who gets the tingles when he says: “…an impenetrable force“?! 😉
BECAUSE BRAD WATCHED KNIGHTFALL
A Series Of Unfortunate Events:
Sounds like it could be the title to my Autobiography… Actually, that esteemed tome will be known as:
“From Brad To Worse: How To Survive A Whole Night Stuck In A Flamin’ Elevator Wth Marky “Mark” Frickin’ Wahlberg”
Harrowing reading? Uff, tell me about it…
Transformers: The Last Knight:
BWAHAHAHAHA!! Oh go away… Actually, best move on pretty sharpish meself before they recommend
GAH!! Phooey, fiddlesticks and flapdoodle!! (Oof, pardon my French) Oh, fer cake’s sake, this is gettin’ RIDICULOUS. Honestly, what part of “No Means No” don’tcha fellas NOT understand…?!
Ash Vs. The Evil Dead:
AHA! My dear Netflix, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship…
Ash: “Yeah, we were just passing through – thought we’d pop in and say hi!”
Kelly’s Mum: “Why are you covered in blood?”
Ash: “Um, we hit a deer on the way up here, and when I tried to pull it out of the grill, the sucker just exploded all over us…! So we had to cut it up with my chainsaw… arm.”
Kelly’s Pop: “I’m actually a hunter and I’ve never seen a deer explode.”
Ash: “Well, maybe you’re not huntin’ the right deer…”
Now THIS is more like it!
Confession time: Ash Vs. The Evil Dead was my Second Main Reason for signing up to Netflix. You can probably guess what the First happened to be; let’s just say that: in forthcoming Posts, Things will be getting a whole lot Stranger on Bradscribe 😉
Ash Williams is one of the legendary characters in horror movie history and, as you may recall, holds an eternally-reserved place in Brad’s Badass Brigade Three decades after the original cinematic mayhem, this series opens with Ash Williams – played as always by the irrepressible Bruce Campbell – trying to carry on a “normal” life, hidden away in some deadend trailer park, “working” at a local DIY depot. Yet after some decidedly dodgy pot-addled shenanigans, the NecronomIcon is inadvertently opened once more, and a new wave of deadites lurch forth into our long-sufferin’ mortal plain.
And before you can say: “Suicide Squad is a right loada’ cobblers!!” Ash has reverted to his old uncompromising ways: shooting! slashing! mincing! and screwing! his trusty chainsaw back onto ol’ stumpy to gain the upper (ahem) hand.
Yay, the brawling badass with the boomstick is back!!
And what a barmy, Bradshit bonkers – but brilliant! – bloodfest this series is too. It’s great to see Sam Raimi return to ensure that this wild and wacky ride works, and hear Bruce Campbell spout some truly hilarious one-liners in his own inimitable style. Such a supercool soundtrack too!
It is one of those immutable laws: whatever Ash gets up to, Brad will always be keen to see what develops!
There was a time (many many moons ago, you understand!) when the goriest horror vids passed thro my rickety ol’ VCR; but, eventually, it seemed as though one had “grown out” of such explicit tomfoolery…
Nevertheless, the prospect of an Evil Dead TV series seemed just too groovy to resist.
A fella of my age?! Indulging in such an outrageous, gory, undeniably imbecilic freakshow?!
HELL yeah! Guilty as charged, baby! 😉
Ash: “You were right, no more running.”
Pablo: “It’s good to see you, Jefe!”
Ash: “Good to be back.”
Pablo: “How does it feel?”