Normally I end up seeing movies over the holidays, but I have a lot more family in town than usual and the nearest theater closed down, so it’s been a holiday full of netflix. And of networks putting their new shows for January up early. Roughly best to worst:
- Making a Murderer is a Netflix original documentary series, and for some reason I was the only one hooked after the first episode. Or at least really curious to continue after the first, which told a fairly straightforward story but ended with a “holy shit” twist.
- I watched season 2 of Broadchurch, despite only having seen the first season of the American one. Yet it took only half an episode to figure out who was who and I wasn’t lost at all (I didn’t know that the cute girl from Attack the Block was the dead kid’s mom, or that the lady from Mitchell and Webb was the female cop). Anyway, I didn’t know there was room for a second season, but it actually worked pretty well. And supposedly they’re going to work on a third one.
- Colony is an upcoming USA scifi-ish series, which also has a sneak preview thing here (use code CLNY815). It’s co-created by Carlton Cuse and stars Josh Holloway, Lori from The Walking Dead, and Taub from House. It’s set in near future Los Angeles, which is walled off from the surrounding areas and has become a colony of some mysterious outside group. I might need to re-watch the pilot when it comes along, because I was tired when I watched this and may have dozed off for part, but it seems like it’ll maybe be ok.
- Second Chance is Fox’s upcoming also scifi-ish series about a guy who comes back from the dead to apparently solve crimes, the pilot of which is here. It stars the jackass Aussie son from Pacific Rim (who is apparently British, but his American accent is straight up bad), Tim DeKay, Philip Baker Hall, Amanda Detmer who is apparently now old enough to be playing a middle-aged woman which makes me feel old, and some random people including some cute girls. It’s a complicated setup for what looks like a mildly scifi procedural. I’ll give it a couple episodes, and if his accent doesn’t annoy me too much and they figure out some good cases of the week, it could be decent.
- Doc Martin is kind of a vaguely Northern Exposure-ish show, it’s about a stuffy London surgeon having to be a quaint seaside English town doctor, and dealing with all the weird characters there. It was ok, but not interesting enough to go past two episodes.
- Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life is an upcoming Fox comedy that has its pilot on youtube here. It sorta resembles that movie with Logan Huntzberger about being a 20-something partying douchebag in trouble? It stars a bunch of people I don’t recognize, and also omnipresent Asian girl Liza Lapira and the guy in the Hangover who never does anything and might also be the other guy in the National Treasure movies. Pass.
And I still haven’t gotten around to F is for Family, the Bill Burr animated Netflix series.