Due to an upcoming move, our satellite service is mothballed and I have reconnected with the largely forgotten joys of Netflix. Ya’ know what? There is an absolute butt-ton of incredibly cool shows out there, most of them either totally unknown to me or relegated to the ‘yeah i gotta watch that sometime’ & promptly forgotten realm. In the last few weeks I have sat through the entirety of the following shows. Every one was worth it, and I can’t wait to see what I find next!
I might have skipped this entirely because the title is so similar to thirtysomething, and decent as that show might have been, I was looking for lighter fare that day. On the combined strength of Hugh Laurie & Benedict Cumberbatch I took a shot. Loved it. Quirky and just a little bit out there, it was exactly what I was looking for. I tend to enjoy most everything of Brit origin I watch and this one was no exception.
Being a closet aficionado of bargain basement old-school special effects, I have to say I am not a fan of CGI. In this case, it works. You never really expect ILM level quality, and I don’t honestly think I would have enjoyed this nearly as much without the faintly hokey computer generation. Again, it’s a Brit show, which gets it bonus points at the get-go. Andrew Potts and Hannah Spearritt made it for me, and I will definitely be watching out for him in the future.
I watched at this during the original second season and part of the third but lost interest when the alternate timeline started. Watched it straight through in about a week this time, and actually really enjoyed the timeline plot. Although some of the changes upon return to the new reality didn’t set well with me at first, I really enjoyed where they took it afterwards. It certainly did pump new life and interest into the series as a whole.
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This one I had never heard of, and actually knew nothing about any of the main actors except Bill Bailey. All I knew of Bailey was that he voiced the whale in Hitchiker’s Guide. I am now in absolute awe of Tamsin Grieg and Dylan Moran as well as Bailey. Yay for Brit shows, because they never let me down.