The Weekend Series: five Netflix Originals to look forward to in 2017
Since the massive success of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, it seems like Netflix has only increased in quality when it comes to its original shows. As more an more people ditch television for streaming services, the demand for such quality material has risen exponentially. Thankfully, Netflix has consistently been up to the task of delivering, as evidenced by 2016’s output (Stranger Things, Master of None, The Crown). Our hopes for 2017 are set extraordinarily high, and we are already salivating at the thought of binge watching some great new content. Here are five shows we are chomping at the bit to watch this year.
Okay, this one isn’t a television show – but it is a Netflix Original film, which is just as exciting! This one comes from Duncan Jones, who you might recognise as the creative mind behind Moon. The story follows Leo (played by Alexander Skarsgård), a mysteriously mute man desperately searching for a missing person. Leo’s journey brings him into conflict with two villains (played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) as he hurriedly searches across a futuristic Berlin cityscape. The film will reportedly blend noir and science fiction in a sublime mix, which is exactly what we have come to expect from a filmmaker such as Duncan Jones.
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Marvel’s The Defenders
We understand that a lot of you are currently going through a bout of superhero fatigue – what with the glut of big screen blockbusters coming out every three months and all – but some of the best comic book-inspired action can actually be found on the small screen. Since Netflix debuted Daredevil in 2015, viewers have been raving about the gritty, unrelenting nature of Marvel’s TV foray. Following on from well-received debut seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist (which will be streaming in the first half of 2017) Marvel’s The Defenders will see all four titular characters team up to save the world from various unnamed terrors. Much like Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America teaming up for The Avengers in 2012, The Defenders will surely be a spectacle worth tuning in for.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
In 2001 Wet Hot American Summer helped launch the careers of some of the world’s best comedic actors. Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and many more familiar faces featured in the cult comedy, which was set at a fictional summer camp in 1981. The hilarious teen film spoof scored a Netflix prequel series in 2015, with all actors reprising their roles despite the age discrepancy between themselves and their characters. This year, the crew will reunite for a second season set ten years after the original film. We’re excited for more of the absurdist humour and gut-busting jokes that made us fall in love with the movie in the first place.
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This one is another Netflix Original film that we are very intrigued by. Okja is a monster movie from Boon Joon-ho, the South Korean director and screenwriter responsible for films such as Snowpiercer and The Host. We are in love with this cast, which features Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yuen and more. This movie is also funded by Brad Pitt’s Plan B studios and is set for release in mid-2017.
Bill Nye Saves The World
We freaking love science! We honestly can’t get enough of it. Although the acclaimed kid’s show Bill Nye the Science Guy didn’t get much love in Australia, those that have grown up with the internet have come to love the brainiac’s unmatched enthusiasm for learning and for science. Bill Nye Saves the World is a forthcoming talk show hosted by Bill Nye, focusing on science and its relationship on the world around it. The show will feature interviews with experts as well as several regular correspondents such as supermodel Karlie Kloss, YouTuber Derek Muller and Australian comedian Nazeem Hussain.
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Honourable mentions: Master of None – Season Two, Iron Fist, Stranger Things – Season Two, Star Trek: Discovery