During December I ditched Netflix in favour of reading books, but this month I’m back to my old self and have been racing through plenty of TV shows and films. From documentaries to paranormal dramas and Netflix’s latest original series, here’s what I’ve been watching lately.
1. The OA
Netflix have done it again with their latest original series, The OA. I wouldn’t describe myself as a sci-fi/fantasty fan at all, but something about this series just totally drew me in and I finished all 8 episodes within a couple of days. The series begins with Prairie (Brit Marling) returning to her parents after having been missing for 7 years – and strangely, she has got her sight back despite being blind since she was a little girl.
Through becoming friends with a mis-matched bunch of people, Prairie tells the story of her near death experience, where she’s been all this time, how she got her sight back, and why she needs her new friends to help her travel though space and time. It’s very hard to describe (and I’m not doing it justice at all) so just go watch it! The ending left more questions than answers, so I’m already looking forward to series two.
Australian drama Glitch is a modern-day zombie tale, similar to the likes of The Returned. Small-town police officer James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) gets caught up in a mystery when several local people return from the dead – all unaware who they are, how they died or why they’ve been brought back. Things are further complicated when he realises one of the “glitches” is Kate, his wife who died a couple of years previously. Hayes tries to keep things secret in order to work out what’s going on, but inevitably there are plenty of hiccups along the way.
Again, this was a series that left plenty of questions at the end of it. The Australian network that made it haven’t made plans for any further episodes, although I was glad to hear that Netflix recently picked up Glitch for a second series, so hopefully it will be coming soon. This was something I watched on a whim, never having heard of it before, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
If you spend any time on Youtube, chances are you’ll have come across Miranda Sings before. I had seen a few of her videos – although I’d never really watched in depth – but thought I’d give Haters Back Off a go when it launched as an original series on Netflix. The comedy character of Miranda (Colleen Ballinger) is given a back story and a family, and we see her try to achieve fame – despite her terrible singing voice and even worse attitude – on Youtube and in the real world.
It’s a fun little show with quirky characters, amusing storylines and oddball jokes. It reminded me of the sort of awkward, weird humour of Napoleon Dynamite – so if you like that sort of thing definitely give this a go, even if you’re not a Miranda Sings fan already.
4. The Witness
And now for something completely different! I’m a big fan of true crime documentaries, but many of them are pretty rubbish. Luckily, The Witness wasn’t rubbish at all. Looking into the Kitty Genovese case – which I knew a little bit about but not the finer details – the documentary follows Kitty’s brother William as he delves into the case 50 years on from her murder.
The murder was never really discussed within the family, with the memories and subsequent press coverage being too painful to process. In an attempt to find out the truth about what happened, William returns to the scene of the crime, interviews key figures and friends of Kitty’s, and even talks to the murderer’s son. It’s a very emotional journey and is a fascinating look into how murder not only affects the family of the victim, but also how it can impact on press reporting, laws and legal procedures and public reaction to crime. Definitely worth a watch.
What have you been watching lately?