It’s a new year and that means… data caps! My region was lucky to avoid having those for all these years but we’re now getting capped starting this month, with some grace time, and I’ll admit that with a family of four with very different tastes, we gotta be careful how much we do stream. So I made sure to finish out some big shows last month and will probably be a touch choosier going forward, though we’re supposed to be getting some options on how to manage it for those who want “real” unlimited. Oh boy.
We’ve mostly whittled away our list of shows to watch in several of our streaming service queues so we’re definitely in a good place.
Current Netflix queue: I Am Woman, Rebecca, Cool Hand Luke, Firefly Lane
HBO Max queue: David Bowie: The Last Five Years, The Flight Attendant, The Undoing, Tolkein, Jojo Rabbit, Watchmen TV, Westworld S3
Hulu queue: Das Boot, Swing Things, I Kill Giants, They Shall Not Grow Old
With little promotion for the series that went outside of its targeted areas – I didn’t see anything in general on this and no heavy push – Resident Alien arrived. While catching up on the first two episodes, the NBC app dropped the third episode early so I was able to get into that. The show definitely has an amusing ensemble cast overall but it’s going to live or die by Alan Tudyk. He’s fantastic in most things he’s in but there’s definitely a lot to like here, especially by including the narration. When he was able to do that in Doom PAtrol as well it definitely helped to add something special and his style of it here definitely works. With three episodes under its belt, it’s a safe one to keep watching even if I expect Syfy will cancel it at any point.
We’ve made it a few episodes into Babylon 5 to watch now that it’s on HBO Max and it’s definitely been fun. My mother hasn’t seen it since the original broadcast in the early 90s while my daughter has never seen it. There are things that obviously have not aged well and it’s very much a product of its time, but the story and characters have enough to draw you into it and keep you engaged to see where it’s going to go. It’s just so good to get back to seeing Kosh and knowing so many of the threads that it’ll tug.
I wrapped up season three of Disenchantment pretty quickly but it’s one of those situations where there was fun in the moments but it’s a largely unmemorable show. I do think there’s some creative stuff going on in here but it’s one that just doesn’t click as strongly for me overall. I suspect some of that is a shift of being serialized versus episodic series like Futurama and Simpsons are but it also just has a lower stakes feeling at times. I definitely like the cast across the board and there’s a lot of good moments throughout this.
I was putting off watching more Superstore after season 4 because I didn’t want to get deep into an immigration storyline in season 5 but also because it would bring me to season six, the final one that’s airing now, and all of its COVID-ness. The series is one that has to play to it for obvious reasons (I prefer shows that aren’t dealing with it; I have to deal with it in real life, I’d prefer to not bring it into my escapism) and it works well in seeing the characters deal with the situation and some of the meta-humor of it all.
Beyond that, it’s been sticking mostly to the familiar sitcoms with Call Me Kat, Call Your Mother, Mr. Mayor and especially The Unicorn. I did discover that the relaunch of Mad About You is on Amazon so I’m slowly trying that out because the show was a huge favorite in the 90s of mine. Some things you get wary about coming back to.
In catching up on older things that I’ve got in my collection that I’ve revisited while working, it’s an odd mix this week. Over the course of the week, I’ve background watched:
- Superman III
- Untamed Heart (so good!)
- 1998’s Twilight
- Whiteout (Japan 2000)
- The Wind Rises
- Wall Street
- MiB 2019
- Much Ado About Nothing
And introduced my daughter to Office Space, which was hilarious as she didn’t know that this is where so many memes came from, especially the whole printer destruction sequence. It’s great when a classic I enjoyed a lot before she was even born becomes a connecting point.
What did you watch this past week?