T’s Take: What I’m Binging on Netflix (Ep.1)

  • Money Heist (Le Casa del Papel). Spanish. Do yourself a favour and watch it in subtitles. You might pick up a few works, but more importantly, listening in the original language really conveys the emotion — the drama — the intensity of the characters even if you’re reading it below. I like this series because it makes you question who are the ‘bad guys’. Real life is never black and white and neither are the roles in this show. Nairobi and Berlin were my favourite characters — make of that what you will. The series does a good job at keeping each episode suspenseful, but also adding in elements of kindness, empathy, and sadness. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself playing Bella Ciao on repeat.
  • Schitt’s Creek (series finale). Canadian. I’ve watched this show since day 1 on CBC. It’s a funny story of a family that fell from riches, finding themselves with nothing but their clothing and a motel. The humour builds with each season and the characters become more and more endearing. It’s got an almost cult following, with notable sayings like Ew, David and Bebe. I like this series because it paints a picture of the good things in this world and the acceptance and love that we should strive for. I read somewhere that it represents everything good in this world and I completely agree. The ending was bittersweet — sobs throughout.
  • Snowpiercer. American. What would you do if the world was ending? I’m not usually one for post-apocalyptic thrillers, but I wanted to see the adaptation on Bong Joon Ho’s film. I was a couple months out of watching Parasite (and shook) and still thinking about it. Snowpiercer is an interesting critique on society, capitalism, and the climate emergency. It’s full of suspense but makes you ask yourself some interesting questions.
  • The Queen’s Gambit. American. A 2020 list couldn’t be complete without the Queen’s Gambit. Never did I think chess could be so interesting. I loved seeing a strong female lead and the struggles that come with being a global sensation. The details and quality of this period-drama are excellent, and you’ll find yourself transported into an old world.
  • Trial of the Chicago 7. American. This is one of the films that really stood out to me. It’s a historical drama about a 1969 trial. Parts of this movie — and the corruption it depicted — made me so angry. It also has meaningful content on race and the realities of the justice system at that time. It is an important reminder of the inequalities in society, and the importance of equal access to justice for all. Thinking back now, there are a lot of similarities to world events we’ve seen in the last year.
  • Home for Christmas (Hjem til jul). Norwegian. The happiest series in the bunch and one of my proudest Netflix discoveries. Don’t let the Christmas vibes dissuade you. I found myself smiling throughout. It’s the kind of show that just feels good. I like that it flips some of the gender stereotypes of dating and challenges some of our preconceived opinions. Plus, it always delivers a few laughs.

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Politics & Pop Culture. Global thinker. My opinions only.

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