It’s a very quiet week for new shows. But a pretty decent week for returning shows. The Crown and Ray Donovan both have strong, dedicated viewers.

If you’re scratching around for something new, there’s two new foreign language shows on Netflix. I suspect Mortel is the better of the two, but I have seen neither.

What I have seen was the Netflix movie Earthquake Bird. It’s Alicia Vikander in Japan working as a translator in 1989. She has a mysterious past and death keeps following her everywhere she goes. A quasi-introvert, her world opens up when she starts a relationship with a slightly odd local and is befriended by an American girl (Riley Keogh). It’s a psychological thriller of sorts that is low on thrills, but high on watchability. It’s not quite as weird or bold as it probably needed to be, but I had a decent time with it - the final scene is particularly well conceived.

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The Crown (s3), Ray Donovan (s7), No Activity US (s3), The Dragon Prince (s3), High Seas (s2)


Earthquake Bird - Netflix (US)

Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kiki Sukezane, Kenichi Masuda

An enigmatic translator with a dark past is brought in for questioning after an ex-pat friend, who came between her and her photographer boyfriend, ends up missing and presumed dead.

Watch: Netflix

Mortel - Netflix (France)

Stars: Manon Bresch, Corentin Fila, Fabien Giameluca

A group of French teenagers are bound together by a supernatural force.

Watch: Netflix

Nobody’s Looking - Netflix (Brazil)

Stars: Kéfera Buchmann, Danilo de Moura, Victor Lamoglia

Guardian angel Uli is new to the Angelus System. A rebel spirit, he makes shocking discoveries about life and how the world is run when he goes rogue.

Watch: Netflix