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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Streaming - 02 April 2021
The new and returning TV shows from the US and Australia.
The big disappointment for this week is new HBO Max series Made For Love. An incredibly promising trailer, but the show itself is a really limp Black Mirror wannabe. It’s watchable, but doesn’t sparkle the way one might hope.
The absolute gem of the week is the new Australian drama Wakefield. It’s a drama set in a psychiatric hospital and while it occasionally ventures into familiar One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest territory, there’s quite a lot more going on in the series. The biggest problem the series has is its opener - a really tired story with Dan Wyllie at the centre of it. If you can get past that (it’s the first 15 mins or so of the first episode), the show starts to reveal itself in some really unique ways. It’s good and you really are missing out if you don’t at least get through to the end of that first episode.
There’s full reviews for both shows in this week’s Screen Watching podcast.
Something that has surprised me is just how invested I am in the Marvel series Falcon and The Winter Soldier. It’s scratching a viewing itch of mine that I hadn’t realised needed scratching. It’s an 80s cop buddy comedy-drama, but with a liberal dose of comic book superhero action mixed in. That show is great fun and I’m quite literally antsy as I type this, waiting for the new episode in just a few hours time.
On the Screen Watching podcast this week Dan and Simon run through the big news of the week, including the Game of Thrones Broadway musical, the cancellation of American Gods, casting announcements for Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ and The Dropout on Hulu (that's the series about Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes), support for Aussie cinemas with SCREEN, and the return of CSI with CSI: Las Vegas.
You’ll also hear reviews:
Made For Love (HBO Max / Stan)
Nobody (Playing in cinemas now)
The Father (Playing in cinemas now)
Wakefield (ABC iView)
Tom & Jerry (In cinemas now)
And Simon interviews Disclosure director Michael Bentham.
Stars: Rudi Dharmalingam, Geraldine Hakewill, Mandy McElhinney Nikhil Katira is a psychiatric nurse working at Wakefield, a facility perched on the edge of Australia's spectacular Blue Mountains. There's one problem - while his patients are getting better, he's getting worse.
Stars: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Ray Romano A young woman, on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire, suddenly realizes that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device in her brain that allows him to track her every move.
Stars: Christopher Meloni, Dylan McDermott, Tamara Taylor Elliot Stabler returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he's been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning.
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, King Kong (as himself) The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.
Stars: Adhir Kalyan, Parker Young, Dean Norris The show is about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al), the Afghan interpreter who served with his unit and has just arrived to start a new life in America.
That’s it for this week. Have a safe Easter break. And… let’s stay safe out there.
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