I have a long-standing belief that TV is like home - you can't go back again. That is to say that once a show finishes, you can't return to it for a new experience - everything changes. This is why reboots are always terrible - the magic existed at one specific point in time.
But then, Dan Barrett, how do you explain the brand new Beavis & Butthead cartoon that had you laughing out loud far harder than you'd like to admit?
Those idiot teens are back for a new show that is almost exactly the same as their old one on MTV. Some of the cultural aspects have been updated to move with the times - for example, in episode one they go to an Escape Room and a wings restaurant. And in mid-episode interstitials they aren't just watching MTV music videos anymore (although, there is some of that), they are also commenting on TikTok videos.
Also debuting this week is The Sandman on Netflix - long considered impossible to translate from the comic page, creator Neil Gaiman has given it a shot. I plan to check it out this weekend. Something I have seen was the latest Predator movie, Prey. It is on Disney+ and Hulu and plays perfectly fine on the small screen. Many critics saw it on the big screen and it reportedly plays better that way. Mostly it's fine - the film is scaled back to a format not dissimilar to the original film (only with a Commanche warrior facing off against the alien predator and not the muscles from Brussels, Arnold Schwarzenegger). It's an improvement on most of the terrible Predator films.
There's a lot of original films on streaming this weekend - it might make it easier to contend with the load of them rather than multiple interesting-looking original shows.
City On a Hill (s03), Industry (s02), Reservation Dogs (s02), Code 404 (s03)
Mike Judge's Beavis & Butthead - Paramount+
Stars: Mike Judge
Animated MTV series about two teenage heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they're bored. For them, everything is "cool" or "sucks."
The Sandman - Netflix
Stars: Tom Sturridge, Kirby Howell-Baptiste
When the Sandman, aka Dream, the cosmic being who controls all dreams, is captured and held prisoner for more than a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused.
Prey - Hulu (US) | Disney+ (International)
Stars: Amber Midthunder
A skilled Comanche warrior protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe.
Luck - Apple TV+
Stars: Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg
The story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world. Suddenly finding herself in the never-before-seen Land of Luck, she must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around.
They/Them - Peacock
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Anna Chlumsky
A group of teenagers at an LGBTQ+ conversion camp endures unsettling psychological techniques while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer.
Thirteen Lives - Amazon Prime Video
Stars: Vigo Mortensen, Colin Farrell
A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding.
Super Giant Robot Brothers - Netflix
Stars: Marisa Davila; Chris Diamantopoulos; Delbert Hunt; Eric Lopez
Two squabbling robot brothers experience growing pains while battling bloodthirsty monsters, supernatural disasters and mundane personal issues.
Darlings - Netflix
Stars: Alia Bhatt, Inayah Chowdhry, Roshan Mathew, Shefali Shah
Badru hopes her volatile husband will reform if he stops drinking. However, when his rage goes too far, she and her mum boldly, albeit clumsily, seek revenge.
Carter - Netflix
Stars: Byung-gil Jung, Joo Won
A man wakes up missing his memories. Directed by a mysterious voice from a device in his ear, he sets off on a hostage rescue mission rife with danger.
Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Netflix
Stars: Ben Schwartz, Josh Brenner, Kat Graham
The Turtles are put to the test when a mysterious stranger named Casey Jones arrives from the future to warn the mutant brothers of an impending invasion·of the most dangerous alien force in the galaxy -- the Krang.
What Josiah Saw - Shudder
Stars: Kalli Garner, Nick Stahl, Robert Patrick
After two decades, a damaged family reunite at their remote farmhouse, where they confront long-buried secrets and sins of the past.
That's it for this week. Rest up over the weekend and enjoy some TV.