Here's what you need to know:

  1. I just slipped over on wet concrete, so I'm writing this newsletter with a bruising upper leg and cranky pants on.
  2. Perry Mason returned for season 2 of the HBO ongoing series. Season 1 debuted back in June 2020, so it is understandable if you don't remember a thing about last season.

    The good news is that the show has changed showrunners and the new guys Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (both best known for The Knick) don't really expect you to remember much at all, which is nice. The first episode of the season was promising in that the show is going to be far more watchable than it was in season 1. But there's a big part of me wishing the show was just a generic CBS-style procedural. At least then we'd get the classic theme song every week.
  3. The big show of the week is Netflix's You, which returns for a 4th season. If you're into You, you're likely well across this already.
  4. Similarly, fans of Luther are likely very much aware that a TV movie sequel to the series launches later today on Netflix.
  5. The TV sketch sequel to the Mel Brooks film History of The World... boy, did I struggle getting past the first 5 minutes of this. This one was not to my taste...
  6. One to keep an eye out for is the ecological sci-fi series from Germany The Swarm. With an estimated budget of €40 million, it is the most expensive German TV production (produced in English) of all time. 6.8 million people tuned in to its debut on ZDF earlier in the week. If anyone knows where/when this show is getting a US or Australian release, please let me know...
  7. Apparently I hurt my little toe on the opposite foot as well. I'm in so much pain.

Belated, but good

A heads-up to my local Australian readers - Disney+ has just added the US ABC drama Will Trent. They're doing that thing they have done with other ABC dramas in that they have inexplicably delayed its release by a few months (They recently did the same thing with Alaska Daily) - it launched in the US in January.

I mention this because the show is surprisingly good. It has all the trappings of a pretty traditional procedural cop drama, but the show has some surprisingly dark and complicated protagonists in that both the titular Will Trent and the kinda love interest in the show (played by Erika Christensen) were both abandoned as children and faced varying degrees of abuse. This is not the show you might expect it is from the outset - it's actually a bit challenging.


returning:

You (s04), Perry Mason (s02)


new:

History of The World Pt 2 - Hulu (US) | Disney+ (International)

Stars: Ike Barinholtz, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes
Sequel to the 1981 film, History of the World: Part I.

School Spirits - Paramount+

Stars: Peyton List
Maddie, a teen stuck in the afterlife investigating her own disappearance, goes on a crime-solving journey as she adjusts to high school purgatory.

Unprisoned - Hulu (US), Disney+ (International)

Stars: Kerry Washington, Delroy Lindo
Follows a therapist and single mom whose life is turned right-side-up when her dad gets out of prison and moves to her house to live with her and her teenage son.

Rana Naidu - Netflix

Stars: Rana Daggubati
Rana Naidu can solve any problem in Bollywood; however, when his father is released from prison, the one mess he can't handle may be his own.

The Swarm - ZDF

Stars: Leonie Benesch
Ecological thriller about the delicate interconnectedness between mankind and Earth.

movies:

Luther: The Fallen Sun - Netflix

Stars: Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Cynthia Erivo
A serial killer terrorizes London while disgraced detective John Luther sits behind bars. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath who now taunts him, Luther decides to break out of prison to finish the job by any means necessary.

Faraway - Netflix

Stars: Naomi Krauss
Zeynep is unhappy. That's why she flees to a Croatian island, where her deceased mother bought a house long ago. She hopes to find peace and relaxation finally - but she hasn't reckoned with Josip, who still lives on the property.

Chang Can Dunk - Disney+

Stars: Bloom Li
Chang, a 16-year-old Asian American high school student in band, bets the school basketball star that he can dunk by homecoming. But before he can rise up, he'll have to reexamine everything he knows about himself, his friendships and his family.


That's it for this week. Hopefully next week will be better.