Every time I see Pedro Pascal’s Agent Pena on screen during Narcos, I weep a little inside thinking about how great Oberyn Martell could have continued to be on Game of Thrones. I know Oberyn’s life expectancy was short, especially when he decided to challenge Gregor Clegane, but Pascal was a high point whenever he was on screen. Thankfully the people behind Narcos saw that too, because he looks to be the focal point of season 3, which streams September 1st. Few shows could lose their main villain (and main character) after two seasons, but few shows tackle a subject as insane and interesting as the cocaine trade in the 1980s. When Pablo Escobar was killed, the Cali Cartel stepped in and took drug smuggling to new heights. Season 3 will focus on law enforcement vs. the cartel, which has been a recipe for success over the last two seasons. Season 3 shouldn’t be any different.
“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”. That’s the final line in the trailer for Mindhunter, the crime thriller premiering on Netflix on October 13th. It’ll be 11 episodes long, and looks to continue the streaming platforms dominance in the era of prestige TV. The series focuses on Holden Ford, an agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crimes Unit, as he tries to get inside the minds of the most sadistic & unstable members of our society: serial killers & rapists. Anytime a show or movie tackles this subject matter, I’m always reminded of the Nietzsche quote – “Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.”
It’s even more jarring when you remember that actual people have these kind of jobs, because surrounding yourself with these kinds of people and trying to figure out why they are the way they are can easily make you mad. The journey that Holden goes on in Mindhunter is going to lead him to some dark places, and I can’t wait to watch it unfold. Netflix, you’ve hooked me again.
Getting Will (we are on a first name basis…he just doesn’t know it) back in the role of one half of a buddy cop team is a great thing. It’s his bread and butter. So, while I wait for Bad Boys 3, this will have to do. The trailer certainly does a good job of getting my interested–Honestly, it had me at that scary fucking fairy trying to get in the bird feeder. Love weird shit like that. I think the main reason ‘Suicide Squad’ failed (to a degree) was because Will Smith needs to be in a lead role. Him as Deadshot was awesome, but his celebrity threw off the balance of the film. Him back in a leading role is what’s best for business and Netflix gets that.
This week’s Movie Club focuses on Netflix’s ‘Okja.’ Next week’s movie will be ‘Manson Family Vacation.’ Call 401-285-8120 to leave us a voicemail with a comment, question, or observation and we will play it on an episode.
Memorial Day Weekend isn’t the ideal binge watching TV weekend, but that might change with the third and final season of Bloodline arriving today. While Netflix originals like Orange is the New Black & House of Cards might get more attention, Bloodline has been a great show over the past two seasons. It sports an incredibly consistent case and centers around an issue a lot of people can relate to: family drama. While the Rayburns family drama might be a little more intense than your normal family drama, it makes for riveting TV. I’ll be sad to see it go.
The coolest part about GLOW, the newest Netflix original series from the minds who gave us Orange is the New Black, is that it’s all based on real life. GLOW was a women’s wrestling organization in the mid to late 80s that was unlike anything that came before it and hasn’t come close to being replicated since. I watched a documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling a few years ago and it opened my eyes to this wonderful universe that I never knew existed, so I’m glad that Alison Brie, Marc Maron and everyone else in the cast will be bringing it back to life. While the original GLOW stars were relatively unknown, some of them went on to mainstream success. Lisa Moretti, known to WWE fans as Ivory, was a staple of the Attitude Era Women’s division in the late 90’s and early 2000s while others like Olympia Hartauer and Trudy Adams wrestled for the AWA and WWF in the 80s and 90s.
GLOW is a fascinating story, and I’m happy to see it being told again. All episodes will be available June 23rd.
We here at The Average Nobodies consider ourselves TV aficionados. So much so that we created a whole club around the watching of TV. Two weeks ago we talked Better Call Saul, last week we checked out American Gods and this week we plan to discuss the critically acclaimed animated comedy, Archer. I know what you’re saying: “Matt, Ryan, you guys are so handsome and awesome, what an great choice for the third TV Club”. Save your breath, we’ve heard it all before, and we agree, this is an excellent choice for the third TV Club.
Starring the voice of H. Jon Benjamin (Bob from Bob’s Burgers), Archer follows the hijinks of an international spy agency where “global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other”. Not bad for skimming the IMDB page. AMIRIGHT??
Watch the first 5 episodes of Archer on Netflix and call into our podcast (401-285-8120) by 5pm on Thursday to have your voicemail played on the show!