New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 10/13/15

Another week, another dump of vintage kung fu?

Action & Adventure: American Heist

Anime: Aldnoah.Zero, Durarara!!, Durarara!! x2, Sword Art Online II

Comedy: Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground, Cheatin’

Documentary: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Drama: Uncertain Terms

Family: Lou! Journal infime

Police Story Lockdown

Foreign: Police Story: Lockdown, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Crippled Avengers, Five Elements Ninjas, The Five Venoms, Hero (1997), Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Invincible Shaolin, Masked Avengers, Return to the 36th Chamber

Arrow

Television: Jane the Virgin, Lalaloopsy: Band Together, e-Dreams, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Flor Salvaje, Legends, and new episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Arrow, Supernatural, and Mighty Med

Strangerland

Thriller: Strangerland

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 10/7/14

Not much, mostly some CW television for you to catch up on.

Comedy: Little Man, Cuban Fury, Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl, Snoop Dogg Presents: Bad Girls of Comedy, Willie Barcena: I Gotta Be Honest

In a World...

Documentary: Haiti Untold, In a World…, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?, Winning Time

Drama: Changing Hearts, A Long Way Down

Faith: Redeemed

Family: The Perfect Summer, The Boxcar Children, Alpha and Omega 2, Alpha and Omega 3

The List

Foreign: Action Replayy, Die Todesliste (The List)

The Originals

Television: The Originals, The Tomorrow People, and new episodes of Supernatural, The Following, Raising Hope, Arrow, and Hart of Dixie as well as a ton of new 30 for 30 specials.

More October Netflix Goodness

Muncha buncha cruncha new Netflix streaming (mostly in television):

Assault on Wall Street

Action/Adventure: Assault on Wall Street

Anime: Sekirei

Comedy: Al Murray: The Pub Landlord, Dave Gorman: Stand Up Live, Lee Nelson: Live, Marc Maron: Thinky Pain, Starbuck, Dan Cummins: Crazy with a Capital F, Rogue Saints, Crazy Kind of Love, Papadopoulos & Sons

Salinger

Documentary: Sons of Perdition, The World Before Her, Mindless Behavior: All Around the World, Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan, Salinger, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

Drama: White Frog, Truly Everlasting, Arthur Newman

Faith: A Beautiful Soul

Family: Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit, The Big Green, Escape from Planet Earth

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Extracted

Foreign: The Painting, The Rabbi’s Cat, Three Worlds, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Theeya Velai Seyyanum Kumaru

Horror: Jack the Reaper

Bones

Television: Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, The Following, Beauty and the Beast (2012), Delete, The Fosters, Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse, and new episodes of 90210, Gossip Girl, Raising Hope, Toddlers & Tiaras, Baby Daddy, Melissa & Joey, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, River Monsters, Hart of Dixie, and Bones

Thriller: Liars All

Return of Invasion of the CW on Netflix

As if you didn’t have enough to watch, Netflix has unleashed another wave of television shows on instant streaming, most of them from CW.

Supernatural (2005-2011)

“Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.”

Season seven is now available – I love Supernatural but I think it jumped the shark after season five.

Nikita (2010-2011)

“Nikita is one of the most highly skilled assassins on the planet, and her target is the mysterious corporation that created her. The Division, as it’s known, picks up at-risk teens to train as killers, and Nikita will do anything to bring it down.”

Season two of Nikita is now available.

Gossip Girl (2007-11)

“Kristen Bell provides the voice of an anonymous blogger who narrates the action in this hit series set in an exclusive New York City boarding school. The plot centers on the day-to-day dramas of the school’s most privileged students.”

Season five now available.

Hart of Dixie (2011)

“New Yorker Zoe Hart’s dreams didn’t involve patching up the locals in a tiny town in the Deep South, yet that’s exactly where the fast-talking city girl finds herself when she ends up inheriting a medical practice in Bluebell, Ala.”

First season now available.

Desperate Housewives (2004-2011)

“Winner of multiple Golden Globes, this popular prime-time soap follows the exploits of suburbanites Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan), whose daily lives run the gamut from parenting and marriage woes to steamy sex and deadly betrayal. Even as the ladies of Wisteria Lane harbor dark secrets, they lend one another support when the going gets tough”

Season eight just added.

Family Guy (1999-2010)

“In Seth MacFarlane’s no-holds-barred animated show, buffoonish Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional family experience wacky misadventures, from kidnapping the Pope to being forced to put up scythe-bearing Death for a few days after he breaks his leg.”

Season nine added.

Damages (2007-11)

“Emmy winner Glenn Close is riveting as lawyer extraordinaire Patty Hewes, whose intellect is as boundless as her morals are skimpy. With her devoted colleague, Tom Shayes, and conflicted protégé, Ellen Parsons, Patty rules the New York legal scene.”

25 Best Cult TV Shows – Netflix 13, Amazon 11

I’m culling this from an article in Entertainment Weekly entitled “25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years”. Netflix has 13 of the 25 series available on instant.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002)

“Despite her desire to live a normal life at Sunnydale High, tough-as-nails teenager Buffy Summers fulfills her mystical calling as a Slayer to protect humankind from vampires, demons and other supernatural creatures- with some help from her friends.”

Although nowhere near as good, the spinoff series Angel does have its moments and is also available.

Arrested Development (2003-2005)

“This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the Bluths, a wealthy California clan gone to the dogs after patriarch George Sr. gets busted for fraud. Now, long-suffering son Michael keeps the family business afloat as he spars with his dysfunctional relatives.”

There’s always money in the banana stand.”

Mystery Science Theater 3000

“The hit comedy television show about an ordinary man (Michael J. Nelson) and two robots being forced to watch the worst movies ever made becomes a movie about an ordinary man and two robots forced to watch the worst movies ever made. A demented scientist schemes to subject Nelson to unspeakable horrors, but his test subject has mankind’s ultimate defense: a sense of humor, which he and his robot companions use to make hilarious commentary.”

Netflix has the movie and thirteen of the movie episodes available on instant.

The X-Files (1993-2001)

“Tracing both their personal and professional lives, this award-winning Fox series centers on FBI agents Scully (Gillian Anderson), a skeptic, and Mulder (David Duchovny), a believer, and their efforts to uncover a government conspiracy to hide evidence of extraterrestrial activity. From voodoo curses to bodies found in California that are missing various internal organs, the chilling show also stars Mitch Pileggi and Robert Patrick.”

Not only does Netflix have all nine seasons of The X-Files available but they also have the series that inspired The X-Files, Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1993)

“In the year 2364, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard leads the new Enterprise on missions of discovery. First Officer William Riker, engineer Geordi La Forge, and Klingon crewmember Worf join Picard as they explore the universe and interact with alien species.”

Instant Netflix also has Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Enterprise available.

My So-Called Life (1994)

“Suburban teen Angela Chase (Claire Danes) is changing, but her hair color isn’t the only thing that’s different. She’s also pulling away from her parents to spend more time with a new crop of friends — and a major crush (Jared Leto) with amazing eyes. Along with launching the careers of Leto and Danes (who won a Golden Globe in the series’ first and only season), this teen drama garnered a loyal cult following before its cancellation.”

Lost (2004-2010)

“After their plane crashes on a deserted island, a diverse group of castaways adapt to their new home in this Emmy-winning drama. As if learning to survive and get along weren’t enough, they soon must contend with the island’s mysterious forces”

Firefly (2002)

“Set almost 500 years in the future, this short-lived but much-loved sci-fi series follows the adventures of the ragtag crew of the transport spaceship Serenity, who view no job as too small, too dirty or too close to the line of illegality.”

After you finish this marvelous series, watch Serenity, the movie sequel.

Twin Peaks (1990)

“In David Lynch’s surreal cult classic series, eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper arrives in Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of teenager Laura Palmer. Soon, many secrets concealed beneath the small town’s façade of normalcy start coming to light.”

Battlestar Galactica (2003-2008)

Deep in the universe, cybernetic Cylons have all but wiped out the human race, laying waste to the Twelve Colonies of Man. Cast out, the few survivors aboard the Battlestar Galactica search for a so-called 13th colony: the mythical planet Earth.”

Instant Netflix also has the original Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980, and the prequel to the new Galactica, Caprica. While the 2003-8 Battlestar Galactica is fantastic, the others are not really worth the time.

Supernatural (2005-2010)

“Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.”

The first six seasons are currently available on Netflix and by the time you finish those I wouldn’t be surprised to see season 7 be available.

Farscape (1999-2002)

“This Australian science fiction series follows the crew of Moya, a living spacecraft that houses a group of various beings united in their desire to escape from a corrupt military force known as Peacekeepers. American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) joins them when he accidentally flies through a wormhole. As the series progresses, John makes enemies with brutal Peacekeeper Scorpius, while developing a relationship with crewmate Aeryn”

Better Off Ted (2009)

“As head of research and development at soulless conglomerate Veridian Dynamics, conflicted single father Ted (Jay Harrington) attempts to balance his personal code of ethics with each of his immoral assignments, such as freezing co-workers or weaponizing pumpkins. This scathing corporate culture satire co-stars Portia de Rossi as Ted’s heartless supervisor and Andrea Anders, the new product tester whom he longs to bed.”

Archer (2009-2011)

“Sophisticated spy Archer may have the coolest gadgets, but he still has issues when it comes to dealing with his boss — who also happens to be his mother — in this wicked animated spoof of spy flicks and the sex-crazed agents who populate them.”

Netflix has the first two seasons of Archer on instant.

Amazon Prime has Pushing Daisies, Better Off Ted, Farscape, the first three seasons of Fringe, Firefly (but not Serenity), Lost, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Buffy (& Angel), Arrested Development, The X-Files and while you don’t get Twin Peaks, Prime members get the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Amazon charges for some their MST3K content but they have a whopping 71 free ones with Prime – far more than Netflix.

Amazon Prime comes up a few shorter than Netflix but they are pretty close. Now if only Amazon shores up their movie selection, they can be a real Netflix competitor.

More CW – Supernatural & 90210 on Netflix

More TV goodies from the CW have appeared on instant Netflix. Now if only Hulu Plus would let us watch the entire current season of CW shows. I finally caught up on Vampire Diaries to the current season and only the five most recent episodes are available on Hulu Plus.

Supernatural

“Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.”

This show is most often compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and to my mind that is unfair because it comes up wanting. Buffy started off strong and just got stronger and more complex. Supernatural starts off cute but really nothing special. The first few seasons are an enjoyable monster romp and the two leads, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) are very likeable. They wisecrack and hunt monsters and then wisecrack some more.

One of the problems with the show is actually Whedon-itis. Joss Whedon has nothing to do with the show but Joss Whedon showed in Buffy (and Angel and Firefly) that you could get a real emotional jolt by killing off a beloved character. It helped create a real sense of danger – the characters were actually in peril!

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke learned that lesson but was very imprecise with its use. Pretty much every time an interesting minor character is introduced in the show in the first couple of seasons, they die off shortly after. Usually it is long enough to find them interesting but not long enough to actually care about the character.

So the first three seasons are enjoyable in a fun Kolchak the Night Stalker kind of way. The fourth and fifth seasons however are actually wonderful. All the time invested in the show pays off with a series of complex interconnected storylines and Misha Collins joins the show as Castiel. Castiel ends up being a far more compelling character than either Sam or Dean. Kripke wisely takes time out from some of the heavier aspects of the overall story to produce a few absolutely hysterical episodes to break things up.

Kripke had originally planned to end the show after five seasons but Supernatural’s popularity was clearly too tempting. The sixth season was good but very uneven and the seventh is following suit so perhaps this should have ended after the first five.

90210

“In this spinoff of the 1990s series, aspiring actress Annie and her adopted brother, Dixon, deal with nonstop drama at their exclusive new high school, where tumultuous friendships and roller coaster romances rule.”

I have not seen this show, nor have I seen the show it is based on. I just thought I’d mention it while I was talking about the CW.

Amazon & The Prime Directive & A Little Hulu Too

I often mention that we have cut the cable here thanks to the cornucopia available on Netflix and Hulu. The biggest exception to that is that I’m addicted to The Walking Dead. I buy each episode from Amazon the day after it airs. Each episode is only $1.99 ($2.99 in HD) and there are only 13 episodes this season so basically you can get the whole season for $26 ($39 for HD) at least six months before the DVD will be released. You do have to have an Amazon-compatible device (like the Roku) to play them on the TV.

Amazon Prime is looking to be a major player in the video world. So far their offerings are nice but they run a very distant third to Netflix and Hulu and most of their movies and shows are duplicated by one or both services. On the other hand if you are an Amazon addict then the Free 2-day shipping may make the choice for you.

Amazon Prime just added a lending library for the Kindle so my wonderful wife may be signing us up shortly. With Amazon releasing a $200 tablet shortly to compete with Apple, I would expect them to sign a bunch more content partners for video over the next few months.

Amazon currently has a FREE trial month of Prime if you haven’t used it yet. It costs $79 a year which breaks down to $6.58 a month so it is fairly inexpensive for the number of benefits you receive.

Hulu just added a bunch of CW shows so I can watch Supernatural on my Roku! Woohoo! For the rest of you, there is Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, 90210, Ringer, Nikita, Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl and America’s Next Top Model.