The Handmaid’s Tale, Broad City, Lovesick, Girlboss, and female wrestlers!

Lane

1. Broad City season 1

I never finished Broad City for some dumb reason. At least now there are 2 more seasons waiting for me to binge.

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2. Lovesick season 2

Aka the show formerly (regrettably) known as Scrotal Recall.

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If you’re looking for a half-hour comedy/drama and you’re a fan of You’re the Worst or Casual, this show is for you. It’s a British Channel 4 show that Netflix acquired. I’m going to avoid a synopsis of the premise because it sounds terrible (okay, okay, guy gets STD and has to contact all of his past sexual partners). But really you guys it’s a great show! It’s funny and tragic and I love the dynamics between the four best friends. I promise, give it a go.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale (first 3 episodes of season 1)

I’m sure you all have heard the buzz – The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu is fantastic. I had reservations about some of the performances (Alexis Bledel) but it has absolutely exceeded my expectations. I had some fucked up dreams after I binged the first three episodes (new episodes premier Wednesdays on Hulu). Yes, the show hits way too close to home.

The cinematography (Reed Morano), use of color, and editing is stunning. The departures from the book have been thoughtful and interesting. I’m going to hold off on analyzing these departures because I’m not sure how they will play out in the last 7 episodes. Stand out performances include Elisabeth Moss (of course, as Offred), Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, and Samira Wiley as Moira. We also loved seeing Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia – hope to get more from her! And I’m reserving judgment on Joseph Fiennes as The Commander and Max Minghella as Nick.

I know Michelle wants me to include something about music supervisor Mikaila Simmons. She has a wicked sense of humor and makes a few bold song choices that really stand out. It works. Her song choice definitely enabled me to have a few “holy shit” and jaw-dropping moments, specifically her use of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”, and Jay Reatard’s “Waiting for Something”. The use of two classic 80s songs nod to the book’s original setting in the 1980s – and Jay Reatard’s 2006 song “Waiting for Something” nods to memories of the past, as the show now seems to take place in the 2020s, with the flashbacks occurring in present day.

I can’t wait to see the rest of the season. Great work creating that buzz, Hulu – The Handmaid’s Tale deserves it.

Michelle

1. Girlboss season 1

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I wanted to like this show. I wanted it to be better than all of the reviews I was reading. I wanted it to prove everyone wrong about millennials. But I couldn’t like it. No matter what awesome music supervision it had or the fantastic list of guest stars, Girlboss falls short in so many areas. It’s a shame because Britt Robertson really takes on the role as the often selfish and hard to deal with Sophia, and brings her to life with charm and a solid batch of comedic timing. This is especially discouraging and disappointing because it’s a Netflix original, and to be honest, even the worst of Netflix’s slate is still great television.

The show centers on the loosely based narrative of Nasty Gal, a vintage online clothing company that stems from the mind of Sophia Amoruso. There’s some truth to the things shown in the series, but for the most part, this entire show feels like a caricature of all the worst people you know. It’s a poor representation of a generation that has continuously been berated with insults about our goals, decisions, interests, etc. The Charlize Theron-produced series unfortunately gets a lot of things wrong while it’s trying way too hard, and in that it loses its credibility and potential to be a decent show. I generously gave it a 5/10 but that’s because the soundtrack in really great, there’s spectacular pop culture references (I.E. they watch The O.C. live because it’s 2007), the lineup of guest stars include RuPaul, Melanie Lynskey, Norm MacDonald, and more.

2. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling documentary

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After seeing an extended promo for the upcoming Netflix series GLOW, I started to research more information about the show. What I came across was a documentary, on Netflix, that told the story of GLOW which was an all-female wrestling league and show that dominated television for four years in the late-80s. The documentary focuses on how GLOW came to be and the difficulty the creators found in getting it started. Interviews with the women who were key players in GLOW talk about their experiences from the audition process, strict rules and injuries, developing and living as their characters, and life after GLOW. It’s a lovely story about sisterhood, finding yourself, growing up, and being a part of something that was a significant part of our history. PS: I may have cried during this. PSS: I definitely cried.

GLOW, the Netflix series will debut on June 23, 2017.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale

See Lane’s review above!