New to View: August 22 – 28
A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online
➢ The Walking Dead TVNZ 2, 9.45
The 11th and final season. “The first two episodes of the season, Acheron: Part I and II, feel like one feature-length story, and should include something for every fan’s taste, from an opening reminiscent of a certain iconic Tom Cruise movie scene and all the Maggie/Negan drama to a sweet reunion (Daryl hugs!) and … episode two [ending] with the hint of a major, positive, new development for one of Alexandria’s most beloved citizens.” — Rotten Tomatoes.
➢ Brave New World TVNZ OnDemand
“Sky’s nine-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic hasn’t got much to say – but that’s easy to ignore with all the bare flesh on show … Not since Game of Thrones have I seen so many nude scenes so happily, lavishly and gratuitously staged for our viewing pleasure while something of practically no import goes on in between or in the foreground.” — The Guardian.
➢ Blood Drive TVNZ OnDemand
NZ free-to-stream premiere of a Syfy grindhouse homage that anchors a new sci-fi branded channel, District. “There’s plenty of cinema du carsploitation fun to be had with this gonzo drive-in throwback involving killer vehicles gobbling up unsuspecting victims.” — Rolling Stone.
➢ Clickbait Netflix
Eight-part series about a high school physical therapist who winds up online beaten and holding a placard that says five million views will trigger his death. “Taut, propulsive, twist-filled cyber thriller [that] explores sex, lies and social media.” — Sydney Morning Herald.
➢ Open Your Eyes Netflix
In this Polish thriller, a teenage amnesiac at a memory disorder centre bonds with other patients who have experienced similar traumas but starts to question her unconventional treatment.
➢ Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes Netflix
“Norway’s take on the supernatural police procedural, with vampires … looks like the darker cousin of iZombie and The Santa Clarita Diet with a dash of Six Feet Under … Coming on the heels of the Netflix horror thriller Blood Red Sky (essentially Vampires on a Plane), bloodsuckers seem to be pushing back against the pop-culture dominance of zombies over the last decade.” — ArsTechnica.
➢ Freddie Mercury: A Life in Ten Pictures Prime, 8.45
Follows the season premiere of Celebrity Bake Off and precedes the return of Bull. “This moving and revealing film shows his quieter side through ten key photographs taken of him during his tragically short life. Starting with a picture of baby Farrokh Bulsara sitting proudly in a grand-looking pram on the island of Zanzibar and some from his art school days when he had girlfriends, we get a real sense of the dissonance between the shy and thoughtful man and his later flamboyant persona.” — The Times.
➢ Kevin Can F**K Himself Amazon Prime Video
“Kevin Can F*** Himself is a television show about television. As its title makes thuddingly clear, the series is intended to deconstruct a genre of sitcom that reached an apex with CBS’ Kevin Can Wait, on which lead Kevin James’ wife (played by Erinn Hayes) was so disposable as a comic element that the production literally disposed of her, killing her off between seasons … One of the great missed opportunities of recent TV history [that] ends up having as little to say as the shows it’s lampooning.” — Variety.
➢ See Apple TV+
“It’s a battle of the Big Boys in See season 2, which will see blind Jason Momoa go up against the only person who could defeat him in combat, and possibly in size: his brother. Dave Bautista will be playing Edo Voss, the brother of Momoa’s character, Baba Voss, in the second season of Apple TV+’s post-apocalyptic drama, which has just landed a season 3 renewal.” — SlashFilm.
➢ Departure TVNZ OnDemand
“Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer lead the cast in Peacock’s Canadian-British thriller Departure, about the investigation into a doomed international flight … The cast and 24-adjacent tone and pace kept me going through six episodes of Departure … just enough enticing elements to pique curiosity, but lacking the execution needed to actually be good.” — The Hollywood Reporter.