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So Much Out, Want In Now

Roslyn Hull

Regardless of what the weather looks like we are now into summer and the renowned Silly Season.

Every office, gym, social group, carpool or sewing circle you belong to is getting together before the end of the year.

It’s lovely and I enjoy every gathering BUT there is a tiny curmudgeon at the base of my brain grumbling about how it is all just too people-y. The thought of going out to the cinema to see something tricky (The Disaster Artist), sad (Goodbye Christopher Robin) or disappointing (Justice League) is just too much for me right now.

Couldn’t do it. Needed my PJ’s, blanky and a cup of tea. So I thought I’d share some of the series I’ve been enjoying on Netflix instead.

Star Trek: Discovery

I think everyone is aware of the triumph of ‘Made for Netflix’ series in the last year or so. Stranger Things and Star Trek: Discovery are two of the most original series but both hark back to another time, allowing viewers to enjoy the familiar but not to be comfortable with it. I cannot wait for the next series of Star Trek – but these are not the only good shows on Netflix.

The Good Place

There is also great comedy like The Good Place, about the afterlife. So funny, with humour that sits somewhere between Ibsen and the Marx Brothers and a wonderfully unexpected turn to the dark side half way through. A highlight is that characters cannot swear, because they are in the good place, so I’ve found myself using phrases like ‘we’re really in the shirt now’ and ‘fork you’ (which, let’s face it, are more polite than the real phrases).

DIRK GENTLY

I read the Douglas Adams books about Dirk Gently, a self-styled ‘holistic detective’ but they have little in common with the American based series – except that they are both great, awkward fun. This series has eccentricities such as potential aliens, a killer savant and reluctant sidekicks.

THE OA

The OA, is a mythical, sometimes harsh and sometimes ethereal story of coping with long-term abduction, love and special powers. Captivating, heartbreaking and satisfying.

OZARK

It is not all fantasy and sci-fi though – the epic Jason Bateman (so annoying as a young actor but now so completely watchable) stared in, directed and produced a dark little family drama called Ozark. He and Laura Linney hold together a story riddled with crime, passion, money laundering, death and dismemberment … and family values. So American, so amoral, so good.

Mindhunter

On a more serious note, I’m engrossed in the granddaddy of all procedural crime shows. It is called Mindhunter, based on the true story of how the FBI developed its profiling techniques for capturing serial killers. Set in the 1970s it is believably accurate to the period with the nascent team being sent to the FBI basement like a real-life Scully and Mulder as they try to scientifically get into the minds of some very bad people.

There is certainly plenty to entertain if you want to stay in.

But if you really want to go to the cinema – and can slow your pace down to an elegant promenade, see Murder On the Orient Express – it is a well directed, well made, incredibly stylish film.

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Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand.

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