Hello, all of you glorious people on the internet! It’s been a hell of a week, hasn’t it? The state of the world is pretty scary and we all suddenly find ourselves encouraged (if not fully mandated) to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We here at Nerdist have been social distancing ourselves, too; we’re working from home trying our best to stave off boredom and cabin fever. As such, we’ve all been watching a
From binge-watching old favorites to finally checking out movies (like, oh, the works of Ingmar Bergman, for example), to comfort TV out the yin-yang, we’ve gotten the most out of our streaming accounts this week. But what exactly are we watching? Here’s the first in a probable weekly round-up of stuff we’re all watching. If you need recommendations, we got ’em!
Kyle Anderson –
Silver Surfer, Disney+
The ’90s were an amazingly fruitful time in the world of animated superhero shows. Marvel’s output was less visually impressive than DC’s but certainly narratively rich.
It only lasted 13 episodes, but
Dan Casey –
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Hulu
Despite telling myself I was going to take this time of social distancing to expand my horizons and finally explore shows I’d never seen before, I found myself watching the pilot of
Mica Arbeiter –
High Maintenance, HBO
Self-isolation has left me missing plenty of things and people, but few as much as my home borough of Brooklyn (I haven’t left; I’m just stuck indoors like the rest of us).
Michael Walsh – Pixar Stuff, Disney+
We all have movies we’ve really wanted to see for years, but for whatever reason never have. I’m using this extra time at home to rectify that, starting with my few remaining Pixar gaps. I already watched
Riley Silverman –
Cars, Disney+, and Cats, early VOD
Having never seen the second or third film in the
Rosie Knight –
The Untamed, Netflix
In this brave new world I’ve discovered a brand new love.
Lindsey Romain –
Fleabag Season 2, Amazon Prime
In the last few days, I decided to return to the second season of
It’s all nicely summed up in the episode featuring Kristin Scott Thomas as Belinda. As the two share martinis and talk about feminism and being a modern woman, the topic of people comes up. “Most people are shit,” Fleabag sighs. “Look at me,” Belinda says, cutting her short. “Listen. People are all we’ve got.” It’s a vital message, especially now, as people are suffering with illness, job loss, and so many other things. We need to love each other now more than ever. We’re all we’ve got.
Meaghan Kirby –
The Hour, Acorn TV
Like many others who made grand plans to branch out and watch new things during this state of perpetual homebody-ness, I also returned to an old favorite first. Coming in at just 12 episodes, The Hour is an easy series to commit to. I’ve seen it at least three times and it’s just as thrilling now as it was during my first viewing. The 1950s-set series follows the launching of a BBC news program amid the Suez Crisis and Hungarian Revolution. But worry not, The Hour is definitely not just a period Newsroom. A mysterious string of murders and rumblings of Russian spy recruitment give it a slight noir edge. Led by Dominic West, Romola Garai, and Ben Whishaw, the series features an impressive roster of British (and Irish), including Andrew Scott, Vanessa Kirby, Jamie Parker, Oona Chaplin, Anna Chancellor, Burn Gorman, Anton Lesser, and Peter Capaldi.
Each time I watch the series, I’m shocked and saddened to say good-bye after 12 episodes. But as always, I’m hoping that this time, when I reach the end, the BBC will reward me with news of a series three. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Amy Ratcliffe –
A Hard Day’s Night, rented on iTunes
I came around to the Beatles late in life. I just wasn’t exposed to their music outside of a couple of songs. I’m still playing catch up. My education continued this week with
Aside from their obvious vocal talents, the lads are absolute dorks with pretty damn great comedic timing. Lines like, “Sorry we hurt your field, mister” are going to stick with me and make me giggle for days.