Welcome 2019: ‘Netflix and Chill’

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As 2018 is wrapping up in the corner and everyone is just so excited to say hello to 2019, I have come to terms with the fact that this year, my life has been a complete cycle of long hours of mental work at the newsroom and (almost) equally long hours of ‘Netflix and Chill’. Literally. You dirty-minded people.

And although many might write down ‘minimise my binge watch time’ first in their new year’s resolution list (which is very unlikely to be fulfilled), under no circumstance will I trade binge-watching for any booze invitation especially on a Friday night.

Yes, with just three days before we jumpstart to a new year, I can already feel the psychedelic excitement for the upcoming shows that will make my (and yours for sure) 2019 more fun, sensitive, scary and disturbing at some point.

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS,

Season 3

To the fans of this black comedy-drama, your new year will be much happier because on January 1, the third season of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ will be Netflix’s get-go gift for you. Based on Lemony Snicket’s children’s book of the same title, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Season 3 still stars the amazingly brilliant Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, the cunning relative of the Baudelaire children, who will cause their lives to go through a series of unfortunate situations, just to claim the family fortune of the orphaned children.

Season 2 ended with a cliffhanger (at least for viewers who haven’t read the books), with Sunny, the youngest among the Baudelaire children, being kidnapped by Olaf; and also discovering more about the shadowy organisation V.F.D. (Volunteer Fire Department), which somehow connects to the untimely horrible death of their parents.

The third season will run eight episodes that will cover the last four books of the novel series. Thus, we expect that more mysteries will be uncovered and more questions will be answered, and that includes holding Count Olaf (Harris) accountable for the Baudelaire children’s turbulent fate.

Will there be an end to Baudelaire children’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’? Photo: Netflix

STRANGER THINGS,

Season 3

You’ve read it right! The long wait is over because ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 is expected to be back next year. This Emmy, Golden Globe Award-nominee and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning series will definitely make you sink on your couch and binge-watch for eight hours straight (8 episodes), on the summer of next year.

Still set in the fictional haunted town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, ‘Stranger Things 3’ will continue to follow the paranormal adventures in the alternate dimension called the ‘Upside Down’ of best friends Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), alongside Eleven, the girl who has psychokinetic ability.

The creators of this series, The Duffer Brothers, dishes out the plot for the third season, which will bring the teenage protagonists ‘back to the future of 1985’, where a lot more innovations have occurred in their town, which I’m pretty sure would have a link to where their supernatural adventures commence. But of course, a huge following is waiting for the love story of Eleven (Brown) and Mike (Wolfhard) to continue to flourish, for it was their Season 2 finale ‘Every Breath You Take’ dance kiss that left viewers romantically breathless.

Always exceedingly living its very title, fans are anticipating ‘Stranger Things 3’ to be much stranger and creepier than the first two installments. In fact, earlier this month, Netflix teased us with the stirringly odd titles of all eight episodes: ‘Suzie, Do You Copy?’, ‘The Mall Rats’, ‘The Case of the Missing Life Guard’, ‘The Sauna Test’, ‘The Source’, ‘The Birthday’, ‘The Bite’ and ‘The Battle of Starcourt’.

GAME OF THRONES,Final Season

Even though I have only seen Episode 1 of this international massive hit (so I cannot feel the ‘bandwagon’ excitement); the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is absolutely one of the best series to look forward to on 2019.

The final season, which will premiere in HBO on April next year, will have the last six episodes only that will conclude the entire GOT saga. ‘Game of Thrones 8’ will have much of its original storyline deviating from the fantasy book series of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, in which the series is firstly based. Nevertheless, some of season eight’s story arcs are adapted on Martin’s upcoming addition to his series novels, ‘The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring’.

Earlier this month, an official tease of ‘Game of Thrones 8’ was dropped, leaving its fans flabbergasted (I know someone who was), with its ‘Fire and Ice’ theme – showing frost smokes altering each object into ice and the fire burning each character on its way appearing like the apocalypse of the kingdoms.

Indeed, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans are foreseeing more gruesome yet critically-acclaimed cinematic battles and dragons on the final eighth season. And perhaps, by that time, I can join the bandwagon of fanatic GOT viewers and see for myself, which among the Seven Kingdoms will finally and triumphantly claim and sit on that most coveted Iron Throne.

MINDHUNTER,

Season 2

If you were just like me, who is fascinated with disturbing psychological-thriller series, then you would be thrilled to know that ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 is finally back on 2019. Though the exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but at least the long gap will finally close this year, that’s for sure.

Premiered on Netflix in October 2017, ‘Mindhunter’ is based on a true crime book entitled Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. The book was written by a former special agent and unit chief of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) John Douglas and co-authored by Mark Olshaker. The series focuses on the early days of FBI’s criminal profiling and delving into criminal psychology. In fact, Douglas was one of FBI’s first criminal profilers, thus making the series’ narrative more factual, accurate and less dramatic.

Set in 1977, ‘Mindhunter’ could be an utterly disturbing series and not to mention boring, at least if your interest is not in there. It will take you to delicately framed close-up and extreme close-up shots of heinous serial killers talking to FBI special agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), with an earie tick-tock clock sound in the background. The series of interviews are done in order to understand the mind path of a killer and eventually apply this knowledge to solve current crimes. But sometimes, that thin line between the criminal and the one understanding the criminal gets crossed and unknowingly draws the agents into an inexplicable delusion or even fascination – this actually happens to Ford (Groff) in the finale of Season 1, when a serial killer made him his medical proxy upon its attempted suicide.

For Season 2, ‘Mindhunter’ will move forward to the 80s, and will adapt real-life crime events of the Atlanta Child Murders, where at least 28 children and adults were slaughtered in a two-year period. ‘Mindhunter’ book author John Douglas was closely involved in profiling the convicted murderer, 23-year old African-American Wayne Williams, who maintained his innocence up to this day.

SEX EDUCATION

‘Sex Education’ follows Otis (Asa Butterfield), son of two sex therapists, and depicts how he faces his phobia of his own sexuality. Photo: Netflix

Now, if it’s light, funny and little dash of sex that you are looking for, then Netflix has something for you this January.

‘Sex Education’ is a British coming-of-age comedy-drama starring The Space Between Us’ star Asa Butterfield as Otis Thompson, the socially-awkward and sexually-inexperienced teenager whose mother is a sex therapist Jean Thompson, played by The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson. The story will follow the experiences of Otis (Butterfield), who, despite his mother’s very open conversations and perhaps lecture about sex, is still reluctant in doing the s-thing – which leads him to think that he needs a therapy of his own.

The series will maneuver a fresh modern take on typical concerns of young adults when it comes to sex, love, identity and gender. ‘Sex Education’ will practically become a socially-relevant series that will bravely center on teenage issues that parents would normally sweep under the rug.

Actually, the lists of new TV or web series to watch out for and binge watch next year is so lengthy that I cannot even keep a mental note of all of them and write in this column. But have this little piece of advice instead: before the year ends, ready and warm up your bed or couch, and have your favourite pizza on speed-dial, because long, stretched hours of ‘Netflix and Chill’ will surely happen this 2019.

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