Netflix watchlist: April 2019

Watching Netflix in April was one of the busiest months yet, with many new TV shows to try out, mostly animated ones.

TV shows:
Big Mouth (Season 1, Episodes 1-3) [7/10]
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 2) [7/10]
Minecraft: Story Mode (Season 1, Episode 1) [7/10]
Paradise PD (Season 1) [9/10]
Pokémon: Sun and Moon (Season 1, Episodes 1-26) [7/10]
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series (Season 1) [8/10]

Big Mouth is a pretty weird TV show that mixes truths about puberty and sexual orientation with school life, but in a comic style that is funny because of the characters’ big heads. And there are obviously puberty monsters at work. It’s certainly a funny show with some great comical situations that would work perfectly in an American Pie flick or any other teenager movie with real actors. But the silliness is often underlined with much more realistic character portraits. To be honest, though, it’s one of the few shows that is difficult to watch because of the subject matter. Maybe it’s too realistic? Still would like to see the rest of the season and what follows.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s second season again leaves me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the darker tone some of the final episodes carry is commendable, on the other hand, the lack of suspense and the characters’ conversations aren’t very interesting. If it weren’t for the story development in the concluding chapters, it would be a rather forgettable season. But with so many twists and turns, this remains a pretty cool TV show nevertheless.

Minecraft: Story Mode could have been the start of something very special in cooperation with Telltale Games. Unfortunately, it marked the end of the company that would produce so many great episodic adventure games. Just as in their games, the audience is tasked to choose between different dialogue options and actions that either change the other characters’ attitude or some parts of the story. Of course this is limited to simple button presses on the remote control, but as the last games of Telltale Games used the same cinematic approach without much gameplay, that’s okay. I only watched/played the first episode and I quite liked it, even if the story and character development is difficult to follow at times without prior knowledge of the Minecraft games. Maybe I’ll play the two Telltale Games in the near future (before they disappear from digital stores completely). Suffice it to say that the humor is great and the characters are likable, so it’s definitely a cool show to watch/play.

If you thought that Rick and Morty (see reviews for season 1 and season 2) was an over-the-top anarchic TV show, then you haven’t watched Paradise PD, one of the most offensive, but also funniest animated shows I’ve seen for a while. Not every joke might work and the reliance on sex and devious behavior patterns can be a bit grating, but what remains is such an entertaining piece of animation that it’s difficult not to be eager to watch the next episode. The overall story arc takes a backseat most of the time, but as it comes across as a parody on TV (and especially cop/thriller shows), this doesn’t matter. The sheer number of ideas, crazy characters (a dog responsible for drugs as a drug addict, genius!), and storylines that constantly make fun of celebrities and social injustice make this a must-see show. But be prepared: the violence on display (already shown in one of the briefest and coolest intros of a show ever) is pretty graphic. Can’t wait for the next season!

Pokémon: Sun and Moon is a series that might not win any awards in terms of storytelling or originality, but it’s still a very fun 22 minutes or so of relaxing without thinking too much. Sure, the repetitive use of Ash’s “Awesome!”, the even more annoying rhyming introduction of Team Rocket becomes tiresome, but in a way it doesn’t matter too much. If one expects an engaging storyline with an over-branching narrative, one should look elsewhere, too. Even some cliffhangers might simply be forgotten in the next episode. So why should one continue watching a series that is clearly aimed at a younger audience? Because it’s fun, because it’s cool to see Pokémon interact on screen, and because the Aloha Island setting feels like a vacation one would rather take than doing work in or outside school.

Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series picks up where the 12th and last season (see review here) left off, mainly that the characters find themselves as cartoon characters. What starts out to be one big joke of what one can and can’t do as a drawn character soon turns out to be the best thing that could have happened to a show that had become stale (especially with the mediocre Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park – Europe and Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park – USA episodes (see Netflix watchlist: November 2018)). Suddenly, anything can happen and anything goes without caring about production costs. So some gore effects as well as special effects that wouldn’t have been possible before turn the show into something refreshingly… stupid, yes, but also very entertaining. The humor is just as silly as the situations the characters find themselves in, and it’s great to see everyone from the TV series as cartoon characters. Hopefully, this won’t be the last season.

All in all, April 2019 was a blast for watching very funny animated TV shows, even if Chilling Adventures of Sabrina could have been so much better as an antithesis of darker humor and more mature storytelling.

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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