Geeklings, how we doing on this mostly fine Monday in mid-September? That’s right, we’re halfway through the month of September meaning we’re closer to my birthday (only ten days away) in case you wanted to send gifts my way. I don’t want you guys to ever feel like you can’t even send me gifts. Ever.
Speaking of birthday gifts, my soon to be wife gave me an early awesome one this weekend as we went to the Game of Thrones concert after some seriously fantastic tacos. Like game-changing level of taco awesomeness. As for the show itself though… what a very cool, unique concert-going experience. Full orchestra. Game of Thrones clip packages playing in the background. Smoke and the occasional burst of “dragon’s” fire. People cheering for their favorite characters and/or scenes. All while select sections of the Game of Thrones scores played outdoors. It was a nice way to bid farewell to the series. Kind of an intimate going away party as we now start to prepare ourselves for a world full of spinoff series. It’s funny how Game of Thrones dominated the start of this year and now it’s kind of since faded into the ether. I’m sure most of that has to do with the more than mixed reviews on this final season, even though I stand by my reviews, but I’ll be curious what happens when the Emmys come around. Will it be a time to celebrate the show as a whole or do we start to move on to the next big thing?
Here we are on a Monday waxing poetic on shows that have ended when there’s so much to be looking forward to. This is the Week In Geek not the Last Week In Geek! We look to the future and what better way to usher in a new week than with some zombie goodness…
Daybreak- You know what I didn’t know I needed? An apocalypse television show in the vein of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and then along comes Netflix dropping this trailer and changing everything. We even get a Matthew Broderick cameo! Seriously, what more could you possibly want? This just looks like a lot of tongue in cheek fun. Adding the dynamic of high school students seems like a refreshing take on these types of stories. Sometimes it’s okay for off the wall, bonkers, apocalypse fun. Daybreak seems to have that in spades, spades that you might consider using to protect yourself.
Unbelievable– This is the problem with the amount of content that Netflix drops on the regular. Sometimes, things fall through the cracks and if it wasn’t for my amazing fiancé this one would have slipped too. Coming in hot off the heels of Mindhunter is Unbelievable, a limited Netflix series based on what looks to be a scarring true crime. With Toni Collette in the lead and a dark mystery at the heart of this series, I fully expect Unbelievable to make for some seriously engaging television. Boasting great reviews, if you miss Mindhunter this might be exactly what you’re looking for. Just promise me you’ll watch something happy afterward. Something like Wall-E or The Muppets.
Jurassic World- Battle At Big Rock- Mark this under things I wasn’t expecting but am so happy now exist. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last Jurassic World movie. It’s a film in search of an identity and it’s kind of a mess, but it’s still fun. Not as fun as the first one but still enjoyable in some weird, I know this isn’t good way. Now we have Battle At Big Rock, a short film, that seems to set up the third part of this franchise and honestly, this I’m here for it. Not only was this short film unexpected but it’s exactly what I needed to get excited about the franchise again. It was refreshing, kind of intense/scary, and wins tons of points for the unexpected factor. I would love if they did a small series of these moving forward. Dinosaur goodness is exactly what the world needs right now especially if those dinosaurs are just eating people out in the wild.
Netflix Announcements- Netflix has had quite the day today with a number of announcements that have left me intrigued and excited. Let’s start with the fact the streaming network has now acquired the rights to Seinfeld in 2021. And for those of you keeping score, yes, this helps fill the massive void Netflix and its viewers are going to feel when The Office leaves the same year. Something I’m currently not looking forward to… at all. What I am looking forward to is the announcement of a comedy series starring Paul Rudd where he plays himself and a clone of himself! That series is called Living With Yourself and it looks all types of funny, dark, introspective, and slightly charming which is exactly the adjectives you want to associate with Ant-Man. It actually kind of reminds me of the Toxic Rick and Morty episode from season three. Double the Paul Rudd, what could possibly go wrong?! Then throw in a supernatural cop thriller, In Shadow of the Moon, and you’ve had a pretty busy day for Netflix. Not sure why so many announcements today, perhaps to remind us they’re still here (?), but the products look intriguing and I’m willing to invest.
There you have it Geeklings, a ton of awesome to get your week moving. It’s nice to start the new week with a full to the brim Week In Geek column. What has you the most hyped/pumped/excited/stoked or any other adjective that fits this mold. Be sure to sound off in the comments or throw me a line over on Twitter @iamgeek32. In the meantime, I’ve got a Breaking Bad binge to continue and a book to finish so I’m going to head out. I’ll see you all back here tomorrow.