Top 5 Netflix News Items From This Week
1. Netflix fired Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland after he used the N-word in multiple meetings.
2. Growth has finally slowed as the company isn’t earning new subscribers in the United States as quickly as it used to. The answer to regaining growth is probably more high-budget sci-fi shows and movies that are marketed really well but end up being terrible. That seems to be working.
3. Matt Groening’s new animated show, “Disenchantment,” finally got a trailer. If this ends up being even a sliver as popular as “The Simpsons,” I’m sure Netflix will be happy.
4. Gloria Estefan is going to guest star on “One Day At A Time.” As someone who used to listen to her music on every car ride as a child, I am excited about this.
5. And the Supreme Court declined to hear Brendan Dassey’s case. That case became popular through the documentary series “Making a Murderer.” Dassey is eligible for parole in 2048.Season 2 Release: June 29, 2018
The 5-word plot: Female wrestling league achieves notoriety.
Pro: While the first season was great, but sloppy at times, Season 2 is phenomenal all the way through. The show has found a wonderful balance between the slapstick of the wrestling and the characters’ emotional moments.
Con: To nitpick, some of the writing choices still seem lazy, but that certainly isn’t a problem unique to this show.Season 4, Part 1 Release: May 30, 2018
The 5-word plot: Woman slowly finds her way.
Pro: This might have the most solid jokes per minute of any show out there right now. As this show comes to a close, it’s still as strong as ever.
Con: Episodes are probably slightly too long and often could use some tightening. The humor can be overly zany for long stretches in which it fails to ground itself to make the jokes work.Season 2 Release: June 22, 2018
The 5-word plot: Superhero deals with new fame.
Pro: The show has improved from an already strong Season 1. Focusing on the celebrity aspect of being a superhero and the costs of that is an interesting angle to couple with the visceral joys of watching someone punch through baddies.
Con: It’s a knock mentioned repeatedly, but this is yet another superhero project. And with a fraction of the budget the Marvel movies have, it’s questionable whether this is worth your time