I make no secret of the fact that I am totally addicted to Netflix. In fact I have written 3 other posts recommending shows on Netflix; Season 1, Season 2 and Cartoons for Kids. There aren’t too many days in a month that Netflix doesn’t go on in our house. Every year I plan to read more books but it never happens. To read I need time to sit and concentrate, which I don’t often get. And then when I can sit and read I find it sends me to sleep (perhaps no bad thing). So after rereading the same paragraph in a book four nights running I tend to give up.
The Joy Of Netflix
The joy of Netflix for me is that I can watch it when I get time. I don’t have to finish an episode is one go (my finishing point is remembered). And it makes recommendations according to my viewing history. Plus I can listen if I can’t watch. I may miss a few visual details but that is only usually an issue if watching a crime drama.
I am very keen this year to explore the world of Audio Books. But it hasn’t happened yet and I am currently looking through new Netflix shows, so with all the good intentions in the world I already know what will happen…. It won’t happen.
My Netflix Recommendations
Glitch is a Sci-fi drama based in a small town in the outback of Australia (or somewhere like that, I am not familiar with Australian geography). In the first episode you see people come back to life and exit their graves in the local cemetery. The first season follows their lives now they are back and we learn more and more about each character as their memories begin to return.
The second season develops the story further and we learn who bought them back and who is trying to ensure they don’t stay.
Overall season 1 had me hooked and for a long time I was worried there wouldn’t be a second season. I am not usually a fan of zombie things but this is so well done that it isn’t a traditional zombie program. Season 2 was very good but it went further down the sci-fi line than I expected and for a little while I felt a bit lost with it. But it is worth sticking with and I can’t wait for a third season.
(2 Seasons available)
I nearly didn’t watch this. And I nearly gave up after the first episode. However I always stick with things for at least 3 episodes to give them a good chance to get going. And wow am I pleased I did.
This is absolutely outstanding.
The tag line of the show is ‘Everyone knows she did it. But no one knows why.’ To be honest that pretty much sums it up. A woman called Cora, played by Jessica Biel, brutally stabs a man to death on the beach, in broad daylight, in front of hundreds of people including her husband and child. The story that unravels from this point looking back in her past is gripping.
In my opinion there is one huge fault with the story, however, which really comes out in the final episode. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but if you know what I am talking about or missed the huge plot hole and would like to know more then read THIS article which explains it all.
(1 Season Available)
This is about the murder of a Nun in America during the 60’s and the conspiracy theory surrounding the cover up that proceeded. The Keepers is a tough one to include because it is both amazing and awful all in the same breath.
The bad points
- The editing is jumpy. Whilst it isn’t difficult to follow the train of events it can become difficult to work out which story we are listening to. This isn’t helped by the fact that there are two stories running alongside each other (maybe even three stories). Firstly there is the murder that is being ‘investigated’ by two ex pupils of the Nun. Then there is the story of the Priests and their prolific child abuse that took part in the school where the Nun worked (supposedly part of the same story). Then there is the second murder of another woman… Confused? I am. And I am still not sure that all three stories are actually connected.
- The two women that are investigating the murder are not very relatable. This isn’t their fault but I just couldn’t buy into them. I appreciate they are doing a fabulous thing trying to solve the mystery of this cold case, and their emotional investment is understandably huge. However, they are very haphazard with their questioning and are so quick to jump to conclusions that they mould their ‘evidence’ to fit the theory they want to be true.
- The description of the abuse can be quite graphic so this isn’t for the faint hearted. I would also argue that this is a good point for the program as it really tackles the trauma of childhood sexual abuse head on and doesn’t shy away from it.
The Good Points
- Once you get past the first episode the story really gains momentum.
- One woman finally plucked up the courage to say something after years of suppressed memories come to the surface. This courage was grown and nurtured by her loving family so the word got out to other potential victims. This in turn gave other women the courage to speak out. Did the priest get punished… You’ll have to watch to find out.
- Most of the little questions that arise during the show are eventually answered. You learn who was where when. This allowed both me and Hubby to come up with our own theories along the way and find out if we were right. But some huge questions remain unanswered.
This is a tough watch I won’t lie. I was not bought up Catholic but my husband was and this has caused quite the rumble within him… More so than Spotlight did. The depths that the church go are a real surprise to me, whilst I knew they were a huge organisation I didn’t realise how big or how organised. I was also a little disturbed with the extent of “covering up” that they did for Priests with diabolically deviant behaviour. But it would be unfair to tarnish the many with the actions of the few so for now I will remain positive and live in hope that it really is the few.
(1 Season Available).
Tune In Next Time
I was going to include a couple more shows, but now I have written about these three this post is actually quite long. So I am going to leave it here. I actually watched these three during the month of December which I thought was pretty good going for me. Of course I have a few more programs lined up that I will do my best to get to very soon. So tune in next time for more Netflix recommendations.