Flicking Through Netflix: Love, Death, & Robots (My Top 5 and Bottom 5)

Been a while, huh? Let’s get into it.

Love, Death, & Robots is an animated anthology show on Netflix, joining the ranks of Black Mirror for their anthology selections. This mature show deals with complex issues like murder, war, racism, rape, apocalypse scenarios, and the world getting taken over by giant masses of sentient yogurt. This show is weird and, honestly, had it not been recommended to me by quite a few of my students, I probably would never have watched it. The trailer I saw on Netflix looked a little too bizarre for my tastes. Thankfully, I was able to clamp down my predispositions on this show and went in basically blind. Honestly, I would suggest you do the same. This is a show you really need to see upfront. If you want a basic synopsis, the stories are mostly science-fiction inspired and each episode has a completely different animation style. Some are 2D, some are very stylized 3D, some are realistic, and only 1 is live action in any way. Oh, one more thing. THIS SHOW IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. The majority of the episodes have either nudity, gore, violence, sex, or a combination of some or all of these elements. It is not for children.

All that said, let’s get into some nitty gritty.

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Flicking Through Netflix: The West Wing (First Impressions)

Apparently I like political dramas. This is particularly strange given the fact that I hate actual politics. But I do love shows like House of Cards and Designated Survivor, where I find the politics fascinating despite my distaste for the subject in the real world. Still, good characters go a long way into making me interested in a story. This, along with a very strong recommendation from my mother, made me check out The West Wing, a popular political show from the early 2000s. I went into it a little wary, especially given the current state of the world. But I did want to give it a shot. However, not having seen the complete first season yet, I do want to just give my first impressions. So, these are my initial thoughts on The West Wing.

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Flicking Through Netflix: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 1)

If you’re looking for something to read that talks about happy stories, helpful adults, and kids who always get out of every situation without a scratch, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong blog. Perhaps you can find something happier to read, like a story of happy little elves having happy little adventures. As for me, I have declared it my solemn duty to write down my thoughts and observations from watching the frightful fate of the Baudelaire children and their preposterous plights. Plight is a word which here means unfortunate situations, which is unfortunately the perfect word to describe the lives of the Baudelaire children. It is appropriate because those very children find themselves all too often in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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Flicking Through Netflix: Fuller House (Our Very First Show, Again)

I grew up watching every single episode of Full House multiple times. I don’t know why. I never found it funny or charming. I guess I just found it… safe. It never challenged me as a watcher, it never offended me… It just sort of kept me company on those lazy afternoons. I never saw it as a classic. I can’t say it’s TERRIBLE, but I can’t like it, either. It’s just bland. Why, oh why, did someone decide to make a sequel show? This is Fuller House.

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Flicking Through Netflix: Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Netflix has been on a big roll with their original series in my eyes. House of Cards is a really compelling political drama (even if the third season kinda sucked). Daredevil is probably my favorite superhero show, period. So when I heard that they were taking on Marvel again through their little known hero Jessica Jones, I had to be there. Did it live up to my own personal hype? This is Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

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Flicking Through Netflix: Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Hello, loyal readers! Been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, but life happens and inspiration hasn’t struck me for a few months. The good news is, after my long, unannounced, extended vacation from this blog, I’m refreshed and raring to go! However, since I’m a bit rusty after a few months of not writing, I thought we’d come back with something easy: Another Flicking Through Netflix review!

Horror comedies are quite possibly my favorite genre. You’ve got all the creepy creativeness of horror and all of the lighthearted fun of a comedy mixed in a (usually) perfect blend. While doing research for an upcoming list (you’ll see, I promise), I was reminded of today’s movie.  This is Tucker & Dale vs Evil!

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Flicking Through Netflix: Sabrina the Animated Series (Episode 1: Shrink to Fit)

Before we begin, let me just say that, although I know this isn’t the pilot episode of the series, it is the first episode listed on Netflix.  As such, I just decided to watch it first.  On that note, let us begin.

When I was growing up, I watched a lot of the sitcoms of the 90s.  One of these sitcoms was Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  I remember liking it alright, even if some of the jokes were lame and the Salem the Cat puppet was atrociously obvious.  Still, Sabrina was pretty popular back in the day.  Popular enough that she got a spin-off of sorts in the form of today’s subject.  This is Sabrina the Animated Series.

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