Maybe you haven't noticed my absence of late from this lovely blogosphere, or maybe you have? If so then there are a number of reasons for this. Like .... well .... it's the summer holidays; a time to be out and about, and a time to relax when you are not. Lack of sleep has definitely played it's part too of course. And then there's the fact that the wonders of Netflix has finally entered the house of Jazzy!
Oh yes, it most certainly has and after my pre-holidays lamentations regarding the lack of prime time TV viewing, especially at weekends, I am as happy as a sofa-snuggling, tea-tippling (make that wine on a weekend night!) gogglebox-goggling person can be!
Before I go any further let me declare that my Netflix subscription and Apple TV device has been provided to me free-of-charge as a new member of their worldwide blogging #StreamTeam. All I have to do is watch it and review! Well, I did have to set the whole thing up too. Which actually isn't completely true. Although it's relatively easy to do it's even easier when you have a tech-savvy teenager in your house to do it for you! Thanks son....
So, what has been so riveting on Netflix to drag me away from these hallowed web pages then?
Well, myself and said tech-savvy teenager have been having a bit of a Netflix binge most nights and we've been so caught up with one series that we haven't done a lot of exploring. In fairness the series in question is five seasons long and we've decided to watch it in full before moving on. That said I've done a little exploration of my own. Here's what we've viewed so far:
This was top of our list from the moment we knew the Netflix kit was coming, and as the very first pilot episode had us hooked it sure hasn't disappointed. The beauty, and damnation, of Netflix is that just as an episode finishes leaving you dangling on the edge of the proverbial cliff-hanger, or on the edge of your jangling nerves, you simply click to watch the next episode! No need to wait until the following week. We are currently on series 3 - needless to say we're having some very late Netflix-streaming nights! This series isn't to everyone's taste; it is rather gruesome at times and in the earlier episodes the sex-scenes somehow manage to be graphic without showing much. If you know what I mean? But it is also gritty, humorous in a black-humour kind of way and totally riveting. As an over 18's show it really isn't suitable for an almost 16 year old and although I'm allowing him watch (only when I'm with him) this is very much under review. On the plus side we are having the most interesting conversations sparked by this show. Seriously, how else do you get to have the necessary talk with your teenager about sex, drugs, violence and morality without it sounding like a lecture? So far it seems that I don't have much to worry about. Not when he's still saving various critters, including a not-quite-dead-yet mouse, from the tenacious clutches of our Pretty Cat (a definite misnomer when she's in prowler mode) to release into the wild!
Orange Is The New Black
I like that Netflix isn't just your average box-set viewing and as this was a direct to Netflix production I wanted to watch it. I have to be honest and say that the first episode didn't really grab me, spoiled as I was from my Breaking Bad binges! I've watched 3 episodes so far and it is growing on me so I am likely to give it a chance and watch some more.
Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt
A zany, quirky show with blink and you'd miss them moments and some rather cheeky one-liners that they somehow manage to get away with! I have to be honest here and admit that this show holds a special place in my TV viewing list. You see I won a blogging competition last March and got to attend the official launch of this show in London! It was a wonderful day and I really did enjoy it. We got to see three episodes at the launch so I was very much looking forward to catching up with this show. It's still fun....
House of Cards
There are so many TV series that I have yet to see and this was another one on my list. I've only watched the first episode and again I am hooked, I definitely want to watch more!
Better Call Saul
We are aiming to get further on in our Breaking Bad binges before we watch this one. Hurry up already!!
I have to say that so far our Netflix viewing is very enjoyable, it's a great way to spend lazy, relaxing time with your children and teenagers; and as screen-time goes it's a far healthier option I reckon! No more 'What's On TV?'.... with Netflix there is always something on TV. We will definitely be kept entertained for some time to come and there's always new additions.
Watch out for the recent back-to-school launch by Netflix of a brand new TV series for tweens called Project Mc2 This is a 'Netflix original series, Project Mc2 follows four super smart and science-skilled girls as they are recruited to join the spy organization, NOV8 (that's "innovate"). On the girls’ first mission as secret agents, they covertly and comically offer protection to a British Royal about to embark on a very important space launch. They use S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) and girl-power to save the day, proving that Smart is the New Cool™.'
And also Beasts of No Nations: an original powerful new film that will debut on October 16th 2015. It is 'based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.'
This exciting trailer puts it on my must-stream list for sure!
So MUCH Netflix..... so little time.
I hope to re-surface soon and tell you some more!
DISCLAIMER: As a member of the worldwide #Netflix #StreamTeam I received a years subscription and an Apple TV device in exchange for some reviews. All opinions, thoughts and words are honest and mine alone.