So the month of February led me down a familiar hole – watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel for the hundredth time, rather than watching new things. Don’t judge me, it was just one of those times where I wanted comfort food in the form of television, and those are my go-to shows!
I wasn’t totally awful though and I managed to finish three Netflix series, as well as start the new season of another show. So let’s dive into the few things I caught over this past month.
The Stranger (Netflix)
I’m starting my recap with what was perhaps my favorite new series put out by Netflix. The Stranger follows a group of people who are being blackmailed by a mysterious woman who threatens to expose their darkest secrets. The season more closely follows Adam (Richard Armitage), a family man who finds his life turned upside down by “The Stranger” (Hannah John-Kamen), who reveals a betrayal at the hands of his wife. After Adam confronts his wife, she disappears. As Adam tracks her down, he finds himself unraveling more dark secrets.
Based on the novel by Harlan Coben of the same name, The Stranger is a tangled web of lies, taking unpredictable turns in every episode. There are definitely moments within the series that seem a bit slow – and in the first few episodes, slightly confusing – however it never fails to pick up the pace and leave each episode with a bomb dropped. As the pieces fall into place, this series solidifies itself as a spectacular drama/thriller.
Next In Fashion (Netflix)
Queer Eye‘s Tan France joins forces with model Alexa Chung to host this fashion competition series, looking for the next big thing in the fashion industry. Season one premiered on January 29th and saw 18 designers fight for the grand prize – $250,000 and a collection with online retailer Net-a-Porter.
It’s your standard formula for these types of series, but the designers are experts in their respective fields – some having designed for big names like Beyonce and Ariana Grande, or worked with massive fashion houses, including Stella McCartney. France and Chung are great in their hosting duties and it’s just a fun watch during some downtime.
Locke & Key (Netflix)
Locke & Key stars Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, and Jackson Robert Scott as siblings facing a difficult time after the death of their father. Their mother (Darby Stanchfield) has no choice but to uproot them all and move into the family home that their dad grew up in. While settling in, the kids come across mysterious keys that allows them to unlock their minds and more. However, a demon also has her eyes set on these keys for more sinister purposes.
The popular comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, has been grasping at a screen adaptation since 2011. After all this time, it finally found a successful home with Netflix, premiering on February 7th. Overall, I enjoyed the series, though it’s nothing spectacular. I found myself confused by who the target audience is for the show, as it leans more towards teens but handles some more adult themes. Because of that, I think it’s ideal for families with older children to all watch together.
The Sinner: Season 3 (USA)
Season one of The Sinner captivated me from the start. It was meant to be a one-time thing, but after its success, they transitioned it into somewhat of an anthology series that would focus on Bill Pullman’s character Detective Harry Ambrose. The second season didn’t do much for me, and to be honest, I gave up on it. When it was announced that Matt Bomer would join the series for its third season, I definitely wanted to give it another go. After all, anthologies can be forgiving.
This season follows Jamie (Bomer), who survives a car accident that took the life of his friend. They had lost touch over the last year or so, with Jamie focusing on starting a family with his wife. Detective Ambrose is suspect of the accident, as there are some inconsistencies. He begins to dig into Jamie’s relationship with the deceased and what exactly transpired that night.
I’ve always been a fan of Bomer and he does an exceptional job in this role. There’s something subtle about his character, to which you don’t know if he’s a villain or not. As the season progresses, we are exposed to his past and the mystery slowly unravels itself. If you haven’t watched The Sinner yet, I definitely recommend checking out season one and three (then maybe go back to two).