August Previews: Netflix and Amazon

What’s new to the world of streaming? ASFF assesses new shows on Netflix and Amazon, from the second season of Mindhunter to the hugely exciting Carnival Row, with Orlando Bloom.

The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance (Netflix)

A big gamble for Netflix, but an intriguing one, this ten-episode series is a prequel to the 1982 puppet-driven fantasy film The Dark Crystal that was directed by The Muppets’ legend Jim Henson and Yoda himself, Frank Oz.  Helmed by Louis Leterrier (who made 2008’s The Incredible Hulk and the Clash of the Titans remake), this latest incarnation sets out to explore the world of Thra seen in the original film. No question, the voice cast is second to none. Led by Taron Egerton and Anya Taylor-Joy, as two of the Gelflings who inspire rebellion, it features the likes of Mark Hamill, Helena Bonham Carter, Alicia Vikander and Andy Samberg.

Mindhunter Season 2 (Netflix)

The David Fincher-produced series about serial killers and the FBI returns for a second season. With Fincher back to direct two of the episodes, and Jonathan Groff reprising his role as FBI agent Holden Ford, this sophomore arc looks promising. Among the real-life crimes covered are the Atlanta Child Murders, which took place between 1979 and 1981. Also featuring will be an imprisoned Charles Manson, as played by Damon Herriman, the Australian actor who is also about to be seen as the cult leader in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Fans will be relieved to hear that creepy killer Ed Kemper, played by the brilliant Cameron Britton, will also be on hand.

Carnival Row (Amazon Prime)

Hopes are high for this neo-noir fantasy series, with Amazon already renewing the show for a second season. Created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham, four of the first season’s eight episodes are directed by Jon Amiel, who most famously shot the BBC’s seminal Dennis Potter show The Singing Detective. With a series of murders at the core, it’s set in a world where mythical creatures have fled their war-torn homeland. Tensions are rising between this monstrous immigrant population and others, giving the show a contemporary political edge. Heading an impressive cast? Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

#IMomSoHard Live (Amazon Prime)

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are already a viral internet sensation with their #IMomSoHard web-series – a show in which they play two mothers dealing with babies, husbands and their own bodies (usually with lashings of wine to get them through the day). The skits have already inspired a book and now their first original live special comes to Amazon Prime. Judging by the amusing trailers, with the girls talking to Amazon device Alexa, this should make for a lively night in. Don’t forget the vino.

All shows available from August 2019 onwards.

James Mottram

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