As normal, we began off the week by surveying the Polygon employees to see what folks have been watching — whether or not they’re on high of the most recent cultural controversy a few virally widespread Netflix collection, discovering an animated gem forward of the most recent season, or educating themselves in older style classics.
And as normal, the solutions vary extensively, as some folks try what’s new and widespread on streaming providers, and a few return to previous favorites. Here are some ideas on what we’re having fun with watching proper now, and what you may take pleasure in watching as properly.
There’s a lot information pumping by the feed, so many takes to learn, so many stories to digest, so MUCH to grasp concerning the world at this time, and but … my mind hungers for ineffective trivia. Yes, Alex, do inform which creator appropriately named a sidekick character Passepartout as a result of it means “goes everywhere.” I yearn to know. (It was Jules Verne in Around the World in Eighty Days.)
Jeopardy! has at all times held a particular place in my coronary heart, however the grind of life has made all of it however not possible for me to tune into the nightly 7 p.m. airings in my native space. But January’s Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time match led me again to the present, and the discharge of episodes on Netflix, the place I may cram them like I’m examine from the AP U.S. History take a look at I positively forgot was tomorrow, turned me right into a trivia marathoner. One episode of Jeopardy! within the night is like kicking again with the crossword puzzle. Watching a complete College Tournament over two nights is like having fun with is like getting a Super Bowl in the course of the week. There are heroes. There are villains. I’m amped. I’m alive. “Foreign Former Forts” for $800, Alex.
Unlike the conflict of the titans in the course of the GOAT match, the folks taking part in within the obtainable Netflix episodes are Normal Human Beings with finite information and little play technique. The video games strikes at a clip, however not quick sufficient to maintain my spouse and I from shouting solutions and getting a bit aggressive. The episodes are available in at a cool 22 minutes, and the endings aren’t engineered to maintain us watching previous our bedtime. Jeopardy! is regular, and it’s one thing I didn’t know I wanted a lot proper now. —Matt Patches
Jeopardy! Is streaming on Netflix.
And every part else we’re watching…
Whenever I would like a pick-me-up I throw on Bob’s Burgers. Does the trick each time. Not solely is it foolish in a manner that permits me to show off my mind and simply giggle for a bit, it’s additionally very candy, which is uncommon on the earth of Fox grownup animation [*cough* Family Guy *cough*].
I’ve binged Bob’s Burgers on Hulu sufficient that I do know most of seasons 1-7 by coronary heart now, however this weekend I revisited among the newer episodes that I caught stay however haven’t re-watched. One of these episodes was season 8’s “Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You.” As the title would counsel, Bob’s Burgers caters a marriage for a pair (visitor stars Pete Holmes and Kulap Vilaysack) who had their first date on the restaurant. Predictably, issues go mistaken in outrageous and hilarious methods, however the song Bob sings while cooking burgers for the wedding legitimately made me cry.
Bob is having a little bit of an existential disaster about his job, considering that it’s silly and trivial in comparison with, say, a medical profession saving lives. Catering the marriage makes him really feel like he’s part of one thing essential, and he sings a ballad about how he can “save their special day” by the ability of burgers, which can in flip reaffirm his religion in his calling to make burgers. “Do I need this more than anything? I doooooo,” he croons. It’s lovely.
Those moments are what I really like most about Bob’s Burgers, particularly after they’re juxtaposed with a bit about useless butterflies (they had been imagined to fly out of bins and encompass the couple.) At its coronary heart it’s a foolish candy present, with some absolute bangers on the soundtrack. Now I’m going to have that tune caught in my head all week. —Emily Heller
Bob’s Burgers is streaming on Hulu
The Great Pretender
I’m 5 episodes into The Great Pretender, the most recent anime from Wit Studios (Attack on Titan, Vinland Saga). An alternate title could be Breaking Good. The present’s first block of episodes borrow liberally from the story of a infamous budding drug kingpin, share that collection’ knack for slowburn suspense, and cheekily title drop Walter White himself. But the place Breaking Bad charted the descent of a bitter, vindictive egomaniac within the drab, lonely deserts of New Mexico, The Great Pretender sprints within the different path. Its hero, Makoto Edamura, stumbles by comparable seedy underbellies, compelled at first to craft the proper illicit drug, however his adventures take him throughout the globe, in crowded cities so vigorous that they radiate supernatural colours. Edanmura is Walter White in reverse, a con artist making an attempt to be higher, continually hobbled by household trauma, the shadow of incarceration, and the unquenchable need to attain greatness.
I second our evaluate from D.M. Moore: “There are few shows that, regardless of a person’s predilections, I would suggest without a second thought. Great Pretender is now on that list.” —Chris Plante
The Great Pretender is streaming on Netflix.
Multiple folks from varied elements of my life have been urging me to look at “the volleyball anime” for months now, so a couple of weeks in the past, I lastly determined to start out it. And people, it was tough. Those first few episodes introduce the central characters, enthusiastic spiker HInata and conceited setter Kageyama, and boy, do they begin out with extremely overwhelming and considerably unlikeable personalities. I used to be reluctant to proceed.
But because the forged expanded over the subsequent few episodes, the remainder of the staff balanced out Hinata and Kageyama — and so they additionally understand that they’re appearing like complete idiots and must work collectively. The staff is filled with varied personalities, from succesful captain Daichi, hot-headed Tanaka, and aloof (and actually freakin’ tall!) Tsukishima. Their massive personalities bounce off one another, making for some enjoyable banter and inter-team battle. For these clueless to the game (aka me), Daichi patiently explains the positions and guidelines to the staff’s additionally clueless coach. I now know extra about volleyball than I ever thought I’d need to.
It was this weekend the place I lastly reached the groove of episodes the place I believed to myself “Wow, I want to look at the subsequent one,” because the forged rounds out and the stakes heighten. I’m a sucker for unlikely teammates coming collectively regardless of their variations and mantras about how everybody on one aspect of the online is an ally are a surefire technique to make me mushy. But I wasn’t anticipating simply how excited I’d get for the game itself, how the tosses and serves and receives acquired my coronary heart a-poundin’! Let’s go Karasuno High, let’s go! —Petrana Radulovic
Haikyu!! is streaming on Netflix.
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure
I started my weekend convalescing on the sofa — solely to be joined late on Saturday by my seven-year-old after she badly skinned a knee. So, with half of the household injured and the opposite half recovering from the primary week of distant studying, I made a decision it was time for cartoons.
I’ve been a fan of Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure ever since I caught a couple of episodes on the Disney Channel in 2017. The artwork fashion is kind of completely different from Tangled itself, which was very shiny and refined. The animated collection depends on a colored-pencil look with a number of texture, and it really works properly even in character close-ups. There are additionally a number of nice outfits that my ladies desperately need to add to their dress-up bin or riff on for subsequent 12 months’s Renaissance pageant circuit. But, what grabbed me was probably the most was its ongoing episodic storyline.
The finest season by far is season 2, which sees the gang tackle every kind of aspect quests and adventures. Season three positively meanders, tossing in a number of macguffins to paper over vaguely understandable plot holes. But, ultimately, it actually places a pleasant bow on issues. The last three-episode arc of that third season — when mixed with the brief movie Tangled: Before Ever After — is the equal of a sequel to the unique film. Throw in the truth that all the unique voice actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi come alongside for the experience, it’s some of the formidable and complete Disney cartoon collection obtainable on Disney Plus. —Charlie Hall
Tangled: Before Ever After and Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure (also called Tangled: The Series) is streaming on Disney Plus.
7 Days in Hell and Tour de Pharmacy
Over the weekend, I revisited the 2 sports activities mockumentaries that Jake Szymanski and Murray Miller made for HBO. They’re simply as humorous as I bear in mind them to be, although I’d forgotten about simply how a lot male full-frontal nudity (actual and computer-generated) was in every.
Both mockumentaries heart on actual occasions (Wimbledon and the Tour de France, respectively), and star a cadre of well-known faces as a bunch of fictional athletes, together with Andy Samberg (who stars in each movies), Kit Harington, Orlando Bloom, John Cena, and Daveed Diggs. There are additionally cameos from real-world figures as themselves, resembling David Copperfield, Serena Williams, J. J. Abrams, and an notorious bicycle owner whose cameo is simply too good to spoil right here.
They’re each simply over 40 minutes lengthy, and pitch-perfect parodies of how self-serious such documentaries can generally be. —Karen Han
7 Days in Hell and Tour de Pharmacy are streaming on HBO.
MY HORROR JOURNEY CONTINUES! In case you missed it, Polygon’s personal Petrana Radulovic and I are happening unintentionally simultaneous quests to get to know the horror style higher. Last weekend she watched Candyman (which is leaving Netflix on Aug. 30, get it!), and this weekend we each watched The Witch. As Tasha Robison has identified, The Witch was offered as standard horror — I first noticed the trailer earlier than Crimson Peak, one other artsy, horror-adjacent film that suffered in its advertising.
The Witch is the story of a beleaguered Puritan household making an attempt to make homesteading occur, and in exactly the mistaken location. First the infant Samuel disappears, after which extra kids are stricken, at first regularly, after which unexpectedly. Teenaged Thomasin is more and more blamed for the household’s catastrophes. When she turns her frustration on her father and calls out his personal hypocritical habits, he takes it because the satan talking by her. Frustrating!! Yet believable!!!
Visually, it guidelines, and is properly value a watch, even for those who’re a weenie who’s nervous about intrusive night time ideas. While it has its moments of violence and intense imagery, I discovered it far much less spooky than the trailers indicated. —Simone de Rochefort
The Witch is streaming on Netflix.