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Stranger Things 2 — Final Trailer

But first, the teaser for the trailer:

It’s Halloween, 1984, and all is not well in Hawkins, Indiana. The kids are still in trouble, a big ugly monster with a lot of tentacles is creeping around, and Wynona Ryder is freaking out again. It’s almost time for Stranger Things 2.

The conventional wisdom is that the sequel is never as good as the original, but there are exceptions to the rule. There are arguments to be made, for instance, that The Godfather Part II, Aliens, and The Empire Strikes Back improve on their predecessors.

Stranger Things, Netflix’s homage to the Steven Spielberg/Stephen King version of the 1980s, was the big television hit of the summer of 2017, and one of the most talked-about media events of the year.

In two weeks, we’ll see if lightning can strike twice in the same place. (Hint: It can.)

On Friday, 27 October 2018, Netflix will make all the episodes of Stranger Things 2 available for streaming.


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The Crown — Season 2 Teaser

A Christmas gift from Netflix to all of us Anglophiles: The Crown returns on 8 December 2017.

It looks like we’re jumping ahead to the early 1960s by the end of Season 2, which is good news, since Season 1 often felt like it was taking place in real-time.*

The new season will begin with the Suez Crisis in 1956 and end with the fallout from the Profumo affair of 1963. The teaser features a brief look at Michael C. Hall, aka “Dexter,” as President Kennedy.

The Crown, with its solid performances, was one of my favourite shows of 2016.


*Not that I minded. For me, the more detailed, the better, when it comes to getting my British fix. I was only worried that at the pace the first series was playing out, I’d be celebrating my 100th birthday long before The Crown made it to the Diana years.

Stranger Things Season 2 — Comic-Con “Thriller” Trailer

The 2017 Comic-Con International ends today, and, as always, the event was packed with teasers, trailers, and sneak peaks. Among he most anticipated was this trailer for the second season of Stranger Things.

It doesn’t disappoint.

We’re back in the 80s again, a year after the action of last summer’s breakout hit.

Arcades! Dragon’s Lair! Reagan/Bush! Winona Ryder! Ghostbusters! Thriller! Shorts that were actually, you know, short.

It even has Memphis sheets!*

Sequels are always tricky. Can the Stranger Things recapture the charm and magic of the original?

We’ll find out on 27 October 2017, when Netflix will make the whole series available for streaming.


To Be Stuck Here Inside of Mobile, with These Memphis Sheets Again

*Well, sort of. The sheets you can see at the 3:03 mark are certainly reminiscent of the Memphis designs that were ubiquitous in the mid-80s, but I don’t think they’re the original item. This is just another subtle Stranger Things 80s homage.

You can see real Memphis sheets on Grady’s bed at the beginning of this scene from 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. (AKA the gay one.)

Memphis,” btw, doesn’t have anything to do with the city in Egypt. It was the name of a Milan design group, and had a style that heavily influenced New Wave graphics. Apparently, it’s making a comeback this year.

Being able to spread important, potentially life-changing information like this is what makes blogging so rewarding.

A Series of Unfortunate Events — New Trailer

No, that title is not simply a description of the horrendous things that have happened in the last 11 months. Instead, it’s a hopeful sign that 2017 might not be as foul and depressing as much of 2016 has been.

But this trailer leaves me a bit uneasy. For me, the world of A Series of Unfortunate Events has always been a mix of gothic and high Victorian. While there’s some of that in the trailer, the look here owes a lot to Pushing Daisies, a series I loved, but, for me at least, not the best template for the gloomy atmosphere that haunts the works of Lemony Snicket. And the humour in the teaser lacks the wonderful subtlety of the books. It all looks too bright and too simple.

Will I still watch it? Of course I will! But my expectations have been diminished.

The eight episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available on Netflix on Friday, the thirteenth of January 2017.

A Series of Unfortunate Events — First Teaser

Netflix has just released the first teaser for its highly anticipated adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

We’re introduced to the sinister Count Olaf, played by an unrecognizable Neil Patrick Harris, and looking much scarier than he does at Halloween.

I loved the first few books of the series, despite repeated pleas from the books’ mysterious narrator to stop reading, because things were only going to get much worse.  He recommended switching to something like The Littlest Elf.

All eight episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events will premiere on Netflix on 13 January 2017. That is, naturally, Friday the Thirteenth, because of course it is.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events — Premiere Date Announced

We finally have a date for the new Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events!

The première date for the Netflix eight-episode series is Friday, 13 January 2017, because of course the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans had to begin on Friday the 13th.  After all, there were 13 books in the series, and each book had 13 chapters.

I loved the first few Unfortunate Events books, which were filled with pseudo-Victorian prose, literary allusions, and repeated suggestions that the reader stop reading and do something else, because things were only going to get worse.  As the series progressed, though, the books got longer and less focused.

In the new Netflix version, Neil Patrick Harris will play the key role of Count Olaf, the orphans’ sinister uncle, and Patrick Warburton will be Lemony Snicket, the author and narrator of the books.  (The 2004 film version starred Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, with Jude Law providing the voice of Lemony Snicket.)

I’m afraid that it’s going to be really tempting to binge on this one.  I hope I can refrain, and give each episode the time it deserves.

In keeping with the tone of the books, Netflix has issued this recommendation:

“The world is vast and full of wonders. So on Friday, the 13th of January, please… watch something else.”