When a Netflix series ends...



Finishing a Netflix series can feel like the end of a friendship: A really good series that you look forward to at the end of the day, when your chores are done. So it's like a mini bereavement when you watch the credits on the last show.

The next night you're probably in denial as you frantically check google to see if there is another series not yet on Netflix. Anger when you find out there isn't. You desperately check Netflix again. Become depressed as you wonder how you will fill your evenings now that your beloved series has finished. And finally acceptance that you cannot change the situation, usually helped by finding something new to watch. And that is exactly what happened here.

The perfect antidote to Netflix grief? A new series of course. Especially one that makes you laugh like  Grace and Frankie. I like that it's about older women (and men) even though I'm not that old. I'm sure you've seen it if you have Netflix. If you don't, it's another good reason to sign up. And again, there's no magic involved, except in the acting, of course.

To me it's like an old fashioned warm hearted family comedy, and there's not many of those on terrestrial TV these days. The ones the critics like always seem to be sharp and pointy and clever and a bit dull. Not Grace and Frankie though. Series two was more serious in parts and there were also moments of toe curling embarrassment and a few scenes when you might want to push the children out of the room, especially in the last episode, but mostly it was very, very funny.

And then it was over, and the grief returned!

But this time Netflix found something for me, and it is perfect.

Falling Skies

Weaver leads the 2nd Mass after another alien attack
As you *may* be able to guess from the picture, it's another series set in a post apocalyptic future, complete with cringy aliens, dodgy science, clichéd story lines, social commentary and poorly disguised political messages (though I totally enjoyed the dig at Goldman Sachs). I'm loving it, of course!

It's about a small group of survivors following an alien invasion. Our hero is a History professor and father of three sons, one of whom is missing. Tom Mason joins the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, known as the 2nd Mass, which becomes like a family, one that loses many members, gets dispersed, faces unimaginable horrors and dangers, but never loses loyalty to the group.

But the real star of the series is not the handsome history professor, but the grizzled, grumpy and sick old soldier Colonel Weaver, who has to dig deep to keep up the spirits of this motley band of survivors.

The series is not exactly plausible, but it is easy viewing and emotional at times too, and moments of inspiration when Mason and Weaver have to put aside their own fears and find words to comfort and encourage everyone else. If you like that sort of thing, I'd definitely recommend this show.



For all the TV shows and films I should have mentioned, check out the Netflix news over at Bumbles of Rice.

Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming, a streaming device and an iPad as part of my membership of the Netflix Stream Team. All words and opinions in this post are my own.


4 comments:

  1. I loved Grace and Frankie and really did mourn when it was finished. Roll on series 3! I'll definitely be looking at Falling skies as we are ready for a new series. Thanks for the recommendations, I always get some gems here, we must have similar taste.

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  2. Thanks for all those recommandations :-) Since The Flash and Arrow finished, we've been left with an sense of emptiness !!! I can't stand having to wait 6 months for a series to come back, so thanks for giving me ideas here, I might take a look at Falling skies, seems just like the kind of stuff I like :-)

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    1. That's great to hear! Netflix seems to understand the shows I like now, and most of its recommendations are spot on :-)

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