Arts & Culture
Staying In (TV) – Feb 22
Staying in with
Season Two (Netflix), 18 February
It’s a small step for Netflix and a giant leap for comedy as Space Force returns for a second season. Greg Daniels and Steve Carell of The Office reunite for another outing of the show based on former President Trump’s really good and really clever idea to militarize space (That was sarcasm, just in case it didn’t come across). But a ridiculous notion provides a ridiculously good premise. General Mark R Naird (Carell) continues to lead the United States Space Force as they do their best to secure the moon as their base while dealing with their rivals in China. In space, no-one can you scream. But they can probably hear you laugh.
Netflix, 3 February
Terry Seattle (played by the hilarious Will Arnett) is a Senior Detective in Homicide Division. He solves murders with the help of a celebrity guest star. But there’s a twist: each episode, the celebrity guest star isn’t given a script. They have no idea what’s going to happen during the case and they have to improvise their way through. It’s a brilliant premise and based on BAFTA award winning BBC Three series Murder In Successville. The willing guest stars include Annie Murphy, Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeong, Kumail Najiani, Marshawn Lynch and Sharon Stone. Sounds like a perfect combination of Columbo meets Whose Line Is It Anyway.
The Legend of Vox Machina
Amazon Prime, 4 February
Now for something completely different. Amazon Prime’s latest adult animation is the story taken from Critical Role’s Dungeons and Dragons internet show. The cast created the characters and the story unfolded weekly, live and improvised by the cast and their story-guide and rule-maker, the Dungeon Master. Now the story they created has been animated for television and the cast providing their voices for their characters. Confused yet? Don’t worry, just hit play and enjoy. This foul-mouthed, funny and violent animation is like if Rick and Morty and Game Of Thrones had a baby.
Pam & Tommy
Disney+, 2 February
This new show from the director of the brilliant I, Tonya follows the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. In 1995 they famously married after knowing each other for only 96 hours. Their relationship fed the tabloid machine and sold countless magazines. Expect some stellar performances from Lily James and Sebastian Stan in the titular roles and I think we can expect “the tape” to be a big part of this story.
Apple TV+, 18 February
Ben Stiller directs this workplace thriller. The employees of this office have agreed to have their memories “severed.” While at work they won’t remember anything about their home lives and while at home they won’t remember anything about their work lives. An event outside of work triggers officer leader Mark (Adam Scott) and his team to try and discover the truth about their jobs. It’s a premise that’s going to make you press that “Play Next Episode” before the remote knows what’s hit it.