Monday mornings for the Polygon body of workers are at all times thrilling, due in no small phase to us having the risk to excitedly gab and proportion about all of the cool stuff we watched over the weekend— whether or not it’s the most recent sci-fi sequence on Netflix, a newly launched Korean motion flick, or chipping away at our non-public anime watchlist.
And as same old, the solutions vary extensively, as some other people take a look at what’s new and in style on streaming services and products, and a few go back to previous favorites. Listed here are among the displays and films we’re playing gazing presently, and what chances are you’ll experience gazing as neatly.
Tribes of Europa
I’m a sucker for the post-apocalypse, so seeing a brand new sequence pop up within the Netflix best 10 listing intended that I needed to give Tribes of Europa a check out.
The German-language program takes position within the 2070s and pits a number of factions towards every different in a vaguely feudal war of words. The Origines are living within the woods, eking out a residing just about nature. The Crows are lovely cartoonishly violent, all wearing black and huffing stimulants as they gun down someone of their trail. In between are the Atlantians, a high-tech faction whose sole consultant is a wounded pilot on a secret project to ship a peculiar sparkling dice someplace.
The standout actor for me is Henriette Confurious, who performs the stalwart Liv. I’m just one episode in and issues are already a little bit bloody and violent for my liking. We’ll see if issues veer extra towards Starvation Video games or probably the most annoying portions of Recreation of Thrones over the following few episodes. —Charlie Corridor
Tribes of Europa is streaming on Netflix.
And the whole thing else we’re gazing…
Ultimate weekend, in a haze of starvation for our subsequent WandaVision repair, my husband and I determined that gazing every other MCU display was once the methadone we would have liked. So we in spite of everything began gazing Agent Carter, the much-beloved two-season sequence that follows Captain The united states’s lady-love Peggy as she continues to paintings as a central authority agent within the era after he crash-lands within the Arctic and disappears. This display was once unusually arduous to seek out for some time — IIRC, Amazon had an unique license in the future, and it was once best to be had thru them and on bodily media — however the creation of Disney Plus in spite of everything introduced it to streaming, and we’re gazing a couple of episodes now each week as we come down from our WandaVision haze.
As adventure-drama Agent Carter is lovely usual: Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is operating down some thieves who broke right into a secret vault of unhealthy innovations created by means of Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who’s been branded as a traitor to The united states and is now at the lam. His butler Jarvis (James D’Arcy) has been tasked with serving to her out. The crime-and-terrorism trade is usual procedural stuff, with the exception of … Jarvis may be very fortuitously married and Peggy’s nonetheless mourning Cap, so there’s no tedious will-they-won’t-they stress. And the post-WWII generation, males are returning to paintings and ladies are being driven out of jobs, so Peggy’s coping with numerous gross performative sexism at paintings, and having to be a super-agent by means of evening whilst enduring “Care for my submitting for me, doll” gibes by means of day.
That dynamic, her grief over Cap and reluctance to proportion it with others, and her guilt over a pal who dies as collateral injury to her paintings early on all mix to make her reluctant to agree with or get just about someone. I’m in point of fact playing the complexity of her persona paintings and the way unlikeable her disappointment and prickliness make her, particularly as counterpoint to WandaVision’s issues in bringing throughout grief. Oh, and no longer by the way, this display is trendy as heck, and value gazing only for the costumes, units, hairstyles, and cinematography by myself. It’s a in point of fact handsome program, doll. —Tasha Robinson
Agent Carter is streaming on Disney Plus.
Hunter x Hunter
That is actually all I’ve been desirous about for the previous month and a part or so. My adventure into anime began off slowly, however at this level I’m at complete throttle and gained’t be searching again any time quickly. Hunter x Hunter is some of the stereotypical shōnen anime I’ve watched so far. As somebody who prefers slice-of-life, romance, and comedy, I wasn’t positive how I’d fare with one thing so action-heavy. However for lack of a higher description … it’s simply cool. I like the characters, however I additionally love this wild, wacky international the place other people have bizarre, explicit skills like conjuring up a limiteless vacuum cleaner and writing haikus that adjust gadgets round them. I like that the airships have little faces on them, that everybody on this international is so extremely desensitized to violence however for probably the most phase they’re all lovely respectable other people, that there’s a whole online game that may best be performed by means of other people with tremendous duper particular powers. As for the characters, I’ve already written about how Kurapika and Leorio have my whole center, however the episodes I’m gazing now focal point extra on Gon and Killua’s particular bond and guy, if it ain’t endearing.
In spite of everything, simply have in mind something: Bungee gum has the houses of each rubber and gum. —Petrana Radulovic
Hunter x Hunter is streaming on Netflix and Crunchyroll.
Justified Season 2
I’ve spent the ultimate couple weeks catching up with Justified, a display I’ve at all times favored however by no means dedicated to seeing thru. How foolish I used to be. Season 2 of Justified, which I stopped tearing thru this weekend, is the place the display leaps from uncommonly nice cop display to Kentucky Shakespeare, a shocking rumination on generational cycles of violence and exploitation. It’s were given all of the intrigue of a nice crime tale, however with the added nasty, venomous chew of all of it unfolding in a the city the place we all know your identify, and your daddy’s too. —Joshua Rivera
Justified is streaming on Hulu.
Some Like It Sizzling
Ultimate week (or perhaps it was once the week ahead of — time is meltier than ever) a New York Instances reporter become the principle persona of Twitter for mentioning that they broke their non-public rule to by no means watch black-and-white films as a result of I assume black-and-white films have been rough-around-the-edges and out-of-step with the recent conception of drama and, neatly, that simply wasn’t their jam. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, after all, however after catching Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy Some Like It Sizzling this weekend, all I may suppose is “c’mon!”
One of those proto-Sister Act, Some Like It Sizzling reveals two jazz musicians (performed by means of legends Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) at the run after witnessing a mafia hit activity throughout a speakeasy raid. To avert the gangsters, the pair conceal themselves in clothes and sign up for an all-female band. Each befriend and swoon over the gang’s ukulele participant Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Musical numbers and various hijinks ensue. Pushing the buttons of censorship on the time — even the theory of cross-dressing was once noticed with a raised eyebrow within the 1950s — the film crackles with Wilder’s patented discussion, whilst Curtis and Lemon have a box day understanding the best way to “play” ladies. The madcap power is true up there with Bridesmaids or 30 Rock, and it’s a disgrace to consider that it’s black-and-white veneer would stay other people away. —Matt Patches
Some Like It Sizzling is streaming on Tubi and Pluto TV.
During the last few weeks, I and others have come to grasp Sundays as Stationery Sundays, due to a string of stationery and journaling-themed Twitch streams broadcast all over the day. This weekend was once no other. By the point Sunday morning hit, I had amassed all my stationery and letter writing provides, in a position to arrange store along a gaggle of others — some broadcasting survive Twitch, others journaling alongside quietly within the chat. First, I tuned into April Wu of The Stationery Cafe podcast, then Miranda Sanchez from IGN, each unboxing an excellent quantity of latest stationery sweets. Afterwards, I watched Lillian Arrigoni paintings on a bullet magazine.
It’s been so great to look at, magazine, and draw along others with the similar pastime as me. It’s a in point of fact soothing technique to spend a Sunday. —Nicole Chippie
You, too, can experience Stationery Sundays every week on Twitch.
This weekend I sat down to look at Choi Jaehoon’s The Swordsman (which simply launched on VOD this weekend) and was once completely entertained. Jang-Hyuk’s efficiency because the blind former royal bodyguard-turned-vengeful swordsman Tae-yul was once as fascinating as Received-ho Son’s deft cinematography, and Joe Taslim of The Raid and The Night time Comes For Us reputation’s flip because the devious antagonist Lord Gurutai is every other terrific efficiency within the actor’s exemplar occupation. The motion is speedy and frenzied, however don’t are available in anticipating Wuxia balletics or over the top gore. For those who’re on the lookout for period-piece martial arts drama with engrossing performances and pulse-pounding swordplay, it’s for sure price an eye. —Toussaint Egan
The Swordsman is to be had to hire on virtual, $4.99 Amazon on Apple; $3.99 on Vudu.
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