Struggling for something good to watch? That shouldn’t really be a problem, especially if you have access to Netflix or Catch up. Here’s a short list of some of the programmes I’ve been enjoying lately.
Set in 1977, this series follows two FBI agents, Holden Ford and Bill Trench, in the early days of criminal profiling and psychology and reveals how the term serial killer was coined. To truly understand what spurs a killer on, the two agents interview several in an attempt to get into their mind. One such murderer is the real-life Edmund Kemper (played wonderfully by Cameron Britton) who is serving 8 life sentences. Kemper killed 10 people – including his mother and paternal grandparents – engaged in necrophilia, and claimed to have eaten the flesh of one of his victims. He is 6ft 9inces tall and very intelligent, with an IQ of 145, making him a formidable beast.
This show is extremely interesting, not only due to the main focus, but the differences in how life was back in the 70s. How women were treated, what sort of things were considered acceptable, in all avenues. There is one episode in particular that stands out to me and I talk about it to anyone who will listen; it’s about how a head teacher in a primary school punishes naughty children. I won’t go in to it too much, I want you to go and watch it for yourselves, but it divides the characters, with Ford finding it appalling.
The show is based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
When you go to watch this German thriller on Netflix, it will be dubbed – which, in my opinion, is lazy and off-putting. You can, however, changed the audio settings to German and then switch on the subtitles; just a wee tip for you to fully enjoy this dark, and at times confusing show.
Set in 2019, with the story also spreading to 1986 and 1953, Dark follows the residents of a small German town with many of them concealing disturbing secrets. A young boy, Mikkel Nielson, disappears one night after entering a cave in the woods. This brings back memories for his police officer father, Ulrich, whose younger brother also went missing in 1986, and Ulrich becomes consumed with the effort of finding his boy. His search takes many twists and turns, in more ways than he could ever have expected, and the revelation of what has been happening in their sleepy town, spanning over three generations, is astounding.
I’ll admit, I got lost during the course of this show, but didn’t lose interest, and when the whole story comes full circle at the end, it is mind blowing and satisfying.
We watched this before Daredevil, and while we were unfamiliar with the story behind the Punisher, it didn’t take us long to pick up on what was happening.
It begins with Frank Castle hanging up his Punisher vest after exacting revenge on those who killed his family, and he assumes a new identity, working on a building site and keeping his head down. However, he becomes involved with David Lieberman, a former NSA analyst who has faked his own death and together they uncover a conspiracy in the military involving several of Castle’s friends and comrades. This also leads to the revelation that there was more to the killing of Castle’s family than originally thought.
This show is brutal, bloody, dark, everything I want in the Marvel universe that I don’t get watching The Avengers movies. If you like violence, vengeance, and the bad guys getting their arses kicked, them you’ll love this.
If any of these shows sound like they are right up your street, they are all available on Netflix.
Happy watching xXx