Lost In Space (Netflix)

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Lost In Space (Netflix) – Premieres 13th April

Reboot of the 60’s TV show, this follows the Robinson family, who while on the way to a new space colony have to evacuate the ship. Leaving them stranded on an unknown planet.

After crash landing and witnessing their escape shuttle sink into deep water, the Robinsons have to figure on how they are going to survive in the icy condition they find themselves in while they hope to be rescued.

When realising that the only way to retrieve a battery generator needed to keep their heater working throughout the night, the father John, asks his smallest child Will to get it as only he can fit through the hatch. Before Will can go his sister Judy jumps in to get it only to end up submerged and trapped in ice.

To rescue her John and Will head off to find supplies to help the rescue, while Johns other daughter Penny looks after her injured mother Maureen along with keeping Judy company. After finding what they need Will is then separated from John, who makes the decision to go back to save Judy and then return to save Will. During this time Will discovers an alien craft and slowly befriends a robot who saves him.

While this is going on the programme shows the backstory of the family as headed towards the mission, along with the reason why their ship was abandoned. And revealing how some of the other crew managed to escape.

As a reboot this is a more serious take on the original, and is a lot more watchable for it. It’s a surprisingly decent bit of viewing.

6.0/10

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Fastest Car (Netflix)

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Fastest Car (Netflix) – Premieres 6th April

A car show where three owners of sleeper cars, regular looking vehicles that have been modified into high performance racers, challenge a supercar in a one off drag race to see who owns the fastest vehicle. Where the winner apparently moves on to a grand final to find out who is the quickest.

Managing to stretch out a programme about 10 second drag race to over 40 minutes long this follows the four competitors over the 10 days up to the race. In the first run through the drivers they talk about their early lives and how they got to the point where they made their own car, or in the supercar owners case, he amassed the cash to have such a collection.

The show then rotates through the drivers another two times in the build up to the race where they are tinkering with the cars trying to get the best performance out of them. All the while the programme goes into less detail than you would find in a pre race set up in any of the Street Outlaws shows. And those are about 20 seconds before they actually do show a race.

It then has them all arriving at the track where they check out each others cars and finally has them racing. Then with the race done the victor is announced where they are told they are moving on in the competition.

For a show based around a race it lacks a lot of what you’d expect, where after the chat of how/why the cars were built there virtually nothing about getting the thing ready for the event. An event that isn’t explained, so you’ve no idea if they’re just doing this for bragging rights or cash prize. Or how the tournament itself is set up.

And while they focus on the people behind the car, even that is drawn out to the point of tedium. So it feels like you could fit at least three races in the episode using the same format, and it being a more interesting watch.

1.5/10

Rapture (Netflix)

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Rapture (Netflix) – Premieres 30th March

A music docu-series where in each episode it focuses on a different rapper, as they talk about their life and career.

During the programme, the rapper in question is interviewed where they talk about their early life, and how their home life and where they were raised formed the basis on the music they perform. Along this some stock footage and family pictures are shown, as well as getting interviews with family and friends.

It then moves onto the rappers career where after showing some early footage and getting some interviews with the folks they collaborate with, explain how they made it big and how it effected them. The show they follows them as they go about producing music, getting ready for live shows and interacting with their fans.

As a music show goes, it’s like a more lightweight version of something like Noisey.

5.7/10

Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

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Wild Wild Country (Netflix) – Premieres 16th March

A documentary that tells the story of the Rajneesshee cult, where in the early 80’s they leave India to purchase a large ranch in Oregon to begin building their own settlement. Where after few years manage to become the source of a national scandal, leading to the FBI bringing them down.

The first episode is mainly used to set up the story, where it interviews some of the residents of the small town in Oregon where they end up. And talks to a few of the former members where they explain how the cult began and the thinking behind their relocation to the States.

As the first episode is used to to set the scene, it’s very much a slow burner where it only hints at some of the strange and almost unbelievable goings on that were to follow. Though unlike other cult based documentaries like Waco: Madman or Messiah it goes into real depth with it, making it an interesting bit of viewing.

6.8/10

First Team: Juventus (Netflix)

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First Team: Juventus (Netflix) – Premieres 16th February

A documentary that follows the players and management team of Juventus during the first half of the 2017/18 season. As the team are trying to build on the success of last season where they won the Italian League for the 6th consecutive time, and got the their second Champions League final in three years.

In the same vein as shows like Road to the Winter Classic, A Season With & All Or Nothing. It follows the club as the prepare for upcoming games, and focuses on the home life of a few of their players. Then it shows the match highlights of the games played before doing it all over again.

Like the aforementioned shows, this is an easy bit of viewing but does lack in some of the behind the scene aspects like half time team talks. That’s said it’s not too bad.

5.4/10

Nailed It (Netflix)

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Nailed It (Netflix) – Premieres 9th March – Renewed

A baking competition based on the internet meme where attempts to mimic a cake end up with comedically disastrous results. Hosted by Nicole Byer, who along with chef Jacques Torres and a guest baker, judge the attempts of three contestants over 2 rounds as they try to win $10k.

In the first round the contestants are set a small challenge where they have an hour to recreate a particular confectionary. At the end of the round the best performer is crowned with a golden hat while the person that finished last gets some bonus help in the next round.

The second and final round has three contestants trying to recreate a larger cake in a two hour time limit. Where all three have the chance to use a help button that brings in the guest baker, who give them advice on what to do in a three minute period. The worst performer in the last round is also given a buzzer where if used, Byer will annoy and try to distract the other two contestants for three minutes.

At the end of the round the cakes are judged and the maker of the best cake gets the $10k. As baking competitions go this one is a grind to get through, due to it relying on the cakes being made to look bad. This goes against the whole comedy surprise of the nailed it meme, so this is just showing us bad bakers presenting predictably bad looking cakes.

1.3/10

B: The Beginning (Netflix)

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B: The Beginning (Netflix) – Premieres 2nd March

Japanese anime where after a spate of villainous types have been murdered by a serial killer by the name of Killer B, the police department of Cremona bring in fabled investigator Keith Flick to aid in their investigations.

With the police hunting B down a mysterious crime syndicate is also on the hunt for him. Where they try to lure B out into the open by committing crimes and leaving his signature at the scene in the hope he will turn up giving them a chance to capture him.

As an opening episode this is confusing even for anime standards. With the plot beging barely explained, you’re left not really knowing who is doing what and for why. That said it does do enough to make you want to watch another episode, mainly so you can hope to make out what the hell is going on.

4.1/10