Friday, May 26, 2017

3 Fantasy Shows I'm Currently Bingewatching

Posted by: Angela Campbell
I have a confession to make. I am a TV junkie. Of course, I don't have time to watch nearly as much TV as I used to, but I still find time now and then to binge watch something I haven't yet discovered. Apparently I'm a teenager (or millennial?) trapped in the body of a grown woman because I regularly watch most of the shows on The CW — Arrow, The Flash, The Vampire Diaries (RIP), Supergirl, and Supernatural — but I also have discovered some shows on Netflix that aren't as well known that I absolutely love. I've already reviewed Stranger Things, but here are a few more Netflix shows I highly recommend if you're a fan of speculative fiction.

Sense8 — Netflix
It's not easy to describe the awesomeness that is Sense8 because there truly isn't anything out there to make a fair comparison to, but I'll try to do it justice. Created by the Wachowskis of The Matrix fame, the show follows eight characters, all from different countries/ethnicities/races/genders/sexual orientations, who are sensates who belong to the same cluster, meaning they are mentally and emotionally linked. They interact with one another telepathically while being hunted by a man called Whispers, another sensate who works for an agency trying to exterminate their kind. Once you get into it, it's one of those shows you can't stop watching. Plus, it portrays main characters who are transgender, homosexual, and non-white like normal human beings, and it weaves in some worthwhile social issues into its mythology. Season two just dropped this month and I watched it all in a weekend and am now anxiously hoping for a season three announcement soon. Are you listening Netflix?!?!

Black Mirror — Netflix
A British import, Black Mirror is kind of like a Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits for the digital age, with standalone episodes that feature well-known actors in fantasy stories that indicate that with too much technology we risk losing some (if not all) of our humanity. Granted, some episodes are kind of dark, but they're incredibly well-written and thought provoking. I recommend it if you want a show that you can watch an episode here and there without getting sucked into cliffhangers.

Mystery Science Theater 300: The Return — Netflix
I loved watching the goofy Mystery Science Theater shows when I was younger, so I wasted no time diving into the new show when it debuted on Netflix. Plus, Felicia Day, who I admire immensely, is a writer/producer/actress on the reboot. If you're not familiar with it (seriously?), each episode is about a man and his robot friends in space who are forced to watch terrible movies as an experiment, and they mock the movies while they play. Plus, they do funny skits instead of commercials. If you have a silly sense of humor, check it out. You are guaranteed to snort-laugh at least once during each movie.

What are you binge-watching? Summer is here, so I need suggestions. Give me yours in the comments!

Angela Campbell is the author of the psychic detectives series from Harper Impulse. Learn more about her and her books at

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