Having already watched the first season of What We Do In The Shadows about 10 times. I loved the second season even if the ending was a little so-so. The episode with Jackie Daytona was a major highlight for me.
I loved the Queen’s Gambit. It did the whole thing about young lady walking into a male dominated field “you can’t play chess because your a g-g-g-girl”. I liked how all her chess friends came back in the end to help her win. I liked how it didn’t treat the Russians ‘completely’ as bad guys.
However, the show that clinches it for me is Gangs of London. Now this show is trying to be the new Game of Thrones, and you get that vibe from the show’s very name. It is a show that involves different clans or families jostling for power over the crime underworld of London and ready to committ lots of violence to hold on to that power. However, it’s given a real contemporary feel, each of the ‘houses’ represents a different section of British immigrant society, the races and cultures that have actually built contemporary Britain, and this includes Afro-Caribbeans, Albanians, Kurds, Irish and Welsh. It has all the drama you’d expect from one of these multi-character dramas BUT it also has the view for action that would make John Wick nod in approval. It’s made by they same creative team who made The Raid, and it’s sequel and some of the action feels far too slick for the small screen. Episode 4 in particular is just a straightup siege of a country house and it rocks so hard. I came to the show for the action but stayed for the socio-economical messaging which is all there along with the white knuckle fight scenes and shootouts. Game of Thrones didn’t get popular until the third season, I hope Gangs of London gets its due. It sidesteps so much of the pantomine of British politics at the moment and tells a story about all the different immigrant cultures that have built the UK and the complications between them all.
Anchoring the cast is Sope Dirisu as the main protagonist and he may as well be the coolest man of 2020 too.
Also a quick shoutout to Auntie Donna’s Big Ole House of Fun on Netflix.