Towards the beginning of the pandemic, I recall telling my wife that we should ration time spent watching our favorite shows(new seasons), because we had no clue when new ones would be released.
Logically, the pandemic would halt production and completion of new projects by the studios extending the period of NO new content… Not the worst thing that can happen of course, but just one of those random concerns that popped into my head during those first few days of adapting. Shows like Handmaid’s Tale, Succession, Billions and Stranger things have experienced extended delays in production, but will hopefully be released in 2021. Yes, thankfully, there was still plenty of other newly released content that was good and helped fill that void (Cobra Kai)(Queens Gambit)-> *Netflix*. However, our search for something new, lead us to discovering some of the “old”… and I really don’t want to oversell this, but these are all very good shows! Catastrophe(2015), Red Oaks(2014) and Z The Beginning Of Everything(2015)… and what do these shows have in common? yep, they are all on Amazon Prime.
We already posted an entry about Catastrophe *click to view article* , so no need to go into detail about this one.
Cast of Red Oaks
Red Oaks was funny, filled with “corky personality” characters that can bring us back to those early adulthood years. Granted, most of us didn’t work at a fancy country club in New Jersey, but most of the character’s daily struggles can be relatable (to an extent). On the flipside, you have Z The Beginning Of Everything, a fictionalized biography depicting the lives of the Fitzgeralds (as in F. Scott Fitzgerald). The series is based on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. The show brings us into a version of how the socialite and writer Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Christina Ricci) might have lived her life in the 1920s. In the first season, we are introduced to Zelda’s southern living and how she met F. Scott Fitzgerald, before he was a famous published writer. unfortunately, Amazon decided to cut her story short as only one season aired. I for one was disappointed with this decision and think that Amazon should consider renewing it. Amazon is doing a much better job of marketing their content internally, something that I don’t recall seeing much of in the past.
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Written by: Johnny Guerrero