With its fifth season being met with a mixed reception at best, the inevitable demands for Orange is the New Black’s swan song have been loudly reverberating in the online echo chamber that is social media. However, it is apparent that the newly released sixth season has attempted to reinvigorate the once ground breaking show by focusing on select characters and narratives. Here, we examine whether OITNB is indeed ready to be shelved, or whether its sixth season successfully reminds its audience why they fell in love with it – its sharp writing, pacing and commitment to diversity.
The gamers amongst the Amazon Prime Video customers may be saddened to know that their hugely popular pre-order discount is coming to an end.
However, for those tracking the company’s gaming division, the loss of the video game pre-order discount should carry little surprise. Originally, the Amazon Prime discount rivalled the best buy Gamers Club Unlocked discount, offering subscribers 20% off of new games. Then, Amazon relegated their deal to pre-orders. In a systematic series of cuts, Amazon removed re-released and remasters from their discount scheme. Now, Amazon Prime is removing their £2 preorder discount, leaving its UK gamers with little more perks than their ‘Twitch Prime’ member benefits, such as deals on games, DLC, and shipping.
Specifically, in a statement released by Amazon, they announced that customers would no longer be able to use the pre-order discount from August 7th 2018. However, Amazon have affirmed that customers will still be able to access discount codes for new video game releases (which is a feature of many online retailers), bonus games to keep each month, and a monthly subscription for a Twitch streamer. In such case, with many retailers offering release-day delivery on gaming pre-orders, an advantage not exclusive to Amazon Prime, it is feasible to predict that many shoppers will opt for other outlets when purchasing video games. In short, with the removal of one of Amazon’s last remaining exclusive perks, it may be time for shoppers to look elsewhere for their gaming needs.
Arrested Development has been regarded as both a cult classic and a former hit that has failed to recapture its former brilliance. The first half of its fifth and newest season is now available to stream on Netflix, but we’re not sure if the programme should continue to develop.
Breaking News – Queer Eye is returning June 2018, can you believe? Netflix has announced that the acclaimed television show will return for its second season on June 15th, just two months after it was announced the show would be renewed, and four months after the first series was available to stream.
Matt Groening, the esteemed creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, has a new show in the works, or, to be exact, a show that has been in the works for a while. Disenchantment, an animated series for adults, will be streaming on Netflix, and has been given a release date of August 17th 2018.
In the spirit of writer neutrality, I shall phrase the following sentiment as follows: it seems that a lot of people aren’t too pleased with Barrack Obama’s presidential replacement. In fact, it could be said that Donald Trump attracts a fair bit of outrage. One may even argue that, collective disbelief at his candidacy – he was a TV show host after all – has become fiery indignation towards the actions of his presidency. Ironic it is, therefore, that Obama is making the opposite career shift, going from POTUS to TV executive.
I have a favourite people-watching game, which, I’m sure is not exclusive to myself, and which includes identifying members of the public as members of the animal kingdom. This is not a cruel or jeering pastime, I assure you, but more in line with the fact that I sometimes think that an individual has a distinctly ‘zebra-personality,’ or even an ‘otter essence,’ perhaps, maybe, they may possess a feline feeling of aloof cool.
A Netflix homepage will list categories based on algorithms that factor an accountholder’s personalised viewing habits and preferences. Therefore, each account is presented with an entirely different set of suggestions than the next, and may be locked out of being shown a specific category due to a watching something that may not entirely reflect their tastes.
However, by using a simple web address trick, you can find any one of Netflix’s many genres and sub-genres when changing certain numbers in a URL. Specifically, when logging into Netflix, type www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX into your search-bar to bring up one of the thousands of genres that are listed in Netflix’s library. This way, you, rather than an algorithm has control of the content that you can stream, binge, or ‘chill’ to.
With Britannia, Sky Atlantic brings a new historical period drama that marries a medieval setting with fantasy elements. This is a combination not unfamiliar to fans of contemporary television epics. We’re keeping a close eye on the programme, eager to see if the show is merely a Game of Thrones clone, or will create a cultural phenomena in its own right. With GoT off our screens throughout 2018, Britannia will either fill the void it has left, or remind us of what we’re missing. So, with high expectations, we’ve comprised a list of the reasons why we’re excited about Britannia, first airing on January 18th, 2018…
Season 7 of Game of Thrones, like the seasons that preceded it, set conversation ablaze. You don’t have to be of a particularly discerning mind to notice that both diehard fans and casual viewers have been theorising about the television juggernaut, its characters and its prophecies. You could even argue that Game of Thrones has replaced talk of the weather as a unifying conversation topic that allows friends, colleagues and strangers to connect, albeit in a less soul-destroying manner than meteorological small-talk. A part of the draw comes in from the fact that detailed theorising and slow-building intrigue is all the more valuable in an age binge-viewing and the instant gratification that it accordingly inspires.
Season 7 of GoT saw some long-debated theories finally become realised, ending years of fan conjecture. Airing on Sky Atlantic in 2019, the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones is still some time away, giving us ample opportunity to further debate existing theories and to consider new ideas on how the show will end. Spoilers ahead…