Bith the large number of new releases and sequels on Netflix, Amazon and Co., it is easy to lose track. What’s worth it? What can you leave behind? Here are our picks of the week, the most interesting scene and a confession.
You have to see
„Extrapolations“ (Apple TV+, first season)
There are good reasons to assume that what the eight-part “Extrapolations” shows us as a future scenario for the years 2037 to 2070 will occur in a very similar way. Because the director and producer Scott Z. Burns already wrote the screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” – a pandemic drama that anticipated Corona in 2011 with incredible accuracy. So it pays to watch closely as superstars like Meryl Streep and Sienna Miller grapple with a heated earth ravaged by wildfires, flooding, biodiversity loss and emerging diseases. Although, you don’t have to look that closely, because hardly a scene fails to spell out the eco-political conflict in all clarity.
“Do you need anything else?” a young woman is asked right at the beginning. “That people listen,” is her meaningful answer. Sighs like “Take a look around!”, “It’s up to us to change something!” and “Why does God allow that?” meet a penetrating orange filter that doesn’t let you forget how warm it is in the living room of the Rabbi (Daveed Diggs) quoting Sodom and Gomorrah. And if you forget it for a moment, you will be responsibly reminded of it by a newsreader who keeps stepping in and showing bird’s-eye views of a brightly lit world.
Most animal species are no longer there (no tigers and only one whale), but other traditions that have long been declared dead have survived: reading aloud, childbirth and church services enter into a natural symbiosis with 3D avatars, artificial intelligence and digital processes Translation of animal sounds into human language. Unlike M. Night Shyamalan’s recently released horror film “Knock at the Cabin”, “Extrapolations” (the title contains the generational continuation, the cinematic approximation and the mathematical extrapolation) comes up with a similarly loud catastrophe overkill, but it does present the crisis in the long run: The cruel thing is not, as some activists would like us to believe, that tomorrow everything will perish if we don’t change anything today. But that it will continue even then. Marie Luise Goldman
Must see again
„Silicon Valley“ (Wow, six seasons)
The shortest history of the internet? Told in the opening credits of HBO’s Silicon Valley (one of the shortest opening credits of all time, by the way). As in a city-building game, you watch the valley doing its favorite pastime, creative destruction, also known as disruption. The company headquarters are spread out over the model city like tokens, new ones are added in each season, others have suddenly disappeared, and it’s actually a miracle that the Amazon drone and the Uber balloon didn’t even come across the Silicon Valley Bank token float away, whose headquarters actually look like they were designed for a mobile city game.
Anyone who has seen “Silicon Valley”, the series, is not surprised that Bank Silicon Valley went bankrupt. If you don’t know the series yet, you now have twice the reason to finally see it. Because the creators simply turned the famous Marx saying around: before the real tragedy came the serial farce.
In a way, we have already seen the queue of the unfortunate standing in front of the Silicon Valley bank in “Silicon Valley”: the hyper-nervous exceptional coder Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), who is reliably hit on the stomach by the eternal disruption; the programmer Dinesh, who pours his temporary fortune into a grossly overpriced Tesla; the satanist Gilfoyle, who mines bitcoins with creepy sound effects; Jared sleeping in the garage due to lack of housing; or the loud-mouthed Erlich Bachman, who is King Currywurst at the venture capitalists and who, in complete farce, is missing only an h in his first name.
Maybe the Silicon Valley bank has bet too much on the likes of him a few times. In any case, it’s no wonder that Bachmann soon disappeared in the series while on a yoga retreat. By the way, “Pied Piper” is the name of the start-up that runs the “Silicon Valley” troupe for six seasons. In German it simply means “pied piper”. Wieland friend
You can leave it
„Ted Lasso“ (Apple TV+, third season)
Criticizing “Ted Lasso” is like beating up a teddy bear. The story about the brute, sympathetic understanding person who, having failed as a football coach in the USA, takes over the management of an English Premier League team, is one of the biggest hits from Apple’s rather mediocre streaming service. A series that is somehow about football, but above all about a lot of feeling. Visually a live-action version of the Simpsons’ evangelical nerve neighbor Ned Flanders, Lasso solves all problems with good humor and optimism. Couples are brought together, women are empowered, egomaniac kickers become team players, everything always turns out well – without it having been particularly bad before. Now the third season starts (one episode available) and shows that it will always, always, always go on like this. Let’s call it the “Gilmour Girls” syndrome: by the fourth Fall Festival at the latest, the sixth reconciliation, every feel-good series practically becomes a re-start of itself. You can see. But you can also leave it. Peter Huth
scene of the week
„The Mandalorian“ (Disney+, third season)
Everything is completely Mando for ten minutes, then “Andor” takes over. Seldom before has there been such a violent break in a series as in “The Convert”, the third installment of Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian”. After a spectacular dogfight (which is intended to satisfy all action fans in order to make what is to come consumable for them), the setting and personnel, the tonality and the depth of the dialogue are radically changed. In the merry-go-round of post-dictatorial Coruscant (capital of the Star Wars universe), Dr. Pershing (that’s the one who abused the little Grogu in season 1 for his experiments) amnesty for his misdeeds in the service of the defeated empire and is to be reintegrated into society. But the candy-happy democracy of the “New Republic” in its efforts to make everything better is strikingly similar to the young empire whose rise the hyper-series “Andor” describes. In the end Pershing ends up in a kind of woken development of the “thought flayer” – the most terrible torture weapon of the former dictatorship. This is the scene of the week. Peter Huth
Guilty Pleasure (A Confession)
„Death in Paradise“ (ZDF media library and Disney+, 12 seasons)
I will probably never come to the Caribbean in person again in my life. Which isn’t so bad. I can’t surf, I don’t drink rum, I don’t like beach holidays. For extreme perspiration athletes like me, Guadeloupe would probably be unhealthy anyway. And there is – in the ZDF media library and at Disney – “Death in Paradise”. That’s how I drove Corona away the other day, locked up with hundreds of crime novels and a television. Potentially infinite – the 100th episode has just been filmed, seasons 13 and 14 have just been announced by the BBC and France Télévisions – which is very comforting with Corona. More murders happen than the South Seas Tourism Association can handle. In the meantime, large parts of Sainte Marie, as Gouadeloupe is called in “Death in Paradise”, should be orphaned. Arch-British, wacky commissioners (Ralf Little as Detective Inspector Neville Parker is already the fourth chief investigator) are allowed to work where others go on holiday, which they don’t want because they were more or less transferred for punishment.
Half-aged, white men who are like I would be, constantly showing their uniformed black colleagues where Sherlock’s hat is hanging while they show them how life works and what it means to be human. Anyone who is now sending the post-colonialism police down my neck is of course right and wrong. Death in Paradise knows it all, subverts it all. Does not matter. “Death in Paradise” was the last reserve of the whodunnit long before the old crime counting machine is now working at full speed again with “Knives out” & Co. Best post-Christie, a crime sudoku of the highest order. At the beginning there is a corpse lying around, at the end all the suspects are sitting together. And the white weirdo deduces the culprit from their circle of chairs at breathtaking speed. Helps against Corona and wanderlust. So it’s healthy. For you and your environment. Elmar Krekeler