General Chat – May 22

What’s everyone watching, besides MasterChef and/or House Rules?

I’m hooked on Netflix’s 3% – I’m a sucker for a dystopian future drama. The only annoying thing is that it’s a Brazilian production and Netflix has decided to dub it into English. I’d prefer subtitles but I can bear it if I don’t watch the actors’ mouths.
The premise is the world has gone to hell, with overcrowding, people scavenging for food – you know the drill. However, each year all the 21 year olds can compete in a contest to determine the best and brightest.
The winners – the 3 per cent – can then lead a life of luxury in the mysterious “Offshore”.
If you’re a sci fi fan do check it out. I’m on a real sci fi run at the moment, with my other must watches being Westworld and Handmaid’s Tale – heavy viewing sometimes and not for everyone.


What are you watching?

Not much on TV at the moment so it’s the perfect time for binge watching a series.
I’m hooked on The Leftovers, which I started a few years ago and abandoned after the first season. Seasons two and three are absolute corkers – bizarre, dark and beautifully filmed. Justin Theroux, Ann Dowd (Handmaid’s Tale), Carrie Coon and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) are just brilliant.

The basic premise is that, one seemingly ordinary day, 2 per cent of the world’s population vanishes. No one knows where they went and why some people “departed” and others did not.
Watch Season 1 trailer


New app for free-to-air TV

So, has anyone downloaded the new Freeview live stream app?
Info here.
I just landed back in the country yesterday so haven’t yet, but at first glance it looks like it will be a way for those of us who aren’t on a Sydney timezone or who live in regional areas to access metro content. Handy for stuff like MKR finals when you can’t go on social media or news sites for fear of being spoiled.
If anyone tries it out please let me know what you think.
The blurb says: Get live streaming from 16 free-to-air channels including: ABC, SBS, Seven, Channel 9, TEN, ONE, ABC2/ABC KIDS, ABC ME, ABC News 24, 7TWO, 7Mate, 7Flix,, 9Gem, 9Go! and 9Life. More live channels will be added as they become available.


Coming soon – Seven Year Switch

A media release from Channel 7 – presumably “coming soon” means “but not until after MKR finishes”:
Is the grass greener on the other side?
Four couples in strife will put their relationships to the test as they participate in an experimental marriage with a total stranger.
In Channel Seven’s new series, Seven Year Switch, four couples on the brink of separation will embark on a daring new social experiment in an attempt to save their marriage.

Our relationship psychologists will be there to guide the couples, as viewers follow the journey of each broken relationship to see whether it can be saved by being placed in an extraordinary situation.
The lovelorn couples are at a crossroads in their relationship and will get the chance to live with a likeminded new partner for two weeks, in a trial marriage, to reveal whether similar traits and characteristics
in a partner is the missing ingredient to making a relationship stronger.

This unorthodox experiment is totally unpredictable and life-changing.
Two relationship experts will guide the couples through the therapy process, as they adjust to living with an experimental partner.
At the end of the month-long experiment, each of the couples will reunite and make the decision to either part ways or reaffirm their commitment.”