Congratulations, you are probably one of the tens of thousands of Singaporean subscribers to Disney+. Given the House of the Mouse's extensive portfolio, Singaporean subscribers will binge content from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, Star and, of course, Disney. Now that you've (yet) another streaming service in the bag, what will you watch?
Of course. This is a must-watch on everybody's list. WandaVision is a departure from the usual super-heroics that Marvel is known for; its a compelling series that tickles the mystery bone—what's with the sitcom-style episodes? Who is Agnes? Why is Vision still alive? How will this all end and tie in with the Doctor Strange film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
Also, any excuse to see Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, as well as Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, Randall Park and Teyonah Parris is always welcome.
Adapted by Noah Hawley, who created Fargo, the TV series; Legion stars Dan Stevens as the son of Professor X. While it borrows elements from the X-Men universe, the series stands on its own. Trippy visuals, far-out narratives and a third season that forces you to root/hate the lead, just when you think that you know how Legion will play out, it pulls the rug from under you.
The story is simple: a man takes on a mission of finding a child and then protecting the child from the ones who gave that job. With what's happening with the Empire in the background, newcomers are introduced to a spaghetti western in outer space. Now in its second season, The Mandalorian boasts two pillars of import: the Child aka Baby Yoda aka Grogu aka Marvel's merchandise cash cow and the superb voice acting of Pedro Pascal (you will believe that a man can emote without you seeing his face) as the titular lead.
Starring Donald Glover and his vision of the trials and tribulations in managing an upcoming rapper in Atlanta's rap scene. Aside from the unique brand of humour, viewers get to witness some really baller storytelling. The first season introduces the characters and sets up the scene to come; and just when you become comfortable with the premise, the second season throws curveballs at you: a creepy former child prodigy who looks like Michael Jackson; quarterback and convicted illegal dog fight financier, Michael Vick makes an appearance; Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) gets an epiphany in the woods… Atlanta is one of those rare series that come once in a blue moon.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is a fascinating creature in his own right. His cadence and natty dress-sense makes him as one of the more eccentric personalities in Hollywood. His series has Goldblum just being curious about the world around him. One episode has him examine sneaker culture, another has him delves into the tattooing lifestyle. Some might find Goldblum to be a bit much but for the rest of us, he's just being his inimitable self.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
All 14 seasons of the gang's exploits are ready to be streamed. Unlike other sitcoms where the characters learn something at the end of the episodes, the gang (Rob McElhenney; Glenn Howerton; Charlie Day; Kaitlin Olson; Danny DeVito) will never learn; they will forever be terrible human beings but with a (laugh) track record, may their presence reign.
If you ever wanted to risk shitting yourself as you watch a documentary, Free Solo might do the trick. We follow champion rock climber, Alex Honnold, attempting to do the near-impossible: climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without the aid of ropes, harness and protective equipment.
Spoiler: Honnold survives the climb but it does nothing to lessen the danger every time he scales the perilous side of El Capitan.
Devs was something that was on our list of best TV shows to watch in 2020. A slow burn of a sci-fi series, Devs' narrative involves quantum computing, free-will and determinism. They may sound like heady themes but stick with it; it'll pay off in the end.
With the updated voice talents of Ben Schwartz, Danny Pudi, Bobby Moynihan, David Tennant and slick animation, one would expect the DuckTales reboot to run for years to come. Alas, the series ends with a third season (press "F" for respect). Still, it attunes to the nostalgia while catering to the present.
Justin Roiland, the creator behind Rick and Morty, is also behind Solar Opposites. Centred around aliens who crashed-landed into America suburbia, they try to navigate the whims and fancies of earth living. It may not have the Midas touch of Dan Harmon but Solar Opposites still picks out the absurdities of life while finding a new things to say about humanity. Also, unbleeped swearing.
SparkShorts is a collection of independent shorts produced by Pixar. Animators were given six months and limited budgets to create these animated marvels. More mature in nature, these diverse shorts touched on issues like immigration; autism; toxic office culture and so on. A SparkShort that we were worried wouldn't be shown in Singapore, was "Out" written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter.
As you can tell by the title, "Out" features a still-closeted Greg trying to hide his sexual orientation from his parents but when he switches bodies with his pet dog, things come to a head. It's a sweet story, created with a lot of heart, about acceptance. This is the first time Disney and Pixar feature a gay lead, on-screen same-sex kiss and storyline in its short. There's an age-restriction to watching "Out" (M18, if you can believe it) but at least, it's not scrapped. (As an aside, I Care A Lot has some gay content and that's rated R21.)
What else would we like to see
Well, that's not everything that Disney+ has to offer. There's the upcoming animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon; from Marvel, expect Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There's The Bad Batch from the Star Wars universe. And hopefully we get to watch more from Hulu like Fargo, Ramy, Shrill and The Handmaid's Tale.