Why are ninjas so prevalent in our entertainment? Why do they fascinate us so? Perhaps, partially, because we don’t have to deal with them in real life anymore. The question Netflix’s upcoming Japanese series House Of Ninjas poses is…OR DO WE?
One of the last holdouts in the advertising trend among streaming services is about to give in. Amazon warned it was thinking about adding ads to Prime Video, and it will make do on that threat about a month from now, they announced today.
We don’t know how Netflix’s version of Avatar The Last Airbender will turn out (without the creators’ input, it’s up in the air), but we do know at this point what Aang will look like…and Karara, and Sokka, and Fire Lord Ozai and just about everyone else except Toph, who probably won’t appear in Season 1, barring some kind of mid-credits stinger.
Netflix has had a lot of projects in the fire lately, but this is the big one — their most ambitious offering of 2023, premiering nine days before the end of the year itself. It’s ridiculously expensive, carrying a price tag of $166 million for the production of two films (this is just Part One). We may be nearing the end of the age when streamers will spend Infinity Dollars on one project, but Rebel Moon is quite a loud way to go out. However, will it be good?
This sounds pretty against brand, but the company that made it popular to get your entertainment directly from home, instead of picking it up from a store, has decided to get into the store business. Netflix is in the early stages of a venture called “Netflix House,” a franchise of small stores across the US that will exclusively sell Netflix-related stuff.
Well, here we finally go. Nearly a year after everyone expected it to show up, the final half-season of Doom Patrol is finally, definitively scheduled for an October debut. Will we ever know why we had to wait so long? Probably not. But at least we finally have this trailer we’ve been waiting many months to receive.
There’s a pessimistic take flying around social media that “there will never be another cult TV series,” meaning the new habit of streamers deleting shows that underperformed means it will be impossible to create a show that gains its audience over time, rather than right out of the gate. Well, folks, here’s a present-day example of a show clawing itself back from the cliff due to sheer fan will. It may be harder, but it’s not impossible.
Sony has been lending their IPs out for film and television projects, with varying results. The Last Of Us show on HBO was an instant classic. The Uncharted movie came and went, and I can’t remember if their Gran Turismo film has been released or not (which isn’t a good sign). Twisted Metal, however, is a brand Sony has done nothing with for over a decade, so what does the recognition buy you?
Every now and then, life will surprise you sometimes, and in a good way. Doesn’t usually happen. Happened tonight.
We haven’t got long before the first new episodes of Futurama in a decade premiere on Hulu. We had long assumed the show was over (and had made peace with that) but in a world of endlessly recyclable IP nothing truly dies, does it?
This reporter, like most people on this Earth, doesn’t subscribe to all the streaming services at one time. That would be foolhardy; a human only has so many hours in the day to devote to entertainment, and buying more than you can actually watch makes no sense. So with most of these services I buy access for a few months, watch everything that interests me, and then when I find my interest trailing off I cancel it.