Summer\Else – Summer shows
Seasons come and go but do they look alike ?
Netflix reveals the next parts of five of its big series.
Which one are going to be successful, which one are going be a failure?
By Chloé Laforest, Garance Lunven, Lisa Muratore and Tess Volet,
Reading time 6 min.
La Casa de Papel (part 3)
Released on the 07/19/2019
Lost in Rio !
The third part of the robbery show La Casa de Papel was long-awaited and it was released on Netflix in July. Verdict: the same modus operandi than the two first seasons (A little more of hold-up with an extra hostages and bills?). Yet the scenario has many contradictions. And the new characters are not enough to produce a new impulse. Palerme is just bad copy of Berlin (the latter comes back from the dead through flash-backs), and Marseille and Bogota stand there and look good. Not to mention the endless lovestories which become a simple excuse to talk about LGBTQIA+ issues. That’s all the problem with this last season that tries to collect every cause: political insurgents, gays, feministes and even vegans. Politically correctness in order to please everyone… except maybe serie-lovers. G.L.
Orange Is the New Black (season 7)
Released on the 07/26/2019
A season under (de)tensions
Jailhouse rocks again on July, 26th for the ultimate season of Orange is the New Black. The 6th season, quite caricatural, had dropped its main casting to make room for new grotesque characters but it was hard to bond with them in only thirteen episodes. A season outside of Litchfield jail after season 5’s riot, dividing the group into several blocs in a new prison. Netflix revealed a few clues on the upcoming episodes on Twitter: Piper released, Red and Nicky partners in crime, Taystee in nick because she’s accused of a warden’s murder… all the ingredients are here to make painful goodbyes for OITNB’s fans. T.V.
Dear White People (season 3)
Released on the 08/02/2019
For this third season, Samantha White (Logan Browning) is not coming back on air for Dear White People podcast but it’s her friend Joelle Brooks (Ashley Blaine Featherson) who takes over. « Same title, same program », she promises. An opportunity to explore a new speech on racial and identity stigmatizations. Justin Simien had directed the film with the same name in 2014 and he’s still in charge for the show. And apart from the apparition of famous guests, including Laverne Cox (Orange is the new Black) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, Talking Dead…), filmmaking also welcomes new faces. Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman) and Kimberly Pierce (Boy’s Don’t Cry), two activist women directors, were invited to join the project. In short, all the ingredients are here so that Trump’s America points out “anti-white racism” once again…G.L.
GLOW (season 3)
Released on the 08/09/2019
The boring ladies of wrestling?
Fit closely in their leotards, hilarious Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling chose Vegas as season 3’s new scenery. Made in 80’s, the show talks about the backstage on a female wrestling show, that was brodcasted on HBO back then. Choreographed by the showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch – producers of Nurse Jackie – and by the producers of great Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan, GLOW deserves its place on the ring of shows. Certainly more discreet than its Netflix opponents, but yet we perceive a feminist intention behind the glitters. Which reminds us that in this matter the 80’s really belonged to the last century.
However, we fear this season might run out of inspiration. Here, Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Giplin) show up in a Casino managed by Geena Davis (Thelma et Louise, Beetlejuice), who’s maybe the only thing new during this season. For two years the show has been excuting the same pirouettes in the scenario, and the wrestlers too, and we fear the match of this new season might be rigged in advance! L.M.
Mindhunter (season 2)
Released on the 08/16/2019
Arrived on Netflix in 2017, Mindhunter has seduced the serie lovers fascinated by serial killers. The story of Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), two FBI agents who, in the late 70’s, develop the technic of profiling serial killers. After season 1 spent in prison to “study” these special criminals (including the puzzling Ed Kemper played by Cameron Britton), our two investigators are goingt to Atlanta in order to hunt Wayne Williams down, author of Atlanta Child Murders. To solve the case, they are going to “study” these psychopaths in prison and not the better ones: Charles Manson (Damon Herriman who embodies this same character in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and also Dennis Rader, known as BTK (Bind, Torture and Kill). Produced by the actress Charlize Theron and directed by the duet David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club…), Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James…). Strong arguments to make us break out in a cold sweat… C.L.