Using a complex argument that repeats the idea that “what we know is a drop and what we don’t know is an ocean,” this science fiction thriller explores the question of space -Time and its effects on human existence. Netflix’s first German original series, signed by Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar (authors of “Who am I – No system is safe”) and was surprisingly well received by viewers all over the world – with 90% of the audience outside Germany. Everything happens in Winden, a small town next to a nuclear power plant, where life was peaceful until two children disappeared without a trace. Residents are banding together to find clues that will help the authorities. But it is the young Jonas Kahnwald who, during his investigations, uncovered a series of riddles that intertwine the past, present and future of four Winden families. Among several awards he received the Grimme Prize, the most important of German television.
The story of the maid
Three decades after the novel The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Canadian Margaret Atwood, was printed, its story was adapted to the series by streaming service Hulu and almost immediately became a symbol of feminist resistance. The explanation is simple: its debut in 2017 coincided with the arrival of Donald Trump in the US presidency and the outbreak of the anti-harassment movement #MeToo. The action takes place in the not too distant future when the US became the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and patriarchal regime based on the Old Testament that, due to a sudden drop in birth rates, enslaved fertile women to become pregnant by powerful men – whom they will stay with their children. Women owned by the state have no rights or freedom of expression and all are victims of exploitation and violence in one way or another. The story of the maid is told from the point of view of Offred (ie “Fred”, the man who serves), who has only one goal in mind: to survive and to find his daughter. In 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale won eight Emmys, including Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss) and Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd), directing, screenwriting and drama series, making it the first series on a streaming service to receive the award. In 2018 she was awarded a Golden Globe for best drama series, leading and supporting actress (again Moss and Dowd).
I can destroy you
Premiere in June 2020 of BBC One and HBO, a written series starring Michaela Coel (also responsible for Chewing Gum, a comedy about the exploitation of sexuality, available on Netflix) inspired by a personal experience of the author. Arabella is a young Londoner who is always surrounded by friends and has a career as an aspiring writer. One night, in a moment of lack of inspiration while writing his second book, he decided to go to a bar with some friends. The next day she realizes with a slap on the forehead, disoriented and with few memories of what happened, that she was sexually assaulted. With the help of Terry (Weruche Opia) and Kwame (Paapa Essiedu), she tries to reconstruct the events of the previous night and finds out that someone put a drug in her drink. As it debates drugs, sex, racism, and the balance of power, the series follows Arabella’s efforts to reconcile with what happened. The success of I May Destroy You in the eyes of critics and the public – and which earned it a Gotham Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Film Independent Spirit Award – made it strange that it wasn’t nominated in any of the Globes categories this year’s Gold Cup.
The good place
Despite its good-natured nature, The Good Place deals with important philosophical issues: the meaning of life, the dichotomy of good and bad, and the possibility (or not) of salvation. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars) died of being run over by a truck. On awakening he is told that he is in the “good place” where happiness and harmony are constant and where all those who have dedicated their lives to good will be sent. The problem is, even if it costs him to admit, she was never a good person. To be in this place can only mean that an error has occurred and that as soon as it is noticed, it will be sent to where it really deserves: to the terrible “Lugar Mau”. So Eleanor will do everything to keep up appearances and hide from Michael (Ted Danson), the architect, the fateful mistake. The series created by Michael Schur in 2016 was completed after four seasons in January 2020. With Bell and Danson, William Jackson supports Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden. She was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy Series, for the third and fourth seasons.
With a strong dramatic burden mainly due to the pandemic situation, this documentary series is an important reflection on what is happening in hospitals. It focuses on real situations between March and June 2020 at the Parc Taulí Hospital in Barcelona. The cameras transport the viewer not only through the corridors of the hospital, but also into the home of some health professionals. They show how everyone manages their personal life and finds the strength to return to work the next day. They are portraits of fear, loneliness and physical and emotional exhaustion, but also of hope and generosity. It consists of only three episodes and was directed by Fèlix Colomer (Sabadell, 1993) and produced by El Terrat and Forest Film Studios for HBO.