Tag Archive: Netflix series


The last we saw Saturday Night Live sensation Mike Myers was as a music agent in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody.  Myers can do drama like he can do funny.  But beyond his megahit movie series Wayne’s World and Shrek, his reputation over the long haul is similar to Eddie Murphy and Jerry Lewis–a comedic man of many faces, which he honed on SNL and his Austin Powers movie series.  His next outing, a Netflix series mocking conspiracy theories, is called The Pentaverate, and it looks more like Austin Powers than the rest, complete with Myers playing multiple roles.  It also points back to one of his funnier bits in the comedy classic So I Married an Axe Murderer.

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Review by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Netflix’s new series The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window is… weird.  The title makes it obvious that it’s meant as a parody of films like The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and The Woman in the Window, and its star, an all-grown-up Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) will pull viewers in.  But it’s not quite funny enough, often enough, to be a comedy, and the plotline (and the casting, and the set design, and the costumes…) is drawn beat-by-beat from The Woman in the Window—so if you’ve seen that, you’ll know exactly what happens.  But it’s still better in almost every way than its inspirations, so if you’re dithering about what ludicrous suburban crime drama to watch, this is the one.

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theirregulars

Fiction requires willful suspension of disbelief on the part of the audience, and for Netflix’s new series, The Irregulars, you will need every dram of it you can muster.  You’ll need to disregard anything you know about the Victorian era (including clothing, language, class, and culture) and Sherlock Holmes, as well as much of your innate sense of good storytelling.  And if you can manage that, you might enjoy the ride.  Here at borg, we’re fans of mashups and we like twists on classics (Batman + Dickens’ A Christmas Carol = Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Noel = win).  We love a supernatural mystery series full of dark magics and otherworldly creatures (e.g., Grimm, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Wu Assassins).  And we love Sherlock Holmes.  We really love Sherlock Holmes plus the supernatural (as in James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes/Chthulu Casebooks).  So we were obviously the ideal target audience for this new vision of Baker Street.  Unfortunately, we really struggled to warm to The Irregulars.

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