My viewing habits are nothing if not eclectic!
For proof, I give you this post, exhibit A which features zombies, supernatural teens and wisecracking coming-of-age Northern Irish friends – each series completely and utterly different and inherently, wonderfully watchable.
As I type this, I am holed up in my partner and my bedroom/ensuite/walk-in robe with COVID, unable to leave my very limited kingdom of four walls, a permanently shut door (bar for meals) and piled-up books, and I am ridiculously grateful that even though I am trapped indoors, I am still able to travel to worlds and time real and imagined, all at the click of a streaming platform’s app.
And should I end up here again, and seriously I’d damn well better not – I am looking at you Omicron variant BA2 and your foul ever-evolving siblings – at least the world will still be there to entertain and divert me.
The world may be going downhill fast at the moment but at least it’s given us that so that’s something …
In the second half of Season 7, months have passed after the nuclear blast and the only one thriving is Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Having built a fiefdom, he callously selects who will have a chance at life. The other members of the group have suffered immensely, but out of that, has come a fierce determination to live, even if it means taking Strand’s Tower by force and continuing the search for PADRE, a mythical place no one is sure really exists. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey,) now the reluctant leader to Teddy’s former followers, is plagued by a mysterious illness and the repercussions of her past actions. Morgan (Lennie James,) trying to maintain hope that he will be reunited with his family, knows Alicia is key to their survival. With Alicia declaring war, Strand’s paranoia and personal vendettas grow, and with that, new threats emerge from all sides. (synopsis courtesy Bleeding Cool)
Fear the Walking Dead 7B premieres on 17 April 2022.
Parallels is set to explore involves parallel worlds, temporal paradoxes, new love, family ties, and decisive choices. It stars Thomas Chomel (Clem), Omar Mebrouk (Les Invisibles), Jules Houplain (HPI), Jade Pedri (Ils étaient dix), Naidra Ayadi (Stillwater), Guillaume Labbé (The Hookup Plan), Gil Alma (César Wagner), Elise Diamant (Mensonges), Dimitri Storoge (La Révolution), Agnès Miguras (ASKIP), Maxime Bergeron (Fantasies), Victoria Eber (Beyond Appearances), and Timoté Rigault.
“It tells the story of four friends – Bilal, Romane, Samuel, and Victor – whose lives are turned upside down when a mysterious event scatters the group into different timelines,” reads the synopsis. “The four teenagers will do all they can to understand what has happened and try to get back to the carefree innocence of their former lives.”
The mystery series is created and produced by Quoc Dang Tran through Daïmôn Films. It is co-written by Anastasia Heinzl and directed by Benjamin Rocher and Jean-Batiste Saurel. It is produced by Empreinte digitale’s Raphaël Rocher and Eric Laroche. (synopsis (c) Coming Soon)
Parallels premieres on Disney+ on 23 March 2022.
Based on creator Lisa McGee’s own teen years in the 1990s, “Derry Girls” follows Londonderry teens Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and James (Dylan Llewellyn) as they navigate the trials and tribulations of typical teen life during the height of the political conflict known as The Troubles. As sad as it is to say farewell, McGee said that this was the plan all along.
“It was always the plan to say goodbye after three series. Derry Girls is a coming of age story; following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly… very slowly… start to become adults, while around them the place they call home starts to change too and Northern Ireland enters a new more hopeful phase – which was a small, magical window of time.” (courtesy Slash Film)
Derry Girls (season 3) is due for release in the northern spring/summer on Channel 4 (UK) and Netflix internationally.