Four new Netflix series to binge on in February 2018
Netflix’s valuation just smashed through the USD 100bn mark for the first time. When you look at the calibre of TV series being added to the service’s UK roster every month (let alone the films), it’s easy to see why.
Join us as we preview four new-to-Netflix series that’ll be lighting up your laptops this February, each one of which represents another great reason to get yourself a Netflix account.
Altered Carbon Season 1 (available from 2 February)
Altered Carbon tells the mind-bending tale of a prisoner (Joel Kinnaman/Will Yun Lee) whose consciousness gets implanted into a new, performance-enhanced body after 250 years in suspended animation. Why? Because the richest man on Earth wants him to solve a murder case, obviously.
The series trailer (above) has generated a lot of buzz around Altered Carbon, and it’s easy to see why. Visually, it sits somewhere between Blade Runner’s lurid lighting and some of the more trans-human settings in Westworld. We can expect great things of the writing too, given that the show’s creator, Laeta Kalogridis, was one of the writers behind Alexander, Pathfinder and Shutter Island.
Damnation Season 1 (from 1 February)
An unscrupulous government. Civil unrest. Big business making a fortune at society’s expense. Wherever did Netflix and their co-producers Universal Cable Productions find the inspiration for Damnation?
Set at the height of the Great Depression in small-town Iowa, this gritty gem of a series follows a firebrand preacher (Killian Scott) as he leads an uprising against the establishment. The show’s executive producer, Guymon Casady, is best known for doing the same job on Game of Thrones – and presumably by sheer coincidence, this show is also rife in sex, violence and compelling characters.
Riverdale Season 2 (from 1 February)
Riverdale Season 2 continues this February, with episodes available on Netflix UK the day after broadcast.
For the uninitiated, Riverdale is a captivating teen drama/mystery series, beautifully shot to recreate the distinctive art style of Archie Comics, and featuring star turns by KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Cole Spouse. We haven’t seen high school drama this stylish since Brick (2005).
Queer Eye (from 5 February)
Expect self-discovery, fabulous style and more than a few tear-jerking moments as Queer Eye returns after a 15-year absence.
From 5 February, Netflix viewers will be able to follow hosts Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Antoni Porowski (food & wine), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion), as they strive to “make America fabulous again… one makeover at a time”.
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