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Netflix originals debut for fall

By Enzo Nagao
On October 22, 2015

As the colder weather moves in, students begin looking to Netflix as a way to stay entertained inside. The good news: Netflix is cranking out more and more hidden treats for super fans to find  content by the day and it shows no signs of stopping. 

Netflix viewers rejoiced this year as a host of new TV shows and movies - everything from “Batman Begins” to “Orange is the New Black” - have been added, adding to the tradition of Netflix binge-watching that has taken America by storm. 

Of the many new genres of television sweeping across the nation, the superhero genre of television has, in recent times, picked up steam and Netflix is home to many of them. “Daredevil”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, “Arrow” and “The Flash” are some of the more prominent shows. 

One of the newest shows is “DC’s Gotham”, which serves as a prequel of sorts for the Batman franchise, following a young Detective James Gordon as he rises through the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department. 

The show, while sporting numerous flaws like an overcrowded cast, unnecessary plotlines, a lack of continuity and a slightly formulized structure, is at its basis a solid, well-produced show that introduces complex characters, engaging story arcs and a fundamentally enjoyable experience. 

However, the film-noir tone of the show, combined with superb acting by Ben Mackenzie (Jim Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock) and Robin Lord Taylor (The Penguin), as well as a plethora of foreshadowing and hidden treats for fans to find make this an enjoyable show for fans of superhero movies even casual.

For those who enjoy a grittier show, the very recent Netflix original “Narcos” may be the perfect fit. Reminiscent of such shows as “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards”, this action-drama portrays the life and times of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar through his rise to the top of the Colombian drug trade. 

Simultaneously charming, brutal, quirky and downright terrifying, “Narcos” sports fantastic performances by actors Wagner Moura as Escobar, Stephanie Sigman as the alluring Valeria Velez and Pedro Pascal as the mysterious DEA Agent Javier Peña. 

Though there are some periodic issues with pacing and frankly dull performances, the show does offer a wholly entertaining and gripping experience, offering fascinating historical insights, political intrigue, Heisenberg-esque debauchery and a gratuitous amount of violence and action. 

As the worsening Midwestern weather approaches and lengthy holiday breaks draw near, let the binge-watching begin. 

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