Student blog: Netflix shows you need to catch up on this summer - Choose Brisbane


Student blog: Netflix shows you need to catch up on this summer

Cristina Ocaña Gallegos

By Cristina Ocaña Gallegos

Cristina is from Quilto, Ecuador. She graduated from The University of Queensland with a bachelor's degree on Plant Biotechnology. Passionate about food security and sustainability, her main research interest is accelerating the growth of quinoa and other Andean grains.

Summer is finally coming up and although Brisbane offers some awesome activities during the holidays, on some days it’s nice to stay in an air-conditioned room and binge some Netflix. Ok, you have probably been doing that all semester but at least now you can do it guilt-free.

Drum roll here - these are my picks, sorted by what they offer.

Spanish crime drama - "Money Heist"

For a fresh take on the usual Hollywood crime drama, have a go at “Money Heist” -  a long-prepared, multi-day assault on the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid, in which a group of robbers take hostages as part of their plan to print and escape with €2.4 billion. It has all the key ingredients for a TV series to be successful – a sophisticated plot, interpersonal drama, face-paced action scenes and great acting. So it’s a great choice for binge-watching. 

Faith in mankind - "The Kindness Diaries"

Have you ever dreamed of travelling the world for free? This man tries to travel the world without a penny in his pocket. All transportation, food, and lodging has to be provided by the generosity and kindness of strangers. Leon Logothetis, a former London stockbroker turned public speaker, now hosts “The Kindness Diaries” on Netflix. The show presented his two-year journey around the world seeking to reward acts of kindness. Need a little faith in human nature? This show will help.

Toxic relationships - "You" 

We have all stalked our crush through social media, but in the series "You", this is taken to a whole new level as the main character engages in increasingly creepy behaviours. It has become a social media phenomenon and meme fuel in and of itself. Season 2 is coming out this December – get ready!

Sci-fi adventure - "Stranger things" 

This is a weird mixture of a horror series and a sci-fi adventure for kids. It won’t keep you up at night, but if you get disgusted quite easily, maybe don’t watch it during lunchtime. If you get hooked, you have all three seasons out to binge-watch.

Ripped from the headline - "Explained" and "Inside Bill’s Brain" 

These two shows tackle some of the current issues that mankind faces. From cryptocurrency to sanitation and K-pop, Explained looks at key issues via an easy-to-digest summary. Meanwhile, ‘Inside Bill’s Brain’ tackles the issues facing mankind that have been on the mind of Microsoft billionaire and noted philanthropist Bill Gates. 

Architectural imaginings - "Tiny Homes Nation"

As an architecture amateur, this is probably the one I find most entertaining and emotional. "Tiny Homes Nation" completely challenges the concept of what makes a home, with real-life stories and solutions that will inspire you and maybe change your long-term accommodation goals. 

Self-reflection - "Living With Yourself"

Short and sweet, "Living With Yourself" asks "what if I met the best version of myself?" How would you react? What would life look like? Ant Man’s Paul Rudd delivers an entertaining performance as… well, I guess both main characters? Or just the one?

Aussie influence - "Tidelands"

If you want to practice your Aussie slang and take in some scenery from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, "Tidelands" has you covered. Exploring the ancient myths of sirens, this series has it all, from love to war to friends and enemies. 

Post-apocalyptic thriller - "The Rain"

As a biologist, I am drawn into thrillers related to viruses and pandemics, as they’re a real threat facing humanity. "The rain" is a Danish series set in a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly virus was carried in rainfall and wiped out all humans in Scandinavia. The show follows the adventure of a couple of siblings as they strive to survive.

If you're not keen to go out this summer holiday (and let’s face it, when you do go out you need stuff to talk about and Netflix recommendations are an easy go-to) then these shows have you covered.

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