Netflix and Amazon Prime Video Looking Sketchy This Week

When the streaming service providers release new titles, I usually get excited.  There’s either a beloved series returning for its next season, a new series kicking off, or a new original movie being released.  This week, it looks like it’s all three, but I’m just not that excited about most of what’s being offered in March.  Why?  Because most of this week’s releases seem to be retreads of plots and ideas that were done before.  There are other issues as well.  It’s promoted this one-time fanboy to wonder if the streaming service providers are starting to lose their luster.  They are this week!

What’s New On Netflix

After looking at the big read streaming provider’s lineup, I was excited to see that two new series and one Netflix original movie would be debuting.  Then I watched the trailers for each of these, and my excitement turned to revulsion.  Let’s start with Collateral, a political thriller set in England.  (This alone practically guarantees that Mrs. Buckler will watch it.)  Without going into too much, this seems to be yet another program that’s going to be heavy on social messaging, confirmation biases, and governmental conspiracies.  If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer:

 

Nailed It is another Netflix original series that debuts this week.  If you’ve watched any competition cooking shows that makes ordinary people compete in grueling kitchen competitions, then you’ve already seen Nailed It.  Cooking competition reality TV just isn’t my thing, yet I continue to see plenty of these shows.  (Care to guess why?)  Then there’s The Outsider.  This Netflix original movie that takes the overused fish-out-water concept.  This time around, it’s a white American man (Jared Leto) who impresses the Yakuza (Japanese organized crime syndicate) so much that they let him join.  Viggo Mortensen already did this in 1993’s American Yakuza.  Who remembers that film?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?

Here’s the complete look at what’s new on Netflix this week:

March 5

F*&% the Prom (2017)

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, Season 1

Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 5 (Netflix Original Series)

March 6

Borderliner, Season 1

Gad Elmaleh: American Dream

Benji (1974)

For the Love of Benji (1977)

March 7

Aftershock (2012)

March 8

Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Bad Guys: Vile City, Season 1

Ladies First (2017)

March 9

Love, Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)

Trolls: The Beat Goes On, Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

Collateral, Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Malala Yousafzal (Netflix Original)

Nailed It, Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)

The Outsider, 2018 (Netflix Original Movie)

March 10

Septiembre, Un Llanto En Silencio (2017)

March 12

Kygo: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Troy: The Odyssey

March 13

Children of the Whales, Season 1

Ricky Gervais: Humanity

Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 1

March 15

Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie

Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Season 1

Tabula Rasa, Season 1

The Hollywood Masters, Season 2

March 16

Benji

Edha, Season 1

On My Block, Season 1

Spirit Riding Free, Season 4

Take Your Pills

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

Wild Wild Country, Season 1

This Week on Amazon Prime Video

Normally, I’d be excited to announce the March 9 debut of Sneaky Pete. Unfortunately, my sources tell me that its airing is “subject to change without notice.” There’s been something fishy about the release of Sneaky Pete’s season two, with Amazon showing reluctance about giving a definite date.  Now that the streaming service provider has a date, they make a point of telling views that it’s “subject to change without notice.”  Bottom line: If I’m not able to watch Sneaky Pete come March 9, I’ll be one very grumpy streamer.  (You might even mistake me for Stuart Sweet.)

Check out the Sneaky Pete trailer; it might be all you get to see of it this week:

 

Here’s what’s new this week on Amazon Prime Video:

March 8

Aftermath

March 9

Power Rangers

Sneaky Pete, Season 2 (Prime Original)

The Remix, Season 1 (Prime Original)

The Tunnel, Season 2

March 10

November Criminals

March 14

Tommy’s Honour

March 15

LOL

March 17

Crooked House