Yikes. I’m an unabashed Netflix lover and even I find it hard to get too excited for this coming week. Sure, we get a few good flicks added to the stream, but we also lose pretty much everything made by Showtime. That’s a really big trade. On the plus side, we’re getting plenty of ‘Star Trek’ to ease the pain.
Leaving the Stream
- ‘Californication’ (7/1): If you’ve ever wondered what life was like for us writers here at The Bonus View, look no further. ‘Californication‘ follows writer Hank Moody (David Duchovny) as he engages in heavy drinking, meaningless sex and tries to cope with his fame, all while trying to patch things up with his ex-girlfriend and his daughter. Okay, it’s not much like our lives at all, but he does blog in the first season, so there’s that.
- ‘Dexter’ (7/1): This is one of those shows that I know must be good, because everyone I know that has a worthwhile opinion on television says that it’s good. I haven’t gotten around to ‘Dexter‘ yet, though. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t be getting to it anytime soon. If you want to get a start, you still have some time. The first two seasons are streaming until July.
- ‘Penn & Teller: Bullshit’ (7/1): I’m a huge fan of Penn & Teller’s unique brand of comedy and magic, but ‘Bullshit‘ takes it all to another level. They carry on with the tradition set by guys like Harry Houdini and James Randi – exposing frauds of every level. I may not always agree with the pair when it comes to politics, but it’s something special to see them expose a psychic, new age medicine and detoxing.
Entering the Stream
- ‘Star Trek’ (7/1): The show that started it all will finally return to Netflix streaming. If you’ve never sat down and watched the original ‘Star Trek‘ series, you really should. Once you to get past the cheap effects and sometimes campy fights, you’ll find plenty to love. At the very least, check out ‘Space Seed’ in season one for a very cool introduction to one of Kirk’s greatest nemeses.
- ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (7/1): I’m excited for this one. As much as I loved ‘Star Trek’ proper and ‘Deep Space Nine’, there’s no question about which series is my favorite. Now, finally, you’ll be able to watch all seven seasons of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation‘ from beginning to end – all streaming from Netflix.
- ‘Party Monster’ (7/1): Well, it can’t all be ‘Star Trek’, can it? ‘Party Monster‘ is a strange and vastly underappreciated little film about the New York club scene, and the rise and fall of socialite Michael Alig. If anything, it needs to be watched for the performances of Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin, both of whom take on their roles with full force.