Updated: Mar 29, 2020
By Elizabeth Gracen & Derek May:
It goes without saying that we're all spending a lot of time in front our screens and devices in these strange days. One of the only good things to be said is that at least there is a helluva lotta content to choose from! So while you responsibly distance yourself socially, Flapper Press is still here to guide you toward some of the most binge-worthy shows to keep you entertained under shelter.
Derek May and I begin The Binge 2020 with two very different shows that are sure to tickle someone's fancy. This month, we discuss HBO's The Young Pope/The New Pope and the DC Universe original Doom Patrol.
The Young Pope/The New Pope
Created by Paolo Sorrentino—the Academy Award-winning Italian director of The Great Beauty—The Young Pope stars Jude Law, Diane Keaton, and a stellar international cast portraying the Machiavellian behind-the-curtain machinations of the Vatican. The second season changes its title to The New Pope and stars the ever-fascinating John Malkovich as Law's papal replacement. Both seasons are a visual feast with wry humor and outstanding performances.
Based on the eponymous comic series, Doom Patrol assembles the motliest crew of reluctant heroes to rescue their missing leader/therapist. With each character battling a horde on internal demons, they struggle to keep their issues in check long enough to save the world. Featuring some absolutely astonishing performances and a raunchy, quirky sensibility that endears as much as it shocks, this is a series for not only comic fans, but any lover of the misunderstood, the outcasts, and the underdogs.