One of the best things that we have since the age of broadband internet is streaming. The fact that we can move away from traditional cable TV and still watch TV almost anywhere is already amazing. But we constantly want more personalised content and obviously Television is not. This is where on-demand services come in; this is where iflix fits in.
iflix is a wonderful place to be in. From the moment you sign up you are flooded with a plethora of contents. Now, a problem statement. You have just signed up for iflix; with tens of thousands of contents in iflix you are sure to find one that you like. Where do you start though? Which series should start binging on first? Fret not, we are here to help. Here are the five things (in no particular order), in our opinion, the shows to kickstart your couch potato journey.
Mr. Robot talks about a young cybersecurity engineer and hacker suffering from social anxiety disorder and clinical depression that is hell bent on saving the world from the grasp of a large multi-national organisation that seems to control every aspect of the general public, Evil Corp. The Sam Esmail series revolves around an anarchist hacker organisation called fsociety and Rami Malek’s character, Elliot Alderson. At first glance the series might sound highly political and seems to be inspired by the modern American economic and political conditions, and by Anonymous, the actual collective anarchist hacker group that rises to multiple occasions when they deem themselves needed. We cannot disagree to that in terms of inspiration though.
Do not mistaken for one second though that this is a political series. It also is not a political drama if you are wondering. This is also not a light-hearted, mindless comedy. It is actually a very serious series to watch; every moment is intense (as intended) and important. Every single moment is significant to you idea of the story and therefore worth your every attention, no detail to large or too little to miss. In a sense it adds to its rewatchability (no such word, we know; we just created it) value.
Now, more about the show. Rami Malek is Mr. Robot; technically yes and no. The cinematics of Mr. Robot tends to prefer dark settings with limited light to indicate the tone of the show. The off-center angles during dialogues that Esmail loves, awkward wide shots that describes Elliot’s environment might make audiences a little uncomfortable and unsettled most of the time. all this are intended mind you.
Mr. Robot focuses around Rami Malek’s character and his daily routines. You spend plenty of time with Elliot Alderson; at plenty of times it also appears that Elliot is interacting with us, the audience in some sense. There are of course some other moments where you get to know other main characters that contribute to the concept of Mr. Robot. As the story progresses as well you start seeing deterioration in Elliot’s mental health and Elliot’s realisation that he is suffering from Psychosis as well.
The show that started in 2015 is now in its third season. Each season has its own focus that draws you to the convoluted story and world destruction schemes even more. Every episode gripes you, as an audience with anxiousness that is Elliot Alderson and Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater. The series also has won multiple awards like a Golden Globe for the Best Television Drama Series.
The Military drama theme is usually a very romantic (not that sort, not the one you think) theme. The theme embodies sacrifice, death, honour, courage, love, brotherhood (or sisterhood, we do not discriminate), family, and guns. Military dramas are the ones you would want to go for to find all these things mashed up into one. This series is not one of those though. It casts a slightly different light on the elite military special operation force we know as the SEAL team. More specifically it talks about the most coveted special operations team of special operations teams; the SEAL Team Six.
It delves into the lives of the members of the team itself, their team dynamics, and their personal lives. The multiple characters that are introduced since the beginning of the show are all very important to the story line and how you would understand the story. There are also plenty of flashbacks that creators William and David Broyles will bring you to so you have to pay attention to where the story is sometimes.
It talks about a former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander who was discharged and went into a private security job. It was clear from the beginning that this former SEAL Team Six, Rip Taggart has not had a great retirement from the special operations team. He was then captured by a para-military group in Africa known as Boko Haram alongside some hostages that starts to play an important role throughout the first season of the show.
The show focuses around the SEAL Team Six itself though. It speaks about their former and current chronicles when Joe “Bear” Graves is the current team leader and Rip Taggart the former. The show revolves around plenty of questionable decision making that sometimes is involved in plenty of military conditions. The show also brings us back to the reality of modern terrorism which can be a little controversial and discomforting. It depicts the pressures that the members of the team faces in their jobs and lives.
The Magicians follows the misadventures of Quentin and his childhood bestie, Julia, who both apply for the unique Brakebills University and discover that a land that they once thought to only exist in a series of novels that Quentin was addicted to when they were young.
The series delves into the magical world Fillory where nymphs, magicians and faeries exist. However, things are not all rainbows and unicorns in Fillory where an unfortunate event has brought darkness to the land.
The show is a roller coaster ride of suspense, drama and laughs. The series scales from personal to epic within the space of a season delivering great character moments and moments of epic level chaos.
The Good Place
Have you ever wondered what the afterlife is like? Yes? Then this is the show for you. No? It is still a fun show to watch nevertheless.
The show conceptualises what things will be like in the afterlife. The “Good Place” as described in the beginning of the show as a sort of heaven. It is where humans end up after they die technically. The Good Place is a light-hearted comedy for the family.
The show starts with Kristen Bell’s character, Eleanor Shelstrop; supposedly a decorated environmentalist lawyer that is thought to have acheived a great deal for humanity and that is the reason she was chosen for ‘The Good Place’. A little later though she revealed that she was there by mistake and that she was a selfish human being. There are plenty of flashbacks showing how Eleanor is when she was alive to give depth to her character’s background.
The entire first season that was out last year focuses on the development of Eleanor Shelstrop as a character in the ‘Good Place’ and her band of misfits. Throughout the show you can expect plenty of hilarious plot twists. Of course there are serious issues that is discussed in the show as well but the transition between comedy and seriousness is great that the show is never too serious to enjoy.
Oi! Jaga Mulut
If your looking for some gut wrenching laughter, look no further than iflix’s first ever local, Malaysian Production: Oi! Jaga Mulut. A word to the wise, prepare some tissues and don’t snack while watching this.
Oi! Jaga Mulut brings together some of Malaysia’s best stand up comedians such as Joanne Kam Fei Fei, The Angry Indian, Keren Bala Devan, Papi Zak, Rayza Mukmin among others for 7 episodes of laughter which will definitely be able to substitute that gym session you have scheduled. The no holds barred session of humor, jokes and some social commentary is bound to give you a real workout.
Again, make sure you’re not eating while watching cause you’ll definitely be risking choking. Prepare for a fun, laughter filled 7 hours; but be warned, not all the jokes are family friendly.