Another week, another edition of #RebeccaRecommends
This week, we found out that the #Hamilfilm would be coming to our screens much sooner than anticipated and John Krasinski reunited the cast of The Office to recreate Jim and Pam's wedding on Zoom. Here's what I've been enjoying this week:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend
It's fair to say that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of Netflix's most successful creations, earning 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and being called "the first great sitcom of the streaming era". Because of this, it seems like the ideal choice to test the waters for another interactive feature. After the mixed reaction to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which is a completely different type of genre to UKS, it appears the streaming service has chosen a safer route this time round. It's less dramatic and consequential compared to Bandersnatch and uses a much simpler user-interface. Viewers can navigate through the episode (usually through two or three choices at each changing point) and can end up finding themselves within one of ten different endings. I really enjoyed the interactive special: it didn't lose the show's iconic style of comedy and felt much easier to pilot through compared to Bandersnatch. If you have a spare couple of hours (which we all do at this point in time) I definitely recommend spending it with Kimmy and her friends. Plus, it features guest star appearances from Daniel Radcliffe and Josh Groban so if that doesn't persuade you then I don't know what will. You can watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the. Reverend on Netflix.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I have gushed over Kidding many times. I am a huge fan of Jim Carrey and Kidding is the perfect platform for Carrey to explore his acting prowess once again. The show falls into the black comedy genre, with Jim starring as Jeff Piccirillo, a beloved children's TV presenter known as "Mr Pickles". Jeff performs on Mr Pickles' Puppet Time, a children's show with a similar structure and inclusion of messages to Sesame Street. Despite his lavish lifestyle of fame and fortune, Jeff struggles in his personal life and faces many different family hardships. The dynamic within the dysfunctional family is complex and brilliant, exploring how they deal with tragedy, change, and grief. With only 2 seasons, Kidding isn't a show you want to binge-watch quickly - it's something that should be enjoyed and processed slowly (it'll have you crying with either tears of laughter or sadness). My favourite episode thus far is season 2, episode 5 (Episode 3101) - you will have to watch to find out why though! I absolutely adore this series and I really hope that others will too. You can watch Kidding on Sky in the UK.
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race is an iconic mark in today's popular culture. Near the end of its 12th season, the reality series is now also based in the UK, Canada, Australia and Thailand. There have been a few different spin-off series but none have been quite as special as RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race. As a four-part feature, three different celebrities get to experience the world of Drag Race in each episode, battling to win the title of 'Celebrity Drag Superstar' and $30,000 for the charity of their choice. The celebrities included have been very exciting (my twin sister and I screamed with excitement when *Spoiler Alert* Vanessa Williams was revealed in episode 2) and the Drag Race alumni mentors are fabulous also. The experience on Drag Race is always emotional for those featured on the show and so it's really endearing to see the celebrities involved feel so grateful and humbled to experience Drag culture. Four episodes simply just aren't enough so I have my fingers crossed for a season 2 announcement soon! You can watch RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race on Netflix in the UK.