Rebecca Recommends is back for 2021 and we've got some good recs to start the new year!
This week, acting veteran Betty White turned 99 (what a legend!) and Drag Race UK returned for its second series. Here's what I've been loving in the last seven days:
Netflix's animated fantasy sitcom is back for its second season, filled with as much magic, shenanigans and quests as the latter episodes. Matt Groaning's passion project with the streaming giant received mixed reviews after the first release of season 1, with most critics marking it as "charming and unique" but said that the show was let down but its humour and familiarity. As a Groaning fan, it does very much feel like a medieval version of Futurama which is why it makes it so entertaining. Like most series, it does take a couple of episodes for things to get going however the slow build-up pays off in the end. It's not quite as sharp as other animated Netflix originals (Bojack Horseman and Big Mouth come to mind) yet the variety of characters, the performances of the voice-cast and the scope of the narrative universe make it equally authentic. If you haven't watched the show before, there are twenty episodes to catch up on, but they're a really easy watch and totally bingeable, as is part 3 which features another 10 episodes. You can watch Disenchantment Part 3 on Netflix.
I've already covered some of my thoughts about Wandavision but I could talk about it for hours as it's just delightful! Marvel Studios and DisneyPlus had fans waiting a while (over 560 days to be exact!) for the MCU to be continued and it's fair to say it was definitely worth the long wait. From the countless homages to different sitcoms over the years (we've already seen references to The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and Bewitched), the wonderful performances by Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen (and we can't forget Kathryn Hahn!), and the secret easter eggs that provide clues to the show's narrative, it is undoubtedly one of Marvel's smartest (and funniest) creations yet. While some have called the show "confusing" to casual fans of Marvel, underneath the snappy humour and colourful episode storylines is the familiar superhero tropes that made the MCU so beloved and celebrated. The show's first two episodes are an absolute hoot and create lots of anticipation as to what is *really* going on with Wanda. You can watch WandaVision on DisneyPlus.
Mayim Bialik's Breakdown
We know I love a good podcast (who doesn't?) and this new one from Big Bang Theory alum Mayim Bialik is mucho interesting. For those who don't know, Bialik is actually a neuroscientist (she achieved her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California) and so she is using all of her knowledge and personal experiences to 'break down' the "myths and misunderstandings" of mental health and emotional well-being. Mayim says that "nothing is off-limits" as she speaks with a number of different celebrity guests to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health. The first episode breaks down anxiety (something that I'm sure a lot of us have experience with in some shape or form) and also features YouTube star Grace Helbig who talks about how she has managed her anxiety and her inspiration to pursue a degree in Depth Psychology. The podcast is filled to the brim with facts, helpful advice and fun chat, making it the perfect listen when you are working hard at home or doing that daily workout. You can listen to Mayim Bialik's Breakdown on your preferred podcast platform.