All this week’s Netflix Originals (Available from Friday 7th September 2018)

One of the great things about Netflix is their Netflix Original content – be it films or series made by Netflix themselves or exclusive content available only on Netflix after it airs on regular TV. Every week we will give you a round-up of the new Netflix Originals becoming available in the next week. We will aim to post every week on Thursday evening with what will be available over the coming week. Perfect if you’re looking to check out what new Originals are available to watch over your weekend or if you’re planning a week-long Netflix binge watch! This area is exclusively for Netflix Originals, for general Netflix additions and removals or to view the current full catalogue check out your regional New On Netflix website.

As Netflix increase their Original content, here’s our ‘Top Picks’ list for this week (Full summary of additions at the end of the post).

Atypical (Season Two)

It has been a year since Netflix decided to renew ‘Atypical’ for its second season and this season will be an extra two episodes longer. The ten-episode season two of the series continues to follow Sam (Keir Gilchrist) an autistic young man as he navigates his way through life. Season one didn’t just focus on Sam though or his autistic traits as other autism-featuring series have. ‘Atypical’ follows the lives of each member of the family from Sam’s younger sister, advocate and sibling tormentor Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) to his therapist Julia (Amy Okuda), his dad and mum; Doug (Michael Rapaport) and Elsa (Jenifer Jason-Leigh) and their troubled marriage. Rather than the narrative being consumed by a younger autistic individual, season one touched briefly on Sam’s younger years only to give the back-story to Elsa’s need to be something other than carer and Doug’s surprise at being the one Sam now turns to for advice re all things datings. Season two looks set to be emotionally challenging as Sam makes decisions about his future whilst becoming aware of the issues his family is facing as a whole.

Available Friday 7th September 2018

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season Two)

Martial Arts expert and multi-millionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is ‘Iron Fist’, the Netflix Marvel character to step up as protector of New York City in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that shares characters, plot, and timelines across the Marvel franchise. Critics of season one seem convinced season two is definitely improved in that the narrative is faster-paced, Danny Rand as a character is written in a far more relatable way and that perhaps this improvement is down to the series writers feeling less pressured to tie-in the series with the release of Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series. For fans of season one and those who felt the series was lacklustre, we’re sure that hardcore Marvel fans will stay loyal to the universe and watch it either way. Has season two improved the series? Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

Available Friday 7th September 2018

City of Joy

In what seems like a week of powerful documentaries, the first of three this week is an emotionally charged display of how a project run by a female doctor, playwright, and an activist brings love and strikes out fear to turn hopeless women into powerful women of joy. Women who have experienced physical and sexual violence in war-torn Eastern Congo come together to overcome their experiences and form a bond stronger than they could imagine between them.

Available Friday 7th September 2018

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

Sierra Burgess (Shannon Purser) has high hopes for her future in this teenage, high school, romcom. Sierra gets good grades and is achieving well but knows all too well she doesn’t fit the mold of popular perfect teenage girls. When a boy begins messaging her ‘by accident’ she decides to hide her visual identity, posing as the high school’s most popular girl ‘Veronica’ (Kristine Froseth). As Sierra enlists the help of mean-girl Veronica the unlikely pair create a tangled ‘relationship’ with Jamey (Noah Centineo) which comes to a head when the truth is exposed and all involved must face the consequences. Based on the original 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by French poet Edmond Rostand. Viewers of an older generation may remember the 1987 film Roxanne starring Steve Martin, a comedy interpretation of the same play. As far as teenage romcoms go, this looks like it could be a winner as it aims to catapult a 19th-century French play into a 21st-century streaming platform, let’s hope it does it justice.

Available Friday 7th September 2018

On my Skin

‘On my Skin’ is a documentary film investigating the facts around what is known as one of the most controversial Italian court cases of modern times. Stefano Cucchi was arrested and detained almost nine years ago and within days he was dead after his family was denied access to him throughout his detainment and hospital treatment. Photographs of his bruised, beaten face were upheld in court by his family members as the accused were acquitted due to ‘lack of evidence’. The court case led to national and international attention as the public felt outraged that a 31-year old architect held for drug offenses died with substantial physical injuries in addition to the obvious lack of treatment for his medical condition.

Available Wednesday 12th September 2018

Reversing Roe

“Who gets to make the decision? Is it the woman or is it the government?” The trailer is powerfully charged with quotes from both sides of the argument and one would hope the actual documentary remains true to this format. ‘Roe’ refers to the landmark court case of ‘Roe versus Wade’ in 1973 whereby the court ruled that privacy extends to women having the right to make the decision but that the state regulation of abortion should be tied to the third trimester of pregnancy. This documentary explores how American law was changed following the events leading up to the Roe decision using archived footage and interviews whilst also looking at the opposition to the decision that the country has witnessed in the 45 years since and finally looking to where the countries laws surrounding pregnancy termination are heading in the current climate.

Available Thursday 13th September 2018

Summary of Netflix Originals released week commencing Friday 31st August 2018

Friday 7th September 2018
“Atypical” Series (Season Two) [Global Original]
“Cable Girls”
 Series (Season Two) [Original]
“Marvel’s Iron Fist” Series (Season Two) [Global Original]
“Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” Kids Animated Series (Season Two) [Original]
“City of Joy” 
Documentary Series [Global Original]
“First and Last” 
Series (Season One) [Original]
“Next Gen”
 Film [Global Original]
“Sierra Burgess is a Loser” 
Film [Global Original]

Tuesday 11th September 2018
“Daniel Sloss: Live Shows” 
Stand up Comedy Special [Global Original]

Wednesday 12th September 2018
“On my Skin” Film [Global Original]

Thursday 13th September
“Reversing Roe” Documentary [Global Original]

As Netflix become even more cryptic about geographical availability please bear with us as we try to be as precise as possible about the regions Netflix Originals are available. If in doubt titles will be listed simply as [Original]. 

Thanks for visiting and let us know in the comments what you’ve enjoyed (and what you haven’t) and what new Netflix Originals and season updates you’re looking forward to. Don’t forget to check out the blog next week on Thursday evening (13th September 2018) at our usual time of 8.15pm for more information and throughout the week for updates and general news.

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