Those streaming services just keep hitting the original content hard! When Netflix leads with a new series, BOOM, Prime hits back with a 1-2 combo of pilots, BING-BANG! It’s a new show free-for-all, and Ed and Dean are on mic, calling every blow. Join them in a discussion of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Seaky Pete and Casanova.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) is a prequel to the comedy classic and recently reviewed Wet Hot American Summer. Taking place over the sub-titular first day of camp, it’s an origin story for the whole crew from the earlier feature – Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Elizabeth Banks and that Can of Vegetables. It’s all your favorites from the film and a number of new friends, including a fair number of Mad Men. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh again and then when it’s all over, you’ll think back and laugh once more.
Sneaky Pete (2015) is the first of two new Amazon pilots for Amazon Pilot Season. It’s a slick, con-man drama starring veteran character actor, Giovanni Ribisi – though how slick may be debatable. In a nutshell, guy gets out of the slammer and lays low with his cellmate’s name and family. Clever idea, but while it might work on USA, it seems a little dull for Amazon. Then again, perhaps this is where Amazon appeals to the masses. If it goes, you can bet somebody in your family won’t miss an episode.
Casanova (2015), the second Amazon pilot, is just what it sounds like. Prison breaks, corsets, influence peddling, libertines and sex. Buncha sex. Diego Luna plays the infamous womanizer in 18th century France and while he leaves behind a trail of broken hearts, he carries with him a sack full of who cares. In the vein of a prestige cable drama but with the conviction of a middling cable drama, Casanova fails to seduce. Check it out for yourself and try to keep your pants on, this is a family podcast!
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is currently available for streaming on Netflix and Sneaky Pete and Casanova are is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime.