8 shows to binge watch (if you haven’t done so) over this National Day long weekend

Yes! We are still having our public holiday on Monday (9 Aug) to celebrate National Day despite the parade being postponed.

But with the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, it is better to be a good Singaporean and stay home to be safe. It is also a good time to start binge watching some great shows you have missed due to your hectic work schedule.

Here are 8 shows (in random order) from the various streaming services that you might find worthy of your precious time during this long weekend. Rest well, everyone!

The Witcher (Netflix)

For fans of The Witcher role-playing game series or the book series, you have to watch this. In this fictional fantasy world, a Witcher is someone who possesses supernatural abilities due to some mutations and usually hired to slay monsters. But it is never straightforward as it seems.

In this particular show, it explores the journey of a Witcher known as Geralt of Rivia (played by Henry Cavill of Superman fame) and Princess Ciri, who are somehow linked to each other. Not to mention, you have to finish this series soon as the second season will be arriving on 17 Dec this year.

Loki (Disney+)

What? You haven’t watch Loki? What in the world have you been… Never mind. It is time for you to catch up on the latest adventures of the God of Mischief.

Seriously, if you have the slightest interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Loki is the show you need to watch. If not, the later MCU shows might not make sense to you. Plus, it is an exhilarating ride of twists and laughs.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+)

This animated series is probably one of the most under-rated shows in Disney+. It follows the journey of the Bad Batch, or Clone Force 99, consisting of five clone commandos with “defects” that made them stronger, smarter and deadlier.

The only issue is they don’t quite obey orders. A problem when Order 66 was issued after the Clone War is over. And so, they set themselves on a journey of self-identity while navigating the perils set up by the new Empire. This is one solid series you don’t want to miss, if you are a Star Wars fan.

Sweet Tooth (Netflix)

This fantasy drama is set in a backdrop of a viral pandemic wiping out most of the world’s human population. And it has lead (or maybe due to) to the emergence of hybrid babies – half human half animal.

Sweet Tooth follows the journey of Gus, a 10-year-old half-deer hybrid, who tries to find his mother after the death of his father. His father has sheltered him from the outside world since his birth from hybrid hunters who believe they are the cause of the pandemic. In his journey, Gus found a reluctant protector in the form of former American football player Tommy Jepperd who named Gus “Sweet Tooth”. This show seems like an uncanny commentary of the pandemic we now live in.

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

This comedy series features an American football coach Ted Lasso taking over a fictional English Premier League football (or soccer as Americans call it) team despite having zero experience in real football terms. A ridiculous plot that is sure to elicit plenty of laughs and roll-eye moments.

Responses to the first season last year have been so good that the second and third season have been commissioned. The second season started on 23 July and is slated to run till Oct.

Hospital Playlist (Netflix)

Released last year, Hospital Playlist follows the lives of five Korean doctors – in their 40s – who know each other since medical school and now work in the same hospital. The five also happens to play in a band together.

Apart from the tear-jerking, heart-warming and sometimes comedic episodes, you can look forward to comforting songs performed by the five leads, each specialising in an instrument. Season 2 only started in June this year and you probably will be left wanting more as soon as you catch up with the episodes.

Taxi Driver (Viu)

There are times when the law does not do justice to the injustices that befell some in the society. In this Korean drama, an illegal taxi company called Rainbow Deluxe Taxi helps people get revenge by meting out punishments in situations when the law fails to do so.

Kim Do-ki, played by versatile actor Lee Je Hoon, works undercover as the “taxi driver” helped by his crew of misfits. Unlike typical K-dramas with love or relationship entanglements, this thrilling series will set you rooting for this vigilante organisation against heinous criminals – some of whom are inspired by true stories.

Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union (HBO Go)

If you are the kind who prefers documentaries, you might want to check out Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union. It chronicles the personal and political journey of former US President Barack Obama, weaving together conversations from colleagues, friends and critics, as well as Obama’s speeches and news interviews.

This three-part series begins with Obama’s childhood and his journey as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father. And follows Obama from his presidential bid to his years in the White House. A good watch for those following US politics or fans of Obama.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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