Well folks, it appears we have a frontrunner and it comes courtesy of Netflix.
The streaming giant dropped the long-awaited first teaser trailer for its upcoming live-action adaptation of The Witcher and its got everything Thrones fans will love and a bit more on top of that.
You’ve got a fantastical setting filled with sorcerers, elves, CGI monsters, magic and the usual fantasy smorgasbord of tropes.
There’s a diverse cast of supporting players with differing and interesting motivations, some intriguing and important characters like Ciri and Yennefer, clashing ideologies and political wrangling, a dash of thirst and sexy times, big budget action scenes that actually bothered to use proper lighting, and enough stunning cinematography to make Peter Jackson envious.
But the biggest tick for The Witcher is Henry Cavill as the monster hunting protagonist, Geralt of Rivia.
Not only can he swing a a sword like an actual witcher super convincingly (apparently he did all his own stunts), he got super jacked for the role. If his fighting ability or smouldering stares don’t convince you, his arms certainly will.
And as a bonus cherry on top, it seems like the show is remaining faithful to the book series by going into fine details, like Geralt’s creepy black eyes and bulging veins after consuming one too many potions.
There’s still no date on when the show drops on Netflix other than a “fall” premiere date but The Witcher is shaping up to be a damn good ride that incorporates everything we want in a high fantasy series.
Check out the trailer right here and get ready for a ride. Just don’t expect any Geralt and Yennefer getting freaky on a unicorn or Geralt manspreading while taking a bath. Gotta save some gems for the actual show.
The Shows You Hated Or Forgot About Are Set To Clean Up At The Emmys, Because All That Whining Worked So Well
One person's "worst show ever" is another's "greatest show of all time".
The Emmys are nearly upon us for another year and boy has the last 12 months of TV thrown up a few surprising left turns and speed bumps.
But looking at the noms for the 2019 event, the theme appears to be: the shows you forgot and/or hated are gonna win big but we’re giving the spotlight to some actual good shows to make up for it.
But beyond Thrones, there were a bunch of shows and actors who were snubbed, or inexplicably got noms despite either being forgotten – like Schitt’s Creek, Ozark, Succession and The Kominsky Method – hated – like House of Cards – or just flat out disappointing – like The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror and How To Get Away With Murder.
That being said, there were also a bunch of pleasant surprises which we didn’t expect since this is, well, the Emmys. So in the tradition of every awards show, here’s GOAT’s quick rundown of notable snubs and surprises for the 2019 Emmys.
Schitt’s Creek – Where on earth did this come from? More importantly, how did it score a noms in all the big categories despite being in its 5th season?
The Good Place – After years of snubs, it’s finally picked up that Best Comedy nom it deserved from the start.
When They See Us – We expected Netflix’s critically acclaimed series to do well, just not THIS well.
The Big Bang Theory – It’s a surprise in that it didn’t get any big noms at all for its final season. Don’t feel too bad, it’s won enough in previous years.
GLOW – Season 2 was brilliant in so many ways and yet all it got was one measly nomination. An absolute travesty.
True Detective – Season 3 was a blessed return to form but it seems like the sour taste of season 2 is still lingering.
Richard Madden – Bodyguard was great but it seems like voters wanted his half-brother cousin from the North more.
Rhea Seehorn – Another year, another snub from arguably the best actor on Better Call Saul.
Catch-22 – No love at all with this adaptation despite being well received. George Clooney’s charm didn’t work this time.
As for what shows will win, who bloody knows at this point? Aside from Game of Thrones picking up a bunch of big wins, it’s all up in the air at this point and predicting the winners is a futile exercise based on what we saw at the 2019 Oscars.
Here’s an incomplete list of the Emmy nominations because there’s just too much to fit on the page so we’re just going with the big ones. Check out the official Emmys website for the complete list.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Barry Fleabag The Good Place The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Russian Doll Schitt’s Creek Veep
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul Bodyguard Game of Thrones Killing Eve Ozark Pose Succession This Is Us
Outstanding Limited Series
Chernobyl Escape At Dannemore Fosse/Verdon Sharp Objects When They See Us
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones Jody Comer, Killing Eve Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder Laura Linney, Ozark Mandy Moore, This Is Us Sandra Oh, Killing Eve Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us Kit Harington, Game Of Thrones Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Billy Porter, Pose Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Alfie Allen, Game Of Thrones Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game Of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul Michael Kelly, House Of Cards Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie, Game Of Thrones Julia Garner, Ozark Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve Sophie Turner, Game Of Thrones Maisie Williams, Game Of Thrones
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish Don Cheadle Ted Danson, The Good Place Michael Douglas Bill Hader, Barry Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead To Me Rachel Brosnahan Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method Anthony Carrigan, Barry Tony Hale, Veep Stephen Root, Barry Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Henry Winkler, Barry
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Anna Chlumsky, Veep Sian Clifford, Fleabag Olivia Colman, Fleabag Betty Gilpin, GLOW Sarah Goldberg, Barry Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Mahershala Ali, True Detective Benicio Del Toro, Escape To Dannemora Jared Harris, Chernobyl Jarrel Jherome, When They See Us Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects Patricia Arquette, Escape To Dannemora Anjenou Ellis, When They See Us Joey King, The Act Niecy Nash, When They See Us Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Asante Blackk, When They See Us Paul Dano, Escape At Dannemora John Leguizamo, When They See Us Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal Michael K. Williams, When They See Us
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Patricia Arquette, The Act Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects Vera Farmiga, When They See Us Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Full Frontal Jimmy Kimmel Live Last Week Tonight The Late Late Show The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race American Ninja Warrior Nailed It! RuPaul’s Drag Race Top Chef The Voice
Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow Drive-Ins And Dives Food Queer Eye Shark Tank Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Who Do You Think You Are?
Outstanding Animated Program
“The Planned Parenthood Show,” Big Mouth “Just One Of The Boyz 4 Now For Now,” Bob’s Burgers “Free Churro,” BoJack Horseman Come Along With Me (Adventure Time) “Mad About The Toy,” The Simpsons
Outstanding TV Movie
Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) Brexit Deadwood King Lear My Dinner With Hervé
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
“Ron/Lily,” Barry “Episode 1,” Fleabag “Anna Ishii-Peters,” Pen15 “Nothing In This World Is Easy,” Russian Doll “A Warm Body,” Russian Doll “Janet(s),” The Good Place “Veep,” Veep
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
“Winner,” Better Call Saul “Episode 1,” Bodyguard “The Iron Throne,” Game Of Thrones “Nice And Neat,” Killing Eve “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” Succession “Holly,” The Handmaid’s Tale
While You're Doing Your Late Night Choke, So Is The Planet
Stop it or you and the earth will go blind.
With most media we consume being available online these days, you’d think that it’s made a positive impact in terms of the amount of waste produced. But it turns out that’s not quite the case.
According to the research by a French think tank called The Shift Project, the transmission and viewing of online videos pumps out about 300 million tonnes of CO2 a year (about one percent of global emissions), which is from all the electricity used to transmit the video data to devices such as phones and TVs
Of that 300 million, streaming services like Netflix account for a third of it, online porn pumps out another third and the rest is from various bits and bobs like YouTube.
To put that number into perspective, Belgium puts out about 104 million tonnes of CO2 a year. If we were to do some napkin math, it means all our Netflix binging and porno watching generates nearly twice as much CO2 in a year than a literal country. Hell, the annual amount of (CO2) emissions from online porn alone nearly amounts to what Belgium pumps out.
So in short, all your Netflix and chilling, and your late night jerkin’ of the gerkin is putting the earth through some hurtin’.
Now this may not seem like much relatively speaking but every little bit counts, especially considering that we’re on track for the end of human civilisation by 2050 thanks to climate change.
While the think tank didn’t try to guesstimate the projected CO2 emissions figure when these new technologies properly arrive, they did recommend a number of measures to limit the emissions from online videos.
These ranged from small changes like stopping videos from autoplaying and not transmitting video in HD when it’s not necessary to bigger measures like cutting down on the Netflix and porn binging, and implementing regulations.
Maybe the solution to this is to just shut Belgium down. If our adult film and binging habits are hurting the country, let’s just shut the whole thing down so we can enjoy all the porn or Netflix we want. The country and people are nice and all, but we just have to ask ourselves one thing: do we really NEED Belgium over our need of Netflix and porn?
Didn’t think so.
So that’s settled then. Yes to splooge and no to Bruges.