Danger 5 is one of those rare gems on Netflix that will have you obsessed and wondering where this show has been your whole life. Seriously. Imagine if Quentin Tarantino directed a live action combination of Archer and Team America: World Police that’s set in the 60’s. Danger 5 follows a group of five super spies who are tasked with preventing Hitler from taking over the world. So why haven’t you heard of Danger 5 before? It’s an Australian produced show that Americans haven’t been able to (legally) enjoy until last month when it was added to Netflix. Still unsure about Danger 5’s mix of silly satirical humor, absurd violence, and intentionally cheesy production values? What if I told you that Nazi dinosaurs are just part of what makes Danger 5 so great? Well here are five reasons why the first season will make Danger 5 your favorite show on Netflix:
1. Hitler’s Henchmen
Danger 5 not only embraces absurdity; it runs with it, too! Our intrepid spies that feature such hilarious characters like Jackson, the super manly American who constantly butchers pronunciations, battle against Hitler’s rather unique forces every episode. See, Hitler (with help from historical figures like Stalin and Mussolini) apparently takes inspiration from the best 60’s sci-fi as the heroes in Danger 5 must go up against everything from Nazi dinosaurs to mutants and, yes, even robots. As if fighting such wonderfully ridiculous henchmen wasn’t good enough, the brilliant minds behind Danger 5 take it up a notch by bringing the Nazi creatures to life with (laughably) bad animation, costumes, and blatantly obvious use miniature models.
2. Goofy Product Placements
You may be familiar with the ‘Sensible Chuckle’ meme which has graced the internet courtesy of the wonderful shenanigans on Danger 5. But the ‘Sensible Chuckle’ magazine is not the only chuckle-worthy product placement in the show. Paying homage to (or perhaps taking a cue from) the classic comedy Airplane, every episode of Danger 5 features hilariously bad product placements for items that are worthy of late night infomercials. For example, the Mazzarucci Utility Guitar, an acoustic guitar that features swiss army knife style attachments and the sales pitch, ‘Whether it’s birthday, bar mitzvah, or just one of those special moments, the Mazzarucci Utility Guitar is the perfect gift for any occasion.’ In need of excellence in record keeping and prestige in the workplace? Danger 5’s Tannaka Paper weights are just what you need ‘because with Tannaka, what happens in Japan stays in Japan.’ Want to be the guy who always has time to look good? Check out the Mazzarucci Shave-issmo, an electric razor that promises to ‘redefine your face.’ It’s little nods like this that makes Danger 5 so special and keep you laughing throughout the outlandish and always amusing action.
3. Death Drinks
Since Danger 5 features some over the top Tarantino-esque violence, that means that death scenes are inevitable. Ordinarily that’s a (somewhat) sad event, but not in the Danger 5 universe! Whenever a character dies in the always smiling Pierre’s arms, their final words are always the recipe for ‘the perfect’ cocktail. Want to know how to make The Perfect Carlos Sultana? Take 1 part dark rum, 1 scoop vanilla ice cream, fill with creamy soda, and possibly finish with raisins and there you go! Need something to go with your Chinese take out? Try The Perfect Chinese Whisper (1 part rice wine, 1 part lychee juice, pour over crushed ice, and fill with the soda of your choice) that’s courtesy of the death of a Chinese hench woman. These Death Drinks are always relevant to that episode’s shenanigans and will make you thirsty anytime someone is bleeding in Pierre’s tender embrace.
Stereotyping is bad, m’kay? Well, except when it’s done on Danger 5. The way that cultural stereotypes are so gleefully and innocently lampooned on Danger 5 is really refreshing. For example, Danger 5’s take on an Italian hit squad. The Danger 5 team is being chased by a group of Italians in a small car. How did they know they were Italians? They were well dressed and the driver kept checking out his hair in the mirror, of course! In the Danger 5 universe, Germans are obsessed with talking German Shepherds who always play crooked cops in German police dramas. Even Ilsa, Danger 5’s bad ass Russian femme fatale confessed that she thought she’d die as a result of alcohol poisoning when cornered by a Nazi T-Rex. Even bad ass American agent Jackson’s hatred of Nazis is matched only by his love of cliched action hero one liners and impressing beautiful women.
5. The Little Things
It’s the little things that really makes Danger 5 stand out. Everything from the harsh lighting, ridiculous costumes, constant chain smoking and intentionally clunky dialogue really shows the amount of love and attention to detail the show’s creators put in. Because of the larger than life shenanigans, you’ll definitely pick up on the small details on repeat viewings. How wildly absurd are the story lines? The show kicks off with the Danger 5 crew investigating the theft of the Eiffel Tower. Naturally, it was hauled away by swastika adorned zeppelins as a part of Hitler’s nefarious birthday scheme. As if that wasn’t good enough, Hitler escapes by jumping out of a window in every episode. Yep! That’s right, every episode uses the same b-roll footage of Hitler jumping out of a window when he invariably escapes.
Another enjoyable little quirk is that every character on Danger 5 appears to be fluent in every language. Hitler speaks German, Danger 5’s Ilsa speaks only Russian, Hirohito speaks Japanese, etc. requiring the use of subtitles for their lines. It’s a wonderful oddity that makes it all the more humorous that all the show’s dialogue (even English) is badly dubbed over. Danger 5 also pokes fun at the ridiculous sexism of the time by having Danger 5’s brainy blonde British scientist, Claire, constantly shut down by the brash eagle-headed Colonel Chestbridge during briefings. The show’s creators didn’t just pay attention to the jokes and action. The catchy retro soundtrack that accompanies the harshly lit shenanigans on Danger 5 is fantastic and shows that they really thought of everything. Seriously, you can see why Danger 5 is one of the best things to come on Netflix in a long time.
Check out the trailer for Danger 5 and start counting down the minutes until you can get home and binge watch it on Netflix:
‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director
Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.
The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.
In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.
Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.
Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth
Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.
Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.
Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.
The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.
Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.
The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.
Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.
Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.
In the U.S.:
- Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
- Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)
In the U.K.:
- Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
- Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)
- Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
- Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
- Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
- Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)
New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.
Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick
When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.
We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.
The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.
When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.
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