What to watch on TV this week
From Gwyneth Paltrow's weird discoveries in Netflix's The Goop Lab to Patrick Stewart returning to his trekkie roots in Amazon Prime's Star Trek: Picard, this week in TV is out of this world
Apothecary sprays, 24-carat dildoes and – more recently – a candle that smells like Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina: all sold by Goop, the infamous lifestyle brand. Given Goop’s huge following, an entire Netflix series centred around its practices was perhaps inevitable.
In The Goop Lab, Paltrow examines many weird methods of alternative health, lifestyle, and wellbeing. Energy healing, communal masturbation and vaginal exploration are all involved, with people claiming to be cured of their various ailments because of these practices. Spiritual feminism or capitalistic pseudo-science? Whatever the case, The Goop Lab will be one of the strangest shows of 2020.Read more ...
Comedy writer Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Death of Stalin) is having an excellent week. On Friday, he delves back into the 19th century with his new and funny adaptation of David Copperfield. Prior to that, however, he flies to a hilarious vision of the future – aboard a spaceship captained by Hugh Laurie.
In Avenue 5, a popular space liner cruises around Saturn before its return to Earth. But they hit a technical hiccup that not only threatens the passengers on board, but also the legitimacy of the company behind it (personified by the CEO character Herman Judd, played by Josh Gadd). As with most of Iannucci’s work, expect some quick spinning, on-the-spot strategising and hilarious panicking – all wrapped in a sci-fi satire of corporate capitalism.
Whaling is one of the most controversial industries on the planet, even before the explosion of ethical veganism and climate change protests. Campaigners claim it’s a barbaric practice; whalers argue it’s just the process of nature, and that whaling is no different to hunting other animals.
Documentarian Stacey Dooley investigates both sides of the argument, travelling with Norwegian whalers on a week-long hunt. She also goes to the Faroe Islands, where locals engage in a millennia-long tradition that involves killing whales and dolphins on the beach.
Contrary to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the charming children’s sitcom from the 90s, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns to its darker, Archie Comics' alternative. This is more Riverdale than Nickelodeon.
In Part 3, which kicks off season two, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) is desperate to recover her boyfriend’s soul from Hell while his earthly body is being controlled by Lucifer. But after the events of Part 2, when Sabrina dethroned the Dark Lord, the different demonic clans are in disarray – waiting for a new subject to take the throne. Sabrina’s more than happy to take the title of ‘Queen’, but she’s met with a challenger: Caliban, the Prince of Hell.
We last saw Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) operate the USS Enterprise in the 2002 movie tie-in Star Trek: Nemesis. Eighteen years later, following the success of his portrayal of Professor X in the X-Men movies, Stewart returns to his most recognised character in Star Trek: Picard.
The plot has been kept largely under wraps, but the trailer suggests that Picard comes out of retirement to fix the issues in Starfleet Command and the United Federation of Planets. With a new crew, he resumes his seat on the Enterprise.
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