by Julian Spivey
Reservation Dogs: Season 2 – Hulu – Wednesday, August 3
“Reservation Dogs,” an FX production airing only on Hulu, was my fourth favorite show of 2021 when it aired its first season. The show, created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, is the story of four indigenous teens in small town Oklahoma and the ins and outs of their lives and how they want to escape their circumstances. It’s the first TV series to feature an entire indigenous staff or directors and writers and majority of its cast is as well. It’s a unique look into a life we don’t often see on the small screen (or any screen for that matter).
Lightyear – Disney+ - Wednesday, August 3
If you were interested in seeing the Buzz Lightyear original story “Lightyear,” but didn’t make it out to the cinema in June or July, it’s now available on Disney+ so you can watch from the comfort of your own home. “Lightyear” tells the story of a young Buzz Lightyear, who the future toy of “Toy Story” fame would be created after, who after being marooned on a hostile planet must find his way back home. Chris Evans voices the hero in “Lightyear,” which was the subject of some controversy because Tim Allen had voiced Lightyear in all four ‘Toy Story’ movies, but again this is Lightyear the man and that is Lightyear the toy.
Thirteen Lives – Amazon Prime Video – Friday, August 5
One of the biggest news stories of 2018 was the Thai junior soccer team that was trapped in a northern Thailand cave that was flooding for more than two weeks and the daring rescue mission to save them. “Thirteen Lives,” directed by Ron Howard, is the story of this rescue mission. Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton play the real-life heroes Richard Stanton, John Volanthen and Richard Harris who led the mission.
A League of Their Own: The Series – Amazon Prime Video – Friday, August 12
One of the all-time greatest baseball movies is director Penny Marshall’s 1992 flick “A League of Their Own,” starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks, which told a fictional account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that formed during World War II when many of Major League Baseball’s finest were serving during wartime. Comedian/actress Abbi Jacobson and producer/director Will Graham have adapted Marshall’s film as a TV series for Amazon Prime Video that will star Jacobson, D'Arcy Carden and Nick Offerman among others. I’m really hoping this one knocks the story out of the park like the movie did.
The Patient – Hulu – Tuesday, August 30
Steve Carell seems to be everywhere over the last few years, especially when it comes to TV series on streaming services having previously done “The Morning Show” for AppleTV+ and “Space Force” for Netflix. Now comes “The Patient” for Hulu, which sees Carell as a psychologist kidnapped and held prisoner by a patient, played by Domhnall Gleeson, who reveals himself to be a serial killer. “The Patient” is a psychological thriller told over 10 episodes.