One iconic show of the 2010s returns for a bombastic season, and a new chapter from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away are entering the 680 NEWS MUST-WATCH Top 10 this week! But will one of them take the top spot, or will a new action film starring 2020’s Sexiest Man Alive clinch that top spot? Keep reading to find out!
The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 4)
Streaming platform: Crave
It’s time to return to Margaret Atwood’s dystopia!
The fourth season of the Handmaid’s Tale has started airing! This season sees June (played by Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men) as she crosses the border into Canada. Leaving behind the extremist Christian nation of Gilead, she’s beginning to work with the Mayday rebellion to fight back against the oppressive regime. While her fellow Handmaid’s are more focused on survival, June is ready to fight for justice. If you haven’t watched this show yet based on the iconic Canadian novel, now’s the perfect time to get into it!
The first few episodes of this Hulu original are already out on Crave, with each successive episode coming out weekly!
Streaming platform: Amazon Prime Video
If you’re looking for a little less dystopia, and a little more action, here’s the film for you!
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is a spin-off the Jack Ryan book series. This is the origin story of John Clark, also known as John Kelly. Played by Michael B. Jordan (of Black Panther and the Wire), he’s a US Navy Seal whose pregnant wife (played by Lauren London of the Game) is murdered by Russian military operatives. He then proceeds on a campaign of revenge, destroying all who stand in his way, without remorse. And while he’s after Russian military operatives, he may have to go against people in his own government.
You can watch this film on Amazon Prime Video now!
Streaming platform: VOD
If you’re looking for something a little more arthouse, you’re about to be very excited!
About Endlessness is the newest film from Roy Andersson. The Swedish auteur famous for one-shot tableaux scenes has been working since the 1970s, and this is his first film since 2014’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. His newest film covers themes like losing your faith, heading to war, and the passage of time. Certainly a change of pace from the high tension action of Without Remorse, but it’s a nice palate cleanser.
You can watch this on the digital TIFF Bell Lightbox now!
Streaming platform: Netflix
If you’re looking for something animated, here’s a new anime for you!
Yasuke is a new show created by LeSean Thomas (who previously worked on the Boondocks and the Legend of Korra), based off of a real person also called Yasuke. He was a samurai of African origin in Japan during the 16th century, who worked under daimyo Oda Nobunaga. This new show stars LaKeith Stanfield (from Judas and the Black Messiah) as Yasuke in the English dub. The series was co-written by electronic musician Flying Lotus, who also created scored the show.
All 6 episodes are available on Netflix now!
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Streaming platform: Disney+
And for all the Star Wars fans out there, this one’s for you!
Star Wars: The Bad Batch is a sequel to the Clone Wars, following the efforts of Clone Force 99, a.k.a the Bad Batch. They’re an elite squad of clone troopers who were each born with some sort of genetic mutation, giving them extra abilities. Surviving the end of the Clone Wars, the Empire is now hot on their tail, trying to exterminate them. As they’re all clones, all members of the Bad Batch are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, a legendary voice actor who appeared in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Overwatch, and Space Jam.
This show isn’t out now, but the first episode drops on Disney+ on Star Wars Day, May the 4th!
680 NEWS’ MUST WATCH TOP 10
10. Nobody – VOD
9. Stowaway – Amazon Prime Video
8. About Endlessness – VOD
7. Nomadland – Disney+
6. Willy’s Wonderland – VOD
5. Without Remorse – Amazon Prime Video
4. Yasuke – Netflix
3. Mortal Kombat – VOD
2. The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 4) – Crave
1. Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Disney+