Junk Drawer: Summer Watch List

ANASTASIA MONTAVON, AUSTIN VAN PAY, BENJAMIN K. PAPLHAM, SAMANTHA KOLB | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNISTS

“Peaky Blinders” Anastasia

This show has been on my watch list pretty much since it first came out in 2014. But since each episode is almost exactly an hour long, finding the time to watch it has been discouraging… until this summer (hopefully)! “Peaky Blinders” takes place in 1919 Birmingham, England, and is centered on a gang called, you guessed it, Peaky Blinders. Their name comes from the razor blades (blinders) that they sew in the peaks of their caps. They’re led by their boss Thomas Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy), who has big plans to move up in the world. The show has been getting great reviews, and I look forward to finally getting a chance to watch it this summer!

“The Flash” Austin

After binging the fantastic “Daredevil” season one on Netflix, I knew superheroes had a fantastic streak going within the TV world. With my Netflix list filled to the brim, “The Flash” sadly got lost in the mix. Thankfully, it has now made its way onto my summer watch list. “The Flash” follows Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator who lost his mother at the age of 11. He’s made it his life mission to find his mother’s murderer and follow any urban legend or scientific advancement that may come about. Eventually, a particle accelerator causes a storm that strikes Barry with lightning. Barry wakes from his nine-month coma to find that he’s able to run at superspeed and inevitably vows to use these powers to protect the innocent. The show stays true to this iconic character in the DC universe and its lighthearted nature is a good differentiator from other films and TV shows.

“Death Note” Ben

“Death Note” is just one of many anime shows of which I started a couple episodes and then life happened. So I have a giant list on my computer that I’m hoping to binge-watch over the summer, but out of them all, “Death Note” is the one I’m most excited for because it has one of the most thrilling and brilliant premises ever created. Light Yagami is an idyllic high-school genius who wants to make the world a better place. Then he meets the Shinigami Ryuk, a bored “death god” with a notebook where if a person’s name is written in it, that person dies. You can guess what happens next. Of the few episodes I’ve seen so far, “Death Note” is wonderfully suspenseful and executes plot twists with perfection.

“Outlander” Sam

This Starz TV show has been getting rave reviews. Much like “Game of Thrones,” “Outlander” is based off an epic book series by Diana Gabaldon. It follows a WWII nurse by the name of Claire, who ends up being whisked back to 1740s Scotland via a magical circle of stones. While in this time, she falls in love with the handsome Scottish laird Jamie Fraser. The adventures that follow are full of terrifying, life-and-death political intrigue — not to mention the music is absolutely breathtaking. I will be fervently watching this show over the summer, as it has recently started up again

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