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What to stream in October

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  • 04.10.2021
  • By Emily Heng

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Maid

Cast: Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, and Andie MacDowell.

Premise: A young woman flees an abusive relationship and attempts to navigate single motherhood with tenacity and grit; a reality made all the more complicated due to the immersive and invasive nature of her job where she’s made to clean other people’s houses.

First impression: Inspirational as it is tragic, we’re looking forward to heart-wrenching performances from real-life mother-daughter duo, Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell.

What the Internet is saying: Folks are praising the series for its raw, realistic take on domestic violence as well as alcoholism; topics commonly shirked in favour of more “palatable” fare that makes it easier for films or shows to achieve commercial success. We’d go so far as to say to Maid to be a shoo-in for next year’s Emmy Awards.

Release date: 1 October.

The Guilty

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough, and Ethan Hawke.

Premise: The American remake of Danish film, Den Skyldige, centers around an officer (Gyllenhaal) working at a call center — whose regular night is disrupted when a woman calls to reveal that she is currently being kidnapped.

First impression: One part Taken, and two parts When A Stranger Calls. Still, we’d admit that Gyllenhaal’s enactment of a brooding, tortured cop is convincing enough to keep us watching.

What the Internet is saying: Expect some twists and turns, if the YouTube comment section is anything to go by. The general consensus is that not all is as it seems in the trailer.

Release date: 1 October.

Justin Bieber: Our World

Cast: Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber, and Scooter Braun.

Premise: The piece is a documentation of the lead-up to Bieber’s unprecedented concert, T-Mobile Presents New Year’s Eve Live with Justin Bieber. This comes after a three year hiatus from performing and a significant amount of controversy; an in-depth look of the singer’s psyche as he navigates the stresses of Hollywood and fame.

First impression: We’re not expecting anything too thought-provoking or revolutionary from this — the trailer alone emits a veneer of professionalism that hints at Bieber’s misdemeanors being conveniently glossed-over. But hey, we’ve been surprised before.

What the Internet is saying: It’s mostly just congratulatory messages from the fans, at this point. We suppose we’ll know more when the film actually drops.

Release date: 8 October.

You Season 3

Cast: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, and Shalita Grant.

Premise: The psychological thriller picks off where the season 2 cliffhanger left off — with loved-up couple Joe and Love moving to the suburbs. New challenges await in the form of a new neighbour, Natalie, who piques Joe’s cycle of obsession once more.

First impression: Teamwork makes the dream work. You know, even when the team is made of, uh, murderous psychos.

What the Internet is saying: Excitement is at an all-time high. As it should be, seeing how the show has successfully subverted the typical tropes commonly employed in stalker films.

Release date: 15 October.

Puppy Place

Premise: Happy endings are guaranteed with this family-friendly series; a piece focused on two young adults helping new puppies find their forever homes in each episode. Aw.

First impression: It doesn’t get any cuter — or more heart-warming — than this.

What the Internet is saying: This is precisely what the doctor ordered amidst this pandemic-riddled times. Comfort TV, at its finest.

Release date: 15 October.

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