Jack Horsley’s Lockdown Entertainment Guide

So… lockdown, here we go again. Being thrust into another nationwide lockdown can be tough on most, some being alone with nothing but their thoughts can be challenging, but amidst all this panic and uncertainty there is one thing that stays true and consistent… the entertainment industry!
Whether it’s tucking into a new book or discovering your new favourite series on Netflix, these platforms are able to give people an escape from reality, a place to not be judged and neglected.

In this article I’m going to give you the rundown on what I’ve been binging, listening to and reading over the past couple of months.

Bones (2004-2017)
Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz star in this forensic thriller that made it’s break on the Fox Network over 15 years ago. Throughout the show we follow world renowned forensic anthropologist Temperence Brennan (Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (Boreanaz) as partners solving crime primarily through the studying of bones.

This show has been one of mine and my girlfriend’s biggest binges throughout our time stuck indoors. Like every crime show, each episode is fairly similar in nature but it’s gripping storylines and huge host of interesting characters all with in depth and ever evolving storylines makes for some fantastic entertainment!

Bones seasons 1-12 are available to stream on Amazon Prime now!

Deschanel (left) and Boreanaz (right) as Brennan and Booth Image: Fox Network

The Mandalorian (2019 – Present)
In December, the second season of in my opinion, the best Star Wars media in years hit small screens all across the world.
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Baby Yoda (or Grogu) go in search of Jedi, an ancient warrior and protector of the galaxy, in order to find a mentor for Grogu. There are huge crossovers with the entrance of the likes of Bo Katan (seen in The Clone Wars and Rebels) and even the return of Boba Fett (played brilliantly by Temuera Morrison) there was some huge fan service given by Favreu and Co, and also some riveting original content.
Obviously this is a HUGE must watch for fans of the franchise, but even if you’re not, give the films a watch and if you like them… then it is a guarantee you will love this!

Both seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian are streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now!

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu in Lucasfilm’s THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

The Office U.S. (2005 – 2013)
Perhaps some of the best boundary pushing comedy out there, The Office is a must watch for anyone with a love for dark humour and a great performance from Steve Carrell.
Following Michael Scott (Carrell) as fun-loving, attention seeking boss of Dunder Mifflin, a national paper company, as he wreaks havoc for his employees by making fun of their sexuality, endlessly playing pranks and doing anything he can to make his employees like him.
Whilst Michael Scott might seem like a simple character, I believe it is one of Carrell’s most complex roles. He is not only funny but he is warm-hearted and hurting. We see him in a damaging relationship with Jan, and we see him find love with H.R. rep Holly Flax (played by Amy Ryan), as he left the show to start a family with her, at the end of the season 7.
But Steve Carrell is not the only highlight of The Office. We also see across the board great performances from Rainn Wilson playing Dwight Schrute, John Krasinski as Jim Halpert and one of my personal favourites, Ed Helms playing Andy ‘The Nard Dog’ Bernard.
This is one of my favourite half an hour comedies of all time, and I would recommend it to anyone!

The complete collection of The Office U.S. is streaming on Netflix now!

Steve Carrell as Michael Scott in The Office U.S. Image: NBC

The Lighthouse (2019)
Despite having gained critical acclaim upon release, I was weary going into this one.
‘The Lighthouse’ was not Robert Eggers’ first success in the field, with him making traction with his 2015 film, ‘The VVitch’, but I can safely say it is his best work!
Throughout the film we spend time with lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and his new wickie, Ephraim Wilson (Robert Pattinson), as they complete day to day tasks, tending to the lighthouse. Based on this description the film may seem boring and mundane, but I must say it is quite the opposite.
During his time on the island, Ephraim seems to uncover disturbing secrets surrounding the lighthouse’s lamp and Wake. He unearths supernatural truths and loses his grip on reality, struggling to differentiate from true and false.
Overall the film is one of uncertainty and ambiguity but it is definitely one to watch… and maybe rewatch.
Eggers is sure to fuse in his love for mythology and combined with some killer performances and some absolutely beautiful cinematography from Jarin Blaschke, it is definitely one of my favourite lockdown viewings.

The Lighthouse is available to watch now on Now TV or Sky Cinema!

Willem Dafoe (left) and Robert Pattinson (right) as Thomas Wake and Ephriam Wilson. Image: A24

Marvel’s WandaVision
After Endgame, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was left uncertain, with the death of Tony Stark amongst others the direction of the franchise was unclear.
But Marvel came through. With the announcement of a huge amount of shows heading to Disney+, fans got excited and hope was restored. The first show of this new wave was WandaVision. The show upon announcement was an enigma of sorts, with Vision dead and the show being presented as sitcoms throughout the ages, it was unclear if Vision was in fact being brought back to life or it was something else completely.
The shows premiere was today, with a 30 and 35 minute episode kicking off the launch and I must say it was fantastic. Apart from watching the first 2 episodes back to back this morning obviously there has been no binging done, but I will be watching it weekly and I look forward to the direction the show takes next!

WandaVision is exclusively streaming on Disney Plus now and there is a new episode released every Friday!

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany respectively as Wanda and Vision. Image: Marvel, Disney

Kings Of Leon – ‘The Bandit’ / ‘100,000 people’
Everyone’s favourite Nashville rock band are back, with 2 brand new singles,The Bandit’ and ‘100,000 people’.
Speculation of a new album from the four piece started circling around the internet way back in March when there was a video of Caleb playing a brand new song, ‘Going Nowhere’ acoustically. This led fans to believe that a new album was very close. It wasn’t until just 2 weeks ago, that the band actually announced their new album along with clips of their upcoming songs from the track list.
The 2 fantastic singles were then released and in classic KOL style, they’re great!

(Left to right) Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill, Matthew Followill, Jared Followill

I have also had my playlist on repeat when I’ve been working and I occasionally add to it too, find it here!

Hell’s Angels – Hunter S. Thompson
One of my greatest influences as a writer is the outrageous Hunter S. Thompson and ‘Hell’s Angels’ is one of his finest books.
‘Hell’s Angels’ follows Hunter as he documents essentially being apart of notorious motorcycle gang the Hell’s Angels for 2 years. From making friends and drinking with them to even talking about being attacked by some of them, this riveting book is a fantastic insight into some of the most famous outlaws the world has ever seen.
Not only is this a must read but it is a fantastic starting point for Thompson’s work.

Hunter S. Thompson, father of gonzo journalism.

Words by Jack Horsley.

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