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Netflix Recommendation – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell

This one kind of flew in under the radar.  I don’t keep up with what’s new from the BBC, and a lot of their fantasy and science fiction tends to not click with me.  I am literally the only person in my circle of close friends that isn’t a fan of Dr. Who.  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell though caught my eye and I’m glad to say I gave it a try.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell is a fantasy miniseries about two mages attempting to practice magic in ‘modern’ London society.  I quote the word modern because it is set in the Napoleonic era, making this more a historical fantasy than a traditional one.  The story follows their relationship as the two mages grow in power, both magically and socially, and the conflicts that arise from their differing views on the future of their profession.  There’s also some side plots that become main plots involving fairy betrayal and human madness as the series unfolds, and by the end the conflict has grown to almost apocalyptic potential.

You can knock Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell out in a weekend binge if you feel like, and I highly recommend it.  The effects are fairly good for a TV production, and the acting, especially between the two protagonists, is great fun.  I’ll let you form your own opinions about how things wrap up, but be prepared for the twists to leaving you wanting more.

Check it out on Netflix: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell.

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Netflix Recommendation – The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Not sure how many other history nerds out there can relate, but I love stumbling across a good history documentary on Netflix.  My wife and I found this little gem a few weeks back and have been watching it through an episode or so per week.  Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is an in-depth look at the lives of two of America’s most iconic presidents.  Can you guess who the stars are?

Each episode is fairly long, and if you tend to lean towards the conservative camp politically you’ll find plenty of bias in the historians’ opinions, but overall the series is really enjoyable.  There’s lots of insightful history to Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, and they set up a good narrative between the two, tying things neatly together with their mutual relation Eleanor Roosevelt.

Care to find out what drove Teddy to become a cowboy out west?  Not sure when Franklin lost the use of his legs?  Ever wondered how we got two presidents with the same last name?  Okay, so maybe that last one’s not so rare anymore.  Regardless, if you enjoy American history, give The Roosevelts: An Intimate History a chance some night when you’re browsing Netflix.