Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.
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Well, by now we learned that there was no last-minute stay of execution for titles like The X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Firefly or Angel or…well, you get the picture – the universe is a cruel and uncaring place and eventually we’ll all die and long after our bodies have decayed and disintegrated into nothing, entropy will overtake all of existence and destroy what we know of reality. On the plus side, the ratio of quality content arriving vs. expiring in April is heavily tilted towards giving you more reasons to stay in rather than go outside and enjoy the budding spring season. Still, say goodbye to these…
Batman: The Animated Series (Amazon Prime): If you’re anything like me, then it wasn’t Adam West’s goofy frolicking that first exposed you to The Dark Knight but rather the Emmy-winning animated series co-created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. On top of introducing us to Kevin Conroy, who to this day is still the fan consensus voice of Batman, Batman: The Animated Series also introduced a younger audience to the psychological and moral complexities of the Caped Crusader with a complementary blending of film-noir and art deco visual influences and emotionally mature storylines. The show would win an Emmy for the season 1 episode “Robin’s Reckoning: Part 1,” but it was “Heart of Ice,” arguably the greatest exploration of the Mr. Freeze character, that set the tone for what to expect from the show. The show was a springboard for the character of Harley Quinn, who was the exclusive creation of Paul Dini, who would be a creative driving force behind the Arkham video games, and Mark Hamill, who, yes, was already Luke Skywalker but who also reinvented himself by voicing the iconic Joker. This column will hopefully be a springboard for you to revisit the show as it’s set to expire on April 28th.