Between load-shedding and downloading, you’re sorted


Between load-shedding and downloading, you’re sorted

Five shows to download off the work wifi to help you get through these dark times

Yolisa Mkele

Like an ex you have a soft spot for, load-shedding is destined to disrupt our lives just when we think everything is going well. People who go out looking for silver linings like to tell us that load-shedding is the universe’s way of getting us to connect more with our fellow humans. With no electricity and no light we are free to converse and share feelings in a way the modern world just doesn’t allow for. Those people are hippies and ought not to be trusted. So if you are interested in keeping a safe emotional distance from people, here are five shows to download off the work wifi to help you get through these dark times:
Love, Death + Robots (Netflix)
How different would the world be if a young Adolf Hitler had walked out of art school, met a troop of Viennese prostitutes and got himself fellated to death? This is one of the many questions this dark and bizarre anthology series tries to answer. In 18 episodes, it appears to have been roped together by a cabal of slightly deranged creators who set out to make something weird, wonderful and graphic. If you watch this with your children, don’t be surprised if you get a call from the principal about some odd and inappropriate behaviour.
The Dirt (Netflix)
Once upon a time there were beings called rock stars. Unfettered by the bonds of social media backlash and endorsement deals, these entities roamed the earth downing double shots of hedonism like a Wits student during orientation week. Netflix’s new biographical comedy follows the lives and careers of some of these individuals, namely Mötley Crüe. If you want to see what it is like to live a life dedicated to the god of chaos, press play.
The Bachelor (DStv Now)
Yes yes, you’re too edgy to watch some vapid reality show, blah blah blah. Ostensibly you would be right. Lee (the bachelor) is far from the most dynamic personality on television, and yes he (and the contestants) do look like they were mass-produced at the Mattel factory, but hang in there. Introduce some gambling and a group to your viewing experience and all of a sudden the experience becomes much more fun. Which black girl will go furthest? Will that girl with the dark hair be the dark horse? Does Lee really like blondes or is it all just a smokescreen? Questions like these can turn four hours in a dark living room into a very dimly lit casino experience.
Nailed It (Netflix)
Forget The Great British Bake Off, this is the baking show you never knew you needed in your life. The premise is simple. Two baking experts and a host give amateur bakers a series of cakes to replicate. The contestants are the kind of people you meet in life who believe they are good at something that they are in fact terrible at. What follows are some hearty guffaws at their expense as the kitchen is beset by a revolving series of disasters. Icing goes everywhere, cakes collapse and people stress out. Basically it is the baking version of what would happen if Idols’ wooden mic had its own show.

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