Amazon has been turning up the heat as the streaming war rages. Fan-favourite sitcoms like The Office and Parks and Recreation can be streamed in their entirety on the platform, while “Amazon Originals” like Fleabag, The Expanse, and the latest Star Trek: Picard are receiving critical acclaim.
You might ask: Why should you subscribe to yet another streaming service? And at the risk of sounding like a #sponsored post, we’d then ask you: Does any other streaming service come with free domestic one-day delivery from Amazon’s huge online store? Plus, there’s a free 30-day trial, and each month’s fee thereafter is only S$2.99. That’s less than a plate of chicken rice.
We’ve had the pleasure of binging a few of these shows over the past couple of months, and these are just some of our favourites.
Star Trek: Picard
Sir Patrick Stewart is back to bring us on a voyage to the final frontier. His iconic character, Captain/Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, has finally gotten his own spinoff series that’s set after his retirement from the galactic organisation Starfleet. But instead of travelling at warp-speed to far-flung worlds, we’re privy to a more intimate look at Picard’s life post-Enterprise. There’s a complex story entangling the Romulans, androids (called Synthetics), and Picard.
While it has only aired two episodes (at the time of writing), we’re confident that Admiral Picard will take Picard to where no one has gone before.
Watch Picard on Amazon Prime Video here.
It’s rare to find a show that frequently breaks the fourth wall, especially not during the opening dialogue of the first episode. But Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag executes this technique to a T, with her character Fleabag gracing us with her witty internal monologues and running commentary that we can find ourselves relating to more often than not.
At just two seasons and 12 episodes, it’s a quick binge that can be conquered within a weekend. It’s no wonder than this bite-sized comedy has swept up many awards, including a spot on Barack Obama’s favourite TV shows.
Watch Fleabag on Amazon Prime Video here.
There’s the progressive future some sci-fi shows depict a la Star Trek, while others, like The Expanse, paint a more dystopian scene. This adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s book series has humankind divided into three factions: the United Nations of Earth, the Martian Congressional Republic, and the Outer Planets Alliance. Throw in an alien force with ambiguous motives and you get a recipe for one of the most compelling sci-fi narratives of this generation.
While it can be a deep dive at the beginning (especially for newbies to the series), we promise that it’s worth powering through till the end of the fourth season. The fifth season is already in the works, so you don’t have to worry about an abrupt end.
Watch The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video here.
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel has gotten the small-screen adaptation it so deserves. The apocalyptic story – written for the screen by Gaiman himself – follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley as they traverse Earth in an effort to stop Armageddon from taking place.
It’s a short and sweet miniseries standing at only six episodes, but each hour-long part is a satisfying journey that leaves you wanting more of Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.
Watch Good Omens on Amazon Prime Video here.
The Tick is a breath of fresh air from the saturation of Marvel’s Avengers. The enigmatic hunky blue superhero (yes, his name is The Tick) enlists the help of Arthur Everest, an everyday man thrust with the responsibilities of a flying moth suit. Together they make the unlikeliest of superhero duos in a metropolitan city, much like Batman and Robin only without a billionaire’s cache of weapons.
In just two seasons, The Tick and Arthur will quickly capture your heart as an endearing pair striving to take down evil.
Watch The Tick on Amazon Prime Video here.