What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on September 10, 2018
5 min read
Get your fresh fix of action and adventure this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a cunning crime flick, a striking superhero saga, an outlaw out for revenge or some supernatural laughs, we’ve got you covered.
Ocean’s 8 (BigPond Movies)
For an edge-of-your-seat heist caper, bust into OCEAN’S 8 – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. It’s been a decade since the Ocean’s trilogy ended and this time the ladies are calling the shots, with Sandra Bullock leading the cast as Debbie Ocean – the younger sibling to George Clooney’s character. After spending five years in jail plotting her next job, Debbie goes straight to work upon her release, enlisting the help of her former partner Lou (Cate Blanchett) to steal a $150 million Cartier necklace from the celebrity host of New York City’s exclusive Met Gala (played by Anne Hathaway). The pair assembles an all-star team of daring experts to pull off their intricate plan, including a bankrupt fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), a crafty jewellery-maker (Mindy Kaling), a brilliant hacker (Rihanna), a nimble pickpocket (Awkwafina) and a suburban racketeer (Sarah Paulson). As always, half the fun is watching the incredible ingenuity unfold as the team prepares for the robbery – and you’ll spend the other half white-knuckling the armchair as they attempt to pull off their well-laid plans.
Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix)
Marvel Universe fans are in for a rock-solid smackdown of a treat this weekend with the release of the entire second season of IRON FIST, available on Netflix from this Friday 7 September. In the first season, billionaire monk turned dragon-branded martial arts master, Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones from Game of Thrones) returned to New York City 15 years after disappearing in the Himalayas amidst a plane crash that killed his parents. As he attempts to reclaim his rightful place as heir to his father’s business empire, he’s met with mistrust and murderous intent at the hands of his childhood friends who now control his family fortune. But thanks to his underground upbringing in a sadistic warrior monastery, he now possesses the mystical power of the Iron Fist – an ability to stop bullets and break down walls with a single punch of his red hot fist. In season two, we pick up after the events of The Defenders (also on Netflix) as Danny fights to keep the peace and protect New York City from its warring gangs. And he also has his adoptive brother, Davos, to contend with – a fellow candidate for the Iron Fist, whose bitter resentment of Danny leads to some truly epic fight sequences.
Mayans M.C. (Foxtel Now)
From Kurt Sutter, creator of the acclaimed Sons of Anarchy series, comes the much-anticipated spin-off MAYANS M.C. – roaring onto our screens express from the US each Wednesday night at 8:30pm (AEST) on Showcase and streaming on Foxtel Now from 5 September. Set on the California/Mexico border, the series follows the members of the Mayans Motorcycle club, who were initially rivals of the Sons but eventually became allies as the series unfolded. After Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (played by JD Pardo) is released early from his jail sentence for killing a dirty cop, he joins his brother Angel as a prospective member of the Mayans. To earn his way into the club, he’s initiated into their business of smuggling drugs for the cartel and taking care of those who get in their way (expect to see plenty of blood-soaked semiautomatic shootouts and intimidating, but beautifully shot hordes of choppers crossing open country). As the story unfolds, you’ll learn that EZ is out for revenge – but against who? With a twist or two in store, you can be certain Mayans will become your latest weekly obsession.
The Last Ship (Stan)
New to Stan this week is season five of THE LAST SHIP, with new episodes streaming every Monday direct from the US from 10 September. Based on William Brinkley’s novel of the same name, this post-apocalyptic drama series follows the crew of a US Navy destroyer, who return from a mission in the Arctic to find that eighty percent of the world’s population has been wiped out by a deadly virus. In a race against time to find and spread the cure across the world, the ship’s Captain Chandler (played by Eric Dane) and his crew of 200 must navigate dangerous waters to save what’s left of humanity. In season five, the newly rebuilt US naval fleet faces new threats, including a cyber attack that could lead to the start of the next world war. From Executive Producer Michael Bay, the series is packed full of thrilling blockbuster action and sweeping, visually stunning scenes played out across the high seas.
Wellington Paranormal (SBS On Demand)
And for action fans with an offbeat sense of humour, check out New Zealand’s latest mockumentary police procedural, WELLINGTON PARANORMAL – with all six episodes available now on SBS On Demand. From the minds of Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), the series is a spin-off of the 2014 vampire film, What We Do in the Shadows – and follows bumbling beat cops Kyle Minogue (played by Mike Minogue) and Karen O’Leary as they investigate the capital’s creepy yet comical supernatural disturbances. From shopping mall exorcisms and ghostly party-goers, to tree-top livestock and denim-clad werewolves, the Paranormal Unit have their work cut out for them in this uniquely Kiwi answer to the X-Files.
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