By Dave B.
"Premieres" will feature official trailers and synopses from what I feel looks like the most interesting (or the only, in some cases) original programming coming out in the subsequent week on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and elsewhere. In no way to these previews represent recommendations or reviews. My intent is to post this segment each Thursday or Friday, but we'll see. Enjoy!
Medal of Honor - Netflix, November 9
Netflix's gripping and intimate original docuseries, MEDAL OF HONOR, celebrates eight recipients of the military's highest award for valor -- bestowed upon fewer than 3,600 Americans since President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in 1861. With archival footage and commentary from historians and military leaders, the series highlights the lives and experiences of these courageous men who went above and beyond the call of duty. Their battlegrounds were Italy, Germany, and France during World War II; along the 38th parallel in the Korean War; in Laos during the deadliest year of the Vietnam War; and in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Family members and brothers-in-arms also recall the extraordinary odds faced by the servicemen, and through intense recreations, viewers get inside their minds to uncover how they handled what many have described as "the worst day of their lives." The diverse group of featured recipients -- including three living veterans -- came from a Massachusetts farm, a New Mexico immigrant community, small towns and big cities all across the nation.
Patriot: Season Two - Amazon Primw, November 9
John works to save a deteriorating covert mission in order to rescue his brother Edward (Michael Chernus). Their father Tom (Terry O’Quinn) orders a failsafe: to assassinate the pro-nuclear Iranian presidential candidate in a heavily guarded Paris compound. Meanwhile, too many people have come to know too much: John’s team of allies has grown, but so has his field of adversaries, and his efforts to navigate these forces come with a heavy cost. Allegiances are tested as Agathe (Aliette Opheim) turns her attention to a more ambitious target. And John is not alone in the crosshairs anymore.
Review of Patriot: Season One
Overlord - In Theaters, November 9
With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.
The Girl in the Spider's Web - In Theaters, November 9
Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth's laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster.
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