For the last month, Katie and I had been taking advantage of a free trial membership to Amazon Prime. Most people know Amazon Prime as the service that allows Amazon shoppers to make purchases and have them delivered within two days guaranteed for free. But the service also gives users access to streaming video content that they can watch on their computers or mobile devices for free. There are other benefits, but the free streaming content is the focus of this post.
I only jumped into Amazon Prime video content during the last two weeks of our trial. I completely forgot it existed up to that point. And I only did so because of a recommendation from the 93XRT Rotten Tomato TV Time podcast. They were talking about a couple of "TV" shows that were specific to Amazon Prime programming that were fantastic and worth a watch. Those shows are Transparent with Jeffrey Tambor and Mozart in the Jungle with Gael Garcia Bernal. After reading more about the two shows and checking out how many and how long the episodes were, I opted for the latter. It was something I could see myself finishing in the last two weeks of our Prime trial.
Mozart in the Jungle is a 10-episode half-hour dramedy (I hate that word, don't you? How about "comma" - Comedy + Drama) about the inner workings of the New York Symphony Orchestra. One conductor (Malcolm McDowell) is on his way out while a flashy younger one (Gael Garcia Bernal) is on his way in. This season, assuming there will be a much-deserved season two, highlights the effect of this transition on the orchestra, its higher ups, investors, fans, and wannabe members, primarily Hayley (Lola Kirke). The show has passion and humor and love and hate and backstabbing and... everything you could possibly want. Oh, and great music!
I also never knew just how emotionally loaded a single look could be. Just watch the final seconds of the last episode to know what I mean.
If you have Amazon Prime, I cannot recommend this series enough. Seriously. I only wish I discovered it in time for my YEBO 2014 TV list. C'est la vie. There's always (hopefully) season two!