'Mirzapur' and more: 5-shows you should watch on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is upping its game to deliver content at par with its chief competitor, Netflix. To this effect, they have added several new shows to their library, while renewing some of their most popular shows. Earlier, they had included almost all of HBO's iconic shows like Sopranos, The Wire, and Boardwalk Empire. However, watch their new content that has further enriched the library.
Patriot returns for a second season after first airing on Amazon in 2015. The season follows the exploits of John Tavner, a traumatized spy, played by Michael Dorman. The thrilling season will have Tavner planning the assassination of the Iranian presidential candidate, attempting to stop their nuclear war, while also trying to keep his brother out of harm's way at the same time.
While Patriot might exaggerate the life of a spy to some extent, the fast-paced, thrilling content will keep you on the edge of your seat. Further, Dorman's portrayal of the anti-hero Tavner clearly captures the ethical conflict as he forgoes all safety for world peace.
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is the latest series from the Kung Fu Panda franchise to be added to Amazon Prime. It follows the story of Po who has to train four panda cubs to save the world from an evil force and fulfill the destiny of ancient powerful Kung Fu warriors, whose chi they accidentally absorbed in a mystical cave.
Kung Fu Panda retails its humor which made it the adorably successful franchise that we know today. Further, Po's transition from a student to a teacher is portrayed brilliantly, encompassing the new challenges he has to face in his journey.
The Gymkhana Files shows how Amazon Prime is diversifying content to appeal to a wider audience demography. The eight-episode series follows Ken Block, the professional rallycross driver, and his team, Hoonigan, as they deal with the various hurdles they face for the World Rallycross Championship. The series sees them trying to make the most challenging Gymkhana video, to date, titled GymkhanaTEN.
The Gymkhana Files is for automobile lovers. These videos are already viral and immensely popular. With their new endeavor, viewers will be taken behind the scenes of one of their most ambitious projects including 5 race cars, across 5 different locations in 2 continents.
The psychological thriller Homecoming follows the story of a caseworker, Heidi Bergman, who used to work at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. Her job within the facility was helping soldiers re-adjust to civilian life. However, when she was asked about her reasons for leaving the job years later, by a US Department of Defense auditor, she realized the facility had hidden secrets from her.
Bergman's character is played by Julia Roberts so the acting is flawless and beyond reproach. More importantly, the story is wonderfully narrated, as the protagonist tries to peel away at the mysterious layers of the enigmatic facility in her attempt to uncover the truth.
Mirzapur is Amazon Prime's response to Netflix's Sacred Games and portrays the underworld in the town of Mirzapur. It explores the lives of Guddu and Bablu, two youngsters who are forced to work for Kaleen Bhaiya, carpet exporter and local don, after an altercation breaks out between them and Kaleen's no-good son, Munna. The series shows their rise to power within Mirzapur's underworld.
Pankaj Tripathi as Kaleen Bhaiya is chilling, and Mirzapur wonderfully handles its female characters, showing their autonomy and desires while maintaining their femininity. The local dialects are wonderfully channeled and the show captures the rising violence among Indian youth as a means of socio-economic upliftment.