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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 05/31/2021

An international crime drama and a pair of adaptations.

This week’s Channel Surfing TV picks brings you all sorts of drama from family and crime to post-apocalyptic to science fiction. See the toll drugs have on a single family in Dom. Search for the truth behind animal/children hybrids in Sweet Tooth. Then fight back like your life depends on it in War of the Worlds.

Just Say No!

Amazon Prime Video is looking to expand its streaming influence throughout the world and one way to facilitate this is by producing content from other countries. Dom marks its first ever original Brazilian scripted series.

The crime drama is loosely based off of a true story. It follows a family on opposite sides of the war on drugs. The dad, Victor, has worked in law enforcement as a military intelligence agent trying to prevent the flow of cocaine into the country. The son, Pedro, is an addict who would become the leader of one of Rio’s most infamous gangs. There is a rollercoaster of emotions between the love for a child and the disappointment.

Dom premieres Friday, June 4, on Amazon Prime Video.  

The End of Our World is the Beginning of His

In 2009, Vertigo released the first issue of the comic series Sweet Tooth from writer and illustrator, Jeff Lemire. It took place in a post-apocalyptic world where a disease decimated mankind. During that time, women gave birth to human/animal hybrids which scared survivors since they were unsure if these abominations were the cause or a result of the disease. Gus is one such hybrid who is a cross with a deer. He has lived a mostly sheltered life in safety but is forced out of his comforts to embark on an adventure looking for answers to his origin.

Sweet Tooth is receiving a television adaptation courtesy of Netflix. It will be available to stream beginning Friday, June 4.

Humanity Fights Back

H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has received several adaptations. In the most recent version, which airs on Epix, the source material serves more as a springboard to dive into a new twist of the tale. It follows the basic premise of intelligent extra-terrestrial life invading Earth and survivors mounting a resistance to these attackers. However, at the end of the first season, the question arises whether the threat is really “alien.”

As we enter season two, humans are ready to take our planet back. These are desperate times and they contemplate sacrificing one of their own to tip the scales back in their favor. Watch what happens on War of the Worlds when brand new episodes begin airing Sunday, June 6, on Epix.

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