This August Netflix and HBO will battle to see who overtakes the other as the king streaming service providers since both of them will be in the line of fire of film critics during Summer.

Reed Hastings’ platform will open fire with the third season of the Danish TV show “The Rain”, a thriller-science fiction product that shows Scandinavia after a devastating pandemic prolonged by the rain that has ravaged the entire country. According to the writer Jen Channey from Vulture magazine, the showrunners Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo have probably updated the show to the actual situation to avoid certain conventionalisms the series may had.

The third season of the Spanish series created by Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira, “Alta mar” will be available for viewers next August 7th. A show packed with intrigues among the passengers of a transatlantic that bears a resemblance with Agatha Christie’s stories.

“Alta mar”

But there is much more. Next August 14th Netflix will be releasing “Dirty John”, the legendary series created by Alexandra Cunningham with Amanda Peet and Christian Slatter. The show portrays the drama of a marriage and is based on true events. According to U.S. critics, it is faithful to its predecessor but with wider historic orientations.

Last but not least, Netflix will be releasing the story of the lord of hell, “Lucifer”, whose fifth season is scheduled for release at the end of this month.

HBO, however, will be showing very different products. Next August 7th, HBO will be releasing the dramatic comedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”, initially released in January 2020 on NBC. The show tells the story of a youngster with a very sick dad. She will soon discover a peculiar gift that can help him.

The second release will be, “Lovecraft Country”, probably one of the most eagerly anticipated series by HBO viewers. Created by Jordan Peele, super well-known filmmaker in Hollywood for scathingly and critically portraying racial disputes in contemporary America, the show revolves around H.P. Lovecraft’s productive imagination. The show is delivered to the viewers as a road movie.

“Lovecraft Contry”

Following in the footsteps of Netflix and HBO, the Spanish national platform Filmin has proven to be a solid maker of TV shows including “The Collapse”, a French story about the end of the world from a minimalistic, but still scary, point of view through 8 sequence shots that have been acclaimed by the critics. Therefore, we finish this news release for the month of August with Filming and “Estocolmo, Estación Central”, a rough thriller on prostitution and crime that will probably bring back echoes of the Norwegian trilogy Millenium.

Arnau Martín Camarasa. Student of Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. My high-school major was in the Arts at Sant Adrià del Besòs. My main goal is to become a critic, analyst or teacher specializing in film and television series. I have more specific objectives that would help me including attending film festivals, being part of the jury and contacting specialized critics to gradually learn to master the art.