Netflix could have set their latest workplace comedy anywhere, but they chose a Blockbuster video store – the last Blockbuster. In the light of what digital media and streaming did to the once huge videotape rental store, that just seems cruel – but hey, it’s a streaming eat VHS world I guess.
Anyhow, we could ponder on the point that reportedly Blockbuster were once interested in buying Netflix but didn’t (and the rest is history), or we could take a look at the brand new trailer for the 10-part series that the streaming giant has just released.
Starring WandaVision’s Randall Park and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero, the series looks to be a lively and fun comedy based in a video shop, back when that was more of a thing.
There is in fact still one Blockbuster left if you’re interested, it’s in Oregon if you want to visit.
The Netflix synopsis for the series reads: “Timmy Yoon (Randall Park) is an analog dreamer in a 5G world. He’s spent his entire adult life dedicated to his first love, movies — a passion that’s kept him at his first and only job, managing his hometown Blockbuster Video.”
It goes on to explain that: “Timmy is alarmed to learn that his store is officially the last Blockbuster in America. He now has no choice but to take action to stay open and keep his friends employed. Timmy and his staff quickly come to realize that being home to the last Blockbuster might actually be exactly what their community needs to rekindle the human connections they lost to the digital age. It also unexpectedly reunites him with his long-time crush Eliza (Melissa Fumero), who’s recently come back to work for him. Will this battle to preserve the past be the push Timmy needs to step into the present? His employees can only hope so.”
The cast of the show also includes Olga Merediz, Tyler Alvarez, Madeleine Arthur, JB Smoove and Kamaia Fairburn.
Blockbuster will be available to stream on Netflix wherever you live on 3rd November.