By June Ramli
I recently had the opportunity to dive into the world of Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming service and it’s been quite a rollercoaster ride.
Much like Netflix, Prime Video offers a captivating blend of original content and licensed shows, including gems like ‘Lord of The Rings and ‘The Hobbit that you won’t find anywhere else.
As an avid user of both Netflix and Disney+, adding Prime Video to my streaming arsenal was a delightful yet bewildering experience.
Selecting what to watch became a daily challenge, often leading to distractions by my phone or other social media platforms.
TikTok, once my go-to, lost its charm due to declining content quality, prompting me to explore platforms like Elon Musk’s ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter).
I must admit, my attention span for most shows is embarrassingly short.
However, ‘Gen V’ defied the odds, capturing my interest with its storyline reminiscent of the early Marvel days.
It features a group of teenagers with superpowers navigating the complexities of today’s diverse world. Notably, the main character is a black girl, injecting a refreshing twist into the familiar narrative.
My Prime Video journey took place on my trusty Malaysian laptop, courtesy of a review process facilitated by a Malaysian-based PR agency representing the streaming service.
One standout feature of Prime Video is the actor plug that appears when you hover your mouse on the left-hand side of the screen—a unique touch absent in Netflix and Disney+.
Prime Video offers flexibility, allowing members to savor content across a spectrum of devices.
The excitement reached its peak when they unveiled intriguing details about ‘Gen V,’ an Amazon Original series set within ‘The Boys’ universe.
This action-packed series unfolds at Godolkin University, where aspiring superheroes receive training, promising explosive situations and profound moral dilemmas.
The ensemble cast of ‘Gen V’ is a talented mix, featuring Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Marco Pigossi.
Guest stars Clancy Brown and Jason Ritter join the lineup, along with appearances from ‘The Boys’ alumni.
In a thrilling development, Prime Video announced the premiere date for ‘Expats,’ a highly anticipated six-part limited series directed by the talented Lulu Wang.
This series, based on Janice Y. K. Lee’s bestselling novel ‘The Expatriates,’ features an impressive cast, including Academy Award and Emmy-winning actor Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, and Jack Huston.
Nicole Kidman and Lulu Wang also serve as executive producers, elevating the anticipation for this series.
‘Expats’ unfolds against the dynamic backdrop of 2014 Hong Kong, focusing on the lives of three American women—Margaret (Nicole Kidman), Hilary (Sarayu Blue), and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo)—whose paths intersect after a sudden family tragedy.
The series navigates themes of privilege and probes the blurry boundaries between victimhood and culpability.
Additionally, pivotal roles are played by Brian Tee as Margaret’s husband Clarke, and Jack Huston as Hilary’s husband David.
Behind ‘Expats’ stands the creative vision of Lulu Wang, who not only serves as a creator, director, and writer but also as an executive producer alongside Daniele Melia for Local Time.
This remarkable series boasts a lineup of executive producers, including Nicole Kidman, Per Saari for Blossom Films, Australian screenwriter Alice Bell, Theresa Park for Per Capita Productions, and Stan Wlodkowski.
The writing team includes Vera Miao, Gursimran Sandhu, and author Janice Y. K. Lee, with contributions from Alice Bell and Lulu Wang.
For those eager to embark on their own Prime Video journey, you can visit Prime Video or simply download the Prime Video app on your mobile device.
To stay in the loop with Prime Video Malaysia, follow them on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.
With the flexibility to stream content anytime, anywhere, you can visit primevideo.com or download the Prime Video app from Google Play, Apple Store, and Microsoft.
In summary, my exploration of Prime Video has been an exhilarating adventure filled with unique offerings and captivating content.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli