Binged on Netflix
Looking for something to binge watch this week? Check out Netflix’s Nobody’s Looking. It is a Brazilian based series that was released in November of 2019. The first season has eight episodes about 30 minutes long. I binged it in two days, no problem.
What’s It About
Nobody’s Looking follows the new life of Uli (short for Ulisses – Portuguese spelling), an “angelus”, as he starts the first day of his new life/job.
What are the Angelus
Angelus are often confused with angels. They are in a human form that comes in many different body types and ethnicities. They all have two commonalities, their bright red hair and the tiny white pigeon size wings that sprout from their upper back. They all dress in a uniform shirt, tie, and black pants.
Uli questions everything from the first minute he arrives on the scene. i.e. If human’s can’t see us why do we have to wear ties?
Within a few minutes the 4 Golden Rules that every Angelus must follow is explained to Uli (and to us):
- Follow the Daily Assignment Order (DAO).
- Do not appear to humans.
- Do not interfere with humans who are not assigned to you.
- Never enter the Chief’s office.
Uli manages to break all the rules the first day. But nothing happens. At least, nothing he can see. Breaking the rules is no fun by yourself so he drags his new friends Greta and Chun into his adventure and quickly has them breaking rules too. It isn’t hard, as they are overworked, underappreciated, and frankly, quite bored.
After thousands of years not questioning anything, Uli has everyone questioning the existence of the Chief, their fear of punishment, and why the way they do things never changes.
Nobody’s Looking is a supernatural comedy/drama with a little nudity and sexual situations but they don’t overpower the story. Obviously, because we are talking about angels there is religious content but the scope is kept narrow. There is swearing but I’m pretty desensitized for the odd phrase.
Overall, I would say it is not for children.
Dubbing and Subtitles
Because the cast is Brazilian it has voice overs and is subtitled. I found the voice over to be surprisingly good and not much of a distraction. I also watched with the captioning on — part of the fun was seeing what the captions would say, as 75% of the time they didn’t match what was being spoken.
End of Season
No spoilers but I will say it ended with a cliffhanger and it was not what I expected. I want more.
I found it extremely amusing. It’s cute, charming, and witty. The episodes flow nicely and the show is definitely edited to keep you watching.
I don’t know any of the actors from anything else but I loved them all and they have great chemistry with one another.
I hope they do another season. Everything is pretty much up in the air right now with the pandemic but so far this show is not cancelled.
If you haven’t already, add it to your Netflix List.