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Sense 8

August 3, 2015

Dear Reader,

I have spent the last week bingeing on Netflix’s new offering du jour: Sense 8. Netflix has a good track record with me. I almost always end up enjoying their productions, occasionally even loving them. I’ve long been a House of Cards addict and Hemlock Grove held this weird sway over me for a while of which I sometimes still feel the pull. So I was prepared to at least enjoy Sense 8. I was not quite prepared for the ecstasies it sent my tv loving brain into.Sense 8

That is more than enough of me- what is great about this show will be my focus from here on out. Sense 8 is, in brief, a show about a group of eight people across the world who can telepathically communicate with each other. This includes appearing in whatever spot one of their companions happens to be (without anyone else being able to see or hear them), randomly experiencing what another one of the eight is feeling, and being able to sort of replace one of the eight in a given situation while still appearing to everyone else that the original person is still there. That sounds complicated but it basically means that if Lito needs to punch someone but doesn’t really know how, Wolfgang will step into his body and do it for him.Sense 8

Now for the great stuff. The eight main characters are living in Chicago, London, Nairobi, Seoul, San Francisco, India, Germany, and Mexico City. The show manages to juggle eight separate people, most of whom never meet in the flesh, and still form coherent storylines that connect them. They become an interconnected group that have specific relationships with different people within the cohort and also manage to have their own storylines. So over the course of twelve episodes we see eight different full storylines as well as one overarching storyline for the season. It is mindblowingly difficult to do that with half as many main characters.Sense 8

And the best part is that you as a viewer care deeply about these people. The show has countless moments that could easily be corny but are instead actually heartfelt and profoundly moving.Sense 8

You dip in and out of what amounts to a Bollywood romance, a german revenge tragedy, a cop drama, a South Korean version of Orange is the New Black, a gang warfare action movie…. etc etc etc. And they work together! Wolfgang the german safecracker who is out for revenge against his evil family will suddenly get pulled into Kala’s Bollywood wedding dramedy, altering both of their perspectives. And so on and so on. The characters grow and build upon each others’ growth to form a cohesive unit that I very much hope will continue to develop in season two. They certainly had me weeping with emotion and joy by the end. Pull up a couch and binge this one. DO IT.

The * The first few episodes struggle a bit with getting into a cohesive groove just because there are so many characters. Get to the episode “What’s Going On” and watch that scene (you will know it when you get to it) and then, if you aren’t hooked I will allow you to give up. But not until then 😉

Another * This show is TVMA for a reason. It can get intense in a number of ways, so be aware.

Ok now go!


Well, Monday Just Isn’t Happening

February 9, 2015

Dear Reader,

Well, the title pretty much says it all. They haven’t, as of this writing, called school yet. But it certainly seems as if at least some of you aren’t going to be making it in to school or work tomorrow. Thankfully, Netlix is on it. House of Cards, Daredevil, and the Legend of Zelda live action series might still be a ways off but here are some things you can binge right now as you huddle in your bed for warmth.

Are you looking for a nice British costume drama? Then The Paradise is your poison. They just put up season two so there are 16 good hours of late Victorian angst and burgeoning capitalist monopolies. And hats.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for some vaguely supernatural love triangle drama with terrible production values that the pretty people keep trying to distract you from? Then Haven is for you. Based on a Stephen King story there are enough weird twists to keep you happy and snuggled in.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for a love story that won’t make you want to vomit? In Your Eyes is my recommendation. It’s also Joss Whedon. And I have reviewed it before so you should really really watch it.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for a romantic comedy that will also not make you want to vomit and that includes lots of awesome British people (Ed Westwick! Felicity Jones!) learning to snowboard? Chalet Girl man. That is all you need.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Finally, if you are looking for something that is nothing like any of that then do the right thing and watch some Alias. Can’t beat early Jennifer Garner. Or early J.J. Abrams. Or Michael Vartan’s beautiful face.

The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't HappeningStay warm, if you can. Happy fake Monday!


Weekend Suggestions

October 3, 2014

Dear Reader,

My weekend suggestions for this beginning of October are to do the following:

1.Go to Coolidge Corner (or a similar venue) and see The Skeleton Twins starring Kristen Whig and Bill Hader. You can find a great review here. While you are down there don’t miss the Booksmith, of course. They have a new edition of the collected works of Lovecraft that I am just dying to pick up. And right next to that is a book of pictures of underwater puppies. So, you know something for everyone.theskeletontwins1

2.Grab you mug of hot cider, you fuzziest blanket, and your media playing device and check out these new-ish shows:

The second season of Agents of Shield

The second season of The Blacklist

Peaky Blinders (Netflix original)peaky-blinders-cillian-murphy-600-lg

All of these are great but Peaky Blinders should intrigue just because of that name. Its about a Birmingham gang in 1919, starring Cillian Murphy. How can you resist?

3.Buy your tickets to Happy Days at Babson College. It runs from November 18-23, so it will be something to look forward to. Buy tickets here.calshakes-happy-days

Have a great weekend!