So shit has been cray up in here and I wanted to know what everybody is watching so I can get in on the fun, too.
Here’s a list of stuff I’ve been watching on the teevee and that I most likely will blog in more detail after this month because y’all, May is cray. LOL
So here’s what I’m checking out, in no particular order:
Good gracious freaking hell. This is quite a ride (and I will be addressing it in more detail after the season ends). BBC America debuted this gem April 8 and it’s already been renewed for a second season after lots of acclaim.
Eve Polastri, played by a fabulous Sandra Oh, is an M15 operative who’s more analyst than field agent, and she has a fascination with assassins/contract killers. In fact, she’s been paying attention to a series of murders of influential people across Europe that she thinks is the work of one killer she suspects is a woman and eventually, she’s brought onto a secret team whose sole job is to track this one killer. And Eve is not even close to being 007. She’s clumsy, kind of schleppy, maybe a little neurotic. But she is a skilled analyst and sees patterns and picks up on things that others don’t, including the potential for a higher-level conspiracy.
That killer is Villanelle, played in an absolutely brilliant turn by Jodie Comer who makes Villanelle not only an effective killer but also a quirky, stylish and at times playful psychopath. And she is. She has absolutely no moral compass, no empathy, and no attachment to anyone — even the men and women she beds. She does, however, have a strange fascination with Eve, and thus begins a creepy cat-and-mouse game between these two. And I do mean creepy.
It follows the two groups of misfit teens (AV Club and Drama Club) in an Oregon high school in the 90s. In the AV Club we have Luke, a newcomer to the community and an aspiring filmmaker (his mom is black and his dad white, though his dad bailed on the family) who is crushed out on camerawoman Kate. For her part, Kate is trying to sort through her own identity — she’s dealing with feelings for girls. Her dad in the high school principal and her mom died a few years back. So she carries that wound.
Suffice it to say that Luke and Kate manage to piss off the drama club and to make amends, Luke proposes making a movie with them that they’ll then show to the school and the season follows this project as well as Luke and Kate trying to deal with issues in their personal lives.
I loved it because it really captures the awkwardness of high school and the drama and bittersweetness and yes, the awesomeness of that first crush. Though it took place a few years after I was done with high school, I could still relate to all of it. It’s a great show for teens and ‘tweens because the stories are universal and for older people, it’ll bring back some nostalgia.
See it on Netflix before it’s gone.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Or, ODAAT, as it’s known in the fandoms. This is the remake of the 1970s-early 1980s sitcom of the same name. Some of you may remember the original: it starred Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mother raising two daughters (played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips) in Indianapolis. It follows the trials and travails of a single working mom and her daughters living in an apartment complex with a goofy but somehow erudite handyman (Schneider) who becomes kind of part of the family.
The remake recreates the divorced working mom, but Penelope is Cuban American and a veteran, played by Justina Machado. Her ‘tween/teen kids are Alex (Marcel Ruiz) and Elena (Isabella Gomez). In another twist, Penelope’s mother lives with them in their apartment — Lydia, played by a fucking amazing Rita Moreno. WHO IS 86 IN REAL LIFE, PEOPLE. And she’s freaking hilarious in this! The goofy handyman role is played here by Todd Grinnell (Schneider), a privileged Canadian who ended up in LA and owns the building. He, too, ends up becoming part of the family in many ways, and that really shines when Elena is dealing with coming out as a lesbian.
INTO THE BADLANDS
This is a gorgeously filmed post-apocalyptic drama you can watch on AMC. It just launched season 3. It’s loosely based on a 16th-century Chinese book written by author Wu Cheng’ En called Journey to the West, considered one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature and follows the pilgrimage of a Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk to the western regions (i.e. Central Asia and India) to obtain sacred texts.
Into the Badlands, on the other hand, is a story of a feudal society 500 years after the apocalypse in what was the U.S. in which warlords (called Barons) battle each other for primacy. In this world, there is no electricity and no guns, so warfare and weaponry involve brilliant and dazzling displays of martial artistry. Each Baron has at his or her command warriors (both men and women) and so-called Regents who are often also “clippers,” or what we might consider Samurai of the new age (Daniel Wu plays clipper Sunny and he is amazing). The deadliest of warriors, they operate at the behest of the baron they serve, but they’re also granted considerable leeway.
There’s loads of political intrigue, some queer rep (the warrior daughter of one of the barons prefers the ladies), and amazing fight scenes. It’s also graphic when it comes to gore, but it’s done in such a way that it’s almost like an homage to Samurai or Kung Fu movies. And really, it’s just a beautiful show to watch, in the vibrant colors and costumes and the camerawork. And the characters. Villains and antiheroes galore.
Here’s a fight scene from S1 with one of the Barons known as “The Widow”:
I mean…moar, plz.
So what are YOU watching? Let me know in the comments and why you like it. And also, if you want to fangirl over something, drop us a line at the Contact page and I’ll get you scheduled for a Fangirl Friday!
Happy Friday and may the odds be ever in our favor.