As soon as I watched the first episode of this series, “What If . . . Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?” I knew that I was going to like it. Although the movie Iron Man was the official kickoff of the MCU, it was the first Captain America movie that really set the tone […]Read more "What If …?: Season 1 (Disney +) — a review"
Welcome to my First-Watch of the original 30 episodes of the 1990-91 television series Twin Peaks. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching the episode “Slaves and Masters.” On this day in history, the #1 song in the US is “Gonna Make You Sweat,” by C + C Music Factory. Also, Adam […]Read more "Welcome to Twin Peaks:/\/\ First-Watch Recap: Season 2: Ep. 2.15 “Slaves and Masters” (Original airdate Saturday, February 9, 1991) — a review"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for October 2021. This is a post about the pursuit of happiness. Long ago, I adopted the philosophy that happiness was best defined by always having something to look forward to. In my world, that has always meant—at least in part—future entertainment choices. I am an inveterate list-maker. What […]Read more "Looking Forward (October 2021 Update): Happiness Through Entertainment"
I’ve written these reviews of the Disney + MCU Phase 4 series slightly out of order. I watched them in the order they were released. You can read my reviews of WandaVision and the first season of Loki here, if you’d like. At present, I’m making my way through the episodes of What If . […]Read more "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Season 1 (Disney +) — a review"
I attended college with an Iraqi named Ibrahim who was a couple of years older than I was. He had a metal plate in his head from injuries sustained in the Iran-Iraq War. He was a friendly guy whose name was easy to remember because he resembled American president Abraham Lincoln. Seriously. Summon an image […]Read more "Why We Hate Each Other (or, a brief digression about why I think “Imagine” is a pretty neat song)"
The second season of Stargate SG-1 isn’t worse or better than its first. I realize that this doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement to you. I graded the first season a solid B. In my personal quest for self-actualization, I’ve gained some knowledge about myself. Not all of this knowledge has been flattering. Not easy […]Read more "Stargate SG-1: Season 2 — a review"
The finale of this season snuck up on me. I thought that there were at least four or five more episodes to go, when—all of a sudden—I was watching what I was told was the season finale in the eighteenth episode. I knew that the series had already been renewed for an eighth season, and […]Read more "The Flash: Season 7 — a review"
There’s a scene in an episode of Seinfeld in which a woman cheers on hundreds of marathon runners by shouting, “You’re all winners!” A few years ago, I wrote a rather short essay that still managed to wander off-topic in spite of its brevity entitled “Everyone is a Writer.” No exclamation point, but it might […]Read more "But, I Digress . . .: a brief digression about the massive size of the internet and why you shouldn’t feel bad for calling yourself a writer."
This is another one of those series that my wife watched before I did. I don’t think Sharon watched all of the episodes. She’s been known to binge-watch a show until she no longer has any interest in watching even one more episode. We followed this same pattern together while watching Orange is the New […]Read more "Flaked: Seasons 1 & 2 (Netflix) — a review"
I’m a sucker for a good questionnaire. It’s like being interviewed by Johnny or Dave, only with the time to think about your answers. This one came from Nova Namasté via Sadje@Keepitalive. Growing up, what did you want to do professionally when you got older? The phrase “growing up” is key here. I remember being […]Read more "Questions & Answers (Firewater Questionnaire)"