Even though I have often said, and written, that looking forward to something is the secret to happiness, nostalgia—or looking back, if parallel sentence construction is your thing—also plays a key role in my never-ending pursuit of happiness. There are several new-ish entertainment offerings that scratch the nostalgia itch. Netflix’s Stranger Things, with its 1980s […]Read more "Cobra Kai: Season 2 — a review"
Another ten-episode offering from Netflix. It’s bittersweet, since the series has been cancelled. Originally, the series was supposed to end at Season 4, but the pandemic screwed up all sorts of timetables and schedules, and, if what I’ve read today is true, the fourth season was eighty-sixed entirely. I’m secretly hoping this is another Internet […]Read more "GLOW: Season 3 — a review"
If you liked the first season of the Netflix original, GLOW, I guarantee you’ll like this season, too. Maybe that’s not a ringing, over-the-top endorsement, or maybe it sounds a little glib or sarcastic. If you think either of these things, then I may not be communicating my point clearly enough. The first season of […]Read more "GLOW: Season 2 — a review"
It’s true that the first season of Ricky Gervais’ After Life may have wrung the emotional impact from the story of Tony Johnson, an acerbic, atheist, local newspaper reporter dealing with the death of his beloved wife. The first season felt like a standalone narrative. While Tony wasn’t exactly jumping up and clicking his heels […]Read more "After Life: Season 2 (Netflix) — a review"
Since I finished watching the entire run of Gilmore Girls (and loved it), The Crown is that series that I sometimes feel like I should apologize for being a loyal fan of. It is a soap opera. About the British royal family, no less, a subject I’ve never had the least bit of interest in. […]Read more "Netflix’s The Crown: Season 3 — a review"
The final eight episodes of Season 6 of Netflix’s amazing animated series BoJack Horseman are scheduled to drop on January 26, 2020. This review is for the first eight episodes of the last season. Those of you who still dismiss animated shows as kiddie fare haven’t been watching this one, which pairs anthropomorphized animals and […]Read more "BoJack Horseman: Season 6 (Part One) — a review"
The one thing I was afraid of when Lucifer was exiled from Fox and cast down onto Netflix was that the streaming giant would flex its influential muscle and change the series that I had grown to admire and enjoy. I’m happy to tell you that this is pretty much the same show I’ve been […]Read more "Lucifer: Season 4 (Netflix Original) — a review"
BoJack Horseman is a cartoon. I don’t know why I feel like I have to qualify what I’m about to say by leading with that statement. It’s a cartoon with anthropomorphized animals in leading roles, such as what we’ve grown accustomed to in kiddie fare since I was a child. Which was a long […]Read more "BoJack Horseman: Season 4 — a review"
In our time, most of the shopping malls seem to be a dying breed. It was refreshing to revisit the 1980s to experience a time when the mall was the place to hang out and see your friends, to experience crass materialism the way God intended us to. This series also evoked other ’80s memories, […]Read more "Stranger Things: Season 3 — a review"
I’m going to blame a Charlie Brooker-style technology glitch on my review of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which I referred to in the body of the text as “Dark Mirror” for, I don’t know, six or seven times. Too many times to laugh it off as a typo, at any rate. You won’t see my gaff […]Read more "Black Mirror: Season 5 — a review"