I read some distressing news recently. The Netflix original, Jupiter’s Legacy, has become another one-and-done series for the streaming giant. It’s not the only Netflix series to receive this treatment, of course; but, when I look at the list of other Netflix one-and-dones, this is the only series I actually watched. For those of you […]Read more "Jupiter’s Legacy: Season 1 (Netflix) — a review"
I still dig the occasional cartoon. Considering my bona fides, you may assume that my animation of choice might be of the superhero variety. There’s some truth in this assumption. I loved Batman the Animated Series; that’s undeniable. I also enjoyed the first season of Invincible, which I recently watched, and the first two seasons […]Read more "Disenchantment: Part 1 (Netflix) — a review"
People I love have told me that I’m terrible at keeping secrets. This isn’t true. In fact, I’m excellent at keeping secrets. I have a couple that I’ll take to the grave with me, in fact. Your hair would instantly turn white if I told you my secrets. No, that’s a lie. At this point, […]Read more "Sex Education: Series 1 (Netflix) — a review"
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"
This seems like the sort of series I wouldn’t have liked. You know the sort I mean. A continuation of an older, successful intellectual property. Like The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which I never watched, even though I loved the original show. Or, Fuller House, which you couldn’t pay me to watch because I didn’t […]Read more "Cobra Kai: Season 1 (Netflix) — a review"
In motion pictures, there are two storytelling devices that I’m not wild about. The first of these is the use of voiceover narration. It underscores the point-of-view character in a scene and gives you the same sort of feeling you get when reading a novel or short story told in the first person. Outside of […]Read more "Enola Holmes (Netflix) — a movie review"
I log onto Facebook just often enough to react to things friends have posted on my page, and to add the requisite “likes” or the proper emojis to what my wife has posted. I seldom post anything these days. I also avoid reading too much of what’s been posted. My friends from high school and […]Read more "Space Force: Season 1 (Netflix original) — a review"
My maternal grandparents were wrestling fans. This means wrestling was playing on their television whenever I visited them, and since we lived in the same smallish town, that was often. They swore that wrestling wasn’t fake. Even when the WWE (or maybe it was still the WWF in those days) had to admit that what […]Read more "GLOW: Season 1 — a review"
True confession time. As I’m writing this review, I’m already four episodes into the third season of Peaky Blinders. It’s not my fault: These seasons are too damned short. Yes, I said it. Too short. I realize the irony of this. I often complain that American television series have too many episodes in a season. […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 2 — a review"
You’ve already heard about Ozark. In this time of social distancing and self-quarantines, you’ve seen interviews with celebrities who, when asked what they’re binge-watching during these trying times, invariably reply, “Well, of course Ozark.” Usually in the same breath as Tiger King, which has already had its fifteen minutes of fame, thank you very much. […]Read more "Ozark: Season 3 — a review"