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Sense8

Sense8 was a sensation when it was released. It was so loved that when Netflix cancelled it after two seasons (the thing was crushingly expensive to make) the public outcry was such that they let the Wachowskis make a finale that wrapped up the storyline. I have my favorite storylines but I will not influence your watching by telling you mine. I’ve already watched it so you can feel free to let me know what your favorite characters and arcs are. Be assured, I won’t debate you on them because I am not that kind of person. I tend not to be judgmental, not because I am a good person, but mostly because I am enormously self-absorbed. 

In case you didn’t know (and there is nothing wrong with not knowing) the Wachowskis are the siblings we have to thank for the Matrix. That movie is 20 years old this year and since it has been the season of Keanu, do yourself a favor and go back and watch it. I was listening to Nicole Byer’s excellent podcast, Why Won’t You Date Me, and she was talking to Ashley Nicole Black. They were talking about The Matrix and how remarkably good looking the leads are. And boy-howdy are they! Just so you know and if you have HBO you should really watch A Black Lady Sketch Show. Maybe  you don’t laugh enough. This show will remedy that. Actually, I don’t know if you laugh enough, maybe  you are getting 3,333 percent of the FDA’s recommenced daily allowance of laughter but there is always room for more.

But that is not what I came here to tell you.

Sense8 is worth watching. The show takes time to develop every character and where they are within their own lives. Then it goes into how being connected to 7 other people impacts, imperils, upends and enriches those lives. 

I can’t recommend it enough.

Back to the Beginning of RuPual's Drag Race

Back to the Beginning of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Okay. Deep breath. There have been 11 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. On August 19th of this year it was announced that there will be a 12th season. Many marriages don’t last as long as this show. And do you know why? Because most people do not work as hard on their marriages as RuPaul works on this show. So, in honor of RuPaul’s work and Older Son’s and my dear friend Cynthia’s love of this show, I am going back to the beginning of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I will either rewatch or watch for the first time all 11 seasons. 

I am not committing to All Stars. There are 5 seasons of that show. That’s 16 seasons. I am only one person and I do need to do other things. If I end a gibbering idiot at the end of this, so be it. Join me as I go back to the beginning of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

You gotta work.

From an excellent article by  

Since “Drag Race” first aired in 2009, the conversation around identity and gender has shifted tremendously. For all the show has done to challenge its audience’s notions of masculinity and femininity, it has shied away, until the most recent season, from any serious discussion about the ways the drag community intersects the trans one. There have been trans queens on the show, but the topic is a touchy one in the drag community. For most drag artists, the point is the performance; it is not their sole identity. But for those queens who identify as trans or nonbinary, their stage persona is not necessarily a performance. The centerpiece of the show is the contestants’ transforming themselves into queens, and then, after each competition, taking off their wigs and removing synthetic breasts to reappear as men. For years, “Drag Race” prioritized entertainment over any nuances of the culture. Much of the queens’ vernacular, body language and movements come from the drag world’s — especially white queens’ — interpretation of black femininity. I’ve always been uncomfortable with that phenomenon, despite how much I enjoy the show. In his essay “ ‘Draguating’ to Normal,” the academic Josh Morrison argues that by using the bodies of women, people of color and other marginalized groups, “through an often loving, well-intentioned impersonation of them,” drag “unintentionally does them discursive violence.”

Veronica Mars Lives On

Veronica Mars Lives On!

Thank you, universe! I am so happy that Veronica Mars lives on to annoy the seedier denizens of Neptune. If you are a Marshmallow, you have already watched all of the new episodes of Veronica Mars on Hulu. If you are not a Marshmallow, then have I got a treat for you. Read more

Wine Country

Wine Country

Wine Country on Netflix is a movie about how women grow up together and in the process sort of grow into each other. No one is perfect. We’re all irritating and irritated. We overreact to things that don’t matter and underreact to things that are majorly important. But when we figure out what we’ve done, and if we are lucky, our friends will be there to help us figure out how to reset out trajectories and get ourselves set on new, hopefully better paths. Read more

Sherlock (BBC)

Sherlock (BBC)

The BBC released their version of Sherlock in 2010. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. I have watched this series more times than I will ever admit because the number is embarrassing. My favorite character is Mycroft Holmes as played by Mark Gatiss. I couldn’t tell you why because, as we have discussed, I am not a good critic. Read more

A Discovery of Witches

I could have sworn I wrote up a post urging everyone to watch A Discovery of Witches on either AMC or Sundance Now but I can’t find it. So here is a short poke in the ribs to watch this show. It is very well done. Although I do have to say that I wish the blue coat was shorter. I just think it is too long but that is me being fussy. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the first episode.

American Koko

American Koko

Aside from Shrill, I have been late to every great TV show of the past 5 years. So I completely missed American Koko. I was researching Viola Davis (okay, I was making a list of her movies I wanted to rewatch) and came across this show. I think it’s a web series? I don’t know what is actually happening with much of anything so figuring out modern media is beyond me. Read more

Shrill on Hulu

Shrill on Hulu is an excellent series I think people will enjoy watching. It’s hilarious and heart rending and absolutely  perfect for spring. The first few minutes had me laughing and nodding my head. 15 minutes later and my heart was breaking for Annie (Aidy Bryant). Read more

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is ambitious. And we, as consumers of media, are the direct beneficiaries of her ambition. I have enjoyed every project she involves herself in. She’s going to be in the Ocean’s 8 film coming out this summer. She was in A Wrinkle in Time. The Mindy Project remains one of my all time favorite TV shows. I laughed all the way through her first book and I haven’t read her second one but I just ordered it from the library so I have that to look forward to.

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