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Watched Last Week Tonight: Museums

Watched Museums: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) from YouTube

John Oliver discusses some of the world’s most prestigious museums, why they contain so many stolen goods, the market that continues to illegally trade antiq…

Give. It. Back.

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Activism idea: ranking museums by stolen artifacts

Political Commentary

Watched Last Week Tonight: Qatar World Cup

Watched Qatar World Cup: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) from YouTube

John Oliver discusses the Qatar World Cup, the human rights violations happening in the sporting event’s host country, and what perfection really means to Da…

Kafala system – this form of indentured servitude is basically what Elon Musk envisions for colonizing Mars


Watched Wednesday S1E1

Watched Wednesday’s Child Is Full of Woe from

Smart, sarcastic and a little dead inside, Wednesday Addams investigates a murder spree while making new friends β€” and foes β€” at Nevermore Academy.

πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Didn’t hate it, didn’t particularly like it. Willing to watch another episode. A little too YA. So far I prefer Christina Ricci’s Wednesday.

Science Fiction

Watched Under the Dome S1E1

Watched Under the Dome from

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small actual town of Chester's Mill, Maine, USA, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townspeople must discover the secrets and purpo…

Trying out different shows to see if there’s anything besides Star Trek worth watching on Paramount+ since we didn’t like either new Trek series. Not this πŸ˜‰

I thought this was sci-fi but seems to be more drama with a heavy dose of gore. (Except they didn’t even get the gore right? They sliced a cow in half and the inside is shown as just a solid blob of meat, rather than having bones and internal organs, but they just kept showing it. Stop, it’s gross and annoyingly inaccurate πŸ˜‚) In the pilot alone there’s a murder, a kidnapping, multiple seizures, a plane explosion where a severed leg lands next to someone, and hints of blackmail and political scandal. Seems like they set up plenty of storylines πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Science Fiction

Watched Strange New World’s S1E1

Watched Star Trek: Strange New Worlds from

A prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, the show will follow the crew of the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike.

Star fleet really needs to employ some more therapists.

I had a hard time following along, though I was admittedly tired.

Story feels like Trek, but with the trauma and emotions cranked up to 11. I’d appreciate a happy medium between Next Gen and this. Frankly I found this a little annoying.

Humor Science Fiction

Watched Lower Decks S1E1

Watched Second Contact from

Ensigns Mariner and Boimler run into difficulty on Galar. Meanwhile, an alien virus infects the crew of the Cerritos.

Not our jam. Also the characters talked way too fast.


DNF The Rings of Power S1E1

Watched A Shadow of the Past from

Galadriel is disturbed by signs of an ancient evil's return. Arondir makes an unsettling discovery. Elrond is presented with an intriguing new venture. Nori breaks a deeply held community rule.

Husband fell asleep and I was bored and pissed I couldn’t reach the remote πŸ˜‚ He woke up and we bailed at two-thirds through.

Felt perfunctory and generic. Too many storylines with not enough connection. Weirdly slow storytelling, going for atmosphere I’d guess. They did too much backstory at once yet not enough character development for me to care about anyone. I always roll my eyes at scenes starting with a child version of the character, especially with bullies.

They chose poorly on what lore to include, weighing down the story with worldbuilding we didn’t need. Almost all that shit should have been in backstory flashbacks worked in throughout the season. In storytelling you’re encouraged to start your story as late as you possibly can… and instead the writers were like, but this is Tolkien, he does All The Lore, and the fans will be mad if we don’t too!

Episode specific comments below the fold.

Science Fiction

Watched Westworld S4E1

Watched The Auguries from

Seven years after the demise of Rehoboam, events are set in motion that reunite allies and enemies.

So, I have very little idea what’s going on in this show, except that apparently life sucks for everyone. Are they all living in shitty video games? Unclear. It has been a loooong time since season 3 and I basically remember a handful of character deaths and no plot.

Caleb’s wife gets two thumbs down from me: neg him for having PTSD and worrying about the family’s safety, neg him for being a shitty dad when he’s teaching his daughter things that matter to him and some of his feelings rub off on his daughter, jokingly threaten divorce instead of saying please, fuck off lady. You would both be happier with a divorce.

Surprise reappearance of a character I was wondering if they’d ever follow up on.

Fantasy Horror

Watched Sandman S1E11

Watched Dream of a Thousand Cats/Calliope from

In this two-part story collection, a Siamese cat dreaming of a new world and a writer in desperate need of inspiration cross paths with Morpheus.

Interesting strategy to release a bonus episode a few weeks after the series drop, another push to get people talking about the show again.

The animation of the dream of a thousand cats I didn’t find quite up to the comic, though it did seem to stay true to it. A good spot for a Neil Gaiman cameo.

I did think the Calliope episode turned out well, Arthur Darvill was good as Ric Madoc, and it gave us a chance to see another side of Morpheus.

Fantasy Horror

Watched Sandman S1E7&8

Watched The Doll's House from

Lucienne comes to Morpheus with disturbing news. Rose Walker goes in search of family. Admirers of Corinthians work scheme to get his attention.

Getting into a storyline I recall as being more interesting. Hard to say what I don’t remember and what has changed.

The “collector” stuff is a little more on the horror side than I prefer 😬