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The Weekly TV Discussion Post For October 4th, 2020

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So. Much. TV.

The debut of September means that a lot of shows dropped and there’s not enough time for it. On the to-watch list? Criminal (Netflix), Kingdom (Netflix), Young Wallander (Netflix), and a couple I’m already forgetting, never mind a movie or two. I also added Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) and I’m hoping to background watch Buck Rogers (NBC) soon. I’m still working my way through Cougartown (Hulu) and loving every minute of it and I’m still conflicted about my rewatch of Whitney (NBC) but I haven’t seen it since its original broadcast and I love the majority of the cast.

One of my great joys has returned to Netflix with the latest “volume” of Chef Show. I’ve made it a couple more episodes into the show and it’s just such a delight to watch and with all the little anecdotal stories that they tell while going through the process of cooking. The episode involving the Italian food just has me wanting to try some new things when it comes to doing pasta for myself and finding some new additional flavorings to add to it. This one continues to be an addictive show.

This week was made up of the Robotech rewatch below overall which is a rewatch for me and the first time for my eldest continues as well. The show just moved intro the Reconstruction phase and now into my favorite arc of the Macross saga overall. Once we wrap up this piece we’re going to do my import of the original film and maybe Macross Plus before getting back into Robotech with the Masters storyline.

This week also had me dipping into a feature film that came out last year and showed up on Netflix recently with Straight Up. Done with a pilot film proof of concept first, the project is one that explores more of the way there are so many configurations of love and how it can be displayed – and the problems that come up with it. Every relationship has issues and talking is what’s needed but this tends to be more of the focus when you get away from the “traditional” form of it. Here, James Sweeney and Katie Findlay are an incredibly well-paired match except for the fact that sex is off the table for them. There’s questions of identity and ways to manage things that are interesting to watch unfold. It’s a bit rough at the start and the trailer makes it look pretentious – which it is at times and especially early on – but it does well to explore something of a really fascinating relationship dynamic.

And just for good measure because every time I turn on the TV I watch it…

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