Ahh April, you whirlwind you. It started with Creative Ink Fest, and devolved into a tangle of emergency child care, edits, and compressed work weeks. I needed a breather between it all, so Hello TV, my old pal, I haven’t seen you in a while. Here’s what I’ve been watching:
The Expanse: A master class in tension and stakes. Bonus <3 for the diverse cast and imagined future. Some actor’s I’ve only seen in supporting roles finally get some some meaty roles to chew on here and that makes me happy.
The Night Manager: A beautifully made miniseries, based on the John le Carré novel. It’s your prototypical spy story (so nothing new there), but you get Tom Hiddleston heart eyes and Olivia Colman’s performance is outstanding.
And Then There Were None: WOW. GORE. We had to read the Agatha Christie book in high school and nowhere in my imagination did it ever go like this. The miniseries was shot like a psychological horror: tense, ugly, disquieting. But well done. Also… is Charles Dance in every period show ever? That man works hard.
Into the Badlands: It’s a bloody, post-apocalyptic, martial arts extravaganza, and there were 3 crazy fight scenes in the pilot alone. Plot and worldbuilding are sacrificed in the name of style and getting the requisite fight scenes into each episode, but I don’t mind. It’s weirdly mesmerizing, stylish, and low-key silly. (Watch the ladies in sky high heels, and see how their shoes miraculously change into flats during fight scenes). I’m totally crushing on both Sunny and Vale. Also, cute Asian baby. NOTHING BAD better happen to that baby or I’m going to start flipping tables. *No spoilers people! I haven’t caught up on Season 2 yet.
- The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
- Death and Night by Roshani Chokski
Writing Status: Revising