Subject: What Did You Watch? 2017-11-09 (Thursday)
THE ORVILLE: This episode reminded me a bit of the original STAR TREK
episode where flowers kept shooting love spores onto the crew. The blue
guy (Rob Lowe) is a sexual predator of sorts...and also turns out to be
a liar. In the end, I have no confidence that the two other species
actually share DNA (even though that is exactly how I expected the
resolution to play out) or that the blue guy was in heat the first time
Kelly fell for him.
BETTER THINGS: Sam and her three kids go to visit Sam's uncle without
telling her mom. The uncle (Nigel Havers of CORONATION STREET) and his
wife (Jane Carr of DEAR JOHN) are extremely compliant people who
tolerate anything, including three weird kids invading their home. Over
dinner, the uncle lets it slip that he has another sister than Sam has
never heard about...a sister sent off to an insane asylum at age 16 so
the family never talked about her or tried to contact her. As usual,
each family member is off in their own world. Sam looks for her lost
Aunt. Oldest daughter Max is still mad at her mom for not letting her
boyfriend sleep over...which caused the boyfriend to sleep over at her
best friend's house...which caused her best friend to be
pregnant...which caused Max to blame Sam for the pregnancy. Middle
child, Frankie, is bonding with Grandpa over the arts of carpentry and
fishing. Youngest daughter, Duke, is seeing ghosts...literally.
Mostly, though, the shock and awe of this episode was in how the family
discards members in rather casual ways...and dumping a kid in an insane
asylum is loosely connected to going on vacation without telling Phil
and with how Sam's brother is absent and with how Phil was apparently
cast out of the family for marrying a Jewish guy...and for how the other
brother was never talked about after he died. This family has so many
ALIAS GRACE: Episode #2 of this Netflix period piece based upon a
Margaret Atwood (THE HANDMAID'S TALE) novel. Set in mid 1800s Canada,
the story follows the plight of a servant woman accused of murder. In
this second episode, we see the rough life of women, constantly sexually
harassed, assaulted, and misused by men. Sadly, the cute woman (or is
it girl...these 30 year old actresses are playing characters that are
supposed to be early teens) that looks a lot like a young Jami Gertz
suffers severely from a medical complication.
BONUS FAMILY: Episode #4 of this Netflix dramedy about a blended
family. In previous episodes the two parents were fighting for more
time/custody of their kids and now they are fighting for less time.
makes sense given that the kids (the boy at least) are horrible. The
way the coworker is trying to weasel his way into the woman's life by
bonding with her son is a bit creepy even though he seems like a much
nicer guy that her other coworker, the one she is having the affair
with. Meanwhile, the horrid son gets a pet snake.
STANDING STILL: A 2005 ensemble comedy film starring Amy Adams, Lauren
German, Mena Suvari, Colin Hanks, Adam garcia, Aaron Stanford, Xander
Berkeley, Jon Abrahams, James Van Der Beek, Marnette Patterson, and
Melissa SageMiller. The plot involves a bunch of old friends having a
reunion of sorts as they gather for a wedding. Stuff happens, but
mostly this film was interesting just for the look of so many familiar
faces a decade plus younger than now.
LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: I saw a few minutes of this
show...horrible load of garbage...bait almost as stinky and mis-guided
as the stuff coming from Mitch McConnell.
What did you watch?