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The All-New TT: Television Time Mini Reviews

Pajaro Pete

Netflix's The Midnight Club: Ol' Mike Flanagan (Hill House, Bly Manor, Midnight Mass) is back, this time with a teen drama. It's, um, easily the worst of his Netflix shows, and I think that's partially because it was intended to be an ongoing series rather than a one and done. There's a lot of awkward CGI spook 'um ups that happen front and center that feel really out of place in a Flanman project but I get why for this particular narrative they couldn't rely on "spooky guy hanging out in the background" like in the Hauntings.

It's set in a hospice for teens (you should be able to discern from that if this is the kind of show you'd enjoy), where every night they gather in the library to tell spooky stories. The stories themselves use the show's actors (and occasionally other Flanagan regulars) in wig of varying qualities, which I think is always really fun.

Something really cool happens later on that made me go "Holy shit" but then they backed off it hard, which I guess makes sense because I don't even know where they'd go from there but man talk about your pulled punches. Also one of the least interesting stories gets revisited twice.

Pajaro Pete

Netflix's The Watcher: Another project Ryan Murphy barfed out, this Based On A True Story is about a family moving from the mean streets of their NYC brownstone to their dream home in an affluent New Jersey suburb, but start receiving creepy letters from someone who calls themselves The Watcher. The soundtrack makes it feel like they're aiming for the conspiracy thrillers of the 60s, but it feels more like a Lifetime Original. Everyone acts like a cartoon character, and while that's fine in most cases, it kind of ruins one of the more genuinely creepy things that happens.


Watched Umbrella Academy, and just stopped, in the middle of S2. I enjoyed the first season quite a lot, and it's not like I actively disliked what I saw of the second. I just didn't feel any connection to the characters anymore. Like, I wondered what we are doing.

This is probably partly on me, because I never gave the show all my attention, but that wasn't a problem with season 1, so, *shrug*. Dunno, not saying it was bad, but it clearly stopped working for me.

BTW, Wisteria, I saw, read and enjoyed your reaction to my post about Foundation, and I do intend to write something, but I need to actually take out time for that, and also forgot for some time. But I, at least, appreciate you writing reacting.


To be fair, a big theme of season 2 is all of the characters trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives.


does the Underpants Dance
The newest season of American Horror Story started this week, and the first 2 episodes were pretty good? I mean it's almost always the case that a new season falls off the rails by the end, but usually I can see the cracks of that trajectory start appearing right from the beginning. This time though I don't see it (yet) and so the first 2 episodes have really just been a played straight horror-mystery story.

Anyway it's about a serial killer targeting gay men in New York City in 1981, and also seems to be teasing a background plot about the very start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. So uh, content warning about all that.


perfect world
I've been watching FX/Hulu's The Patient, which stars Steve Carrell and Domhnall Gleeson (Hux from The Star Wars) in a psychological thriller where (episode 1 spoilers) Gleeson, a serial killer who wants to be able to stop killing, abducts his therapist (Carrell) and chains him up in his basement to force him to help. Somewhat strangely for a drama series the episodes are only 22 minutes long, but so far it's super tense and the performances are great. Check it out, maybe!

Hey! I finished this! It was really fucking good! Bye!


I finally got around to checking out Halo and it's resoundingly meh, but wanted to watch it before my Paramount + trial runs out tomorrow. Just moves way too slow and was pretty muddled. I never understood the point of the side story in the desert area and ended up skipping over all those scenes pretty quickly. I did really like Kai-125 and also think their interpretation of Miranda Keyes is great so I could see some interesting stuff happening with those characters. But dunno if I'll actually bother to watch a second season, I doubt I actually watched even half of the first season since I was skipping around so much. The props, sound design and sets are phenomenal though.
I finally started season 2 of Chucky because I watched Body Snatchers and was so excited to hear Meg Tilly was going to be in season 2. The show is sometimes very funny but also has such a nasty streak that I'm sometimes taken aback. Like, what's the tone here? The most recent episode really bummed me out! Jennifer Tilly has been in a cage for like 17 years, just saw her sister for the first time in all that time only to have her murdered, and then gets obliterated by a truck?? I know it's fake, but that's just a lil depressing... like when Chucky stabbed that 12 year old last season.


Anyone watched Wednesday? Or watching it right now, it hasn't been on Netflix that long.

It's a take on the Addams Family, focusing on Wednesday who is sent away to the old bording school her parents went to. Its main focus is on outcasts, on "weird" people and especially kids, and humanising them. I enjoy it a lot for that reason.

Not sure if it works as an Addams Family interpretation. Putting Wednesday in a setting in something like the real world, taking the Addams away from their home turf, feels like it is breaking the concept.

It still feels Addams Family enough, and I enjoy the show in general. The actors are great, especially Wednesday and Morticia (coming from someone who can't really judge acting, so take that however you want), and Gomez is fun too.


A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
I’m liking it. Seeing Wednesday do the occasional teen girl thing like desperately go through her closet to pick out a dress because a boy she likes just showed up at her door is never going to feel right, nor do the gory bits, but overall quite solid.