The highlight for me this week was unquestionably Andor which boldly seeks to answer the provocative question: What if you were to make a good Star Wars TV show? The show takes a fan service be damned approach, which is a breath of fresh air. And you know what... that's actually what the fans want too.
Reboot, the new Steve Levitan (Just Shoot Me, Modern Family) comedy is an easy-to-watch, but shallow and toothless Hollywood satire about remaking a classic early 00s sitcom. After watching the first episode, I was left with three questions that cut to the core of what bothered me about the show:
- After the awfulness of his performances in Friends From College and The Pentaverate, can't we as a viewing community just decide that we are happy to stick with Jordan Peele and put Keegan-Michael Key out on an icefloat?
- Why did it take just minutes for the show to construct a pointless scene for Judy Greer to be topless? It was kinda gross, but a greater crime: deeply unfunny.
- The entire backstory of the characters is established in the opening minutes of the show with a character reading aloud Google research, but at no point did this same staffer open up the Wikipedia page of the creative pitching them the TV show that revealed her secret? It would be commonly known trivia about a writer-director who has just broken big at a film festival...
Real talk: It doesn't matter what I write in this viewing guide: If you're the sort of person predisposed to watching a Star Wars show, you have already seen Andor or plan to watch it ASAP. Everyone else (and likely the Andor folk too) will be watching new Netflix film Blonde for two reasons:
- Who isn't fascinated by the idea of a saucy Marilyn Monroe biography film?
- Ana de Armas.
SEAL Team (s06), The Neighborhood (s05), 9-1-1 (s06), Bob Hearts Abishola (s04), NCIS (s20), The Cleaning Lady (s02), NCIS: Hawaii (s02), New Amsterdam (s05), FBI: International (s02), FBI: Most Wanted (s04), FBI (s05), The Resident (s06), The Goldbergs (s10), Chicago Med (s08), The Conners (s05), Home Economics (s03), Chicago Fire (s11), Chicago PD (s10), Abbott Elementary (s02), Big Sky (s03), Law & Order: SVU (s24), Law & Order (s22), Law & Order: Organized Crime (s03), Ghosts (s04)
Andor - Disney+
Stars: Diego Luna, Genevieve O'Reilly
The story of Rebel spy Cassian Andor's formative years of the Rebellion and his difficult missions for the cause.
Reboot - Hulu | Disney+
Stars: Rachel Bloom, Judy Greer, Johnny Knoxville, Keegan-Michael Key
An early 2000s family sitcom is rebooted, and the dysfunctional cast must deal with their unresolved issues in today's fast-changing world.
Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story - Netflix
Stars: Evan Peters, Niecy Nash, Molly Ringwald
The story of one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States, largely told from the points of view of his victims.
Prisma - Amazon Prime Video
Stars: Mattia Carrano, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Caterina Forza
Prisma explores the relationships and the identities of Andrea and Marco, two twins identical on the outside, but very different in their approach on life.
The Girls At The Back - Netflix
Stars: Monica Miranda
Five women in their 30s, friends since their school days, go on their annual getaway. But this year, one of them has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Thai Cave Rescue - Netflix
Stars: Urassaya Sperbund, Roger Corser
Twelve young boys and their soccer coach get trapped in a flooded cave near Chiang Rai, Thailand, sparking an international rescue effort as the water level slowly rises and threatens the boys' safety.
Quantum Leap - NBC/Peacock
Stars: Raymond Lee, Caitlin Bassett
Physicist Ben Seong takes an unauthorized leap into the past after restarting the Quantum Leap accelerator project with only the hologram of Addison as his connection to the team he left behind.
Blonde - Netflix
Stars: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody
A look at the rise to fame and the epic demise of actress Marilyn Monroe, one of the biggest stars in the world.
The Perfumier - Netflix
Stars: Emilia Schule
To regain her sense of smell and get back her lover, a detective joins forces with a perfume maker who uses deadly methods to create the perfect scent.
A Jazzman's Blues - Netflix
Stars: Solea Pfeiffer, Joshua Boone, E Roger Mitchell
A tale of forbidden love and family drama unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in the deep south.
Athena - Netflix
Stars: Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane
Hours after the tragic death of their youngest brother in unexplained circumstances, three siblings have their lives thrown into chaos. When the unexplained circumstances raise questions among them, they go in search of answers.
Meet Cute - Peacock
Stars: Pete Davidson, Kaley Cuoco
Sheila, a young woman grappling with suicidal thoughts, discovers that a tanning bed in a nail salon is a time machine. Traveling back 24 hours, she relives the best date night of her life over and over, only to decide that her boyfriend, Gary, needs some fixing. Unaware that meddling with the past could ruin the future, Sheila goes even further back in time to turn him into the perfect man -- even though he was already pretty perfect.
That. Is. A. Lot. Of. Watching. Please, don't attempt it all.
See you next week.