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Wes Anderson's new Netflix project is the must-watch TV event of the week.
Alright folks, here’s what you need to know about your weekend viewing options:
Gen V is a TV series spin-off on Prime Video from the lewd and crewd superhero show The Boys. Despite quite liking The Boys, I wasn’t too fussed on watching this until I read a very positive review from my beloved Lucy Mangan at The Guardian.
Krapopolis is the latest animated show from Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty, Heat Vision & Jack). Reviews for it haven’t been great, with THR’s Daniel Fienberg going as far as to call it bland. Of course, whether you want to put stock into anything Fienberg has to say…
C*A*U*G*H*T is a new Australian comedy, which for some reason is stacked with US name actors Matthew Fox, Sean Penn, and Susan Sarandon. It’s broad and silly and doesn’t do enough to earn its wild jokes.
Power Rangers: Cosmic Fury is the 30th(!!!!) and final (!!!!!!!!!) live action Power Rangers TV show. Worth mentioning for that alone. While it is the final show in the franchise’s storyline, know that a reboot of it all is on the way.
Oh, and I should probably make mention of the big event of the week. By way of Netflix is a series of short films from Wes Anderson based on Roald Dahl books. The longest of them is The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar at 41 mins.
I haven’t been a fan of Wes Anderson’s last few films and have had trouble identifying why I haven’t enjoyed them as much as previous films - it isn’t as if the formula has changed all that much. I do sense that he has matured a bit, shedding some of the youthful rudeness that occasionally punctuated his films.
That said, I actually had a grand time with Henry Sugar. It never wears out its welcome and the nesting doll structure of the storytelling is one level too deep. But it is otherwise well worth pressing play on it.
Dave pops in
It gave me so much joy to hear David Letterman pop in to guest on the latest episode of the Strike Force Five podcast. I’m not sure it provided any deep insight, but Letterman was such a strong presence throughout the entirety of my TV watching life that a fresh appearance is always an oddly soulful experience.
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