Just a few bits of yammering about television.
One) American Gods. I read this book… what, fifteen years ago? And again in the time since the first read, and I also insisted that Husband read it when we met. I have recommended many books to him and he rarely finishes anything if he even gets past the first chapter. (We have very different reading styles. He tends to read more biographies, tech, business type things and slowly. I read sci-fi, history, nonfiction of the historical kind, philosophy, and the occasional brain candy and very, very quickly.) This is the ONLY book I’ve recommended that he stuck to and loved. It’s that good. I’ve been hearing about the series adaption for years and been both eagerly anticipating and dreading. But I have to say, three episodes in and I’m pretty happy. I was nervous about the Dane Cook casting (hate him) but gleeful that he got the part of the dead friend. So we won’t see much of him. Otherwise, it’s been a real hoot reading the recaps and hearing the reactions of people who have never read the book and have no freakin’ clue what happens. (See especially: sex goddess and Djin taxi drivers. Yup.)
Two) The Handmaid’s Tale. Another book I read a lifetime ago. It was published in 1998 and I’m pretty sure that’s when I read it. I say that only to say it was a horrifying scenario back then and amazing to see how much more poignant it’s become. I’ve always been a big fan of Atwood – if you enjoy Handmaid’s Tale (the show) you should really read the book. Or not and read, instead, The Robber Bride and the Oryx and Crake series (actually, I believe it’s referred to as the “Maddadam Trilogy”). If you like eerily poignant sci fi stuff, this is it. I’m hoping they’ll go after Oryx and Crake as a series next.
Three) Roseanne – I’m unsure how I feel about this. We (me and the parents) watched this regularly when it first aired. It kind of sucked towards the end. I’ve tried watching the reruns when they’re on (TBS, is it?) but I can’t. It’s really dated and Roseanne herself grates on my nerves now. I’ve heard news that they’re resurrecting it and coming back with new episodes. I suppose I’ll check it out but am not expecting much.
Four) The New Pope – I was so bummed out when the last episode aired, in a way that I haven’t been over a show in a very long time. (Since Six Feet Under, maybe?) I loved the way I felt completely immersed and swept up in the scenery and atmosphere. The cinematography and set design was FANTASTIC, as was the soundtrack. If they retain all the fantastic-ness, I’m on board and super excited for more… even if it means no more Lenny/Jude Law. (Or maybe he’ll come back? Did he die or not? No one knows.) The show will surely not be the same without that icy cold, sardonic, condescending grin and the deadpan delivery of some very witty lines.