What I’m Watching – Mr. Robot

In the latest “We’re At Least One Season Behind” news, we’ve finally starting watching Mr. Robot.

Wow.  Rami Malek.  Wow.

(Clearly that amazing acting prowess is the result of his experience playing “Andy” in the 2004 Gilmore Girls episode In the Clamor and the Clangor.)

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What I’m Watching – Stranger Things

My husband and I started watching Stranger Things this week.  I was initially skeptical that the show would be able to live up to the hype.  I’m not as attracted to the 80’s nostalgia thing as some.  Happily, I can report we’re completely sucked in to the show.

For me, the appeal is all about the casting and characters.

First…those kids.  Just amazing.  I hate lumping them all together in some anonymous blob of acting talent.  They deserve to be called out for their individual prowesses:

  • Finn Wolfhard as “Mike Wheeler”
  • Gaten Matarazzo as “Dustin Henderson”
  • Caleb McLaughlin as “Lucas Sinclair”
  • Noah Schnapp as “Will Byers”
  • Milly Bobby Brown as “Eleven”

And David Harbour.  A lot has been said about Wynona Ryder, and I agree with all the rave reviews.  But I’m more interested in the riveting performance by Mr. Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, which I hope results in the kind of career rocketing boost he so richly deserves.  Let’s give this guy some headlining roles!

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And NetFlix just keeps hitting them out of the park.

What I’m Watching: Penny Dreadful, Season 2

We are always at least a Season behind the times in our house (we’ve been cable-cutters for nearly 10 years now).  So, I understand that avoiding spoilers, like knowing what recently happened on the series-ending episode of Penny Dreadful, is and will always be an impossibility.  Besides, for emotionally stressful shows like this…and Walking Dead and Game of Thrones and Person of Interest and so on…I kind of appreciate the ability to have some sanity saving advance knowledge of the big events.

Anyway, we are enthralled with Season 2.  I totally didn’t expect to love this show as much as I do.  The subject matter (classic horror monsters, witches, etc.) have never really been my thing.  But this show makes it all interesting to me.  And, my god, Eva Green is phenomenal.  And Josh Hartnett.  And don’t even get me started on my over-acting, guilty-pleasure, hunk-of-a-man, Timothy Dalton (my love for him was born way back with the 800-hour BBC Jane Eyre mini-series from the early 80’s).

Chillingly good.

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