Monday, June 8, 2015

Sunday night TV recap

Just some thoughts on Sunday night's shows (those that I've finished, I've still got a few to watch):

-I enjoy Silicon Valley, but that show stresses me out! Can anything ever work out for those crazy coders? They take one step forward and get smacked five steps back. It's just a show, but I still feel anxious for them. As an aside, I don't know why it took me so long to realize this, but Martin Starr, who played the geeky Bill Haverchuck on the tragically short-lived Freaks and Geeks, is Bertram Gilfoyle on Silicon Valley! (Wondering what all the F&G alums are up to? You ask and the Internet answers.)

-The Game of Thrones episode "The Dance of Dragons" seemed to fly like a dragon on wing, which is how I know I really enjoyed it (the shorter it feels, the more interesting it was). Despite the child murder and sex crimes that are a staple of the show's many horrors, its glories keep pulling me back in. When Daenerys climbed on her fire-breathing "child," I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Cut to credits. Blast! I also couldn't help thinking, what, um, about your friends that are still on the ground, surrounded by baddies? She's a bit self-centered; I suppose that's the royal bloodline and entitled ruler in her and whatnot.

-I love Veep, but we saw far too little of Selina aka Julia Louis-Dreyfus interacting with (and verbally abusing) her staff last night. A good episode, but I'm hoping they're all together kicking ass and taking a beating next week under Selina's spiky rule.

-Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is taking over newsfeeds this morning with clips about FIFA and him drinking crap beer (I hate to admit that all beer tastes a bit crap to me, but I have taste buds that favor the sweet. See blog title for confirmation.) What really impressed me about the show, however, was not so much he drank a Bud Light Lime but that he shed light on the problem with bail, both the setting of it and the powers given to bounty hunters. Scary stuff, and we all need to know more about it. I hope Oliver enjoyed a proper beer after the broadcast, he deserves it.

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