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Quick Hits: Peacemaker, 1883, The Gilded Age, Law & Order

Quick Hits: Peacemaker, 1883, The Gilded Age, Law & Order

I wanted to do full length pieces on Peacemaker (HBO Max), 1883 (Paramount+), The Gilded Age (HBO Max) and my rewatch of Law & Order but I didn’t want to wait and have you miss out on these great shows.

Peacemaker

Sure it’s a superhero show and what isn’t and this isn’t the time or place for that debate. I’m into all the hero stuff, but Peacemaker is anti-hero, so maybe it will appeal to a wider audience. All the money is on the screen in this first season of a series from writer/director/EP James Gunn that began its storyline in his recently released ‘Suicide Squad’ (also on HBO Max). The show has a ton of heart, great casting and character development and as is the case with a James Gunn product – an outstanding soundtrack.

peacemaker or pissmaker? who cares its funny as hell. #eagly

1883

Also on the spinoff trail is a prequel series to the wildly popular yet still under-the-radar ‘Yellowstone’ (don’t worry, its winning all the awards this year). 1883 tells the story of the wagon trains and trails and tribulations of an expanding American frontier. Sam Elliott leads the way on a breakout cast including the married duo of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and relative newcomer Isabel May. At times, the story becomes burdensome where you are left thinking “how much worse can it get?” but there are enough small triumphs to keep you from thinking the worst is around the corner. It’s a grown-up western drama and we haven’t had enough of those in recent times on the small screen.

1883 is dark and the poster wants you to know that

The Gilded Age

I have just seen the one premiere episode of this new series from our old friend Julian Fellowes (created Downton Abbey and as the memorable Kilwillie on Monarch of the Glen) and it has good bones. The cast is all-star led by tv veterans Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon and Cynthia Nixon so all is well on that angle. There are some hints of Downton from the perspective of the ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ of it all – servants and those they serve as well as ‘Bridgerton’ with regards to new society vs old society. Newcomer Louisa Jacobson shows real promise as the curious niece Marian Brook. If Fellowes can keep it fun and light I think it has a chance.

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Law & Order (rewatch)

This isn’t a review of Season 21 of L&O as much as it is public notification that I have been rewatching the original run of Law & Order. I’m in season 10 now and the reason I’m doing this is two-fold. First, there is so little compelling 1-hour non-serialized drama on these days and second, and most importantly, the flavor of a series changes when you can watch all the episodes in sequence without delay between seasons. I did a rewatch of ‘The Sopranos’ in December 2020 and it came off as a completely different show. Law & Order is coming back to NBC in about a month and I’ve been pleasantly pleased with general storyline flow and cast changes from season to season. No clunkers so far.

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Media Week In Review: January 3-9, 2022

Media Week In Review: January 3-9, 2022

Still working on the title, but the intention is in the right place. Short of daily updates (which i encourage you to find on our Twitter account), weekly summaries seem best for now.

Monday was solid…

I want to reflect a bit on the Yellowstone season 4 finale from the night before. I enjoy the show but its not for everybody and certainly I don’t think for casual tv viewers. It gets rough and most folks who check into network shows probably aren’t ready for Yellowstone. As for Monday, big day as I watched Licorice Pizza which was pretty good. The characters and story were well-formed, the song selection was right for the era and I’ll show my So Cal bias a bit – the locations and attitudes of folks from this area, industry people, was spot on. I really enjoyed the movie. For the rest of the day I watched more episodes of Law & Order. I’m rewatching the entire 20-season run of Law & Order – I won’t finish by the time season 21 premieres in February – but I’m making a good effort. This watch/rewatch is borne out of my feelings that tv and movie content as a whole are qualitatively subpar lately. I’m into season 8 and there hasn’t been a single clunker. I capped the night watch Star Trek: Enterprise’s series premiere. I had remembered bits of it but was confusing with a ST movie so I wanted to reconfirm it in my mind.

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The cast of Yellowstone

The Rest of the Week Wasn’t Spectacular…

Tuesday I had to work so besides my usual morning episode of CNBC’s Halftime Report, I was only able to catch the newest episode of FBI after I got home.

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The Book of Boba Fett
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CNBC 9am PT

Wednesday morning I managed to see the 2nd episode of The Book of Boba Fett. The series premiere was so sloggy I didn’t feel the need to stay up all night for the midnight premiere of #2 but the 2nd chapter was pretty incredible and I’m back on board with this show.

Thursday I was able to burn through the 3-episode One Chicago shows, thanks to Hulu and not having to skip over commercials, you can get through 3 hours of content is just over 2 hours of actual time. My work event got canceled so I used the time wisely – finishing up season 7 of Law & Order.

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Is Carey Lowell single? Just curious.

Friday saw more Law & Order and some YouTube content. Getting the no-commercials plan on YouTube is a low-key way of having a very productive streaming experience.

Saturday I didn’t watch much besides football and of course whatever I watch at my day job.

Sunday I managed to catch up with Seal Team (which might be nearing its end, the profanity being on Paramount Plus has gone up 1000% but this latest episode was sort of a bottle episode). Also on P+ was the 4th episode of 1883 which you have to love if you’re even slightly interested in Yellowstone. There’s something about Sam Elliott telling you he’s gonna burn down your wagon unless you leave the piano behind. Apparently it makes the wagon too heavy for a river crossing. Who knew?

Ok that’s this past week.