An experiment in more direct control of Mike's television watching.
See a log of television watching here.
Recommend new shows to watch here.
Here is a schedule of what I will try to watch.
(normally on weejee a green check means "successfully completed" and a red x means "failed to complete" but with TV shows I'm changing it to reflect the votes. so a green check means I will be watching, and a red x means I won't be watching.)
I watched Season 1 and it was fun. Baby Yoda is real cute. I grew up watching Star Wars and this seems like a nice easy season of escapist television.
I don't know anything about this show except that it's executive produced by Nathan Fielder of Nathan For You, one of the best god damn television shows in the world.
Please, please, please vote yes. This is important.
Recommended by shareholders. Let's do this one season at a time...
In season 1: In 2006, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) passes through Bemidji, Minnesota, and influences the community – including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) – with his malice, violence, and deception. Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) team up to solve a series of murders they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard.
I'm not usually a big horror fan but I've heard good things about Lovecraft Country.
Lovecraft Country is an American horror drama television series developed by Misha Green based on and serving as a continuation of the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff.
I only watched the first season of Mr. Robot and I liked it. I recently read a tweet from Hirschhorn that made me think I should go back and finish it.
"All 4 seasons of 'Mr. Robot' by @samesmail are on Prime. Will go down as one of the best ever. Hacking. Conspiracies. Tragedies. Maladies. Realities. Murder. Corruption. Terrorism. Revolution. Capitalism. Domination. Hallucination. Love. And so many layers." @JasonHirschhorn
All those seem like fun things to watch!
❌ The OathNo (97%)
Interesting looking show from a shareholder recommendation.
The Oath explores "a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join. Only a select few make the cut – but once inside, members will do what they must to protect one another from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks."
The interesting part is that I've been listening to the LA Podcast and they talk a lot about the recent accusations of a "gang" within the LA Sheriff's office. And the creator fo this show is a 17-year veteran of the LA County Sheriff’s department where he worked in jails holding members of notorious LA gangs including the Bloods and the Crips. After spending time as a training officer and field officer, he moved into narcotics, working on undercover operations. He later carried out undercover and surveillance work for the FBI and the DEA.
So a 17 year veteran of the corrupt police of LA wrote a tv show about corrupt cops? Wow. Okay... I mean, the only down side is that it's on Crackle.
I watched the first one, and while I hated it, I also was glad I watched it. I also watched the VP debate and also felt like it was "good to watch it" even though I can't articulate why. I didn't watch the duelling interviews, but I'm into the idea of watching the last debate.
Part of it is gross. Like I'm watching a car race hoping for a crash. I want to see Trump stumble, even though I know it doesn't really matter.
A great recommendation from a shareholder, and a chance to do some sports betting!
The Dodgers survived a scare in the NLCS to get back to the World Series for the third time in four years. They’ll face the Rays in a matchup of the teams with the best two records in baseball this season.
Games happen Oct 20, 21, 23, 24, and if needed 25, 27, and 28.
Someone recommended I watch this show. It looks terrible. Please vote no.
I've been enjoying this show so much during these horrible times. You should vote yes. Please. It's a good show.
Counterpart is an American science fiction thriller television series starring J. K. Simmons. It was created by Justin Marks and was first broadcast on the premium cable network Starz. The series ran for 20 episodes across two seasons.
I watched two episodes of this a while back and really liked it. It's about alternate dimensions and spycraft.
Plus it all happens in Berlin. I visited Berlin last year and loved it and obviously won't be going any time soon.
Beforeigners is a Norwegian six-part TV series that premiered on 21 August 2019. It is the first Norwegian-language series produced by HBO Europe.
This show was recommended by a shareholder! I don't know much about it.
It's a show where Vikings from the 19th century suddenly show up in the present day. They are called "time migrants."
Oh, and I just saw that it was created by the team that made Lilyhammer which was "the first time Netflix offered exclusive content" back in 2012.
This seems great, and it's only six episodes.
Killjoys is a space adventure drama series that follows a trio of hard-living bounty hunters—Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and D'avin (Luke Macfarlane).
"If wanting to watch fun, quippy characters get into scrapes and survive by the skin of their teeth, on spaceships and alien planets, is wrong, I don't want to be right. Killjoys has just the right mix of guns, high-tech knives, assassins, cage fights, missions to hostile planets, dark secrets, tiny robot weapons and general space headbutting thrills to be the perfect treat for Friday nights." -Charlie Jane Anders of io9
I started watching this show not long after the superhero ban and it became my replacement for Agents of SHIELD as it's about a team of adventurers working together to solve problems and they keep uncovering bigger and bigger problems in the world. It's fun sci-fi that plays with all the tropes of the genre.
I'm currently two seasons in and would like to finish off the last three seasons.
I am planning on watching the presidential debate tomorrow, even though I know I will find it maddening and probably end up drinking too much and then falling asleep on the couch and having nightmares about the end times.
But even live TV should be “remote controlled” so I’m asking you if I should watch it...
✅ WatchmenYes (91%)
This whole "remote control" of my television habits started because of the Watchmen and we never answered the question. Should I watch it? I mean, it did win three Emmys and was nominated for seven.
I love the movie Limitless. It's a perfect movie that basically says drugs are cool. Don't argue with me.
This is about the Limitless television show which ran for one season on CBS starring Jake McDorman as a loser who takes NZT and ends up trapped working for the FBI. I watched it when it came out in 2015 and I liked it because it was an expansion of the Limitless universe.
I was thinking it would be fun to rewatch it. It's one season (22 episodes).
Corporate is an American comedy television series created by Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman. A ten-episode first season premiered on Comedy Central on January 17, 2018. On February 26, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season. Corporate's third and final season premiered on July 22, 2020.
Mike didn't enjoy the pilot of Corporate when he watched it back in 2018. However, being a publicly traded person who loves corporations, capitalism, and funny tv shows, he gave it another shot while trapped at home during the pandemic. And guess what? He fell in love!
The show is nearly cyperpunk with a dystopian view of life in the belly of the corporate beast, but with a cast of lovable and often horrible people. The relationship of Matt and Jake reminds Mike of the brotherly love between Hank and Britt from the great single season of Terriers (2010). But the fan favorite quickly becomes Grace, played by Aparna Nancherla, who might be the greatest comedic actor of our time.
Mike is already a few episodes in to season 3 of Corporate so the question is should he finish it?