This memo exists because it’s only March, and 2019 has already been the longest year on record, with February clocking in at the longest month of this or any year. New Year holidays from any calendar are celebrated in my house as fresh-start milestones, and 1/1/19 did not work. Turning over to the Year of the Earth Pig didn’t do it for me, either. So I just celebrated Nowruz a new way: some inexpensive impulse purchases that were fun but still practical; buying small quantities of excellent cheese; keeping the house clean but doing a few special extras to improve our general lot; and re-reading an old favorite book. (The book was Bingo, by Rita Mae Brown, and let’s just say we aged in different directions. But the book is decades old, Miz Brown’s craft was still being honed, and I will forever love the world of Runnymede.)
The trials and tribulations of the beginning of the third year of the Trump administration are abundantly documented elsewhere, and my personal issues are heavier than usual, but better tolerated (for now) — due in part to my current most-effective escape mechanism: television.
UMBRELLA ACADEMY was released on 2/15, and it was an unexpected groovy treat. Klaus, Hazel, and Number Five are helping me keep the faith.
RuPAUL’S DRAG RACE (S11) premiered 2/28, and oh, did I ever need it! We just saw Ep3 and I agree with Ross: Miss Vanjie is so fun to watch. Even when she’s struggling, she is hilarious, gorgeous, and scene-stealing. Even the stunning Scarlet Envy, who was everyone’s favorite to LOSE (except mine; she reminds me of Julie Newmar as Stupefyin’ Jones in Lil Abner) has risen. Everyone is doing better than expected, except for poor darling Soju, who died but still inspires.
TIN STAR came back on 3/8. It was a long wait, but the show is *so* lovely on all fronts, I don’t know which way to run. Easy to pick out Tim Roth because of his stellar resume, but I’m pumping the setting as a character: the northern Rockies, my home. This show gets (ahem) ten stars. It alone will justify the Amazon Prime membership.
AMERICAN GODS returned 3/10. Hella better than Season 1, at least judging by the first episode.
BILLIONS on 3/17 was a different story. This show is always a thrill, but Things Changed at the end of the last season. Feel free to call me immature, but I don’t enjoy Wendy as a Carmela Soprano type, unethical and okay with it. I don’t enjoy Chuck as a powerless buffoon, struggling to be relevant with his parking pass, empty without his court and his vengeance. Of course, I would watch this show for Wags alone.
I also don’t enjoy Taylor as an adversary for Bobby — I always enjoy mentorship story lines and thought that one had farther to go. But I sincerely appreciate that Bobby continues to refer to Taylor by their preferred pronoun, even though they are now enemies. Modeling behavior in TV is the way a lot of Americans learn changing mores.
QUEER EYE dropped 3/15. The first couple of episodes weren’t my favorite, but it was such a pleasure to see the gang once more that I paused it after Ep3 to space it out. I do want to give a special shout out to Bobby, since we seem to share Exvangelical trauma, as evidenced by his Bible Belt version of naughty pics. I fully respect his choice, and Tan is not wrong about his eyes. I can vouch for the glory of a Missouri boy who wants to drag you into the tall grass, but you’re both in church, and all he can do for now is give you that hadouken look.
Looking forward to so many things:
4/5: CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA
4/14: GAME OF THRONES, which deserves a separate post on Things I Need To See Before The End, including the knighting of Brienne, and the knighting of Podrick; the confirmation that Varys is a Targaryen; the glorious death of Lady Mormont; the terrifying return of Sexy Jesus (aka Jaqen H’ghar), because a girl needs to hear that voice one more time; and all the family reunions, like coming home for your own funeral. (I would also be intrigued to see Tyrion find out Tysha was not a whore, and to see if he let Jamie live after that.)
5/19: HAIR (the live musical)
5/31: DEADWOOD (my favorite series of all time, probably, including Rome, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and all the other glorious small-screen gems, ahem, and please let it not break my heart with a failure of writing.)
6/5: HANDMAID’S TALE, even though it is often too painful to watch, like Orange is the New Black.
6/9: TONY AWARDS
7/4: STRANGER THINGS
And lord keep me alive to see the continuations of
… basically, if I make it to the Emmy’s on 9/22, I’ll declare the year a qualified win based on survival alone. People need enough wins, early in life, to learn that winning is possible; age can teach the lesson of survival from the other end. Made it this long, didn’t I? All I can say is that TV is helping me live right now. Thank you, TV. ♥
By way of closing doxology, I give you Gay of Thrones with Jonathan Van Ness, courtesy of Funny or Die, by way of YouTube, presented through the good offices of WordPress. It takes a village.