The Winter Solstice was at 04:19 GMT on December 22. For me, in Minnesota, it happened at 10:19 PM CST last night. And today, the first official day of winter, it’s sunny and currently 41° (F) out.
At least we got snow for Christmas. We don’t always.
I’m feeling lazy today, and I’m looking forward to kicking back with a Nero Wolfe novel as soon as I post this.
So just a few quick items for a Sunday afternoon…
There are only six episodes, each an unrelated story, so it’s a fairly brief pleasure.
And it is a pleasure, at least for my tastes. I recommend it for anyone with the above-listed tastes. True to its ancestry with those older TV shows, it definitely leans towards SF-horror. (In some cases, more just high-tech horror.)
One thing I really appreciated was the casting, which put more normal looking characters in all the roles. Pretty good balance of male and female roles, too.
Good performances by those actors, too.
It’s actually a rather touching, heart-warming, Christmas story.
Overall I give the series an Ah! rating, but I give “Bob” a soft Wow!
Some random notes that have accumulated in the past year but don’t show any signs of growing into posts:
Which is to say, contrary to my usual requirement that I like most of the characters on the TV shows I watch, that I’d want them as friends, I don’t much care for any of the characters on Will & Grace.
As with Seinfeld, you’re not really supposed to — they’re intended as counter-examples of good people.
But I see enough counter-examples of good people all around me on a daily basis in real life, so I don’t much care for them in my stories. Hence my requirement that I like most of the characters.
Seinfeld kept me watching because the writing was amazing and ground-breaking. The original Will & Grace kept me watching because it was ground-breaking in its own way, and because the writing and the performances were so good.
The reboot isn’t particularly ground-breaking, that ship sailed, but it is a comfort watching those actors play those notes again. The scripts often make me shake my head, but the cast is always fun — after all this time, they’ve really got it down.
There is something special for me about watching old pros, be it musical, baseball, or acting, do their thing. I’ve always revered experience and excellence.
These days we hope that reality is like entropy: One can fight it for a while by expending energy, but it always wins in the end.
I’m glad we got as far as the House Impeaching. There’s a forever asterisk for him. I’m hoping it drives him into a public meltdown even his cult-captured political minions can’t ignore.
How can so many be so blind to how badly history will excoriate them?
(These are days with a “why” in them.)
And a final thought for a Sunday: Do atheists ever forget and accidentally say, “OMG!”
Nero and Archie await me. Enjoy your Sunday.
Stay sunny, my friends!