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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    The Santa Clara Diet (Netflix), the second season is out and so far so great in continuing the story of the realty selling, California Hammond family, caught up in the sudden and inexplicable turn of Shelia Hammond into one of the living dead. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are a deadly combination of comedic timing and personal charm as the centerpiece performers in a strangely light, funny, and tightly written entry by Netflix into the comedic end of the zombie craze. The supporting cast is resoundingly good and the show knows when and exactly how to use cameos by established stars, as with Nathan Fillion's talking head (literally) or Gerald McRaney's rabid Colonel. It's not the first time someone made the effort to mine zombies for humor (see: IiZombie), but it's arguably the best. And, curiously enough, that's saying something.
    My daughter and I started to watch that together. I believe she is still watching it, as well as iZombie. Insofar as a humorous take on zombies ... ZNation. BTW, I am a few days in to trying out the new Hulu Live TV and with the exception of missing the AMC and some tweaking to make it more user friendly, it's one of the better options. It is one of the few that offers the CW.
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    Father Brown's newest season just dropped on Netflix. It's not for everyone, I suppose, and I miss some of the absent cast members this time around, but for all of the reasons noted prior this loosely based adaptation of Chesterton's sleuth of a priest is worth spending some time to know. It's a very satisfying thing to see a Christian life and focus integral to any televised proposition, organic and authentic in its aim. Brown means to save souls and solve mysteries, in that order, and he does both (often enough) without making either feel contrived.
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    Watched the season finale of The Americans. The scene in the parking garage. Wow.


    And I think Renee is a spy.

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    About to finish the final episode of the second season of Chance (Hulu Original), with Hugh Laurie (House).

    Both seasons are worth the binge.

    Laurie is comfortable in the role of a neuropsychiatrist, Eldon Chance, with obsession issues that impact a family member as well. He leverages these tendencies to meet out justice with the help of a small cabal he has formed. The no-neck hulk, with plenty of mental muscle, too, Darious, in that cabal often steals the the scene thunder from Laurie.

    Season two exceeds the drama and action from season one. That said, watching Gretchen Mol in season one was enjoyable. A modern day Deitrich.

    While on Hulu, catch the nine-episode season one of Siren. Mermaids that walk among us, and the government wants to weaponize them (of course). A second season of sixteen episodes is forthcoming next year in the U.S.

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    Philip K. Dick's (author of the book upon which Blade Runner was based) post and post-apocalyptic worldview is in fine evidence in Amazon Prime's Electric Dreams. Each episode in the series is a stand-alone with some fine actors. Free to Prime subscribers.

    Note: rated R for violence and some sexual content.
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    Just started to watch Castle Rock, a Stephen King adaptation available on Hulu. Surprisingly nuanced and slow paced through the first two episodes, though it begins to add intensity thereafter.

    Episode One: Severance

    The warden of Shawshank prison commits suicide, leading to the installation of a new supervisor. She wants to know why a whole section of the privately held and operated prison has been unused for decades. A guard's investigation of the closed section reveals the answer. Deep in the bowels of Shawshank a man has been caged and kept from everyone else and off the books. The young man refuses to respond to any attempts to communicate with him, except for the utterance of one name, Henry Deaver, in response to a request for his name.

    One of the guards says, "One thing's for sure. He ain't Henry Deaver."

    Meanwhile, Deaver is a defense attorney on the recent losing end of a death row case. Reeling from that loss, he gets the call to return "home" to Castle Rock, Maine, and Shawshank prison. The caller, the same prison guard who made the discovery, won't identify himself to Deaver, but relates the rough sketch and the prisoner's declaration while communicating a fear of what might happen to the man without some assistance. Deaver reluctantly returns.

    As a boy, an adopted Deaver disappeared for 11 days from the home of a prominent member of the community, his adopted father and a popular local preacher, prompting a manhunt that ends with a deputy named Pangborn finding the impossibly unharmed (given the cold) boy standing in the center of a frozen lake, claiming to have no memory of anything that transpired during his absence. One of the things that inarguably did? The injury of Deaver's father, who later succumbs from the exposure leading many in the town to blame Deaver, some suspecting the boy of somehow causing the harm and secreting himself, as the two had a contentious relationship.

    Other characters we meet in the opening episode include Deaver's mother, played by Sissy Spacek. The two had a close relationship, but it's obvious that there's an enormous strain in it, likely over that same period of time, though we see a relieved Mrs. Deaver rushing to the boy in flashbacks. It is clear in short order that Deaver has been away for some time without a great deal of contact. Mrs. Deaver is suffering from encroaching if sporadic dementia and her son is surprised to find the caregiver service he put in motion didn't make it past a brief opening period. A second shock is the discovery of a much older Pangborn semi-ensconced with the mother (and played by Scott Glenn). Add to the mix a psychic childhood friend named Dale Lacy, who appears to be inextricably bound to the thoughts and feelings of Henry and who may have played a role in the elder Deaver's death and you have the foundation of the piece.
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    I've been watching Once Upon A Time & have learned a lot about courage from it.

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    Been watching the Doris Day Show on Decades, with Denver Pyle, Rose Marie,John Dehner (who started out as an animator for Disney), and James Hampton.
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