It’s everyone’s favorite day of the week. And yes, this is exactly my plan for today. What’s yours?
So I finally watched Star Trek: Picard, which I absolutely loved (even though it fumbled the finale a bit.) Much like The Mandalorian was for Star Wars, this was the best Trek property in years. It has an excellent cast and handles all the fan-service-y moment extremely well (this is what the recent Star Wars trilogy desperately wished it could’ve been with roughly the same runtime.) It also has one of the absolute best Star Trek episodes ever (episode 8) which opens with maybe the darkest moment in its history. Overall, it was a wonderful, fun adventure that had action elements like the movies have tended to gravitate towards since Khan, mixed with some good drama and philosophy. Like Trek blended with 2001 and Battlestar Galactica. Seven of Nine in particular is awesome. You can watch the whole thing as well as check out the other new Star Trek show Discovery or finally do that Caroline in the City rewatch you’ve been wanting to with a free 2 month trial of CBS All Access if you enter both codes GIFT and ENJOY when ordering the app.
Also, if you want something lighter, then one of my all-time favourite comedians, Christopher Titus (who I think, even more than Eddie and Chris, is the true descendant of Richard Pryor stylistically) has been uploading his specials to watch for free on YouTube since he knows everyone is stuck at home. His shows aren’t your typical standup specials; they’re these big 90-120 minute thematic affairs that are almost more one-man-shows or tent revivals. He finally put up my favourite, which ranks easily in the top 10 specials ever, Voice in My Head, which is basically about his many, many piss poor decisions, failures, and fuckups in life. Even if you didn’t want to watch the whole thing, I’d skip to about the 1 hour mark when he tells 3 stories about an encounter with a Navy SEAL attack dog, the time he blew up his entire life and killed his career by getting his show cancelled after uttering a single sentence that cost him $30 million dollars (around 1:07), and his first time meeting Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa (along with Jackson Browne and The Edge) in a story that’s really sweet despite him being dumb (1:19). He’s also uploading a single episode of that cancelled series (which also plays a part in the Springsteen story) to the YouTube channel every day, and I don’t think that’s ever been available to steam anywhere (worth it just for Stacy Keach as his fucked-up alcoholic father)
There’s an audio version embedded in both of these excellent stories so you can listen instead if you’d like.