Friday, September 27, 2019

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Black Mirror, Season Five:
This short, three-episode season consists of great standalone episodes with strong stories, but they all lack the inherent dread that is a part of Black Mirror's DNA. Technology is more of an incidental feature of the setting rather than the looming pitfall. Once these episodes are over, there isn't much that will keep you thinking of them after the fact. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B-

hip-hop is good by e-dubble:
I find myself constantly impressed with the hip-hop output of e-dubble. He managed to create a unique style and voice without every song sounding exactly the same. Alive 'Til I Die is a good example from this album.

Final Grade: B

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Season One:
I'm glad I powered through after my weak first impression -- this series is exactly what a Dark Crystal prequel should be in this modern age. The story arc is solid, the CGI is used very sparingly, and the lore ties into the original movie. The first episode is definitely the weakest and you also have to get over the fact that you're watching puppets (a weird criticism for a puppet show, obviously). Once my brain got into the right mindset, I enjoyed a story with a perfect mix of nostalgia, creativity, and humor. Rebecca enjoyed it too! Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B+

The Crystal Calls: The Making of the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance:
This is a pretty interesting documentary, although the first half is more fluffy human interest than technical reveal. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B

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