Friday, June 17, 2022

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Brooklyn 99, Season Three:
This show is just funny enough to enjoy as a treadmill show -- a few laugh-out-loud jokes balance out the occasions that just feel too campy. The third season has some fun guest actors as well. On Hulu.

Final Grade: B-

Jim Gaffigan: Comedy Monster:
Gaffigan's latest special starts out strong with his unique takes on the pandemic. The back half is less successful -- sometimes it felt like he was trying something new by being a little more edgy, but it usually came off more mean-spirited than funny. On Netflix.

Final Grade: B-

Emergency:
This movie about a trio of roommates who find a passed out, underaged girl in their living room and do their best to get her to a hospital balances the comedy and thriller aspects quite well. While some of the forward momentum is driven by horrible, contrived choices, the movie succeeds at conveying its message without getting too preachy. On Amazon Video.

Final Grade: B+

Chernobyl:
I realize this limited series has gotten critical acclaim, but I stopped after just two episodes. It seemed too paint-by-numbers, like it was EXACTLY what I expected it to be, and left me no room to be surprised. When we're picking things to watch each night, I'm never in the mood for its grim, serious tone.

Final Grade: Not Graded

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