The Suggestion Box #18: Alt Timelines, and Gamblers, and Espionage, Oh My!

Wondering what to do with your upcoming free time? Well we have some suggestions for what you should be watching, playing, listening to, etc.!


Lauren’s Internet Series Pick: UnDeadwood For those who haven’t listened to our 2018 Time Capsule podcast episode, my submission was the second campaign from the nerdy ass voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons over on the Critical Role Twitch and Youtube channels. They’re about to stream the 84th episode of the Mighty Nein’s adventure tomorrow night, and with episodes that range somewhere between 3-5 hours, that can be quite the daunting undertaking for any newcomers to commit to. Which is why it’s a good thing they’re always putting out additional, varying content. This past October, everyone’s favorite cabbage man, Brian W. Foster, stepped behind the Game Marshal screen to take a handful of Critical Role cast members and friends on a new four part journey into the world of Deadwood. Or UnDeadwood, as the case may be, cuz there be rootin’ tootin’ cowboy shootin’ zombies up in them supernatural hills. And snakes. And mysterious gambling men. And who the Hell knows what else. No previous knowledge of the Deadwood series, Deadlands Reloaded setting, or Savage Worlds game system is necessary, just a proclivity towards a good time. So be sure to catch up on the first three episodes of the western RPG, UnDeadwood, before the finale airs next Friday at 7:00 PM PST.

Atypical and The Good Doctor

Ben’s TV Pick: Atypical / The Good Doctor I was originally just going to recommend Netflix’s family drama Atypical, but then decided to re-recommend a show I’ve mentioned in the Suggestion Box before, the medical drama The Good Doctor, because I love them both for the same two reasons. The first reason being that they portray people with autism in a genuine, believable way. These shows never make light of the struggles that someone who has autism may go through, and both also show how a person with autism can view the world in an eye-opening way that would never occur to someone whose neurotypical. And the second reason being that Atypical and The Good Doctor both feature casts full of lovable-yet-flawed characters who are continually growing throughout the series. I strongly suggest giving both of these progressive, heartfelt shows a watch.

Jack Ryan

Ben’s TV Pick: Jack Ryan In my humble opinion, Amazon’s adaptation of Tom Clancy’s most popular creation is one of the best spy-thriller shows since 24, a series that I binged at a speed that, frankly, was concerning. The pacing of Jack Ryan is excellent, the tension of its well-crafted action sequences is almost always palpable, and the cast – led by a terrific performance from John Krasinski – embody their characters well, giving each new story revalation or death a significant amount of weight. If you’re looking for some binge-worthy espionage, you can’t do much better than Jack Ryan.

HBO Watchmen

Ben’s TV Pick: Watchmen As a certain godlike, blue, naked guy once said, “Nothing ever ends.”

Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series picks up three decades after the events of Alan Moore’s legendary graphic novel, and is set in an alternate, dark present day that feels both foreign and frighteningly similar to some parts of ours. It builds off of the Watchmen mythos and certain classic characters from the comic, and also introduces new players that are equally interesting, all the while telling a story that’s relevant in today’s political climate. If you’ve read the original story – which you most definitely should if you haven’t – I can’t recommend the HBO show enough.

Lauren’s Two Cents: I’m only one episode in, and DAMN. I think I need to watch everything Regina King has ever been in now.

So what do you think about these picks? What content did we miss over the past two weeks while we were spending time with these? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about everything (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!

While you’re here, be sure to check out Lauren’s horror prep list for Halloween, and our podcast episodes flashing back to 1999’s October Sky and 2009’s Trick ‘r Treat, as well as a the newly released Joker.

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