Wondering what to do with your upcoming free time? Well we have some suggestions for what you should be watching, playing, reading, listening to, etc.!
Lauren’s Podcast Pick: Astonishing Legends – I came to Astonishing Legends for the episodes about the Dyatlov Pass – my favorite mystery, though favorite feels like an inappropriate word choice considering the context – I stayed for the billions of hours of very well researched content exploring wide ranging subjects that are often surrounded by more questions than answers. Hosts Forrest Burgess and Scott Philbrook dive deeply into the theories surrounding Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, the Oak Island Money Pit, the Knights of the Golden Circle, the Somerton Man, the Villisca Ax Murder House, etc., and I’ve barely scratched the surface of all they have to offer. Because when I say deep dive, I mean deep. I just spent 12 or so hours listening to their multiple episodes focusing on the haunted Sallie House of Atchison Kansas, and that’s probably not even the longest series they’ve done. But thanks to how well crafted these episodes are, nothing ever feels like a slog to get through. Which is great considering I’ll probably be spending the better part of a year chipping away at the Astonishing Legends back catalog.
Ben’s TV Pick: Reprisal – Hulu’s newest original didn’t knock my socks off with its storytelling, writing, or depth, but it had enough style and decent-to-great acting to ensure I was still entertained through the majority of its first season. Abigail Spencer plays Doris, a woman on a long-awaited quest for vengeance against her brother and his gang of brawlers after being betrayed and left for dead. Doris, Joel (one of the higher ranking gang members played by Rodrigo Santoro), and Doris’s niece Meredith (Madison Davenport) are the best of the leads, while W. Earl Brown’s Witt, Craig Tate’s Earl and Lea DeLaria’s Queenie are the most interesting of the supporting cast. Reprisal also has an awesome setting that gives it an almost 50’s-60’s vibe despite the inclusion of devices like cell phones. It’s an interesting choice, and one of the qualities that make Reprisal more memorable than it probably should be.
Ben’s TV Pick: Rick & Morty – After a two-year wait, everybody’s favorite super scientist and unlucky grandson have finally returned! Even though season four dropped the dragon-fueled disappointment that was “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty,” Rick & Morty is still one of the most consistently funny shows I’ve seen this year. It also hasn’t lost its ability to sew darker themes surrounding Rick, Morty, or Jerry’s state of mind in between moments of pure hilarity, and has more than a few brilliant guest stars that bring new and memorable characters into the show’s ever-expanding multiverse. If you were a fan of the show in the beginning of its run, there’s virtually no reason you shouldn’t be 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 Ben’s lists of favorite anime and favorite TV shows of 2019, Lauren’s review of the Witcher short story compilations, and our podcast episodes on Doctor Sleep and 127 Hours.