Film and television are full of awful people. And we love to watch them.
It doesn't take a PhD in psychology to figure out why. Watching a truly horrible person — or a decent person doing something truly horrible, perhaps — makes us feel better about ourselves. Sure, maybe they're not completely deplorable. There's usually some shred of goodness there. Some rogue thread just waiting to be tugged on.
I'm sitting here trying to decide how to sell the goodness of Fleabag to my wife. She doesn't enjoy the darkness like I do. She doesn't find as much hilarity in the rampantly inappropriate — well, everything, really. The sex, the drinking, the burning requirement of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
She humored me through the first episode of the rewatch of the first season, but no more. It's just not her thing.
But Season 2 she needs to see — if only for Andrew Scott as a priest. I've never really been able to get over Scott playing Professor Moriarty opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock. Just too damn creepy. But he's perfect as the priest. As Father. As a little speck of light threatening to expose that little bit of light that's hiding somewhere in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character. Probably. (I admit I'm still two episodes short as I'm writing this, which only makes this writing exercise that much more interesting.)
Anyway. If you've somehow escaped Fleabag on Amazon Prime video, it's a must-watch. Even if you're not a fan of the darkness.
A few other thoughts on things:
- Speaking of the darkness, The Handmaid's Tale is back on Hulu this week.
- Random thought: Now that Disney controls all things streaming, can we finally get 4K resolution on Hulu?
- The Champions League final was mostly a yawner. Totally deserved by Liverpool, of course. Tottenham just wasn't in it. (And I just can't get enough of how much Mo Salah loves football. He exudes it as he plays.)
- Fun fact: One of the first rec teams I played on as a child was the Hotspurs. (Yes, plural and all. Damn Yanks.) Always had a special place in my heart for 'em because of that.
- Bravo to Fubo TV for streaming the entire FIFA Women's World Cup in 4K. It's absolutely worth using that free trial, if only for the soccer. Because once you watch it in 4K, you'll never want to go back.
- If, like me, you can't actually get off Facebook because of work reasons, this may be the best extension you can have installed.
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