I have stared at an endless stream of screens for thirteen months.
I realized early on that nothing soothed me after a 2-am session of doom-scrolling, quite like The Great British Baking Show, and I will likely burn in some Fundy Hell for subjecting BrainyBoy (I promise he’ll get a better name soon) to the full 327 episodes of CW’s SUPERNATURAL – because, um, pandemic. That said, I think it’s time for us to start trading any good stuff we sawed.
I’ll go first with some foreign faves so I can get credit for the reading.
RITA – Danish ( so Danish) – Netflix
TANDAV – S. Indian (Tamil/Telugu) – Amazon Prime
SHTISEL – Israeli (Yiddish) – Netflix
I spent a month alone with RITA (an unconventional but effective teacher) and started mumbling at my dogs in a gibberish dotted with an occasional Danish phrase. Even six months later, my “yes” is still shaded by Rita’s “yeps” and I crave soft, flannel shirts as I did twenty years ago.
TANDAV was irresistible from the first peek. I tried to stay away. But the pull of the New Deli-based drama (think steamy political soap opera) was too strong. Be warned, reaching the end of Season 1 before the release of Season 2 in 2022 may adversely affect your mental health.
I might wait to have my say on SHTISEL until I’ve devoured it completely, not because I worry about where it’s taking me, but because I am too close to it. It is painful, poetic, hilarious and beautifully shot – – – see, that’s how it’ll just wander off in glowing mushiness.
Ok >>>>> your turn.