Filling the Well

Monday roundup

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My current knitting project is a giant shawl done on #4 needles.  For non-knitters, #4 needles are small (not the smallest), and make dainty little stitches.  This thing is going to take me all year. It’s gonna be gorgeous, but wow.

So I’ve been watching some TV while I work on this.

Voltron.  This is a Dreamworks Animation reboot running on Netflix.  I watched a ton of 80’s Voltron as a kid, enough that I pretty much adored that scene in Pacific Rim when Gypsy Danger draws a sword out of nowhere and slices a ro-beast — I mean kaiju — from shoulder to hip.  So I had to give this a try.  And I like it.  It’s cute and fun and has the spirit of the old show while updating some things (and very surreptitiously and neatly adding another girl character).  I’m halfway through second season and Shiro is about to go do something foolish, I fear.  But that’s what he does so it’s okay.

Taboo.  I’m only a couple of episodes in, but I’m intrigued.  This is Tom Hardy in 1814 London going up against the East India Company.  There’s some very pointed post-colonial critique going on, which I hope to see more of. In the meantime, it’s sort of the evil opposite of most Regency-era stories.  I gotta tell you, when Jonathan Pryce (playing the head of the East India Company) drops an f-bomb I about jumped out of my seat.  I’ve been watching him in movies for thirty years and I don’t think I’ve ever heard him say fuck.  Huh.

CW DC superhero shows. These days, I just flat-out call this the Superfriends.

And a movie:

Lego Batman.  Well, it’s pretty much what it says on the tin.  The first five minutes were kind of my favorite, where the pilots of McGuffin Air manage to poke at both The Dark Knight and Tim Burton’s Batman.  So yeah, a little meta going on there.

 

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