TV

    πŸ”–πŸ“Ί Read The Donald Trump I Saw on The Apprentice.

    For 20 years, I couldn’t say what I watched the former president do on the set of the show that changed everything. Now I can.

    Woof. I don’t think stories like this will move the needle for Trump supporters, because I don’t really think anything will move the needle for Trump supporters.

    But I kind of hope they turn some non-voters into voters.

    Today:

    • woke up way too early
    • read about Romance Writers of America filing for bankruptcy and the absurd way they’re trying to blame it on Courtney Milan πŸ”–πŸ“š
    • had my first mammogram (later than I ought) (they used cute stickers to mark my sebaceous cysts)
    • caught up on Season 3 of Bridgerton πŸ“Ί

    Currently reading: The Best There is at what He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men by Jason Powell πŸ“š

    Started watching X-Men 97 πŸ“Ί which reminded me that I love the X-Men, so now I’m reading this and reading the comics mentioned alongside. Super fun.

    πŸ“ΊπŸŽ„ Watched Christmas Flow, mostly for the Parisian locations.

    πŸ“Ί Watched Emily in Paris. All of it, fairly quickly.

    Gorgeous views of Paris and fun to see how much of the French I understood but I don’t find Emily herself particularly winning (she’s like a caricature of what Boomers think Millennials are like).

    πŸ“Ί Watching Emily in Paris, mostly for the gorgeous locations and Sylvie’s fashion. Emily’s relationships with men stress me out.

    πŸ”–πŸ“Ί Watched Pokemon Concierge and read PokΓ©mon Concierge’s Psyduck Is for the Millennial PokΓ©mon Fans.

    I’m a Xennial: Pokemon was more for the kids I babysat than for me, though I did get into the card game my freshman year of college.

    Psyduck has long been my Pokemon soul mate, with her constant headaches and love of water. And this article articulates why Psyduck appeals to me even more in Pokemon Concierge.

    πŸΏπŸ“ΊπŸŽ„ Watched The Christmas Train.

    Based on a David Baldacci novel & bringing a bit of star power with Dermot Mulroney, Joan Cusack, and Danny Glover. A journalist runs into an old flame on The Christmas Train. Cute stuff. Almost too high-quality actually, for the vibes I’m looking for.

    πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ Watched The Naughty Nine.

    This is a heist movie about kids on the naughty list breaking into Santa’s workshop. It honors all the heist tropes and is super fun. Watch with a kid if you can.

    πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ Watched Reporting for Christmas.

    I really like this one. A hard-hitting Chicago reporter heads to a small town in Iowa to cover the 40th anniversary of the local toy company’s most popular product. Life changes ensue.

    Super cute, winning cast.

    πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ Watched A Biltmore Christmas.

    Mostly for Jonathan Frakes & Robert Picardo πŸ––πŸ» but I ended up really liking it. There’s a lot of 40s Hollywood glamor. Also, I love Biltmore. I’ve been there only twice but I still love it.

    πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ In the movie A Timeless Christmas, I can suspend my disbelief enough to accept that a man time-traveled from 1903 to 2020, but asking me to accept that his love interest is a shoe-in for a history faculty job simply by virtue of having a PhD is a bridge too far.

    πŸΏπŸ“ΊπŸŽ„ Watched A Christmas Frequency. A radio producer sets her show’s host up on on-air blind dates to save the show from the slump it’s in because the host is no fun after separating from her husband. It’s not a solid movie but I liked it because the cast is adorable.

    πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ By the way, time travel is a whole subgenre of holiday made-for-TV movie. See:

    πŸ“ΊπŸΏπŸŽ„ I was watching Hulu’s A Christmas Frequency and everything was going great but then it shattered my suspension of disbelief by having one guy give another guy an expense report, printed on paper.

    I often find myself watching movies in 22-minute chunks, partly because of being a parent and partly because of having a short attention span lately. I do TV shows with act breaks, so 3 or 4 breaks as I watch where commercials would be. It’s been liberating to realize I can do this. πŸ“ΊπŸΏ

    πŸ“ΊπŸ‘±β€β™€οΈ Buffy’s experience in the episode “I, Robot… You, Jane” is super relatable. I had two friends with online boyfriends around 1997 and I wasn’t sure about them (though I became friends with these boyfriends). Fortunately, they weren’t digitized demons. Just teen boys.

    πŸ”–πŸ“Ί Read How The Haunting of Hill House conveys the horror of family.

    In the world of Hill House, devotion to family is a tender kind of madness that exists just on the other side of mourning, a ghostly insistence that the love that binds us is also the thing that keeps us chained.

    I’ve been watching Star Trek: Deep Space 9 for the first time since I watched it as a kid when it originally aired. I remembered liking Quark and that Dax seemed like a good cosplay option for me. But this time around, I find myself really locked in on and adoring Kira. πŸ––πŸ»πŸ“Ί

    πŸ“ΊπŸ––πŸ» Finished my rewatch of Star Trek: The Next Generation today. It felt much less intense watching “All Good Things…” now than when it originally aired, probably because I can visit my Enterprise-D friends whenever I want.

    πŸ“šπŸ“Ί The trailer for The Power dropped. I loved this book so much. The show has an amazing cast. I’m looking forward to watching it.

    πŸ“ΊπŸ‘±β€β™€οΈπŸ–– Glen Weldon’s rewrite of song titles from “Once More, with Feeling” to include Star Trek stuff is precisely calculated to delight me, specifically.

    πŸ“Ί Watched The Baby-sitters Club S02E07, Claudia and the Sad Goodbye. πŸ’”πŸ˜­

    If you know, you know.

    Does anybody else know why all I feel like doing is lying in bed and watching Netflix Originals? πŸ“Ί

    πŸ“Ί The Babysitters Club S02E03, “Stacey’s Emergency,” brilliantly depicts what it’s like living with chronic illness.

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