Diablog: March Sinner’s Roundup

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Rasha: As a short aside, I noticed that Michael Che of SNL’s Weekend Update shares my dim opinion of Boston.

Gemma: There are many who do. Soon we should finish our somonka about Blindspot.

R: I have not seen any more Blindspot, but I could tanka from what I watched months ago.

G: That’s all you need. It doesn’t change, ever.

This skeptical face is really the only appropriate response to this show.
This skeptical face is really the only appropriate response to this show.

R: Have you watched any more of it? Is it just people yelling at other people about why they don’t listen to their yelling? That was my general impression.

G: It’s a lot of wild conspiracies that all seem to come down to Shepherd and Sandstorm. And incompetent cartoonish gay haxx0rs. I’ll have some stuff to say about it when we do hacking next week. But wow, Kalinda really has left a vacancy in my TV constellation. I really, really want Nas to be cooler/more interesting/more anything than she is.

Still stunning, still skilled, but so boringly not Kalinda.
Still stunning, still skilled, but so boringly not Kalinda.

R: Oh my. I think all I’ve been watching in the last month is the Shondaland set of shows–in the background, while doing work at my computer, or during house chores.

G: I haven’t yet had the stomach to return to Scandal.

R: Seems like each character is getting an episode on Scandal. Cyrus hasn’t showed up since then, I don’t know whether that’s better or worse. The Papa Pope episode was pretty good. I think Abby is up next week.

G: Well, the notion of a Papa Pope episode sounds like a good idea.

Most things Papa Pope are a good idea. With the exception of trusting him. That is not a good idea.
Most things Papa Pope are a good idea. With the exception of trusting him. That is not a good idea.

I could not have less interest in an Abby episode if I tried.

R: Two weeks ago. This last week was Huck. It was meh.

G: Huck is very hit or miss.

R: Abby shows up in alignment with the big bad cabal of White Women, and if I thought she could even pull off organizing a book club, maybe I’d be more worried?

G: Yeah, the show has never done much to convince me of her competence.

Abby is as skeptical as we are.
Abby is as skeptical as we are.

R: I still haven’t been sold, as much as she fumes about it. All smoke, no fire. Grey’s Anatomy is fine, I guess. We got a Japril episode recently which featured a derelict father who’s a charming narcissist, so there’s that bone for the fans.

G: Isn’t that kind of a recurrent Shondaland BadDadz thing?

R: Yeah, I’m here for it. I really liked Jeff Perry as Mer Grey’s terrible/not terrible/still kind of pitifully terrible dad on GA. But then, you also have Richard Webber, who is everyone’s best dad/#StepdadGoals.

G: Let’s see … I have watched The Good Fight and kept up with my family sitcoms. Returned to Nurse Jackie for a bit. Just tried the new eps of Grace and Frankie but it’s lost any semblance of interest it once had.

R: The Catch, which takes up HTGAWM’s slot, is terrible, but it’s frothy and there’s women in good clothes, so I listen to it sometimes when I’m looking at other things.

This is a weird photograph that includes a pretty excellent dress.
This is a weird photograph that includes a pretty excellent dress.

G: There’s something to be said for good clothes. It’s one reason I went to The Good Fight too.

R: Ah, I have wondered whether I should see G&F, and then I always forget about it soon after I wonder that. How is The Good Fight?

G: First season of G&F is good escapist fare. There are still a couple of compelling character moments, but overall, forget it. The Good Fight is okay. I haven’t seen the last couple yet. The scenarios are more interesting than the way they’re filling them out. I used to have a crush on Delroy Lindo when I was a teenager, so I’m enjoying seeing him.

He's kinda still got it.
He’s kinda still got it.

I thought it was going to have more to say about class, particularly, than it seems to have. Kind of shallow treatments of everything, without fully acknowledging why/how, the way TGW got at the end.

R: That is a shame. (You know, they really don’t understand the poetry of titles and how emphasis varies based on context: The Good’ Wife vs. The Good’ Fight’, but perhaps that kind of criticism is just my petty nerdiness now that we can’t have good things, i.e. Kalinda, any more.)

G: And the new girl is, so far, a super-homonormative lesbian, and that’s bugging me far more than it usually does.

R: Ooo, tell me what a homonormative lesbian looks like. Is it a little like a duck?

Just ducky.
Just ducky.

G: Oh! She’s a lesbian with her partner and they live together in their super-domestic young adulthood bliss and they’re very supportive and the secondary partner in her brief appearances is wise and defends her girlfriend and the super-liberal mother who may or may not have co-conspired to frame her husband for Madoffism with her husband’s brother (and is also Bernadette Peters) says “When are the two of you getting married? After all, it’s legal now” and that’s the only time we comment on the fact that they’re lesbians because it is just so normal.

R: That kind of experience comes with a certain kind of privilege that is cloistered, wealthy, and often white. Not always the latter, but often.

G: Yes, it is all of those things. And for a hot second it looked like they were going to be able to poke at that, like early-season TGW did, but nah. She is Diane’s goddaughter. Diane remains a joy to watch. So there is that.

R: What sorts of hijinks does Diane get up to? I was really rather disgusted with how TGW turned her into a joke about older people making computer mistakes, which, really, should not have been where the pointed criticism landed.

Diane Lockhart, you are too good for us.
Diane Lockhart, you are too good for your shows.

G: Well, she got financially screwed by her oldest friend (or maybe his brother, we don’t know), but the Kings, per usual, don’t really know how to show actual financial screwedness. She did have to leave the firm with David Lee, was planning to retire, and ended up instead joining this entirely Black firm led primarily by Delroy Lindo, which the show doesn’t really know how to handle as a dynamic but is still interesting. Julius Cain is there and he voted for the current president, the only person in the firm who did. Also, Diane and Kurt are separated but not divorced and that’s a Lingering Thingering.

R: Julius Cain did what?! Did the Kings watch the Key & Peele skit about Black Republicans and decide they had anything to add? I have to say, I have known Julius Cain for years, and there’s no way he would have voted for Precedent Babyhands.

G: Idk, I’m kind of buying him as a Black Conservative. Michael Boatman is selling it.

R: This is a gross misrepresentation of his character, and I call foul. I believe Michael Boatman could do it, and maybe even it’s fun to do, but I just don’t buy it given all of Julius’s doubtful glances cast on the antics of Will, Howard, David and Diane over the years.

Case in point.
Case in point.

G: He’s playing it as someone who’s conservative and kind of likes being an iconoclast. And he had one way to do it at Lockhart/Gardner, and this is a way to do it at an entirely Black firm.

R: Side note: was there a particular show that birthed your crush on Delroy Lindo?

G: Clockers. The movie. When I was like fourteen. Don’t try to make sense of it. His character’s somewhat evil in that movie. I liked somewhat evil characters particularly at the time.

R: It’s more that he was just a very grown man when you were a teenager. I am impressed at your mature taste.

Dude, he was amazing.
Dude, he was amazing.

G: I was a strange teenager. Mature in some ways, totally not in others. He was insanely charismatic. Still is somewhat.

R: I like the idea of all the teens crushing on the diCaprios and you’ve got a picture of Delroy Lindo in your shrine of crushes.

G: :>D We should close soon, but in a side note that is not about TV but is relevant to our interests: I did see this weekend a music-based adaptation of Parable of the Sower! With music and lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon. Toshi Reagon was the lead onstage musician.

R: I think I remember you sending a poster about this to me, maybe a while back. When/where is it happening? This sounds like a thing that would happen mostly in NYC.

G: It was touring through Boston, I went in for a couple days.

R: Cool. I hate Boston half a point less.