The first streaming guide of the month – regardless of how many days the new month takes up in a week – is always the longest of the streaming guide. Netflix and Foxtel drop all majority of their titles (okay, Netflix is an exception this month) on the first, and there’s a lot of copying and pasting dates. There are still some really good things this week!
I just watched the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and my list of favourite queens has now expanded beyond Miz Cracker and Mayhem Miller, who I mentioned in the piece. Dusty Ray Bottoms was great this week in the main challenge and on the runway, and I love what she’s doing. Comedy and slightly unconventional queens are my favourites – Sharon Needles and BenDeLaCreme come to mind immediately, and there are probably more I haven’t met in seasons 5-9.
The other thing that’s happened over the last few weeks is my return to A Series of Unfortunate Events. I really like the Netflix show, but after re-reading the first four books and watching the movie twice last year (once with commentary – it’s one of the best directors commentaries I’ve ever heard), seeing the same story for basically a fourth time was a bit of a drag. I only had time to watch one episode this season, and I’ve read all of book 5, and the start of 6 and 7, and I have a suspicion it might be better to re-read after watching the show. I also discovered something in the books that I thought was stupid when I was 15 – entirely because I was 15. When Lemony Snickett explains words, he doesn’t talk down to children, although that’s how I perceived it when I was 15. Now that I’m older, I see that it’s funny and clever – which is why, when I read the first page of book six, I decided that I wanted to do a reading of it on The Washing Up podcast. I still need to sort out these thoughts and feelings, and I hope to write more about that in the future. Also I haven’t seen any of her episodes yet, but Lucy Punch is perfect casting for Esmé Squalor. I also love Sara Rue as the librarian.
I also wrote about Legion, which is Noah Hawley’s X-Men show that I don’t know what I think about half the time. I love Hawley’s work on Fargo, but I have a suspicion that his shows are better when they’re binged. We’ll see.
I started a new job Thursday last week so I’m still getting into a routine, which is why I didn’t blog last week’s guide. I really wanted to because I got to put in the quote from a friend about Wolf Hall: “They should call it Good Hall because it’s really good.” As far as working goes, I need to figure out the balance of working full time and still writing for myself at least once a week, so this will be a good test. I also started a new dance class last night and it’s a lot of fun. I just needed to share that with everyone. I hope you have a pleasant Easter and I’ll be here next week!