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Apr. 29th, 2017 01:50 am
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I tried a couple of shows out and rejected them:

Hap and Leonard (on Netflix)
I wanted to like this because the guy who plays Omar on the Wire (Michael K. Williams) plays a gay Vietnam vet. But after a couple of episodes, I didn't like any of the characters. Williams' character, Leonard, was OK, but everyone else was mean and horrible.

Limitless (on Netflix)

A movie spin-off. Brian thinks of himself as a loser and a disappointment to his dad, even though his dad is supportive. He takes a drug called NZT, which temporarily turns him into a super-genious. I enjoyed the pilot because he used his genious for a bunch of things, like diagnosing his father's illness, solving a murder, playing music really well in a park, and talking to people about their problems (social intelligence!). But in the 2nd episode, it's clear that this is just another procedural about a white guy who is a rule-breaking genious for the FBI. He gets away with his rule-breaking because he produces results (and also b/c privilege). The science in the 2nd episode was also pretty bad: an engineered flu strain that was supposedly used for assasinations. Riiiiight. I stopped watching.

I settled on an addictive, violent, perhaps overly dramatic, gripping show on Hulu: BLACK SAILS. This has lots of queerness and is very pretty.

Date: 2017-04-29 07:55 am (UTC)
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I have the first season of Black Sails and have only seen three eps, but every time I see it mentioned I think that it's probably worth continuing

Date: 2017-05-01 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Nico and I just finished the first season!!! It is exactly the gory queer distracting ridiculousness I crave right now.

Date: 2017-05-04 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to watch that when it came out but didn't have Starz. I shall keep it on the list!

FWIW I liked Hap & Leonard, though the violence makes it hard to watch. I've read most of the books, and yes, it's pretty dark. I don't recall all the books being this violent. I especially like the way Lansdale portrays a) close male friendship, b) main character who's black and gay and working/poverty class, plus a white straight guy in the same class, c) a veteran, and d) small town Texas that doesn't seem stereotypical. It's all right IFF you like that sort of thing.

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