Update: Earl Grey never fails

Greetings, Gothamites!

Who else is obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons?! I had never played an Animal Crossing game before but after seeing friends on Twitter fall down the rabbit hole, I decided to give it a go. And we are way through the looking-glass here, people. 

I’ve also been waiting desperately each week for new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Secret Celebrity Drag Race. I’m pleased that they have announced the final instalments of Drag Race will be filmed virtually because I need to know who wins this season. I have my suspicions, but who do you think will be crowned?

Without further ado, let’s get into the TV seasons I’ve finished recently. 

 

TV — 100 Humans: Season One

Okay, so picture Mythbusters but with 100 people separated from society and taking part in social experiments. And Mythbusters once they added in the more vibrant hosts (sorry, Adam and Jamie!) in the later seasons. I found 100 Humans to be fascinating, both in terms of the experiments they constructed and in how they executed them. 

I also found it quite interesting watching for which experiments they tell the participants the real reasoning behind and which they lie to them so as not to skew the results. Some, it seemed, the participants aren’t even told anything except what they should be doing. 

The expert reasons behind the test results add a good “the more you know” feel to them, so you’re not just watching people be tortured for the sake of it. In one case literally. (Don’t worry, there’s no waterboarding just sleep deprivation through annoyance — and all torturees volunteered.)

I don’t think 100 Humans has a lot of rewatchability, unless you need to reference a particular experiment for any reason. But f you enjoyed Mythbusters, are interested in social experiments, or both, then 100 Humans is a fascinating look into societal biases, norms and misconceptions, and the why behind them.

 

TV — Star Trek: Picard: Season One

I haven’t given Picard a rating because I’m not sure yet how I felt about it, but I still wanted to talk about it. 

I have a lot of nostalgia based around this series because The Next Generation was my first Star Trek series and I have so much love for the characters. So many of the cameos were like visiting old friends and seeing how different their lives are now. 

But there were also a lot of times I didn’t feel characters were portrayed fairly or written in line with their history.

I also felt it took a long time for things to start happening that really drew me back into the lives of the characters. Then the ending felt cheap. 

There is another thing that didn’t sit well with me, and it’s something I mentioned in my review for Discovery. Star Trek characters do not need to drop F bombs to make their points. Stop making this a thing. I am by no means a prude when it comes to swearing — I’m Australian! — but that doesn’t mean a Starfleet Admiral needs to throw the F banger around like it’s nobody’s business. It’s all in context and characterisation. People wouldn’t feel right if Rapunzel had jumped out of her tower in Tangled and said “this is pretty f*cking great” or if Snow White saw the hunter with his knife out and said “well, f*ck” and they would both be completely understandable reactions. I don’t feel right about Star Trek doing it either. 

But I did love the seeing TNG characters again and sharing in their new experiences. So if you have strong nostalgia for TNG then Picard is definitely worth a look. Just … and I hate saying this because I think it shows a disregard for people’s time and disrespect for shows that are consistent … but just be warned it does take a while to warm back up. Or at the very least, it did take about half the season for me. 

 

That’s it from me this time around, Gothamites. Hit me up in the comments or on Twitter and let me know what you’ve been reading, watching or otherwise consuming!

Until next time, live long and prosper 🖖🏻

– CJ

2 thoughts on “Update: Earl Grey never fails”

    1. Hey Claudia! I hope you’re doing well!
      Picard himself doesn’t actually drop the f-bomb from memory, but it is directed at him at least twice. Which just feels a little bit more sacrilege tbh.

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