71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (B-)
Not sure if this was as successful a hostless endeavor as the Oscars, but it didn’t drag and they ended on time, so that has to count for something.
The Righteous Gemstones – “Now the Sons of Eli Were Worthless Men” (B)
Now that the show seemingly has no more tricks up its sleeve, it’s settled into a groove. Edi Patterson is on fire this episode, but everything around her is strangely muted.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “The Gang Gets Romantic” (B) / season premiere
A predictable but full-bore demented meta commentary on romantic comedies. I knew where it was going immediately, but how can you not enjoy Mac calling Dee “a diversionary subplot at best” or Charlie and Frank running to the bus depot to reunite with their Airbnb guests set to Bruce Springsteen’s “Secret Garden”?
The Good Place – “A Girl from Arizona, Part 1” (B+) / season premiere
A strong return for the show, as the new fake Good Place is almost immediately thrown into chaos with the absolute worst humans (and Simone, who refuses to accept that she’s dead). We also learn the Bad Place theme song is the 1-877-Kars4Kids jingle, an incredible bit.
Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury (A-)
I am not now, nor have I ever been an “anime guy.” But this “visual album” is a 41-minute trip. Extremely unsubtle but extremely effective, and also extremely violent. The album’s even better, but I’ll probably fire this up every now and again when I need to just throw something on.