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The most underrated drama on television is back for its final season, with a three-year time jump propelling the Jennings family fully into the Gorbachev era. Elizabeth, now a solo spy, is increasingly run-down with her myriad of assignments. Her former partner in crime Phillip is now out of the game, living a mundane American life trying to keep the travel agency afloat (spoiler alert: the Internet is coming). Paige, no longer a self-righteous Pastor Tim devotee, is learning the ABCs of alien covert ops under her mother's wing. FBI neighbor Stan has moved on from the Soviet detail, but the reemergence of an old ally may draw him back out. With the Jennings story coming to a rapid close, will their identities finally be exposed?
Wild, Wild Country
More than Netflix's latest addition to their "true crime" library, Wild, Wild Country is a measured, well-considered documentary about Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh, and his cult of followers who established their own incorporated commune in a sleepy, rural Oregon town in the 1980s. Sensationalized in the media as a "sex cult," what was actually going on in Rajneeshpurim was far more compelling - and far stranger. The doc varies its narration from surviving members of the social experiment and local Oregonians, whose way of life was threatened by the presence of Bhagwan & Co., most notably the magnetic, sadistic, brilliant Ma Annd Sheela, the guru's "personal assistant. Directors Maclain and Chapman Way never linger too long with either party, cutting away just before you're ready to take sides. Get ready for murder plots, bioterror attacks, and lots of orange.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Baudelaire orphans are back for more dire dilemmas, daring disguises, and...alliteration. Neil Patrick Harris once again shines as the dastardly Count Olaf, stalking the orphans to their every destination, now with musical numbers and a few audience-winking asides. The addition of Lucy Punch as Olaf's girlfriend and Nathan Fillion as Jacques Snicket, along with cameos from Tony Hale and David Allan Grier, keep the familiar formula of Baudelaire misfortune from becoming too stale. As in the first season, each new location is played in two parts, conveniently dividing the season into 5 digestible mini-movies mirroring the book series. Though by the conclusion, the orphans seem more unfortunate than ever, there are also more tantalizing revelations about the mysteries of VFD, the Snickets, Lemony's beloved Beatrice, and the real nature of the elder Baudelaire's work. Look away...
Better Call Saul
Well, Streamers, we finally did it. After years of denial, we are officially on the Breaking Bad bandwagon. While ultimately we can appreciate the well-constructed narrative, impeccable acting, and importance as an icon of the Golden Age of TV, the saga of Walter White just isn't an all-timer in our book (don't @ us). However, the BB universe is rich enough to sustain this spin-off, the backstory of shady attorney Saul Goodman, née Jimmy McGill, and more interestingly Mike Ehrmantraut, the right-hand man and fixer of Breaking Bad baddie Gus. With at least one tolerable and textured female character, Saul is a step ahead of its predecessor, or er, sequel, and elder law isn't as boring as you might suspect.
We've been trying to get people on board with this show for YEARS. It's like The Mentalist, but good! Charming ne'er-do-well Sean Spencer (James Roday), trained his entire life in the powers of observation by his policeman father (Corbin Bernstein, in a delightful array of Hawaiian shirts), finds his calling in duping the Santa Barbara PD into believing that his knack for solving crimes is due to his *psychic abilities.* He brings his longtime BFF, the uptight pharmaceutical salesman Gus (Dulè Hill) along for the ride. Sean & Gus are comedy gold as a duo, and the show was vastly under appreciated in its time. The show really relies on the mystery of the week format, but really shines in the Mr. Yin/Mr. Yang episodes, a serial killer thread that starts in season 3. And finally, since its removal from Netflix a few years ago, all episodes finally have a streaming platform again on Prime Video. So, Gus, don’t be the last of the international playboys! (You'll get it later).