What I’m Watching – Spring 2018

With so many choices, it’s hard to decide what to watch. Here are four shows I watch that you might enjoy.

Wild Wild Country

My first thought was, I can’t believe this shit went down in America and I’m just now hearing about it. Imagine retiring in a small town when a cultlike religion moves in, buys 80,000 acres, infiltrates local government and media, changes the name, poisons the town, lures hundreds of homeless, and is responsible for two attempted murders. WTF?! Why didn’t I know about this?

The documentary is about the controversial Indian guru named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his personal assistant Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram community located in Wasco County, Oregon, otherwise known as Antelope, OR. The year is 1981. At first the locals have a hard time getting help from anyone, but when the federal government finally takes notice, it’s on.

I watched this and thought, how can people fall for this crap? The guru, Bhagwan, had 22 Rolls Royce’s, believed open sex, receiving gifts, and the right to your money. Seriously, 22 Rolls Royce’s? Anything more than 7 is just obnoxious. Not to mention, when everyone has to wear the same color, it’s a cult. I recommend this docuseries for no other reason than to try to understand our bizarre history.

Ozark

Holy crap! I knew absolutely nothing about this show before watching it. I took a leap of faith because I’m a Jason Bateman fan and figured it was about a family who goes camping in the Ozark’s and drama ensues. Holy crap! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Lesson learned to read the synopsis from now on. Here’s what Netflix says: “Financial planner Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from Chicago suburb of Naperville to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord. When the Byrdes arrive, they become entangled with local criminals as well.”

Holy crap! I may not have watched it if I read that. And I’ll admit, at first I didn’t like any of the characters except for the little boy (9), and when he leaves the money unattended in the motel room, all sympathy is lost. Laura Linney plays Bateman’s wife and she’s as flawed as the day is long. Bateman is eerily cool when problem after problem occurs as he tries to save his family’s lives. If you like drama that zigs when you think it’s going to zag, this is for you. They’ve also filmed season two, so it’s not a one and done series. Be warned, though, you’ll think twice about vacationing in the Ozark’s after watching this.

Handmaid’s Tale

I hate this show. I love this show. I hate this show. I love this show. Handmaid’s Tale is an exercise in frustration. I barely hung on during season one, but persevered and was satisfied, if not blown away, from the compelling storylines and how they transformed. Season two is much darker, hard to believe, and Aunt Lydia is crueler than ever. Do you ever watch something and think, Oh that would never happen to me? You can’t say that with Handmaid’s Tale. They will hunt you down and get you. It would happen to you.

This season Offren is pregnant, praise be the fruit, and will do anything to protect her child. I nearly quit watching after episode three because my spirit was so beaten down, but I’m happy to report I still have both eyes. I need there to be some balance between hope and despair, otherwise it’s a soul-crusher and why am I watching this? But I hung in there and was rewarded, praise be. The twist is good. I’m back in and you should be too.

Safe

Any Harlon Coben fans in the house? He’s a dependable suspense author that always weaves an entertaining story – and now he’s written a script. It’s about a gated community and the secrets of the people who live there. Safe tells the story of a widowed surgeon whose daughter goes missing and her boyfriend turns up dead. The lead actor is Michael C Hall, the guy who played Dexter the serial murderer with a heart. I was skeptical if I would find him believable as a worried dad.

Here’s why it works, he’s a worried dad with a British accent. How easy was that? He’s no longer creepy! And just like secrets, everyone in this Netflix series has a British accent because the affluent neighborhood is in England. So far I really like this show and their use of flashbacks. I decided to give it a go after I saw Hall in an interview. He said that all of our questions would be answered and they don’t leave us with a cliffhanger. Good thing. Rumor has it Safe didn’t get renewed for a second season.

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