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Seven Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

7qt_lyceum_v2I’ve only ever blogged about when to stop watching a series, so I thought I’d bring the positivity today and suggest some series to start watching. Just in case anyone is bored, can’t sleep, or is on bed-rest (which is HORRIFIC for those of you who haven’t experienced it.)

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Black Mirror – depressing future world, blah, blah. But I didn’t have a book handy and I wasn’t sleepy, so I started it. Each episode is a completely different future. If it were a book it would be a page-turner! (BTW, don’t bother to correct my grammar. “If it were” is the past imperfect tense. Only 9% of English speakers use it. It’s much more commonly used in Spanish.)

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Stranger Things – I paused this about thirty seconds in to see if Stephen King had suddenly decided to do script-writing. The font of the title is even Stephen King’s. And yes, I do realize how weird it is that I can recognize his font. I’m okay with that. The whole series could have come straight out of one of his novels. And I don’t mean one of his many books that have been turned into pale, poorly cast imitations of variations upon his movies, either. When I saw him (yes, saw him in person in the middle of a raging thunderstorm *insert smug smile and hair flip*) he made it clear he doesn’t have any interest in the movies made from his books. In his own words, “There’s one movie I will always think of when I hear the name Tim Curry, and it’s not ‘It’!” Yes, I stood and cheered at that comment. But the brothers who did this series are clearly huge fans. Just watch it.

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Santa Clarita Diet – I’m not a Drew Barrymore fan. Honestly, I haven’t been impressed with anything she’s done since E.T. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed her acting in this series. I know, the premise sounds stupid, but how would your family react if you suddenly started craving human flesh? She and her husband are realtors, which I think is brilliant. I truly can’t watch some of the shows on HGTV anymore because I imagine them munching on feet between takes. (Flip or Flop? Seriously? There’s no other possible reason they’re still on TV other than that their producers are afraid of being eaten.)

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Lost Girl – This one had a long time between seasons, so when the fifth season came out I watched the first four seasons again first to catch up. I’m glad I did, since I’d forgotten a lot. It’s got true BFFs, a love triangle, the supernatural, and just enough action/adventure. It’s more about the mystery and the magical creatures, but there are some political maneuverings thrown in. The costume department is heavy on black leather and high heels, and their eyeliner person probably has to be replaced each year due to carpal tunnel, but it’s fun!

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Grace and Frankie –¬† With this all-star cast you’d expect something serious and meaningful. We’re talking Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and Sam Waterston. And the supporting actors are no slouches, either! Instead, we get comedy and unexpected friendships. A new season was just released, and I will totally binge-watch the whole thing in a couple of days. It’s that good.

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Glitch – Do you love hearing an Australian accent? Think zombies are a cool concept? You’ll love this – watch ASAP!

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No Filter – Oopsie – this isn’t a series, it’s a movie. But it resounded with me so completely that I added it to my list of recommendations. Here’s how Wikipedia describes it: “When a woman visits a Chinese doctor, she discovers her pain is due to pent-up rage, and the only cure is to fully express herself, whatever may come.” Yeah, sound like anyone you know? If only my behavior in recent months had decreased my pain ūüôĀ

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Who Do You Want In Your Zombie Apocalypse Group?

John and I are huge Walking Dead fans, and we usually watch Talking Dead afterwards as well, because we’re nerdy that way. ¬†A couple of recent episodes have caused me to ponder what sort of people I’d want in my group – assuming I had a choice in the matter.

Rick told a new acquaintance there were three questions she’d have to answer before he’d decide if she could join the group. ¬†I was anxiously awaiting the questions, but they never got asked for reasons I won’t go into so as not to spoil anything for those of you who aren’t caught up on all the episodes. ¬†Then an audience member from Talking Dead asked the guests for the evening what their three questions would be (and got some fairly silly answers). ¬†Then someone thought it would be a good idea to have Marilyn Manson as a guest on Talking Dead, and after hearing the nonsense spewing from his mouth I decided there were some people I would not want to battle zombies with even if I were all alone. ¬†So after careful thought I have assembled a list (in random order) people I would consider essential members of any Zombie Apocalypse Group:

  • Someone who can cook well with limited ingredients and no electricity. ¬†Remember that show on the Food Network where the guy had to do something ridiculous every week, like cook a four-course meal for fifty on a polar ice cap with a bunsen burner and some cheetos? ¬†One of those people.
  • Someone who can build and fix things. ¬†I’m not talking about an architect or an engineer here – by the time they finished their initial plans for a fence we’d all be zombie kibble. ¬†I mean a handyman type – someone with an appreciation for duct tape and the term “good enough”.
  • Someone medical. ¬†Again, no cardiovascular surgeons or dermatologists. ¬†I’d like an ER nurse, an armed-services medic, or a veterinarian. ¬†Gotta love Hershel.
  • Someone good with a gun, someone good with a knife, and someone good with a crossbow. ¬†Ideally these would be three different people who could cross-train the rest of the group.
  • Someone spiritual. ¬†A priest or pastor would be good – they’d have experience with leadership and counseling those in crisis. ¬†An armed-services chaplain with experience in a combat zone would be my ideal selection.
  • The librarian. ¬†This is the person who keeps track of the essential books for survival, like The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Where there Is ¬†No Doctor, and a Bible of some sort. ¬†And a Farmer’s Almanac. ¬†Also a nice selection of paperbacks – I suspect being on zombie guard duty is pretty dull when you’re not being attacked.
  • A criminal. ¬†Not an armed-robbery sort of criminal, just someone who knows how to pick locks and hotwire a car. ¬†A guy who does a spectacular PowerPoint presentation probably isn’t going to be of nearly so much use.

What have I missed? What’s your skill set? ¬†Since I can’t hit the broad side of a barn with a bazooka and every single day of my nursing career was cardiac-related I’m hoping for the Librarian post. ¬†But maybe I’d better practice my lock-picking just in case.

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Ten Things John and I Talk About While Watching The Walking Dead

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*spoiler alert: If you’re not watching the current season, but are watching old ones trying to catch up, don’t read this post yet.*

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The episode where Lori’s baby was delivered by emergency C-section during a zombie attack and her young son had to shoot her in the head after her death to prevent her from becoming a zombie was not something I would have chosen to watch with my fourteen-year-old son. But we’re big fans of the show, and so there we sat when it happened. John scooted closer to me and wrapped him arms around me, and I’m not sure if he was looking for comfort, providing comfort, or a little of both. Either way, we’ve had quite a few “What if. . .” discussions since then.

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We both quickly agreed that we’d shoot (or otherwise destroy the brain of) the other after death to prevent each other from becoming zombies in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse. Michael refuses to join in these discussions, and has in fact stopped watching the series since that episode, but we John and I agreed we’d “take care” of him and other family members as well.

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Then we discussed pets. Would dogs become zombies or would the zombie infection be species-specific? And if dogs don’t become zombies but their barking attracts zombies should they be taken along on our quest for a safe location? We decided we’d take the dogs, but make one of our first stops a pet store that sold those awful shock collars that train dogs to stop barking.

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We spent an entire commercial break deciding on our preferred weapons. We both agreed that guns would be a poor choice because you’d surely run out of ammo before you ran out of zombies. John decided on a club/baseball bat sort of weapon. I decided I’d need something that required less brute strength – perhaps a machete or a hatchet. John, of course, questioned my ability to be accurate with either of these considering I once severed the end of my thumb using a mandolin slicer. He’s got a valid point. ¬†I’ll be the wimp attacking zombies with a paring knife and won’t make it through the first episode.

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Both of us agreed that one’s position in the pre-zombie world should not necessarily dictate their position in the post-zombie culture. Choosing medical personnel for your team? Give me a guy in prison for vehicular manslaughter who was once a field medic in Iraq over a dermatologist any day.

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Michonne’s zombies-on-a-leash idea? We both thought this was a winner, and that for safety’s sake ideally the jaws and arms of infected corpses should be removed before they woke as zombies. Have I totally freaked you out yet?

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Would you trust a town like the town Andrea and Michonne found, with its green lawns and back-slapping Governor? ¬†John said he wouldn’t be fooled for a minute, but I have to admit I’s be easily sucked into a sense the normalcy and safety the town seems to provide on the surface. ¬†I’m a “joiner” and a “planner”. ¬†I’d be meal-planning for the masses and hunting down qualified teachers within forty-eight hours, blithely ignoring the zombie gladiator fights and the fact that no one knows the Governor’s name.

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Is staying in the prison a good idea? ¬†At first, I thought the prison was perfect. ¬†Nice tall fences to keep the zombies out. ¬†But you just can’t make a prison feel like home. ¬†You can turn the exercise yard into a garden, maybe paint the cells, but there’s just way too much negative energy there. ¬†John’s still in favor of the prison idea, but I suspect he’ll change his mind before the season ends.

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What should you pack in your “in case of Zombie Apocalypse”¬†duffel bag? ¬†I think this will be an ongoing discussion. ¬†My priorities lean more towards books, thick socks, antibiotics, and toilet paper, while John’s lean more towards stuff you’d find in the hunting section of a sporting goods store. ¬†In fact, a saw a really cool¬†electric¬†wine opener the other day and my first thought was, “That’s great, but I’d still need my Pampered Chef one for the Zombie¬†Apocalypse¬†” ¬†Maybe I should watch more Project Runway All-Stars and less Walking Dead.

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Here was the toughest question of the night, and it came from John. What about people who can’t follow directions or keep quiet in order to avoid attracting zombies? Wow. For those of you old enough to remember, this took me back to the final episode of M*A*S*H, in which Hawkeye (Alan Alda) was on a bus with a woman who smothered her baby to keep its cries from alerting the enemies nearby. My best response was that it’s your moral obligation to try to help those weaker than yourself, but if you’re dead you can’t help them at all. Think about the speech you get from the flight attendant before lift-off. Put on your own oxygen mask first before you help anyone else, even your own child.

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