Intro / Preface / Extra Words

Heyo friendos. Happy spring break and Lent and Easter and (stupid freaking) daylight savings time change and uhhhh all the other things. Please enjoy this collection of links and commentary we think might be up your alley.

Calvin and Brian

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Further Reading

Things We Seen

Show Recs

Caitlin has created a delightful list of show recommendations, and I think there are several that would be enjoyed by our lovely MaR readers. -C


Dark - Netflix. German show about time travel. One of the best time travel stories I’ve ever seen, it has a really great mystery/drama spin. Watch with subtitles.

Expanse - Amazon Prime. Space opera that feels like Game of Thrones meets Battlestar Galactica. Took me a while to get into this one, but once I did I was hooked. They handle the space setting in a great way.

Loki - Disney+. Surprise hit for me; Marvel show featuring the Loki character. More time travel goodness. If you like any of the Marvel stuff, check this out.

The Orville - Hulu. This is Star Trek with a parody spin. Some of it is pretty silly, but it doesn’t lose the strong sci fi theme. Is great after it finds its footing. It feels a lot like TNG in tone, relatively episodic with light space-related drama.

Condensed Stories

Chernobyl - HBO. Miniseries, historical drama about the Chernobyl disaster. I found it way more engaging that I expected it was going to be.

Station Eleven - HBO. Another miniseries, came out a few months ago. It follows the stories of a few characters after a pandemic wipes out most of civilization. It feels a little too close to home to start, but it evolves into great story about hope.

Good Omens - Amazon Prime. Based on the Neil Gaiman & Terry Prachett novel from the 90s. It’s a lighthearted story about an angel and a demon trying to prevent the apocalypse. (It has a second season on the way, but the first season is totally complete in story.)


The Good Place - Netflix. Just watch it.

Taskmaster - YouTube. British show where a panel of guests, usually comedians, perform a series of various tasks. The show itself is a live taping of showing primarily pre-recorded tasks, where the Taskmaster then judges and awards points based on how well the task was performed. Tasks range from all sorts of things like “Eat as much watermelon as you can in one minute. Most wins.” or “Camouflage yourself as well as possible.” I find it consistently hilarious, and really enjoy getting to know certain personalities and seeing how they decide to approach tasks. I have a hard time explaining this in any sort of way that sounds appealing, so you’ll just have to try an episode yourself. Thankfully, most of them exist on Youtube! Here’s one.

Only Murders in the Building - Hulu. Cute comedy by Steve Martin and Martin Short. About true crime podcast super fans who try to solve their own crime.



The end! Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully with a few quiet moments, a few friends, and lots of fun.

We'll see you back in your inboxes either next week or sometime this summer.

Calvin and Brian