Things I Enjoyed: Apr 2023

(I failed to post one of things last month, so I’m gonna do it now and backdate it. Deal with it!)

The Suicide Motor Club, Christopher Buehlman

After March, I was very much on a Buehlman kick. At this point, I’ve read every novel he’s written and I’ll read anything new he puts out.

The Suicide Motor Club is pretty wild: not spooky and disconcerting like Between Two Fires or Those Across the River; it’s more of a World of Darkness fantasy… but that’s not a bad thing.

It’s got vampires, vampire hunters, nuns, and a loose connection to The Lesser Dead, which I also quite enjoyed.

How it Ends

I decided to go on a Netflix queue purge for a couple of weeks in March: just started at the back and either watched it immediately or removed it. And, if something sucked really badly, just drop it and move on. I’ve still, uh, got a ways to go, but I put a pretty significant dent in it.

I recommend doing this: these are things that I thought looked interesting enough to put in the queue but never interesting enough to actually watch, and although that meant I got a lot of duds I also got a lot of surprisingly watchable films. It also felt a lot like being a kid and just watching whatever mid-tier film cable TV was serving up that Saturday afternoon: rarely incredible but always good enough to keep watching it.

How it Ends, was stand out of these. It’s small film, about a guy and his father-in-law going from one place to the next while the world is in the process of ending. What that apocalypse is: never said, and that’s perfect… because it’s not about that. I don’t know what I expected from it, but it overdelivered.

The Diplomat

This went into the queue while I was doing that purge and I hit it pretty quickly. I was very frustrated by the season ending… it ends on a cliffhanger and the season doesn’t really have an arc that gets resolved, which is something too many shows do these days and I will not abide it!

But: what’s there is extremely compelling. I can’t think of the last show I was so eager to hurry up and get back to in the way I did The Diplomat.

I’m really looking forward to the next season: I just hope the show fucking goes somewhere with it.