📺 "The Americans" New Car | FX via Amazon

Watched "The Americans" New Car from FX via Amazon
Directed by John Dahl. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner. Philip and Elizabeth both find themselves faced with painful turns in their various missions. Stan fights to gain access to an American military program that could give him the upper hand in his battle of wills with Oleg.
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📺 "The Americans" ARPANET | FX via Amazon

Watched "The Americans" ARPANET from FX via Amazon
Directed by Kevin Dowling. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner. Philip uses his agent Charles Duluth to help him gain access to an early precursor to the Internet so that the KGB can bug American government communications. Nina faces the threat of a potential FBI polygraph exam, bringing her closer to KGB colleague Oleg.

Not sure I’m following the plot that Nina is suddenly involved with Oleg after she’s hated him so much. I suppose I’m waiting for her to manage to pown both of these bozos…

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👓 📺 The Cartoon Kit | Anil Dash

Read The Cartoon Kit by Anil Dash (Anil Dash)
Anything worth doing is worth doing meta. And Tom and Jerry is no exception. I've been trying to learn a bit more about the various eras of the Tom and Jerry cartoon, from the mega-racist Hanna-Barbera originals to the extremely stylized Chuck Jones episodes. Somewhere in the middle are the
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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.10 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.10 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Stephen Boxer, Paul Warriner, Jessica Neil, Imogen Neil. As the investigation into Jesse's disappearance takes an unexpected turn, it is time for Mark and his family to finally face up to the truth, but will they ever be the same again? Pru enlists Slade's help as she worries how Mark will take the news of her shocking discovery, and they face a race against time as they do everything that they can to help him rescue his family before it is too late.

Overall, this was a relatively interesting series. It definitely became much better in the end that it started out. The first few episodes were very muddy and I almost gave up, but it generally paid off in the end. There were several instances of deus-ex-machina to drive the plot or increase the drama, but I’ll give them a flier.

Definitely a limited series here though. I’m not sure I’d buy any of the machinations flowing out of this as the seed for additional seasons.

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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.9 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.9 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Dragan Micanovic, Rade Serbedzija, O-T Fagbenle, Hannah Arterton. Just as Mark think he's getting close to the truth, he discovers devastating information that makes him question everything about his family. Meanwhile, Danny reaches rock bottom when Ray's return almost ends in tragedy and Ally enlists the help of Pru on a seemingly fruitless mission to finally crack the case.
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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.8 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.8 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Rebecca Manley, Nicholas Asbury, Rade Serbedzija, O-T Fagbenle. Pru puts herself in danger when she hits rock bottom and finally realises it's time to sort out her life before it's too late. Elsewhere, Mark is unnerved when he comes face to face with the evidence that will finally reveal the truth about Jesse's disappearance.
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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.7 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.7 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Geraldine James, Michael Maloney, Alfie Bloor, Harry Bloor. Julie and Alan's relationship is put to the test when an intruder breaks into their house and steals some old family photographs. Meanwhile, Danny is forced to make a difficult decision in order to save his marriage.

Other than unraveling the Jesse portion of the plot I wasn’t sure there was enough left to cover in the final three episodes.

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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.6 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.6 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Victoria Myers, Alexa Davies, Hannah Arterton, Martin McCreadie. Mark is left stunned when he realises what Laura's husband has been up to and Slade later reveals a dark and disturbing secret. Elsewhere, Danny makes a breakthrough in the case but he is forced to question his own part in Jesse's disappearance when his dad Ray gives him a few home truths.

An exciting episode to be sure, but it feels like they’ve wrapped up so much, what are they going to do for the remaining four episodes? I’m also not quite sure I like the way they’ve so heavily dovetailed characters and plot here. I’m going to be dragging in the morning now.

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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.5 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.5 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Sophia La Porta, Lee Ingleby, Tom Cullen, Sarah Solemani. Danny insists that Mark leave the investigation to the police, but his dogged persistence leads him to unearth another murder scene. At the shelter, Slade's life is turned upside down when he receives devastating news, while Pru starts to question the woman that she has become.

Now the plot is rolling, but I feel like there’s too much going on with such a small cast that it doesn’t feel very natural. It is watchable and interesting though.

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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.3 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.3 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Kim Allan, Lee Boardman, O-T Fagbenle, Tom Cullen. Danny and Ally make a shocking discovery and wonder just what kind of a man Jesse may have become. Mark discovers his closest friends have been lying to him.

The plot is picking up a bit and I can finally feel like we’re going somewhere. Still feels like there are too many intersecting plots here.

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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.2 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.2 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Lee Boardman, Jason Griffiths, Kim Allan, Lauren Douglin. Danny brings in a suspect that could lead him to Jesse and calls on Mark for help. But he is shocked when a horrifying new lead lands at his door.

Like the first episode, I’m not sure I’m really getting into this series. Some of the plot is dragging a bit and the storytelling style is a bit “off”.

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📺 "The Five" Episode #1.1 | Netflix

Watched "The Five" Episode #1.1 from Netflix
Directed by Mark Tonderai. With Alfie Bloor, Harry Bloor, Aedan Duckworth, Megan Bradley. In 1995 five year old Jesse Wells disappeared whilst playing with friends including older brother Mark. Twenty years later one of those friends, policeman Danny is investigating a woman's murder and finds Jesse's DNA at the crime scene. He informs Mark, now a lawyer and the other two friends, doctor Pru and Slade, who runs a homeless shelter. Paedophile Jakob Marosi had admitted to killing Jesse ...

The storytelling is a bit off with flashbacks in odd spots. This first episode leaves something to be desired based on what I’ve heard from others who said they were gripped by the series.

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📺 W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018)

Watched W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) from Netflix
Directed by Shannon Hartman. With W. Kamau Bell. Activist and comedian W. Kamau Bell muses on parenting in the Trump era, "free speech" dustups, woke children's TV and his fear of going off the grid.

More parenting humor than I would have expected, but definitely current and very political. A more tame look at race relations than Chris Rock and others might have provided.

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