by Larry Brody
I got an early birthday – or maybe it was Christmas – present this year from Apple. A free one-year subscription to the Apple TV+ streaming site.
This means I get to watch Apple’s ultra-expensively produced TV shows that probably shouldn’t be called TV shows because they’re made for interweb streaming.
Instead, they should be called – oh-oh, I’m gonna stop right there, if y’all don’t mind. It’s not up to me to come up with the name for the media television viewing has evolved into. I could make a pass or two at it, sure (and I have over the years), but I’m sure whatever I come up with now won’t come even close to sticking (just as my previous attempts turned out).
Anyway, as a new member of another free service that probably will end up one that I’ll pay for until the end of time because I’ll forget to cancel it before the first billing date in November 2020 and won’t notice the $4.99 vanishing from my bank account thereafter, I’ve been looking into just what the hell Apple TV+ has to offer.
So far I’ve found 15 – count ’em, 15! – Apple TV+ originals:
The Morning Show
For All Mankind
Snoopy in Space
The Elephant Queen
Truth Be Told
Of this group, The Morning Show at first seemed the most interesting. Then the reviews (horrendous!) came in, so I’m not longer eager but still will try it out because how bad can any show that talked Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon into starring and co-running it be all that bad?
I’m also interested in Dickinson because gosh knows there aren’t many lives more exciting than those of spinster poets who never leave their homes and go unpublished throughout their lifetimes.
For All Mankind could be interesting because it’s created by Ron Moore, a writer of whom you may have heard here and there.
Ghostwriter may work because it’s got “writer” in the title.
The Banker could be better than its name implies so I’ll try that and see how its hero measures up to one of my son-in-laws, who is an international banker type who is my hero for making my oldest daughter and three of my fave grandchildren in the world happy. We’ll see.
What’s that? You’ve heard that See not only stars hunky guy of the decade Jason Momoa, it’s also a super wide scale fantasy that costs $15 mil an episode to make, so why haven’t I already watched the episodes that have just been released?
Well, maybe I’ll get around to it, but at the moment the fact that it’s a super wide scale fantasy that costs $15 mil an episode to make and is about a world where every human being but the goddamned hunky guy of the decade Jason Momoa is blind kind of annoys me more than it piques my interest.
Because the human being nearest and dearest to me in the world has been blind for almost two decades and I’m terrified that this is the kind of show that will make it look like blindness is no big deal and will totally minimize her very real success at overcoming her situation because she hasn’t turned herself into a kickass fantasy warrior woman.
Sorry. I got a little carried away. I apologize. I promise I’ll watch what I can watch and will keep you apprised about how I feel about what I actually see.
Meanwhile, you can find out everything Apple wants you to know about its new, original shows HERE
Seeya and LYMI,