Serial

I had casually heard about Serial last week. The snippet I saw on Twitter just mentioned that people were obsessed with this new podcast. I fully support and love podcasts, but don’t always find the time and attention span to do them all justice. I figured I needed to give it a shot though. It’s from the creators of This American Life, so it was a good bet that Serial would at least be high quality.

I was hooked almost instantly.

Sarah Koenig masterfully presents the story of Adnan Syed, a teenager accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. The details of the murder and trial are unusual. Nothing comes close to fitting into a perfect puzzle. As a listener, I’ve gone back and forth on Adnan’s innocence many times already. I binge listened to the first seven episodes within a day.

It’s so much more than a whodunit. Serial raises a million questions about character and perception. How well do you really know people? How would you react if you were put in prison for something you didn’t do?

Serial is an intriguing, great ride that you need to check out.

 

Sonic Highways

Have you guys been checking out Dave Grohl’s HBO show, Sonic Highways? You really should check it out, even if you aren’t a Foo Fighters fan.

Sonic Highways follows the Foos around the USA as they record their latest album. Each track was recorded in a different influential music city. Chicago is deep in musical history, especially the blues. I discovered a ton about the D.C. music scene, which I knew nothing about. Austin is music heaven. Nashville presents the Foos in the fish out of water scene. There’s a ton of cool info in there and some great interviews with musical legends. It’s a better show than the album of the same name.

 

Gotham Introduces Harvey Dent

Am I the only one not loving Gotham at this point? I’m not entirely sure why I keep watching it. Gotham seems to disdain subtlety of any kind. I hope that these problems with smooth themselves out, but here I am watching Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto) fly off the handle and incessantly flip coins.

Selina Kyle drinks milk, Oswald Cobblepot walks like a penguin, Edward Nigma answers quiz show riddles, make it stop! Gotham is still the prequel to end all prequels. It doesn’t need to be. People don’t need everything spelled out for them. We get it. Gotham continues to be the most frustrating show on TV.

 

The Walking Dead Focuses on Carol

Sorry for the lack of an in-depth Walking Dead post this week. I don’t have a ton to say about it, but season 5 continues to be the show’s best. It was great to see an episode focusing on Carol, who has become the show’s best character. The current plotline back in Atlanta is a weird side quest from the main narrative, but I’m glad it gave us a Daryl-Carol power hour.