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So I've had this odd, recurring stomach bug for about two weeks now, which in the end isn't a terrible thing--the semester hasn't started yet, I can afford to spend some time on the couch, and I have managed to watch so much television, you wouldn't believe. All of Broadchurch (excellent first and third seasons, much love for Olivia Colman); all of Grantchester (the most pastiche-y show I've ever seen, every cozy British mystery series trope I could think of wrapped up in a single show); whole stretches of Star Trek Voyager and Deep Space Nine; the madcap, infectious Chewing Gum; and the best one of them all: Baby Animals in the Wild (on Netflix, ten hours total).

Click through, scroll down to that little spotted fawn, and watch the trailer. Go ahead, I'll wait for you.

This series is the antidote to everything difficult in your life right now, flist. It's twenty half-hour episodes, organized in ten pairs devoted to different habitats. Forest babies, beach babies, grassland babies, desert babies, wetland babies, mountain babies, jungle babies, snow babies. In the first episode, "Morning," you watch the babies and their parents wake up (or, for the nocturnal crew, settle down to sleep) and feed. The second episode, "Afternoon," takes you along while they play, hide, suckle, practice chewing, practice pouncing, and eventually settle down for the night. Tiny alligators break out of their eggs. Baby koalas cling to their mothers. Chicks open their beaks so wide for food. A spindly foal stands for the first time. Bear cubs devour the salmons their mother's brought. Gibbons bounce. And they all eat so hungrily and sleep so peacefully.

If you haven't seen this series yet, give it a try! I guarantee your soul will feel better. :)

Any other recommendations, flist? Shows you've been enjoying recently?

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Aug. 12th, 2017 12:13 pm (UTC)
I've been rewatching the Tenth Doctor (Who). Always tries to keep everyone alive, always tries to bring peace. Not exactly restful, but good escapism. The blog I spend a lot of time on, which is mostly gay issues, and politics and news relating to such, has been stressful lately. The comment section is frequently the best part, as Joe gives almost total free rein. The commenters police themselves, mostly, as there are sometimes thousands of comments a day. And lately, there has been frequent posting of pics of puppies and kittens in the comments, just to keep everyones blood pressure under control.
Aug. 14th, 2017 01:02 am (UTC)
Some kittens and puppies would do us all a lot of good. Yikes. This past weekend has made me feel slightly sick.

You know, for a long time I hadn't watched DW because I thought I wasn't a sci fi fan, but now I've watched a significant amount of Star Trek and enjoyed it. Maybe my tastes have changed? I should give it a try. David Tennant's the tenth doctor, isn't he? I enjoyed him in Broadchurch. M.
Aug. 14th, 2017 11:33 am (UTC)
This weekend has been both terrifying and deeply saddening.

I'm not a scifi fan either, except for Star Wars - of which I'm a BIG fan - and I do enjoy Star Trek as well. Just loved Spock. I was reluctant to get into the Doctor because I knew I'd be spending HOURS on line figuring out who was what and how and when, but the person who sent me the discs was a huge fan of both DW and HP, which is where I knew her from, so... it happened. Yes, David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. I admit that Nine and Ten are the only Doctors I followed each episode of. After that, I lost my supply of (probably) pirated discs, and I didn't get it on my tv, and Matt Smith had no appeal to me, so.... But the new Doctor is to be a woman, so I may have to get into it again. The only other thing I've seen DT in is Casanova, and Oh, My!
Aug. 16th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
I finally had to turn off the radio and the news when I heard T's press conference today. There's being informed and there's masochism.

What's going to happen to all of us, Smoke?

but the person who sent me the discs was a huge fan of both DW and HP, which is where I knew her from, so... it happened.

Hee! This is the story of hundreds of thousands of people entering new fandoms every week. :)

I haven't watched the original series, but I really enjoy Tuvok (the Vulcan) in Voyager. As well as Seven of Nine (the former member of the Borg). I'm always fascinated when they try to come up with humanoid species who differ from us in more ways than just their nose wrinkles. Cultures that have a different relationship with emotion and individuality make for such good characters.

If you watch and enjoy bleak mysteries, Tennant is very good in Broadchurch. (It's a full-season plot about the death of a young boy, so not for everyone.) He was very driven and gloomy, which I've been told is a great contrast with his Doctor? And the new Doctor is a character, too--the mother of the boy. Lot of good acting on that show, however hard it was to watch. M.

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