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Blissful Friday. Did you get fooled by an web prank this week? I assumed that, on the entire, the April Fools’ jokes have been fairly lame apart from Lucas Peterson’s masterful LA Occasions satire about coastal culinary biases. Monday was additionally a big day within the popular culture panorama as a result of it noticed the premiere of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot, which is one in all my suggestions this week. Listed here are my ideas on that, plus two different exhibits to take a look at earlier than Monday:
An exhilarating return to the Twilight Zone
Kumail Nanjiani CBS All Entry/The Twilight Zone
Whereas it’s onerous to beat the intelligent storytelling of the unique black-and-white model of the Twilight Zone, one of many two new episodes of the Jordan Peele reboot comes shut: “The Comic.” This story, a couple of membership comedian who features an uncommon tremendous energy after sharing a drink with one other comic, unfolds in a approach that’s suspenseful and stunning. And like all nice Twilight Zone episode, it’s acquired a intelligent twist on the finish.
Kumail Nanjiani performs the comic, Samir, in a efficiency with extra depth and element than his star flip portraying one other standup comedian in The Large Sick. One in every of my points with that film — which I favored, however didn’t love — was that I couldn’t work out if Nanjiani’s hero was purported to be a superb or crummy standup on this planet of the movie. On this Twilight Zone episode, he’s undoubtedly a hack who’s tortured by his lack of success. In fact, he ultimately will get what he needs, however his rise to fame comes at a hefty worth. Nanjiani actually will get inside this character and makes you care concerning the comedian even in essentially the most outrageous moments of his story.
Except for this efficiency and an excellent cameo by Tracy Morgan, I cherished the manufacturing design of “The Comic.” No comedy membership has ever appeared like Eddie’s, the place Samir performs — but when it existed in actual life, it could actually land on an Eater Heatmap. The bar is swanky however cosy, and the theater is cavernous and filled with cafe tables bathed in flattering gentle. The house can also be filled with references again to the unique Twilight Zone: the again wall of the membership includes a mural depicting a crowd filled with distorted faces like these featured in “Eye of the Beholder” and “The Masks,” and in a single scene, Samir’s frenemy drinks a Kanamit Lager, the identical fictional beer that’s within the traditional episode “To Serve Man.” Win Rosenfeld, the president of Peele’s MonkeyPaw productions just lately assured Vainness Honest that these Easter eggs and callbacks to the unique present will preserve popping up all through the collection.
Whereas the opposite new episode, a remake of “Nightmare at 30,000 Ft,” doesn’t really feel fairly as contemporary as “The Comic,” the reboot continues to be an thrilling addition to the TV panorama. Except for the wonderful solid and stellar manufacturing design, Peele and Co. are exploring well timed themes by means of these sci-fi tales, and in that sense, holding the spirit of the unique Twilight Zone alive. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I gained’t delve into the specifics of this idea, however I’ve a hunch “The Comic” can be a parable about cancel tradition and the ills of social media.
Each episodes of the brand new Twilight Zone can be found on the subscription service CBS All Entry, and you’ll at the moment watch “The Comic” at no cost on YouTube. For an prolonged dialogue of this episode — the place we’ll get into spoilers! — swing by the Eat, Drink Watch Fb group this weekend.
Streaming suggestions du jour
Dominic Lewis and David Constabile on Billions
Watch it on: Showtime, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play
The gist: It took me some time to get into Billions as a result of, frankly, I acquired misplaced within the banker babble. And nonetheless, when Bobby Axelrod (performed by Dominic Lewis) and his cronies begin hatching new monetary schemes, I generally really feel like a member of the Peanuts gang listening to an grownup squawk at them incomprehensibly. However the advantage of Showtime’s hit is that it’s nonetheless a enjoyable present to look at should you ignore the jargon and as a substitute take note of the broad-strokes drama of those dastardly dudes attempting to screw over their rivals.
The newest episode entails an try to make a bunch of cash by exploiting an Arkansas rooster coop. When their funding plan goes amiss, Axelrod’s affiliate “Greenback” Invoice Stearn (Kelly AuCoin) makes a visit down south to examine the rooster operation, the place he finds a giant shock. This cheeky plots additionally entails a capon in a bowling bag that would wreck the nationwide meals provide, and a fried rooster feast aboard a non-public jet.
If you happen to’re somebody who’s uncertain about whether or not Billions is up your alley, it is a good episode to take for a spin because it’s comparatively frothy and enjoyable.
The Late Present With Stephen Colbert, “The Queer Eye Guys”
Watch it on: YouTube (Half 1); YouTube (Half 2)
The gist: Whereas the Fab 5’s spotlight of the week was most likely assembly Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill, however this look on the Late Present with Stephen Colbert have to be an in depth second. Within the clips from the present, 4 of the Queer Eye stars — grooming guru Jonathan Van Ness, meals lover Antoni Porowski, type knowledgeable Tan France, and design guru Bobby Berk — focus on their on-set espresso ingesting routine and “thirst lure” Instagram accounts, and so they play a sport of “fab or drab” with Colbert the place they weigh in on chocolate hummus, splitting the examine on a primary date, and sharing your Netflix password (all DRAB).
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Have an excellent weekend everybody, and should you’re on the lookout for a cocktail party dish to make this weekend, think about trying out Yasmin Khan’s recipe for fesenjoon, a rooster stew with pomegranate molasses and tomatoes.
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