Do you ever have a vague, yet vivid recollection of something? I know it’s technically an oxymoron, but that’s how I feel about the NBC series Wings which aired from 1990-1997. I vaguely remember episodes, but I vividly remember it being one of my favorite television series growing up. Well, thanks to the glory of Netflix, I was able to re-watch all 8 seasons of the ’90s sitcom with ease. Bit by bit, my memories of the show came back to me, and I wished it were that decade all over again. 20 years or so later, the show still stands the test of time with its witty dialogue and comic timing by the cast. It had actors guest star who became household names later on like future Will & Grace star, Megan Mullally. Even Tim Daly’s sister, Tyne Daly appeared. If you haven’t watched it in a while, or need a new series to binge on Netflix, take to the sky and ride along with the pilots on Wings.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the second season of Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Blackwent live on June 6th. And, if you’re a fan, you’ve binge-watched the entire series in just a few days. Personally, I did not start watching the second season until I had a day off from work, for fear that I wouldn’t want to leave the house. Well, I started the second season on Tuesday, and between errands and various different obligations, I finally completed watching the 13 episodes that make up the stellar second season. #OITNB is filmed in NYC and features various friends and colleagues of mine. Watch out for Olga Merediz in episode 5 (heartbreakingly serious with all her dialogue in Spanish. She’s amazing. Seriously.) and Hamilton Clancy in the last 7 episodes as CO Kowalski (He’s hilarious.)
It’s weird because unlike other popular series such as Game of Thrones or others that are released weekly, on-demand, streaming shows let the viewer experience an entire season all at once. It can be a little overwhelming–after all, they call it binge-watching for a reason. Some suggest to spread out the season as you would a weekly televised show. Others just say to take the plunge and indulge. Well, the good thing about Orange is the New Black is that the story is rather continuous, so it can help to watch it all at once. However, now that it’s over, I don’t really know what to watch. Good thing season 2 of Orphan Black still has some episodes in the season left.If you haven’t seen Orange is the New Black, sign up for Netflix and watch it, you won’t regret it.
I’m sorry you are not alive today to see all of the adaptations, and blatant stealing of your works. If I could have a lunch date with anyone dead or alive, you’re definitely on the list. I mean, seriously, I have so many questions. Like how the heck did you come up with the word “Rant?” Thanks for that. It’s also in the name of my blog. I’d probably also geek out like the English major I am. It’s obvious that Kevin Spacey’s love of your works probably helped make his decision to do the Netflix hit House of Cardsa heck of a lot easier. Yes, they draw from Richard III and Macbeth, that’s obvious. Politics. If you were alive today, I imagine you’d be a blogger, a playwright, and a screenwriter. Man, you would probably love film making and movies, but I’d suspect you’d become annoyed by all the detailed stage directions. We know you weren’t too descriptive on that front. Seriously, you should see Kevin Spacey deliver a kick-ass monologue you should probably take all the credit for 22 minutes into episode 13. Yes, it’s his Macbeth/Richard III moment. And yes, he and Robin Wright probably play the modern day equivalent of Macbeth and his Lady, but we need to give credit where it’s due. Without you Willy Shakes, there’d be no Nicholas Sparks novels that are made into cheesy movies with the same poster concept for each one. There would be no Breaking Bad, because we all know tragedy and wickedness start in the most unlikely places. I mean, you helped make storytelling what it is today.You helped make the modern day villain complex, and made us want lovers to end up together. As an audience, we should be reading all of your plays, sonnets and such. All day. All the time. We can learn so much more about ourselves from your writing. You’d probably be frustrated with all the reality shows though. Those are really bad.
I’ll rant as well as thou.–Hamlet (Act 5, Scene 1, Line 284)
Fun Fact: That’s just one line of the 1,569 that Hamlet has to say.