Welcome back to Monday. Let’s take a look at where my pop culture meandering took me this week, shall we?
THE MORNING SHOW
After finishing our Succession binge, the wife and I turned our attention to The Morning Show, Apple TV’s star-studded look at life behind the scenes at a faltering morning chat show. I’m not kidding when I say star-studded. This show has Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup and Steve Carell as its leads. None of them are especially likable, which seems to be a theme with my recent viewing. Likable or not, they are all giving award worthy performances. We blew through 4 of the 10 episodes on Saturday night and I’m sure we will polish off the rest in short order. You can get a one week free trial of Apple TV+ which should give you plenty of time to watch the entire show. I believe in you.
Specifically, the Bendis/Maleev run. A couple of weeks ago SlurpToast, Stephe asked me if I’d read this one. I said I had, but upon further reflection I realized I’d only read the first issue. Glad I went ahead and read the whole run. For whatever reason, Moon Knight is a character nobody seems to get a strong handle on. Bendis and Maleev had a good run, moving Moonie to LA to double as a producer and west coast vigilante. He brings Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine along with him. Well, kinda. Any more would be telling (if you haven’t read it), but it’s a clever use of one of the more difficult parts of the character to handle. Must read for Bendis and Moon Knight fans.
Last week, I decided to give a critical listen to the entire Ramones catalog. Don’t ask why, it’s just something I’m inclined to do. The first Ramones song I ever heard was (Do You Remember) Rock and Roll Radio. It was on a K-Tel collection named Rock 80. Since then, I’ve been a fan of the band and I know a lot of their music, but I’ve never listened to the whole catalog. So far I’ve made it through the first three albums and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every minute. Their 1976 debut opens with Blitzkreig Bop which is about as perfect a musical thesis as you will ever find. Looking forward to getting through the rest of the catalog. It won’t take long.