Fangirl Friday, June 21, 2019
It’s a short one this week, folks. Not much going on personally, a little going on professionally and we’re one week closer to Summer and I’m still not sweating through every article of clothing I own. I know climate change is real, but fuck is it nice that it’s almost July in Toronto and I don’t want to die yet. It’s weather that makes you want to do everything outside despite every inch of the city being covered in construction, my apartment building included. The fact that my book club this week is meeting in a park fills me with joy and my head swims of visions of drinking illegally on the grass with friends and talking about things we like.
And speaking of things I liked this week…
Newsletter of the Week: High Drama - Louis Peitzman
Theatre. Housewives. Horror. That’s what writer Louis Peitzman promises in his bi-weekly newsletter and that’s what he delivers. I’ve been a Twitter follower of Petizman’s for awhile, and was fan of his much needed Smash recap podcast “AfterSmash”. I was happy to discover that he was continuing his particular brand of criticism in a subscription-based newsletter. I’m happy to put my money where my mouth is for good art and for content that amuses me (hello to my various Patreon subscriptions) and Peitzman’s newsletters provide the perfect amount of gushing, insight and pop culture recommendations that leave me jealous of his proximity to the New York theatre (having to wait a minimum of three years for a Broadway show to finally make it to Mirvish in Toronto is simply not the same, but since I still have to pay rent and buy food to live, I take what I can get), excited to read more Stephen King (Peitzman is now co-hosting a podcast with Barnes and Noble about the prolific horror author) and is yet another outlet for screaming about Housewives, something I can never get enough of. Go read now!
TV Show of the Week
I didn’t talk about this in its premiere week because I was still only thinking about the Tony Awards but Big Little Lies is back and I need to talk about it NOW. It is actually a show I mentioned in passing on this here website on a self-pitying post awhile back, before I abandoned the site like an unwanted child, and now the show is back with a vengeance with a second season we didn’t need but boy did we want.
We’re only two episodes in and I’m feeling very positive about where the season is going. It’s moving at a nice clip, Meryl Streep’s character, Mary Louise, is fitting right in, and I’m impressed by how much they’re allowing everything to fall apart so quickly. We had a tightly wrapped up first season and we’re already unraveling all of those tidy bows. Marriages are crumbling, children are gossiping, Shailene Woodley is dancing on the beach like no one’s watching, what could be better?
I was listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour discuss this new season and one panelist commented that this season seemed to be all about fan service and the quickest way to create the meme of the week. I mean, he wasn’t entirely wrong, we’re only two episodes deep and the internet is awash with memes of Meryl shrieking, Laura Dern shrieking, Meryl making a CHOICE with a cross necklace, and I am honestly counting down the days until we are finally rewarded with the scene where Madeleine throws an ice cream cone at Mary Louise. I take umbrage when the term “fan service” is used negatively. This is popular culture. EVERYTHING is fan service. That doesn’t take away from the quality of story-telling, acting and meme-ability (changing the plot because fans figured out your twist *hem hem Game of Thrones* is a different story). So yes. Keep catering to me as a fan. I will follow the journey you want to take me on and I will also go crazy on Twitter when the episode is over.