Phoebe Phenom

Phoebe Waller-Bridge. A 34-year old Brit who has conjured the most unique television series phenomenons. Her Killing Eve a sociopathic edgy thriller. And. Just finished FleaBag. Her genius writing only eclipsed by her acting in the lead role as … Claire’s sister?

Quirky doesn’t begin to capture her characters. Sui generis. Villanelle. Fleabag. Not easy to watch. Yet. Can’t stop. All. Like nothing else.

Fresh Noms

Emmy nominations have some new names. The usual retread suspects. VEEP and Game of Thrones. Yes. But. This year’s additions include hilarious Anthony Carrigan, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara. Yay. Jodie Comer finally gets her due as Sandra Oh’s better half. And. The two best shows on television. Schitt’s Creek & Succession.

Look for newcomers Maya Hawke the only good Stranger Thing and Sharp Object’s Eliza Scanlen on next year’s list.

Revivals

Tonys the best TV show. Actual talent on display from old classics Oklahoma or Kiss Me Kate. James Corden. Who new? He was great.

Big Little Lies. Season 2. Abusive husband replaced by abusive mother-in-law. Of course. Celeste takes the bait. Evil and dark, Meryl Streep is even better in the role than I’d predicted. Real. Resonates.

Rory woke up and commanded Canada’s course. Welcome back.

Me Worry?

Trump’s nicknames do resonate. Sleepy Creepy Joe. Crazy Bernie.

But. When Trump dubbed Buttigieg Alfred E. Neuman, Mayor Pete had to Google it. For us oldsters, Mad Magazine, and its mascot are easy to conjure. That familiar face of our generation was derived from several drawings including a c. 1940’s postcard.

Have to admit. Trump nailed it with this one.

Wight Night

The long awaited battle. Night King v. Bran & Arya. Wind whistles as everyone anticipates in silence at Winterfell. Dragons spew fire and ice. Melisandre conjures her torches. Wights cross the flaming trenches. Winter is here. The invasion has begun.

Dark scenes of blood and gore. Then. At the crescendo. Piano infused slow motion vignettes. Gorgeous. A beautiful stand alone art film. And. Ultimately satisfying. Only rivaled by Cersei’s revenge last season.

Game of Thrones. Three more to go.