This week is my Nerd Christmas with the return of Altered Carbon: Season 2. When is your Nerd Christmas? Lemme know after you’ve checked out the follow tv recommendations.
Sunday, February 23
The Walking Dead: Second Half of Season 10 (9 p.m. / AMC)
Sammy Suggestion: D. Wade: Life Unexpected (9 p.m. / ESPN)
First (and this is important!) ESPN Films is different than ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series. D Wade retired on April 10, 2019 so this is a look back at his life growing up in Chicago and a stellar NBA career that included some painful injuries; a couple of years where he controversially played the villain alongside LeBron James in that despised Heat Super Team and so much more. Dude’s 38 years old there is a lot to look back upon: we just lost Kobe at 41. The amount of life these guys live is incredible.
Monday, February 24
David Crosby: Remember My Name (9 p.m. / Starz)
Sammy Suggestion: Altered Carbon: Season 1 (Anytime / Netflix)
Altered Carbon: Season 2 drops on Thursday. Time to rewatch Season 1 because on this show the appearances are truly deceptive. What am I talking about? Drop down to Thursday for my Supa Dupa Pick of The Week. You can do that here; in real life I gotta sit here and patiently wait for Season 2 to drop.
Tuesday, February 25
Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (Anytime / Netflix)
Sammy Suggestion: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (9 p.m. / PBS)
The audacity to call a jazz album Birth of the Cool and to actually deliver is easily why Miles Davis earns PBS’ moniker American Master. For true. This is a documentary attempting to achieve a difficult task: to place Miles in his proper music context. “At a White House dinner in 1987, the jazz musician was asked what he’d done to deserve to be there. Davis wrote in his autobiography that he replied, “Well, I’ve changed music five or six times.” Amazing!! So inspiring…and he is right.
Wednesday, February 26
Sammy Suggestion: I Am Not Okay With This (Anytime / Netflix)
I Am Not Okay With This by Charles Forsman is the graphic novel. I Am Not Okay with This is the Netflix adaptation of said comic book starting the girl who played Beverly Marsh in the IT movies. It’s all the high school drama and awkward moments we’ve all endured and seen in movies and tv shows complicated by her budding superpowers. I’ve never read the comic so I dunno what to expect: probably the usual Freaks and Geeks am I right?
Thursday, February 27
Happy! (season 2) (Anytime / Netflix)
Sammy Suggestion: Altered Carbon: Season 2 (Anytime / Netflix)
Altered Carbon is a 2018 cyberpunk (that’s the right genre? The Blade Runner genre lotta neon but everything and everyone is dark and grimy.) Netflix tv show based on the 2002 novel of the same title by Richard K. Morgan. It is excellent. Typically when a TV show’s second season kick offs many of the same actors return. For example Poe an AI fashioned in the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe and who runs a virtual hotel he’s back and familiar and still masterfully played by Chris Conner. However the main character Takeshi Kovacs who was played by Joel Kinnaman in Season 1 will now be played by Anthony Mackie. Same character, different face. In this Bay City set hundreds of years from now your “soul” is basically stored on a cortical stack like a USB flash drive and bodies are sleeves. You could potentially live forever which is what rich people do or you could keep switching sleeves which is how we get Mackie as the new face yet same character. There is murder and noir mystery and sci-fi ruckus and because people can switch bodies you do not know who to trust. This is satisfying science fiction. Buying the family sized bag of cheese Doritos for this.
Friday, February 28
Sammy Suggestion: Hunters (Anytime / Amazon Prime)
“Inspired by true events, Hunters follows a diverse band of Nazi Hunters in 1977 New York City who discover that hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in America. And so, they do what any bad-ass vigilante squad would do: they set out on a bloody quest for revenge and justice. But they soon discover a far-reaching conspiracy and must race against time to thwart the Nazis’ new genocidal plans.”
Saturday, February 28
Sammy Suggestion: Annabelle Comes Home (9pm / HBO)
“Annabelle Comes Home is the third installment of New Line Cinema’s hugely successful Annabelle films starring the infamous sinister doll from the Conjuring universe.”