Don’t Look Up- Instead, Watch No Tomorrow

I considered writing a review of the Adam McKay/Netflix film Don’t Look Up, but I can’t be bothered to review things I dislike. (Here’s a mini review- Don’t Look Up is another expensive, cynical, misogynist, racist, classist “white bros win again, no matter what” film, dressed up as a climate change satire. Not what I was looking for or what anyone needs to watch right now. Or probably ever. Rich, powerful people, stop flaunting your privilege and wealth and competing to see who can be the worst. Get your acts together and actually save the world instead, okay?)

If you are interested in watching a show with similar themes which delivers on its promises, has charming, talented stars, and is an actual romantic comedy/gentle dark comedy-satire, I have just the show for you. No Tomorrow, starring Tori Anderson and Joshua Sasse, ran for 1 season on The CW in 2016 and is currently available on Netflix.

This review was originally written in November, 2016, 6 episodes into No Tomorrow’s 13 episode season, right after we started Metawitches.com. It’s lightly updated.

Recaps for all episodes can be found at the tag. (Listed out of order, because that’s just how I roll. 😉)

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Travelers Seasons 1-3: Every Recap in Order

Links to every Metawitches recap and post related to Netflix’s Travelers, in order, so y’all can take a break from the mess that is the Travelers tag. Enjoy!

Season 1

Travelers: New Sci Fi Series from Netflix: Pilot Recap/Review– With the hope of preventing their own dystopian future from occurring, agents from the future use technology to send their consciousnesses into the minds of people who are about to die in the present day. Created by Brad Wright, of Stargate fame, and starring Eric McCormack (Will and Grace).

Travelers Season 1 Episode 2: Protocol 6 Recap– MacLaren becomes a traveler and meets the team in their new bodies. As the travelers settle into their new lives, they cope with how the changes affect their previous relationships with each other and the way the people around them react to their new personalities. The team works to contain a dangerous antimatter delivery.

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The OA Seasons 1-2: Every Recap in Order

Links to every Metawitches post on Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s amazing series, in order, so y’all can skip the tag. Fingers crossed that someday there will be new material in The OA universe and I can add to this post. #SaveTheOA

Season 1

The OA Season 1 Episode 1: Homecoming Recap – A young blind woman returns home after 7 years in captivity with her sight restored. She seems changed in indefinable, mysterious ways and is at first unable to talk about her ordeal. Slowly, she makes connections with others in her troubled midwestern community and reveals her extraordinary story.

The OA Season 1 Episode 2: New Colossus Recap – Prairie continues to tell the story of her tragic childhood in Russia and adoption in America, through her kidnapping when, as a young woman searching for her biological father, she trusted the wrong person. Prairie’s parents have a difficult time coping with her eccentricities. Her new friends get to know each other better.

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Dark Seasons 1-3: Every Recap in Order

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Here are links to all of my posts about Netflix’s Dark, in order, so y’all don’t have to wrestle with the tag anymore. Enjoy!

Season 1

Dark Season 1 Episode 1: Secrets Recap – The mystery begins. Jonas is haunted by his father’s death. Winden grapples with the disappearance of several children.

Dark Season 1 Episode 2: Lies Recap – Charlotte and Ulrich lead the search for Mikkel, Ulrich’s son. The Stranger checks into Regina’s hotel.

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Stranger Things Season 3 Chapter 1: “Suzie, Do You Copy?” Recap

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It’s been kind of intense around here lately, so let’s take a trip back in the wayback machine to July 4, 2019 and Stranger Things 3. Season 3 got lost in the shuffle as I was working on season 3 of Dark for that entire summer, so it seems like a good time to catch up, before season 4 comes out, likely in early 2022.

Recaps for Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2.

They are all there, even though they aren’t in order. I’m a chaotic, that’s just the way it goes. 🤷🏽‍♀️

It’s now the summer of 1985 in Hawkins and things are changing. A new mall has opened in town which has become the center of the town’s social life. The kids are pairing off into couples and discovering the joys of kissing. In fact, everyone has more free time (and hormones), so Stranger Things is struggling with a series of epic romances this season. Steve, Nancy and Jonathan have graduated from high school and gotten jobs. Will is still searching for a sense of normalcy after the events of the first two seasons.

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Movie Review and Analysis: I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things * 2020 * Rated R * 2 Hours 14 Minutes

😸😸😸🌑🌑 Rated 3/5 Happy Lap Cats

I’m Thinking of Ending Things focuses on a young woman whose name changes throughout the film, so she’s billed as “Young Woman”. We’re introduced to her as Lucy, so I’m going to refer to her as that, because I hate it when major characters are treated like objects. Lucy is played by Jessie Buckley, who was amazing in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl last year (2019) as Lyudmilla Ignatenko, the pregnant wife of a firefighter with severe radiation exposure.

Lucy has a newish boyfriend, Jake, played with understated creepiness by Jesse Plemens of Black Mirror: USS Callistor and Breaking Bad. Plemens is good at what he does, making it hard to separate the actor from the character. Plus, for attentive viewers, the first glimpse of his character shows him watching Lucy in the street from a 2nd floor window, with some strange, mumbled dialogue playing in the background. The sinister stalker vibe is established immediately.

An elderly man (Guy Boyd) is seen from the window first, who then turns into Jake. Before long, brief scenes of the elderly man working as a janitor in a high school where the musical Oklahoma! is rehearsing are intermittently inserted into the main storyline.

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Dark Season 3 Episode 8: The Paradise Recap

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The end is the beginning and the beginning is the end. Michael dies again, Jonas startles awake again. Claudia explains it all, then convinces Jonas and Martha to take a star bridge into space.

Adam finally goes full Nosferatu.

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I had to kill her! The fate of the multiverse depends on it!

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Dark Season 3 Episode 7: Between the Time Recap

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In episode 6, the worlds ended, thanks to Adam’s double apocalypse. In episode 7, we meet the new world. And tie up a few loose ends.

Recap

The episode begins with a twist on the opening voice over- a segment from HG Tannhaus’ science show from the 1970s:

Tannhaus: “What is reality? Is it singular in nature? Or do several parallel realities exist at the same time? To address this, Erwin Schrodinger constructed an extremely interesting thought experiment. Schrodinger’s cat. A cat is locked in a steel chamber with a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, a Geiger counter, a vial of poison and a hammer. As soon as a radioactive atom disintegrates inside the steel chamber, the Geiger counter triggers the release of the hammer, which smashes the vial of poison. The cat is dead.

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Dark Season 3 Episode 4: The Origin Recap

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In episode 4, Young Tronte and Claudia each have an encounter with a creepy old man, Hannah makes a decision that will have wide ranging consequences and Yellow Raincoat Martha gets to know Stranger Martha and her even stranger ideas. Tronte and Jana spend some quality time together, while the Unknown trio check some important items off their To Do list.

Recap

The episode opens with Tronte walking through the woods toward the mouth of the cave. He seems drawn there, though he doesn’t seem to understand why.

This stretch of woods reminds me of the German fairytale Hansel and Gretel, which is ultimately a variant of Ariadne’s thread. There have been so many kids who’ve walked through here while on their way to be sacrificed in one way or another. Tronte doesn’t die, but his life is frequently interrupted as he’s drawn to serve the needs of the knot and the White Devil Witch Claudia. Jana acts as his Ariadne/Gretel, providing the thread/trail of crumbs/home and stability that he always returns to.

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Dark Season 3 Episode 3: Adam and Eva Recap

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In episode 3, we meet Stranger/Adult Alt Martha and Gustav’s father, Heinrich Tannhaus, for the first time. Old Eva and Young Jonas have a long talk before she sends him to another time period with her youngest self again. Alt Martha helps out Stranger Jonas and the teens before going back to the future, but there’s a twist. She goes to the Prime world future. After weeks of frustration, Stranger Jonas begins to find some success in the lab.

Recap

The episode begins in the Prime world 1820s, when Old Gustav Tannhaus was Young Gustav Tannhaus. We find Young Gustav and his father, Heinrich Tannhaus, riding in a carriage in the dark of night, in a raging thunderstorm.

When else would they go out for a ride?

Heinrich reads from the play Ariadne, choosing from the same speech we’ve heard Martha perform at least once every season: “From then on, I knew that nothing changes. That all things remain. The spinning wheel turns, round and round, in a circle. One fate tied to the next. A thread, red like blood, that connects all our deeds.”

Heinrich is the man who started Sic Mundus. As he reads, lightning flashes as if time travel is occuring.

Maybe it is.

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