Monster. Never would have guessed a serious character drama would be done through animation, but there it is. Well, I'll take a good psychological thriller no matter what medium they use, and this is better than most. Even the setting, Germany and the Czech Republic a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, is refreshing.
Nobody ever seems to use those little European countries in fiction. Can't think of a story set in Bulgaria or Albania, anyway, but I suppose they must exist.
Finished Monster. That show has some of the best writing I've ever seen. It's rare for a character to be much more than utilitarian; an excuse to get the plot moving. This show took its time to develop even the most minor characters and tied almost all of them into the main story anyway.
It indulges in the worst humanity has to offer, but never gratuitously. There’s nothing more boring than ‘darkness’ for its own sake. Contrast quiet misery against a brief moment of contentment and it’ll be more effective than any cast of nobodies slaughtered because the writers thought it’d be cool.
This can be a reminder. If I haven’t changed my mind in a few months I’ll safely say it’s one of the best things I’ve seen. Worth a rewatch, anyway.
The Democratic debate. I wish Bernie was more aggressive and prepared. He lets Hillary get away with all the pro dodging and deferring to Obama, and he has the winning position on almost every issue but he's just so unprepared. It's driving me crazy.