I think I finally convinced Husband to do away with cable television. 99.999 percent of what we’ve watched in the last…oh, what, six or seven years?… has been streaming. I am really, really fussy about what I watch, whereas Husband will watch just about anything. (Fortunately, he appreciates the fact he’s been watching some really, really good stuff that he wouldn’t have otherwise found if not for my obsessive quality-entertainment-seeking.)
I used to be able to sack out with entertainment junkfood. (Oh my god, I cannot believe my ex and I watched an entire season of Joe Millionaire, for example.) But between The Kid, work, school, and general adult life, I just don’t have the screen-watching time that I used to. So, just like with books, I’m pretty finicky about what shows and movies I’ll invest time in.
Oh, ok… but quick confession about junk tv. I *do* have one thing. Husband and I kinda love Real Housewives of New York, and we’ll keep watching it even though we are both #teamBethenny forever.
But shhh… I didn’t just admit that out loud.
Moving on! Last night was the premier of the third and last (*sob!*) season of Vida. This is one of the best damn shows out there right now. I’d say it’s THE best, but I equally love The Pope shows (The Young Pope and The New Pope). The Pope shows! Oh, my. I’ll write more on them later—I’ve described them as a Renaissance painting on acid with an orgasmic soundtrack. There’s not much that I’ll watch a second time, but I would easily watch all of “The Popes” and Vida in their entirety over and over again.
I’m not going to try to write a review or explain the synopsis, because I’ll do a shit job of it and there’s already plenty written. I’m just here to tell you that Vida is sharp and sexy as hell. If you need something to watch now, put all three seasons on your watchlist. If you want to read up on it—which you should—here’s a few things to get you started:
Season Two Review
Vida Let’s Its Latinx Characters Experience Sex and Pleasure
Vida’s Latinx, Female, Queer Perspective is More Distinctive—and Vital‚ in Season Two
In Vida, Home is Where the Gentrification Is
Lastly: THE SOUNDTRACK. If you need good music to listen to during quarantine, Vida has some superstar music producers.
Likewise, season 4 of Insecure started a couple weeks ago. These shows all seem to be set in LA, eh? Maybe Husband and I are feeling nostalgic. Issa Rae has incredible energy, her supporting cast has impeccable comedic timing, and I’ve had the soundtrack from every season on a constant loop—I guess a great soundtrack is the way to get me hooked.