Bald Move TV – The Umbrella Academy, This Giant Beast, Documentary Now, Lorena

Jim and A.Ron watched a near record amount of television this week! We finished The Umbrella Economy and Lorena, as well as offering first looks at the third season of Documentary Now and the new Prime Original, This Giant Beast that is the Global Economy. Buckle in, this is a mega round up with lots of deep dives into political and economic topics!

Bald Move TV – The Umbrella Academy / Lorena

Jim and A.Ron have seen The Umbrella Academy and Lorena, Netflix and Amazon originals respectively. The Umbrella Academy is a smart, fun take on the X-Men universe with some Noah Hawley DNA mixed in. Lorena is a four part documentary examining the 1993 dismembering case of Lorena Bobbitt. While the case is no doubt interesting and probably a big landmark in the struggle for equality of the sexes, we’re not sure this production is doing a great job of raising these issues or presenting the facts in a straightforward way. We’ll be back next week to give The Umbrella Academy and Lorena another whirl!

Bald Move TV – Russian Doll and Black Earth Rising

Jim and A.Ron take a look at Netflix’s new darkly comedic take on the Groundhog Day concept, Russian Doll. Starring Natasha Lyonne, it offers a funny, inventive, and interesting take on the human condition, what being happy and connectedness means, and what obligations we have to our fellow humans around us. At a binge time of less than 4 hours, we both feel like it’s worth just about everyone’s time to check out. We also circle back around to Black Earth Rising, which is still phenomenally interesting at its core, but can’t decide which of a million sub-plots and character details it wants to focus on and remains a bit of a jumbled mess. 

Bald Move TV – Kingdom, Black Earth Rising

Jim and A.Ron give their thoughts and opinions on the entire first season of Netflix’s Korean medieval zombie series, Kingdom, as well as the first two episodes of Black Earth Rising. Kingdom is much needed breath of fresh air in the mouldy zombie genre, with lush locations and sets, impressive costuming, excellent plotting and performances, and genuinely creepy and terrifying monsters. The boys both were very into the premise and promise of Black Earth Rising, but are worried two episodes in from the series penchant in getting distracted with Jason Bourne types of intrigue and assassinations as well as the complex and confusing personal lives of the main characters. Whether the excellent performances and important questions the show has to offer can overcome the clunky writing and execution remains to be seen. 

Bald Move TV – Baldies 2018 – Awards Ceremony

Welcome to the fifth annual Baldies Awards, the most prestigious Cincinnati-based podcast fake awards show on the planet, where we honor the outstanding achievements in film, television, and Bald Move podcasting for the year! This is the main event, the 2017 Baldies Awards Ceremony proper. Once again we don our most formal t-shirts to hand out the Baldie gold to those deserving. Who takes home the top prize for Drama and Actor? There is sure to be fun and controversy along the way! If you want more, check out below for our full expanded Baldies coverage!  Literally every question you’d have about our process and why we voted the way we did is contained in the hours and hours of content below.

Bald Move TV – Baldies 2018 – Deliberations IV

Unlike many other, actual awards shows that are taken seriously by the industry, we’re not content to merely rip open some envelopes and throw some confetti and that’s that. Oh, no. We sweat the details and record audio and video of all the debates Jim and I have had to arrive at the winners. If you disagree with our rankings and ratings, this is the info that will hopefully explain where and why we disagree! Topics in this episode include Comedy, Biggest Miss, Biggest Surprise, and Most Under-Appreciated Bald Move Content…

Bald Move TV – Baldies 2018 – Deliberations III

Unlike many other, actual awards shows that are taken seriously by the industry, we’re not content to merely rip open some envelopes and throw some confetti and that’s that. Oh, no. We sweat the details and record audio and video of all the debates Jim and I have had to arrive at the winners. If you disagree with our rankings and ratings, this is the info that will hopefully explain where and why we disagree! Topics in this episode include Best Female Actor, Worst Career Suicide, and Worst Disappointment…

Bald Move TV – Baldies 2018 – Deliberations II

Unlike many other, actual awards shows that are taken seriously by the industry, we’re not content to merely rip open some envelopes and throw some confetti and that’s that. Oh, no. We sweat the details and record audio and video of all the debates Jim and I have had to arrive at the winners. If you disagree with our rankings and ratings, this is the info that will hopefully explain where and why we disagree! Topics in this episode include Best Male Actor and Best Commission…

Bald Move TV – Baldies 2018 – Deliberations I

Unlike many other, actual awards shows that are taken seriously by the industry, we’re not content to merely rip open some envelopes and throw some confetti and that’s that. Oh, no. We sweat the details and record audio and video of all the debates Jim and I have had to arrive at the winners. If you disagree with our rankings and ratings, this is the info that will hopefully explain where and why we disagree! Topics in this episode include Best Drama, Best Debut / Pilot, and Return to Form…

Bald Move TV – The Punisher Season 2 Wrapup

Jim and I haven’t finished The Punisher season 2 yet, but we’ve seen enough to tap out. As we discuss in our spoiler filled review, The Punisher has the chief sin of these Marvel/Netflix collaborations; a bloated 13 episode runtime, and adds to it ludicrous character details and plot-points until this grimdark ultra-violent fantasy pushes through the drama boundary and hits unintentional comedy. 8 episodes in, we still don’t know why we should care about Amy, or what makes the Pilgrim tick, or why Frank let Russo off the hook when he should be worm food except, oh right, this is a 13 episode season instead of a more reasonable 8-10 episode season and if things made sense and had dramatic urgency they’d be five hours of content short.