Friday 5 April 2019

The speed of technological advancement isn't nearly as important as short term quarterly gains

Quite why I still watch the centrist and often overtly racist trash show Madam Secretary is beyond me.  Best described as The West Wing For People Who Hit The Wine 90 Minutes Ago, Madame Secretary follows the ex-head of the CIA as she fulfills her new role as Secretary Of State, and most stories revolve around the problems caused by her simply being too good a person for her role despite the fact she used to run the CIA and Jeez, I don't know what to tell you if you think running the CIA is a morally neutral occupation.  Along the way, she creates fictional solutions to real world problems and at some point Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright show up as themselves to talk about the importance of representing the entirety of the American political spectrum and this is a thing that really happened in the show it's actually quite amazing.
The Enemy Within is also trash, but it is a handsome production with a handsome cast often terribly under-served by the material they have to work with - Morris Chestnut played the smug private coroner (sure, why not?) at the heart of Rosewood, aka Capitalist Quincy, and he's a charismatic guy, he can absolutely pull off better material than this.  Ditto Jennifer Carpenter, aka Dexter's sister, but also a pretty good co-lead in the Limitless tv spin-off.  TEW is rote stuff that some salaried scriptwriters clearly knocked out in their sleep, but it fulfills the role of animated wallpaper most capably for those of us watching at work.
I also watched Rise: Blood Hunter, which is a movie about vampires starring Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis.  That's it, that's the entirety of my review - whatever conclusions you have drawn from my description, trust me: you're right.

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