TV March 22-25: Feel Good, Freud, Miss Fisher, This Is Us season finale, Council of Dads and more

I do not like this movie that we are living. I got in my car to pick up a curbside delivery (takeout people!) and I wanted to just keep driving until … where that was what held me back. But as I was saying, I do not like this movie. At all. I prefer the Andromeda Strain. A baby and a an old guy are the key. Can we graft that ending on? Right now? Of course this is not a movie. People are dying. People are scared and sick. But my brain is having a hard time staying in the reality of this. Forgive me. Here’s some TV, which at once seems so lame and so very very useful. Take care. Call your beloveds. Have a good cry. Watch something soothing. Listen to a good album. Send recommendations. Please.

Here is some new stuff. And, since I’m on vacation (woohoo!) and have some time to step away from the news (sob) and cook and write and record poetry to share with my friends, I might come up with something a little more thoughtful.

Sunday March 22

Feel Good (newish on Netflix) was there for me when a neighbour’s very late and very loud fight woke me in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Multiple-dwelling living is fine most of the time, but fearing for the safety of strangers who are otherwise mostly very annoying is terrifying. One brief burst of shouting and then heart-thumping waiting (nothing else happened, but so much worry). As I waited and prayed (wasn’t sure I could still pray, but I did, though I was also willing to run upstairs and pound on the door if only to … what distract? Jesus). Anyway, as I waited, I launched Netflix to calm and distract myself in hopes that nothing worse would happen and found Feel Good. It’s the usual six half-hour British episodes about the budding romance of a young Canadian comic in London (hello Mae Martin), but it’s neither preachy/didactic nor exactly “feel good”. It filled my heart and didn’t end on a happily-ever-after note but good. I want more. Thank you Netflix. Also stars Lisa Kudrow as mom.

Monday March 23

Freud (new on Netflix) “Eager to make his name in 19th-century Vienna, a hungry young Sigmund Freud joins a psychic and an inspector to solve a string of bloody mysteries.” Let there be subtitles. And chills.

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (new on Acorn)This highly anticipated, lighthearted feature film continues the story of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which aired for three seasons (2012-2015) and is one of the most popular Australian series worldwide. Essie Davis (The Babadook, Game of Thrones) returns in the five-time Logie-nominated role as the slinky, seductive and risk-taking Melbourne sleuth The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher. In 1929 Jerusalem, Phryne’s rescue of a young Bedouin girl leads her on a globe-trotting adventure to uncover priceless treasures, wartime secrets, and an ancient tomb bearing a terrible curse, with the help of handsome detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, Underbelly).”

Tuesday March 24

This Is Us (CTV, NBC 9-10pm) wraps up this season. Noooooooo. It’s Jack’s first birthday. OMG I’m not ready for this.

Council of Dads (City TV 10:02-11pm) premieres. “The Perry family comes together to deal with Scott Perry’s health crisis; Scott reveals he has a plan to create a Council of Dads that will be there for the family if anything should happen to him.”

Wednesday March 25

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (new on Netflix) “In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California — a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community — where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions.”

Curtiz (new on Netflix) “Driven and arrogant, film director Michael Curtiz deals with studio politics and family drama during the troubled production of “Casablanca” in 1942.”

The Occupant (Hogar) (new on Netflix) “An unemployed executive is forced to sell his apartment. When he discovers that he still has the keys, he becomes obsessed with the family that lives there and will do anything to go back to the life he had before.”

What is d2tv anyway? I’m so glad you asked. This is the latest iteration of my TV writing/blogging that began back in 1986 or so? at the Winnipeg Sun, continued in print and web at the Montreal Gazette (only occasionally now) and finally, here, for myself and YOU! Owing to the time demands of full-time employment for an unnamed news outlet, d2tv is currently reduced to covering mostly the premieres of new and returning series, specials etc, with the occasional series finale thrown in for sentimental reasons, for both broadcast and streaming. Reviews are, for the moment, only occasional. If you spot an error or oversight or have a recommendation to share, please do so in the comments or by emailing me at the above address. Glad you’re here. And isn’t this era of too much TV a great time to be alive?

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