Analysis: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ gets a new season
Personally, I like having both options. Speaking of, let’s jump right into what’s available now.
After a tumultuous fourth season, the show picks up with June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) struggling to redefine her purpose — and still scrambling to find her daughter, Hannah — and Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) attempting to raise her profile outside Gilead.
‘Atlanta’ Season 4
If you watched the show’s third season earlier this year, you either loved it or hated it. For me, the brilliance of creator and star Donald Glover shone through, despite the action primarily moving to Europe and being intercut by a number of seemingly unconnected vignette-style episodes.
Season four returns to both a more traditional narrative style as well as the city that gives the show its name. But don’t expect that Glover won’t throw some surprises our way, because that’s absolutely his style.
The first two episodes of “Atlanta” season four start streaming on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will be available on Hulu Friday.
‘Love Is Blind: After the Altar’ Season 2
The Pod Squad is back!
Almost all of the season two cast of “Love Is Blind” are returning for an “After the Altar” miniseries to catch us up on life, love — and some interpersonal conflict, of course.
It starts streaming Friday on Netflix.
Two things to listen to
‘Born Pink’ by Blackpink
A great example are the “K-Pop Queens” of Blackpink, who are widely viewed as the biggest girl group in the world right now, having broken records and boundaries across Asia and the United States.
“Born Pink” is out now.
‘The Hardest Part’ by Noah Cyrus
It’s not always easy being the little sister of a star who has long excelled in the same industry as you.
But 22-year-old Noah Cyrus seems determined to make her own mark as a singer, separate from her elder sibling Miley’s success.
Not that her family doesn’t factor in, though.
“The Hardest Part” is also out now.
One thing to talk about
Raise your hand if you are old enough to remember when “Clerks” came out.
The year was 1994, and Kevin Smith’s low-budget comedy about a day in the life of two small-town New Jersey store clerks quickly became a cult classic.
The filmmaker pays homage to that last part in particular by having a main character go through a similar near death experience. The wry mix of nostalgia and growth is really what adulthood is all about, and I, for one, am happy to see Smith returning to the story that launched his career.
Sometimes a quick glimpse back makes looking ahead all the sweeter.
Something to sip on
Actually, it’s a rewatch for me. I have been diving into anything and everything Queen Elizabeth-related since the news of her passing broke last week. I’ve long considered myself an anglophile and have to admit her death made me more emotional than I had expected.
The grace with which Queen Elizabeth reigned will probably never be seen again.