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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning in the ending of 2021 January

“While the start was a bit rocky, 2021 seems to have quieted down,” your editor says, voice full of fear and trepidation at tempting fate so blatantly, “but we’re already at the end of the first month!”

The Watch gets redundant as they head deeply into the doubly dark.  Batwoman starts a new act and considers changing her costume to a top hat, tails, and fishnets.  The American Gods are born to be wild.  Zoey joins a band.  The Expanse finally makes it off earth as our crews are closer to reuniting.  Riverdale acknowledges that high school actually can’t last forever.  WandaVision let us see what was going on last week, so this week could go anywhere.  The Blacklist has to deal with a Robin Hood.

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Netflix Announces (much of) the Sandman’s Cast

Netflix plans an ambitious series based on Gaiman’s legendary Sandman graphic novels, and today they announced some of the main cast. Some of the actors closely recall their print counterparts; others represent new takes. Tom Sturridge, the Tony-nominated actor also known for such films as the 2012 film adaptation of On the Road and 2017’s Mary Shelley has landed the challenging role of Dream.

No word yet on Death.

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Discovery Discussion: “Su’Kal”

What with Christmas, The Expanse, and Wonder Woman 1984, we didn’t get to Discovery with spore-drive speed. However, this week’s episode, which brings us the possible origin of the Burn, some strong performances by the leads, and a confrontation with the Chain, ends with a cliffhanger. I’ll review both next week. Meanwhile, here’s a place to discuss “Su’Kal” and, as a bonus….

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The Great Conjunction: Happy Solstice!

As most of you likely know already, Jupiter and Saturn will align tonight, providing a spectacle in the sky for those with a view unimpaired by cloudy weather. While these planets appear to pass in close proximity (relative to our view from Earth) every twenty years, it has been four centuries since they appeared this close and eight since they were this close at night.

As a bonus, this conjunction coincides with the winter solstice.

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The Were-Traveler, Lovecraft, and Bureau42

The Were-Traveler has been running since 2011, with each issue featuring short fiction (usually quite short) related to a particular theme or topic in fantasy, SF, or horror. Their current issue addresses the problematic legacy of H.P. Lovecraft, the imaginative and monumentally influential author whose racism and xenophobia, extreme even for his time, frequently entered his stories. This were-issue’s weird fiction draws upon Lovecraft’s influence and tropes to examine and critique his less savoury side.

Among the contributors you may recognize a writer from our Bureau.

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📺 Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 June 14

Some new shows make the Television Table this week, as fan-favorite Doctor David Tennant and his angelic costar Michael Sheen join us for a Lockdown-produced show, Staged, and Penny Dreadful spins off to Los Angels to examine white supremacist cops and how they deal with minorities in the city.  (While the timing would be suspect, this was produced, filmed, and began airing before America’s headlines turned to the subject.  Additionally, there’s demons involved.)  In much more lighthearted shows, the Diversly Cast new JSA is brought together in Stargirl.  The SHIELD agents continue their trek through the fifties.  Meanwhile, Blindspot gets Ice Cream.

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 May 10

Happy Mother’s Day!  If you aren’t too busy baking or breaking bread for your mom, television’s Dominating Caste of heroes has a bunch of shows for you, as Batwoman searches for rich folks, Supergirl fights biblical monsters, The Flash might end its season, but might almost send its season, and the Legends get schooled  at Animal House.  Blindspot tries to build their own FBI level operation while on the run, taking the show into the realm of fantasy, and Blacklist toys with the idea of killing off their hit character to shift the spotlight back to the female lead.  There have been multiple reports of seasons ending and shows finishing early as the studios had gone into lockdown, but there were enough conflicting reports that each episode could be the last and it would not be surprising.  Equally ambiguous, She-Ra might drop season five this week.

Call your mom!

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 May 3

After some Disappoint Character1 omissions, Supergirl returns to aid Batwoman in entertaining all of us quarantined views.  Westworld gives us the finale of their season three robot uprising.  Zoey, after spending last week with her mom, spends this week with her dad.  Riverdale fantasizes about actually ending their time in High School.  Blindspot returns with the season five opener and Blacklist possibly ends its season, depending on how the quarantine allows the studio to wrap things up, as this was their last episode before they had to close up.  Here’s hoping your stockpiles last longer than the studio’s do!!

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Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 April 26

Despite Covid fears, more of the heroes have returned to work, as Batwoman gets a repeat enemy, Flash continues to fight with, and for, his wife, and the Legends do what it seems like everyone is into all of a sudden: bake!  Westworld gives us the second to last episode for the season as all their players are on the game board.  Zoey works with her mother.  On Riverdale, all of the “teens” focus on business ventures, like most normal teens.  The Blacklist goes after brothers, and the Ducks visit animal versions of popular animes.

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