Lorin’s Faves: Q2

It’s been the longest six months of our lives in the age of Trump and COVID. Luckily, we’ve had a plethora of content to sift through. Finding both the good and bad; whatever was needed as a means of retreat from the drama series we’re experiencing. Peep my favorites below.

TV

Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)

The award-winning Canadian series finally premiered its fourth season for us in the States of America. More laughs and tears were shared as three very important relationships reached new plateaus. And with that cliffhanger, we’re sure to get more hilarious drama once season five arrives. Here is “Mr. Kim” Paul Sun Hyang Lee accepting an award two years ago at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Never Have I Ever (Netflix)

NEVER HAVE I EVER

Mindy Kaling brought her comical wit to Netflix in the beautifully fresh coming-of-age comedy Never Have I Ever. Framing an Indian teenage girl with aspirations ranging from Ivy League to boning the most popular guy at school as the lead was something we needed. What I wasn’t expecting — the emotional roller coaster from the slices of drama interspersed throughout. Can’t wait for season two.

Killing Eve (BBC One/AMC)

The third season of BBC/AMC’s hit dark dramedy returned to form. Off the win of Jodie Comier at this year’s Emmys, the female-centric series delved into questions of family and what begets our true selves: nature or nurture. We saw Villanelle question her own identity and motives while Sandra Oh’s Eve commits ever harder to the cause of bringing down the Twelve.

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

After six thrilling seasons, the Emmy-winning ABC series came to a close this April as Annalise Keating and her remaining pupils faced the trial of their lives. I have to say the series met a complete and honest conclusion – specifically for its protagonist. The brilliantly traumatized Keating finally was made whole, accepting love from others and herself. Revisit the series on Netflix, or read up on my favorite moments from the show.

Defending Jacob (Apple TV+)

The first Apple TV+ series I finished, the legal drama follows a family shattered by a murder charge against their son. Read my full review of the limited series here.

Insecure (HBO)

Season 4 of HBO’s comedy series delivered its longest season yet. After almost two years of absence, Issa Dee (Issa Rae), Molly (Yvonne Orji), Lawrence (Jay Ellis), and the adulting gang returned for more love, laughs, and life. While this season’s cliffhanger may have left viewers low-key annoyed, the series shows now slowing down with a season five renewal.

I Know This Much Is True (HBO)

Mark Ruffalo gives stellar dual performances as traumatized adult twins in HBO’s adaptation of Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel. The period piece follows Dominick grapple with his adverse childhood in the wake of caring for his mentally ill brother, Thomas. It touches on generational trauma and the true definition of family beyond the odds.

Ramy (Hulu)

I finally finished the award-winning first season of Ramy. The lovable loof trying to be a better Muslim derailed deeper into his abyss of no identity in season two. His attempts to fill the void in his life (visit Egypt, find a new mosque, fall in love) ultimately damaged those around him. Apart from our main protagonist, the supporting cast and their arcs are also enthralling. I was deeply touched by the episode “frank in the future,” and the way Ramy and his father discussed their relationship.

Legendary (HBO Max)

In the midst of COVID, HBO and WarnerMedia unleashed their new streaming service HBO Max. Merging the stellar content of Home Box Office with the tried and true Warner brand resulted in access to classic and new material. One of those launch titles is reality competition series Legendary, showcasing the illustrious art and creators of the Black LGBTQ ballroom community. Nine houses compete in various categories for the title of superior house weekly. One house will rise as the grand winner securing the title of Superior House as well as a 100K cash prize. Catch a new episode every Thursday.

Click next for my favorite films of the last quarter.