October, 2020

October 5th, 2020, 8:02 p.m. - Take 3 on a mystery with a podcast

42. The Night Swim (Megan Goldin)
The third time was the charm – this was well-paced and there were plenty of suspects for a satisfying whodunit. And I say that even having solved a couple of the mysteries before they were resolved. Goldin does an excellent job of outlining two fully developed mysteries that could have taken up a whole book on their own.

Up next: Anxious People (Fredrik Backman)

October 10th, 2020, 2:13 p.m. - "You're sure this is gonna work?" "Let's say yes"

Supernatural – "Last Holiday": Hey, look, TV's back! This was a good episode to come back with. Lots of fun moments, and perfect casting with the guest star. The guys need to celebrate more. Rating: 4 pairs of Scooby Doo boxers

October 11th, 2020, 11:55 a.m. - A story about a bridge, an apartment, a letter, a monkey, a frog, an elk, a rabbit, a bank, and some idiots

43. Anxious People (Fredrik Backman)
This one is going to stick with me for a while. It's both fun and thought-provoking. I think it's perfect for what the world is going through right now. I'll definitely be reading more of Backman's books.

Up next: Lock Every Door (Riley Sager)

October 16th, 2020, 4:52 p.m. - The moral here is that if an arrangement sounds too good to be true, it really is

44. Lock Every Door (Riley Sager)
I had no idea what was going on, so I was kind of open to the insanity how things turned out. Like, after living through 2020, nothing seems too crazy anymore.

Up next: Hench (Natalie Zina Walschots)

October 17th, 2020, 1:16 p.m. - We pastors' daughters really can't be trusted

Supernatural – "Gimme Shelter": This was like Saw meets Seven with a hint of Touched by an Angel. Not a combination you would ever expect. I liked that they flipped things this week so that Castiel and Jack had the main plot while Sam and Dean had the subplot, but still moved the season arc along. I expect that the series will end with the Winchesters, Cas, Jack, and a bunch of characters we've seen before teaming up against God. Fun times. Rating: 3 pierogis

October 24th, 2020, 2:10 p.m. - I can't believe we'll probably only see Billie one more time. Sad

Supernatural – "Drag Me Away (from You)": The actors playing the younger Sam and Dean were...not great, but I thought the actors who played the younger Caitlin and Travis were good. This felt very Stephen King-ish to me, like The Shining crossed with It. But it was pretty much a rote monster-of-the-week episode. By the way, now that I'm watching Felicity, it's hard for me to see Chuck as a threat. He ran for student body president on a platform of free pizza on Fridays! He wouldn't hurt a fly! Rating: 3 games of Boggle

October 25th, 2020, 3:41 p.m. - Every time a question was written without a question mark, I cringed

45. Hench (Natalie Zina Walschots)
I'm so disappointed that I didn't like this as much as I expected I would. The premise is really awesome and original, but there's not enough action to sustain it. Points for the idea and for the diversity of the characters. Negative points for telling more than showing, and for giving the protagonist the last name Tromedlov, which is Voldemort backwards. We're not stupid, Walschots.

Up next: S#!%, Actually (Lindy West)

October 31st, 2020, 2:09 p.m. - Dean pulling a gun on Sam might be the least realistic thing to ever happen on this show

Supernatural – "Unity": I just...don't care about Jack. I'm sorry. Let's move this along. Rating: 3 ribs

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