End of an era weekend recap

Another weekend, another fun time sitting in front of the TV. I meant to get out and do something other than sit in front of a bigger screen than the one I have at home, but that didn’t happen. Oh well.

On the plus side, this was a pretty great weekend for entertainment.

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen is pure, perfect teen angst and melodrama. It’s also a hilarious, poignant look at the struggle a lot of us face to be a better person, which unfortunately isn’t limited to our teen years. The film itself has a couple flaws, especially regarding its timeline, but they’re just temporary distractions from an otherwise great whole.

Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson both deliver tremendous performances, and their chemistry is off the charts. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing these two play off each other again.

Logan

I reviewed Logan here, so I won’t go into too much detail this morning. It’s great, and chances are you should be watching it right now instead of doing whatever you’re doing. I can’t say I’m exactly looking forward to the future of the X-Men franchise without Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but this was an excellent his time as Marvel’s most famous mutant.

Horizon Zero Dawn

I only managed to squeeze in the end of a single side mission and a couple hours of exploration this weekend, but it was a great couple hours. I’m still loving everything about this game, even when I get myself in way over my head and get absolutely annihilated by machines I have no business facing.

Saturday Night Live

SNL is back, and it started out strong with Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump. The cold open was hilarious, but the rest of the show struggled to match it. The Zoo-opolis bit allowed time for some hilarious impressions, including a few by host Octavia Spencer, and Weekend Update was expectedly strong. The rest of the show has already faded from my memory, though.

The Great British Baking Show (Bake Off in UK)

If you haven’t seen this, watch it right now. It’s a weekly baking competition in which amateur British bakers compete to win a cake plate. Yeah, it’s awesome.

The contestants, hosts, and judges are consistently delightful to watch. The show thrives on camaraderie rather than competition, and it’s downright pleasant. That’s not to mention all the delicious looking food these people are making.

Netflix only has three of the six seasons aired so far, but that’s going to have to be good enough. Also, I learned that Pillsbury owns the trademark for “Bake-Off” in the US.

WWE Fastlane

This was rough. Following the brand split, which separated WWE Superstars onto separate rosters for WWE’s two main shows, Smackdown quickly became more enjoyable than the flagship Raw. The same has held true for the brand exclusive pay-per-views (not exactly an accurate name at this point) since the split.

Last night’s Fastlane, a Raw exclusive show, did nothing to change that. Cruiserweight Champion Neville defended his title against Jack Gallagher in the clear match of the night, and a great match on any card. The rest of the show was solid if unremarkable, save the ending. I could go on for way too long about this, so I’m just going to leave it at this: Ugh.

And that just about sums up my weekend. What did you watch/play/do/enjoy this weekend? Anything I should check out?

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