Friday the 13th Weekend Recap

We’re officially into the second half of October, and I’ve once again become painfully aware of the speed of time whipping by and the crushing relentlessness of adulthood. Or maybe I’ve once again realized we’re closing in on the end of the year and that’s it. There’s really no way of knowing which it is. Here’s everything I watched and played this weekend to stave off the advancement of time:

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Shadow of War
© Warner Bros.

I’m about a half-dozen hours in Shadow of War. It’s fun so far, but it hasn’t hit me like Shadow of Mordor did back in 2014. To be fair, I didn’t expect it to with the much bigger, much better library of PS4 and Xbox One games out now. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer, but right now it’s feeling like a game I’ll play, enjoy, and move on from with little fanfare. It’s fun, but it’s not fun enough to stop me from jumping ship to Super Mario Odyssey if I haven’t been able to finish it by then.

The Babysitter

The Babysitter could have been decent, stupid fun in the hands of a director with a little more flavor and style than McG. Instead, it was almost decent, stupid fun—and that’s just not enough.

Mario +Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

I’ve reached the final world of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and I’ve gone back to the game’s first two worlds and completed all of their challenges. It’s a lot of fun, and the difficulty curve has been gradually and mostly manageable to this point. With any luck, I’ll be able to check this one off my list by the end of the week.


Sometimes you just need to relive the mostly mundane exploits of six white people in New York. And sometimes you just need to give in to the bad habit of having the TV on while you go to bed.

Yeah, I should probably stop doing both of those. At least for a while.


I’ve gotten my time with Alphabear down to daily check-ins to stockpile coins and hopefully power through its pay-to-win nonsense eventually. Or maybe I’m in the early stages of finally deleting the damn thing from my iPad. We’ll see.

Yoshi’s Woolly World

My wife and I are just about through the game’s fourth world, and the game is just as charming and whimsical as it was when it started. It’s not too challenging, which has made it a great way to relax for a bit. And of course who wouldn’t love seeing all the different Yoshi color patterns available in the game?

Saturday Night Live

Kumail Nanjiani’s monologue tackled racism—specifically uninformed racism—in absolutely hilarious fashion. Unfortunately, that monologue was one of only a couple highlights this week. Kate McKinnon’s turn as Kellywise the Dancing Clown and the usual Weekend Update provided some laughs, but the bulk of the show didn’t do much for me. Political fatigue is a big part of it, but it also feels like things just aren’t clicking yet this season.


I realized Chopped was on Hulu this weekend, and I watched some of it. A lot of it. Too much of it.

Okay, I had the show’s elimination music stuck in my head for a good chunk of the weekend. It’s safe to say life is working out exactly as I hoped it would.

Highlight: Middle-earth: Shadow of War. It’s not a glowing, life-changing game so far, and I don’t think it’s going to be anywhere near that, but it’s fun. Sometimes that’s all a game needs to be.

On the way: I’m not exactly going to have a lot of free time over the next couple weeks, so this’ll be pretty limited. I have rentals for Dean and Don’t Look Now waiting for me, and I’m really feeling the urge to watch some more horror movies. I’m hoping to check out Fright Night and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre this week. On the gaming front, it’s all about powering through as much of my current games as I can before Super Mario Odyssey drops.

What did you watch and play this weekend? Let me know in the comments.


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