MARTIAN'S MINUTE: August 12, 2019

I'm baaaaaaaaack. It's been a while; there wasn't much going on. Honestly, it's still pretty dry out there but I need to up the consistency so I'm getting back to the daily Minutes. I'm thinking of making changes to it, including the name. I'm back home in the Heights right now, but the new studio is (mostly) setup in Iowa City, so expect more video intros and audio content. (I say that now.) With football gearing up and basketball on the horizon, I'll have more sports stuff to talk about, and TV and movies never sleep. Hopefully some awesome new music gets put out, too. The world needs to give me things to talk about; I can't pull everything out of my ass.

This one will be short. Just getting my feet wet again.


"Succession" Season 2 premiere

My favorite show of last summer is back. Season 2 started later than the first, but all I care about is that it's back. My introduction to the show was Keiran Culkin (Roman Roy) jerking off to the New York City skyline so I was a bit skeptical at first, but the show really came to grow on me. Pun somewhat intended. Here's a brief synopsis ripped directly off the show's Wikipedia page: Succession follows "the Roy family – Logan Roy and his four children – who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The series tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company."

It's executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, and since it's dealing with uber-rich media socialites and the behind-closed-doors meetings that surround massive conglomerates, it's quite reminiscent of "The Big Short", McKay's Oscar-winning film about the 2008 housing crisis. Both share a similar feel in terms of how they mix humor with massive egos and multi-billion dollar deals, and the camera work is essentially identical. They probably have the same cinematographer; I should look into that.

Season 1 ended with quite the literal crash. Kendall Roy, pictured above on the right, went to go get some coke with a valet at his sister's wedding in London and ended up in a body of water. There was a deer in the middle of the road and after swerving at the last second, the car wound up in a pond. Kendall escaped to land, but the young valet drowned. If you've never seen the show, you have no clue what I'm talking about. Odds are you don't care. Maybe it'll make you more interested in the show, but basically Kendall is deeply depressed at the start of last night's episode, which would make sense. The guy is a walking zombie. His marriage is all but over, he accidentally killed a guy, he's super addicted to cocaine, and now his future within his father's empire is even more uncertain than before. His father, Logan Roy, is aging but determined to keep the engine running. The show is providing commentary about how tech is coming in hot to usher out old-school media, but somehow the Roy's think they are more sustainable than ever-changing technology and the ways in which we consume news. There's a big power struggle within every member of the highly dysfunctional, increasingly hate-able family, and with Kendall's guilty conscious growing every day, this season is going to be an absolute rollercoaster.


Stuff on the horizon

It's been a while, so might as well catch you guys up on things that are going to be coming out. I'm doing the Minute again, I've got a new "Breaking Bad" series, and a brand new solo podcast is on the horizon. "The Fro and The Flow" just kicked off Season 3, and the football guys will have new video content and podcasts coming as the season progresses along. I've had a Sublime piece in the drafts for a while that I plan on releasing, so keep an eye out for that. Instagram is being utilized more and more and IGTV is going to be a decent sized part of our content moving forward. If you've been keeping up, thanks. If you're new, keep keeping up. That's all I have right now. I need to drop a dump and eat some lunch, so I'm out. Hunter looks like Doug.