My most recent solo (when Foxylocksley is gone for the night) binge-watch fare is the show Damages. It's basically like The Devil Wears Prada, if The Devil Wears Prada was about law, and had a lot more crime and death in it. Plus, Glenn Close!!
It has a non-linear time line, which gives hints to the future as the present slowly closes the gap. I know this isn't a totally new convention, but it fits with the subject matter really well—sort of like how Absolom, Absolom deals with how storytelling shapes reality as the storytelling is happening, Damages deals with how trying to piece together a crime shapes the reality as they are piecing together the crime in order to make their case, as well as how the truth is never concrete. I enjoy stories (movies, shows, books) that rhetorically do what they are about, if that makes sense.
I also enjoy that the main characters are strong, successful, smart, and complex women. However, there are a few frustrating things about how this is portrayed. First off, it falls into the trope of not letting strong, successful women also be in healthy relationships. In the first season, there is a constant struggle between career and relationship, and in later seasons there are additional complications. Both women are also constantly guarded, calculating, backstabbing, and seemingly unhappy. While this is partially because of the nature of their jobs, I feel like it also speaks to an idea that successful women can't be friends, can't be nice, and can't be happy. There are, however, some really wonderful vulnerable moments with Glenn. She is delightfully brilliant.
Also, they suck down bourbon at a rate that would make Don Draper's head spin. I like that in a lady.
What are you all watching tonight?