(The following is written by Funkhouser contributor Brad Morris)
Welcome to another Media Weekend Forecast. I’m your mediaologist Brad Morris. While this weekend looks to be amazing weather wise, some of you will be unfortunately stuck inside for various reasons. Young ones need to be bottle fed, people have to work from home, so why not try out some of the options in the media forecast.
This week we look at a series that is coming to an end, a series that has miraculously returned because of a passionate fan base, and the start to two of the four major professional sports leagues playoffs. So no matter who you root for (Let’s Go Rangers!) or what your tv pleasures are, I believe I’ve found enough material for you to devour this weekend.
Netflix: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)
Why To Watch: For anyone that stayed up late during weekend nights in the 1990’s, mostly late teens and early twenty something’s, MST3K was a great way to get through a night of studying while watching the old Comedy Channel. The premise of the show was an evil scientist has trapped a test subject onto the “Spaceship of Love” trying to find his breaking point by forcing him to watch awful movies. While being forced to watch, the subject has robot friends to help him watch, Crow, Gypsy, and Tom Servo. I got hooked on the original show when the subject was forced to watch “Manos Hands of Fate”.
Look, the premise is silly enough for school children, but the adult style humor is a great escape. Watching these people rail against these movies are the things we’ve all done with our own friends while watching an equally horrible movie, or maybe even a good one. So pop some kernels of corn and make fun of the movie with the new host Jonah and his robot friends.
Why Not To Watch: You yourself are Kinga Forrestter, master of Moon Base 13, or her dim witted sidekick Max. You enjoy trying to see what Jonah will do when his mind reaches his breaking point. And you hate bubbles.
Hulu: Black Sails Seasons 1-3
Why To Watch: For those of us that don’t have a subscription to the Starz network, this show has been unavailable to us. Now that the show has entered its fourth, and final, season Hulu has brought us the first three seasons to watch. A prequel to the book by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”. Set on the island of New Providence, this tale of the high seas follows Captain Flint and his crew of pirates, the daughter of the islands leader Eleanor Guthrie, and John Silver (before he added the Long). I’m only two episodes in and this is strangely similar in its early tones to Game of Thrones. That guy dies a bloody death, boobs, a good guy tries to get away with doing a bad thing, more boobs, we see evil people that we strangely like, and more boobs. I’ll stay for the action and plot for at least the first season, waiting to see how all the moving parts fit together before leading into “Treasure Island”.
Why Not To Watch: You read that awful book in high school and didn’t like it after you were forced to read it for junior English class. The blood and graphic nudity is to much to handle for the faint of heart. You hate pirates and water.
Network TV: Saturday Night Live
Why To Watch: This week’s host is none other than SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, with musical guest Harry Styles. The ratings boom SNL has enjoyed the last few weeks has been mostly due to Alec Baldwin’s spot on impersonation of Donald Trump, but just as funny has been Melissa McCarthy’s spot impersonation of Sean Spicer. With Spicer’s poor choice of words this week, Trump dropping the MOAB, and Jimmy Fallon’s fantastic track record of shows he hosts, this should be a highlight of the season. Whether Harry Styles does anything for you or not, a late night snack will be in order, and a box of tissues ready in case you laugh until you cry.
Why Not To Watch: You stopped watching SNL when Bill Murray left the show. Or Mike Myers. Or Will Ferrell. Or Kristen Wiig. Or ………….
Why To Watch: I could have told you the most obvious movie to go see, Fate of The Furious, but I don’t see the point of that style of movie except to get cars going fast and doing ridiculous stunts. Gifted on the other hand looks to be a sweet story that people can actually feel something. It revolves around 7 year old Mary, who on the first day of school shows a genius level mind when it comes to math. Her uncle Frank has been caring for her since she was 6 months old after her mothers death and doesn’t want Mary to have anything more than a normal upbringing and childhood. Mary’s grandmother has other plans when she learns of Mary’s gift and fights Frank for custody of the child, and to also force her into a life of mathematics even at her early age. So fast cars vs. a sweet and smart little girl at the center of a custody battle. I would stick with the genius level Mary.
Why Not To Watch: You Want Fast Cars!!!! And Explosions!!!! And Dwayne Johnson Saying Something Cool!!!! And Jason Statham Saying Something Badass Back At Him!!!!!
Sports: NHL and NBA Playoffs
Why To Watch: The regular seasons are over with and it’s time for the big boys to make their money. On the hardwood, we have the Warriors trying to take back what should have been theirs last year, and the Cavs trying to repeat. Standing in the way are 14 other teams, with the Spurs and Rockets threats in the West, and the Celtics and Raptors beasts in the East. One thing to remember about Lebron’s Cavs is that every time his team has been a number 2 seed, they’ve reached the NBA Finals. So don’t count on the Cavs recent struggles to take them down.
In the NHL, usual suspects are betting threats to take home Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Blackhawks, Penguins, Capitals, and Ducks hope to return to the finals. Strong teams like the Blue Jackets, Wild, Predators, and Rangers (LGR!), look to crash the party. I will say this, nothing beats when a team wins the Cup and skates around the ice, holding it above their heads with every last bit of strength they have after such a grueling and long regular season and playoffs.
Why Not To Watch: Let’s face it, your going to watch at least one of these games this weekend. You won’t be able to go to a restaurant without seeing a game on. And they’ll be waiting for you after you mow the yard and want to kick back and drink a cold one.
That about sums up the Media Weekend Forecast. Last weekend I hope you enjoyed the start of Spring viewings that have been offered, and I feel that this weekend is even better. So get the popcorn ready, ice down that six pack of PBR, and claim your spot on the couch. Until next week, I’m your Mediaologist Brad Morris.