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Episode 1 – Lawyers, Guns & Honey
With demand for honey soaring just as bees are dying off in record numbers, hidden additives, hive thefts and other shady tactics are on the rise.

This covers colony collapse and other generally well-known issues.

Episode 2 – The Peanut Problem
Taking a look at the increasing body of science around the proliferation of people who suffer from severe food allergies and the accountability of restaurateurs in caring for their most vulnerable diners.

This covers medical cases to the detriment of the issues raised.

Episode 3 – Garlic Breath
Cooking shows turned the humble garlic bulb into a multi-billion-dollar crop, but a lawsuit raises troubling questions about top suppliers.

Probably the best of the series. The legal case explored in the second half of the show was a fascinating case of self-interest and money.

Episode 4 – Big Bird
The ruthlessly efficient world of chicken production pits vulnerable growers against one another, leaving them open to vicious acts of sabotage.

Most of this material has been covered by other documentaries.

Episode 5 – Milk Money
Looking to boost profits, some dairy farmers are switching to produce upscale organic milk or “raw” unpasteurized milk, but it comes with the risk of pathogens that can sicken — or even kill — consumers.

The whole ‘raw’ milk thing seems to be based on ignorance and stupidity. And businesses taking advantage of it.

Episode 6 – Cod is Dead
As the global fish supply dwindles, the industry faces crises on all sides, including crooked moguls, dubious imports and divisive regulations.

A good history of the fishing industry as a whole.

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The Good Place Episode 46 ‘Help Is Other People’

On the last day of the yearlong experiment, Simone deduces that the neighborhood is an experiment; she correctly identifies the four subjects, but also believes Tahani and “Jianyu” to be subjects.

Everyone reveals their secrets: John’s knowledge of Jason’s identity, Brent’s “Best Place” objective, and Chidi having been told Simone is his soulmate. Simone and Chidi discover the scoreboard identifying only them, Brent, and John.

In a last-ditch effort to earn points, Michael throws Brent into a sinkhole, hoping the other three will rescue him despite his flaws and summon a train.

So now we come to the end of the experiment. And it looks like they have lost. Here’s hoping that they will somehow turn things around.

Or maybe this whole good/bad thing is just the wrong way to think about the afterlife.

 

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The Good Place 45 “A Chip Driver Mystery”

Michael visits Bad Janet in Janet’s void at the ends of six months’ captivity and relates recent events.

The experiment shows promise when the humans enjoy a ski trip together, with Brent expressing greater tolerance. However, their relationships are thrown into turmoil after Brent writes an amateurish novel featuring insulting versions of Tahani and Chidi.

Michael counsels Brent that mistakes are opportunities for improvement, but Brent refuses to apologize and he and Chidi come to blows. Meanwhile, John discovers Jason’s identity and struggles to keep the secret.


This episode is unusual in that there is a framing narrative with Michael and bad Janet that seems unnecessary. And for the first time there is violence as Chidi hits Brent.

Brent’s book is suitably thick, however as he explains; his hero Chip Driver is really good as he solves the mystery by page 10. In the book, Tahani is ‘Scarlet Pakistan’.

Another good episode, but it’s only a few episodes to go until the end. What could possibly happen ??

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Season 4 Episode 5 – Employee of the Bearimy

In the experimental neighborhood, Derek is unable to maintain full operations in Janet’s absence. With the Janet-babies behaving erratically, Eleanor assigns Tahani to entertain the other humans at an isolated lake house.

Chidi prefers to stay at home and read, but Eleanor convinces him to try new experiences, including joining the others at the lake.

Now we are getting back into the swing of things –

  • Exploding Demons
  • Chidi withdrawing into himself
  • Tahani name-dropping every second line
  • Eleanor taking charge

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (or simply El Camino) is a 2019 American neo-western crime thriller film that serves as an epilogue to the television series Breaking Bad.

Series creator Vince Gilligan wrote, directed, and produced the film, while Aaron Paul reprised his role as Jesse Pinkman. The plot follows what happens to Pinkman following the events of the series finale.

 

 

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Season 4 Episode 4 Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy

Someone’s not who they say they are and the lying might be coming from inside the house.

When Janet brings the results of a Pictionary game to life, Chidi’s poorly drawn horse is terrifying. Eleanor later finds Chidi practicing drawing to avoid causing further harm.

Glenn the demon, arrives and claims Michael is really a disguised Vicky. Janet’s “demon lie detector” causes Glenn to explode; he will take months to reconstitute.

Michael is unwilling to let his friends see his true form, a monstrous fire squid; with no other way to prove his identity, Michael prepares to blow himself up to protect the experiment.

Jason realizes Janet is an impostor and restrains her; she is a Bad Janet who marbleized Janet and sent her to the Bad Place on Chris’s train. So it’s off the the bad place to rescue (good) Janet.

Dean of Geek

 

Disenchantment

Disenchantment is a satirical fantasy sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series is Groening’s only production to appear exclusively on Netflix. He previously created The Simpsons and Futurama for 20th Century Fox Television.

Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, the series follows the story of Bean, a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her elf companion Elfo, and her destructive “personal demon” Luci.

Disenchantment stars the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery, and Billy West.

Disenchantment was renewed for a twenty-episode second season, to be released between 2020 and 2021.

 

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Brandon Scott Jones as John and Jameela Jamil as Tahani

Titled “Chillaxing”, which  is a portmanteau of “Chidi” and “relaxing”.

Eleanor and Michael are feeling smug about the state of their new experiment. Chidi is teaching moral philosophy, so three new humans will have enough points to convince the Judge to change the rules for the afterlife.

Instead, they’re startled to discover a laid-back, fun-loving Chidi.

He’s not crippled by indecisiveness, nor does he particularly want to spend an eternity teaching Brent how to be a better person.

Eleanor and Michael realize that they left a key ingredient out of this reboot: Chidi isn’t being tortured, even a little, so he feels no urgency to do anything.

So Jason is sent in to stir things up. He does a great job. Now Chidi is anxious and worried. It seems that the strategy is working and things are back on track.

But wait, who’s that coming down the railway line, dressed in a dark cape ???

 

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The Good Place
Episode 41

A Girl from Arizona (Part 2)

Eleanor in charge, and she’s not confident enough to lead…

 

But it’s all about Brent, trying to change him and Chidi’s girlfriend.

 

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The Good Place
Season 4 Episode 1

The Good Place is back for its forth and final season.

Season three ended with Chidi having the memory of his romance wit Eleanor removed. Now Eleanor is playing the architect, and she has to deal with him coming back him and not knowing her. The team is competing with the Bad Place over the fate of humanity, so small stakes…

Unfortunately the Bad Place (those dastardly villains) have sent a demon to cause havoc. He is thrown out, so now it’s the old gang back to win this thing..