What’s up folks? As always, a new week, a new Groovy Grab Bag. There’s plenty to discuss this week. And if you have anything to add, go onto the twitter.
Doctor Who: The Four Doctors #1-5
We Are Robin #2
Batman & Robin Eternal #15
Secret Wars #9
Mighty Thor #3
Darth Vader #2-6
All-New, All-Different Avengers #2
All-New Hawkeye #3
Extraordinary X-Men #3
All-New Inhumans #1
Red Wolf #1
Green Lantern: Lost Army #1-6
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #3
This week was a bit different from the usual diverse palette. While I love the show, I’ve never really found the time to dive into the Doctor Who comic books, and there are a lot of them. But in this case it was hard to resist. A Doctor team-up series, written by the guy responsible for one of the best David Tennant (perhaps the revival era) episodes: Human Nature/The Family of Blood, as well as Captain Britain & MI13 among other books. Who could resist?
That said, it’s easy to ask what the purpose of a multi-Doctor story would be in this case, especially since The Day of the Doctor was not that long ago, The Four Doctors recognizes it, to the point of including the War Doctor in a prologue setting up the events of the main story proper. The key thing to remember is that the Twelfth Doctor and the War Doctor are two very different men, which the story subtly shows, and in terms of how that impacts his relationship with the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors creates some very interesting implications in how the Doctor acts and has acted in his previous incarnations.
While the story is in a fashion smaller scale than the last multi-Doctor team-up, it’s no less important to the Doctor himself. While Paul Cornell has to write the story in such a way that it doesn’t overshadow the show’s continuity, it still does a fantastic job of giving the Doctors and companions involved their day, as well as being understanding of what separates the comics medium from television. Anyone looking towards to get more Doctor Who while the show is at rest ought to make this their stop.
You’re the Worst
There’s no lack of unique comedies floating around television these days. While Arrested Development and Community are currently at rest, live action sitcoms are not hurting for content. You’re the Worst in particular has made the kind of mark that the two aforementioned comedies made for me in my undergrad years. You’re the Worst is in its second season and ostensibly focuses on the very dysfunctional relationship between LA natives the would-be novelist Jimmy and PR rep Gretchen. While on the surface a very snarky and cynical deconstruction of “easy” millennial relationships, in actuality it’s a very heartfelt examination of 21st century relationships. That goes from the palpable effect parents have on all of our relationships, romantic and otherwise, as well as just how utterly crushing it can be to suffer in silence with depression. The late-season reveal of Gretchen’s relationship turns the narrative dynamics of the show even further sideways.
While writing about depression can be very difficult due to issues in depicting it in a realistic as well as sensitive way, the writing staff as well as the actors do a superb job of navigating a balance in drawing upon the usual fallacies of the characters for idiosyncratic comedy, as well as showing just how difficult the situation is upon every involved. While You’re the Worst has its future assured with the upcoming third season, it’s never too late to get a start on it before the third season drops.
Hope you’re all having a good halfway point through January. While the winter is always a difficult time, it’s never a bad idea to have fun by sitting down and enjoying something you love. See you all next week.