It’s almost March and a new month means a new list of things to be excited about. And once again, I’ve taken a look at what’s scheduled in TV, movies, video games, and comics, and picked out the things that have elicited my enthusiasm. And let me tell you, we didn’t see many TV premieres in February because of the Olympics, but March is making up for it. Let’s get enthusiastic!
Atlanta – (March 1) Donald Glover’s fantastic and much-awarded FX show took 2017 off, partly because Glover was very busy playing Lando Calrissian. The first season was brilliant and struck this really wonderful balance between silly and insightful. It’s a show where somebody owned an invisible car but also explored what is was like for Earn when he didn’t necessarily know where he was going to sleep at night. It is good TV and I care so much about the characters. I miss Paper Boi, you know? I’m looking forward to laughing while being sad and a little bit uncomfortable. (FX)
Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo – (March 7) – Hap and Leonard is my jam, guys. I loved Joe R. Lansdale’s novels, I’ve loved the previous two miniseries, and I’m so excited for James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams to reprise their roles as the titular friends. The Mambo novel was crazy, and I’m excited to see how it translates to TV and just what kind of condition these guys are in after Mucho Mojo. That one left them with some scars. I’m going to be obsessed with this once again and nobody I know watches it and I’ll feel so alone. (Sundance)
Hard Sun – (March 7) This BBC production will roll out all six episodes at once, a rarity for Hulu. Created by Neil Cross, the man who created Luther and wrote some swell Doctor Who episodes, it’s about a couple of London detectives who, in the midst of investigating a case, learn that the human race could be extinct in five years. You’re already sold, right? (Hulu)
Jessica Jones – (March 8) Season Two finally hits and I think we’re all looking forward to seeing what happens to Jessica next. (I’m convinced that nobody has finished watching Defenders yet, so that doesn’t count.) All of our Season One favorites are back, even David Tennant’s Killgrave. Though he’ll probably be a flashback or dream what with the whole, you know, “snap”. I’m curious as to where they’re going to go, since Season One pretty much covered her iconic comic story. This should be something entirely new, and I’m here for it. (Netflix)
Love – (March 9) Apparently Netflix is putting Jessica Jones out a day early because they know how hard I have to binge this. It’s the third and final season of the romantic comedy with Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs as a couple who maybe actually shouldn’t be together. I adore this show – it’s genuinely funny and sad and sometimes sweet. The supporting cast (especially Claudia O’Doherty and Mike “The Spoonman” Mitchell) is wonderful. It’s clever and great and even when it makes me uncomfortable, it feels like a world I want to live in. This one might get the BoJack Power Binge. (Netflix)
Deception – (March 11) – I feel like I was half-joking when I really talked this show up during my network previews, but it’s a series about a magician who works for the FBI and the more I think about that, the more I love it. And yeah, nothing on TV has disappointed me as consistently as ABC dramas, but I’m going to watch every single episode of this. (ABC)
Tomb Raider – (March 16) Has there ever been a good movie based on a video game? Nope. And honestly, this reboot of the Lara Croft franchise could be a complete disaster. However, it’s based directly on the recent reboot of the game series which turned down the T&A and built Lara as a character. But more to the point, it stars Alicia Vikander and Walton Goggins. What am I, not going to see a movie with those two?
Barry – (March 25) This looks straight up my alley. Bill Hader stars in this comedy about a hitman who tries to change careers after he takes an acting class. Henry Winkler and Stephen Root are in the cast, and there is nothing that Stephen Root doesn’t make better. The trailers are really appealing and it feels like it’s going to hit that dark comedy sweet spot. With Veep off for the year before its final season, HBO could really use another solid comedy and this looks like it’ll go well with Silicon Valley. (HBO)
Far Cry 5 – (March 27) I like the Far Cry series, even if the writing can sometimes be eye-rolling. Instead of the usual exotic locales, the new entry is set in Montana and pits the player against a cult that has neo-Nazi trappings but to which they are very careful not to assign any specific beliefs or prejudices that could line up with real world political movements. It’s a weird balance where they’re trying to do something provocative and then immediately de-fang it. But you’re not playing Far Cry for the story. You’re playing for the really satisfying gameplay, the crazy open world full of challenges, and the thrill of taking down an outpost full of enemies unseen. I’m going to play it, I’m going to enjoy it, and I’m going to cringe at the cutscenes. That’s the Far Cry promise.
The Americans – (March 28) It’s the final season of one of my favorite shows. The secret Soviet spies who pose as an American family and, to their credit, have not in five seasons interfered with an election are almost done with their mission. When last we saw the Jennings, Philip wanted to get out of the spy game, Elizabeth realized that she kind of likes being in America, and Paige was more and more involved with the family business. As for Henry, um, I think maybe he went to a friend’s house? (Just wait, after being the butt of viewer jokes for five seasons, Henry’s going to turn them all in.) I just hope there’s a happy ending even though they’ve done terrible things. I love those spies. (FX)
Dark Knights: Metal #6 – (March 28) The finale to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman event comes this month and I have no idea how they’re wrapping it up. It’s a crazy series that bounces through DC continuity, introduces a whole mess of Nightmare Batmen from other timelines, invokes countless heavy metal references, and is a ridiculous amount of fun. For the first time since the New 52, somebody is playing with DC history in an enjoyable way and restoring a lot of the old stuff while still doing new things with it. It makes for a great capper to the team’s Batman run but it’s also a love letter to the DC Universe. Look, if you’re going to bring back Plastic Man and the Challengers of the Unknown in one miniseries, you’ve got my interest. (DC Comics)
How about you? What are you into this month?