It's finally March! I live in Maine at the moment, which meant it was a beautiful 41 degrees outside today, a statement I never thought I'd be saying with any sense of honesty. But anyways, let's get into this week's Tastebreakers!
Harley Quinn on HBO Max
This was my favorite find of the week. Harley Quinn has had a few adaptations in the past few years, the most noteworthy being Margot Robbie in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. While Robbie did an amazing job as the psychotic sidekick to the Joker, I feel that the general shortcomings present in Suicide Squad held her performance back.
On the other hand, Kaley Cuoco's take on the character is perfect. The show tells the story of Quinn seceding from the grip of the Joker, and overcoming the trauma and insecurities the maniacal clown left her with on her path to be the top villain in Gotham. A lot of passes have been made at feminist interpretation in the superhero realm, and I'd dare to say this one is my favorite.
It's goofiness doesn't overtake the pressing drama throughout the series, giving a lighthearted feel to an otherwise very dark situation, it's thought provoking and truly checks all the boxes for the perfect feminist superhero series. Go watch on HBO Max.
Far Cry: Primal
The Far Cry series is huge. It's probably Ubisoft's most successful venture aside from Assassin's Creed, and with the sixth installment of Far Cry coming sometime? I guess? It was supposed to be December? Then February? Now it's just "sometime in 2021"? Let's take a look back at the forgotten gem of the series.
Far Cry: Primal is so cool. Play as Takkar, a hunter from the scattered Wenja tribe, as you venture throughout the Oros valley during the Paleolithic era (caveman times). Unite your tribe under one banner, and take back the land that once belonged to you.
Want to make a spear out of wood and stone, then beat up a sabre tooth tiger with it? Want to ride a sabre tooth tiger? This is the game for you. It's exciting, the plot is extremely compelling, and for a game that was supposed to be a small project, it outshines even some of the main installments of the series.
S - SZA
SZA, aside from Kendrick, has clearly established herself as the most commercially successful member of Top Dawg Ent, a cultural force and a voice to be reckoned with. She's a star now, she'll be a star for years to come.
So why not go back to where it all began? SZA self released this mixtape, titled S, back in 2013 for free digital download, and it's pure SZA. It's far less refined than her most recent project, 2017s Ctrl, that grabbed the world by the heart and still won't let go. It's far less hypnotic than her previous project and first with TDE, Z. It isn't her best, because whose first is their best?
But while we patiently twiddle our thumbs for the Queen herself to drop that new album, or maybe for Anthony to get around to releasing it, who knows, check this out to hold you over.
Oh, Hello on Broadway
Oh, Hello is the lovechild of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Their two characters that have appeared everywhere from talk shows to The Kroll Show, Gil Faizon and George St Geegland, take the stage at the legendary Wintergarden Theatre. I mean the Lyceum Theatre!
These are the deepest, darkest, most twisted parts of the comedians minds. Two characters so unabounded by morality and social convention that they can say anything that pops into their heads. This show is weird, it's brilliant, and it's on Netflix! But before you check that out, I recommend watching the Oh, Hello sketches from The Kroll Show, just to get a feel for the characters beforehand.
This is a weird, niche brand of their comedy that somehow made it all the way to Broadway, and it's completely and utterly ridiculous.
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