Odds & Ends 11/1-11/14

The past couple of months have been busy, but I’ve had a chance to catch a few things lately, so I thought I’d do a quick round-up in case anyone is looking for something different to watch.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – A new entry to the MCU introduces a new hero I’m eager to learn more about. The pacing seemed a little quick to me, but the fight scenes are cool to watch, and I really like the characters.

What If…? – An animated MCU series on Disney+ tackles the multiverse of possibilities now open to our favorite characters. Some episodes are stronger than others (Captain Carter was my favorite), but I would recommend this one for more of the diehard Marvel fan.

Only Murders in the Building – Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez star in this quirky mystery as three neighbors who start a podcast to solve the murder of another tenant in their building. It was a different type of humor than what I went in expecting, but it worked and constantly had me guessing “Who killed Tim Kono?!”

Veronica Mars – I got super into reruns of this show in college, and I finally got around to watching the new season on Hulu (after a quick binge of the original to refresh my memory). I have to admit, I think they were better off leaving the show ended after the movie. The new season is interesting, but Veronica, now well into adulthood, is still the same person she was in high school, and it bugs me to see characters I like stagnate, or to think that they haven’t continued growing offscreen.

Call the Midwife – the 10th anniversary season is currently airing on PBS Masterpiece, but you can still catch the earlier seasons on Netflix. This show is a wholesome, heartwarming drama following the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House in London’s East End in the 1950s-60s, inspired by the memoirs of real midwife and nurse Jennifer Worth.

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