Every week (just about) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
I’ve been catching up on Superstore this week. It is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and has filled the void Parks and Recreation left. I don’t hear too much buzz around it so that’s another characteristic it shares with the arguably best comedy series as well as my desire to immediately re-watch all the episodes.
If I had to suggest one episode for you to get into this series it would be their Halloween episode Brett’s Dead or my favorite so far, Golden Globes Party. You’ll get a good sense of the characters and if anyone tries to tell you that Dina is female Dwight Schrute…well they might be right.
There is also a “will they won’t they” plotline going on, but it is not obnoxious in the least and is a reason why this show ranks so high for me. The writers take care to realistically showcase these workplace relationships, so anybody who’s worked any job actually can relate to this show. And because Superstore is a comedy we also get wacky scenes that have personally made me cackle out loud and lose my breath. The best part of one of the episodes I watched this week was when one of the workers, Mateo, gets crushed by a poorly hung Pot of Gold decoration. With no context you would think this was a poor gag out of Family Guy but they all move the plots forward. The real gags (which might I add are brilliant) are the cut to scenes of the Cloud 9 shoppers, if you’re not paying attention you’ll miss bizarre and annoying customers, unsupervised toddlers and even Juggalos. I even forgot most of them until I found this gem.
Last week I wrote about how the WWE’s “developmental” brand NXT had a strong chance of stealing the spotlight from the main roster during Wrestlemania, the company’s biggest event. That prediction may not have come to fruition, even though they were better, but in my diluted mind they were the highlight, particularly the show’s heel faction Undisputed Era.
Adam Cole(Bay Bay!), the de facto leader, and the team of Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish “invaded” NXT last summer attacking the newly crowned champions multiple times that night. I was a storyline that would make the New World Order and Bullet proud. The long time veterans of independent wrestling circuits made their presence known in a big and immediate way. After their debut they went on to win a savage War Games match against the promotions top tag teams to win the NXT tag team titles and they have not relinquished them since. At Takeover: New Orleans, Adam Cole(Bay Bay!) survived a brutal 6 man ladder match against 5 of the company’s most intriguing wrestlers to become the first ever North American Champion. Later that night in a triple threat tag team match, when it appeared Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong would walk away with the Tag Team Titles Strong inexplicably broke up a sure three count and delivered his signature Strong Breaker to finish off his supposed teammate. He joined forces with WWE’s best stable, most of my favorite in one place.
They have the coolest wrestlers on the roster. They all have title belts(technically). They have the raddest entrance song in the company, complete with O’Reilly mimicking Hollywood Hulk Hogan’s entrance by playing air guitaring with his belt. They are the best thing NXT and WWE have going for them and I am excited to see where it goes.
My Hero Academia
I'm starting to think my favorite flavor of super hero comes from the anime world. Clearly watching Dragon Ball Z/Saint Seiya/Captain Tsubasa aka Super Campeones during my formative years has made me more propense to enjoy "heroes" in the anime sense. However the take on the American comic book hero that's been present in anime is very refreshing and the way in which they handle the tropes of "great power comes great responsibility" is fantastic.
My Hero Academia is a type of "X-Men Academy meets One-Punch Man" show that ticks all the boxes for what I look for in a show.
- Unique/Funny super powers: ✔️
- Over the top fights: ✔️
- Snide ripoffs of conventional heros: ✔️
- Making fun of anime tropes while also employing them: ✔️
In the shows universe nearly 80% of the population is born with super powers or "quirks". Our shows protagonist, Midoriya, is of the minority. He doesn't have a super power. Despite that he's deadset and focused to become a hero, more specifically he wants to become his favorite hero who is also the most popular and powerful hero in the world "All Might". All Might is a superhero straight out of the silver era of Comics, down to the costume and demeanor. With all the odds tasked against him Midoriya still goes about trying to become a hero so this makes for a unique view on being a hero. Just to prevent you from thinking you know how it's gonna workout he doesn't go the Batman/Ironman route. The only downside to this show is that it has a lot of the DBZ style recaps at the beginning of the shows which take away a solid 5 minutes of new stuff from each episode.
It's just a cool show, and it's on Hulu!