Every week 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:
Rick and Morty Season 3
It’s about freaking time Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s beloved show returns so we can follow the drunken genius, mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandchildren “carpe all them diems.” The amount of time it has taken for the creatives behind this show to get it to it’s ravenous fans has been written about ad nauseum. The wait no longer matters, as Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto once said “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” I am glad they took the time to make sure they are doing the show they want to and not rushing because of demand.Through two episodes, the first being premiered as an April Fools Day joke, the writers have not missed a step. Though the family’s issues can be polarizing with fans personally I am curious to see how they continue to flesh out the family as they come to terms with the divorce of Beth and Jerry. Even Rick, “the smartest mammal in the galaxy,” seems to be not taking it too well. I like the use of personal issues to develop the characters who are otherwise jumping in and out of ridiculous worlds and realities. It is a fantastic way to endear the characters and transcend the medium of a cartoon necessary to portray their crazy adventures and make you care about them. I can’t wait to see what is in store for this season and beyond as Rick continues on his journey to get his McNuggets Szechuan dipping sauce.Game of Thrones is no longer the best show on Sundays.
My eyes are much too big to serve as proof, but I am actually part Japanese. I have always been fascinated with this portion of my heritage, and I adore the Japanese culture and how much different it is from our own American culture. My sisters both separately told me about Emmy’s YouTube channel recently, and since I’ve started watching her videos, I simply cannot stop!
Emmy herself is actually Chinese-American, but she spent a few years living in Japan, and as such, is very familiar with the culture and the fooooood. This channel has so much to it that I just adore. I love basically anything having to do with food, and the channel is basically all food-based. Emmy will do tasting and cooking videos, with a good deal of Japanese cuisine, but also jumping across all cultures. Plus, she will literally try anything. Viewers will send her boxes of goodies from their home country, and it’s fascinating to see the foods from all over the world. I think the best part is Emmy herself and how descriptive she is of each food. She’ll explain the tastes, the smells, the textures, and she’s never dramatic about foods even if she absolutely hates it. I’m convinced her calm demeanor would charm basically anyone, and I, for one, will be a long time viewer from now on.
If you’re into food culture and think Japan is as awesome as me, I would recommend checking her out. For now, I’ll leave you with a hilariously bizarre retro recipe she tried out from an old cookbook. Itadakimasu!
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
I really like cars. I really really like race cars. The 24 hours of Le Mans is THE car race. 24 hours of some of the fastest cars ever going all out, it's an insane thing. There's been many documentaries and movies about this race including Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" and Audi's excellent Truth In 24 documentary series the second of which was co produced by NFL Films so I highly recommend it. The Amazon series I'm recommending here is a worthy equal to any of the best films that have been produced about this race.
This series chronicles the 2015 race which saw one of the closest finishes between two of the most historically successful manufacturers in the almost 100 year history of the race, Audi and Porsche. The race is also unique in that there are four categories of cars on the track at the same time and the show does a great job of highlighting that. Even if you've never been into racing I recommend you give this a try. With the recent news that Porsche has abandoned the World Endurance Series it's a good time to look back at what could have been the best race in the highest category in the history of Le Mans.