I just started watching the fourth season of The maid’s tale and I remember why I prefer the weekly schedule of this show: Its ridicule is extremely exhausting (Monica Hesse makes this point much more eloquent in her review, mostly without spoilers in Washington Post). The show has a mystery: it can’t kill its main character (which would be an amazing plot) and it can’t take it out of Gilead because that’s where the action is. So June must continue to suffer again and again. And it’s over. After the first three episodes, June is already suffering a lot. For the rest of the season, I really hope to see A) a lot more than Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley, and B) something good happened in June. Everything.
West Side Story
Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical is very similar at first glance to the original 1961 film (this side-by-side comparison from YouTuber Matt Skuta shows the many differences). But while the earlier film included white actors in makeup to play some of Puerto Rican characters, Spielberg was looking for Puerto Rican performers for his updated version. The spectacular Rita Moreno, who starred in the original as Anita, appears in Spielberg’s version and is also the film’s executive producer. West Side Story hits theaters (after a long delay related to COVID) in December.
The last 10-episode season of Castlevania returns to “where it all began”, according to the new trailer. The official synopsis from Netflix says that “Wallachia collapses in chaos while factions clash” and mentions attempts to bring Dracula back from the dead (!!). “These are the end times.” This is the last season with this cast (Deadline announced that Netflix may launch a new series in the verse Castlevania, but with different characters), so expect a lot of blood. Season four of Castlevania falls on Netflix on May 13th.
Well, as a parent, I’m always a little wary of Disney / Pixar movies because they’re usually emotionally devastating to watch by parents (see: Finding Nemoor maybe Inside outor maybe the last scene of Toy History 3) (and I just cried the hell out at first). Luke is the story of two young sea monsters who become human when they are not in the water while exploring the surface world in a sea town on the Italian Riviera. It looks safe enough and the trailer looks nice, but Pixar always gets you, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Luke visits Disney Plus on June 18.
Sweet tooth is a post-apocalyptic tale based on DC Comic, with Robert Downey Jr. as executive producer (is this the most Verge-y sentence I ever wrote? Probably.). Our hero is a very cute hybrid deer-boy, played by Christian Convery, who is looking for a new beginning after the society was raised by something called The Great Crumble. Sweet tooth arrives on Netflix on June 4.
Rick and Morty Season 5
The second trailer for season 5 of Rick and Morty continues where the first trailer stopped, that is, in the middle of a chaotic space battle? with cyberpunk birds? this is a parody of Power Rangers? Of course why not. Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim on June 20th.