Sometimes people like something and you just don’t get it. ‘Pen15’ on Hulu has been getting a lot of rave – and the gimmick here is that the creators, May Erskine and Anna Konkle re playing their Middle School selves. The writing is good, but there’s something here that bore me. I saw the pilot episode and I just have no desire to come back to it.
We have two competing documentaries on the failed Fyre Music Festival from 2017, and I have seen them both. So which one did I like better. I will give it to Hulu’s ‘Fyre Fraud’ by a small margin. It’s also a little lighter, and has a broader thing to say than Netflix’s ‘Fyre,’ which I thought was a little drier. I also saw ‘Fyre Fraud’ first and perhaos the Netflix one suffered because of that?
‘Fyre Fraud’ has an edge by having Billy McFarland interviewed – their competitors say that Hulu paid $250,000 for that, and if that’s is true, that would be disgusting. ‘Fyre,’ on the other hand has its own demons – it was produced by the media people who worked on the festival, and of course, it made the media company look good and less culapble for what happened. But for me, who cares? These rich people got scammed – boo hoo – and the social influencers got scammed boo hoo again. It’s not the end of the world for them, but how about the Bahamanian workers who shelled out money and never got repaid back. Why can’t Netflix or Hulu shell out some money for these people? In the end, I didn’t really have a lot of sympathy for some of these white entitled privileged people who got scammed.
Hulu recommended this show to me. I think it’s because I watched some Freeform shows on their platform. The show focuses on ballet and time travel. A ballerina from the year 1905 (played by Jessica Lord) gets transported to present time (2018) unintentionally because of a blunder by her boyfriend. I thought the pilot episode was kind of boring – I thought it needed more action, and the pace, especially for something that involves some fantasy. And not that I am an expert on ballet, but I thought the dancing was lackluster. And Lord isn’t the greatest young actress out there, but there are some twinks in the cast that got my attention, so all in all, it’s not a bad viewing experience. I won’t give up on the show, though, because I kind of like the idea, especially the love story parts of it – there is a very romantic vibe here that is very promising. And the episodes could get better, though I am not really a big fan of the fantasy element of it.