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What Are You Hooked On Right Now?

By Lord Castleton | Comment Diversions | December 31, 2015 |

By Lord Castleton | Comment Diversions | December 31, 2015 |

For me, it was the character of The Widow, in The Sanctuary, from the AMC show Into the Badlands, when she said this magical quote:

“We are fighting for a world where girls don’t get dragged into dark rooms and have their innocence torn from them. But that world comes at a price.”

Oh, The Widow! You had me at this: (WARNING! It’s pretty violent. Awesome and preposterous and comic booky and impossible to do in heels, but y’know…violent.)

But that quote above completely sealed the deal. In a world where there’s a lot of excitement about Jessica Jones, I give you The Widow, played by Emily Beechum.


Holy hotness, Batman! I could slow cook a roast in that hotness. That’s not a euphemism, though it should be.

Anyway, that’s pretty much the last thing on TV I got hooked on. It was like nine days ago. I just pressed play to kind of know what I was deleting to make space on my DVR and then, six hours later I felt like I needed a cigarette. God I love six episode seasons! They feel so…manageable. So possible. “How many episodes? Six? I WILL WATCH THE SHIT OUT OF THAT.” I haven’t enjoyed a sixer this much since Doctor J.

Make no mistake about it: Into the Badlands is not for everyone. But if you like top tier choreography and ultra-stylized execution, it’s for you. Usually, shows like this sacrifice acting quality for artistic expression and this doesn’t stray far from that, except that the acting isn’t awful. It’s just okay, but not bad/okay. Good/okay. Just okay enough to not crack the suspension of disbelief that you’re enjoying a glimpse into a dystopian sword-based future society.

Worth a watch, for sure. Just park your critic gene, sit back and enjoy.

What else am I hooked on?

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Well, way back when, last Memorial Day Weekend, when I asked about your favorite characters? I learned the name of Harry Dresden, and I finally got around to starting Storm Front over the Christmas holiday. On first blush I was like “this Jim Butcher fellow is a bit of a lightweight,” but for some reason I couldn’t seem to put it down. Ugh! Up yours, Jim Butcher! I blasted through Storm Front in a night and a half and now I’m waiting for Fool Moon and Grave Peril to come in to my local library. The only, admittedly minimal, gripe I have at all is the cover art. I don’t love when a book shows me what someone looks like. I’d prefer that you tell me what he looks like and then I’ll paint my own picture.

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I’m also hooked on Tom Clancy’s The Division. The detail! Just click on the above photo to see it. It’s amazing. Anyway, I played in the closed Alpha and the first rule of closed Alpha is that you don’t talk about closed Alpha. I want to, though. I want to talk about it soooooo much. But I won’t. In the meantime I got hooked on Fallout 4. It was just supposed to be kind of a placeholder, but then I started working for this dude named Preston Garvey and helping settlers and they were like “oh we can’t possibly defeat all the ghouls in the next town but you probably can” and then I hike up my god complex trousers and go do their bidding and they’re like “now we need food and water and laser turrets!” That was fine and dandy but now I have to plant gourds n shit. Getting in trouble with Lady Castleton for secreting myself away to plant gourds is so, so sad.


And this week I saw Tarantino’s The Hateful 8 and Inarritu’s The Revenant and watched Trainwreck on DVD and The Ref on Netflix.



TV: AMC’s Into the Badlands. On Deck: (Bunch of catch-up viewing) Binging Casual, UnReal, Season 2 of The Leftovers and The Man in the High Castle.

FILM: The Hateful 8, The Revenant, Trainwreck, The Ref. On Deck: Cannot wait to watch Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. After that I’ve got Creed. TK was psyched for both, and whither he goest, I will go.

Book: The Dresden Files. But really interested in The Inspector Gamache Series. Anything that gets MsWas to write a review makes me sit up and take notice.

Game: Fallout 4 (Because There’s no The Division. Yet.)

Music: Julia Holter ‘Feel You’, (Early) Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s ‘Skeleton Key’, ‘Broadripple is Burning’, Clem Snide ‘I Love the Unknown’, Why? ‘The Vowels Part 2’
(But for good measure, working in a few Motorhead songs)

Recipe: Pan Fried Brussel Sprouts with Bacon


Cocktail: Moscow Mule & Boulevardier



To summarize, it turns out I’m white as snow but happy as a clam and apparently into people getting really really messed up. Man, I have to go drink a glass of milk and read some Jane Austen or something. Sheesh.

So as we head into 2016, what are you guys hooked on right now?

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Lord Castleton is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.