Below Deck: Below Deck (all Seasons) Season 0, Ep 0
Below Deck (IMDB) is a workplace reality TV show that follows the lives of a crew on a mega-yacht during a season of short charters. Cramped quarters, wild parties obnoxious guests (Screenrant), and glamorous international locations, all proved a big draw for from season 1 in 2013 - up to an abrupt stop in season 8 when the show ran into... well...2020. The making and editing of the show is an interesting story in its own right - as a super-yacht is turned into a floating TV studio operating 24 hours a day (NYT). [more inside]
The Stranded: Full Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves. (Netflix, Thai production) [more inside]
30° i februari: 30 Degrees in February (S1: All episodes) Season 1, Ep 0
To these Swedes, Thailand seems like a fresh start, a place to rebuild your life, where happiness is within a hand's reach. But they may discover that wherever you go, there you are. 10 episode character driven drama on Netflix. [more inside]
Is anyone else interested in watching this sweet, low-key and a bit melancholy series? (Available on Netflix in many regions.) Trailer. Something about it reminds me of The Station Agent. [more inside]
Fishing with John: Thailand with Dennis Hopper Season 1, Ep 5
John Lurie and Dennis Hopper travel to Thailand in search of the deadly, hypnotic Giant Squid in this two part episode. [more inside]
On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee recalls his many past lives. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: FIFA caught on corruption charges, the Thai love for Hitler Season 2, Ep 15
This week: Cuba is removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Nebraska becomes the 19th US state to abolish the death penalty. Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage by a 2-to-1 margin. And Now: Newscasters Finding The Fact That They Don't Know Words Hilarious. (Watch for the THUG LIFE joke.) The main story: FIFA is revisited as issues with corruption have resulted in successful criminal prosecution against FIFA officials in the United States. YouTube. (13m) The indictment, which Oliver recommends you read due to being "amazing," is here. (164p PDF) And Now: Bernie Sanders Asks Interviewers Questions. And finally, we look at Adolf Hitler's bizarre cachet in Thailand, where his image is used as a general mascot and cultural signifier. Who would be better than Hitler? Rip Taylor, who appears in a segment stating his case. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Thailand Mad At John Oliver, Nuclear Weapons, #GoGetTheGeckos Season 1, Ep 12
This week: Flordia Representative Curt Clawson mistakes Americans for Indian government figures on camera, ISIS may have ordered genital mutilation for women in an Iraqi city (but may not have, at least they deny it), Thailand's government annoyed with Last Week Tonight's coverage of their silly prince (with a bit about nations with a lèse-majesté law), newscasters annoyed at what they're covering, a long piece on nuclear weapons in the US (YouTube, 15m), politicians using outdated pop culture references, and the temporary loss of that Russian gecko sex satellite (YouTube 3.5m).
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Monarchy Around The World, Dr Oz & Dietary Supplement Regulation Season 1, Ep 8
This week: Iraq continues to fall to ISIS. Thailand undergoes a military coup d'etat. Antarctic ecosystem threatened by tourists. A long piece on monarchy around the world. And the top story, on Dr. Oz, dietary supplements, and their regulation. To show Dr. Oz that he can pander on his show without making questionable claims, Oliver finishes up with a pander-palooza, which has to be seen to be believed.