#1208 "An almost perfect plan"

January 29th, 2016, 1:30 am

Average Rating: 5.00

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Licking college kids
so they stick together
really does work.

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Reply NtKGar, January 28th, 2016, 4:51 pm

Spent a couple of hours locked out of the apartment the other day. I had an interview in the morning, went to visit my Dad afterwards, and then got home and realised I had forgotten to transfer my keys from my regular jacket to my interview jacket before leaving the apartment. I had my Kindle with me and read for a while, but then my eyes started getting tired. I wanted a nap, but didn't want to take it in the hall. Then I realised I was still in range of the WiFi even though I was locked out and could watch Netflix on my phone until Paige got home.

I ended up watching Master of None starring Aziz Ansari. I'm not an established Aziz Ansari fan, I never really warmed up to his character in Parks and Recreation and that's my main impression of him, but I've since watched all ten episodes of Master of None and given it my five stars on Netflix.

Aziz Ansari plays Dev, a less successful actor than Aziz Ansari, who lives in New York and mostly works in commercials. There's a lot of social conscience stuff (which I'm into as a lifelong Star Trek fan) but it's handled from personal experience rather than the abstract ethical discussions you get in White People shows. Dev auditions for roles as cab drivers and convenience store clerks a LOT. He has three main friends who give different kinds of advice - big childlike white guy tells him to be free, Responsible professional asian guy tells him to be smart, cynical gay black woman tells him to listen (and how to understand women). It's an old trope, externalising the central character's inner processes, but the friends are all well played well written and likeable.

Most of my favourite scenes though were between Dev and his parents - who are played by Aziz Ansari's real parents! (Or at least that's what I'm assuming, their names are Shoukath and Fatima Ansari). At its heart the overarching story of the show is a coming-of-age story with the age in question being 30-something. That seems to be around when people are really discovering their identities these days (or at least that's what I'm hoping, I turn 34 next month), and the part parents play in the lives of their adult children is sketched out in a really endearing way

Each episode centers on a particular theme - episode one is about whether or not having children is a good idea, episode two is about being the American kids of immigrant parents, there's one about the kinds of roles Indian people get on TV (did you know the guy from the Short Circuit movies was a white guy in make up?), there's one about how men and women can be in the same place at the same time and have fundamentally different experiences, and a really sweet little love story that plays out over several episodes. There's an episode that really made me miss the hell out of my grandmother.

Overall the show's very bittersweet. I got a couple of good big belly laughs out of the ten episodes, but it's kind of more sad than funny. It's definitely funny, but it's a drama with very strong comic relief rather than the typical 'comedy program' format. Like I said, five stars, but it might not be the show you think it's going to be.

Oh, and I got the job. Starts on Monday.

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Reply NtKGar, January 28th, 2016, 5:17 pm

Heyyyy! Someone signed up for the Neko the Kitty Patreon already! This must be what buskers feel like :D

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Reply serebii101, January 29th, 2016, 7:47 am

congrats on getting the job. also how long were you waiting while watching netflix?

Reply NtKGar, January 29th, 2016, 8:55 am

I was locked out for about two and a half hours. It was fine, one of the neighbours came home and let me use their bathroom (which was my main concern), and their cat sniffed my hand, let me pat its head, and then wandered off. The neighbour in question was a teenage girl home before her parents, so that was the entirety of my visit.

Actually socialising with people outside your age group was another running theme in Master of None. The evolving adult relationship with your parents is echoed by a friendship Dev strikes up at work with a character played by H. John Benjamin. It's weird seeing H. John Benjamin on screen, I'm used to him as Archer and Bob. He doesn't really look like either of them, but the voice is instantly recogniseable. Anyway he's the voice of experience and a lot of his advice for Dev is similar to that of his Dad but from a different perspective.

I think teenagers and adults don't talk because there's an internalised social suspicion and because it's just horribly awkward. That eases up as you get older, apparently, though I'm not sure at what point the boundaries vanish. I think once you hit Middle Age you get some sort of kit that lets you communicate with anyone in the 35-70 age range on a reasonably even footing. Childhood's all too brief, then children start seeming childish and you get a good couple of years as a teenager, then teenagers start seeming childish and maybe you get to be a College Kid for a couple of years or you go straight to Just Starting Out. That lasts for however long it lasts until one day you start giving good advice that's based on experience and you're an Adult. Then you're an Adult until you're an Old Person. It's how you spend most of your life, but there are a couple of years where it's all New.

Actually Shakespeare made the point I'm going for centuries ago, here you go http://genius.com/William-shakespeare-the-seven-ages-of-man-all-the-worlds-a-stage-annotat ed

Anyway, it was a nice cat. Black with yellow eyes, little square head, didn't ask its name.

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