Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was:
The 16th PechaKucha Night C-U was Aug. 8, not last week, but I forgot to mention it last Sunday. A friend and I heard the nine presentations, all timed for 20 images for 20 seconds, with talk. Cathy Murphy spent the entire time about her passion for spin cycling — while spin cycling the entire time. Whew! I also enjoyed Ella Van Wyk's "Beasts of English," about the creative way she taught English while working on a bachelor's in English lit at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
Hooked on the 'Dome'
I always try to catch "Under the Dome" at 9 p.m. Monday on CBS or later On Demand. It seems this second season has more surprises than the first, with the revelation of a cliff that seems to drop off into a bottomless pit actually leading to a town outside the mysterious dome that imprisons the town of Chester's Mill. Reviews are mixed; A Washington Post critic opined "I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb." The acting is kinda bad too. But the Stephen King adaptation is entertaining.
More 'Strain' in 2015
I watched On Demand Wednesday the first episode of "The Strain," an FX series from movie director Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. In it, a CDC team investigates "a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism." Del Toro was visionary in his 2006 movie "Pan's Labyrinth"; he's a bit less visionary in "Strain," but you can still sense his weird, dark sensibility and creativity at work here. FX just announced 15 more episodes of "Strain" for summer 2105.