Mortal claptrap

Television | Docuseries Surviving Death solicits evidence for the afterlife from shady sources
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/14/21, 02:05 pm

Is there more to life than we perceive? When brain function ceases, does an individual continue to exist? The new Netflix docuseries Surviving Death searches for answers in testimony provided by survivors of near-death experiences along with mediums, paranormal investigators, purportedly reincarnated folks, and sympathetic academics. Nice bunch! The world’s best-selling book has a thing or two to say about death and the afterlife, but Surviving Death (rated TV-MA for language) dumbs down Christianity in the two brief moments it comes up.

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CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Type mismatch made for TV

Television | CBS sitcom B Positive features an odd couple with compatible kidneys
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/14/21, 12:20 pm

They’re a 21st-century odd couple: Drew (Thomas Middleditch), an uptight therapist separated from his wife, is in renal failure. Party girl Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) drives a bus for a retirement home and is dodging a loan shark. She moves in with Drew when they learn she’s a compatible kidney donor. The relationship is platonic thus far.

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Playground Television [UK] Ltd

Quiet in the countryside

Television | Charming British series All Creatures Great and Small is a refreshing respite from a world on its head
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/14/21, 12:02 pm

As I sifted through movie reviewing options after an extreme end to 2020 (and an even more extreme beginning to 2021), the usual dramas with their intrigue and action, and the comedies with their snarky barbs at folks outside the tribe, struck me like hot water on sunburned skin. I felt too raw to engage with any of them. Then PBS’ Masterpiece came to the rescue with a series that was just what the doctor, or in this case, the veterinarian, ordered.

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