Monday, November 30, 2015

At The Five-Two: "Melodrama at the Biograph" by Sharon Israel

© by Gerald So | | 12:30 A.M.

This week, a poem inspired by the shooting death of John Dillinger:

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Friday, November 27, 2015


© by Gerald So | | 5:00 A.M.

Extended family gathered yesterday at a cousin's new house a few towns over from mine. As usual, several tables were lined up banquet-style. The turkey was seasoned with orange and herbs. The stuffing was sausage and cranberry. In an early Black Friday deal, my cousin was able to save $1,300 on a 75-inch flat screen on which we watched football and YouTube.

Much of the talk was about our individual families vacationing in Florida at various times over the next few weeks. I'm headed down this weekend and will be Monday, December 7. I've scheduled the usual blog posts in advance, and I'm bringing my Kindle Fire HD, so there may be more than the usual nothing from me in the meantime.

Thanks again to everyone who enjoys this blog.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix

© by Gerald So | | 7:00 A.M.

Compared to to my years of Daredevil fandom before the Netflix series premiered in March, I knew very little about Jessica Jones going into her Netflix show. I tried it because I was impressed with the Daredevil show.

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) works as a P.I. in Hell's Kitchen after a brief, failed superhero career. Her main adversary is The Purple Man (David Tennant), who exudes pheromones that compel people to do what he suggests. Prior to series time, he took Jessica under his wing and forced her to use her super strength to kill. Having found the courage to break away from him, Jessica is desperate to stay away.

The case of Nebraska runaway teen Hope Shlottman (Erin Moriarty) drives the season. When Jessica finds Hope under The Purple Man's control, she drags her back to her parents, telling them to go straight home while she plans to flee to Hong Kong herself. The Schlottmans board the elevator leaving Jessica's office, but as the doors close, Hope draws a gun and kills her parents. She was still under The Purple Man's control though she had appeared not to be. Jessica decides to stay and prove The Purple Man was behind Hope's actions.

The main performances are very watchable. Despite the season-long plot growing outlandish (including Jessica's best friend bedding a gung-ho cop who, albeit under The Purple Man's control, previously tried to kill her), I stayed for all thirteen episodes in one day.

Monday, November 16, 2015

At The Five-Two: "Another Death"

© by Gerald So | | 12:30 A.M.

Jennifer Lagier returns:

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015

At The Five-Two: "Financial I.V."

© by Gerald So | | 1:00 A.M.

This week, Dennis Weiser returns with what might be considered our second Halloween poem of the year:

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Also, The Five-Two's fourth ebook of fifty-two poems (2014-15) is now available in Amazon's Kindle Store.

And I'm accepting James Bond-themed poems through November 6.