Let me start by throwing whatever weight I may have to sway your viewing habits (which I assume is zero) into checking out Mrs. Davis, the 8-part TV series currently available on Peacock.
I can provide a cursory description of the show, but it will be just the barest of bones of what the show actually is, as I don't want to spoil anything (yet) and I don't want to mislead anyone.
What I can tell you is that it's somewhat about a nun living in a parallel timeline where 10 years ago an AI came online that can speak directly to people. In the years since its arrival, it's started to end war, famine, poverty, etc... and helped people find personal fulfillment. Maybe.
It also sends people on quests, which, if they succeed means they earn "wings".
Our nun, sister Simone, joined a convent just as the AI was coming into being and hates the AI, which she believes was responsible for the death of her father - a stage magician. As her world is rocked by a rapid series of events, Simone is reunited with a childhood friend, and takes on a mission to take the AI down no matter the cost.
It's an action comedy.
And I love it.
It's also remarkably prescient, given this was filmed some time ago, and released just on the heels of the ChatGPT explosion and very real reconsideration of what AI may do to our cultural landscape, let alone one that speaks directly to an all too willing public. We've all seen sci-fi stuff that seems eerily near-future and predictive, and this is that (in some ways).
I only really know Betty Gilpin from Netflix's wrestling show GLOW where she was amazing and a stand-out even in a cast of stand-outs. But she's quietly one of the funniest actors I can name, effortlessly conveying internal conflicts and spontaneous reactions that are wildly authentic for someone who has been on two fairly over-the-top shows. She's the rock that makes you believe the insanity, all without being a exactly a straight-man to the antics. But definitely our POV of sanity in an insane world.
Or maybe not. In this case, she's just our anchor POV in a world that is clearly mad. She's found her peace living among her sisters, bottling and selling jam. She has a bit of a romantic relationship she keeps to herself.
But the AI needs her, and it doesn't want to be ignored. And when doing things for the AI is the biggest clout-generator on the planet? Man.
Anyway, I am just scratching the surface, but the tone, zig-zagging narrative, willing embrace of total chaos in storytelling - while telling an air-tight, somewhat moving story... man. That's hard to do. All while making me occasionally laugh like a loon (often just Gilpin's "what now...?" expressions get the biggest moments for me). If you told me this is where the show was going from the first episode to the last, I would have been deeply confused, but yet it does it all, seamlessly. And hilariously.
I'll do another spoileriffic post later, but as we enter the long weekend, I wanted to put an offering on the table.