*NFL WEEK 2 RECAP (2021 Season)

Insane and ridiculously wild finish, the Giants were a difficult, scrappy, tough team to play, but we found a way to win. This is precisely what good teams do; find ways to win close games. Especially, Divisional challenging games.

It is obvious to me that NY. Giants have a good Defense, and they gave us a hard time moving the ball around, but Taylor Heinicke was able to rally back and get Washington in a position to put this game away. 

Heinicke threw for over 300 yards with 2 TDs and 1 pick. His TD pass to backup Tight End Ricky Seals-Jones was spectacular. The offensive game plan to spread the ball around to our top receiving weapons like Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas, Dyami Brown, and Adam Humphries was effective, but not where it needs to be; however, it is only week 2. This group will get better as the season progresses.

I was happy to see J.D. McKissic more involved in the receiving game, adding to a more balanced attack from our offense. But our running game was subdued, with Antonio Gibson only carrying 13 times. The rushing attempts need to increase in volume.

Our Defense looked anemic yet again, which is puzzling, considering all the talent assembled. My biggest issue was the lack of pressure on Daniel Jones — When the protection was solid, Daniel Jones looked pretty good. They gave Jones lots of room to throw the ball. This issue has to be addressed and fixed ASAP. 

Next Sunday, Washington takes on a dangerous Buffalo team with a dynamic QB in Josh Allen. This is the type of game where our Defense should shine. Advantage, Buffalo (on paper), but my heart believes in Washington to get it done.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 30 — NY GIANTS 29

COWBOYS 20 — LA CHARGERS 17

Dallas got lots of help from the refs here. The Chargers got robbed with a bunch of bad calls, especially a sack call that wasn’t a sack. Dallas will crumble at some point this season. Next week, Dallas takes on Philly on Monday Night. Advantage, Dallas.

Like I said before, the refs stole this game from LA — I’m sure that Justin Herbert will get better as the season progresses, and they will contend in the AFC. Next week, the Chargers visit Kansas City for what should be an exciting Divisional game. Advantage, Kansas City. 

49ERS 17 — EAGLES 11

San Francisco had to adjust after losing running back Mosfert for the season. As a result, the offense struggled to get their running game going; however, Jimmy G relied on his legs in some crucial plays to keep the 49ers driving forward. Next week, Green Bay is visiting, and we will get a better sense of how the 49ers adjust to all the injuries already piling up on their roster. Advantage, Green bay.

The Eagles are all about Jalen Hurts; he seems to be their most dynamic and their most dangerous player at this early point in the season. Next week, they visit Dallas on Monday night for a big divisional game. Advantage, Dallas. 

RAIDERS 26 — STEELERS 17

I was initially very concerned about Josh Jacobs’s injury, and the signing of Peyton Barber did not really inspire much confidence in the running game. However, Derek Carr operated this Vegas offense effectively, throwing for 382 yards with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. Also, Henry Ruggs III is starting to get more involved in the passing game — getting Ruggs involved and getting Jacobs back healthy will be crucial for this team to contend in the AFC WEST. Next Sunday, Vegas hosts a Philadelphia team that lacks a balanced offense. Advantage, Las Vegas.

Pittsburgh was ineffective running the ball here. The Steelers have to get more balance out of their running game to have a chance in the AFC NORTH. Next week, the Steelers host Cincinnati with many questions on how the Bengals are running their offense. Advantage, Pittsburgh. 

LA RAMS 27 — COLTS 24

It wasn’t a pretty victory, but good teams find ways to win. The Rams scored late in the 4th quarter to put this game away. LA has got to get more out of their running game — the combination between Darrell Henderson Jr and Sony Michel needs to become more effective. Next Sunday, an overrated Tampa Bay team is visiting LA Advantage, LA Rams. 

The Colts were looking good until Carson Wentz got hurt, and their offense had to settle for field goals. Next Sunday, Indianapolis visits a resurgent Titans team. Advantage, Tenessee.

CARDINALS 34 — VIKINGS 33

Kyler Murray is electric; he threw for 400 yards with 3 TDs and 2 picks against a tough Vikings Defense. Next up, the Cardinals have an easier matchup against Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars. Advantage, Arizona. 

Anti-vaxxer Kirk Cousins, for once, did not cost his team this game. Instead, Minnesota struggled to contain Kyler Murray and company. Next week, Minnesota takes on a wounded Seahawks team looking to keep the Vikings winless. Advantage, Seattle.

TITANS 33 — SEAHAWKS 30

Tennessee pulled a victory out of nowhere. They looked like the dangerous playoff team we saw last season. Derrick Henry was dominant here, rushing for 182 yards and 55 receiving. Next up, the Titans host a Colts team with a questionable Carson Wentz. Advantage, Tennessee. 

The Seahawks did not have an answer for Derrick Henry, and next week they take on another tough running back in Minnesota’s Delvin Cook. However, I think Seattle will make the necessary adjustments. Advantage, Seattle. 

RAVENS 36 — CHIEFS 35

Lamar Jackson finally found a way to beat Patrick Mahomes. It was a thrilling game to the end. It came down to gutsy plays from both teams, but it was Baltimore’s night. Next week, the Ravens Host Jared Goff and the Lions. Advantage, Baltimore.

Kansas City let this game slip away as they got away from the run. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has got to get more than 13 carries per game. The Chiefs cannot put it all on Patrick Mahomes and the passing game; a better-balanced offense will be needed if Kansas City wants to get back to the Super Bowl this season. Next week, the Chiefs take on a dangerous LA Chargers team. Advantage, Kansas City. 

PACKERS 35 — LIONS 17

Aaron Rodgers silenced all his detractors with this Monday night performance; Rodgers threw for 255 yards with 4 TDs and zero picks. It was a shaky start for Green Bay, but Green Bay settled down and began to move the ball by the second half. However, I’m not sold on the Packers Defense under new coordinator Joe Barry. Next week, Green Bay takes on an injury-filled 49ers team. Advantage, Green Bay.

Jared Goff looked good and poised in the first half, but he began to unravel under Green Bay’s defensive pressure in the second half. Detroit got away from the run and relied on Goff for most of their rushing yards; this is not a good recipe for success. Next week, the Lions take on Baltimore. Advantage, Baltimore

PANTHERS 26 SAINTS 7

Sam Darnold continues to impress me, and he seems to be getting more comfortable under this new offense. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore are finding solid balance with their new QB. Next up, Carolina visits Houston on Thursday night. Advantage, Carolina.

The saints were completely dominated here. Carolina took all of New Orleans’ top weapons like Alvin Kamara, Taysom Hill out of this game. Next Sunday, New Orleans visit Belicheater and his overrated rookie QB.; I think the saints will rebound here. Advantage, New Orleans.

BILLS 35 — DOLPHINS 0

Buffalo made a statement here by shutting out Miami, and this Bills team seems like the team we all expected them to be this season. Next Sunday, Washington is coming to town, and it will not be an easy day for Buffalo. Advantage, Washington.

Miami had nothing to offer here, and to make things worse, Tua got hurt but seems to be ok for next week. At some point, Miami needs to reach out to Cam Newton for a chance to save their season. Next Sunday, Miami visits the undefeated Raiders. Advantage, Las Vegas. 

PATRIOTS 25 — NY JETS 6

New England had their way with this rebuilding NY. Jets team. Next week, the Patriots take on a more balanced New Orleans team that looks to rebound after losing to Carolina. Advantage, New Orleans. 

Zach Wilson had a terrible game, throwing 4 interceptions and struggling to move the offense. I do not expect much this season from this rookie QB and rookie head coach. Next Sunday, things will not get any easier for NY as they visit the 2-0 Broncos. Advantage, Denver. 

BRONCOS 23 — JAGUARS 13

Terry Bridgewater seems to be finding his place in Denver. The Broncos are 2-0 and playing good football these first two weeks of the season. The balance on offense between Courtland Sutton, Javonte Williams, and Melvin Gordon III is pretty solid. Next up, Denver has a chance to go up 3-0 against a struggling NY. Jets. Advantage, Denver. 

Urban Meyer is learning pretty fast how different the NFL and the College game are. Meyer better get himself comfortable with losing because it will not get easier for them. Next up, Jacksonville takes on Kyler Murray and the Cardinal. Advantage, Arizona.

BUCCANEERS 48 — FALCONS 25

Brady threw 5 TDs and connected twice with Mike Evans and once with Rob Gronkowski — Gronk now has 4 TDs in two games. Next up, Tampa Bay will face their toughest test so far against Sean McVay’s well-balanced LA Rams team. Advantage, LA Rams.

Atlanta put up a good fight, but they just ran out of firepower to keep up with Tampa Bay. Next Sunday, the Falcons have a good chance to get their first win against Danny Dimes. Advantage, Atlanta. 

BROWNS 31 — TEXANS 21

This game was closer than the final score suggests. Cleveland scoring on every quarter and keeping Houston scoreless on the third quarter made the difference here. Next Sunday, Cleveland takes on a Chicago team with questions at QB advantage, Cleveland

The Texans struggled to get more out of Mark Ingram, and QB play was lackluster. Nevertheless, Houston was still pretty much into this game until the end. Next Sunday, the dangerous combination of Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey is coming to town. Advantage, Carolina.

BEARS 20 — BENGALS 17

Andy Dalton got hurt after throwing a TD to Allen Robinson in the first quarter. Justin Fields came in and did not do much. However, Chicago’s Special Teams and Defense chipped in with scores to pull this victory. Next Sunday, Chicago Visits Cleveland, and it will be a challenging game for the Bears if Andy Dalton doesn’t play. Advantage, Cleveland. 

Joe Burrow’s 3 interceptions and some of the questionable play calls on the offense were the difference maker here. Next Sunday, Cincinnati visits a dangerous Steelers team. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

*MOVIE RECAP: ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE (SNYDER CUT)

There is this unique pleasure for movie nerds like myself to watch a director’s cut of a movie — you know, watching a movie as originally intended to be seen.

My measuring stick determining how good a movie or a TV show is — has always been based on how memorable or unmemorable the movie or show ends up being.

Having said that, by my own personal metric, the theatrical cut of Justice League directed by Josh Whedon, or also known as the Whedon cut, was not a memorable movie. It was way over the top, cheesy, and unfocused in terms of storytelling, with plot holes all over the place. Nevertheless, the Whedon cut wasn’t as awful as most fans have expressed; it was actually pretty watchable and, at times, somewhat entertaining, but it was far from what it was expected from this ensemble cast of superheroes. It was very forgettable, to say the least.

I blame the studio for this meh version of the Justice League. First, they jumped the gun and rushed to make their own version of an Avengers type of movie. And, unfortunately, it was way too soon — Because they were still introducing and developing movies featuring the characters that make up the core team of the Justice League members.

Everybody reading this blog probably knows by now that Zack Snyder had to drop out of Justice League in the middle of the shooting of this movie due to a family tragedy. Josh Whedon stepped in, and the rest of the story lives on perpetually in motion picture infamy.

The controversy between the two versions of this movie prompted an online campaign to release the director’s cut, or the Snyder cut as it is now officially known.

There are people out there who are disgusted by the fandom for pushing Warner bros. hard to release the Snyder Cut. Calling these hardcore fans toxic and such. However, I don’t see it this way; Fans should absolutely have a say in how things are being presented and sold to them. We, the fans, spend our money on movies, toys, merchandise, and all kinds of media entertainment products. Mediocrity will not be easily accepted anymore. This is a lesson for movie studios to pay close attention and to learn from all the outrage this Whedon Cut created.

This version is 4 hours long; I watched the whole thing in 2 seatings — and I was very much engaged in it throughout the 4 hours. It is more than a Director’s cut; it is an entirely different movie. It is leaps and bounds better than the theatrical cut. I think this version could’ve worked in theaters as a two-part movie, just like the Avengers two-parts Infinity war and Endgame movies.

Although my comic book knowledge of the DC Extended Universe is far from being encyclopedic, this movie is the best and the closest thing you will ever get to a superhero comic book slash graphic novel on film. Sin City (2005), 300 (2006), and Watchmen (2009) are my favorite graphic novels adapted into films. Coincidentally, Zack Snyder directed both 300 and Watchmen. I have some issues with 300, but for the most part, I thought Watchmen was actually a pretty damn good adaptation (except for changing the ending from the graphic novel).

This Snyder Cut has epic vibes to it — the CGI looks clean and pretty. It is beautifully shot, a gorgeous movie to watch. And, it is darker, grittier than anything Marvel has released. Dark superhero stories are what I like to see.

Here are the main differences from the theatrical version:

Aquaman is way more involved in the story, and his character has Godlike vibes here, similar to the way Thor was presented in the Marvel universe.

The cyborg plotline here is another vast improvement from the Whedon Cut. Unlike the theatrical version, Cyborg here is an integral part of this movie. We got to see how Cyborg is a God amongst men in terms of his powers and how those powers are unique within the modern technological world.

The Flash is more compelling here and funnier. But I still don’t know much about him and his powers. So I’m looking forward to The Flash stand-alone movie.

Superman kicked ass. I loved seeing this version of angry, pissed-off Superman — and the black suit made things even more extraordinary.

Wonder Woman is also better here than in the theatrical cut; she is presented as an old God in terms of her level of strength and power. But there is zero continuity with the events of Wonder Woman 84. I have no clue how they are planning to make WW84 fit into the larger scope of things.

We get a much better version of Batman and Bruce Wayne. This is the version of Batman the fandom wanted to see or close enough to it. The nightmare scene between Batman and the Joker was incredible. — it teased us on what happened with Robin (it seems like Joker killed Robin). This version of Jared Leto’s Joker was impressive.

We finally get to see Darkseid and how powerful, menacing, and evil he really is. The fighting sequence between the old heroes and gods against Darkseid was terrific. Watching Zeus, Artemis, Ares, King Arthur, and even a Green Lantern in battle was fucking awesome.

The whole premise of the Mother Boxes was better presented. There was also more depth to Steppenwolf. Introducing Granny Goodness on film was an outstanding idea. Let’s remember that both Darkseid and Granny Goodness were original Jack Kirby creations.

The Snyder Cut was an excellent movie-watching experience. I was fine the 4 hours; it didn’t feel like it dragged too long. I think the 4 hours were just about right to move the story forward for the sake of storytelling and character development. This type of long format should be the standard from now on — Maybe even breaking them down in parts might be the way to go. It just feels like it is meant to be consumed that way.

Zack Snyder has pulled off something awe-inspiring here. As movie and superhero fans, we are fortunate to have seen a 4 hour never before seen version of all these unique comic book characters. The next online fan campaign should be for Warner to restore the Snyder verse.

Five out of Five Popcorn Bags 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021). Streaming on HBO MAX.

*NFL WEEK 1 RECAP (2021 Season)

FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY!! 

Man, it feels good to say that. However, I pressed the panic button almost immediately when Ryan Fitzpatrick got injured and had to leave the game.

Taylor Heinicke came in, and the offense moved better with him under center. But we still struggled to put up any meaningful points. The running game was good but not as dynamic as I expected; Antonio Gibson ended up with 90 yards. Still, both Jaret Patterson and J.D. McKissic were not as involved as I expected them to be — we need more balance here and mix things up in the running game.

Terry McLaurin was insanely good, as always — and even made an incredible highlight catch. Logan Thomas was only targeted 3 times and had 1 TD — He needs to be targeted a lot more. Adam Humphries had a decent debut but needs to be utilized a lot more. Dyami Brown also needs more targets.

My biggest concern is the Offensive line. Charles Leno is shaky at best. Sam Cosmi struggled against Bossa, which was somewhat expected. Scherff is our best linemen by far, and the front office needs to pull up a dump truck full of cash to pay him and get him to stay in Washington. 

The defense looked tired and gassed for most of the game. I really hope this was just rust. 

Fitzpatrick is now on IR and out for 6-8 weeks. So next up, Heinicke will be the starter, and Kyle Allen will back him up.

We host the NY Giants on Thursday Night. This is a must-win game for Washington. We cannot afford to go 0 and 2 to start this season.

WFT 16 – LA CHARGERS 20

And for the rest of the league…..

EAGLES 32 — FALCONS 6

Philly is the only NFC EAST team coming up with a victory on week 1. They looked very good, albeit against the pitiful Falcons. Next week will be a different story against the 49ers: advantage, San Francisco. 

Atlanta is in rebuilding mode — they still have a very capable Matt Ryan, and Kyle Pitts looked really good. They have solid pieces in place, and they will be competitive this season, but don’t expect many wins. Nevertheless, Atlanta should be more dangerous than what they showed in the season opener game. Next week, they take on Tom Brady. Advantage, Tampa Bay. 

COWBOYS 29 — BUCCANEERS 31

More smoke and mirrors from Dallas. The story here isn’t how close the score was — the story here is how bad and inconsistent Tampa Bay was all game. Dak looked good, although most of his completions were short passes and screens, so I’m not reading much into his stats. The next game for Dallas is with the Chargers, and they are better than I expected — Justin Herbert is a legit starting QB. I’m pretty sure Dallas will struggle in this game. Advantage, LA Chargers.

The Bucs made costly mistakes that kept Dallas close in this game. If Tampa Bay wants to repeat as Super Bowl champs, they need to clean up a lot of stuff. The next game should be easier for Tampa against Atlanta. Advantage, Tampa Bay.

GIANTS 13 — BRONCOS 27

Danny Dimes did what he always does; Try way too hard and cost his team the game. NY Giants struggled against a rebuilding Denver team, which means they will have a more challenging time dealing with Washington. Advantage, Washington.

Denver has another easy mark when they take on Jacksonville Sunday. advantage, Denver

49ERS 41 — LIONS 33

San Francisco looked formidable. Jimmy G played a solid game throwing for over 300 yards. Deboo Samuel was a fantasy standout. The entire NFC WEST looks like the best division in football. Next up for the 49ers in Philly, they should expose them for how bad the Eagles are. Advantage, San Francisco

Detroit looked pretty good with Jared Goff as their new starting Quarterback. However, next week they have a huge divisional game against Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers needs to have a bounce-back game at Detroit’s expense. Advantage, Green Bay.

CHIEFS 33 — BROWNS 29

Kansas City is the most dangerous team in the NFL, and even though their defense looks shaky at times, they have so much firepower on offense to make things happen. Next Sunday, they take on Lamar Jackson and a Baltimore team looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss in overtime to the Raiders. Advantage, Kansas City.

Cleveland’s most significant obstacle to getting far into the playoffs will be to figure out hot get past Kansas City. Next week, things get easier for Baker Mayfield and company against Chicago on Sunday. Advantage, Cleveland.

RAMS 34 — BEARS 14

Matthew Stafford looks like a brand new quarterback under Sean McVay’s offense. The Rams are my NFC pick for the Super Bowl this season, and so far, they look the part. The Rams take on Indianapolis and their weak offensive line next Sunday. Advantage, LA Rams. 

Andy Dalton played most of this game, but when Justin Fields came in for a few plays here and there, he seemed to be as good as advertised. He will need a few seasons of building around him to get Chicago back to their winning ways. Next Sunday is the duel of the young Quarterback between Joe Burrow and Fields. Advantage, Cincinnati.

RAIDERS 33 — RAVENS 27

This was an excellent game to start the 2021 season on Monday Night Football. It was exciting and full of twists and turns. Las Vegas needs to get Josh Jacobs healthy to become a more significant threat in the AFC. The Raiders have to visit Pittsburgh next Sunday. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Lamar Jackson is electric, but sometimes he tries to do too much for his team. Baltimore needs to figure out ways to get Latavius Murray more involved and take some pressure off Jackson. Next week, things do not get easier for Baltimore as they take on Patrick Mahomes. Advantage, Kansas City. 

DOLPHINS 17 — PATRIOTS 16

Brian Flores and his Miami Dolphins team are pure Kryptonite for Belicheater. Tua doesn’t inspire confidence as a starter yet. This is a make-or-break year for this young Quarterback, or Miami will need to get back in the market for a new QB. I think if Tua struggles early this season, Miami needs to reach out to Cam Newton. Next Sunday, Miami Hosts a wounded Buffalo team that needs to avoid going 0 and 2 for the start of the season. Advantage, Buffalo.

Mac Jones had a decent game, but I’m not sold on him as a starter yet. Next Sunday, New England takes on a rebuilding NY Jets team with a rookie Head Coach and a rookie Quarterback. Advantage, New England.

STEELERS 23 — BILLS 16

Big Ben looks renewed and re-energized behind a crop of young players. The Steelers shocked all the talking heads on sports media by beating Buffalo. Next Sunday, Pittsburgh takes on a tough Raiders team, but with questions at running back and tons of injuries. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Buffalo self-destructed with costly mistakes against Pittsburgh. Next Sunday, they’ll have a chance to get things right against a divisional foe in Miami. Advantage, Buffalo.

BENGALS 27 — VIKINGS 24

Joe Burrow and rookie Wide Receiver Ja’marr Chase were effective and will only get better together as the season progresses. The next game against Chicago will be an exciting game to watch. Advantage, Cincinnati.

Kirk Cousins wasn’t the issue here; the defense could not stop Joe Burrow from putting Cincinnati in good scoring positions throughout most of the game. The Vikings’ strength was supposed to be their defense, and next Sunday, they have a tougher test against a dynamic and dangerous QB in Kyler Murray. Advantage, Cardinals.

CARDINALS 38 — TITANS 13

The combination between Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins is becoming a lethal one. Next week, they will get a solid test against what is supposed to be a good Minnesota defense. Advantage, Cardinals. 

Tennessee was a playoff team last season, and this is not the ideal way to open up their season. Next week, another tough challenge against Seattle. Advantage, Seattle.

SEAHAWKS 28 — COLTS 16

Russell Wilson looked better than ever here, in a game where he threw for 4 TD’s and reminded everyone just how elite he still is. Seattle plays a Tennessee team next week that will try to get back to their playoff form from late last season. Advantage, Seattle.

Carson Wentz had a nice debut for Indy; however, the protection was horrible, and Wentz spent most of the game running for his life. The Colts have got to protect him better if they want to get back to the playoffs. Next Sunday, the LA Rams are visiting, and it is going to be a long and miserable day for Wentz if Indy cannot protect him. Advantage, LA RAMS.

PANTHERS 19 — NY JETS 14

Sam Darnold, surrounded with better weapons, looks like a pretty competent QB. McCaffrey seems to be back to his old form. I like what I see from this Carolina team. Next Sunday, Carolina hosts New Orleans for a tough divisional game. Advantage, New Orleans.

Zach Wilson had a mixed debut, throwing for over 250 yards with 2 TDs and 1 Interception. Not bad, not great, and not much should be expected from this rookie QB and this entire rebuilding NY Jets team. Next Sunday, Belicheater is coming to visit NY. Advantage, New England. 

TEXANS 37 — JAGUARS 21

No Deshaun Watson? No problem. Tyrod Taylor had a solid game, throwing for almost 300 yards with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. Mark Ingram looked great running for 85 yards and 1 TD. Let’s see how they play against Cleveland and Baker Mayfield next Sunday. Advantage, Cleveland.

Trevor Lawrence threw for over 300 yards with 3 TDs and 3 Interceptions. Unfortunately, Jacksonville has a tough schedule ahead of them. I don’t think the offense around Lawrence is built for success, but we’ll see how the season goes. Next Sunday, Jacksonville hosts Denver. Advantage, Denver.

SAINTS 38 — PACKERS 3

New Orleans put a historic beating on Green Bay and made Aaron Rodgers look awful. James Winston threw 5 TDs and looked like the best QB in the NFC SoUTH (looking at you, Tom Brady). Next week, New Orleans has a critical divisional game against Carolina. Advantage, New Orleans.

Green Bay was embarrassed, and the talk on Aaron Rodgers being done has already begun. Next Sunday, Green Bay has a chance to right the ship by making a statement against Detroit. Advantage, Green Bay.

*TV SERIES RECAP: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA

The basic premise of The Plot Against America is to reimagine what would’ve happened if Charles Lindbergh and not FDR had won the 1940 US presidential election. It is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Philip Roth. The story is told through the eyes of the Levins family; A Jewish working-class family living in 1940s Newark, New Jersey.

The background of the story is that Charles Lindbergh (Ben Cole) is campaigning hard all over the country, where anxious crowds are waiting to hear him speak. Lindbergh flies a plane down to his campaign rally appearances while selling an isolationist agenda to the American public, and he is also opposed to joining the war effort against Nazi Germany; Lindbergh even has a campaign slogan consisting of repeating the same phrase over and over again at every single rally: “The choice is simple. It is not between Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is between Charles Lindbergh and war.”

This show draws you in slowly; it takes the first two episodes to get a tangible sense of the characters and where the story is going. The tension grows in every episode; the plot moves slowly, but it works well. The world these characters inhabit feels authentic. And the clear depiction of this working-class neighborhood made up of mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants in 1940s Newark, New Jersey, was well crafted.

You get to know this Jewish family well; you get a good sense of this family and their suburban life. There are slow warnings of potential danger to their community through news reports on the radio and newsreels. The depiction of the slow and steady rise of fascism and the terror that it causes within the Jewish community is remarkable. All those things are put together brilliantly.

We get a closer look at the story through the eyes of young Philip Levin (Azhy Robertson), as he comes to terms with the reality of things. The audience also begins to come to terms with the high stakes at play alongside young Philip. We have to lean in and pay attention to each scene closely.

It is impossible not to avoid the obvious comparison between this show’s premise and the rise of Donald Trump. The idea that a celebrity with no political experience becomes a politician and turns out to be a populist and a right-wing nut job — appealing mostly to the lowest common denominator of voters is eerily similar — once elected, this right-wing hack turns the whole country into a fascist regime and The United States’ decline is set into motion.

It is chilling to see how Lindbergh uses a populist agenda and turns to members of the Jewish community to do his bidding. We have Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf (John Turturro), an influential leader in the Jewish community, who becomes a strong supporter of Lindbergh, normalizing many of Lindbergh’s rhetoric and, in a sense becoming the “token” Jew of the campaign.

I cannot help but see similar and modern parallels within many leaders and influential Hispanic community members who supported and continue to support Trump and his right-wing anti-immigrant agenda.

The performances are excellent. Morgan Spector (Herman Levin) and Zoe Kazan (Bess Levin) are fantastic. Both characters sense the danger of Lindbergh’s rhetoric but cope and approach the imminent threat to their community differently. Winona Ryder (Evelyn Finkel) is outstanding as this naive and over-trusting follower of Rabbi Bengelsdorf. The kid that plays Seldon (Jacob Laval) is a scene-stealer.

Kudos to David Simon for this remarkable and thought-provoking adaptation. I must confess that I have never seen The Wire; I’ll get around to it eventually. However, I’m a massive fan of The Deuce, which is one of the best things I’ve seen on TV in the last 20 years. Both of those shows were David Simon creations.

At its core, The Plot Against America is speculative and alternative history. Notwithstanding, it is also a clear warning of a dystopian horror that might await us in the not-so-distant future if we allow populist, isolationists, and xenophobic demagogues to rise into political positions of power.

Five out of Five Popcorn Bags 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (2020). Streaming now on HBO