It’s been one of those weeks

You ever have one of those weeks where it feels like the world is just piling on? I’m at the tail end of one of those right now. TGIF. This wild fight scene in The Raid: Redemption pretty much sums up the way I’ve felt this week.

You’re just about done knocking away one threat, and another one comes flying at you. The work day can’t end soon enough.

On a brighter note, I’m having chili for lunch today. With Fritos! Hard to beat that.

Friday Movie Quote will be up later this afternoon. I have a good one lined up for today; it’s an 80s cult classic that I only saw for the fist time a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I have to get through the morning grind.

Deadliest Critters in the USA

This Youtube channel, World According to Briggs is one of my favorites. His videos are chock full of all kinds of interesting info about places in the US and around the world. I watched this one earlier today and found it pretty interesting. If you’re interested in knowing what animals kill the most people in the US, check it out.

Did any of these surprise you? I have to say, I totally knew which critter would be at number one. I had never seen any stats on it, but I instinctively knew it. Chalk it up to personal experience.

The Return of CSI

It looks like CBS is bringing back its hit series CSI. From PopCulture.com:

A new iteration of CSI is officially happening at CBS, TV Line reports. The limited-series is equal parts reboot and revival, will be titled CSI: Vegas, picking up two years after the original show’s conclusion.

William Petersen, Jorja Fox and Wallace Langham will return as series regulars, reprising their roles from the original series. Petersen starred as Gil Grissom, Fox played Sara Sidle and Langham was lab tech David Hodges. New cast members will include Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon. The new series, which has potential to be an ongoing show rather than a limited series, was originally scheduled to premiere in October 2020 to celebrate the original show’s 20th anniversary, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CSI: Vegas comes from writer Jason Tracey, CBS Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Tracey will serve as showrunner and executive producer. The new show will open “a new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.”

The original ran for 15 seasons and 337 episodes. It was the most-watched drama of the 21st Century. I can’t blame the network for milking this cash cow again. The three shows in the CSI franchise – I don’t count the extraordinarily mediocre CSI: Cyber – are in constant rerun on the Pluto TV app. Since Pluto is owned by ViacomCBS Streaming, I have no doubt the network knows exactly how popular they are. That being the case, the viewer numbers must be high enough that there’s still some milk left in the old cow.

In spite of the show’s realism issues – they take serious liberties with police procedure and science – I always found CSI to be entertaining. If the writing and performances are up to snuff this time around, I may find myself doing something I haven’t done much of lately: watching broadcast TV. Time will tell, I guess.

Wrath of Man

This movie looks positively badass. It’s a remake of the French action movie Le Convoyeur. It stars Jason Statham, which is a good sign. It was directed by Guy Ritchie, also a good sign. And Ritchie co-wrote it with two writers who worked with him on the excellent 2019 film The Gentlemen. I just have to see this movie.

The problem is, it’s out in theaters on May 7. That’s about five weeks away. And the theaters here in the Empire State are currently closed. I sincerely doubt that they’ll be open by May 7. I can only hope that it will be available to stream soon. Or maybe on disc. I still buy physical media when the spirit moves.

Here’s the trailer.