Chief of Staff

This Netflix Korean drama called Chief of Staff is awesome.  This is a political drama like House of Cards but from the point of view the Doug Stamper who was Underwood’s Chief of Staff.  This show is rife with moral, ethical and political dilemmas along with intrigue, blackmail and backstabbing.  All the while, classical music play in the background at critical moments to build.

Why aren’t US shows this engaging?

 

Knock Down the House

Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there was a group of activists called Justice Democrats who were looking for promising candidates that could primary Democratic incumbents in Congress.  They are looking for change.

The film crew recorded many of the scenes prior to the 2018 elections including interviews with the candidates and their opinions.  By showcasing the candidates, Netflix’s Knock Down the House is one of the most interesting behind the scenes political documentary.  I think the best quote from the documentary was “after 2016, nothing is for certain.”

This documentary really shines a light on the Ocasio-Cortez as a “rising star” and her opinions and activities going into the primary.  It’s fascinating.

 

 

 

The Office

Have you heard of a small NBC show called The Office? It’s a comedy show disguised as a documentary series.  It’s also one of those highly acclaimed shows that people talk about all the time.

Well… I finally finished this on Netflix six years after it’s season finale.  I found the earlier seasons to be funnier with the pranks between Jim and Dwight.  The hilarity in later seasons weren’t as good.  However there was one particular gem of a prank in later seasons: “Asian Jim.”  I think Asian Jim was the best one ever in that it exploited the cognitive dissonance in Dwight.

 

 

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organization consultant who’s extremely famous for devising her “KonMari” method.  In short, the method describes a way to organize items, determine if the item sparks joy and subsequently appreciate/thank the items that have accumulated over the years.  Items that spark joy with the owner are kept while those that no longer do should be discarded.  My interpretation is that the KonMari method is a mindfulness and introspection technique applied not only personally but also to the items that surround us.

Netflix has this new show that stars Kondo helping different families organize their lives.  Kondo is absolutely bubbly in each of the episodes.  This show is an absolute pleasure to watch.  Her happiness and exuberance in helping the families also makes me happy as well.