Sunderland 'Til I Die
One of the biggest parts of being a Timbers fan is just that: being a fan. There's a lot that goes into that level of devotion for a footy team, and if you count yourself as a member of the Army, or you're on the outside looking in and wondering what it's like to love a football team that much, this documentary series will shine a bright (and sometimes harsh) light on that phenomenon, and also on the inner workings of the club itself, which isn't as successful as its supporters would often like it to be. The drama transcends the sport, and in many ways is a tremendous realization of what documentaries like the NFL/HBO series Hard Knocks try(and frequently fail) to be.
(Now Streaming, Netflix, $8.99 per month, free trial here)
Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama
It's possible that after having seen The Rise of Skywalker you might be thinking something along the lines of "well... OK, hey, maybe the inevitable reboot will fix all this!" DID YOU KNOW: That reboot already exists, and has existed since 1981? George Lucas sold the audio adaptation rights to his breakout sci-fi popcorn flick (it wasn't a sprawling, over-important example of "the power of myth" or whatever yet, it was just Star Wars) to his alma mater USC for $1, and they— working with NPR, writer Brian Daley, producer Tom Voegli, Director John Madden (the Shakespeare in Love guy, not the football guy), the sound effects library of sound designer Ben Burtt and the music of John Williams—transformed Star Wars into 13 half-hour episodes of ridiculously-immersive radio drama. Guess what: It's better than the movie. Sure, you gotta get used to the recast roles, and if you're a "b-but canon!" nerd you might get hung up on some details. But if you want to like Star Wars more, this radio drama oughta do it.
(Now Streaming, Google Podcasts, free, all ages)
Kick Ass Oregon History Book Club
You love the true crime, you love the podcasts, you love the books: Guess what! This is a triple-decker sandwich of delicious corruption thanks to your fine friends at Kick Ass Oregon History, who have been turning out top-notch podcast goodness since before you ever even heard of podcasting. This special episode features an interview with JD Chandler, who speaks at length about the book he co-authored with Theresa Griffin Kennedy, Murder & Scandal in Prohibition Portland: Sex, Vice, and Misdeeds in Mayor Baker's Reign. That sounds juicy as hell, right? Why not get yourself a copy (or download yourself the ebook at Multnomah County Library) and spend some of your quarantine time learning about just how dirty this "quirky" city has always been. (Feel free to follow all this up with their recent episode on how Portland handled quarantining itself back in 1918. SPOILERS: Portland sucked at it).
(Now Available, orhistory.com, free)
While we're on the subject of Oregon history: One of the art world's most renowned names grew up here, and his life was so remarkable and inspiring that playwright John Logan created a multiple Tony-Award-winning play out of his struggle to complete just one job. That job? Creating a mural for New York's Four Seasons restaurant. So why the hell would an artist who takes his work as passionately, deadly serious as Rothko did, agree to "decorating another dining room for the super rich," as his beleagured assistant puts it? And that's where Logan's drama lies, answering that question through the performances of Alfred Molina as Rothko and Alfred Enoch as his assistant.
(Now Streaming, PBS.org, free)
If you've heard of the phrase "your favorite musician's favorite musician" then you could probably adapt it for this show as "Terriers is your favorite TV critic's favorite show," except that's probably not true (nobody really has a favorite TV critic, do they? And if they did, their favorite show is probably The Sopranos but whatever). ANYWAY: Terriers was a low-key noir-ish detective show on FX that died unceremoniously after one season, was eulogized thoroughly by many writers, and has only just now been resurrected on Hulu. It is utterly beloved by almost everyone who ever saw it, which is almost nobody because it's lead was Donal Logue (who is great but one of those "that guys") and its marketing was utter trash. But if you're looking for a quick binge of high-quality crime drama, this will do you just fine.
Now Streaming, Hulu, $5.99 per month, free trial here)
If the music of Gaytheist were a vehicle, it would be a semi, late on its delivery, blazing down I-5, the speed limit only a laughable suggestion as the trucker begins to have Tron-like hallucinations from 38 hours of no sleep and caffeine-pill cocktails. With only three members, Gaytheist leaves you wondering how they create such a heavy, intricate layering of sound. CAMERON CROWELL