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Social Distancing Diaries: Week 8

Getting a little bit prepped for Marvel Week in this week’s binge guide.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: A Los Angeles Kings fan reacts after a Pittsburgh Penguins goal was disallowed after review during the first period of the game at STAPLES Center on February 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

We’re hitting the two-month mark.

Cabin fever may have set in for me. I’m noticing my media consumption trend further into more surreal and comedic stuff than when this all started. Am I losing it? Or am I just consuming so much more than usual that I am getting tired of the formulas in prestige television?

Who can say, really?

Here’s this last week in my apartment:

It’s Bruno!

With short (15 minutes) episodes, it’s easy to kill the first season of this Brooklyn comedy about a man and his dog. More specifically, it’s about a man who loves his dog more than anything on this earth and his neighborhood who both kind of loves and hates him for it.

The script is clever and the world-building is immaculate. I know Malcolm and Bruno, I know their neighborhood — the grocery store owner who refuses to allow Bruno in the store, the weird girl who dates every guy in the neighborhood and steals their pets, the weird white dude who sits on his stoop and refuses to call you (or in this case, your dog) by the right name. This is a world filled with depth and the story that comes out of it is hilarious and entertaining.

Speed Dating For Ghosts

If there’s one thing I haven’t been able to shut up about this week, it is Speed Dating For Ghosts. I am so deeply in love with this game and regrettably, it is a fairly limited experience. It’s a dating simulator — not my typical go-to, though I did once play a break-up simulator that was a decent mount of fun — where both you and your dates are ghosts. There are different kinds of ghosts, all trying speed dating for their own reasons.

My first date was with a plague doctor, who now spooks people in their sleep by traveling through mirrors. We did just that on our first real date (outside of the speed dating rounds, where you entertain three different ghosts briefly) and at the end of the night, I said he was weird and he told me “thank you.”

The writing is just so beautiful and the art is perfectly weird to go along with it, each ghost taking on a more curious shape than the last.

If you’re looking to branch out from Animal Crossing, spend an afternoon dating some ghosts. It’s definitely worth it.

Web Crawlers

My favorite true crime conspiracy bimbos have been putting out more episodes to help keep us all entertained in quarantine. Full length episodes come out on Tuesdays, while they’ve expanded their mini episodes to the other four weekdays, no longer just on Fridays.

I’m not even much of a conspiracy person, but I find them entertaining to consider. These girls consider every wicked and wacky angle possible. It’s like having the girls over for brunch to talk about how Epstein and Swartz’s deaths are linked, and also do you believe in ghosts? I’m delighted to make it part of my daily routine now.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

We’re starting Marvel Week here at SB Nation team sites and the other night, I needed some comfort television to fall asleep to. Enter Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which I am now watching for the fourth time. I know it only has three good seasons, and every time, I get sucked back in, anyway.

I think this time, I’m gonna try not hating everything they did with Grant Ward. Doubt it’ll work, but oh well! I’m a fool!

The History of Fun

I miss sports, and this podcast is sports-adjacent, coming from Polygon in 2017 and examining all of the ways we’ve tried to be entertained as humans. The episode on dodgeball was great, but my favorite so far might have been the episode on Chuck E. Cheese.

Unfortunately, the show only has two seasons, but I’m still grateful for those 51 episodes right now.

What’s been taking up your time this week? Let us know in the comments!