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The simple beauty of Master of None season 2's long Uber ride home

It's exciting as a viewer when you're watching a scene and realise 'Oh, they're going for something here', that the director has made an almost super-narrative decision that is risky, that pulls away from the usual transferal of plot information and that makes you think about how they're trying to carve out an original style or mood.

The Sopranos ep that came closest to depicting what a dream is like

“I had the craziest dream,” we’ll often say, mostly as a disclaimer out of subconscious embarrassment over the fact that every single one of our dreams are completely bananas. Dreams are endlessly fascinating, unknowable things, but (much like smoking weed) film and television rarely get them right, often going too over the top with their depiction and/or using them as unequivocal plot devices to let you know what is preoccupying the protagonist. It’s become a trope, the character swiftly sitting up in bed in a cold sweat over what they just experienced, and the truth is messier than that; dreams are swirling maelstroms of thoughts, feelings, experiences and anxieties - sometimes mundane, sometimes profound, sometimes poetic, sometimes stupid.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have had her work cut out in 2017

It is 20 years since Sarah Michelle Gellar appeared as Buffy on our TV screens and the show's themes of pluralism versus tyranny resonate more than ever today. What she would make of Donald Trump in power, who is fundamentally at odds with the ethical world of Buffy?