Sunday, September 20, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 29
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
13TH (2020)
ACTS OF VIOLENCE (2018)
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLOW THE MAN DOWN
DA 5 BLOODS
DICK TRACY (1990)
FIRST COW
GREYHOUND
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
JOJO RABBIT
JUST MERCY
LYING AND STEALING
ONLY
PALM SPRINGS
PROJECT POWER
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE LOVEBIRDS
THE OLD GUARD
THE POSTCARD KILLINGS
THE VAST OF NIGHT
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: CATCH-22
TV REVIEW: COBRA KAI
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: GENERATION KILL (2008)
TV REVIEW: HANNIBAL (2013-2015)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: NORMAL PEOPLE
TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)
TV REVIEW: PERRY MASON
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
[UN]WELL

Netflix’ Pandemic is timely and informative

TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)

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TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: TV-14

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

This timely and informative docuseries introduces viewers to the men and women on the front line of the war against global pandemics. (six 50-min. episodes)

Glen: This docuseries, which was filmed before the COVID-19 outbreak, predicted the pandemic we’re currently experiencing. Its timing feels uncanny. Set up like a global thriller, the episodes cut between various scientists and health care workers in locations around the world as they attempt to trace the origins of viruses, invent a universal influenza vaccine, and treat those who contract coronaviruses. If someone told me a month ago that I’d develop a deep interest in epidemiological sciences in the coming days, I would have said, “Epidemiolwhat?” The series brings to life this largely unknown work by people looking for virus sources in a crowded Vietnamese market; or pointing out how woefully understaffed and unprepared rural hospitals are, like one in Oklahoma. Some of these folks are real characters, like Jacob Glanville, who’s trying to develop the universal flu vaccine. He sports a leather jacket and rides an electric skateboard around San Francisco. There’s also Susan Flis, a retired nurse who’s dedicated herself to offering free flu vaccines at the Mexican border in Arizona. It’s fascinating stuff, and its characters all seemed to know what our own government didn’t—that a new pandemic would come, and we’re not ready for it.

Anna: It’s certainly clear that these people knew the next pandemic wasn’t an “if” but a “when,” and watching them predict what has now turned our world upside down is fascinating. It takes the shine off of being a doctor, especially when you see the long hours and seemingly thankless work they put into both combatting and researching these scary viruses. World Health Organization Ebola specialist Michel Yao in South Africa only sees his family through video chats—missing birthdays, graduations, and everything else to fight the good fight. Yet misinformation and fear spread just as fast as the disease he’s fighting, and when locals start to believe that the outside health workers in fact brought Ebola, they attack one command center and try to set fire to another. It’s heartbreaking to see what fear can lead to. This series lets us follow the same people through many different avenues and facets of what it takes to combat something so global. It’s fascinating to say the least.

Glen: We also meet Oregon mother of five Caylan Wagar, an anti-vaccine activist and fierce opponent of Oregon’s vaccination laws, which forbid her from sending her kids to public schools without vaccination records. Despite a measles outbreak, Wagar will not budge on her stance that forced vaccines are wrong and harmful. She reminds me of the pockets of people today who refuse to wear masks in public, demand businesses be open, and protest against government health directives. Yes, I “get” that you think your freedoms are being infringed upon, but don’t other children deserve to be “free” of preventable disease? Don’t elderly or immune-compromised people deserve to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks? We also see outbreak preparation drills in NYC and learn of the importance of personal protective equipment—if you can’t protect yourself, you can’t help anyone else. What this docuseries really drives home is how apathetic we’ve become to disease, and how as we continue to encroach into wild places and disrupt ecosystems, we can expect to see more of this animal-to-human transmission of deadly diseases. Maybe we’ll be ready for the next one. Maybe not.

Anna: Wagar is such a frustrating piece of this story. There’s no doubt she loves her children, but it was definitely one of the most infuriating sections of the series for me. We watch small-town Oklahoma doctor Holly Gorake work through a 72-hour shift as the only doctor at her hospital and the other side of her life—evangelical Christian worship with her husband. It goes a long way in showing both sides of the coin; she’s nothing if not devoted to both her work and her faith. From researchers designing and developing drugs and vaccines, to doctors inoculating livestock, to health care providers on the front lines, this is a sweeping look at what it takes to fight these viruses. It’s a very sobering series, but one that puts the people doing the actual work at the forefront. Check this one out. 

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.









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Should the county Public Health Department help elementary schools apply for the state’s waiver program?

Yes, that’s what the department is there for.
Schools shouldn’t open at all right now, nevermind with the county’s help.
If the state thinks schools are ready, what’s the problem?
Schools should have to fend for themselves; it shows whether they’re ready to handle reopening.

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