Entertainment Essentials: May 19, 2017

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Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – usually three, sometimes more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.

1. Movie: Alien: Covenant – When you go to see an Alien movie, you know what you are getting. Covenant is no different … only if you take into account the most basic plot outline. True, this may just be the latest episode of a spaceship crew foolishly responding to a mysterious message, only to have their faces “hugged” and their limbs ripped apart. But this sequel to Prometheus and prequel to the rest of the series fills in the details in disturbingly unpredictable fashion. In space, no one can hear you scream, but Michael Fassbender teaching himself to play the flute comes through loud and clear.

2. TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 (May 19 on Netflix) – If Season 3 of UKS is anything like Season 2, it will totally sucker-punch us with a thuddingly emotionally satisfying ending. While that conclusion currently remains uncertain, we do already know that Titus will be getting his Beyoncé on, and while that may be no “Peeno Noir,” it should be enough to render the messed-up world of 2017 sufficiently bearable.

3. TV: Twin Peaks: The Return Premiere (May 21 on Showtime) – I am still making my way through the original run of David Lynch’s landmark murder mystery series, but regardless, I am planning on jumping right into the revival and essentially watching the two side-by-side. This could be a recipe for confusion, but knowing Lynch, The Return will be exponentially puzzling to both veterans and newbies alike.

4. TV: Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter Season 2 (May 22-26 on Adult Swim) – Councilman Jeremy Jamm was my least favorite part of the otherwise delightful Parks and Recreation, but the crazy thing is that the guy who played him, Jon Glaser, is a funny guy who has otherwise been a significant part of some quality entertainment. Case in point: this Adult Swim oddity starring him as the title lycanthrope tracker with the most bizarre speech pattern ever. In Season 2, he tries to retire from werewolf hunting and open his own tropical bar, but the game of killing always has a way of pulling you back in.

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