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The Daily Hilario: All the gold in California

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Best part of the new season so far:  the song over the closing credits.  A cover of 'All the Gold in California' by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.  Nick Cave!  So good!  (And of course Leonard Cohen on the opening track.)

The season premiere itself was good, if not awe inspiring like season 1.  Then again, that pilot was one of the finest hours of television I've ever seen.  The bar was set amazingly high; it's unrealistic to expect season 2 to exceed that.  The emphasis seems to be more on plot and intrigue, and less on tone and mood (unless you can't relentless despair as tone), which has a lot to do with no Fukunaga to direct the whole season.  I'll still be watching, if for nothing else than Colin Farrell's mustache, Riggins' brooding eyes, and Rachel McAdams being a badass.  References for this season seem to be more classical (see: Antigone, Athena, Oedipus) and less Lovecraftian.

Ballers, premiering right after was fun, lighter fare.

(Fair warning: Ray Hudson.)

FOOTBALL (all times BST):
22.00:  Women's World Cup, Round of 16:  Norway vs. England
01.00 (next day):  Women's World Cup, Round of 16:  USA vs. Colombia

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