This week’s Rock-a-Ramas were written by Mandy Brownholtz, Fred Pessaro, Zachary Lipez, and Maria Sherman. Read last week’s reviews here.
L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation, W.A.R. In The Digital Realm
Last summer, when those of us who do not give a shit about prestige television were tricked into mainlining whatever new drama HBO Max had to offer to fuel our post-lockdown pandemic water cooler talk (bonus points awarded if the protagonist had a goofy ass accent, or some hot actor was made considerably less hot, for the capital-D Drama), I got sucked into Mare of Easttown. (Mostly because some of the many teens on the show were in a band that would only play Mannequin Pussy covers, and partially because when you live in Philadelphia for some time, “anything remotely related to Philly” becomes a superficial part of your personality. Until you die.) Anyway, one of the kids on this show had an amazing t-shirt collection of, like, mostly PA/Delco bands, but then also one sick L.O.T.I.O.N. shirt, New York’s preeminent Hackers-themed dystopic digital hardcore band, and I thought that was hard as hell. Not as hard as their new record, W.A.R. In the Digital Realm, but hard.
I give this 9 outta 10 jawns. The show gets, like, seven. I didn’t stick around to find out who killed whatsherface.—M.S.