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Rick and Morty is sim­ply the best an­i­mated com­edy around at the mo­ment (maybe equal first place with BoJack Horse­man). Cre­ated by Dan Har­mon ( Com­mu­nity) and Justin Roi­land ( Ad­ven­ture Time), sea­son two has been noth­ing less than a tri­umph. It fol­lows the in­ter­ga­lac­tic ad­ven­tures of Rick Sanchez, a bril­liant, self­ish, al­co­holic sci­en­tist, and his dopey grand­son Morty. It’s debt to The Hitch­hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doc­tor Who, Back to the Fu­ture and pop cul­ture in gen­eral is ob­vi­ous. My favourite episode so far this sea­son was Auto Erotic As­sim­i­la­tion, writ­ten by the tal­ented Ryan Ri­d­ley, wherein Rick hooks up with an old flame, who is ac­tu­ally a sin­gle con­scious­ness who ab­sorbs the minds of en­tire galax­ies of beings. It ends on a some­thing of a sad note for Rick — a much more prom­i­nent theme this sea­son. This episode, Big Trou­ble in Lit­tle Sanchez, in­tro­duces Tiny Rick, when Sanchez ap­pears as a younger clone of him­self and goes to high school with Morty and his sis­ter Sum­mer. Morty’s par­ents, Beth and Jerry, at­tempt to sort out some re­la­tion­ship is­sues with space alien coun­sel­lors, with hi­lar­i­ous re­sults. It has been re­newed for a third sea­son. Once you ad­mit to your­self that you are ad­dicted to a soapie, where out­ra­geous and un­be­liev­able things con­stantly hap­pen to the char­ac­ters and very lit­tle ever changes, you can really start to enjoy your­self. A tongue-in-cheek par­ody of the melo­dra­matic Span­ish-lan­guage TV shows known as te­len­ov­e­las, Jane the Vir­gin stars Golden Globe win­ner Gina Ro­driguez ( The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful) in the ti­tle role, with her two love in­ter­ests played by Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael (Justin Bal­doni), and Rafael’s trou­ble­mak­ing ex-wife Pe­tra played by Is­raeli- born ac­tress Yael Grob­glas. Jane had a baby boy, Ma­teo, at the end of last sea­son. This sea­son, she is ad­just­ing to her new role while still pur­su­ing her dream to be a writer — a theme to which many women will re­late. Fur­ther, the on­go­ing sto­ry­line about Jane’s grand­mother Alba (Irene Coll), an un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant from Venezuela, and the anx­i­ety and strain that sta­tus causes in all their lives is il­lu­mi­nat­ing. This week, Jane faces an un­sym­pa­thetic pro­fes­sor as she be­gins her writ­ing course at graduate school, while she fears Ma­teo may be­come spoiled on ac­count of Rafael’s wealth. Jane’s fa­ther Ro­ge­lio (the sublime Jaime Camil), the star of the fic­tional Pas­sions of San­tos, at­tempts to cre­ate his own show. And Pe­tra, preg­nant with Rafael’s child, seeks guidance from Jane. The Wheel­chair Pres­i­dent Tues­day, 8.30pm, History Vis­it­ing the FDR Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary in Hyde Park, New York, it is im­pos­si­ble not to be struck by the con­trast be­tween the ba­nal re­quire­ments of liv­ing as a para­plegic — pul­ley-driven lift to ac­cess the first floor, an au­to­mo­bile mod­i­fied for hand con­trols — ver­sus the as­ton­ish­ing achieve­ments of lead­ing Amer­ica out of the De­pres­sion, and to suc­cess in World War II. While the his­toric elec­tion of a black pres­i­dent was rightly cel­e­brated and the prospect of the first fe­male pres­i­dent is hotly an­tic­i­pated by many, it is amaz­ing to re­flect on a dis­abled man — al­beit from a priv­i­leged back­ground, and with a fa­mous name — who over­came so much to be elected to the pres­i­dency an un­matched four times. You sim­ply can­not imag­ine a dis­abled can­di­date be­ing elected to the pres­i­dency to­day. Here, pro­fes­sor David Reynolds presents part two of this stim­u­lat­ing doc­u­men­tary. Ob­jec­tive Baku: Hitler’s War on Oil Tues­day, 9.30pm, History Just when I think I can’t watch an­other Hitler doc­u­men­tary, my in­ter­est is piqued by a fas­ci­nat­ing new an­gle. The old mil­i­tary adage says that am­a­teurs talk tac­tics but pro­fes­sion­als study lo­gis­tics. Here, Hitler’s strat­egy on the East­ern Front in re­la­tion to the ur­gent need to se­cure fuel When this ex­cel­lent se­ries pre­miered on stream­ing ser­vice Presto, I wasn’t hooked. But, like rootkit mal­ware, it has slowly worked its ne­far­i­ous pur­poses in my sub­con­scious and I des­per­ately want to know how it ends. (Don’t get the hack­ing mal­ware ref­er­ence? Though the show is full of them, it won’t pre­vent your en­joy­ment.) It stars Rami Malek as El­liot An­der­son, a so­cially anx­ious cy­ber se­cu­rity ex­pert by day and vig­i­lante hacker cum tech­norev­o­lu­tion­ary by night. His ex­is­tence is frankly pa­thetic. An­der­son lives alone, can­not stand be­ing touched, and con­trols his de­pres­sion by snort­ing crushed mor­phine pills. He also sees a court-ap­pointed psy­chi­a­trist, con­stantly feels he is be­ing fol­lowed, and ad­dresses the au­di­ence di­rectly as a cre­ation of his own mind, a kind of con­fes­sional cop­ing mech­a­nism. In episodes so far, he has con­nected with a hacker col­lec­tive called fso­ci­ety and its mys­te­ri­ous leader, known as Mr Robot, played by Chris­tian Slater. (If the Slater char­ac­ter an­noys you, hang in there ... very lit­tle is as it seems.) Their plan it is to take down E Corp, known as Evil Corp, a con­glom­er­ate An­der­son holds re­spon­si­ble for killing his fa­ther with a pol­lu­tion leak decades ago and which seems to con­trol all the char­ac­ters in the show through var­i­ous forms of con­sumer debt. The show has won praise for its de­pic­tion of hacker cul­ture (but, frankly, the bar has been set pretty low). It has also fea­tured per­haps the best dream se­quence since The So­pra­nos. In a great cast, Swedish ac­tor Martin Wall­strom is out­stand­ing as the creepy Tyrell Wel­lick. Stay tuned for an ap­pear­ance in later episodes of Law and Or­der stal­wart BD Wong as the trans­gen­der leader of Chi­nese hacker mer­ce­nary group, the Dark Army. Check it out. Deutsch­land 83 Stan If the re­cently con­cluded sea­son of Home­land has ex­cited your pas­sions for both Ger­many and es­pi­onage, you could do worse than check out the crit­i­cally cel­e­brated eight-episode se­ries Deutsch­land 83. The first Ger­man-lan­guage se­ries to air in the US, it stars Jonas Nay as a 24-year-old na­tive of East Ger­many who is sent to the West as an un­der­cover Stasi spy in 1983. It has been com­pared with Mad Men and The Amer­i­cans. Plus it fea­tures a pe­riod cor­rect sound­track, in­clud­ing 99 Luft­bal­lons. The en­tire sea­son is be­ing streamed.

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