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I know I am late to the party, but I've just begun watching "Yellowstone," and have worked my way through season one and about halfway into season two.  So far, my reaction is that it sort of combines elements of "Bonanza" with "Dallas," except that it takes place in Star trek's Mirror Universe, where people give way to the devils on their shoulders, not the angels.

That said, I'm addicted.  Haven't watched "1883" or "1923" yet - these apparently are prequels to what happens in 'Yellowstone" - but I'm totally engaged with what's happening to the present-day Dutton clan.

I don't want to say too much, for fear or ruining it for anyone who hasn't yet discovered the series.  But I will say this - and I'll be curious how many people agree with me - my favorite characters so far are Rip Wheeler (played by Cole Hauser) and Jimmy (played by Jefferson White).  Not sure why, since they are very much supporting roles, but for me they pretty much define the ying and yang of "Yellowstone."

We're watching the third seasons of both "The Mandalorian" and "Star Trek: Picard," and I recognize that one's reaction to these series depends on whether one identifies more with "Star Trek" or "Star Wars."  But for me, the latter is far, far superior, less about mythology and more about family.  I've always been a "Star Trek" fan, but the magic of this series is the degree to which the characters and actors - all of them from "Star Trek: The Next Generation," with a few additions from other iterations of the franchise - are so welcome to those of us who have followed them over the years through the series' original run and countless reruns.  They're older now, and more fragile, with different priorities.  But in a weird sort of way, they're family.  I love spending time with them, and will miss them when they're gone.

I've fallen in love with a new French red - the 2020 Domaine de la Pousterle Luberon Rouge, a Grenache from France's Rhone Valley, which has amazing body to it and just a little bit of spiciness.  Once a week I make a dish I call "Shrimp It's All Greek To Me," and I usually try a bunch of different wines with it to see what I like.  This was a total winner - it took me aback how good it was.

That's it for this week.  Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.