Stay InsideShow Pop Culture Picks – Day 19

Due to social distancing, many of us have found ourselves with more time inside than usual. Many of our schedules have changed, giving us the opportunity to try new things. As fans of pop culture ourselves, Sideshow’s Staff is happy to share a few suggestions to help you fill your newfound time with high quality content.

To help encourage everyone to Stay InsideShow, every day this week we will be recommending one film/series, one comic/book, one board game, and one video game that you can enjoy while you practice safe social distancing. These picks are the best of the best, curated and personally suggested by our very geeky staff.


Streaming

Recommended by Alex

I Love Lucy (CBS All Access or Hulu)

Although all seasons are on these platforms, there are several episodes currently not available to watch at this time. But many of the classics (including the infamous candy making factory and vita-meta-vegimen episodes) are there. A classic comedy with one of TVs more recognizable female comedians (Lucille Ball) at the helm alongside her once real life/on screen husband (Desi Arnaz) as they involve themselves in some interesting schemes and wild idea adventures (usually dreamed up by Lucy). Many stars from Hollywood of yesteryear guest start on many of the episodes. I’d consider this show appropriate for ages 8+ and up.


Book

Recommended by Amy

The Shape of Water by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo Del Toro
A must-read for fans of the Oscar-winning movie, this novel expands upon the world of Elisa Esposito the janitor and Deus Branquia, the mysterious amphibian asset. The book is dreamy, engrossing, and opens up the inner lives of the main cast- not only Elisa, but Zelda Fuller, Giles Gunderson, Richard Strickland, and even Lanie Strickland- to give a richer, more real world in which a woman can fall in love with an aquatic monster.


Board Game

Recommended by Andy

JAWS (Ravensburger)
Ages 12+

2-4 player tabletop strategy game based on the blockbuster movie.

The game takes place over two acts. The first based on Amity Island, as one player prowls the waters eating swimmers and causing mayhem, and the other players work cooperatively to close the beaches, pinpoint the shark’s location, and save civilians.

Act two finds you out on the open water, and fighting for survival on the slowly sinking Orca.

A really fun, simple, and deceptively addictive game. We also found the average game session ran almost exactly the length of the movie, so the OST became the perfect background accompaniment!


Video Game

Recommended by Sam

Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross

JRPG’s released by Square Enix that AREN’T Final Fantasy. Extremely fun and containing very engaging stories. Might be hard to find in the wild, but if you can play them, do it!

Recommend for Teens and up.


Check out some of our recommendations, and as always don’t forget to Stay InsideShow!