It was hard to know what to expect from Guava Island.
Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murray (who also directed several episodes of "Atlanta" and "This is America"), and then said almost nothing about it until the movie Coachella and its launch on the Amazon.
Guava Island is a 54-minute story that resembles the legend of a musician named Danny (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional Caribbean island. Deni plans to set up a community music festival, but Red Cargo's coach wants to stop him – if his staff stay late for the party, they may not come to work the next day.
In this week's episode Podcast original content, John Shepherd joined us to discuss our reactions to the film.
It is certainly full of beautiful sections of Cuba, as well as wonderful musical moments – such as the redesign of "America" which makes its anti-capitalist themes more obvious. But the whole story feels backward, and it is a bit puzzling to portray someone in Rihanna's music, and then fail to give her one moment to sing.
We are also discussing a small, mysterious program called "The Arush Toy," which returned to the last season last week. We have ideas about the premiere of the season and about what will happen in the next five episodes.
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