Netflix Dump: Fuller House, Dope and Nurse Jackie

by M. Joshua

We watched a ton of Netflix while we were waiting for Zeek to be born. I’d like to think we found some stuff worth recommending. 

Fuller House is a hand to hold onto.

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Fuller House sticks to its commitment to be an illustration of love, grace, and hope in the midst of family breakdown. We probably didn’t even remember that the original show was about picking up life after the death of a spouse, but this reboot follows suit. DJ’s husband dies and she’s figuring out how to raise three boys – with the help of her sister and best friend.

The show gets awkward. Like lots odd musical numbers and awkward kissing galore. But it all comes together to hit at the same lost-innocence-nostalgic longing that the original show was always about.

It makes perfect sense that they changed literally nothing about the original theme song other than that Carly Rae Jespen performs it:

“Whatever happened to predictability, the milk man, the paperboy, and evening TV. Everywhere you look, there’s a heart – there’s a heart – a hand to hold onto… Everywhere you look.”

‘Dope’ is Jesus’ Parable of the Shrewd Manager

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Don’t watch Dope if you’re not super-open to painfully honest coming of age stories with everything R-rated, but know that this film delivers a modern story about a poor tech-savvy black kid who repurposes the horrors of LA gang-related drug culture into a redemptive path to higher education. It feels wrong often, and is morally confusing, but it made me feel like we should praise this guy for being so shrewd with the cards he’s been dealt. I felt just like Jesus parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16, and how the manager was obviously behaving in morally questionable work, but used that to build relationships that last. Jesus ultimately said that the manager was still “of the world,” but that we still have a lot to learn from those who are streetwise. Dope should be seen by all who want to see true street smarts as executed by characters who subvert what it means to “be black.”

Nurse Jackie is Addicted to Helping People

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Pill addiction seems to keep Nurse Jackie running in her fight for the good of her patients, but it took seven seasons for me to catch her real downfall: the all-consuming addiction to helping people. Jackie serves as the show’s central hero and villain, leaving you wondering which role will win in the end. It reads like a cautionary tale on the pursuit of helping others: reminding that love for others is not the end unto itself, and that if you pursue helping others as the ultimate destination that you could easily end up doing anything to justify that cause.

I personally struggle a lot with people-pleasing—after all, loving people is one of Jesus’ top two commands—but Nurse Jackie reminds me that helping people in and of itself can become a nasty addiction.