The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a closer look at the recent Rick and Morty season 4 trailer teasing the remaining five episodes. Plus, a video essay explores what is being called the decline of Kevin Malone on The Office, and finally, have your kids gather around for storytime as he reads one of 365 Bedtime Stories for Disney.
First up, ScreenCrush breaks down the most recent Rick and Morty season 4 trailer, teasing the second five episodes. There are plenty of details to notice in the trailer, from some obvious appearances by characters like Snowball to more obscure characters like Tammy, Summer’s best friend who turned out to be working for the galactic government, and has now returned in a lightsaber battle with her old friend.
Next up, since we’re all spending a lot of time watching The Office at home while we also work from home, The Take wanted to call our attention to the fact that Kevin Malone played by Brian Baumgartner started out as a reserved, subtly dimwitted accountant, but then he turned into and overly stupid, cartoonish man that felt like he was from a bad CBS sitcom. How did this happen?
Finally, if your kids could use some nice soothing storytime, let Thor: Ragnarok and Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum read them one of the stories from the 365 Bedtime Stories stories collection from Disney. This one involves Pinocchio and Geppetto, and Goldblum has some kids of his own who enjoy it along with him. You can pick up the book yourself over at Amazon now.
Stephen Williams, whose directing credits include episodes of Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Lost, and more, is set to helm Universal’s new monster movie Don’t Go in the Water. There are zero plot details at the moment, but it’s safe to assume from the monster movie distinction and the title that this is going to be some sort of aquatic horror movie – and we could always use more of those.
Variety has the scoop on Don’t Go in the Water, described simply as a “suspenseful monster movie” from director Stephen Williams. Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy is producing, along with Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, while Adam Kolbrenner will produce for Lit Entertainment Group. Adam Rodin is executive producing.
Williams directed two Watchmen episodes – “She Was Killed by Space Junk”, which featured the now-infamous giant Dr. Manhattan dildo, and “This Extraordinary Being”, one of the most memorable episodes of the series, in which Regina King’s Angela relives her grandfather’s memories via a drug trip. That episode was highly renowned for its unique visual style, so it’s great to see Williams branch out into a big movie. Save for 1995’s Soul Survivor, all his other credits are in TV.
I wish I could tell you more about the Don’t Go in the Water plot, but there simply isn’t anything to tell. However, the title certainly suggests this is some sort of aquatic horror film, and that’s a sub-genre I always enjoy. Earlier this year we saw the release of Underwater, a surprisingly fun undersea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart.
Other entries include DeepStar Six, Leviathan, Deep Rising, and more. Hell, you can even include every shark movie under that banner as well – all the Jaws flicks, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, and so on. The only real prerequisite is that the plot involves unlucky characters either on a boat or in some sort of underwater location being plagued by danger. It doesn’t even have to be monster-based danger. There’s Dead Calm, where the danger is Billy Zane. Hell, go ahead and include Titanic in there, I don’t care. There are no more rules anymore, folks. Anything goes these days.