I just got the notification that the Max (it was HBO Max back then) original Tokyo Vice is back with its second season tonight.
I'm excited to dig in.
I can feel the same pull as the main character, Jake Adelstein played by Ansel Elgort, while watching: Japan seems like the most awesome culture to get lost in.
In honor of the show, I'm re-upping this tweet of mine from when the first season was on. It's in praise of the little details that make a show feel real.
The real-life Jake Adelstein was from my very own Columbia, Missouri. When his family sends him a care package, I couldn't help but notice a familiar sight.
It was a bottle of Show Me Bar-B-Q sauce.
Back in the summer of 2018, I was a new graduate student at the University of Missouri's famed School of Journalism. I was prone to over-writing basic stories: lots of scene-setting details, lyrical language more than hard-hitting news facts, and as a result, one of my editors eyed me for a feature story idea he'd been given.
It was of this barbecue sauce, and how it was under new ownership. He thought it was a perfect story for me–with room for my particular style of writing and no risk that hard news was being missed in the process.
This is what I came back with.
The fact that the show had bothered to chase down such a tiny detail, which had to have come from Adelstein himself, told me everything I needed to know.