2018 Emmy Odds: ‘USS Callister’ Will Warp Speed Into TV Movie Win

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:50 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 4:50 PM UTC

Netflix and HBO fight for supremacy in a category where the rest of the nominees are in the neutral zone.

<p><font color="#111111">We’re going to boldly go right into our pick: “USS Callister,” a Star Trek”-knockoff episode of the highly entertaining but sometimes terrifying “Black Mirror” series, will take home the Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">All the other nominees might as well be wearing red shirts.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">The bookmakers at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4584&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a> and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4682&amp;book=Sports Betting" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">SportsBetting</a> agree with us, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">favoring “USS Callister” at -425</a>. Its nearest competitors are “The Tale” (+200), “Fahrenheit 451” (+4000), “Paterno” (+4000) and “Flint” (+5000).</font></p><p><font color="#111111">We make this pick with confidence because, well, we watched them.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">“USS Callister” merges light comedy and dark themes, a mastery of the Netflix series. It stars Emmy nominee Jesse Plemons as megalomaniacal boss at a technology company who bullies and belittles co-workers he deems as wronging or undermining him. Their punishment is being incarcerated in a virtual world that is a lot “Star Trek” and a little “Galaxy Quest.”</font></p><p><font color="#111111">It is while the team is trapped in this virtual space trip that the bullied become the bullies, leading to a compelling and stunning end. And that’s all will say.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">And as happy as we are about Plemons’ nomination for Outstanding Actor, how Cristin Milioti, who literally kicked misogynist butt, was overlooked is mind-boggling. Enough said.</font></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Hip hip hooray! Black Mirror has earned a whopping 8 Emmy nominations! 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No. 2 on the nominee list is “The Tale,” starring Emmy winner Laura Dern. It’s a compelling true story of documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox’s teenage relationship with an older man and how it transitions into a horror story when she confronts what really happened to her.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">Fox, who wrote and directed the film, saw the liaison as her first romance but the more she explored her memories, she realized she was groomed, then abused by her equestrian coach. Fox wonders how many women have this same story in their memory banks. The difference between telling this story 30 years ago and telling it now, is the #MeToo movement -- more people are paying attention and believing.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">Another HBO nominee is “Paterno,” starring Oscar winner Al Pacino as the legendary Penn State football coach who was immersed in child abuse charges against his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">The fact that Pacino was not nominated in the Best Actor category gives a hint about the lukewarm reception this movie received. The story was told through Paterno and newspaper reporter Sara Ganim, who broke the scandal in the college paper. That lack of focus plus the sympathetic look at the fall of the Nittany Lions coach rather than the victims of abuse muddled the movie.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">HBO’s third nominee, “Fahrenheit 451,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, certainly had literary cred to fall back on. But with fewer people even buying books, there was an attempt to give the Ray Bradbury novel a technological bent, but it was unconvincing. Jordan, also not nominated for best actor, played a tormented firefighter and was the best part of the movie.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">Lifetime’s “Flint,” starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Betsy Brandt, didn’t resonate despite its compelling true story of a drinking water dilemma in an impoverished city. The sense of urgency didn’t translate to the small screen, unfortunately mimicking real life -- Flint is still awaiting its happy ending.</font></p><p><font color="#111111">The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live,” will air Sept. 17 on NBC.</font></p>
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