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    Ultra City Smiths S1E3: “Hot Clues” and Second Chances

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    Ultra City Smiths: S1E1 & S1E2 Strike a Tone of Bleak Absurdity

    The following contains spoilers for the premiere of Ultra City Smiths: S1E1, “She Don’t Care,” and S1E2, “The King of the Night” From the opening of Episode 1, “She Don’t Care,” Ultra City Smiths throws us into its world. Yes, there is a narrator (Tom Waits), but he doesn’t so much provide narrative framing and […] More