The journey of most of the characters in “Station Eleven” is from self-protective emotional withdrawal to vulnerability and connection.
“Tick, Tick … Boom!” is also a soul-deep tribute by Lin-Manuel Miranda to an artist who inspired him at a formative age.
The show’s true subject is nothing less than spiritual sickness, fueled by the existential dread of folks with no material wants who nevertheless don’t know what to do with their lives or how to spend them happily with each other.
Transcendent, communal moments like these, so long denied us by this still raging pandemic, have been worth the wait, and they are more than worth the trouble.
The series executes a breathtaking high-wire act, threading speculative fiction a history most of us still do not know well enough.
Director Mike Nichols told beloved stories onscreen. His own life was a story of resilience and transcendence.
The highest tribute I can offer this biography is that it is not unlike a Nichols film itself: incisive, dense with detail yet somehow brisk.