Poolman: The Unlikely Hero of Los Angeles

Darren Barrenman, a native Angeleno and unwavering optimist, spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block. As a dedicated pool cleaner, Darren takes pride in his work, ensuring the pristine waters of the Tiki pool remain an oasis of calm in the bustling city of Los Angeles. Little did he know, his tranquil routine was about to be disrupted by a femme fatale and a web of corruption.

One sunny afternoon, while Darren was meticulously skimming leaves from the pool’s surface, he was approached by a striking woman with an air of mystery. Her name was Veronica Steele, a classic femme fatale with a sharp wit and a seductive charm. Veronica, aware of Darren’s reputation as a dependable and discreet individual, sought his help to uncover corruption in a shady business deal that had far-reaching consequences.

Veronica explained that she had stumbled upon documents implicating a prominent real estate developer in a massive fraud scheme. The developer, known for his shady dealings, was planning to acquire a significant portion of land in Los Angeles through illegal means. This deal would not only displace many residents but also devastate the community Darren called home.

Despite his initial reluctance, Darren’s innate sense of justice compelled him to listen. Veronica needed someone who knew the city well, someone who could blend in and gather information without drawing attention. Darren, with his unassuming demeanor and extensive knowledge of Los Angeles, was the perfect candidate.

Darren’s journey into the underbelly of corruption began with a series of clandestine meetings and covert operations. Veronica provided him with a list of key players involved in the scheme, and Darren set out to gather evidence. His daily routine as a pool cleaner offered the perfect cover, allowing him to move around the city unnoticed.

As Darren delved deeper into the investigation, he discovered a complex network of bribery, blackmail, and betrayal. Each piece of the puzzle brought him closer to the truth, but also deeper into danger. The stakes were high, and the adversaries ruthless. However, Darren’s unwavering optimism and determination kept him going.

The investigation reached its climax when Darren managed to obtain a crucial piece of evidence – a signed contract detailing the fraudulent deal. With this in hand, he and Veronica planned to expose the developer’s corruption to the public and authorities. But their adversaries were closing in, and time was running out.

In a dramatic showdown, Darren and Veronica faced off against the developer’s henchmen at the Tahitian Tiki apartment block. Using his intimate knowledge of the property, Darren orchestrated a clever trap, leading to the capture of the corrupt individuals. The evidence was handed over to the police, and the fraudulent deal was thwarted.

Darren Barrenman emerged as an unlikely hero, his courageous actions saving the community from devastation. The story of the pool cleaner who took on a corrupt developer spread quickly, earning him respect and admiration. Despite his newfound fame, Darren remained humble, returning to his beloved pool at the Tahitian Tiki apartment block.

Veronica Steele, impressed by Darren’s bravery and integrity, stayed in touch. Together, they formed a unique partnership, dedicated to uncovering and combating corruption in Los Angeles. Darren’s optimism and Veronica’s cunning proved to be an unstoppable force for good.

Darren Barrenman’s story is a testament to the power of determination and justice. From a simple pool cleaner to a hero of Los Angeles, Darren’s journey shows that anyone, regardless of their background, can make a significant impact. His unwavering optimism and dedication to his community serve as an inspiration, reminding us all that even in the face of corruption, good can prevail.

Here are this week’s picks by Consequence

Fantasmas (TV)

Fantasmas (TV) Created by: Julio Torres
Cast: Julio Torres, Martine Gutierrez, Tomas Matos, Joe Rumrill

I have a confession: I have not finished all the screeners for this new series by the fearlessly inventive, too-brilliant-for-words Julio Torres — because, frankly, I’ve been savoring them, and I’m going to be so sad when it’s over. The comedian stars as an artist named Julio Torres, bewildered by the world around him but full of great ideas for how to improve it (a common theme in his work): Strange, sweet, hilarious, and full of surprises, Fantasmas is a true confection. The show premiered last Friday night and new episodes roll out weekly; stay, at least, for the Steve Buscemi cameo in Episode 1. You won’t be disappointed.

Hit Man (Film)

Hit Man (Film) Directed by: Richard Linklater
Cast: Glen Powell, Adria Arjona, Austin Amelio, Retta, Sanjay Rao, Gralen Bryant Banks, Molly Bernard, Evan Holtzman

While originally based on a true story, this collaboration between director Richard Linklater and star Glen Powell (they wrote the script together) takes some dramatic turns by the end. A true blend of genres, including comedy, drama, true crime, and thriller, there are some sequences that really deliver on the thriller aspect, while Powell’s often hilarious as an undercover fake assassin whose many identities lead to him having a whole new sense of self. Adria Arjona is also a real knockout here, finally getting a role more interesting than “lady who might have feelings for Dr. Michael Morbius,” and hopefully launching her career onto a whole new level.

How Music Got Free (TV)

How Music Got Free (TV) Directed by: Alex Stapleton

I was describing this two-part documentary to a friend just recently, and it was the words “narrated by Method Man” which sold her on checking it out. Though the rapper’s irreverent narration is just one reason to watch this compelling look back at the digital pioneers (or in the federal government’s eyes, criminals) who were responsible for the rise of spreading music online in the late ’90s and early 2000s. If nothing else, it’s amusing to hear just how paranoid Eminem got about digital security after The Eminem Show was leaked in 2002 — directly from Eminem (a producer as well as interview subject).

Monkey Man (Film)

Monkey Man (Film) Directed by: Dev Patel
Cast: Dev Patel, Jatin Malik, Pitobash, Sikandar Kher, Sobhita Dhulipala, Makarand Deshpande, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vipin Sharma, Adithi Kalkunte, Sharlto Copley

An easy recommendation for action fans, or anyone whoever watched The Newsroom and wondered how much ass Dev Patel could kick if given the opportunity. The Slumdog Millionaire star sets his original tale of ultra-violence in India, playing a young man known only as Kid who’s out for revenge against the corrupt forces in power. Two things can be simultaneously true, by the way: You can really enjoy this movie for the wild ride that it is, and also find yourself singing “monkey monkey monkey man,” a la John Mulaney, every time it comes up.