Where I ramble about all the TV shows and movies I’ve watched in the past week ….
I know we’re due a monthly wrap-up, but it will have to wait until Monday as I’ve been super busy and started working out more seriously again and my whole body hurts and I’m tired. Naturally, I resorted to TV and movies, so let’s talk about those …
FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS
In Limbo (Season 1)
If you would like to cry, binge this show! I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon In Limbo, but I’m making my way through some original Australian shows and enjoying it very much.
In Limbo is a ghost story and a story about grief. It’s about how you never fully know the people in your life and important it is to show up when it matters. It’s way funnier than it should be considering the topic and has so many valid and authentic moments of people grieving in different ways. I was especially in awe of Ryan Corr’s performance and would have loved nothing more than to give him a good hug.
If you don’t mind sad content, this is a HUGE RECOMMENDATION!
Trigger warnings: depression and suicide!
Muted (Season 1)
I don’t know who greenlit this rubbish thing called a show, but they should be fired. I’m usually not a person, who wishes bad stuff on anyone or anything, but dang, I hope it won’t get renewed and I say that fully knowing the cliffhanger.
I started Muted because there were some cast members from Elite, but soon regretted it. In all of the six episodes, I just kept thinking “how is any of this legal” on top of “why can’t anyone act???”. The latter complaint mostly stems from people delivering dialogue in really monotonous ways and having few to no believable facial expressions. I’m so sorry to everyone involved, I’m sure they’re usually great, but this show was a mess. It made me really uncomfortable. I couldn’t even enjoy the freaking twists …
Ted Lasso (Series Finale?)
There’s been a lot of talk about Ted Lasso and whether there will be a season 4, a spin-off and/or a movie. General consensus seems to be that people aren’t really happy (especially the shippers, but not only those), most haven’t been happy for a large part of Season 3, but I’m just going to uselessly add my voice to all the chatter. Over all, I enjoyed the finale, but I’m going to try and sort my thoughts into categories (some for the entire shows.
What I Liked
- I’m happy that Ted and Rebecca stayed friends. I was never really sold on the TedBecca ship, even though I adore their connection. I just couldn’t really picture it, so this feels more authentic in my head.
- The whole freaking evolution of Jamie Tartt! Back in season 1, I couldn’t stand the man for a while, but now he has become my favorite character. That’s how you show growth.
- Roy finally becoming one of the Diamond Dogs and being more open to talking about his feelings was a blessing.
- I cannot thank the show enough for showing Colin’s journey and letting him kiss is guy on the field in the finale. Truly the best moment of the whole episode.
- Very much aware that it irked many people, but I liked that the team came in second. It was never about winning and they didn’t even expect to get that far with the team anyway, so this just proved the point of Ted’s coaching.
- I like that happy endings can be unexpected and don’t necessarily need to be romantic. Ted’s happy ending is being there for his son, getting to witness the small moments and not being miles away.
What I Didn’t Like
- I really thought we were past the whole love triangle thing at the end of the penultimate episode, so Roy and Jamie fighting over Keeley felt like a massive step back in everyone’s character development. For me, that wasn’t necessary at all. If you really want to subvert the love triangle trope, make them a throuple or let the guys date and let Keeley be an independent woman, but this didn’t feel like an earned ending for the characters.
- Rebecca ending up with the flying Dutchman, who has a daughter, was cute and all, but I just wish it had been developed a little more on screen.
- I didn’t feel Keeley and Barbara’s connection strong enough for her to change the name of her business to include Barbara’s name. It’s a small thing, but yeah …
- As much as I don’t think everyone needs to end up a couple – which I’ve said so many times – it doesn’t feel right that Beard and Jane are the only ones (we’ve witnessed for more than an episode) still together (if you continue on, I have something to say about that supposed “wedding”). It’s not a healthy relationship, even if they are happy in it. So, for a show that preaches rom-communism, this was meager …
Things I Noticed/Theorize About
- I think everything that happened after Ted got on the plane and Beard got off is not necessarily canon. To me, those were things Ted imagined happening now that he’s gone, but how WEIRD would it be for him not to attend Beard’s wedding? Unacceptable really, so it’s more like a “dream” or “premonition” than reality in my mind. Also, why would we go through those flash forwards just to show Ted’s plane departing again? We could have went straight to him coaching Henry.
- Like many others, I think there’s lots of material here for spin-offs or one-offs or whatever you want to call it. Be it the Richmond women’s team or just following certain characters, I could see them continuing that way and just allowing the show to grow beyond Ted. In the end, it was never about him!
WEEKLY TV SHOWS
Class of ’09 (Season 1)
I thought I would vibe with this more to be honest, but I’m sticking with it.
Platonic (Season 1)
There’s about 4 or 5 episodes of this out by now and I’m enjoying it a lot. Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen are a hilarious duo and I adore that it focuses on an age group that isn’t full of teens. Also, heck yeah to all the messy women-men-friendships out there. Love to see it!
How I Met Your Father (Season 2)
The show is back from its mid-season break and is giving us some SidSophie crumbs. I think the majority of the fandom hopes that Sid is the dad, and honestly, I’m fully in support of this as well.
Nancy Drew (Season 4)
Nancy Drew is back for its final season and I will be so sad to see the characters go, but I’m here for all the delicious Nace angst. They basically confirmed them as soulmates and we’re gonna break that curse, I just know it. Because if we don’t, we will riot!
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Love Again is the US remake of the German movie “SMS für Dich”, which is in turn based on a book. It’s my all time favorite German romcom (despite some obvious flaws that I will continue to ignore until the end of days), so the US version always had a lot to live up to. And wow, it did not do well in comparison.
I thought it was fun to get the famous singer persona in the story to be played by Celine Dion. She is an icon and her personal history brought some additional weight to her character, but other than that? A fairly lackluster experience. The chemistry between the leads wasn’t overwhelming and I would have actually liked to see the actor who played John (the deceased fiancé) in the role of Sam’s character? Like, that’s not a great testimony …
It felt polished and bland, with none of the quirky charisma translating to this version at all. All in all, it was just an okay movie.