February 2018 Wrap-Up

Where January felt like a lifetime in itself, February was once again gone in the blink of an eye. I don’t even know what I did all month long, I just know that I didn’t read very much … to be fair, I was a bit pre-occupied with other things, but here are the books that I did manage to get to:

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (5 stars)
    I just found out that Lupita Nyong’o read the book, loved it and immediately asked Trevor if she could play his mother in the movie adaptation and IT IS HAPPENING! I am so excited!!
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (3.5 stars)
    So, I am not going to write a full review for this, which means this kind of mini-review is all you are getting. I thought the book was cute. I loved the format with all the pictures and graphs and e-mails, because they just lighten up a story like this one. I am not too fond of the twist, not just because it is ableist, but also because it felt rushed and never fully resolved. Also, the romance department was vastly disappointing in the end.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood    Everything, Everything

Just like always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog (if there is one) and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

Just a quick update on the job search … well, I still don’t have a job. It’s bothering me quite a bit, but that’s life right now and the unemployment office is making me take classes and workshops which will at least keep me busy during the next month. Maybe I will even learn something really interesting! *trying to tackle this with as much positivity as possible*

As I have mentioned above, I was a little pre-occupied this month with things other than reading. For one, I blogged like crazy again. I think there wasn’t a week where I didn’t knock out at least 5 posts, which I haven’t done in a long time. BUT I also worked on another project – my very own art instagram profile!

Please feel free to add me via katimpossibledraws or simply click here. I am not yet super happy with the quality of the photos that I take of my art work, but I am learning a bit every day. Most of what I do is made with watercolors and colored pencils, but I also threw in some regular pencil sketches. I do want to venture into digital art at some point, but … let’s just say I either have the completely wrong software or I am far from talented with a graphic tablet so far.

michie

Also, low-key not over the fact that Michiel Huisman didn’t just SEE my art for his movie Irreplaceable You, but he also liked it AND commented on it.

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ALL KINDS OF TAGS

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

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I hope you had a great month? What were you up to? What do you think of my art? Let’s chat!

#CurrentlyWatching: Anne with an E

This week’s theme is “literary adaptations not just for kids” (I know, I am so fabulous at coming up with something new all the time) and I am very excited to talk about this particular show. I was pretty late to the bandwagon, but Anne with an E definitely needs to be talked about at one point or another.

This, by far, isn’t the first adaption of the Anne of Green Gables book series, however, Netflix really managed to give it a fresh take with a fantastic young cast and extraordinary detail concerning the set and costumes. So far there is one season, but production for the second one has already started in November 2017. Again, I have not read the book (BUT I have ordered it – progress! But seriously, Anne of Green Gables just wasn’t really a thing in my country, so you can’t blame me for not knowing it.), but I have heard that there were some changes made to the original narrative as well as tone, probably to fit into the darker and more drama-filled TV landscape of today.

Anne with an E chronicles the adventures of a young orphan girl as she finds a new home, love and friendship on Prince Edward Island during the 19th century.

Okay, I have to admit that I started watching this because I missed Canada. I am not sure how much sense that makes, considering the time this is set in and that Canada is huge and I wasn’t actually in that part of the country, but I still got the vibes that I wanted. Anne with an E is such an easy show to fall in love with. The visuals are simply stunning and no one on this planet can tell me that this isn’t the most stylish adaptation of the source material yet. But it really shines because of how emotional and gripping it is. Thinking back, I don’t believe there was a single episode where I didn’t need tissues.

As I mentioned above, there were some changes made to the story and that resulted in the show getting edgier than the books. In my opinion, this added greatly to the realism and the exploration of Anne’s past. Having said that, I don’t want you to think this is a super dark show, because it definitely is not. Anne with an E is a beautiful visual treat with a slow pace to accompany the gorgeous cinematography. You will laugh and cry, both out of joy and sadness.

I also really want to applaud all the actors and actresses involved in this series. Netflix always manages to pull amazing young talent out of seemingly nowhere (at least it feels that way for me), but the adults really hit home with me as well. The performances (aside from a very theatrical Anne at times) were so quietly convincing. It’s all a big part of what makes Anne with an E so charming.

Overall, I just really enjoyed the themes that were explored on the show. It is about all kinds of things, each of them relatably portrayed even with the very different setting from our world today. It is about growing up and finding that place called home. The adoption process and Anne’s background were an emotional roller coaster for me and her continued fight to be heard and accepted was so very inspiring. It’s about poverty and friendship. It’s about first love, loss and grief. Also, there’s a real feminist element to everything Anne does and I love her all the more for it.

Lastly, the show has an amazing theme song “Ahead by a Century” by the Tragically Hip, which doesn’t just fit the vibe of the show, but is another celebration of Canadian culture.

I could talk about Anne for days. She’s quirky, charming, smart, wonderful, has the biggest capacity for imagination I have seen on screen and probably knows more complicated words than me. She can also be overly dramatic and a real scene stealer, but I guess that is what makes Anne so very Anne. Even when I will admit that it can border on the point of being a tad annoying behaviour, Amybeth McNulty really made that role her own and I cannot imagine that being easy at such a young age. However, I feel like this part of the post is not just here to feature the main character and that is why I want to talk about Gilbert Blythe.

Gilbert is the guy everyone loves, except Anne. Even though the poor boy immediately takes a liking to her, Anne feels like he is just making her life harder and that’s true even if he never intended for that to happen. He is kind, smart, confident, incredibly cute (except when he pulls girls’ pigtails) and most importantly he doesn’t judge people by where they are from but rather who they are.

He is an overall good guy and doesn’t give up on Anne so easily, but rather uses her aversion towards him to start an academical rivalry he knew she wouldn’t be able to resist. I hope you can see where I am going with this, but it’s the perfect set up for enemies to lovers/the hate-to-love-trope. I adored seeing how Anne slowly changed her view of Gilbert and through that her feelings for him. I am really looking forward to where this is going in the future (although everyone who has read the books already knows, but the journey still counts!).

So, in the end, I don’t know how this show will fare with people who absolutely adore the books. I went into it pretty unknowing and that might have been the best way to watch the show. After all, there are changes! And they aren’t just minor ones either, but I still think that this show is like a piece of art that should be appreciated anyway.

Did you watch Anne with an E? Did you read the books? What are your thoughts? Let’s chat! (Bonus question: can you guess which show I will talk about on Friday?)

Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

So, last week I talked about some of my favourite ships (you can check out that post here), but peoples, sometimes ships also gloriously fail. That’s why I am here today to do the Romance Fails in Fiction Tag, which the Orang-utan Librarian tagged me for. It’s going to be fun! (Hopefully …)

THE RULES

  • Please PINGBACK to Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities.
  • You can choose ten romance fails from ANY media you like: books, movies, anime, manga, T.V shows, or Webtoons. You can even mix them up if you want.
  • You can choose funny fails or serious ones; for the serious ones, phrase it humorously. Remember, this is a fun tag! It’s not meant to be serious.
  • Mention who’s who in the fails. (I.E, who fails and who is the recipient of the failure). If there isn’t  recipient, per se, just state the couple (or non-couple).
  • Optional: Rank the failures from least extreme to most extreme.
  • 5 failures at LEAST.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.

THE SHIPWRECKS

Mindy/Ben (The Mindy Project)

I don’t know who finished the Mindy Project, but the whole Mindy-Ben-marriage was a vast disappointment for me. What was the point of the whole thing? Thinking about it, they managed to butcher every good option for Mindy out there, when in reality Mindy needs no man. Anyway, they turned Casey into a douche, they really messed up Danny and then they just handed Ben to her. Ben is the uber-nice guy – Mr. Perfect … just not for Mindy? There was no chemistry there and I know Mindy needed to get over the notion of marriage being her end goal, but still … ugh …

Katniss/Gale (The Hunger Games)

We’ve gone through this like a 13823948 times. They were flirty friends, but they were never supposed to be a thing. Heck, at this point I am not even sure Katniss is supposed to be with Peeta. Can someone let that girl just have platonic love?

Lizzie/Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders)

Okay … sooo … I love Lizzie. In her own way, she is family but sometimes the show really missed crucial parts of her history? I still don’t know when she went from sleeping with Tommy, to loving John and then back to really loving Tommy and basically being the unofficial Ms. Thomas Shelby without probably ever being it for real. I am afraid this will only make sense to people who watched the show.

Liam/Kathryn (The Royals)

It was like a car crash happening right in front of my eyes. I know The Royals thrives on drama, but that whole storyline (plus the fight for the throne) really ruined Liam for me?

Klaus/Camille (The Originals)

The moment Cami appeared on screen, I thought she looked and felt like a carbon copy of Caroline and I stand by that opinion to this day (they don’t just look alike, they also have similar names). That made it impossible for me to ever truly see her as a real option for Klaus. Also, everyone treated her like a saint when she really wasn’t one. I am not heartless, her exiting the show was sad, but not because I cared for her character, but because of what that meant to Klaus.

Clara/Danny Pink (Doctor Who)

Look, I thought they were cute in the beginning, but that was when I still believed he could be the new Rory. However, Danny Pink was never going to be a longterm installment of Clara’s life. He didn’t accept her for who she was and all he left her with was a lot of plot holes (*cough* Orson Pink *cough*).

I TAG THEE

So, I couldn’t come up with 10 picks, but what do you think? What are some romances that have failed hard?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 19-25)

I honestly barely remember what I have done this week, except that I watched Black Panther and I keep dreaming about gorillas every single night since (there must be some correlation there, right? M’Baku and the Jabari tribe anyone?). It was fantastic and I am so glad everyone loves this movie, because it deserves all the attention. However, now on to some new trailers and such!

Movies

On Chesil Beach

I’d watch absolutely anything with Saoirse Ronan in it. ANYTHING.

Kings

This looks really good! I just definitely didn’t expect Daniel Craig to show up.

Heartbeats

Aweee, are dance movies coming back?

Final Portrait

I might have shown that trailer already at some point … but Armie.

The Happys

Is it just me or is this trailer all over the place?

I Can Only Imagine

Oh boy, those music movies are always trying to be so inspiring.

Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town

Such a mess.

The Outsider

People really like to use Ruelle for trailer music.

The Forgiven

Sometimes I have such a hard time ignoring prosthetics.

Flint Town

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Lost in Space

It’s in space. I’d watch it!

Champions

I CANNOT WAIT! It’s like a kind of Mindy Project reunion and I am here for it.

Timeless (Season 2)

I think those are like all the Timeless teasers in one.

Jessica Jones (Season 2)

LOL, who made her go to anger management?

Collateral

I thought this was a film, but it’s a mini-series.

Legion (Season 2)

They know how to do creepy promos!

The Expanse (Season 3)

I kind of stopped watching this in season 1, so I have no idea what’s happening.

How are you doing? What are you watching? Let’s chat!

 

#CurrentlyWatching: Altered Carbon

And on we go with this week’s “Freaky Sci-Fi” theme. I like to present shows that are quite different from each other together and so this pick is the opposite in style to Travelers in many ways. I am talking about Altered Carbon.

Like many other shows and movies these days, Altered Carbon is based on books, in this case written by Richard K. Morgan. As seems to be a reoccurring theme with these posts, I have not read those books yet, nor am I sure I will pick them up. This just means I cannot draw any real comparisons between the source material and the screen adaptation, but I think we will all survive.
Altered Carbon is a Netflix show with one season out so far. I usually don’t say this, because I am a greedy person and always want more, but I quite liked the ending of the season. I think there are talks about season 2 (which have some storytelling quirks to figure out due to the finale), but I personally wouldn’t mind if that was all there is to the story, which is almost refreshing.

Human consciousness can be stored and transferred. A former prisoner now has the option to win his freedom, provided he can solve a highly complex and dangerous murder case.

Those of you who follow my tweets, probably saw me binge-watching and binge-tweeting about Altered Carbon on release weekend. When I was done, I knew that I had liked it but I had watched it while being sick with borderline hypothermia, so I wasn’t sure how accurate my judgment really was. But in the following days I saw everyone else’s reactions and I knew this was one of the good ones.

Altered Carbon brings you into a world where, if you have the money, you can live forever. Don’t like the body you were born with? Well, just upgrade your sleeve (what bodies are called) and you are settled. In all the stories I have ever read/watched/otherwise-consumed, I have never encountered one where it was smart to give humanity access to immortality. We simply aren’t built for it! This already brings me to one of the main topics throughout the series – immortality and all its moral ramifications and repercussions. It’s very thought provoking in some ways. If you are rich, you can’t just buy any body you like, you can also clone the one you have infinite times without ever even having to age. Would that be ground for unlimited freedom or a prison in itself? There’s a religion featured that absolutely doesn’t want to be reborn in a new sleeve, as it would taint the soul. But if you had the possibility to talk to murder victims by giving them a new sleeve to testify, wouldn’t that almost eradicate violent crimes? It’s questions like that, which although not always front and center, are the underlying current of the show.

Where Travelers is very understated, Altered Carbon is almost overwhelming you with information and vibrant visual cues. The CGI is great, in my opinion, and we gradually get to explore all the dark corners of this particular universe, while never getting all the information. I believe this is necessary if the show is thinking long-term, but I also think it might have been too much information otherwise.

With all the love I have for the show, it definitely isn’t perfect. I know I am terribly bad at giving trigger warnings, but let me tell you the violence in this one is real! There are multiple cases of sexual abuse and downright torture. In an almost Blade-Runner-esque fashion, women are definitely sexualised but I think the series really tried to show almost equally as much male nudity. I am really bad about talking about these parts of a show, because if I don’t care about it much, my mind can very easily just blank those parts out. Let’s just say, be prepared for some disturbing stuff.

This time, I really couldn’t decide on just one character. So, I am going to feature two. One is the main character, Takeshi Kovacs, and the other is a really quirky AI, going by the name of Edgar A. Poe (yes, exactly like the poet), who I sometimes loved more than the humans on the show.

As the name Takeshi Kovacs already suggests, the character is of Japanese and East-European descent. He comes from a very different world to the one we get to see and I especially enjoyed slowly rolling up his past episode by episode. And, not being a fan of flashback episodes whatsoever, I also really valued the background we got during that particular part of the show, even if I will always stand by the opinion that it is a tiny interruption of the natural flow of the storyline. Anyway, he is a very tortured man, who had to fight for survival from an early age on. I think he does what he has to, however, I do believe that he’d rather do what’s right in the process. He seems very loyal to the people he loves and respects, but also easily closes himself off from the world in order to not get hurt or hurt anyone else. In my mind, he will always be haunted by the things he has done.

In some ways, I think it was a bold choice to go with a white actor for Takeshi’s main sleeve during the course of the first season. In the book, you got Takeshi’s inner voice to show how he felt about basically being whitewashed, but that wasn’t possible to portray as easily in a visual way. I appreciated that the creators made sure to have two Asian actors portray other bodies Takeshi inhabited at least. There is still an element of racism in the 26th century setting and to show that, only minor roles in the book were expanded for the adaptation and cast with POC as well (Lizzie, to this day, being one of my favourites).

Now finally on to my lovable AI! Poe is the owner of the Raven Hotel (you see he can stick to a theme) and finds his first guest in over 50 years in Kovacs. As I understood it, no one uses AI run hotels anymore, because they become obsessed and stalkerish with their guests and that’s, of course, bothering. However, Poe is a real life saver. He would literally die for his inhabitants and is in general quite fascinated with humans. While other AIs seem to be fed up with humanity, he genuinely wants to help wherever he can. I think of him as the funny sidekick, who can be very weird, but is probably a better person than some of the actual people. Also, I will forever love him for quoting one of my favourite poems. I am easily swayed that way.

Okay, this post got super long! I hope you have a better understanding of what Altered Carbon is like but, please, don’t hesitate to ask questions if anything is unclear. The body swapping and such can be quite confusing.

Did you watch Altered Carbon? Is it something you’d be interested in?

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Book Review)

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Page Count
: 304

This is the first book review of the month! It may have taken me quite a long time to finish Born a Crime, but that is in no correlation with the quality of the writing, I was just very pre-occupied with other things this month. In fact, this book was so incredibly well written and thoughtful and funny and insightful, I don’t think the review will have to be very long.

To start with, Born a Crime is non-fiction, a memoir of sorts to be more exact. I always struggle with reviewing those, because this is someone’s life we are talking about. The things happened and that’s it, but there is still a difference in how you tell a story and Trevor Noah definitely knows how to do that!

“We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.”

You may know Trevor Noah as the host of the Daily Show these days, but I heard about him a couple years before that when I browsed YouTube for comedy stand up programs. His acts immediately enticed me, as they were equally funny and thought-provoking, teaching me things about Africa while also being highly entertaining. I’ve followed his rise to global fame since and am very happy to see his success. Going into this book, I knew that it wouldn’t talk too much about his career as a comedian though, seen as Born a Crime chronicles Trevor Noah’s childhood up to his mid-twenties in South Africa.

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited”

As much as this book was about the intricacies and injustice of apartheid and racism, it was also a love letter to Trevor’s mother. She sounds like one of the strongest, most resilient and lively people out there. You may not always agree with her methods, but you have to give her credit for the confidence and safety she instilled in her children, giving them the tools to face almost anything. There is so much respect, appreciation and plain love in their relationship, even through all the struggles and hardships, you know that Trevor’s childhood couldn’t have been so bad simply because of her presence and care. It gets especially tragic when you see domestic abuse rattling their lives and how difficult of a situation it is to deal with, especially in a country that has societal stigmas and a vastly incompetent justice system that fails to support you in any way.

“Relationships are built in the silences. You spend time with people, you observe them and interact with them, and you come to know them—and that is what apartheid stole from us: time.”

While there was a definitely presence of his mother in the book, you can equally feel the absence of his father. There are no hard feelings towards him, their entire family fell victim to circumstances. But I don’t think that anyone who hasn’t actually lived in a segregated country, can even begin to imagine the consequences of such a system. To imagine how long the system was in place and that it has affected the living situations, mindsets and relationships of the people to some extent even to this day is just mind-blowing (in the worst of ways). I very much enjoyed to read how Trevor tricked the system, found the loopholes and made his way nonetheless. Everyone just always seemed so resourceful and I found it especially interesting how easily he could prove that knowledge (be it languages, business know-how, history, etc.) can give you a certain advantage in life and how devastating it is to be denied that knowledge.

“Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says “We’re the same.” A language barrier says “We’re different.”

“Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”

Finally, after this book review has already gotten way longer than I intended, I can only recommend this book to everyone out there. It gives you such an understandable view of the repercussions of apartheid and racism, but couples it with personal experiences to really add that emotional punch. I would love to read further books written by Noah, maybe about how he decided to become a comedian, but there’s no rush there.

“Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.”

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Hopefully a new addition to everyone’s must-read list!

Have you read Trevor Noah’s book? Did you watch some of his stand up programs? Did you like the quotes? Let’s chat!

Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Love is in the air! May it be the slow building romance or a whirlwind affair, many ships can evoke all kinds of feelings in us. So, I want to thank Sophie @Blame Chocolate for tagging me in this wonderful Soul Ripping Romance Tag! I always enjoy talking about my ships and I really hope I could make it a good mix for you all.

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

MY SHIPS

Kaz & Inej (Six of Crows)

(Source)

For a couple that barely touches in the entire duology, they are just so precious and gave me all the feels. There’s background, history and development there and I just love them so much.

Waverly & Nicole Haught (Wynonna Earp)

No one is as precious as WayHaught! Their awkward getting-to-know-each-other phase was everything and they are one of the most lovable couples out there. Definitely always happy tears with them!

Karen & Frank (The Punisher)

Karen and Frank are some of the most frustrating people out there. They CLEARLY have feelings for one another, they protect each other and now they just need to act on those feelings. Pretty please!

Kasia & Dyson (Arcadia)

No one said I couldn’t use my own couple, right? Kasia and Dyson are my babies and they have made me laugh and cry and scream in frustration. I just really want to get their story right. (You can read all about Arcadia here!)

Abbie & Sam (Irreplaceable You)

If you know anything about the premise of this movie, you will understand that I ugly cried through at least half of it.

Elio & Oliver (Call Me By Your Name)

I still haven’t watched the movie, but the book was beyond beautiful and sad and tragic and raw and real. I just have to reread certain paragraphs and it will immediately open the floodgates. “I remember everything.”

I TAG THEE

I hope you enjoyed this little tag! What are your thoughts? What are some ships and fictional couples you can get behind?

 

#CurrentlyWatching: Travelers

At this point, I don’t think I necessarily have to say it, but I got another weekly theme for you! We are talking “Freaky Sci-Fi” today and on Friday and are starting it all off with Travelers. From what I’ve noticed, not that many people know it. So, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase it a little.

So, far there are 2 Seasons of the time travel drama out there. You can watch them on Netflix, but they originally air on Showcase in Canada. There’s definitely more to tell, but it has been well received among viewers and even made it onto some list of Netflix, ranking it among the top 10 shows to marathon/binge-watch. So, here’s to hoping Season 3 will be greenlit soon.

The future is in peril! To prevent humankind from extinction, brave souls go on a suicide mission and transfer their consciousness into the 21st century to change what’s to come.

Usually I decide whether I am going to keep watching a show or not within the first 10 minutes. Whatever you do, do not base your opinion of Travelers on the first ten minutes! I might be sightly exaggerating, but they were dreadful. I didn’t understand what was going on and when I finally did, I didn’t enjoy seeing those situations over and over with different people. It just took way too long to really get going, felt hacked up and not like a good flow at all, but in the end I am really glad I stuck around.

The so-called Travelers leave their original identity behind and enter their new host body shortly before their moment of death, which they then prevent. Most of their information is based off of social media accounts or official records and digital papertrails. This makes for a great fish-out-of-water-scenario as the main characters have to pretend to be someone they don’t know in a time they’ve basically only read about.

Other than most Sci-Fi shows, Travelers is very understated. There’s not a lot of CGI or pompous effects, but rather a focus on interpersonal relationships and the drama that comes with wanting to save the world, but also having to preserve the cover of being an ordinary person. It’s more on the slow paced side, which gives the show room for character development and the exploration of the moral predicament the cast is facing at every other turn. After all, there are rules to time travel but nothing is what it seems and there comes a time when they have to decide which rules might be worth breaking and which ones aren’t.

Now it’s time for a new official part of my #CurrentlyWatching posts. I’ve already started to implement this a little in the past, but most of the time, it’s really the characters that make the show worth watching. So, from now on, I want to do a specific section to feature and spotlight one or several characters of a show that particularly enticed me. I am trying to get you attached here, but at the same time, I will try not to give too much away. Otherwise where is the fun in watching, right?

Already I struggled a bit to just spotlight one person for this post. After all, there is Trevor – one of the oldest travelers, yet the one who ends up in the body of a High School student. He is invigorated by youth, but struggles to fit into the shallow and reckless life the real Trevor used to lead. Then there is Philip – the historian of the team who has perfect recall and has to carry the weight of remembering all the deaths of all the people they might encounter, knowing that he is not allowed to change history, while also coping with a drug addiction that wasn’t made privy in death records of his host. Or maybe Carlythe tactician and soldier of the group, who finds herself with an abusive boyfriend and newborn baby that she cannot help but feel maternal for. But in the end I went with Marcy.

Marcy, the team’s medic, also fell victim to expecting a different life from her host, due to fake social media profiles. In truth, the real Marcy was a intellectually disabled woman and did not in fact have a relationship with David, who, in reality, is Marcy’s social worker. On the one side, I really enjoyed watching Marcy’s journey as she is one of the most enigmatic characters, but then again there is so much … problematic (not sure that’s the right word, but it’s what I am going with for now) with her character. Aside from the fact that they basically “cured” an intellectually disabled woman (which gets a whole new spin in Season 2 that I will not go into right now but I am also still not sure how to feel about), there is also the fact that she then proceeds to have an on and off relationship with her former social worker. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredibly cute. David is one of the most precious people out there, but the implications that come with that are staggering.

I am glad that it’s a topic that is discussed, challenged and by no means just accepted. David in particular struggles with his growing feelings for Marcy and knows what that means for his career and life.

There’s a lot happening in the two seasons so far. Some things I really liked, others I felt more iffy about. There is a tranquility to the show that is really appealing to me, but there are also single episodes that don’t work particularly well for me. In general, I feel like the show works better as a binge than one episode per week. There’s still so much potential in this story and their characters, so I am curious to see where they will go next.

Have you ever watched Travelers? Do you think you would want to check it out?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 12-18)

February definitely moves a whole lot faster than January, because I can’t believe how far along we already are. I hope you had a good week and here are some trailers for you now!

Movies

Incredibles 2

Let’s face it, this is the movie we’ve all been waiting for! Still bummed the kids didn’t grow up at all, but the baby is going to be so brilliant in this one.

Ready Player One

I can see changes from the book, but it looks really epic.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

This is like a Downton Abbey reunion movie or something and I am all here for it. I just want to read the book before watching the movie.

Rampage

Is this how King Kong started?

Overboard

I think it’s going to be cute, but it just still won’t be the original.

Uncle Drew

The make up to make him look old looks so fake …

A Quiet Place

The silence is just going to make it all the more scary. I just know it.

 

The Last Movie Star

I can see this being really heartfelt.

The Grinch

TV Shows

The Royals (Season 4)

They need to give me more Willow. She is my absolute favourite aside from Jaspenor and they barely include her in the promos at all …

The Arrangement (Season 2)

The first season was only meh, but I am curious to see what happens next.

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2)

Can’t wait!

The Innocents

I have NO idea what this is about but it looks epic and dark.

Animal Kingdom (Season 3)

I need to catch up so bad! I missed half of Season 2, but I am on a Peaky Blinders withdrawal and Finn Cole as Jay might be able to fix that?

Love (Season 3)

Maybe with the final season coming out, I will finally start watching this.

Claws (Season 2)

Did anyone watch the first season?

Atlanta (Season 2)

It looks real good.

Famous in Love (Season 2)

Yeah, those short promos don’t tell me anything.

Shadowhunters (Season 3)

Malec is the only good thing left about this show. Don’t deny it!

Timeless (Season 2)

Still so very glad that fans saved this show.

Siren

I am still not sure Freeform knows how to role with this kind of story. (also, daily reminder that mermaids are not sirens)

How are you doing? What are you watching? Let’s chat!

#CurrentlyWatching: Peaky Blinders

Let’s continue with this week’s theme of “family business“, but with a show vastly different from Dynasty. If you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen me gush about it all of last week and that show is Peaky Blinders!

I joined in quite late, considering that the show premiered in 2013 and already has 4 seasons available, but then again, I am really glad I could binge it all in a short amount of time, instead of waiting a year or more between season (seriously, Season 5 won’t be out until 2019 and I am dying a little bit inside, but am also super grateful the show continues). Peaky Blinders is made by the BBC, but is also available on Netflix in most territories as far as I know.

**Please ignore that the official BBC speaker pronounces Cillian as Sillian, because it is Killian and I am ashamed for them**

Set in the early 1920s, Peaky Blinders chronicles the life of the infamous gang by the same name run by the ambitious and ruthless Shelby family.

While the Peaky Blinders as a gang really did exist, the show has no claim on being factually correct whatsoever. Whereas the series starts in 1919, the real Peaky Blinders operated from around 1890-1920 and would have most likely been extinct by the time the show begins. There is no proof of any of the characters having existed (except maybe some of the opponent crime bosses) and the razors the gang has sown into their caps were a luxury product at the time that probably not even the Peaky Blinders could have afforded. So, I personally do not care about any of these things at all, but some people might want to know that this is not based on real history. I always saw it as a pure work of fiction to begin with.

Right from the get go, I quite enjoyed the family dynamic of the Shelbys. Whereas the family business, in this case a buzzing gambling den, is usually run by the eldest sibling, it is Thomas Shelby (the middle child) everyone looks to. None of the brothers have come home from the war the way they left for France, but he has taken up the responsibility to care for his family and to get them the life he thinks they deserve for their service to their country – by whatever means necessary.

Thomas Shelby is a complex character and I love him all the more for it. Is he a good man? Debatable for sure. I wouldn’t even go so far as to say that he always has good intentions in mind, because it wouldn’t be the truth. People fear him, but they also adore him. He provides protection, but at the same time he is often the reason people need protection to begin with. Whatever he does, it always feels like a two-edged sword. He wants to go legit, but in the end there is always one more thing to do, one last heist, one last mission. I am not sure he would actually be able to be content with a life in peace if it was right in front of him.

Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of Thomas is perfection in my eyes. He has no problem showing his callous and ruthless side, he can turn on the charm and self-confidence that is required to navigate certain situations, but there is also an underlying vulnerability and endless sadness to him. All this affects his every relationship at one point or another and shows how broken war has left him.

Women were at a clear disadvantage in the 1920s, however, I appreciate that there is an element of progressiveness among the Peaky Blinders. Women’s issues are discussed, equality is at least attempted and it is in no way implied that they are just damsels in distress that need to be saved and protected all the time. Women have their own head in this show and oftentimes sneakily manipulate the men in their small ways. I am not saying that the female representation is perfect, but considering the time period it is set in, I certainly enjoyed the direction they decided to go in.

There is no denying that the show can go quite dark and violent. I suppose that is part of the whole ogranised crime topic we are dealing with. However, it also handles topics such as mental health and PTSD in particular. Considering how little regard there was given to mental health issues at the time, I always find it interesting to see how people dealt with it. There is a lot of emotional trauma to deal with throughout the series and they constantly managed to break my heart.

All in all, I hold Peaky Blinders in high regard. It has most stellar acting in all roles, be it the main casting or supporting characters. The setting is not one you see on TV every day and even throughout several seasons, it never seizes to amaze me in terms of intricacies of the plot and characters. Also, one final shout out to all the epic walking scenes on that show. You should never underestimate how difficult it is to walk normal or cool while being filmed.

So, by the order of the Peaky Blinders, I command you to watch this show. Just kidding! But if you do think this one is for you, check it out and tell me what you think!