What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #15

Ever since the last post of this kind, I have watched so many shows and films that I could probably fill three posts in total. However, I do want to keep it short and will just mention the things I remember or have something to say about.

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

I am really digging the German Netflix content lately. Ever since this show premiered, basically all my social media was full of praise for it and even though I didn’t initially plan on watching it, it really is that good. It has a fun way of telling the story, mostly fresh faces in terms of casting and is super fast-paced with a promise of more to come. In addition to all of that, the show is just genuinely funny. Definite recommendation from me.

For fans of: short format storytelling, unconventional visualisation, international Netflix content, crime and drug story without the focus on gore

3% (Season 3)

I am disappointed in this season. First of all, one of the actors apparently just didn’t want to be in it anymore, so they wrote him off in the most stupid way. Secondly, where is the tension and finesse of the previous seasons? There used to be a cunning subtlety to this story, but now it’s more like “let’s hit the audience on the head with all this obvious nonsense”. I swear, one day my enemies to lovers OTP Michele and Rafael will happen, but other than that 3% really needs to get their shit together.

For fans of: dystopian stories, desert settings, too many wannabe saviours, characters that think they are SO smart but make stupid mistakes all the time

Black Mirror (Season 5)

Another disappointment on my end. I was excited for this season and I even watched all the episodes (sometimes I don’t … don’t judge me!), but somehow it didn’t sit right with me. The technological aspect wasn’t as present or innovative as in previous seasons and none of the stories were particularly shocking or eye-opening. If I had to rank them, I’d probably go just straight from episode 1 to 3 with best to worst. Striking Vipers was alright, Smithereens was basically just a story from now (no real technological advancement necessary) and I did not like the Ashley Too one at all. I am not saying it was terrible, but I have been better entertained before.

For fans of: Black Mirror in general, certain cast members in the different episodes

Dark Phoenix

Ugh … I tried. Look, I love this franchise to bits. I was on board with the new casting and going back in time and erasing X-Men 1-3 from ever happening, because why not? But if this is how it all ends, it was not worth it. First of all, in three decades, no one aged! Let’s be crystal clear here by saying that X-Men First Class took place in the late 60s and Dark Phoenix in the 90s. It does not show at all. Then they had my wonderful darling and comic relief Quicksilver AND THEY DON’T USE HIM AT ALL. I don’t get it. Why is the character of Quicksilver always done dirty? (Because Marvel was not any better) The villains of the movie don’t make any sense. I am not even sure we are told what they are called. We don’t know what really happened to them, what their motivation is and you know, basic background information that would make you care for them is simply missing. Lastly, I am like 90% sure that the final shot of The Last Stand was pretty darn similar to the final shot of this movie and why did we even do all of that?

For fans of: X-Men franchise people who need closure

Men in Black: International

I had fun, alright!? I know it’s not the best movie in the Men in Black universe (that will always be the first movie in my heart), but I had a good time watching it. MIB: International is basically an AU version of Valkyrie and Thor where they are the humans instead of the aliens. So, if you enjoy watching Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth play off each other with a bit of scene-stealing Kumail Nanjiani sprinkled in, this movie isn’t such a bad choice. As for the story, it was pretty predictable and didn’t bring anything new to the table, but I can live with that. Sometimes a movie doesn’t have to be the best out there, it just needs to be a little escape for the right now.

For fans of: Tessa/Chris dynamic and Kumail Nanjiani humour


I have also attended the TV Series Festival in Berlin and went to a couple screenings. I do want to write a separate post about those shows though, as to not make this one unnecessarily long. Did you watch anything I mentioned here? Let’s chat!

9 thoughts on “What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #15

  1. I saw Dark Phoenix and MIB: International. The former: yeah, it’s okay at best. There are definite problems with the story. But I wasn’t expecting anything great, so it was worth the money for me. The latter: yeah, my sister and I had fun. It was pretty predictable and the villains were the flattest yet in the series, but it was fun and funny and in the end, that’s what matters the most.

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  2. I am currently watching How To Sell Drugs Online and it is indeed hilarious and super entertaining. I was looking for something fast-paced to watch while on commute and I didn’t want to rewatch Gossip Girl for the 400th time, so this one ended up being a fitting choice!
    I also binge-watched The Society recently and I really liked it. I was definitely surprised that a teenage show was able to discuss so many different elements at once, while still having the lightness to expect from a teenage show after all. I also appreciate how layered the characters were. Campbell was really interesting and low-key scary, to the point where I actually had nightmares about him, lol. Grizz and Sam were sweethearts and definitely the one part of the show I didn’t expect to like so much!
    As for movies, I haven’t watched any of the most recent releases, but I did watch Rocketman and cried my eyes out. Have you watched it? If so, what are you thoughts on it?

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    • I am glad you enjoyed How to Sell Drugs Online Fast and The Society as well. I feel very torn about Campbell, because I don’t think they handled the psychopath storyline all that well, but I like the show as a whole. Grizz is too precious for this world.
      I have not seen Rocketman, but I have also missed Bohemian Rhapsody. I just keep on not watching the music films of this year. Although, I MUST see Yesterday. That is definitely on my list.

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