What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #19

I have caught up on so many of my shows, that I feel like I really need to share this update on what I’ve been watching with you. I only did two of them last month and usually I can get in up to four posts. I need to start early in September to get my watching-game back on (seen as reading is still on a low).

Elite (Season 2)

It took me forever to watch the first season, but not Season 2! It was released and I watched it all that day, but it really wasn’t enough. I can’t say that I remembered everything from the previous storyline, but I could easily find my way back into it all.

Everything I really want to talk about is a spoiler, so I am trying to think really hard about what I can tell you all. My thing with this show was always that I didn’t really care about the investigations and crimes at all. It was more the gossipy/relationship stuff that I was into, so I was thriving on my Guzman-Nadia-ship this season. I also liked the addition of Valerio, which I guess could be controversial, but I hope to see him next season and mend his friendship with Nadia.

There were other ships that I was a bit disappointed in this time around, because I either didn’t feel them at all, or they had drastically changed in their dynamic and I didn’t know what to root for anymore. Overall, I had the best of times though and wish I didn’t already know that I’ll have to wait another eternity for the story to continue.

For fans of: Spanish Gossip Girl with a murder mystery/other criminal investigation thrown in

Carnival Row

I surprisingly really enjoyed this show! It’s not that I was shocked in general, because the topic and aesthetic is very much something that I would go for, especially with such a high production value. It’s just that from the get go, I didn’t really buy into the Cara Delevigne-Orlando Bloom-romance and they were banking heavily on that. Even in the end, I am not 100% on board with that ship. I buy it more from Orlando than Cara, but maybe it’s just because I don’t love her as an actress.

Anyway, the show has some really familiar themes, but presents them nicely. I personally wasn’t surprised by any of the larger revelations and only didn’t pick up on minor details. It was woven together nicely and could probably have ended as a limited series, hadn’t they upped the political issues towards the end and already announced a second season prior to the release of this one.

I would watch more of the story! My only complaint was that the scenes were sometimes really dark and I don’t mean in terms of story (although people were ripped to shreds by a weird creature), but more about the light situation. It was literally a very dark screen for me where I couldn’t make out much at times.

For fans of: fairies, pucks and other creatures, old-timey vibes, fantasy take on classicism and racism as societal issues

Stranger Things (Season 3)

I was so late to the party this time around and I don’t really know why. Last season, I stayed up till midnight (because I was in Canada and could watch the midnight release) and then just binged the whole season. But somehow I just wasn’t feeling it for this one and I had to really sit down and wait for the right mood to strike me – which eventually came!

It’s not my favourite season, but I did like that they managed to branch out some relationships, while also keeping the group close-knit. I am especially glad of the addition of Robin to the crew, because I adore her and think it’s great that Steve now also has a female platonic friend who isn’t his ex. I am also happy to announce that I will be dressing up as Robin for Halloween, the costume has already arrived and I just need to get shoes now (never been ready this early before!).

As per usual, the show keeps you guessing if some character deaths were really permanent. I am hoping not, but then they are also very adamant on some people staying dead … sooo, you never really know? I just hope they make more, because I enjoy watching those kiddos grow up and grow into themselves.

For fans of: American summers in the 80s, conspiracy theories, general Stranger Things madness, The Neverending Story song

13 Reasons Why (Season 3)

Not going to lie, I didn’t dislike the show when it first started. I did a really long post (which you can read here) on why you should or should not watch this show, because let’s face it – it is not meant for everyone! I cannot stress this point enough. This show depicts things I never wanted to see, yet now those images are branded into my mind and I don’t want to imagine what it would do to people who have experienced trauma similar to it themselves. It’s not easy and it’s not worth risking your mental health! It’s just TV. And the thing is, I do believe that it opens the eyes for some people who have been ignorant to the topics, but I am totally going off course.

Over the seasons, 13 Reasons Why has lost its reasons to still exist. Basically, Season 3 was entirely dedicated to humanising Bryce Walker, something none of us asked for and none of us needed. There were some really amazing emotional scenes and Tyler was a breakout character, especially seen as I hadn’t been much of a fan previously, but other than that I mostly just kept shaking my head. (Zach Dempsey is still ma boy though …) The content is all over the place. I was massively annoyed with the new narrator and 90% of the decisions the characters made. 

Sometimes characters don’t need redemption. Sometimes we need to let the bad guy be the bad guy in the given scenario. Do I know that it isn’t all black and white and that change is possible? Of course, but that doesn’t mean that I want to watch a whole season of a show that makes me try to like someone I really, really don’t want to like.

Anyway, they got renewed for a season 4 and that should be the final one and I will probably still watch it. There were less graphic scenes this time and I heard that they removed sensible scenes from previous seasons, so at least they are learning in that regard.

For fans of: self-torture because why am I doing this to myself every season?

Paradise Hills

I am still surprised this movie isn’t based on a book, because it feels like a YA dystopian novel more than anything. Depending on how many movies you watch and books you read, you will either think that Paradise Hills is really original or predictable. I quite enjoyed it overall and especially liked the aesthetics. If I am not mistaken, the director previously did perfume commercials, so she knows how to make something look pleasing to the eye.

There were a couple turns towards the end of the story, where they kind of lost me a little bit. I felt like they were trying to cram too many genres into it at once and lost the message on the way. I am not saying that I disliked it, but it wasn’t sure if it wanted to be sci-fi, dystopian or add magic after all. I think I just would have preferred it if the magical element had been left out. Still a nice watch though!

For fans of: aesthetically pleasing movies, large female casts, dystopian movies, weird twists that don’t necessarily make sense


Did you watch any of these shows or movies? Do you want to talk about it? Let’s chat!

18 thoughts on “What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #19

  1. i ADORED season 3 of stranger things. i think season 2 is my least favorite, with 1 being my favorite thus far but they’re all such well-rounded seasons and i love the realistic growth of characters in this season and yasss robin is an amazing character!! ouu that carnival row show looks right up my alley as well (given that the night circus is one of my favorite books of all time)

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    • I liked it, but I liked other seasons better. I just wasn’t as instantly into season 3, so it was a rougher start and that annoyed me haha but yay for Robin and my costume. I really like it.
      Carnival Row was good, but not great, if you get my drift. I’ll let you check it out for yourself though.

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  2. I was wondering when you’d post about Stranger Things season 3. I binge-watched that entire season in a day when it came out, and I honestly felt it was their best season yet. Plus that ending! Hoo-boy, the wait for season 4 is going to be a long one.
    BTW, when you wear your Robin costume, you have to post a photo for us.

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    • Sorry I haven’t been visiting a lot, but I will definitely check them out! Carnival Row won’t be a fave of mine, but it sure was intriguing. I did feel like in the end I guessed the entire plot, but it doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting take on racism through the lense of fantasy-storytelling.

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  3. i’m glad to hear you enjoyed season 2 of elite! i definitely liked s2 better than s1! i feel, though, like the fandom gets too caught up on trying to excuse the characters out of their actions and forget that the goal of the show is exactly to show morally grey characters. as much as they’re likable, they’ve all made questionable choices that can’t really be excused. i’ll admit, though, i love the ships & the characters a lot!
    as for stranger things, i’ve binge-watched all three seasons this summer and i thought it was pretty good. season 2 is my least-favorite, but i thought season 3 was a lot more entertaining (probably because of robin), but also the plot moved a lot faster for me. it’s so fun you’re dressing up as robin for halloween! i’ve never been to a halloween party, but i’d love to dress up as eleven one day!

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    • I get that! I do love some characters and while I don’t think I excuse their behaviour, I tend to forgive it more easily, but with others, I just judge them super harshly for all they have done haha Elite is, as you said, meant to show you that nothing is just black and white though, so I totally agree on that.
      Everyone seems to dislike season 2 the most out of the Stranger Things seasons, but I don’t feel that way at all. I also would have loved to explore the possibility with the other kids from Elevens experiment, but that was SHUT DOWN after the bad reception of that one episode (which I also didn’t love, it took you out of the main story too much) in S2.

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  4. Glad to see you’ve also been watching carnival row. I’m only a few episodes in but have been enjoying it already. I will agree that I dont love that female actress and the romance isn’t something I love about the story. I do love the graphics and fairies and stuff tho. I love the dark vibe too

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