What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #38

As you can see, I haven’t really had the time to read lately, because drawing and writing every day takes up a lot of time. However, it’s super easy to just have a show or movie play in the background while I work, so here’s another post on what I’ve been watching!

Little Voice (Season 1 ongoing)

Ever since I saw the trailer, I knew I wanted to check out the show! The music is absolutely the kind I like and I prefer shows where people don’t just start singing randomly, but rather have a reason to do so. If I had to complain about one thing so far, it’d be that Apple didn’t release all episodes at once, which I would have much preferred. One episode isn’t very long, so by the time I really am vibing with it and feeling like I’m in that world, it already ends again. But that’s just my spoiled mindset with all other streaming services out there dropping their content all at once.

I find the characters all super likable and relatable. They feel real and I especially appreciate Bess’ (the main character) relationship with her autistic brother Louis. Those two are so precious together and their shared love of music and musicals is everything. I am a little more torn on the romance front, just because I don’t like the idea of cheating? Obviously Sean’s character Ethan is a dreamboat and there’s a connection there with Bess, but so is with Samuel and he’d definitely be the better choice in terms of availability.

Lastly, there is also a lesbian storyline for a character with a traditional Indian family background and I’m super curious to see how they will explore that in future episodes.

For fans of: Brittany O’Grady singing, JJ Abrams going back too his Felicity-esque roots, Sara Bareilles songs, music seamlessly incorporated in TV without making it a musical

Blood & Water (Season 1)

I had meant to watch this for the longest time! This is one of the first productions on Netflix that came from South Africa and I know that a lot of people had been waiting for it. There’s definitely a bit of buzz around the show and I was so relieved that the wallpaper with the season two production announcement came right after I finished this season.

The plot has a whole is super interesting. Adoption scandals, child kidnappings, rich people vs. poor people – all of that had me hooked pretty easily and I was invested in finding out what actually happened. Sometimes I was a bit annoyed with the secrecy and the lack of trust vs. blind faith some of the characters portrayed, but I just tried to remind myself that those are all teenagers and I was dramatic af as a teen myself (I still am sometimes).

For fans of: international Netflix productions, majority Black cast

Cursed (Season 1)

I have not read the book this is based on and neither do I intend to, so, I can’t really talk about any similarities or differences in that matter. However, I can tell you that this definitely isn’t a traditional retelling of what you’d consider an Arthurian legend.

I’m not going to lie to you, it was off to a rough start for me. I hated the transitions (until the very end) and thought that things just looked a bit off. Everything had such a bright (which sometimes looks fake?) look, but then also was just extremely violent with chopped off body parts multiple times per episode. That didn’t exactly fit together in my head? But ultimately it didn’t deter me and the show grew on me with every episode I kept watching.

There’s not yet been an announcement on whether they’ll continue with the show, but I’d definitely watch it if it got released, just for the sake of finding out how this will end up with Arthur on the throne and all the key players in their “traditional” places. Cause at the moment, I cannot see that happening at all yet. But I guess I also wouldn’t be sad for days if it didn’t get renewed.

And yes, on a final note, I totally kept watching because I liked the weeping monk. Sue me! (Other favourite characters included Squirrel, Morgana, Pym, Merlin, Gawain and when he wasn’t a fool in love, Arthur.)

For fans of: twists (and not very accurate) Arthurian legend inspired material

Absentia (Season 1)

I 100% started watching this show because of Neil Jackson. This is NOT my genre at all and I couldn’t look at some of the bleeding eye/drowning stuff. The storyline was interesting to me, because while I often care very little about the crime element, I am fascinated by family dynamics in unusual situations. I definitely didn’t understand all of the choices made by the characters, but I’m also no FBI agent … who knows? Maybe they actually knew what they were doing constantly going off on their own.

I already started to watch Season 2, but I actually need to pay attention, so, I can’t just play it in the background like some other stuff.

For fans of: Stana Katic, dark psychological thrillers, shows that aren’t afraid to get gross

The Kissing Booth 2

Look, I get it. A bunch of people watched the first one, they made another one and set up a third. Views don’t lie? But that doesn’t mean I don’t think this movie series is still utter trash. Granted, the sequel was actually less annoying than the first Kissing Booth movie, but doesn’t make it a good movie all of a sudden.

The relationships these kids have are not healthy. They lie and cheat and clearly have boundary issues, but they rarely look for the fault in themselves. I don’t understand why everyone is so enchanted by Elle as if she’s a really great person, when she’s just as flawed as the others?

Anyway, this is no way needed to be 2+ hours long. Just no.

For fans of: the wattpad novel? the cast??

This is what I’ve been watching! Have you seen any of those things? I’d love to chat!

20 thoughts on “What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #38

  1. I’ve watched Blood and Water, and I hate the ending it’s such a cliffhanger noooo. I’m planning to watch Kissing Booth 2 tonigh!

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  2. Blood & Water sounds great but I’m not sure I want that kind of drama now, maybe I will just add it to the list and one day get to it!
    OMG. I have been watching Cursed and haven’t had the chance to talk to anyone about it. I’m just disappointed. I had maybe too many expectations, the trailer looked amazing but when I started watching it, it just wasn’t…that. The transitions are a huge weird thing for me, as you said. I don’t really care about any of the characters. The one I find the most interesting is Merlin and maybe the Weeping Monk (that might be because Daniel Sharman is the actor tho, and I have loved what I have seen of him in other tv shows). The part where she killed the wolves looked so fake. I usually don’t realize that sort of thing but that…I just could not see it. I’m on episode 6 but each time I’m going to start a new one is like a conscious excercise and sometimes the eps seem to last longer. I’m not sure if there is “one” problem for me, or it’s just as a whole that doesn’t work. Anyway, for sure it was not what I expected nor how I expected to like it.

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    • I had Blood & Water on my watchlist for months. It’s good, but it’s something I needed to be in the right mood for. Also, the ending is a mean cliffhanger, so, you could potentially wait for the next seaosn to drop and binge it then.
      Look, I didn’t LOVE Cursed either haha. I don’t know if I would have watched it all had I not loved so many of the actors and their previous work. I am curious about how it would continue from there on, but it’s not a new favourite at all. I didn’t like the CGI either …

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  3. I’ve been thinking of watching Cursed but I’m sad to hear it had unnecessary blood and gore because well I don’t mind it but I’d rather avoid it.
    I do love the Arthurian legend and Merlin was such a fun show to watch!


    • It’s not ALL the time, but I think they wanted to show that stakes are high … someone compared it to Game of Thrones, but it sure does not have the CGI budget to get to that level and it’s not AS explicit? I don’t know. Cursed just really wasn’t my fave, but at the same time I am curious about how it would continue.

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    • Well, yes. It’s absolutely utter trash, but it’s better than the first movie? It’s only worth hate-watching though … like you seriously can’t do anything other than that with it …


  4. I’m still intrigued by Cursed, as the trailer looked so good, but thanks for the heads-up that this can get pretty violent! I’ll definitely keep a look out for this show, even though it’s not on my immediate priority list ๐Ÿ˜„

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