What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #52

Looks like I have fallen into a bi-weekly rhythm of updating you on my viewing habits! I think that usually gives me a nice amount of time to catch up on some new (and old) releases, so, I hope you enjoy this as a probably established schedule now. Here we go!

Fate: The Winx Saga (Season 1)

Okay, where to start?

If you are a fan of the original animated Winx series or the comics … this ain’t it? Even if I disregard the casting choices and the erasure of certain characters of color or with a diverse background, it just doesn’t say Winx to me. Neither in cinematography, nor the pacing, nor anything else. They just took some names and abilities and made something different in my opinion, which is okay, but the Winx-connection makes it weird.

I watched the whole thing in a day, so there must be something not horrible about it, but a lot of the characters (*cough* Riven *cough*) made me cringe so hard with their more than problematic statements. It’s not … great? But I did end up really enjoying their take on Musa as well as the new addition Terra, Sam and Silva. 

If you feel like giving it a go, sure, why not? Just lower your expectations considerably.

For fans of: drama-filled teen fairy stories

Sanditon (Season 1)

I fully understand why this was recommended to people who enjoyed Bridgerton, as it’s very much in the line of Daphne and the Duke’s love story in part.

For those of you who don’t know, Sanditon was Jane Austen’s final novel, which she never got to complete herself. She gifted it to her niece, who also didn’t finish it, but it eventually did get an end. The itv series decided to do their take on the material and I thought they did a great job. Some characters were insufferable, but the main love triangle was interesting to me, because I could see the woman end up with either one of them. (We shall not speak of the other love-hexagons that were just iffy in part) I was so invested in the fates of everyone, I felt genuinely sad whenever a new problem arose.

Since this is not a mini-series, but something that is designed to go on for a couple seasons, I am so very happy that the fans of the show rallied in support and got it another season. It completely flew under my radar before that.

For fans of: Jane Austen, Bridgerton, Poldark maybe, regency romances

Cobra Kai (Season 1-3)

Why has it taken me so long to watch this show? I do not know. For one, I don’t really consider myself the target group for it. I literally have no recollection of ever watching Karate Kid (any version of it) and I only really associate it with HIMYM for some reason. However, I do understand the hype around it.

But, and this is really a very me thing, while I did enjoy it, I think I didn’t take away what you were supposed to. All I could feel for the majority of the three seasons was sadness. I would not want my kid in any of the dojos, because people repeatedly kept ending up in the hospital and juvenile detention/prison. For many characters, karate was their saving grace. It gave them confidence, purpose and something to believe in, but I was just so pissed at the adults most of the time. They had these kids look up to them and believe their every word and what did they do with that? Fight. Some of them are actual psychos and I don’t understand the point of their “war”. What is the end of it? Someone literally dying??

So, while the show does have some emotional moments, I think it’s mostly supposed to be fun? And I do love some of the characters, but … yeah. I was mad a lot.

For fans of: Karate Kid

Disenchantment (Part 3)

Not gonna lie, I was massively bored this season. Except for one big reveal, which I won’t spoil, I feel like we barely moved anything along and Richard Ayoade voicing a character was its saving grace for me. In general, Disenchantment is a show I tend to just let run in the background rather than pay a lot of attention to, but this time I didn’t even feel bad for doing that …

For fans of: animated stuff but for adults and make it magic?

Promising Young Woman

This movie was everything I had hoped it to be!

The mix of sugary-sweet cinematography with a very jarring look at our grueling society that favors promising young men over the fate of women over and over was *chef’s kiss*. Carey Mulligan shines as Cassie and will always keep you in suspense about what she might do next. The entire movie makes so much sense, hits hard in many, many moments, but also surprises you constantly. The casting of actors who formerly played absolute sweethearts and lovable characters as the douchebags and predators was another a stroke of genius. Also, top notch soundtrack!

I don’t even want to tell you too much about it, because it’s best to just experience it for yourself.

Side note: I don’t think any other movie could have managed to bring back Paris Hilton’s “Stars are Blind” the way Promising Young Woman did.

For fans of: empowered women, social issues such as rape culture, anyone from the cast

Lastly, I wanted to include something new. The shows I mentioned above are all ones that I have watched the entire seasons of, as I otherwise loose track of what I have “reviewed” or talked about already, but for the first time in a long time, network TV shows are back on the weekly. So, here is my viewing schedule and you are always free to talk to me about anything on here and can expect me to be up to date on the program. (Also, have watched the pilot of Walker, but it’s not listed)

Did you watch any of the shows or movies mentioned? Do you plan to? Let’s talk!

12 thoughts on “What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #52

      • Totally hear you on that!
        I have always consumed a ridiculous amount of content, but it often tied in with my work. Now, with all these countless lockdowns and my ever state of limbo in terms of a job, I have consumed even more and … let me tell you, it’s not worth it. I am at a point where I just find a lot of shows really mediocre. I try to make the ones I didn’t love still sound appealing to the intended target group when I talk about them on here, but there’s just a lot of stuff out there that’s simply not it.

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  1. I hadn’t heard of Sanditon to be honest but it does sound like something I could potentially like, but it definitely sounds like something my sister will like so I’m going to suggest that to her haha (thank you)!!
    I watched the first season of Cobra Kai when it was on YouTube’s streaming service and I didn’t end up loving it personally. I don’t think it was my thing but I can definitely see how it can make you feel sad, even if I didn’t get into all of it.
    Richard Ayoade’s voice is great haha !
    I have been excited for Promising Young Women ever since I saw the trailer so I’m so happy to hear you loved it !! I can’t wait !!

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    • I think Sanditon went under the radar for a lot of people, but it’s really well done and will have your heart ache for those characters. It has an open end, so, be prepared for that should you watch.
      I hear you on S1 of Cobra Kai not being your favourite, but maybe it’s just also not for you in general. I am not sure it was for me either haha
      I hope you get to watch Promising Young Woman and get to enjoy it even half as much as I did.

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  2. I adore the graphic you made for your TV schedule!!

    I didn’t know that the fans were able to get a second season of Sanditon after its cancellation. I remember watching it when it first came out and while it was highly predictable, there was an addictive quality to it that kept me hooked.

    I’ve seen everyone talking about Promising Young Woman lately and it looks like one hell of a film. The fact they succeeded in bringing back Paris Hilton’s “Stars are Blind” is impressive in itself haha.

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    • Ahahaha thank you! I doubt anyone will take me up on it, but I figured it was the easiest way to let people know what I watch on the daily.

      Sanditon was just saved like a week or two ago haha I hope they actually get to start production soon, because I fell hard for them.

      Promising Young Woman is EVERYTHING! Already one of my favourite movies ever. I even changed my letterboxd faves to include it.


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