What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #63

I thought it would be nice to do one more of these posts before the end of the month. I thought I haven’t been watching very much, but in reality, I’ve just not been able to binge a lot. So, at the end of this post, you’ll find shows that I’m currently watching as they release weekly, in case you want to talk about any of those. I’ll keep my thoughts in the post to a brief sentence, but feel free to go more in depth in a discussion! I’m always down for TV talk!

Outer Banks (Season 2)

I was so very pumped to get this show back, because it was my absolute obsession last summer. I like the way it mixes The OC with what feels like the Goonies and has some really well rounded characters in it. Returning to that world now, I didn’t vibe as much with the show as I did last time.

Kiara used to be my favorite character alongside JJ, but they made some very odd choices for her storyline. While there were some unrealistic scenarios before, I couldn’t help but get annoyed or frustrated with certain character changes and choices this time around. Some problems literally would have been non-existent if people could just control their temper (and I’m not talking about the bad guys here), but most of all, I’m surprised that these kids aren’t dead. As much as I want them all safe and sound, I can’t wrap my head around some of them still being alive. It just … didn’t make sense.

But now on to the things I liked. I’m so glad that Pope got a bigger spotlight this season, because I felt like he was a bit forgotten in Season 1. We start to dive into his family more and ultimately manage to continue the treasure hunt element in a way that ties it neatly to previous events and gives us plenty of material for the future. JJ remains a favorite, just because he is super messy and funny and I want to give him a hug. Also, we get a new character that I adore – Cleo! They really did us all a favor by introducing her.

The last thing I want to say is, it very much feels like they are trying to set everyone up as a couple now, all the pairs ready to go. As much as I shipped Kiara and JJ last time and can see them wanting to put Cleo and Pope together, I kind of understand all the people shipping JJ and Pope, Kiara with John B or Sarah and Cleo. Not gonna lie, in that group, almost any pairing makes sense. I hope they won’t shy away from including something a little less … heteronormative.

Never Have I Ever (Season 2)

I had fun with the season, although I have to say that the secondhand embarrassment and cringe sometimes becomes a bit much for me. Where Season 1 had a tendency to go deeper on Ben rather than Paxton, this season switched things around and focused on Paxton instead. It’s really hard to choose a team (although I still think I might favor Ben?), but in the end, I like seeing Devi develop outside of the boys as well. Her family dynamic is always so interesting to me and I like that she doesn’t always have her emotions in check. I hope they can elaborate on these aspects without having to introduce new characters each season.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2)

Again, I wasn’t vibing with this season as much as the last, but I enjoyed some different characters getting their due spotlight and especially for Courtney and Carlos getting to sing. My favorite in all of this, however, remains Gina. I love her character and I just want happiness for her. I’m so over the whole Rini drama, it’s the least fun part of the entire show. Ashley and Big Red are a way superior couple, if we have to focus on those …

The Last Letter From Your Lover

When I starte the movie, the aesthetic and split timeline gave me huge W./E. vibes (a film directed by Madonna), which is a plus in my eyes. In the end, it was a lovely movie with very few surprises. I think you pretty much get what you expect and that’s not a bad thing. I would say that it didn’t need a run time of almost two hours, but the visuals were very nice. I was definitely drawn to it by the cast and they all delivered what I wanted from them. I don’t think it will be a story that necessarily lingers in your mind very long, but it’s sweet and hopeful and romantic (if you can tune out all the cheating).

Shows I Watch Weekly

Gossip Girl (Reboot) – I’m really enjoying myself with this one, even though I cannot stand the teachers at all. As for actual teen characters, I need a little bit more development from a lot of them, but it all feels very promising.

Roswell, New Mexico (Season 3) – Last year, I declared Maria and Gregory as my crackship AND THEY ARE MAKING IT INTO A REAL SHIP. (I’d like to think that me campaigning for them as a couple was partially responsible for that new storyline.)

Schmigadoon – It’s a musical. It’s a relationship drama. It’s hilarious and unexpected.

Ted Lasso (Season 2) – Did not expect Ted to have such a hard time with the idea of therapy, but just happy to have my comfort show back!

Superman & Lois – I haven’t talked about the show much, but I kind of love it? The fact that this is so much about family and less about the superhero business makes it really endearing to me. Also, the twins (especially Jonathan) are great.

Animal Kingdom (Season 5) – Eh, I always enjoy this one more when I binge it rather than watching it weekly, but we’ll see how long I stick with it this time around.

Good Trouble (Season 3) – I’m so sorry to say that I mostly watch for Davia, because there’s so many great and important storylines, but … I do.

A bunch of reality TV – I need something that doesn’t require my brain to actively work, so I frequently tune in to Love Island (UK), The Hills: New Beginnings, Siesta Key …


What are your thoughts? Do we watch some of the same stuff? Let’s talk!

15 thoughts on “What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #63

    • I hear you on the teachers. I mostly tune them out, because I find them really annoying. I do like the teens though and I’ve made up my mind who their OG counterparts would be already haha I’m invested now.

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  1. I can tell I need to watch more TV because I literally haven’t seen any of these! 😂 I spent the majority of the past weeks bingeing Agents of Shield but I’ve kind of burned myself out and am gonna stop for a while. But I’ve had such a hard time concentrating on (new) media recently, hoping that goes away in August because there’s so much stuff on my watchlist!

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    • The thing is, if I don’t watch a ridiculous amount of TV, something is wrong in my life. It’s my main source of relaxation, distraction and joy, so I’m not the standard at all to look at here haha

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  2. I’m pretty sure I watched that season of Animal Kingdom. I can’t remember what I thought of it, though. Haha. I need to try Outer Banks. That one sounds interesting! We’ve been binging Atypical recently.

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    • Season 5 is the one currently airing, so you’d only have been able to watch like 3 episodes so far. I always feel weird about that show, because I like the characters despite them being horrible and then I get frustrated when they get into more horrible stuff.
      I love Outer Banks. It’s definitely teen trash in some way, but that doesn’t diminish my enjoyment haha

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  3. I also watched the second Never Have I Ever Season and I was all here for the drama and complicated relationships 😄 (though I also favor Ben)! I still haven’t watched Outer Banks but it seems like the perfect show to watch in summer ☀

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    • I feel like I know Paxton a lot more and understand his insecurities, but in the end, Ben still has my vote haha I just think him and Devi would work better on the long run.
      Outer Banks is so fun! It’s definitely more of a summer show in my opinion.

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  4. I need to watch Outer Banks as well. My sister’s watching it and loving it and… well, I’m curious too aha. I loved Never Have I Ever! I have to admit that I was a bit on the fence between Ben and Paxton, but after this season, I really like Paxton, too. Both have their flaws, but I don’t knooooow. I can’t choose, ahah. It’s such a fun show to watch overal, though and yes! I love the family dynamics as well.

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    • YEEEES! The more Outer Banks fans we get, the better haha I love that show in an unreasonable way.
      I was torn about Ben and Paxton as well, especially because this season gave us more Paxton and made him more approachable. In the end, it’s still Ben for me though.

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