Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #9

As you may have been able to tell from the lack of posts on here, I haven’t been much in the mood to blog. I did watch quite a lot though, so let’s dive into that right away!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Vikings: Valhalla (Season 1)

I used to be a huge fan of the original Vikings show, but kind of dropped it when it started to drag and I lost more and more of the characters I loved. I’m well aware the show was based on actual historical figures/legends, but still … it just became a bit too much. Just imagine how happy I was to find that this sequel was a breath of fresh air!

Set 100 years after the original Vikings show, it has plenty of references to Ragnar, Lagertha, Rollo, etc., but is perfectly suitable for people not familiar with the material as well. It mainly follows our three new lead characters – Harald, Leif and Freydis. There’s plenty more, but the focus is definitely on them and you’ll quickly know why, because their chemistry is off the charts. I was especially here for the bromance between Leif and Harald, because I just couldn’t get enough of them and definitely fell in love with them.

Another intriguing factor was that the season heavily focused on faith. Vikings believing in the old gods, many having converted to Christianity and the flaws and blessings of both religions were masterfully portrayed. There’s crazy zealots everywhere, but in the end, it has to be a personal decision. There were some really great conflicts that resulted from this.

The best part is, they already shot Season 2 and will start filming Season 3 this Spring. There’s plenty more content ahead for us.

The Afterparty (Season 1)

I’ve talked about it on a weekly basis, but I adored this show! It was so fun to have them portray each episode like a different genre and to have you guessing who the murderer might be. Usually, I feel like I’m fairly spot on with my guesses (and I did have a hunch here as well), but it was so satisfying to see it come to fruition.

Something the showrunner has also done is put very subtle visual cues in every single episode that tell you who is NOT the murderer! Sometimes it’s morse code, other times it’s a cipher, real fun stuff! There’s a lot you might miss upon just watching it one time, but what’s better than a show you want and can rewatch a lot and still discover new things?

An Astrological Guide for Broken Hearts (Season 2)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t as invested this season. For one, I don’t looove cheating plotlines, but secondly, I felt like the conflict was so unnecessary? Once it was all explained (meaning Davide’s kiss at the end of last season), I just felt like that was such a non-issue, which I was proven right about in episode 5 or something. I don’t know … the drama was just a bit drawn out for nothing.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

How I Met Your Father (Season 1)

The cliffhanger was really mean this last episode and I wish next week wasn’t already the finale. The show has been such a joyous part in my life and I’m going to miss it until the next season comes around. Sitcoms should not be allowed to only have 10 episodes.

The Cleaning Lady (Season 1)

The drama is real with this show and I can barely handle that it just keeps getting worse for Thony each episode. Still, Arman has got it bad for her, so there’s that.

Promised Land (Season 1)

Carmen being bi is something I can definitely roll with. As for the rest? I don’t think I’m as fully invested in the show as I should be.

Bel-Air (Season 1)

The episode about the party in honor of Lisa’s mother was so good! The show really gets me in my feels while just being so entertaining. I’m glad I gave it a chance.

Superman & Lois (Season 2)

I love Tal-Rho! I never would have thought it, but he was such a great addition to the show. Also, that scene between Clark and Jonathan at the end? That one really hit hard, because Jonathan is so much like his father, but as a parent, it obviously just feels like he did the most disappointing and infuriating things. Not condoning his use of X-K obviously, but he just wants to protect the people he cares about, you know?

9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3)

The storyline with the parrot was just mean and I hate to see Paul in pain.

MOVIES

As always, don’t forget to add me on Letterboxd if you want to be up to date on all my movie experiences! 

After Yang

It starts out really slow, but by the middle, I was in love with this movie! I already knew from the cast that I was going to adore them, but they packed so much into it! Partially, it’s about interracial adoption, identity, privacy, death and life itself. Somehow it takes the most ordinary moments and reduces you to a puddle of tears, because they carry so much emotion. A really, really beautiful film!

If we ever get real techno sapiens or AI, I’m going to be so freaking kind to them.

Fresh

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED!!! THIS MOVIE IS BEST ENJOYED WITHOUT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT IT!

If I never start dating, this movie might be to blame for it.

As I said above, I was told that this movie is best experienced by knowing as little as possible. I had an inkling of an idea that it was a dating and revenge story, but that was it. Well, the first 30 minutes were absolutely lovely. Would I watch an awkward romcom with Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan? 100%, but that’s obviously not what fresh was. Nope, this movie is about cannibalism.

And let me tell you, it’s a really well executed horror. I just felt SO SICK watching this movie, my stomach was in knots and I couldn’t eat for hours, which was unfortunate, cause I watched it around noon.

So, not a bad movie at all, but not for everyone!


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned? Do you intend to? Let’s talk about it!

13 thoughts on “Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #9

  1. A couple of these shows are upcoming for my ‘Rona Reviews, for sure! Loved season 1 of Superman & Lois and am looking forward to diving into “Vikings” territory when it comes up in my queue. Love the short synopses.

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  2. I stopped watching the OG vikings show as well. I was surprised to see another show but I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed it! It actually sounds fascinating, maybe I will have to give it a shot!
    I will have to look into the afterparty as well, and maybe suggest my sister to watch it too 👀
    Sending you good thoughts 💞

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  3. I’ve always been curious about the Vikings series but never really felt compelled to take the plunge. Glad to see the new series work for you! Oh and I also giggled at your comment about being kind to technosapiens/AI. Careful now. There’s also the other kind of AI… The kind to manipulate you and then seek world domination! 😛

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    • I liked the original Vikings show very much, but it just dragged on too long. I don’t even remember which season I jumped ship, but this sequel series has me hooked again. It was a great watch!
      I refuse to think that an AI/technosapien I was kind to would just get rid of me. I’m very stubborn and I don’t like being mean haha gonna shower them in kindness regardless.

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  4. I watched the two seasons of An Astrological Guide for Broken Hearts and I enjoyed it! Maybe I did like the first season a little more than the second one, but I really liked both, overall. I found it to be such a heartwarming show overall and I loved the characters so much!! ❤

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    • YAY! I’m glad you watched and liked it too. It kind of reminded me of Plan Coeur, you know? Maybe it was the episode length or the breeziness of the romance, but I liked it.

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