I’m sorry for the lack of posts, but my brain has just kind of been empty in terms of blogging ideas. Instead, I watched plenty of shows and movies. Oh, and I worked, of course. That has also played into things. AND I’m rereading and annotating my new copy of The Atlas Six. But back to the topic at hand, what have I watched?
FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS
How I Met Your Father (Season 1)
Watching this show has been a blast for me. I didn’t mind the predictable storylines, but I did mind only having 10 episodes in total. Having said that, I’m so happy to announce that Season 2 will have a total of 20 episodes, which is super rare for a streaming service. YAY me!
Now, where to start? A lot of people’s complaints from the start were about how the characters were over the top with their personality and I would just like to remind everyone that HIMYM had Barney Stinson. He was like the most over the top character ever. I think a lot of criticism came from people just not wanting a reboot, but I see it as its own show, even though the references to the OG series were ramped up towards the finale.
I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes, although I hope the showrunners will rethink what they said in interviews again. Apparently, there is still a chance that we haven’t even met the father yet and I cannot handle this disaster all over again. We’ve better met the man!
The Cleaning Lady (Season 1)
This show was SO good! Following an illegal immigrant, who works as a cleaning lady to get her son medical treatment in the US and eventually gets tangled up with crime lords and the FBI, it just keeps reeling you in. The show managed to ramp up the stakes with each episode, making you root for the most unlikely of characters. I was at the point of condoning cheating, just because the chemistry between certain characters was absolute fire. It did end on a cliffhanger though and I have not heard of an official renewal yet. Fingers crossed!
The Cuphead Show (Season 1)
This show is based on a game, which I’ve never played, so I went in completely blind. I loved the animation style, the short episodes and how all of this was very reminiscent of comics and cartoons from my childhood. However, I’d be lying if I said I remembered much about the stories. They were very forgettable. I can maybe recall two episodes or something …
Byron Baes (Season 1)
I binged this in a day and I wanted to hate it, but now I really want to have more content.
To be fair, this in no way represents actual Byron, where property and rent prices have exploded and the entire community protested the Netflix show. In fact, several businesses forbade Netflix to film at their establishment, which is why a lot of it takes place at the houses/offices of the influencers or very non-descript places. I completely understand the concern of the locals, but I had so much fun watching this.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s very white and very mean girls, but somehow I couldn’t look away. Sarah and Cai were probably my favorite people on the show. I just get invested and want to know more. All of that because I missed hearing Aussie accents …
Upload (Season 2)
The show finally came back and I binged it all in a day. I wasn’t sure I was going to be as invested as last season, but it was very easy to get back into things and they definitely knew how to further the conflict. Towards the last episodes, I felt like things were aligning a bit too well, but I’m very intrigued by the set up for a potential next season. Which I hope we’re getting?
WEEKLY TV SHOWS
Promised Land (Season 1)
No one I know is talking about this show. I wonder if it will even get renewed …
Bel-Air (Season 1)
Bel-Air is such a good family drama. Each week, I’m just in awe of the episodes, but I wish we’d dug even deeper. Like Geoffrey? That man has charisma coming out his ears, but I know next to nothing about him. I’d love for him to be involved in more storylines.
9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3)
Glad Marjan and Paul made up.
Good Trouble (Season 4)
It was emotional to see Maia/Callie leave, but her storyline was never my favorite and I feel like she got a great end with Beau/Jamie. I’m far more invested in whatever’s going on in Davia and Gael’s lives.
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The Adam Project
THIS MOVIE! I loved it so much. It was funny, it made me cry, it was action-packed. That team really knows what they’re doing, because it gave me as much joy as Free Guy did and I loved Free Guy! I don’t even want to say too much, but The Adam Project will make you want to hug your parent, kiss your partner and be kinder and more gracious towards yourself. This is for all the geeks and nerds!
Also, as a side note, this was the kid’s first acting job and he did such an amazing job as a tiny Reynolds version. The snark was real!
That one dude, who said that the movie is super niche and he couldn’t relate, clearly had no idea what he was talking about. Yes, it might be a big metaphor for getting your period. Yes, there’s some cringe (but good cringe) moments in there, but it was such a beautiful movie! I have no idea why parents are up in arms about some of the content and how that’s not appropriate for kids. Do none of them remember how wild their hormones got around 13!? Because I do and I also thought I was grown at that age, which I surely wasn’t, and challenged my world view in trying to find out who I was. The movie definitely has my endorsement.