Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #40

Wow, this week really got away from me. I always have plans to post more and yet here we are again. I won’t even attempt to make the promise for next week. Let’s just see where we go from here and talk about what I’ve watched instead!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Rings of Power (Season 1)

I want to preface this by saying that I went into the show with a very open mind. Not just do I have zero emotional attachment to the Lord of the Rings movies or books, I also enjoyed other fantasy adaptations of Amazon Prime lately. I mean, I’m a Fantasy fan, so I was basically meant for The Rings of Power, and I don’t want to say that I didn’t enjoy myself, I just feel like I didn’t love it as much as other shows. It was told rather slowly and I hate to admit that I was just plain bored sometimes.

There were several character dynamics I was absolutely here for. The new characters in general were a great addition in my book (although I can’t say I remember all the names), but weirdly, I didn’t have a single favorite character or storyline. Usually, when I watch any sort of media, I latch onto someone in particular, but I just didn’t feel as attached here? The story arcs all made sense and as I said, I enjoyed myself overall, but I’ve definitely been more invested in other tales before.

Regardless, there was some stunning cinematography with this show. Especially the slow motion shots of people on horseback – chef’s kiss! I also loved the Sauron twist, maybe one of my favorite parts of the entire season. I’ll definitely continue to watch future seasons, but like with this one, I might go for a binge when I feel in the right mood instead of watching weekly.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

Not the Sheriff messing with the Deputy now. That man went above and beyond the previous episode and you don’t want to make your number 2 your enemy.

Reginald the Vampire (Season 1)

I hate it with a passion that the most terrible thing the people on this show can think of is a fat vampire.

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

Oh, Claudia. Prime example of why you shouldn’t turn kids, but what a great narrator.

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

I’m so sad that there’s only one more episode left. Where am I going to get my Sisi Stringer and Kieron Moore fix from!?

Fire Country (Season 1)

They got a full season order and I’m so here for it. The personal drama is ramping up and the dangers keep coming, without feeling plucked out of thin air as with the 9-1-1 shows sometimes.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

This one also has one more episode and I have no idea how we will tie up all this toxic stuff. No clue why I watched this show, but literally none of my friends talked about it, so I’m all alone with my thoughts.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Even at the danger of repeating myself, I LOVE this show.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

The last three episodes were the strongest of the season, or, in other words, it just keeps getting better.

DC’s Stargirl (Season 3)

I’m well aware that the storyline we were following this episode was set up last season, but I don’t think this season did a good enough job of keeping it in the back of our minds and including hints of it in the previous episodes. I’m really not a fan of the structuring of this season.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

Wait a minute! Didn’t we break up with perfect Oscar because we didn’t want to have kids? Am I remembering this all wrong!?

9-1-1 (Season 6)

Sooo … we’re just not going to talk about Buck becoming a sperm donor?

Station 19 (Season 6)

Jack and Maya are so infuriating this season. They both worked so hard, not just for their jobs, but also their personal growth and they’re plain torching it this season.

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)

Got it. We’re at the point in the season where everyone starts hooking up. It’s episode 3, what did I expect? With this show we need to create as messy as possible romantic entanglements after all.

MOVIES

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The School for Good and Evil

I was so excited for this movie! While I never read the books for The School for Good and Evil, I was well aware of them and pleased to see them getting an adaptation. The general theme of good vs. evil in fairy tales and such is something “easy” to latch onto and can make for a great story, which The School for Good and Evil succeeded in doing. Some “twists” were to be expected, but they still weren’t badly executed. I was also glad to see it get 2.5 hours as a movie, which it needed, but ultimately felt like this might have worked better as a show.

There was a whole lot of heart in this movie (Sofia Wylie especially was amazing) and I had a great time, but I felt like we could have explored so many themes and character choices/developments in greater detail. I don’t necessarily think that we needed to tell the story itself slower, but just linger on some moments. Still, I hope we get a lot of sequels, because I’d like to see more.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!