Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #49

Where I ramble about all the TV shows and movies I’ve watched in the past week ….

With work and me trying to reach my reading goal before the end of the year, I definitely haven’t watched as much as last week. Regardless, lets talk about it!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

1883 (limited series)

Yes, I did spend another week watching more Yellowstone related content and I HAVE NO REGRETS. Elsa Dutton is a freaking icon, because she was just a teen if we’re being honest and some of her decisions were real immature, but she was still one of the best this family has ever had. I knew what was going to happen because of the literal first episode and I was still rooting for some kind of story change the entire series.

Anyway, Dutton women are cursed, the family should give back the land to the indigenous people, because James literally said they could have it back after 7 generations and Tate Dutton is the 7th generation. Alrighty, Taylor Sheridan may have a real freaky side in the way he makes his characters suffer and tries to show the ugly truth of history, but dang … he got me hooked with his shows. The Yellowstone cinematic universe is my everything.

The Witcher: Blood Origin (limited series)

I don’t have that much to say. I thought it was a fun show and I sometimes just wished I could spend more time with the characters. I genuinely just wanted more of all of them, more of what tied them together, more of their backstory, more of their feelings for each other. I felt those bonds, despite the short run time, but I really would have loved to get a chance to explore that even more on the screen itself. 

No clue if this is based on the actual backstory in the books, but I thought it was interesting. I’m really interested in Season 3 of the regular Witcher show now.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

National Treasure (Season 1)

I swear to you, if Jake Austin Walker is playing a traitorous douche-canoe, we’re going to have a problem!

1923 (Season 1)

Spencer Dutton and Alexandra are going to be THE ship for me on the show. But I already know this isn’t going to end well.

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

Everyone is excited that Georgina Sparks is back, but I’ve never liked her, so this is actual not good for me at all.

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

I think there’s one more episode? Unfortunately, not my favorite season so far.

MOVIES

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A Quiet Place

This was actually a rewatch, because I still haven’t watched the second part, which just dropped in my Netflix region. So, I wanted to refresh my memory on the plot of the first one and I still think the movie was brilliant. Silence can be such an efficient tool in filmmaking and they utilized it and sound in return to perfection. Can’t wait to finally watch the sequel soon!

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

TV Shows That Got Cancelled Too Soon – I AM SAD!

TV Shows that got cancelled too soon ... now I'm sad ...

Every year, I tell myself “Don’t get invested. You’ll just fall in love with another show that won’t last.” and every year, I don’t listen to myself. So, as a sort of cathartic experience, I decided to talk about all my lost loves. I wasn’t equally as invested in all of these – like, I’ll definitely get over a lot of them until they become a distant memory – but some still sting. Let’s just take a look!

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Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #48

Where I ramble about all the TV shows and movies I’ve watched in the past week ….

I’m sorry for my absence this week. I’ve been sick and well … still am (not sure if it’s the flu or just a very persistent cold, I just know it’s not the rona …) and was quite preoccupied with pre-holiday stuff. I couldn’t let it slide to not post a weekly wrap-up of what I’ve been watching though. So, let’s check out some movies and shows and let me wish you a happy festive season!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Yellowstone (Season 3-the latest ep. of Season 5)

I’m not actually going to rattle on too long about the show. I always have to be in the right mood for Yellowstone, but when I am, oh boy … I just binge the heck out of it. There will be a 5-minute-sequence of these people just cowboying and doing work on the ranch and I’ll happily watch them? I don’t know what has happened to me, but I probably just miss horseback-riding again.

Anyway, the season 3 finale was wild and the show has seriously mellowed out since then. With season 5 being 16 episodes long, I expect a serious showdown between Beth and Jamie by the end of it. The thing is though … I couldn’t possibly care less about Jamie if I tried. I don’t want him to succeed, I just want him to move to another state and follow his ambitions there, so I don’t have to deal with it anymore. I’d rather watch a spin-off show set on the 6666 ranch.

Emily in Paris (Season 3)

I’ll admit it without shame that I was a person who used to hate-watch Emily in Paris. The characters always used to be insufferable and the people from France were portrayed as their worst stereotypes. I was always like “this is slander and ridiculous!”, but then this season really surprised me. Emily stayed out of business that wasn’t her own, most people made fairly decent decisions and the French people actually spoke in French with each other. Did … did the showrunners listen to peoples complaints?

Genuinely, this was the least annoying season so far and I’m actually excited for what comes next! I still don’t like everyone or support all decisions, but Season 3 worked. And well at that. 

Also, Luc is the best character. It’s not up for debate.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

National Treasure (Season 1)

I continue to enjoy this show, despite it not being like the movies. You just have to adjust your expectations, I think. I’m also praying to the TV gods that I will get to love Jake Austin Walker’s character throughout the entire run of the show. He’s usually prone to be cast as a douche.

1923 (Season 1)

This is another Yellowstone prequel show. I hadn’t seen the previous one, but Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford are strong arguments.

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

I’m sad they went there with Audrey. It feels like it’s the beginning of the end of the triad.
Also, why make Obie’s family German, when none of these actors speak the language? It’s painful to listen to, considering that they’re supposedly fluent/it’s their mother tongue.

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

Love me sitcoms that can do heavy moments well. It’s what makes Mythic Quest so good.

MOVIES

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Catherine Called Birdy

100% not a fan of Lena Dunham. In fact, she was the reason I pondered whether I should watch this movie at all, but then I saw the trailer again and couldn’t resist. I’m so glad I watched Catherine Called Birdy. It’s a beautifully funny yet touching coming-of-age tale and acted so well on all parts. I have a soft spot for Joe Alwyn (his voice is so freaking soothing), so his involvement was a major plus for me, but Bella Ramsey was the clear standout. I haven’t read the book, but I kind of want to now and can definitely see why people would love this story so much.

Boxing Day

I’ve made it my mission to watch new-to-me Christmas movies this season that weren’t ridiculously Hallmark-y and Boxing Day delivered for that prompt. It still had flaws, because the main guy was not worth all that trouble and I will side with Lisa forever, but I had a good time. That’s what we want from a movie, right?

The Thing About Harry

Disregarding the stupid bi/pan stereotypes, this was such a cute movie. The chemistry worked and I was really rooting for them. Due to the cast being who they are, I now also see the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy in a whole new light. I’m having ideas, if you know what I mean?

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Knives Out is one of those movies that I’ve watched more times than I can actually count. Because of the high profile cast and the subversion of expectations, it was one of my few joys of 2020 and has been fun to rewatch ever since. Now, I knew I shouldn’t go into Glass Onion with expectations that were too high, because how could you possibly recreate that? Rian Johnson did it again though. While Knives Out has a special place in my heart, I had the best of times watching (and rewatching) Glass Onion. I just love the structure of these films so much and that they get big names actors for even the smallest cameos. I hope we get hundreds more of these movies and Benoit Blanc helping the right kind of people.

Klaus

Klaus is my #1 Christmas movie and I insist on watching it every single year. There’s never a dry eye in the house when I watch it, no matter how often I’ve already seen it. The animation is perfection, the characters and their development amazing and it just has SO. MUCH. HEART! It’s my biggest recommendation of the season.

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

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #47

Where I ramble about all the TV shows and movies I’ve watched in the past week ….

I’m a little under the weather currently, so apologies if this is on the short side.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Sex Lives of College Girls (Season 2)

What a freaking hot mess. 

Look, I know that Mindy Kaling has been doing the same self-insert with her characters for a long time now and I just inhale those stories anyway. The thing with The Sex Lives of College Girls is that technically the conclusion to the season isn’t necessarily (at least not for all) out of character, but it was hella rushed and without the necessary build-up. I don’t like that there’s sitcoms with 20-minute-runtimes that only have 10 episodes now. It’s just not enough!

I was so ready to have a season of Bela and Eric being comedic rivals and lovers at the same time and was ROBBED, because we just had to make Bela into a massive dick? Kimberley, my sweet summer child, suddenly developed feelings for someone (I won’t believe you if you say you saw that coming in S1) and lied to Whit about it, despite giving the advice to be honest just the episode before. Whitney was absolutely in her right to mess around with bio chem dude, but she deserves so much better and I don’t think she’ll find happiness in the sorority. Lastly, Leighton – girl, you’re the only one making good decisions right now.

I need to know how they’re going to rectify *gestures* all that.

White Lotus (Season 2)

Controversial opinion here, but I’m not the biggest fan of the White Lotus franchise. It always has an incredible cast, way more hidden meaning in every scene than you might expect and great social commentary, but … I just never really like any of the characters? I need someone to root for and each season I struggle to find someone I actually want to support. I mean, I definitely support women’s rights AND wrongs, which makes this show perfect, but most of them are just miserable. I wouldn’t want to trade my life with them. Also, despite the hints everywhere, I didn’t see that ending coming. Well done! Let’s see which location wins the raffle to host the show next season.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

National Treasure (Season 1)

I know, I know … how can it be National Treasure when Nic Cage isn’t in it? Well, it’s not perfect by far, but I love a good treasure hunt. It’s for sure targeted at a younger audience and I, too, am to blame, cause I tuned in for my boy Jake Austin Walker. They got me with the first two episodes though and Riley is going to make a cameo in the future. I’m looking forward to more!

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

The thing with the Gossip Girl reboot is that I’m barely vibing with any characters, I’m not fully invested, but I still want to know how the mess ends, you know? 

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

I love love love their standalone episodes, they are always the highlight of the season. This little Poppy/Ian backstory was everything to me, mostly because I just adore their dynamic and they haven’t actually shared enough scenes.

MOVIES

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Something from Tiffany’s

Do you like Christmas? Do you like corny romance movies (especially with Zoey Deutch)? Then Something from Tiffany’s is for you. It feels like those Hallmark movies, but with an actual budget and good casting (and better but not incredible writing). In all fairness, the movie is very predictable, but it felt sweet and it just worked. I have to say that I just want all the romcoms with Zoey Deutch though, she’s my weak spot. Set It Up is still a masterpiece. 

Darby and the Dead

When I saw the trailer for Darby and the Dead, I remember thinking that this was exactly my jam. It reminded me a lot of the teen movies that I used to love when I was younger and that have been replaying on repeat at my home and I’m glad I enjoyed myself while watching. However, I somehow expected there to be a bit more of a spin on a story I’ve seen many a time before. There were some parts that I thought were rushed (Capri’s “redemption” or the resolution to Darby’s own trauma), but overall it was a fairly cute movie. I could have easily seen this be a mini-series, giving each character a bit more time to shine. Still, I had fun.

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

Mini Reviews: Alone With You in the Ether, Stella

Mini Reviews

We’re nearing the end of 2022 and I still have a couple books that I need to read in order to reach my book count goal (we can forget about the page count goal …). So, I didn’t really think it was necessary to do separate reviews for the following books and hope you enjoy their mini versions.

*links to Goodreads and Storygraph will be provided after the ratings!*

Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake

Alone with You in the Ether by Olivie BlakePublisher description:
CHICAGO, SOMETIME—
Two people meet in the Art Institute by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist, undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. By the end of the story, these things will still be true. But this is not a story about endings.
For Regan, people are predictable and tedious, including and perhaps especially herself. She copes with the dreariness of existence by living impulsively, imagining a new, alternate timeline being created in the wake of every rash decision.
To Aldo, the world feels disturbingly chaotic. He gets through his days by erecting a wall of routine: a backbeat of rules and formulas that keep him going. Without them, the entire framework of his existence would collapse.
For Regan and Aldo, life has been a matter of resigning themselves to the blueprints of inevitability—until the two meet. Could six conversations with a stranger be the variable that shakes up the entire simulation?

My Thoughts:

I’ve read three (four if we’re counting her YA story under a different name) books by Olivie Blake this year and only one of those was a reread. She was so excited to have her stories published traditionally, some with more edits than others to her previous versions, I was so hyped to get them straight on release day each time. Which is why I felt all the sadder when I didn’t initially vibe with Alone With You in the Ether at first.

While Blake definitely has a way with words, I struggled at the beginning. It took me a while to connect with the characters and I found it much easier once they had actually met each other. Starting from that moment, I could see the usual banter, the intricate psycho-analysis and peeling away of layers as well as tearing down of emotional walls. Those are the things I know, love and expect in an Olivie Blake book. Still, she chose to play with her writing in this one and I found the inconsistent style choices weren’t exactly for me.

“Can you love my brain even when it is small? When it is malevolent? When it is violent? Can you love it even when it does not love me?”

I know that this was a deeply personal story for the author and one she longed to tell. The characters both had mental health struggles and unique ways of perceiving the world, which I feel like that was something that was mirrored in the way the different parts of the story were written. So, it fitted the characters and their minds, but unfortunately not always my own. That’s all I’m going to say in terms of the mental health representation, just because I don’t have any personal experience and don’t want to speak on a matter I’m not informed enough on.

This might also make me sound like a hypocrite, because I would absolutely love for my partner to be my best friend, lover and confidant, but something about Aldo and Regan’s relationship sometimes just felt like … too much? I was worried for them and that’s not what you want in a romance – no matter how unconventional it might be. That’s not to say that there weren’t some truly beautiful moments of genuine connection, but I’m still not entirely convinced that their relationship is healthy.

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! This won’t ever be my favorite Olivie Blake book, but it had some good moments.

Goodreads | Storygraph

Stella by Takis Würger

Stella by Takis WürgerPublisher description:
In 1942, Friedrich, an even-keeled but unworldly young man, arrives in Berlin from bucolic Switzerland with dreams of becoming an artist. At a life drawing class, he is hypnotized by the beautiful model, Kristin, who soon becomes his energetic yet enigmatic guide to the bustling and cosmopolitan city. Kristin teaches the naïve Friedrich how to take care of himself in a city filled with danger, and brings him to an underground jazz club where they drink cognac, dance, and kiss. The war feels far away to Friedrich as he falls in love with Kristin, the pair cocooned inside their palatial rooms at the Grand Hotel, where even Champagne and fresh fruit can be obtained thanks to the black market. But as the months pass, the mood in the city darkens yet further, with the Nazi Party tightening their hold on everyday life of all Berliners, terrorizing anyone who might be disloyal to the Reich. Kristin’s loyalties are unclear, and she is not everything she seems, as his realizes when one frightening day she comes back to Friedrich’s hotel suite in tears, battered and bruised. She tells him an astonishing secret: that her real name is Stella, and that she is Jewish, passing for Aryan. Fritz comforts her, but he soon realizes that Stella’s control of the situation is rapidly slipping out of her grasp, and that the Gestapo have an impossible power over her.
As Friedrich confronts Stella’s unimaginable choices, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the history he is living through. Based in part on a real historical character, Stella sets a tortured love story against the backdrop of wartime Berlin, and powerfully explores questions of naiveté, young love, betrayal, and the horrors of history.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to read more books in German this year and this was my feeble last minute attempt at doing just that. I was surprised that I flew through this book, making it one of the quickest German reads in a long time, even though the subject matter is quite literally WWII and the atrocities committed during that time.

Back in 2019, when this book was first published, it was just about everywhere and sparked quite a lot of discussions. Since Stella is in part based on historic facts (such as the title character, Stella) and part fiction (such as the lead character from who’s POV we’re reading the story), I understand the criticism the book is facing after I’ve now read it myself.
I know that a lot of people were bystanders in the war, their silence and passivity making them complicit in what happened. A larger portion of the population would probably fall under that category than the usual heroes and rebels that stories tend to be about. It’s one thing to tell the story of a citizen who was compliant with the regime for whatever reason and a totally different one to bring and outsider into this, who decides to go to Berlin in the midst of war to “learn how to draw”.

Friedrich was one of the most infuriating characters I have ever come across. He is passive, privileged and naive beyond reason. Everyone tells him that people are being murdered for being different in Germany and he wants to go see it for himself and experience a bit of music and art while he’s at it. Even though we get a lot of (quite horrible) historic facts at the start of each chapter and aren’t spared some truly gruesome moments in the story itself, they don’t seem to affect Friedrich in the way that they should. All he cares about is the woman he loves, despite us never understanding that supposedly deep and unwavering connection.

A story from the point of view of Stella, no matter whether you agree with her choices or not, would have been fascinating and an interesting historical study. Telling the tale of a lovesick puppy, who ignores literally every warning he is given in life, feels useless and disappointing.

Fazit: 2/5 stars! This was told through the wrong lens in my eyes.

Goodreads | Storygraph


Have you read either of those books? Do you plan to? Let’s chat!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #46

So, my attempt to blog “every day” for the month of December lasted all of 5 days, but that’s okay. I tried and that’s what matters. I do want to write a couple more posts other than just wrap-ups this month, but first my reading challenge is a real priority. I’ll live not reaching my page count goal, but I really want to get to the number of books I set myself to read. I thought I wasn’t even challenging myself, but it’s going to be tight.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Flatshare (Mini-Series)

I honestly thought that The Flatshare was going to be adapted into a movie, but it’s a 6-part mini-series instead and I was HERE FOR IT. I love me a good romcom and this one had all the right vibes – good chemistry between the lead and side couples, interesting and complex relationships all around, terrible exes you had no issue not rooting for, fun and unusual situations that somehow made sense in the context of the show. The flatshare arrangement itself sound ludicrous at first, because I could never, but once they start communicating via post it notes, it was over for me. I was rooting for everyone hard. Also, since I haven’t read the book myself, I was told that there were some changes, but a lot for the better, like giving Mo and Maia a bit more screen time. Definite recommendation for all the romcom lovers out there!

Firefly Lane (Season 2)

I remember watching the first season of this show and only feeling so-so about it. I definitely identified more as a Kate (and not just because of the name) and her adult storyline away from Tully continued to be the arc I was most interested in in the second season. I have to admit, I really got sucked back into this one. I binged the whole season in one day and had zero regrets, in fact, I definitely wanted more by the end of it. Luckily, a third and final season is coming, so I love the prospect of this getting tied up all neatly. I mean, we mostly know what drove Tully and Kate apart now, we know who’s with who, but there’s a bunch of unanswered questions, not the least because of that flash forward.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

I thought they were going to continue to drop two episodes per week, but alas, I was wrong. I think shows like this are better for binging, but whatever.

White Lotus (Season 2)

You know what? I guessed that reveal for Tom Hollander’s character after last week. My brain still functions.

The Sex Lives of College Girls (Season 2)

I just can’t have nice things. I mean, Eric was 100% in the right and I support his decisions, but dang … my ship sailed and sunk so fast. I don’t think it’s over over, but I guess I have nice other ships in the meantime? Kimberly and Jackson are exceedingly cute, but I’m still rooting for Canaan with Whit.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Gregory and Janine are EVERYTHING. 

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

I love a good Christmas episode.

MOVIES

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Aftersun

I love Paul Mescal and he continues to be so passionate about this movie and wanting to work with Charlotte Wells again, I just couldn’t resist any longer. I went in with this gut feeling that I would be emotionally wrecked, because a) one of my movie friends, who is a super harsh critic and rarely gives out more than 2 or 3 stars max, gave this movie 4.5 stars and b) I spent summers in Turkey with my parents in the 90s and likely have daddy issues myself. 

You have to go into this movie fully knowing that not much happens. It’s the exploration of one summer, one parent-child-relationship and the things we might never know about our parents. It’s quiet and slow and intimate. Aftersun doesn’t tell you what happens, it shows you moments and you have to draw your own conclusions from them. I feel like it’s one of those movies that you have to be in the right mood for, because I watched it, knowing I would probably have a good cry – which I did – and sad isn’t always the vibe I want from a movie. It was a spectacular debut from Wells! I’m looking forward to her future work.

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

Something Different: I was a Teenage Exocolonist (Game Review)

Something different
Or
That time I got completely addicted
to: I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

I’ve mentioned I was a Teenage Exocolonist in my November 2022 wrap-up post and I think it’s fair to say that I’m obsessed. When I first started playing the game, I sat there for 15 hours straight, not being able to tear myself away from the screen. You know I don’t do game reviews often, but I just couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about this one. But first things first!

*I have not been asked to talk about this game by the developers! I am sharing these views of my own accord.*

I was a Teenage Exocolonist is a single-player RPG simulation game by Northway Games and Finji. I played it on my laptop, but I think there are options for the PS5 and Nintendo Switch as well. Originally an indie game, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and I’d just love to add my voice to those. The game is currently 20% off on Steam, but you can find all that relevant technical data here.

What exactly is the game about? Well here’s how the developers put it:

Spend your teenage years on an alien planet in this narrative RPG with card-based battles. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.

The absolutely adorable and beautiful design aside, I am always easily swayed by games where your choices matter and lead to different outcomes. What is so special about I was a Teenage Excolonist though is that you play it through once, encounter incredible losses and then … you get to do it all over again! As many times as you like! It’s a game that is designed to be replayed as you character remembers their past life/lives and can alter events based on that knowledge. I just wanted to save everyone and explore all possible endings, I got sucked in hard!

Why Do I Like It So Much?

  • SO MANY OPTIONS! Do you want to romance all the characters? Be in a poly relationship or are you not interested in romantic gestures at all? Choose your own pronouns? Do you want to be a bully or give back to the community? Do you want to commune with aliens or become part of a military complex? End famine or create a life-ending virus? Everything is possible! You might just have to do it a couple times over to get the outcome you want.
  • The developers created a beautiful world with intricate storytelling. They wanted to have inclusive storytelling, but also knew that not all subject matter was suitable for every player. Before you even start, you have the option to look at a list of content warnings, which I thought was very considerate thing to add to the home screen.
  • Every single character has a backstory, their own personality, desires, dreams and fears. You may think that they’re only side characters in your world, but they have a mind of their own and their choices make sense for who they are meant to be.
  • The mini-games to level up your skills are simple yet fun. Each memory is more or less transformed into a card, which you can then use to level up and do certain jobs in a card game. It’s not the hardest thing in the world to master the mini-games, but when your stress level is too high, you might curse them. If the novelty ever wears off, you can turn off the card challenges though.
  • The auto-saves are super solid and while you should “bookmark” certain milestones, I’ve used the auto-saves quite often to remedy a bad decision.
  • While the look of the game is definitely more cute and pretty than steamy, I still have to praise it. For me, it had the perfect visuals.
  • You really go through a whole bunch of emotions. Grief, loss, happiness, relief, joy, anxiety, anger, jealousy, … you name it, it’s packed somewhere into the game. I always tended to pick the kinder options, because even in a game, I find it hard to be mean to people, but you can even be as rebellious or compliant as you like.

Downsides?

  • As I said, it’s a game you start over again and again and again … with that come certain repetitions. You have the option to skip dialogue you have encountered before, but some tasks remain tedious and necessary regardless. I sometimes wish I could also keep some of my character’s abilities, but that is just me being greedy.
  • While you have the option to customize a lot about your own character, such as name, gender etc., you can’t really choose your appearance. I got used to it and definitely didn’t mind it in the end, but I would have loved to create my own look, hair or clothing choices.
  • You can’t change everything. I don’t want to spoil anything, but despite some people claiming you can save everyone, there are a couple character deaths that you simply cannot prevent, no matter how hard you try. They are necessary for other character’s story arcs, so there’s that. I was sad, but I also got it from a storytelling point of view.

In the last week, I’ve played this game for more than 50 hours and I can see myself putting in even more time. It just has such a special feel to it, that I keep wanting to come back. I know I could have gone more in depth on some parts, but where’s the fun in knowing all that could happen?

credit: Finji/Northway Games


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Have you played I was a Teenage Exocolonist? Can you see yourself giving it a try? Let’s chat!