Where I ramble about all the TV shows and movies I’ve watched in the past week ….
I wanted March to be this super cool blogging month, but I just can’t seem to find the time/energy at the moment. The weather is getting better too, so I’m drawn to being outside when possible. Look at me go, that wouldn’t have come out my proverbial blogging mouth a couple years ago. Anyway, I still watch a ton of stuff, so here we go!
FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS
The Last of Us (Season 1)
What an amazing show! People said that the ending would be divisive among viewers, but I don’t necessarily think that’s true. The way they built up the story, you can understand Joel’s motivations while not necessarily having to agree with his actions. The Last of Us managed to portray individual experiences and tragedies while still showing the big picture in many instances. I loved single episodes, but also the story as a whole. I was especially glad to see Ashley Johnson, who voiced Ellie in the game, as Ellie’s mom and Laura Bailey, who voiced Abby, cameo as one of the nurses in the end. Those were real treats for me – as a Critical Role fan and someone who can appreciate amazing voice actors and the work they do!
I’m looking forward to how they’re going to continue all of this!
Wolf Pack (Season 1)
I like a good werewolf show and while the plot lost me sometimes and got a bit repetitive in the middle, I would continue watching Wolf Pack in a heartbeat. Despite this starring an icon like Sarah Michelle Gellar and being made by the same people that did Teen Wolf, which blew up back in the day, I don’t believe this show has as many followers. While I think this is an interesting approach to the mythology and has potential to bring about really amazing pack dynamics, it also often felt a tad too polished. Especially the girls often seemed like their faces were covered with a beauty filter to seem extra spotless (and thus unreal). I haven’t heard talks of a renewal and I wouldn’t bet on anything, except maybe that the anonymous voice on the phone is Ian Bohen’s.
Shadow and Bone (Season 2)
When the first season of Shadow and Bone released, I was really happy. I was invested, I critically analyzed the changes and even wrote a detailed post about it (feel free to check it out HERE), but honestly … I’m just kind of pissed now? I was on board with most of the season, but the finale kind of ruined it for me.
I have absolutely no idea why they rushed through the story? They basically covered the first book in the first season, but somehow crammed 2.5 books into this one. Everything moved way faster and a lot of storylines from the source material went out the window. I once said that I care more about the accurate representation of the characters than faithfulness to the story, but they lost me with that season ending. There’s now a spoiler section ahead, where I will talk about some changes that miffed me. I don’t think I can do a whole new post like I did last season.
- They freaking killed David Kostyk and I have absolutely no idea why? That man is well and alive in the books and madly in love with Genya. I guess we didn’t see a body, but I don’t know where he’d hide?
- I love, love, love the twins! Tolya and Tamar are some of my favorite characters in the Grishaverse and Tolya was always aro/ace-coded, until now … They really went and hinted at him being interested in Inej, who is part of Kanej – only one of the most beloved ships in the whole series. That’s not to say that I don’t love having all the characters on the show and interact – I do! I also think the twins were cast perfectly, but I feel weird about this change.
- It’s not like last time. It’s been two years that I read any of the books and my memory is not that great, but what was that ending? When Alina destroyed the Fold in the books, she pretended to have died doing so and lived a quiet but fulfilled life with Mal. Here? She goes on to get shadow powers while Mal goes off to become a pirate (excuse me, privateer)???
There’s probably more, but I can’t think of it right now. This has me confused and sad and angry enough as it is …
The crows were always everyone’s favorite part of the Grishaverse, but them getting a spin-off show when they’re so ingrained in the fabric of this series now just feels weird. I don’t know if I’m still as on board as I used to be. I’m definitely grumpy right now!
However, having now complained a lot, I also want to say that the actors all did an amazing job with the material they were given. I especially want to give a shout out to Freddy Carter as Kaz, because he carried a lot of this season on his back. The disability and chronic pain rep was also great.
WEEKLY TV SHOWS
Daisy Jones and The Six (Season 1)
People act like it’s news that Billy and Daisy are really unlikable, but that’s who they always were. They acted selfish in the book too, but got to tell *their* version of events, which will never be fully reliable. I’m still living for this show though … I’m full on in my Daisy Jones era, as shown by this post:
The Way Home (Season 1)
They really did it! They had the perfect kiss on the show!!! I’m going to miss this wholesome bit of television once the season is over, which is unfortunately soon.
School Spirits (Season 1)
What a delightful surprise! The show has a super intriguing mystery, made me cry in the pilot episode and gets more complex as we go along. I adore the way ghosts “work” here and to explore what is going on. I’m genuinely just looking forward to more each week.
Shrinking (Season 1)
While this show is terrible, terrible, terrible for therapy rep, it’s just so much fun to watch. Like … Paul should lose his license at this point …
How I Met Your Father (Season 2)
I think this show doesn’t work as a weekly release for me, for some reason. Nothing’s happening and we’re not getting any closer to uncovering the mystery. It doesn’t *feel* like I want to do this for five more seasons.
Abbott Elementary (Season 2)
As always, a joy to watch! When the parents stood up for the teachers? I loved that!
The Mandalorian (Season 3)
The latest episode kind of felt a bit disjointed to me. I didn’t love the excursion we took, even if I get that was an important story to tell.
Ted Lasso (Season 3)
MY COMFORT SHOW IS BACK! I’m beyond happy to watch what Ted will deliver in this final season.
9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4)
Marjan is getting a bit of the spotlight now, but somehow it just never ceases to be the Owen show. Why doesn’t it feel like there’s the same kind of focus on Bobby on the regular 9-1-1.
Good Trouble (Season 5)
I wasn’t even fully aware that Good Trouble was coming back, but as long as I get to see Dennis and Davia be happy together, I will show up!
9-1-1 (Season 6)
This was such a Buck-centric episode and I’m very proud of the performance Oliver Stark delivered. I get that many people hoped for different revelations and/or interactions during the coma episode, but I get where they were going. Did anyone else notice that almost all the patients in the background were pregnant women in labor during one of the shots? No? Just me …
Station 19 (Season 6)
It’s hard to believe that Beckett was such a brilliant Captain at another station. I guess he never really gelled with 19, but he’s not gonna get any better now …
The whole sister storyline for Jack went into a completely different direction than what I anticipated and I’m not sure I’m a fan?
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)
The interns are still the best bit. I do not care about Owen and Teddy.
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