Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #53

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

It’s been a week, but it seems that February will pass by much quicker than January did. Here’s what I watched this past week!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Lockwood & Co (Season 1)

I’m going to start off by being real honest with you – if Netflix doesn’t renew this show, I will be SO upset! Their promotion team is setting them up to fail, but they deserve so much better. 

I haven’t read the books and cannot speak to any possible changes, but what I can talk about is the phenomenal chemistry between the characters. While the world is definitely interesting and had me intrigued from the get-go, it was the various character interactions, the longing looks, the tension that really carried the show. Lockwood & Co might seem like it would skewer fairly young, but I think this works for adults just fine. There’s so much you can still do in this setting and I 100% want to explore the relationships some more. I might even start reading the books, because they certainly do have my attention right now.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

The Last of Us (Season 1)

Episode 3 – Long Long Time – was EVERYTHING! Every week, this show just keeps getting better and better. I never expected to be so freaking invested (and concerned about the real life fungi news we’re getting).

Mayfair Witches (Season 1)

Ugh, what can I say. I wanted to love this show so bad, but I just don’t? There’s an element missing, something that could truly grip me.

Will Trent (Season 1)

The way this man looks at and cares for Betty is everything. It’s a healthier relationship than the one he has with Angie, but that’s gonna take some more unpacking.

National Treasure (Season 1)

WHAT A TWIST!!! I mean, did you see that coming? I, first of all, thought that was an absolute minion character, but not the boss man. And secondly, do we think the death is permanent or will there be some saving involved? I’m kind of in denial at the moment, just because I think that the agent and morgue guy are the cutest.

Fire Country (Season 1)

If the drama starts getting repetitive in season 1 already, we might be in trouble. 

Wolf Pack (Season 1)

Still enjoying it, but I keep wondering if that is Ian Bohen’s voice when it comes to the anonymous caller, which in turn makes me think of Teen Wolf.

How I Met Your Father (Season 2)

Meghan Trainor was a random cameo, but my boy Sid did amazing this episode. He’s one of my top characters on the show. 

The Legend of Vox Machina (Season 2)

THEY GAVE ME SOME OF MY FAVORITE PERCY/VEX MOMENTS ON SCREEN! I still always want more, because I’m a greedy, greedy person when it comes to my ships. But truly, they are doing such an amazing job adapting the campaign and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but that one cameo from an important C2 character – let me tell you, I screamed.

9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4)

As expected, I care very little for the FBI plot. Also, what kind of amateur undertaking is this. They aren’t protecting Owen at all.

MOVIES

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

Teen Wolf

I watched the Teen Wolf movie so you wouldn’t have to. Saying it’s a mess is the understatement of the century, because this movie was just disrespectful. If you ever had love for this story and/or the characters in it, spare yourself! I’m still fuming and it’s been almost a week since I’ve watched it.

Granted, I should have known and I kind of did know that it was going to be terrible. So many of the cast members didn’t return (for good reason! They did Arden Cho so dirty!!) and the more I think about it, the better for them! Now they won’t be associated with whatever … *that* was. I mean, we didn’t have Stiles, Kira, Isaac, the twins or so many others. Out of my personal top 5 Teen Wolf characters, there were only two present in the movie and one of them was eventually killed off. The other got a different love interest, which was the only bright spot in the whole thing.

This entire movie catered to what Scott needed and railroaded all other characters in order to give him what he desired in life. Honestly, it felt gross. I’m just ranting now, so I better stop. My disappointment is boundless. 

If any of you want to talk spoilers about the movie, feel free to do so in the comments. I will gladly dive into it more deeply there.

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

January 2023 Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

I don’t know about you, but January seemed to take forever. I took the month to focus on getting back into things I used to love and semi-succeeded with it. At least in terms of reading, I’m happy to report that I’ve finished 5 books (well, 3 books, 1 novella and 1 short story). It might not have seemed like it, because I’ve not reviewed much of what I’ve read, but I truly had a fantastic time getting back into reading.

  • For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten (3.75 stars)
    While in theory, this book should have been everything to me, I didn’t find myself as invested as I would have liked to be. I’m not sure I will pick up the sequel, but I’m happy to see Red and the Wolf making it.
  • The Six Deaths of the Saint by Alix E. Harrow (5 stars)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon (4.5 stars)
  • Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison (4.25 stars)
    I have the rest of the series already ready to go on my eReader and I plan to review the whole series once I’m done.
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (5 stars)
    I 100% understand why this is a classic, it was so well written and gripped you from the first sentence. I’m looking forward to reviewing after I’ve watched the TV adaptation. I miss doing comparison posts, so it seems fitting to examine those two versions.

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on StoryGraph, which I adore more and more as an alternative. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.

I think a big part of my success reading so much (at least in comparison to how much I usually tend to read in a month) in January was due to me participating in StoryGraph’s January Pages Challenge. In an attempt to get people to read at least one page per day (or listen to one minute of an audiobook per day), they set up their own reading challenge and sweetened the deal with possible prizes. While I didn’t win any of the challenge prizes, I feel like it set me up with a great habit for the year to come. Here’s a graph of how much I’ve been reading last month:

A graph showing that I completed the StoryGraph January Pages Reading Challenge

 

In Other News

Usually, I have a bunch of posts set up for January to really kick blogging off right, but I didn’t have the best of starts to the year and generally felt pretty exhausted. I wanted to prioritize things that actually brought me joy and while I consider blogging to be a vital part of myself, I’d much rather focus on other things when I’m tired. Like, there’s no point in churning out mid-posts just because, when I’m not feeling it. So, I started the year with re-evaluating my priorities.

There’s Only So Much Time in Day

I want to read, write, watch TV, catch up with the people I care about, work out and on top of that I still need to do my job and rest as well. I can’t do it all, no one can, and it has been a challenge to not get frustrated by that. I’ve slowly gotten back into working out more regularly – mostly I’ve just walked a lot – but it’s really the creative outlets I’m missing most in my life. I seem to have zero energy for them. I’d like to change that this year and deliberately make more time for creative tasks, which brings me to my next point.

I MISS writing SO MUCH

I’ve checked out some of my old, unfinished WIPs and … I hated my writing in all of them. There’s part of my brain that knows that I’m not terrible at everything. My narrative ideas are solid, even when the execution is lacking. I haven’t posted on my secret fan fic account (sorry, I just can’t reveal that one) for close to a year now and I still got a message saying “please come back!!!” the other day. The thing is, I WANT TO. I want to write and create and draw my own characters and really dive deep into these worlds. There’s not just a lack of motivation, but I think also confidence. I’ve read some fantastic books these past years and my brain just says that I could never do that. I need to do some soul searching to find my voice and point of view.

Nick Miller from New Girl sitting in front of his laptop and saying "I got nothing" as he attempts to write his novel.

Basking in all the good TV

TV, as so often, has been my escape in January. There’s just been so much good content out there again and I’m glad I kicked off the year with such fantastic shows. On the one hand, we have the return of The Legend of Vox Machina, which is getting released in batches of three episodes per week – offering the perfect mix between binging and a weekly schedule. I just keep falling in love with everyone at Critical Role all over again, the fact that we’re now also getting the Mighty Nein and a movie (*fingers crossed it’s a Calamity movie*) almost had me in tears.

Speaking of tears, basically the whole world is bawling their eyes out at the masterpiece that is The Last of Us! As someone who hasn’t played the game, but still knows a fair bit about it, I am in awe of this show. It’s so good and I love that Pedro Pascal just doesn’t miss with his roles. Having said that, episode 3 “Long, Long Time” will stay in my heart forever.

I Played Another Game – Rakuen

I don’t even know how I stumbled upon Rakuen, but it was a delight to play. The game mechanics are fairly simple, so are the graphics, but they are SO FREAKING CUTE. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some terrifying stuff and it will rip your heart out of your chest, but I like the balance with the sweet stuff.

I’ve found that “short” games with a good storyline are my jam and Rakuen definitely fits that category. It’s about a boy at a hospital, who escapes to a magical world – on the one hand, to escape his own life, but also to help the people around him. By the end, I was just a puddle of tears. Not sure it has a lot of replayability, but I had a good time!

RECAPPING 2022

A big part of this past month was taking the time to wrap-up 2022 and let go of the year. I did so in various posts, which you can check out here:

MY OTHER POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS


Hope you had a great start to the year and are now basking in a fantastic February! Let’s chat!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #52

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

I’m spending so much of my free time trying to either read or watch things, I should probably go out more instead and get some fresh air. But at least, this way, I have some stuff to talk to you about with.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Extraordinary (Season 1)

I remember seeing a trailer for this show and then it popped up in my feed on release day and I started watching it and binged it all the way through until 2AM. That should tell you all you need to know, right? Maybe it’s the British humor, maybe it’s the interesting world-building with people having really random powers or just the quirky characters in general, but I had the best of times. These people were messy and sometimes selfish and that made them feel relatable. The dynamics were super interesting, I just wanted to take care of the cat … MORE PLEASE!

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

So, I’ve already announced this before, but Gossip Girl was cancelled – which means this wasn’t just a season finale but also a series finale. While I do believe that the show found its stride a bit more in season 2, they still weren’t utilizing Luna and Monet to their full potential. There were hints of interesting storylines there, especially since I could tell what they were trying to set up, had they been renewed for a season 3, but it was a decent enough ending for the time they were given. I think most people will be sad about the incomplete polyamory storyline, because the showrunners definitely meant to reunite them and not make the messaging be like “polyamory never works out”. 

I liked that they sort of roasted themselves in the final act about the Gossip Girl reveal. People truly did not care about those teachers.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

The Last of Us (Season 1)

The cold opens are SO GOOD each time. They make everything a 100 times more creepy and realistic and I just know that people hated what the Stalker did at the end of the episode. Poor Tess, that was really gross.

Mayfair Witches (Season 1)

I’ve seen episode 4 already and things are happening. I can’t quite put my finger on why I still feel like the show is missing something.

Will Trent (Season 1)

Will Trent, as a show, is a lot darker than promos might have led you to believe, but I’m relishing that we get to know these characters better each week. 

National Treasure (Season 1)

They were so extra in this episode. I mean the slow motion run through the courtyard. Really?

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

So … it happened and I’m not mad at it. We all know I have a soft spot for Tom, which is terrible, because he literally has a torture shed, but oh well, I saw this coming and, again, I’m not mad.

Wolf Pack (Season 1)

Funny how this show released more or less at the same time as the Teen Wolf movie, isn’t it? I will never watch that TW movie, just because they are going to retcon so much, they didn’t bother bringing certain actors back or to pay them accordingly. I will, however, enjoy having Sarah Michelle Gellar with supernatural beings on my screen again. I liked the intro to this world!

How I Met Your Father (Season 2)

I know many of you weren’t convinced with season 1, but I liked it and I really enjoyed the start to the new season was well. 

The Legend of Vox Machina (Season 2)

Thank the gods that this show releases episodes in batches of three. As much as I adore all of it and the way we get to see all the really cool action unfold, I sometimes miss the quieter and slower moments between characters. It’s not just that I have to live off of crumbs in regards to Vex and Percy at the moment, but I just want more backstories, more bonding, more scenes at the fireplace. I know they’re there, they were in the campaign after all. But this is truly complaining on a high level, because the show is FANTASTIC!

9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4)

You know me and my firehouse shows are a done deal, so I was obviously going to tune in, but I don’t want that FBI storyline. Is this some weird backdoor pilot for a new show? So sorry, but I don’t want even more Owen. Last season already was about him so much.

MOVIES

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

Of Hearts and Castles

Of Hearts and Castles isn’t a full length movie, but a short film starring Philemon Chambers (Walker: Independence) and Luis Carazo (ExU: Calamity). With that cast, I just couldn’t resist! I mean, those boys are fantastic and I didn’t expect a collab, but I’m here for it. Hugging has truly never felt more intimate on screen and I love that. 

If you want to check out the full short film, you can do so in the video below:

Now I’m back to binging Lockwood & Co! Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Mini Reviews of Mini Stories: The Deep & The Six Deaths of the Saint

Mini Reviews

Stories don’t always need to be long to hit home and the following two “books” (they’re more like a novella and a short story, but let’s not stress the details) once again proved that to me. I’m so happy that I started out my year with them and will happily share a brief review for both with you.

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

The Deep by Solomon Rivers with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes

The DeepPublisher description:

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.
Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.
Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode “We Are In The Future,” The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.

My Thoughts:

Don’t let the low page count fool you with this one, because it sure holds a lot. While reading, I always felt the weight the characters had to carry and really took my time reading to process what was going on. All those memories, all that shared pain and trauma, but also the beauty that came in community and wanting to share the load. The Deep took me on a journey that I don’t think I will forget soon.

“What is belonging?” we ask. She says, “Where loneliness ends.”

From the setting to the characters, I can’t say I’ve quite read anything like it (despite how I came about finding this book, which I will explain below). It took me a bit to really understand what was going on and to accept some unfamiliar components, but it was a masterclass in making you invested and feel deeply connected. I was sad, joyful, infuriated, bewildered, moved, lonely and found along with Yetu’s people.

Lastly, I want to give a shoutout to Olivia’s Catastrophe on YT. She made a video recommending books by black authors based on other stories you might have liked. She compared The Deep to The Giver, but mentioned that this was for a more mature audience, which I would agree with. You can check out her full video HERE!

Hint: The audiobook version of The Deep is actually narrated by Daveed Diggs!

Page Count: 170
Content Warnings:
trauma, slavery, hate crimes
Fazit:
 4.5/5 stars! Quite heavy, yet beautiful!

Goodreads | Storygraph

The Six Deaths of the Saint by Alix E. Harrow

The Six Deaths of the Saint (Into Shadow, #3)Publisher description:

The Saint of War spares the life of a servant girl so she can fulfill her destiny as the kingdom’s greatest warrior in this short story of love and loyalty by New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow.
Always mindful of the debt she owes, the girl finds her worth as a weapon in the hand of the Prince. Her victories make him a king, then an emperor. The bards sing her name and her enemies fear it. But the war never ends and the cost keeps rising—how many times will she repeat her own story?

My Thoughts:

The Six Deaths of the Saint is part #3 in the “Into Shadow“-Anthology. You DO NOT have to read any of the other stories to read this one. They’re not connected!

Last week or so, my entire Twitter feed just EXPLODED with tweets about this book and THEY WERE SO RIGHT! The all caps may seem overly dramatic but there’s not a single thing that I didn’t enjoy. 30 pages. JUST 30 pages and I was out here sobbing like a baby.

a man in a shower, sobbing uncontrollably

I want to say more, I want to scream about this short story from the rooftops, but it also very much feels like something you should just go into knowing as little as possible? I didn’t have the slightest idea what The Six Deaths of the Saint was even about, I jut knew that many of my bookish friends suddenly couldn’t stop raving about it. Please, join us in our cult of the Saint of War … thank you very much.

I very much do realize that this was my worst review to date, but I’m not even sorry. JUST READ IT!

If you need something to compare it to, I would say that it felt most close to The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

Page Count: 30
Content Warnings:
a lot of death really
Fazit: 5/5
stars! I’m trying not to exaggerate, but it really is the best thing I’ve read this year so far.

Goodreads | Storygraph


Have you read either of those stories? Would you like to? Let’s chat!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #51

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

Do you ever have these weeks, where you wonder what you did all week long? Because time has evidently passed, but I couldn’t tell you what I did aside from working. Anyway, here’s a few things I watched.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

That ’90s Show (Season 1)

I love That ’70s Show when I was younger, even if a lot of the jokes went over my head, but if you are a fan as well, That ’90s Show is a fairly decent reboot. Not going to lie, there are a couple really cringey things and the teen aspect won’t work for everyone anymore, but that’s why it’s so great that Kitty and Red are still among the main cast. We get cameos from almost everyone from the OG show and still have the original sets. It’s super nostalgic and works in that sometimes over the top sitcom kind of way. I’d genuinely like to watch more seasons and not just because I want to see where Nate and Leia could potentially go.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

The Last of Us (Season 1)

FANTASTIC! Legit just SO GOOD! I didn’t expect it to be so accurate to the game in certain scenes, but wow. This is what I call a good game adaptation.

Mayfair Witches (Season 1)

So, I have watched episode 3 already, which means there’s early access to episodes online now. I don’t have all that much to say though, I feel like not enough is happening for some reason.

Will Trent (Season 1)

I’m genuinely enjoying this show so much, I really didn’t expect that. If you haven’t started it yet, PLEASE WATCH!

National Treasure (Season 1)

Yes, a lot of stuff just works out super conveniently for our crew, but I like the show. It’s really just a tween version of the movies.

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

Y’all, I need my weekly fill of cowboys on my screen, so I’m super glad the show is back. And I’m also glad I can now like Tom’s character with a bit less of a guilty conscience it seems.

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

The show got cancelled, so that tells you how the season is going …

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Just about everyone knows that Gregory likes Janine now and I’m living for it.

The Legend of Vox Machina (Season 2)

MY BABIES ARE BACK! They released the first three episodes of the season and they were all fantastic. The Sunken Tomb destroyed me despite me fully well knowing how this is going to end, which is another sign of excellence.

MOVIES

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

Apparently, I didn’t watch any movies this past week.

I may have forgotten something again, my brain feels foggy! 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 #50

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

We skipped a week, because I had to do all my wrap-ups and rankings (check out a summary HERE), so you’d think there was loads to talk about, but my brain is mostly blanking right now. I also restarted Yellowstone, so I’m unwell, thank you very much.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Ginny & Georgia (Season 2)

Ginny & Georgia caught a lot of flack when it first premiered. From people ridiculing the teen drama to the Swifties and BTS armies coming for the show for disrespecting their faves. All in all, it had a fair share of cringey moments, but I still enjoyed watching said first season and I was looking forward to more. Boy, did they deliver! SEASON 2 IS SO MUCH BETTER!

I’m not even joking a little bit. There’s still annoying characters and subplots I’m not fully invested in, but they seemed to really have listened to the audience and stepped up their game tenfold. The performances were award-worthy and I can say that, because they literally made me cry in the first episode of the season. There was a heavy focus on mental health and they handled that topic well in my opinion. I can’t speak to all experiences and their representation on the show, but I found some aspects I’m definitely familiar with. I genuinely hope that they can get another season even without a mountain of controversy getting people to hate-watch. They’d deserve it, but I don’t trust Netflix one bit.

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

I’m sad to say that this was my least favorite season of the show so far. I can’t put my finger on the “why?” of it all exactly, but they switched up the character dynamics and paired people differently, which I guess I didn’t fully vibe with? This is the worst and most vague review ever, but it’s really just a gut feeling. I very much liked the last couple of episodes though, because Mythic Quest does the 1.) the standalone episodes and 2.) the episodes with a serious undertone SO WELL. They’re even getting a spin-off show focusing on those standalone stories. I can’t wait for that!

Anyway, I’m glad there’s more, but this was a lengthy filler in a way. I’m also just maybe possibly only here for Poppy and Ian to have a complicated but wonderful relationship and whatever it is that Danny Pudi is doing.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Mayfair Witches (Season 1)

I’m glad I haven’t read the books, because I enjoyed myself very much in that first episode. I only saw that changes were made, characters combined and readers were not happy. I’m hopeful that this show will deliver with full force as the season progresses. I mean, Mayfair Witches is a tale that takes some time to get set up properly.

Will Trent (Season 1)

Another literary adaptation and the promos were so lying! This is not a show with a comedic undertone at all and it’s all the more brilliant for it. I’m very much invested. But also, Betty is the real scene-stealer.

National Treasure (Season 1)

I’m having a great time with the show. Every time that I get frustrated with a character, they prove me wrong and I love that.

1923 (Season 1)

I’m in shambles. The fact that they finally revealed the “twist” with the time difference – brilliant – but to leave us on that note – cruel!

Gossip Girl (Season 2)

At this point, I don’t even know if I still have characters I root for? Aki? Maybe??

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Please, this is the only sitcom I love to watch and it’s so good! The outro from last week with the podcast still has me in stitches.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

The tribute episode for Leslie Jordan was heartbreaking, I don’t know how the cast went through that.

MOVIES

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

The People We Hate at the Wedding

There’s a lot of book adaptations in today’s post and I’m exposing myself in that I have read none of them. I was excited to watch The People We Hate at the Wedding, because usually romantic/family comedies with Kristen Bell have worked well for me in the past (think You Again or When in Rome), but I was a bit underwhelmed by this one. It’s not a terrible movie, but sometimes you get the intricacies of certain relationships across the screen and sometimes you don’t. I don’t know if it was just the fact that too many characters were involved or if it was similar in the source material, but my gut tells me that it was better explored in a longer format.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

I’ve wanted the book for this one for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it. Since I didn’t know when I’d be able to read it (or just get the book in general), I just figured I’d watch the “movie” instead. It was so precious and cute, but it didn’t really have a full fledged-story narrative. It was more like little scenes of wisdom and vulnerable moments smushed together in a certain sequence. If you want to get in your feels, this seems like the right thing, but it’s not going to blow you away with it’s story.

I may have forgotten something, but, oh well! Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!