Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #23

I’ve been changing my mind about this like a million times now, but I think that switching this series of posts to Friday is the move for me. It’s still going to be weekly, but I might adjust it to my work/life schedule and post on either Thursday or Friday – depending on which is more convenient. Hope everyone can live with that, because I still have shows and movies to talk about. You can always bet on that!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

ExU: Calamity (limited campaign)

Okay, at this point in time, I think it’s very obvious that I’m just completely engrossed in the world of Critical Role. Last week, the finale of ExU: Calamity aired and IT WRECKED ME! I was seriously not okay, because I sobbed (like, legit ugly cried) through at least two hours of the thing.

The special thing about Calamity is that it’s a prequel. We all knew what the outcome would be, we knew that this would have consequences for this world that are felt centuries later still. It was obviously going to be sad, but what a sad, sad hoot it ended up being! I cannot express enough how amazing these characters were. Their hubris and inevitable fate and yet we still all got attached to them from minute one. Brennan Lee Mulligan was always a force to be reckoned with, but he outdid himself as GM in this one.

I AM STILL BLOWN AWAY! It’s one of the best campaigns I’ve ever watched.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Season 1)

I’m so glad this show already got renewed for a second season!

I should probably start this by saying that I never read the books, but from what I gathered, they changed and updated quite a bit for the show and I personally loved it. The characters are mostly teens and they are hella messy, but it’s easier to forgive at that age.

The dynamic between the characters was so well done and I especially loved how much it hinged on the familial aspect as well. The mothers were a true joy to watch in this series. It also just had so much heart and really had me and my friends dissolved into tears at a couple instances. I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself (don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t say what part exactly made me tear up), but I should really stop watching/reading about a topic that hits way too close to home.

Also, this show had the perfect amount of Taylor Swift songs. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

The Umbrella Academy (Season 3)

I’m not going to lie, I have mixed feelings about this season.

On the one hand, I loved the additions of the Sparrows and think they handled Viktor’s coming out really well. I was so here for the family love and acceptance. However, they did Allison so dirty and I can’t get over that. She used to be one of the best characters and while her spiraling and anger was completely justified, I struggle a lot with the actions the writers pushed on her character. It’s some bad stuff …

Anyway, this was not my favorite season, but also just a lengthy set up for season 4. I hope they do get renewed, because I just want a clean ending at some point or another.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Ms. Marvel (Season 1)

You can find a full review of the third episode here.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Season 1)

What an interesting change of pace! I loved seeing the characters portray such different personalities and that our Doc got his own storyline. It was really beautiful.

Superman & Lois (Season 2)

I’m kind of starting to get over this season. It all seems so doom and gloom and I don’t like that as much.

Roswell, New Mexico (Season 4)

There was a Maria plot line, so yay me! However, Gregory is nowhere to be seen and while I love Dallas, I really wanted her and Greg Manes to be the endgame.

MOVIES

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

This movie is very conversation heavy and could have likely been performed as a play as well, but it’s not boring to look at as a movie at all! Sometimes, I do think that certain stories are better suited for a stage than the screen, but it worked out well here.

I absolutely love this sexual exploration for an older woman and especially one portrayed by Emma Thompson. I’ve never not enjoyed watching her performances, so she’s a treat in general, but then … enter Daryl McCormack. It’s honestly not fair how beautiful this man is, because he is almost distracting in his beauty. His hypnotic eyes, the way he speaks and moves – chef’s kiss – casting for this role.


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned or do you plan to? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #22

Sorry for being a day late! I was in the midst of watching things and the post would have been completely empty without me finishing those first. However, I’m now ready to talk about all the things I watched. Let’s go!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

First Kill (Season 1)

Whichever outlet called that show a “tired take” clearly doesn’t understand the meaning of it. How much sapphic vampire/vampire hunter content did we have in the past couple of years? I’d love for someone to enlighten me.

And yes, vampires come and go in terms of being in, but who cares? I for one love stories about vampires, especially those that aren’t so much in the horror genre, but more lighthearted with a little exploration of what it means to be human/a monster. While there was some corny stuff, I thought the show was really easy to binge and I’d definitely want to know how it continues. So many loose threads.

Love, Victor (Season 3)

Kind of can’t believe that this was truly the final season, but they sure wanted to pack a lot of things into it. Every single character was in some kind of relationship drama to the point where I just thought the show was doing entirely too much. Without wanting to spoil anything, I didn’t think it was necessary to put so many of the relationships in peril, just to make stuff work out in the final episode. I would have actually loved to see some couples (if we have to follow the incessant need to pair everyone up like it’s the end of the world to be single) just have a solid relationship without hiccups.

But please don’t get me wrong! I had a lot of fun with the last season and thought that it ended on a good note for most characters. I especially enjoyed the various friendships and the parent-kid-conversations made me tear up on multiple occasions. On top of that, Rahim was once again a standout for me. I’m so glad they added the character.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Ms. Marvel (Season 1)

You can find a full review of the second episode here.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Season 1)

Spock and his siblings – it never it gets boring!

Roswell, New Mexico (Season 4)

I know I’m like a broken record on this, but there just wasn’t enough Maria for me. They’re letting me down when it comes to my girl.

MOVIES

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The Bad Guys

No idea what it is as of late, but all the animation movies that I watch are great. Maybe this isn’t exactly on par with Encanto and Turning Red, which I’ve seriously watched way too many times at this point, but I had a really good time. It had great comedic dynamics and a nice emotional hook as well, without actually making me cry though. It reminded me a little of Zootopia meets Ocean’s Eleven or something, so that was really neat.


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned or do you plan to? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #21

I know I keep saying it, but I almost forgot about this post, because the weeks just keep whooshing by. I did watch a couple interesting things though, so let’s talk about those!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Legend of Vox Machina (Season 1)

Okay, so … I would really like to play D&D, which I’ve never done and up to a week ago had no clue about, but I went down a massive rabbit hole in the shape of “Critical Role“. I’m so obsessed now and somewhere in the midst of watching Campaing 3, trying to catch up before the weekly releases are back. It’s a lot of hours, but … I love it?

Anyway, The Legend of Vox Machina is based on Critical Role’s first campaign and was kickstarter financed by the fans. People being passionate about their hobbies can really make a lot of things happen. I was excited to see how that all would translate to an animated show, but I liked it. The look is very similar to Invincible and it’s full of violence and lewd jokes, that I maybe wasn’t entirely prepared for. I’m really looking forward to another season and also kind of crossing my fingers for an adaptation of “the Mighty Nein”. Maybe that’s asking for too much though.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Ms. Marvel (Season 1)

You can find a full review of the first episode here.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Season 1)

Me having the hots for Captain Pike instantly made me dubious for his love interest this episode and I was right. Anyway, I can’t believe they left the child there … just … wow.

Superman & Lois (Season 2)

Well, I hope Clark didn’t lose his powers, because that would make the show very … meh.

The Boys (Season 3)

Okay, I’m not exactly up to date, but I have watched the first episode of the season. I need to get myself into the right mindset for that kind of graphic violent content.

Roswell, New Mexico (Season 4)

It’s the final season and I’m SAD! But as long as Maria goes off happy into the sunset, I’m good. I wonder why Gregory was only briefly mentioned. I feel like they’re teasing a romance with someone else this season and while I like the guy, I don’t want it. The slow build up with Gregory was the best!

MOVIES

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Top Gun: Maverick

To my utter surprise, I was head over heels watching this movie. I have no nostalgic connection to the original Top Gun movie, in fact, I wasn’t even close to being born when it was released. I’ve heard of it and I’m pretty sure it’s been on TV at some point in my life, but my knowledge was very limited.

Top Gun: Maverick though? Such a nice movie. I know that nice isn’t the descriptor people are hoping for, but it gave me a nice, warm and fuzzy feeling. I’m not usually into the whole war games and guns stuff, but this was about connection, trust, instinct and skill. I’m especially glad I watched it on the big screen, where I often felt like I was being pushed back in the F-18. The hard work the cast went through to prepare and do their own stunts and flights really paid off. Well done!


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned or do you plan to? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #20

This week just sort of passed by in a bit of a blur. I did watch stuff, but my brain has mostly saddled on one show in particular. I bet you can all imagine what it will be, but let’s just get started with the post either way.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Star Trek: Discovery (Season 3)

So, as you can see, I’ve ultimately decided to continue with Star Trek: Discovery. I thought that I wouldn’t necessarily love it being set in the future now, but I didn’t end up minding it as much. I still think they use Michael too much as the chosen one, but her connection with Book was one of the best things of the season. I love that she found her time and place and person. Also, Tilly is like one of my favorite characters, so her storylines were also a real treat for me. Let’s see what Season 4 will hold now.

Stranger Things (Season 4, Vol. 1)

I can’t stop thinking about this show! I’ve already mentioned it in my monthly wrap-up, but it’s basically on my mind 24/7. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I was really invested in this season. The episodes didn’t feel all that long to me, despite the average season four episode being estimated at 86 minutes.

I’m not much of a horror person and I just looked away a lot of the time when it got super gruesome, but I’m beyond happy to have all these characters back. Even the new additions, where I will admit that I wondered if the cast was getting too big, were all amazing. I cannot imagine it being easy to make your mark entering this established show late on in the game, but a lot of them were just fantastic.

Now the wait for Vol. 2 continues … I just really do NOT want to see Nancy and Steve get back together. Also, I’d like to keep Eddie if possible? I’m afraid to wish for too much, because I just know they’re going to crush me.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Season 1)

What a fun body swap episode! I know this isn’t like the Spock and T’Pring from the OG stories, but I’m enjoying it still.

MOVIES

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

I get it now. I, like many others who hadn’t seen the movie yet, thought this could only have been hyped too much. Which movie could possibly live up to such high expectations? Well, the answer is Everything Everywhere All at Once!

It’s a wild ride and I can just advise to go in with little knowledge and to let yourself get swept up in the craziness. This is what happens when you think out of the box for your storytelling and it has led to the best results. I had my heart racing, tears streaming down my face and scratching my head in confusion and wonder. Simply amazing! It deserves all the praise.


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned or do you plan to? Let’s talk about that!

May 2022 Wrap-Up

a header image in blue and green tones with blurry book covers and the writing "May Wrap-Up"

It kind of feels surreal to me that May has already come and gone. I don’t know why, but mentally, I’m probably still stuck in April? Anyway, it was a pretty decent month for me? Nothing too out of the ordinary, but let’s start with the usual – the books I’ve read!

Norwegian Wood Conversations with Friends The Dead Romantics My Mechanical Romance

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, where I have become more active this year. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.

As far as my reading goals go, I have to say that I’m very pleased with myself. I’m still ahead in terms of books and pages, similarly to last month. I enjoy not really feeling pressured by a looming backlog or anything like that. It has been such a solid year for me so far.

An image showing a reading goal for 2022 of 45 books with a current track record of 53%/24 books completed. Also, a pages goal for 2022 of 15,000 pages, with 45%/6,752 pages already read.

A blurry background of book spines with the writing "In Other News" over it.

I’d love to tell you something exciting about the past month, but there wasn’t that much happening. I did, however, end up meeting up with one of my closest friends from my time in Canada (who is coincidentally from Germany, a neighboring country of mine). It has been FIVE whole years, but I couldn’t be happier for having seen her again after all this time! It still felt the same, as if we had just talked the day before. I really do be missing people and social contacts …

Some of you may also remember that I moved into an apartment by myself by the end of last year. Well, now, like half a year later, I finally have some plates and cutlery with more than two matching pieces. I could, technically, host up to six people. I doubt I’m gonna do it, but I feel like I’m nailing this adulting stuff by just having the option now.

MOST POPULAR POSTS OF MAY 2022

As every month, I’d like to take the time to spotlight which posts drew the biggest crowd to the blog. It was a surprise to me how different the top 5 looked to previous months.

  1. Should YOU Read “The Atlas Six”? (What I learned from my reread!)
    (originally posted March 2022)
    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy that this post was thriving. First of all, I love this book, but secondly, I like seeing posts I put a lot of time in be succesful.
  2. Along for the Ride Book vs. Movie
    This is a new post where I compare Sarah Dessen’s story and its Netflix’ adaptation. Pleased it found an audience!
  3. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Book Review)
    (originally posted in December 2020)
    It’s not number 1 this time, but it’s still here!
  4. Are Harry Styles and I compatible (readers)?
    This post took forever, so I’m glad it wasn’t a waste of time. I did think, with the album release, it might be even more interesting to people, but I’m pleased with what I got.
  5. Are Pedro Pascal and I compatible (readers)?
    (originally posted December 2021)
    While this was a reading experiment that wasn’t performing particularly well for a long time, it sure is gaining momentum now.

MY FAVORITES OF THE MONTH

WHERE DO I EVEN START!? Most of you probably already noticed that I went down a bit of a rabbit hole in terms of new Star Trek content and I absolutely fell in love with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds! Is my crush on Anson Mount as the very charismatic but also kind of funny Captain Pike involved in this development? Well … yeah, very likely. But I’ve really come to love this whole universe.

Secondly, we got to see Vol. 1 of Season 4 of Stranger Things and I binged it all after work on release day. I literally didn’t think there were enough hours in the day to finish it, but somehow I couldn’t be stopped and earned myself a massive headache – totally worth it though! A season that is much more horror than before, but that had me completely spellbound. Now, if my favorite characters (new additions included) could all survive, I’d be very grateful!

I finally, finally, finally finished my Harry Styles reading experiment. It’s always so satisfying when you get done with one of these and this one in particular took ages. I don’t know why I decided to read almost double the books I usually do, but I did … it was a wild ride.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention The Dead Romantics! That book was on my most anticipated books of 2022 list for the longest time and I’m so happy to report that it didn’t disappoint. There’s nothing better than a book being exactly what you need at a certain moment and The Dead Romantics certainly filled that role.

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

Please also visit some fellow bloggers and share the love! Here are some posts I enjoyed in the past month:

MY OTHER POSTS

MOON KNIGHT REVIEWS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS


I hope you had a great May and that June will be kind to you! Did you do something special last month? Any plans for the summer? Let’s chat!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #19

I will be honest with you, I’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube, but not so much watching actual shows and movies, so the post will be fairly short this week. Enjoy!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Halo (Season 1)

Not going to lie, this show was SUCH a surprise to me! I guess I was craving more sci-fi content, but the game “Halo”, which this show is partly based on (which in turn was based on books, from what I’ve learned), has exactly zero appeal to me, so I’m not entirely clear on why I finally watched it. Maybe the fact that Pablo Schreiber has a lead role? He’s a big draw for me ever since he played Mad Sweeney.

Anyway, I’m so glad I knew absolutely nothing going in! Legit the best decision ever, because I had so much fun, while most gaming fans hated it or at least were deeply unhappy with certain elements that I ultimately had zero problem with. I definitely think it could have expanded on the world- and relationship-building some more. It’s fairly slow-told, so there was room for more depth, but I’m happy with this first season.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Season 1)

The fact that there’s only 10 episode in the first season feels like some sort of crime. I mean … it just keeps getting better as we get to know these characters on a deeper level. You can’t put all of that in one season and then make me wait forever, it at least needs double.

I’m still obsessed, as you can see!

My crew!

MOVIES

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Star Trek (2009)

This was a rewatch, I think that should be pointed out first. In fact, I’ve seen this movie so many times, I lost count a while ago. Star Trek (2009) was my proper introduction to the Star Trek universe and part of why I never was interested in any of the prior material. I just wanted *those* actors and no one else. Now my stance has visibly changed and I’m not as attached to them as I was, although I still see Chris Pine as my personal James T. Kirk favorite. Either way, I’m looking forward to them finally doing another movie. Maybe I’ll rewatch the others as well …


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned or do you plan to? I’ve now decided to continue watching Star Trek: Discovery, just because the weekly wait for Strange New Worlds is the worst. Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #18

You won’t believe it, but I’ve watched stuff again! I know, big shocker! Well, before I draw this out any longer, let’s get started.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Conversations with Friends (limited series)

I’ve been feverishly waiting for this show to release. After the massive success of Normal People and the complicated feelings I have towards it, I knew that this was going to be either hit or miss with me. While I think the show has some serious pacing issues, it managed to capture the Sally Rooney vibes perfectly again. Check out my full thoughts on the book and the show here.

Star Trek: Discovery (Season 1-2)

I fell into a bit of a Star Trek hole after checking out Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and not getting some of the backstory, so I just binged two seasons of Discovery. Honestly, I really liked it. I understand the people who would have preferred a more episodic approach instead of these complicated seasonal arcs, but I still loved the characters. Sure, Michael basically being the chose one got a tinsy bit repetitive after a while, but she is a beautiful and complex character and I understand and support the focus being on her. Meanwhile, I don’t understand the criticism of this “not being Star Trek”, because if I got the chance to adapt something anew, I’d also like to put my own spin on things. I don’t feel like it betrayed anything crucial, although I’ve never been a serious Trekkie.

I can’t say that I will continue with the remaining seasons, at least not for now. I think I’d prefer to stick to the crew of the Enterprise for the time being.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Season 1)

This show is my everything right now. Seriously the highlight of my week, I just love having my Captain Pike around. (And the rest of the crew as well .. obviously.)

Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise smirking into the camera and saying "Hit it" before the starship jumps into warp.

9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3)

The season finale was really solid, although I thought that the season as a whole focused a bit too much on Owen as a character. I just don’t think he’s actually that interesting, even though the incident from his childhood was masterfully done. Really got me emotional.

9-1-1 (Season 5)

I don’t really know what Lucy added as a character other than to have Buck’s character development be ruined a little bit? This season had some ups and downs, but I still love it and am looking forward to more.

MOVIES

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Senior Year

I know that Rebel Wilson’s humor isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed the movie. I get the common comparison to Never Been Kissed, although the creepy element is taken out in that everyone is very much aware that she is an adult woman and not a teenager. Generally, I wouldn’t say that there is too big of a focus on romance though. It was actually just cute and wholesome for the most part, despite some cringey jokes.


Did you watch any of the things I mentioned or do you plan to? Let’s talk about that!