What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #7

I still haven’t come up with a more creative or organised way to title these posts, so I hope you will stick with me as I might as well number them endlessly. (I just feel like putting the names of the shows in the title would be overkill … and super long.)

Anyway, I’ve been at it again and here’s the things I watched:

Elite

Yeah, yeah, I know. For once I was the one super late to join the bandwagon, but I did in the end and that’s all that matters. The thing is, one, they all look like the Warblers from Glee with their uniforms and two, most of the time I couldn’t care less about any sort of murder mystery (and once again that was the most boring component to me). However, by the end I was really rooting for some characters and I am excited to see where things go.

Elite is a great show for you if you like to see some rich-poor-dichotomy, a ton of gossip and drama, family feuds and whatnot as well as a little who-done-it-mystery. I’ll definitely check out a next season, if only for Ander, Omar, Nadia, Guzmán and Christian. Also maybe a little bit for Lu, because who doesn’t like a mean girl afraid to show her true feelings.

Pure

I honestly don’t think this show is for everyone, but it does portray OCD and mental health issues in a different light than most other series do. It’s very heavy on the sexual content, has you annoyed with some (or most) characters in the beginning but it has a great arc overall. To me, it seemed like Pure dared to go someplace with that show that others would have been way too afraid to do.

My personal favourite thing about the show is the relationship of the main character Marnie with her mate Charlie (played by Joe Cole, whom I adore … as some of you know *cough*Lois*cough*). They have one of those effortless bonds and real good banter, knowing things about one another that they haven’t shared with anyone else. I am swooning hard over here.

Northern Rescue

Netflix kept recommending this show to me upon its release on the platform and dang, am I glad I did watch it. First of all, this show is so Canadian, it fills my heart so that I cannot even. But even more importantly, it’s a really good show about family and grief, with lovely characters but without getting too heavy most of the time. If you want something entertaining to have running while you might do other stuff (not saying you can’t watch this giving it your full attention, but you know, sometimes you just want something running in the background) I would definitely recommend Northern Rescue to you.

Lastly, I can’t help but think of Everwood (a show I adored when I was younger) every time I watch it. It also has a really nice theme song, which not a lot of shows have these days and I think that’s a real shame.

The Order

Okay, so I basically binged this in a day. It’s weird, because the topic is really my thing but the quality of it all just looked so bad, especially for Netflix standards. However, by the end of episode 2, there was no way I wouldn’t have watched this all the way through. Without spoiling anything, I just want to say that I love the Knights far more than anyone at the order and that I am quite annoyed with the main girl, but infatuated with Randall, the RA.

I think my quarrels with it were that it tried to kind of be as edgy and dark as The Magicians, but they just didn’t have the production value and acting to pull that all off. I feel like they wanted to add a bit of horror to it, but it wasn’t scary whatsoever to me. In the end, it was a really good first season though with a great finale that leaves a lot of room for what’s to come next. There’s definitely potential there! 


So, that’s what I’ve been watching? Have you seen any of these shows yourself? Who are your favourite characters? Talk to me, especially if anything caught your eye!

True Blood – Beginning of the End

There are so many vampire stories, and therefore TV shows and movies and books, out there; I doubt that one could know them all. Yet, True Blood has managed quite well throughout the past years and has now reached it’s 7th and final season on TV. I thought it would be fun to read the the 13th and final book Dead Ever After of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris while simultaniously watching the final season on TV. I didn’t really take into account that I’d be finished with the book way earlier than I’d be finished with the show, but then again, the books and show aren’t that similar anyway.

I don’t know if there are still people out there who haven’t the faintest idea what True Blood is, but here are the most important pointers for you: True Blood takes place in a world where the existence of vampires is common knowledge and said vampires now have to deal with the repercussions of going public. The main characters though is Sookie Stackhouse, who’s not a vampire. She always had a special gift, being able to read other people’s minds, but she can’t do that with vampires. So, of course she falls in love with one of them and that gets the story starting. Then it turns out there are also all kinds of shapeshifters and werewolves etc. to make it more interesting.

As I’ve mentioned above, the books and the TV show are only mildly similar. They do have the same main characters and some of the occuring events are alike, but like most adaptations for TV, the show started to get it’s own life and spin on things. I can’t really say which series I prefer, because although I’ve read all the books (except for the 13th, which I am reading right now) I sort of got bored with them after … I don’t know … the fifth book. The storyline is just really reptetive, but the writing is fun, so that’s the reason I kept on reading. Unfortunately, Sookie just really started to get on my nerves, but then again she does the same in the TV show. But I’d definitely have to say that HBO did a great job adapting the show. Some people may have been a little shocked about some of the explicit scenes in season one, but my friends and I always say “It’s not porn. It’s HBO”. Another reason why I like the show is the amazing cast of True Blood including: Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Rutina Wesley, …

But I am not writing this post to just keep babbling on about the show. I actually wanted to talk a little about the first episode of the final season “Jesus Gonna Be Here” and the upcoming season in general. So, consider yourself warned! Spoilers ahead!

  • I know that a lot of people are probably sad that this season only has six episodes, but I am glad they’re keeping it short. Ever since Alan Ball left, I had a feeling of the show going downhill and I am glad they are concluding the story with this season and that they don’t uncessarily drag it out.
  • I was confused about Eric’s death last season. I love Alexander Skarsgård and I thought that his death scene really wasn’t what his character would have deserved. But then, I read that he was confirmed as a regular in season 7 (Yay!), and I can’t wait to find out what they have in store for him! I hope he’s not really dead and that he’s going to appear soon. I can’t stand to see Pam this sad and desperate to find him!
  • Well, Tara wasn’t in the season for long. We didn’t even see her death … I am disappointed …
  • I like Sookie and Alcide together. They always had such terrible timing, but they are so good together. I know that Bill or someone else will try to seperate them, but I hope that they’ll last.
  • I don’t know why HBO thinks that I won’t notice that they just exchange actors from one season to the next. I mean come on! I know that James wasn’t that important a character, but I still noticed! They already did it (a lot less subtle!) with Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones and I have to admit that it was for the better, but I liked the other James (Luke Grimes). I’ll probably adjust in no time to Nathan Parsons, because at least they look alike, but still … why do they keep doing that?
  • I can’t wait to see more of the relationship between Jess and Adilyn Bellefleur! She let her into the house and Adi drank Jess’ blood! So interesting!

There’s probably so much more to look forward to (What will happen to the hostages? Will Sam be a dad? …), but we’ll have to wait and see to find. If you want a little Teaser for the upcoming weeks though, watch the Trailer below!

What do you think? Have you read the books? Only watched the show? Both? What do you like more?