What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #21

As quickly as I devoured Dear Evan Hansen, I returned to mostly watching TV shows just as fast. I am sure another book will come along and grab my attention, but first, here are the things I’ve been watching lately!

Raising Dion

This show was super cute but also emotional in many ways. I like the way they went about this, as it didn’t feel like your typical superhero origin story and showed how difficult it is if you have a young kid with powers. I also loved how this wasn’t just about his powers, but also very much about family. The twists at the end of the season just were the cherry on top.

I’d 100% watch another season! The only thing I’d have to criticize is that the kid who played Dion was super cute to watch, but definitely struggled with imagining what his powers ultimately did. I, in absolutely no way, want to imply that it’s easy to act (especially at that age) with something invisible, but sometimes the movements and animation were just majorly … off? They could have at least tried to match him more, even if it would have been more erratic, in post-production.

For fans of: original superhero tales, kid-focused stories with adult themes, representation

Baby (Season 2)

If I could have a Netflix crossover with Elite, I would want that show to be Baby. In my head it’s definitely the same kind of format, just switching the murder mystery with underage girls acting as hookers (and it’s obviously Italian and not Spanish – but they did a Youtube video together and it was hilarious). I am pretty sure this isn’t a show everyone can see themselves in, but it still has a binge-worthy quality to it. You just need to give it an episode or two.

I honestly couldn’t tell you too much about the first season anymore at this point, but to me, the second season felt a lot more focused and compact. Maybe these characters are growing and learning to some extent, but it sure doesn’t feel like for most of them. There’s honestly some truly disturbing individuals here and especially the homophobic bullying that’s going on is hard to stomach. Beware of that!

For fans of: female empowerment through sex, high school drama multiplied

The Man in the High Castle (Season 1)

Not sure how many of you remember this from my time in Vancouver, but I was actually on set of this show once or twice. It hit me quite hard seeing swastikas on people in real life and I felt very down after that set visit. It’s not that I thought it was a bad show, but I didn’t want to feel sad all the time, so I didn’t really feel like watching it back then.

Now the show is coming to an end and I am into it all deep. I am a couple episodes into season 2 already, but like the slow build up and the mystery of it all. I don’t want to spoiler anything, but I just want to say that my love Frank Frink deserves so much better than Juliana and I will stand by that!

For fans of: alternate history shows, sci-fi twists

The Hook Up Plan/Plan Coeur (Season 2)

If you ever need a silly show that probably focuses on the importance of romance in ones life a little bit too much, but you don’t really want to think about it and just watch something fun – this show is perfect! Last season sort of ended on a cliffhanger, but I believe that season 2 ended perfectly. I don’t say this very often, but I hope it’s not getting another season. I wouldn’t know what they would want to tell us, because everything important has happened or has been resolved and another season would just mean unnecessary drama.

For fans of: silly over the top romance, crazy but strong friendships

Charmed (Season 1-2)

I already talked about my issues with the reboot of Charmed in my monthly wrap-up. However, I am absolutely and positively obsessed with this show! The second season got an overhaul with new showrunners and a much more edgy and cinematic look. I was worried when I first heard they wanted to focus more on the supernatural aspect and less on the family, but two episodes into the new season and it looks like whatever they changed was the best decision they could have made!

They stepped away from trying to reinvent the OG Charmed and now really make it feel like they are doing their own spin on things. In a way, and I am not going to spoil what happens, it’s a reboot within the reboot and I am 100% here for it. Also, my ship is thriving and that’s really all a girl like myself could ask for (aside from a job at the show, but let’s not get greedy).

For fans of: witches!!!

I did the total fangirl thing and ignored all my responsibilities to do a video edit of my ship. Please ignore my lack of storyline or editing skills and enjoy my random acts of trying to be creative for no good reason:


What are you watching? Did you check out any of these shows? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #4

I haven’t actually been in as much of a binge-watching mood as I used to. I do enjoy some currently airing shows though, so I will make allowances and talk about both – shows I have binged lately and shows I keep watching on a weekly basis.

Roswell, New Mexico

Only two episodes in and this show has my heart. Other than with the Charmed reboot (which I could just NOT get into), I am somehow completely fine with the NUMEROUS changes and liberties they have taken with the material. The necessary core and the endearing factors are all still there, so I am not going to complain. (Also, I am CW trash … we all know that.)

Liz and Max have the chemistry they are supposed to have. They didn’t whitewash the entire town of Roswell like they did in the 90s and they even added in some LGBT+ representation (I am not being more detailed on this because I don’t know how the characters identify yet and I don’t want to just assume, but my point is, not everyone is straight).

A lot of people have complained that Roswell, New Mexico is too political, but I personally like that. It adds that feeling of urgency and really makes it current. Seriously one of the shows I most love to tune in every single week. 

Derry Girls

I don’t know why I watched this? I guess I wanted something low-key to play in the background and the show seemed like a perfect fit for that. The thing that’s bugging me about it a little is that it doesn’t have a storyline that spans the whole season. It’s really just single episodes and you could probably watch them in random order (except for the first and last maybe) and it wouldn’t make much of a difference. Maybe I am being unfair, because it does actually touch upon some rather serious stuff that happened in Ireland, but mostly it’s just super weird humour?

But it was funny and it served the purpose of distraction. I would probably watch more of it just for the giggles. I wish I had more to say about it, but that’s really it.

Baby

A friend and I started watching this together on a whim and we finished the entire show that evening. If I am not mistaken, it’s Netflix’ first Italian show and the dubbing is terrible, so I recommend watching it with subtitles.

The first half it just slowly trickles along and you are wondering what this is even all about. What’s the purpose of the show, you know? But then things start happening and the last two episodes are majorly eventful. I quite enjoyed it in the end. It may not have been perfect and it does not show Rome in any way you’d think it would, but it’s interesting. I hope Netflix keeps going with all that original programming from different countries.

Once I am in the mood for more violence again, I will watch The Punisher (S2) and Titans. They just haven’t felt right for now though. What have you been bingeing? Seen any of the shows I have mentioned? Let’s chat!

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived

So, as mentioned last week, The Woman Who Lived was the second part to The Girl Who Died. As always when it comes to Doctor Who, please beware of Spoilers coming ahead!

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What was it about?

The Doctor is looking for an alien artifact on earth and runs into Ashildr or as she now likes to call herself (Lady) Me. Time has not been kind to her and she has become bitter and cold about humanity. She wants to travel with the Doctor, but he refuses which leads to her making a terrible deal with another alien, Leandro. In the end she sees that she did wrong and mends the situation just in time.

My thoughts?

If you recall last week, you know that I wasn’t very impressed with the episode. Unfortunately this week wasn’t very different. I definitely liked it and there were some great moments in there, but I just didn’t love it either.

It tried to balance (silly) humour with some more dark and reflective topics and I am just not sure they succeeded, because I didn’t find it all that funny. Leandro was the monster of the week, but definitely didn’t leave much of a mark with me other than he could fit into a Cats musical. And Sam Swift, who played a nice counterpart to the Nightmare and who took the term gallows humour quite literally, could now be another immortal? I don’t like it. And his jokes? There’s nothing wrong with them per se, but somehow they just didn’t fit the tone of the episode for me.
However, I did love the more earnest scenes. I liked getting to see a glimpse of what Ashildr (and yes, I am going to call her that and not Nightmare or Lady Me or anything else) went through in her 800 years on earth. She seemed so hurt and lonely – it’s no wonder she locked her heart away. But something did keep bothering me (besides the fact that I have difficulties acknowledging Maisie Williams as a grown-up). She obviously fell in love and had people she cared about, then why didn’t she ever use the second chip to create a companion for herself? She clearly didn’t want them to die. Then again, I suppose I would understand not wanting to bestow immortality on another poor soul.

I quite liked the ending and Ashildr becoming the Patron Saint of the Doctor’s Leftovers. It was so eerie to see her in the background of the selfie Clara took.  But I think it was time for an episode of the Doctor travelling without Clara (once again, a premonition from last week that was correct. YAY!). He used to do that more often in the past and it seems the showrunners have learned from their mistakes in Season 8. Uh, and there was a mention of Jack Harkness, that can never be wrong!

Next week looks interesting, picking up with the Zygon-topic first introduced on The Day of the Doctor. But what was your opinion on the Woman Who Lived? Love or Loathe?

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died

I just KNEW that The Girl Who Died would be a 2-parter like the other episodes on this season of Doctor Who. It maybe didn’t have as much of a cliffhanger as the others, but the story is still connected. Before I get ahead of myself though, beware of Spoilers coming your way!

the girl who died

What was it about?

Clara and the Doctor get captured by Vikings. It soon turns out that they have a much bigger problem though, because the village is being raided by one of the most deadly warrior races in the universe – the Mire. The Doctor remembers who he is, a person who saves people, and therefore helps the villagers. Unfortunately, one girl, Ashildr, dies in the process, but the Doctor is tired of loosing people and revives her with alien technology, therefore making her immortal. When he leaves, he knows he may have made a huge mistake.

TO BE CONTINUED …

My thoughts?

I liked the episode, but I didn’t love it. The reason for that may just be as simple as it having been hyped too much due to the appearance of Maisie Williams, who turned out NOT to be a young Missy or any other former associate of the Doctor (as far as we know). Ashildr’s story played in well with the overall arc of the episode, but it was more of a lightweight compared to the previous ones. However, it got really interesting towards the end for me.

The Doctor finally remembered why he chose this face and it showed some lovely throwbacks to Ten’s era with Donna. While the music was very dramatic, I thought the resolution was a little anti-climactic. Wasn’t it always obvious that the Doctor saved people? Yes, he may be more grumpy now and even less capable at social interactions, but I never doubted that he wants to save people. In general, this was an odd but very interesting episode for Twelve. He’s tired of loosing people and wants to act, but isn’t supposed to. I think this was a hint at what Davros said in the beginning of Series 9, about the Doctor having some dark secret as to why he left Gallifrey.
Also, he changed Ashildr’s life massively by turning her into an immortal hybrid. I love that he gave her a second chip to make herself a companion. In my opinion, immortality was always a curse and it was nice to hear the Doctor voice this by saying: “Immortality isn’t living forever. That’s not what it feels like. Immortality is everybody else dying. She might meet someone she can’t bear to lose. That happens, I believe.”. When he said that, he looked at Clara really oddly. They keep referring to her soon to come death and I think this time it will really send the Doctor on a spiral again. I know that a lot of people are tired of her and I think she’s ready to leave too, but they are a lot better together this Season than they were in the last one and I am going to miss her a lot.

I am interesting in seeing how next week will play out. There wasn’t much Clara in the promo, so maybe it’s a solo-Doctor mission to check up on Ashildr?

What did you think of this week’s episode? Did you love/hate/like it? Do you think Maisie Williams is a good addition to the universe of Doctor Who?

P.S.: The Sonic Sunglasses were FINALLY broken! I was more joyous at that than I probably should have been, but unfortunately I already saw them in the promo for next week …

Rookie Blue Season 6 Premiere

After the disappointment that was Season 5, not in terms of content but rather length, I was super happy to have Rookie Blue back! For all of you who don’t remember, they announced that Season 5 would be extended and have over 20 episodes, just to run it normal-length and have me on the edge of my seat waiting for its return.

Now, finally, it is back with “Open Windows“. So, beware of Spoilers!

The promo is obviously solely about McSwarek, but there was a lot more going on the actual episode. We finally got the band back together, starting off a couple weeks after the Season 5 Finale. There was a lot of stuff unresolved by the end of it all and they didn’t get much farther since we last saw our heroes. Going through it all, those are my thoughts:

  •  I guess I should start with the most pressing issue: Is McSwarek alright? I honestly don’t know. Marlo has finally told Sam about her pregnancy and that the baby is definitely his. Andy knew there was something bothering him, but she only feared that Marlo went off her meds again. She did not anticipate a pregnant ex getting in the way of her relationship. I know that Sam and Andy simply happy together is boring, but they would deserve it so much!
  • Someone tried to break in and rape Traci, but it was Andy in the apartment instead of her and she fought the offender off. That must be such a bad feeling though. Knowing that someone stalked you for weeks before trying to assault you. The Division is not allowed to investigate, so the case is handled by someone else and no one likes that.
  • It was only shortly mentioned that Gail’s quest for adopting Sophie is pretty rocky. I hope she makes it!
  • Diaz has an affair with the wife of his boss, who’s also an ex-addict. Not sure that will redeem him anytime soon …
  • Chloe feels like a Pariah and as if everyone is siding with Dov … She can’t just expect everyone to be cool about what happened, can she? Still, her scenes are definitely the most hilarious ones, especially when she’s with stoic Nick. Gotta love their friendship! Also, she has found a new girlfriend in Juliet (later more about her).
  • Dov has really stepped up his game! He’d have a chance as profiler in my opinion! Is he maybe out for a position of Detective?
  • And then there was Nick. He’s kind of my favourite by now and at the end of last Season he got stood up by a women he met in a coffee shop. Now it turns out that exact woman is a new fellow officer, Juliet Ward. While Nick originally thought about leaving for ETF, his new colleague has definitely got his attention and might just make him stay (please?). I was totally digging their reunion and crazy sexual tension until she got into a car with a guy and he asked her about what she’d found out. Is she undercover at the station? Why would anyone do that? I’m not shipping her with Nick anymore now, even if she feels remorse at some point. I’d rather have McCollins back!
  • May I just add that there was not enough Oliver in the episode? Good thing that’s noted!

I thought that Season 6 might be the last one, but Showrunner Tassie Cameron has announced that there’s still the possibility of a 7th Season. I keep my fingers crossed for more of Rookie Blue, but only as long as the storylines still make sense and they don’t stretch it out unnecessarily. What do you think?

The Musketeers – Season 2 Premiere

So, I spent my holidays catching up on TV shows that I wanted to watch for some time now but never had the chance to, the list consisting of Outlander, Shameless and as the title already suggests BBC‘s The Musketeers. Therefore I thought it was time to cover the Season 2 Premiere on my blog. Beware of Spoilers ahead!

The leather-clad foursome is back and I am so happy about it! It was kind of obvious that Peter Capaldi wouldn’t be able to dance at two parties at the same time, especially with his more pressing commitment to Doctor Who, and therefore it was no surprise that Cardinal Richelieu wouldn’t play a huge role in the show anymore. Even though I didn’t know how exactly they would deal with the situation, it wasn’t a surprise that the episode started with Richelieu’s funeral. But don’t think that the lives of the Musketeers get any easier that way, because right away they have to go to a Spanish prison to rescue a former friend of the Captain who has crucial military knowledge of France. Here’s a little break-down of what happened:

  • The new antagonist/nemesis/bad guy is the Comte de Rochefort, portrayed by Marc Warren. He seems sneaky and creepy enough for the position of villain, so I am happy, even though I haven’t figured out his plan yet.
  • Poor, poor Aramis! I’ve waited all of last season for him to find out that Richelieu killed Adele and now that the Cardinal is dead he means to haunt him from beyond the grave. And then there’s the situation with the Queen. I don’t particularly like her … I think it is so unfair, to both the King and Aramis, that she tricked them about the baby. Her son is born and Aramis will never be able to be a true father to him. It’s just sad.
  • Athos as always the voice of reason with a dash of dry humour. You just have to like him.
  • So, this De Foix guy knows something about Porthos‘ father – colour me intrigued.
  • D’Artagnan and Constance‘s love seems doomed. He gets her a job at court, to see her more often I suppose, but then continues to make out with De Foix’ sister Lucie. Of course Constance isn’t too happy to witness the kiss, even if she chose her husband over D’Artagnan. Her reasons for doing so were more than justified and I don’t understand how D’Artagnan can’t see that.
  • I’m afraid that Captain Treville isn’t exactly in the King’s good graces after declining the position at court, but I understand him. He’s no politician … let’s just hope it doesn’t backfire on him!

I’m excited to see how the season continues. Next episode we can expect a return of Milady de Winter and just some more action in general. What did you think of the Season Premiere?

Fall Review: Jane the Virgin

Finally, I can say that this is the last pilot I’m reviewing this fall season! Despite the really terrible title “Jane the Virgin“, it’s such a fun show to watch. If you’ve seen the Trailer for the first episode, this review can in no way spoil you, but if you haven’t and you want to go into all of this pretty much unknowing, then beware of Spoilers ahead!

As I said, I’m not a big fan of the title, but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed watching the show. The premise is as follows: Jane’s life pretty much turns into a telenovela when she accidentally gets inseminated by her gynecologist. As if that fact alone wasn’t already terrifying enough, circumstances are even more complicated. Despite her 2-year-relationship with her boyfriend, Jane is still a virgin and was in no way prepared to have a child, especially since she lives her life according to a strict timeline, just to avoid turning out like her mother, who got pregnant at 16. Also, the supposed father of the child, Rafael, is a former crush of Jane’s and the sample she was inseminated with was his last chance for a biological child, due to the cancer he had. In addition to that, his wife just tried to get pregnant to save her marriage with him, because according to their prenuptial agreement, she gets about 10 million Dollars if they stay together for 5 years. Also, she cheats on him with one of his best friends. Even worse is the fact that the gynecologist who screwed up is actually Rafael’s sister. Told you it was like a telenovela!

The cast was chosen very well in my opinion and includes: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil, Ryan Devlin, Alano Miller … But let’s step away from the facts and take a closer look at some of my thoughts:

  • I like the use of text during the show, but they need to keep it moderate in order to have it’s effect. On-screen text is just like voice-overs – it can be nice, as long as you don’t overdo it and since the show has both, voice-overs and text, they better make sure it doesn’t get annoying.
  • The story definitely is a bit ridiculous, but the way they promoted it and even gave it that telenovela look on purpose, doesn’t make me judge it. You get what’s on the package, so I’m fine with the concept. However, I still wonder if that is something that appeals to a lot of people …
  • The show mainly avoids talking about serious issues (e.g. the abortion that is considered by Jane) though and take a much lighter approach to everything. The soapy nature of it all makes it easier to forgive that.
  • Michael, Jane’s now fiance, seems so sweet and understanding and most of all patient. He certainly looks too good to be true. I can’t help, but think he has a massive and dark secret, as teased by Billy, his brother, and the narrator at the end of the episode.
  • Gina Rodriguez, as Jane, does a great job! You are totally on her side, whatever she decides and she has chemistry with both, Michael and Rafael. They did well casting her as the lead.
  • We’re not supposed to like Petra and I don’t, so, that’s good too I guess.
  • One of the shockers of the first episode was the fact that the telenovela star Jane idolizes and hallucinates about, is actually her father. That’s going to lead to so much more drama!
  • Rafael’s sister really made a huge mistake and seemingly has made others before. She could get her license revoked, but it doesn’t seem that way just yet. One thing that is for sure though, is that there is a chance for her rekindling the romance with her ex who was a lawyer.

In the end, I am not sure that CW’s scheduling of the show makes that much sense. Putting it behind the vampire drama “The Originals” isn’t exactly the place I would have chosen. However, this show was really fun and charming and I don’t regret at least checking it out. We’ll see how it continues from now on and whether I will stick with it. What are your thoughts?