What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #8

The binge-watch-energy wasn’t as strong with me lately as it has been before, but I still have a little nice compilation ready for you. There’s not as much out there that I want to watch at the moment, maybe that played into it, but I know there’s quite a lot coming up.

**I don’t recommend any of today’s shows if you don’t like excessive swearing, nudity and/or gore in your TV shows**

Immortals

I don’t understand how NO ONE got the idea to recommend a Turkish vampire revenge drama to me? I had to discover this beaut all on my own and what a ride it was. As a little heads up, the dialogue is terrible in this and I don’t know if it has to do with dodgy translations or actual bad writing but it doesn’t even make sense sometimes. Regardless, this was weirdly addicting.

Based on the scenery, clothes, etc., I wasn’t always entirely sure when exactly events took place, but in the end it didn’t matter all that much. Immortals is about revenge, hunger, betrayal, desire and, at the core of it all, love (but in the least cheesiest way you can imagine thinking about other vampire stories and such). I can’t say that my allegiances switched very often, as some characters were just complete dicks 24/7, but it had some really neat twists and layered motives when it came to how it all ended.

This isn’t Netflix’ first Turkish show, so I don’t know what the chances are of them renewing it, but I had fun. It definitely has flaws in terms of storytelling, but I’d be curious to see where it goes.

Fleabag

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and started watched Fleabag just as season 2 started, which is what I am currently watching and now up to date with. I do understand why people like it so much, although I’d be lying if I said that I loved it.

The show has an amazing cast and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a brilliant woman who can barely do any wrong, but it took me quite some time until I really connected with her character (who doesn’t have a name?). Since the episodes are quite short, I felt like the deeper moments got lost sometimes in some other nonsense of the episode. I am still really enjoying it and especially like the fact that Moriarty is playing a priest in season 2 now.

American Gods (Season 2)

American Gods is a strange show. Visually, it is a feast, but in terms of storytelling, things are a little more complicated. I think that, just like the gods this whole thing is about, the show needs your unwavering faith to work its magic. If you want answers fast and don’t like random detours, you will be very unhappy with what is presented to you. However, if you can enjoy the ride and just let it take you wherever it goes without thinking about it too much, this can be very interesting.

It would be a lie to say that I binged season 2, since there are only two episodes out so far, but I have watched those and am liking the pace and story elements a lot more so far. The parts don’t feel as disconnected as they sometimes did in season 1 and the whole Dead Wife and Mad Sweeney dynamic is still all I live for. (A Prayer for Mad Sweeney remains my favourite episodes and they’re going to have to do something magnificent for that to change)


Are you watching any of those shows? Do you like them? Do you plan on watching them? Let’s talk about it!

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!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #6

I do watch a lot and it has become even more evident with these posts. I mean, this is already post #6 and I’ve written my first binge-watching round-up on the 17th of December. Let me know if you can think of a better way than numbering the posts maybe?

The Umbrella Academy

So, here’s the thing … I took Friday (the release day) off work, woke up in the morning (because Netflix shows release at 9AM in my country) and did a 10-hour-binge (without a break) of The Umbrella Academy. NO REGRETS!

The Umbrella Academy is a comic book that was, in part, created by My Chemical Romance member Gerard Way. That guy is incredibly talented and even if the show didn’t stick to the comics 100%, they did a formidable job in adapting the story and characters. This isn’t your usual “superheroes need to save the world” kind of deal. This is more of a “we are all completely messed up but better together and therefore need to somehow make this family with all its massive issues work so that we don’t end this world”. Exciting, right?

I already knew that I would love the show based on the casting alone. I miss Tom Hopper’s days on Black Sails dearly, Ellen Page is just too cool for this world and my darling and absolute favourite, Robert Sheehan, gets to play the most awesome character on the show. I think I’ve said this before, but characters that are called Klaus have like an instant plus with me and, lo and behold, Sheehan’s character Number Four was also called Klaus! It was just coincidence that I also absolute loved his persona on the show after the fact though. I liked the acting all around, but I feel like Sheehan got to show his full range with craziness as well as deep emotions, showing a performance that’s a little bit reminiscent of his role Nathan on Misfits. I just love the dude, alright?

Also, on a last note: the music selection and the random put fitting dancing scenes are perfection!

The Dragon Prince (Season 2)

The thing with the Dragon Prince is that I really enjoy the show but the seasons are SO short. It takes me a little bit to get into it and by the time I actually want to just sit there and binge it all, it kind of … ends? In my opinion, season 1 was a little bit better, but not by much. It’s just that I hoped for a bit more development in terms of the relationship between the characters, but I don’t think that a lot has changed throughout the season. They all had their own stuff to deal with and had more singular focus than group efforts. So, I am not saying that wasn’t interesting, I just hoped for something a bit different.

Also, I love Bait and he was massively neglected this season. I legit looked up if you can buy a plush of him (you can, but unfortunately only in shops that don’t ship to me), that’s how much I love him and he deserved better.

Sorry for Your Loss

I started watching this show a while back, but I only now realised that Facebook Watch is, in fact, available in Germany and that I could binge the rest now. They did such a quiet release of the platform, I think a lot of people are missing out on it.

Sorry for Your Loss is an amazing show about grief. We all deal differently with loss and that’s cool, but most media are scared to dig into the really not so pretty sides of it all. When you are grieving you can be selfish, mean, angry and all of that for however long you need it to be. I have to say that I preferred the scenes when we were with Leigh (Elizabeth Olsen) instead of her mum or sister, but obviously the whole thing affected them too.

This show isn’t about plot, a lot of that is predictable, but it is instead about characters. It’s about their feelings and relationships, how hard it is to find out things about someone who is gone and having no way to talk to them about it and that’s the kind of show I just dig! Episodes aren’t too long, so if things are getting too heavy for you, you don’t have to sit through an entire hour.

And as a little final treat – the show was renewed for a second season, so it will continue in fall 2019.


Do you watch any of the shows I mentioned here? Do you want to talk about them? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #3

It’s been one of those weekends again, where I just couldn’t resist a good old binge of TV shows. There were some new releases on Netflix, but I’ve also finally started something I’ve been eyeing for a long time now. Here’s what I got for you this time:

Sex Education

Not gonna lie, I thought this was gonna be garbage, but the show had something really endearing about it. Obviously, if you aren’t comfortable with the topic of sex or just don’t care about it, maybe the show isn’t entirely for you, but there’s so much more to it. Although it might look like it’s set in the 80s, it very much plays in our world today, in some part of the UK that I could not specify if you begged me to.

I feel like this show is so relatable for so many questioning teens out there. It isn’t really so much about regular high school drama, but the discovery of yourself as a person and your boundaries, the things you are capable of and your limits. Pair all of this with some really great acting, great humour and a more than solid plot and you do have my attention. At this point, I would be delighted for another season!

Friends from College (Season 2)

Friends from College is one of those truly underrated shows on Netflix. It has a star-studded cast, is absolutely hilarious and tackles some really great topics. I might be drawn to this more now that I am in my mid-twenties and adulthood is inevitable, but I genuinely enjoy every single episode of this show and Season 2 was a real blast.

The characters and their relationships are so complex and while their decisions are often faulty and misguided, you do understand where they come from. There’s hours upon hours of material up for discussion after watching this but I just need everyone to back off of Lisa. The woman is no saint, but Ethan’s transgressions were like a 100 times worse and I stand by that.

Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1)

Okay, I haven’t actually finished the first season yet, but I am officially in love with this show! I’ve known of its existence for a while now, but Karen Gillan’s The Party’s Just Beginning made me yearn for some more Lee Pace stuff I hadn’t watched before, and that’s when I finally started it. Best. decision. ever!

Halt and Catch fire is an incredibly intelligent drama about what seems to be the 80s computing industry, but is really only the backdrop to showcase some intriguing and real characters (real even has a double meaning here, because it’s supposedly largely based on true events). They have their faults, dang they are all introduced in a less than flattering way, but you want to know more about them. It’s a truly character-driven show. I can’t wait to watch all the rest!

Have you watched any of those? What are your thoughts on them? (For those of you surprised that Titans wasn’t in the post, it will probably be featured in the next one) Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching! #2

I like this little feature, because it briefly lets me tell you what I’ve been obsessing over. And since I don’t think anyone really minded me doing this the last time, here we go again! (If you’ve missed the previous installment of this rather new feature, click here to check it out!)

You

You is based on a book, that is ready to be read on my Kindle, but I made the executive decision to watch the show before diving into the written format. Not gonna lie, I am glad I watched it while I was at my parent’s place in Vienna and not all alone by myself in Berlin. As someone who has had bad experiences with strangers following me or calling me and knowing my address, that show creeped the hell out of me.

Joe is like the perfect guy on paper. What he shows the world is seriously what I would consider a dream partner – interested in books, kind, supportive, etc. but … this show is literally his inner monologue and it’s just terrifying. I definitely would not wish a stalker like that on anyone. Yet, at the same time, it was really fascinating to watch.

There was definitely a lot that I would say was predictable, but the story also took some really nice turns and the ending was brilliant and, at least to me, unexpected!

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Technically, Bandersnatch is an event movie, but it belongs to the Black Mirror series, so I am counting it in! Do you remember those “choose your own adventure”-books? I always used to love them as a kid and, well, Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own-adventure-film. It takes you down so many different roads, you almost feel like you are in inception. It gets super weird, which is very typical Black Mirror manner, and you don’t always get presented with options you even want to take, but the concept is still brilliant and makes something rather passive as watching a show super engaging.

I am far from having taken every possible option and I am not sure I ever will, but I seriously hope that Netflix will venture out to do more content like this. Not only does it protect them from piracy, but it’s also really, really fun.

Alexa & Katie (Season 2)

Alexa & Katie is one of those super light, yet with a touch of emotional seriousness shows that is perfect for binge-watching. You don’t need to pay super close attention, it’s fun but not the best thing ever. I have to say that I enjoyed Season 1 a little more than Season 2 and I was a little disappointed that the whole Katie-Lucas-thing was barely even addressed at all, but it was still nice.

Sometimes you just want a little bit of pure friendship on your screen and if you don’t mind the Disney/Nickelodeon type of storytelling, then this is probably for you!

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 2)

I am so, so, so happy they released the entire season at once and didn’t do it on a weekly basis again. Runaways is one of my absolute favourite Marvel shows and Season 2 has only strengthened that opinion. As I will be mostly talking about S2 today, you can check out my more detailed post on the show in general here.

As many of you know, Gert was my favourite character on the show so far and, again, I remain by that statement. I especially appreciated her mental health rep with a focus on anxiety this season. Her character is definitely not flawless and makes many a mistake, but somehow I just always connect with her the most and it was a pure joy watching her grow in these new episodes. Obviously, she wasn’t the only one going through some changes and I am just so elated that the show managed to give everyone new struggles, new challenges to face and just so much growth in general.

I think Runaways has the potential to really keep going for a lot of seasons and I hope people watch the show and make it happen! (as we all ignore how terrible Old Lace looks)

Have you watched any of these shows? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching! #1

I always used to love to talk about TV shows on the blog and nothing really has changed in that regard. However, I don’t have the time to do a full-fledged break-down of a series like I used to do with my #CurrentlyWatching posts in the past. Instead, I am going to keep it short and simple (à la Random Movie Recommendation). If you want to talk about any of the examples I am going to list below in detail though, just hit me up in the comments!

Plan Coeur/The Hook Up Plan

First off, I want to say that I KNOW that romantic love and sex isn’t everything in this world. People are darn well capable of leading a happy fulfilled life without it and this show is super over the top in that regard, but when I actually watched the whole thing in one sitting, it didn’t bother me as much. This show actually focuses on all sorts of relationships and especially on the one between the three women.

Having said that, Elsa, the girl who gets set up with a hooker without her knowledge, is my absolute favourite character. She is beautiful and hilarious and super awkward and rarely gets the effect she has on people. The things she says, you want to cringe hard but at the same time it’s incredibly endearing. She’s one of those cases where you can clearly see what self-confidence can change in a person. I shipped her and Jules so hard!

The end of the show is a bit of a controversial topic. Some love it (like me) and others hate it. I think it was cruel perfection and the perfect set up if they decide to continue with the show!

Tidelands

I have previously described this show as H2O for adults and I still stand by that statement. I really, really, really enjoyed their take on sirens and the mythology it accompanied. It’s not a perfect show, but rarely any show is. People take off their shirts for no reason whatsoever way too often and it does give you a little bit of a CW vibe, but there’s nothing wrong with that per se. A lot of people like that kind of aesthetic or approach to the material (me included).

The build up and twists over the course of the episodes really kept a nice tension going and the last episode was packed full of surprises. They were very smart in never really showing the sirens entirely. In addition to that, I wanted a certain ship to happen, it did and that just always makes me happy.

I like a lot of Australian shows, so if this is Netflix’ gateway into more original series from there, I am in. After that ending, I’d definitely be up for a second seasons!

Travelers

I’ve actually talked about this show in detail in the post here, but it has moved from being a Showtimes-Netflix co-production to Netflix entirely for Season 3 and it was one of the best seasons yet. I hope you don’t expect an action packed SciFi series, because that’s not what Travelers is. Instead it is a character study with developments that span seasons. I honestly cried through almost the entire second half of Season 3 and the ending was something I did not expect at all. It’s one of those shows that keeps you guessing and I feel like not that many are able to do that for me nowadays, so I appreciate that element a lot.

I sincerely hope they will continue the show. I would love nothing more than to find out how they want to keep going after that finale.

Have you watched any of these shows? Do you plan to? Let’s chat!