What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #30

Is the fact that this is the 30th post in this series a sign that I watch too much? Let’s hope not, because I really have no intention of slowing down in this climate. Here are some shows I have distracted myself with lately (which are in actuality fewer than I thought they’d be):

Vampires

I AM SORRY! I only found the French trailer, but the show is available with subtitles, cause that’s how I watched it!!!

I really thought I was over vampires at this point, but … I just can’t seem to stay away from them for good. After I finished this show, I thought to myself “huh, there were some interesting aspects, but this surely isn’t essential viewing for everyone”, yet here I am. THREE days later and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

What intrigued me the most was that this really wasn’t your usual vampire society (although they still have an inherent stalker gene it seems). In this world, vampirism is a matriarchy and vampires are created the same way humans are and not through a bite (at least that’s the story so far?). Doina, daughter of a vampire and human, turns out to be a hybrid of the two species, turning her world upside down.

This show features interesting character dynamics, although I will not hold it against you if you don’t like very many of them. To my utter shame, I also have to say that I was mainly watching for a toxic ship. I am trash that way, but at least I acknowledge it.

For fans of: international Netflix shows, different take on vampires, diverse French setting

On My Block (Season 3)

Was this the last season? It felt like the last season, but the end had me in absolute shock!? From the beginning of this show, it had always had its ups and downs. I could never take the danger as seriously as I should for some reason, because it just felt too light-hearted and silly in other moments. So, when those last frames showed up on my screen, I was like “this is a joke? Surely it must be!!” (Except for the Oscar part, I am here for that!)

This wasn’t my favourite season and I honestly don’t know what to say. I think it’s fun entertainment or a little bit, but parts of it I just could not relate to or, as mentioned above, take seriously. I think it might have been the acting, but I am really not here to bash them. I still had a great time watching all seasons after all.

For fans of: teen squad stories that get a bit out of hand and don’t look as realistic anymore

Elite (Season 3)

Okay, so, not my favourite season BUT I really like how they brought it all around. It basically mirrored season 1, but this time everyone stuck together and ended the cycle of misery. I was disappointed, because some character relationships were completely ignored, even though they had so much potential. For example, I was really hoping for a Valerio and Nadia reconciliation and that they’d be the messy friends I love to see, but instead they had Valerio be interested in being in a certain throuple (which I am cool with as a concept, I just didn’t like the other characters and used to love Valerio …). My favourite part was the Nadia-Lu-duo. Those girls really were the light for me this season!

Now, I am confused about Season 4. First, why do we need it? Why does it say no one from the OG cast will be in it? We explicitly saw a certain number of characters who had to repeat the year or were at school for some other reason … so why include that when they aren’t going to be featured anymore? I have questions!

For fans of: murder mystery and character dynamics, moral questions

Greenhouse Academy (Season 4)

Why am I even still watching this show? They completely botched the “who’s behind the door?”-mystery from a couple seasons back and they just haven’t been the same ever since. I was already massively dissatisfied with season 3, because they changed actors for characters and just had some people disappear completely. To me, that threw off the dynamic massively already and they handled it poorly. I even forgot that there was a massive cliffhanger at the end of that season, that’s how little I cared. Similarly, I feel pretty dispassionate about the twist at the end of Season 4.

I just can’t get over the fact that they reopened the whole love triangle thing with Leo, Hayley and Daniel … because someone on that list got screwed over a lot. Also … it was about a virus, so that was just poor timing for sure.

I can’t believe I used to really like Greenhouse Academy at this point, but here is the proof that I did.

For fans of: House of Anubis style over the top mysteries for teens?


Have you watched any of the shows above? Let’s talk about that!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #19

I have caught up on so many of my shows, that I feel like I really need to share this update on what I’ve been watching with you. I only did two of them last month and usually I can get in up to four posts. I need to start early in September to get my watching-game back on (seen as reading is still on a low).

Elite (Season 2)

It took me forever to watch the first season, but not Season 2! It was released and I watched it all that day, but it really wasn’t enough. I can’t say that I remembered everything from the previous storyline, but I could easily find my way back into it all.

Everything I really want to talk about is a spoiler, so I am trying to think really hard about what I can tell you all. My thing with this show was always that I didn’t really care about the investigations and crimes at all. It was more the gossipy/relationship stuff that I was into, so I was thriving on my Guzman-Nadia-ship this season. I also liked the addition of Valerio, which I guess could be controversial, but I hope to see him next season and mend his friendship with Nadia.

There were other ships that I was a bit disappointed in this time around, because I either didn’t feel them at all, or they had drastically changed in their dynamic and I didn’t know what to root for anymore. Overall, I had the best of times though and wish I didn’t already know that I’ll have to wait another eternity for the story to continue.

For fans of: Spanish Gossip Girl with a murder mystery/other criminal investigation thrown in

Carnival Row

I surprisingly really enjoyed this show! It’s not that I was shocked in general, because the topic and aesthetic is very much something that I would go for, especially with such a high production value. It’s just that from the get go, I didn’t really buy into the Cara Delevigne-Orlando Bloom-romance and they were banking heavily on that. Even in the end, I am not 100% on board with that ship. I buy it more from Orlando than Cara, but maybe it’s just because I don’t love her as an actress.

Anyway, the show has some really familiar themes, but presents them nicely. I personally wasn’t surprised by any of the larger revelations and only didn’t pick up on minor details. It was woven together nicely and could probably have ended as a limited series, hadn’t they upped the political issues towards the end and already announced a second season prior to the release of this one.

I would watch more of the story! My only complaint was that the scenes were sometimes really dark and I don’t mean in terms of story (although people were ripped to shreds by a weird creature), but more about the light situation. It was literally a very dark screen for me where I couldn’t make out much at times.

For fans of: fairies, pucks and other creatures, old-timey vibes, fantasy take on classicism and racism as societal issues

Stranger Things (Season 3)

I was so late to the party this time around and I don’t really know why. Last season, I stayed up till midnight (because I was in Canada and could watch the midnight release) and then just binged the whole season. But somehow I just wasn’t feeling it for this one and I had to really sit down and wait for the right mood to strike me – which eventually came!

It’s not my favourite season, but I did like that they managed to branch out some relationships, while also keeping the group close-knit. I am especially glad of the addition of Robin to the crew, because I adore her and think it’s great that Steve now also has a female platonic friend who isn’t his ex. I am also happy to announce that I will be dressing up as Robin for Halloween, the costume has already arrived and I just need to get shoes now (never been ready this early before!).

As per usual, the show keeps you guessing if some character deaths were really permanent. I am hoping not, but then they are also very adamant on some people staying dead … sooo, you never really know? I just hope they make more, because I enjoy watching those kiddos grow up and grow into themselves.

For fans of: American summers in the 80s, conspiracy theories, general Stranger Things madness, The Neverending Story song

13 Reasons Why (Season 3)

Not going to lie, I didn’t dislike the show when it first started. I did a really long post (which you can read here) on why you should or should not watch this show, because let’s face it – it is not meant for everyone! I cannot stress this point enough. This show depicts things I never wanted to see, yet now those images are branded into my mind and I don’t want to imagine what it would do to people who have experienced trauma similar to it themselves. It’s not easy and it’s not worth risking your mental health! It’s just TV. And the thing is, I do believe that it opens the eyes for some people who have been ignorant to the topics, but I am totally going off course.

Over the seasons, 13 Reasons Why has lost its reasons to still exist. Basically, Season 3 was entirely dedicated to humanising Bryce Walker, something none of us asked for and none of us needed. There were some really amazing emotional scenes and Tyler was a breakout character, especially seen as I hadn’t been much of a fan previously, but other than that I mostly just kept shaking my head. (Zach Dempsey is still ma boy though …) The content is all over the place. I was massively annoyed with the new narrator and 90% of the decisions the characters made. 

Sometimes characters don’t need redemption. Sometimes we need to let the bad guy be the bad guy in the given scenario. Do I know that it isn’t all black and white and that change is possible? Of course, but that doesn’t mean that I want to watch a whole season of a show that makes me try to like someone I really, really don’t want to like.

Anyway, they got renewed for a season 4 and that should be the final one and I will probably still watch it. There were less graphic scenes this time and I heard that they removed sensible scenes from previous seasons, so at least they are learning in that regard.

For fans of: self-torture because why am I doing this to myself every season?

Paradise Hills

I am still surprised this movie isn’t based on a book, because it feels like a YA dystopian novel more than anything. Depending on how many movies you watch and books you read, you will either think that Paradise Hills is really original or predictable. I quite enjoyed it overall and especially liked the aesthetics. If I am not mistaken, the director previously did perfume commercials, so she knows how to make something look pleasing to the eye.

There were a couple turns towards the end of the story, where they kind of lost me a little bit. I felt like they were trying to cram too many genres into it at once and lost the message on the way. I am not saying that I disliked it, but it wasn’t sure if it wanted to be sci-fi, dystopian or add magic after all. I think I just would have preferred it if the magical element had been left out. Still a nice watch though!

For fans of: aesthetically pleasing movies, large female casts, dystopian movies, weird twists that don’t necessarily make sense


Did you watch any of these shows or movies? Do you want to talk about it? Let’s chat!

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!