The Fall Book Tag

I was tagged for this, brace yourselves, back in 2017. That is the shelf-life a lot of my tags have to endure until I get to them and I am so incredibly sorry for that. I’m not sure if Beth @Reading Every Night will even see this post now (I miss her on the blogosphere), but I’m doing the Fall Book Tag anyway. The weather is slowly getting colder, I can wear layers again … I just like the transition to this new season and wanted to celebrate that by doing a tag (and I haven’t posted anything else yet this week).

RULES

  • Please link back to Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag. She wants to see your answers.
  • Use her graphics—if you want to.
  • Have fun!

*click on the covers to get redirected to the Goodreads pages of the books. If I have reviews up, they will be linked in the titles in the text bits!*

CRISP FALL AIR – a book that felt fresh and new

Charming as a VerbI’m like 11 pages into this, so maybe not the best judge, but I just get exactly that fresh and crisp vibe from Charming as a Verb. If you’ve followed me for a bit, you will have noticed my utter enthusiasm for Ben Philippe’s first book, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, and his style of writing that I really enjoy. Everything flows so easy and feels natural.

HOWLING WINDS – an ending that blew you away

A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)This award 100% goes to A Deadly Education, because it was a really fun book to read for me. I liked it a lot, but also felt like it could just be a standalone and then THE FINAL LINE HIT ME! It made me question everything I had just read and I love it when that happens. Seriously cannot wait for you all to be able to read that book too!

COMFY SWEATERS – a book that gave you the warm and fuzzy’s

Tweet Cute*me going through my pile of books filled with sadness and misery* – Ah, yes, here we have something!

Tweet Cute was one of those books that just made you smile. The banter is fun and the grilled cheese references WILL make you hungry. But that’s just what you’ll have to endure for a lovely contemporary romcom sometimes.

BRIGHT COLORS – a cover with either red, yellow or orange in it

Burn Our Bodies DownI’m sure there’s plenty of people who already love and adore Burn Our Bodies Down, but I will never be one of them. Something about that book just rubs me the wrong way and I did not enjoy it. However, it fits the category like a glove!

LEAF FIGHT – a book with non stop action

The Black VeinsAnother book I am currently reading (and please don’t ask me why I can’t focus on just one book, cause I don’t know) is The Black Veins. There’s magic and road trips and monsters and people getting kidnapped. I’m not even at the halfway mark and so much has happened!

PUMPKIN SPICE – your most anticipated read

This is a bit tricky for me, because I’m at a point in my book blogging life where I just don’t keep very much up to date with new releases. Sometimes something catches my eye, but I have so much backlisted that I would be completely helpless without some of my blogging buddies and blogger blast mails from publishers to keep me up to date.

Something that releases soon though (October 6, 2020) is Spoiler Alert and it sounds so much up my alley:

Spoiler Alert

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he’s known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster.  Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.

Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.

With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?


I TAG THEE

Since it took me, hold up … checking again, 3 years to do this tag, I just kind of want to leave it open for anyone who wants to join in no the fun. IF YOU READ THIS (and you want to do it) CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!

What did you think of my answers? Let’s talk!

Fall Activities Book Tag

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I’ve been tagged by the Orang-Utan Librarian and Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions to do the Fall Activities Book Tag (originally created by Dreaming Through Literature). Usually I am very late with tags, but I made an exception with this one, because I sort of wanted to get it done before the end of fall (it seriously wouldn’t have been much a of a shocker if I stumbled up this again in Spring 2017 had I not seen it today). Thanks for tagging me! Let’s do this!

APPLE PICKING

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)

I was trying to find something with actual food on it, but I failed. Instead I got a whole different kind of beauty to present to you. The Firebird series has some of the most gorgeous covers out there. I cannot wait to read this one!

CORN MAZE

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

The Raven Cycle as a whole is a series to cherish, but while reading the Dream Thieves, I felt so very connected with the boys and Blue. It’s like I had been a member of their group all along.

HAUNTED HOUSES

A book that scared you silly

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)

Hmmm … I don’t really do scary, but in terms of constantly being afraid for my babies, Morning Star is still on the top of that list. Pierce Brown gave me some serious trust issues (I am just going to pretend I didn’t have before) and I was crying because of that book!

 

PUMPKIN PATCH

The latest book you picked up (purchased)

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It’s been a while to be honest. I have this massive physical TBR pile staring at me, so unless I get that one a little smaller, I won’t be allowed to buy anything new. However, last month I went on a mini book buying binge.

 

SCENIC DRIVES

A book that is lyrically beautiful

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Shatter Me definitely isn’t for everyone, but as to this day, I cannot get over how unique and beautiful that writing style was.

 

PUMPKIN CARVING

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

The Movie Version

I would never harm a book, not even the ones I really dislike (although I may or may not have thrown one across the room once). Since I had to choose though, I went with The Movie Version. I just wasn’t very happy with the portrayal of the mental health issue at all and that made me quite sad and angry while reading.

 

DRINKING APPLE CIDER

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This is probably a very ME kind of opinion, but I would cuddle up with This Savage Song any day. Just reading about my baby August fills my heart with warmth.

 

JUMPING IN A LEAF PILE

A book that reminds you of your childhood

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Always and forever the Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke! That book, that movie! I was just in love with it all and still am.

 

SCARY MOVIE NIGHT

Your favorite spooky read

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Again, I don’t do spooky! But for a lack of better idea I am saying Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. At least the pictures were kinda scary.

 

BONUS! COSTUME PARTY

A book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

The Girl from Everywhere, because why not?


I TAG

If you’ve already done the tag or don’t want to, just ignore this! And if I haven’t named you specifically, but you feel like this is your kind of thing, feel free to do the tag as well! My tag-posts are always an open invitation for everyone who feels inspired!

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

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It’s been forever that I’ve done a tag and this one is fairly recent, so I am apologizing to everyone who has tagged me for something else before. I have no schedule for these things and I do them very much at random. Bear with me, one day, someday, I will get to yours as well, but right now I want to thank Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much for tagging me for the Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag (created by Tinka @The Crazy Reader)! I had no idea what kind of festival that was (Google is my friend) but now let’s go and have some fun with this!

1. REUNION OF FAMILY: Name a Book with Family Goals.

A lot of families in books can be terrible. Either they are no-shows or abusive, but there is one family that I always think of first when it comes to the happy and supportive kind – The Garretts from My Life Next Door. I think I’ve mentioned them about a 100 times by now, but they are just that good a family!

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2. FULL MOON: Name a Book with a Werewolf (this festival has nothing to do with werewolves; the only common things is the full moon).

Bitten! It’s also a TV show, so I can think of it really easily. I always intended to continue with the book series, but I have the TV-tie in for the first one and they didn’t release the other 13 (?) books with those, so now I have stopped after one book. It was a good one though, so … sorry?

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3. MOONCAKES: Name a Kind of Food in a Book that you Wish was Real.

Food … mhmmm … now I am getting hungry. Because, you know, just the general thought of food is making my stomach growl. However, I cannot think of a single dish right now that doesn’t exist in real life. Sooo … just give me some black gold (Gambit’s expression for hot chocolate) while I keep pondering this question.

4. RABBIT: Name your Favorite Creature from a Book.

In the Dark Reflections series by Kai Meyer, there’s this lion made of obsidian. He can fly and is just generally awesome. Can you imagine going through his mane and it being all soft, but simultaneously it’s made of stone? It would probably blow your mind. I guess I have a thing for lions and objects made of stone. Just the other night I dreamt of gorillas made of alien-stone. It was pretty epic!

5. CHANGE: A Character that Makes a Significant Change to the Plot Since he/she did Something too Many Times.

When I was little, I adored the Series of Unfortunate Events, but Count Olaf kept appearing each book, badly disguised and I got so frustrated with adults. How could they not see through the charade of this terrible actor? I just wish he hadn’t been so persistent. I imagine he spent more money chasing the Baudelaire orphans than he’d get from their heritage anyway.

By the way, there’s a first teaser for the Netflix series. While I am a bit dismayed that they actually show Lemony, it looks really good so far.

6. LANTERNS: Name a Toy or Game in a Book that you Liked to Read About.

I don’t remember what the book was called, but it was about a bear who got lost or no one bought him or whatever and I always felt so sorry for him. I wanted that happy end for him sooo bad!

7. AUTUMN: Name a Book which you Feel is the Best to Read in Autumn.

I am just going with the first book I thought of and that was Fangirl. Cath goes off to uni and that’s in the fall, right? And she likes to wear layers and I just associate that with this time of the year.

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8. FESTIVAL: Name your Favorite Festival in a Book 

My mind is completely blanking! I can’t think of ANYTHING! If you know a festival in a book that I might have read as well, please tell me!


I Tag:

This was way more difficult than I thought it would be and you are of course free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it, but I will be looking forward to all the people who feel inspired to try their hands on this!

The Autumn Book Tag!

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Welcome to the Autumn Book Tag! Seen as winter is coming, I thought I’d better hurry up and do the tag before all the leaves have fallen from the trees. I was tagged by Trisha Ann @The Bookgasm and if you haven’t seen her post yet, you should definitely go and check it out! She gave great answers! Let’s do this!

1.What is your favorite thing about autumn?

There is so much, I don’t even know where to begin. For one, I like the weather. I was never a fan of warm climate and I like mild days with a little bit of wind. Of course, that can go awry very quickly in autumn. If it’s raining or sometimes already snowing, that is like almost too cold for me. I like the happy medium. However, if it does rain, then there is nothing better than to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea.
Second, I like the colours associated with autumn. The reds and dark greens and all that jazz.
Another perk of autumn is the fact that a ton of new TV shows start airing and books get released. I LOVE THAT!
And last but not least, I like that I can wear layers again. I just feel a lot more comfortable with a jacket on.

2. What book reminds you of your school days?

Our teacher wanted to do something different and not read the Diary of Anne Frank with us, so instead we read Malka Mai by Miriam Pressler in class.  We did some excessive research on the topic and read other novels that took place during WWII as well. It’s not my favourite topic, but it definitely reminds me of school.

3. What cover reminds you of autumn?

16101168The last time I was asked this question, I chose City of Fallen Angels, so I don’t want to use the same one again. Malka Mai looks very autumn-y, but I just used that up as well. I guess in terms of colour, Lola and the Boy Next Door also fits the profile. So that it is!

4. What is your favourite horror or Halloween story?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)23164983I seriously have no idea! I know one thing for sure and that is that I don’t like to be scared. I just don’t get the thrill of it. I suppose Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City has a certain creep factor … Only because of the pictures though. Sorry for not coming up with something better.

 

5. What is your favorite horror or Halloween film?

Uuuh, tough one! I’ve watched horror movies before, but I’d rather forget about them. So, as I’ve mentioned in the previous answer, I am afraid I can’t really recommend anything scary, but I do have something that I used to love watching on Halloween and that’s Halloweentown! I’ve watched all four movies about a gazillion times.

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6. What fall book release are you looking forward to?

I’ve been looking forward to a ton of books and I still haven’t read any of them. But here are some examples. (Click on the covers for more info!)

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7. What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

Hmmm … we are already pretty deep into Autumn, so a couple of the movies I was anticipating were already released. I am so bad at this tag, because I simply cannot answer with just one book/movie. I CAN’T DO IT! Here is a mix of the ones I haven’t seen yet (some are yet to come out, others have already premiered … I am not going to the movies as often as I’d like to).

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8. What are the three books you plan to read this autumn?

I still need to finish Landline and then I have two eArcs I should get to and those are This Song Is (Not) For You and Seven Ways We Lie.

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I Tag:

EVERYONE! I’ve lost sight of who has done what, especially when it comes to Fall Time/Autumn book tags! There are so many! But I bet now that Thanksgiving is over, we all need to brace ourselves for Christmas-themed tags. Either way, I am rambling on. If you want to do the tag, consider yourself tagged!!!

Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!

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I love Fall Season! It brings me a ton of new shows on TV and the perfect weather to stay inside and cuddle up with a book, which the Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag is basically about. I got tagged by my friend Astra from @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels. She just had her one-month-blogging-anniversary, so head over there and check out her fabulous work so far!

Crunching Leaves

The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.

I know that this is a lot of people’s answer, but so what? City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare!

Cozy Sweater

It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

I wanted to go with Fangirl first (which of course give me the fuzzies), but I ultimately went with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I still can’t get over how much I love that book!

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Fall Storm

The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day

Mostly when it’s a stormy day outside, I want something cute and romantic. Something that warms me from the inside, but if I had to choose one book (which I sort of do right now), I would choose Austenland by Shannon Hale. It’s a super fast and super funny read and then I’d watch the movie right afterwards with some hot tea and cookies. Good times!

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Cool Crisp Air

Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

I think Mark Watney from The Martian is one of the coolest characters to ever exist, but there is no way on earth (or Mars) that I would want to trade places with him! So, my default answer is Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices.

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Hot Apple Cider

What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

This is always so difficult! I feel like I am mostly reading things that are either very current or already popular. However, a book that just didn’t let me go ever since I read it was How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Her style of writing took a lot of getting used to and it’s not even one of my all-time favourite books, but that story – it just kept me thinking for a while.

How I Live Now

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens

The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I wasn’t aware that there was such a thing as an embarrassing book cover. The only books I’ve ever hidden are the ones from the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy, simply because I didn’t want to answer questions about them.

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Pumpkin Spice

What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

Chai Tea Latte!!! It’s not a food and I drink that stuff all year round, but who cares? In summer time I simply convert it to an iced Chai Tea Latte!


Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth – Who do you tag?

I tag…

Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Prima @Panda Hearts Books

YOU!

* As always, sorry if you’ve already done the tag and I forgot about it! Also, don’t feel obliged at all!

Fall Review: Casual & Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Usually I review shows that air on the same day, but what can you do, I totally forgot to write the post when the show actually aired.

Casual

Network: Hulu
CastMichaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Tara Lynne Barr, Patrick Heusinger, Nyasha Hatendi, …

A recently divorced woman moves in with her bachelor brother and her daughter. They all try to maneuver the crazy world of dating and staying sane in general.

I did not expect to love this show as much as I did! It’s like a weird Indie movie in TV show format and that’s totally my thing. The awkwardness was palpable, it was hilarious, had smart dialogue and was just generally great. I loved the dynamic between the main cast, especially Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Valerie (Michaela Watkins) as siblings. In my mix it’s not just a comedy but also has a bit of drama mixed in.

I could see this not being everyone’s type of humour, however the show is on my TV Fall list and for now it will most definitely stay there!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Network: The CW
CastRachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Donna Lynne Champlin, …

Young and successful lawyer Rebecca is unhappy with her life, that is until she randomly meets her ex Josh. Even though their meeting only takes minutes, she discovers that she still has feelings for him and he gives her the idea to move across the country to his home town. 

I am so conflicted about this show. On the one hand I am not in love with the musical-aspect of the show, but I did laugh a lot! The title already hints at Rebecca’s behaviour being a little … irrational, but I don’t think she’s actually a nutjob – maybe a little crazy, but aren’t we all? In my mind she didn’t follow Josh across the country for love, but rather to find a way to finally be happy. She chose finding her own way and doing what she wants over guaranteed success and that’s actually kind of brave. But don’t worry, the show’s theme is definitely a light-hearted, uplifting and bubbly one – not all that serious.

My favourite character so far is Greg (Santino Fontana), the barman and a friend of Josh. Also, I think Crazy Ex-Girlfriend works quite well in combination with Jane the Virgin, which is why I will watch a couple more episodes before committing to it for good.

Did you watch either one or both shows? Did you like them or not?

Fall Review: Code Black

Once again I am coming to you with a Fall Premiere of a show. This time it is from CBS and called Code Black!

CastMelanie Chandra, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Marcia Gay Harden, Harry Ford, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzmán, Bonnie Somerville, …

A Code Black is when there are more patients needing help than a hospital can provide due to lack of resources. A normal hospital has this happening about 5 times a year, the Angel’s Memorial an average of 300 times. The show follows the doctors and nurses who have to deal with the craziness.

I thought I was done with medical dramas, but it turns out I am just tired of Grey’s Anatomy. All the others are still fine! Code Black is based off the documentary of the same title by Ryan McGarry. They really tried to push the show with the casting of Marcia Gay Harden as one of the leading tough surgeons, but I recognised some of the other faces too. The characters are fine so far, but not all of them are likable from the beginning. They tried to give each resident their own problems, but what show doesn’t have that?

That’s a bit the problem with Code Black. It focuses on a very unique situation in hospitals, but whereas that should create tension and drama, it still has difficulties distinguishing itself from all the other med dramas out there. Sure, if you like that sort of thing, it’s an entertaining show with lots of blood spilt and suctioned up, but it’s not unique. It is possible that it will develop over time. My Wednesday nights are already pretty full with Chicago PD, Empire, Nashville and some other comedies. Still, I’ll give Code Black a chance, but only for a couple more episodes.

What do you think? Should the producers have taken a look at the market and never even developed the show? Or are you embracing another medical drama?

Fall Review: Quantico and Blood & Oil

Today’s shows are both from ABC. While they do have to work on their CGI, they definitely know all about drama. Here’s what I’ve got for you!

Quantico

CastPriyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Anabelle Acosta, Mark Pellegrino, Brian J. Smith, …

An explosion in the middle of New York, the city is in chaos. Amidst it is young FBI agent Alex Parrish and it seems like she is going to get framed for the whole incident. Now she has to go back to her training at Quantico to find out who of the other cadets or staff could have done this.

The first episode definitely starts with a bang – both literally and figuratively. I can’t believe how many known faces are in this show, I was just like “Oh, I know you from somewhere and you and you …”. At first I thought that the constant switch between present day and the start of the academy was a bit too fast and random, but it worked better as the episode progressed. I like a lot of the characters with my current favourites being Simon, Nimah, Shelby and Ryan, but it’s a ton of information at once. Especially considering how many lies and secrets are uncovered in those first 45 minutes.

I was personally more invested in what’s going on at the Academy, because we still need to get to know everyone and can’t really judge who’s framing Alex from the get go. The whole explosion is just too far in the future and too many pieces are missing inbetween. However, the show knows how to deal with drama and is surprisingly funny at times. I definitely want to continue watching, even though I am still sad that Brian J. Smith‘s character was such a bust.

Blood & Oil

Cast: Chace Crawford, Don Johnson, Scott Michael Foster, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Amber Valletta, India de Beaufort, Adan Canto, Miranda Rae Mayo, Delroy Lindo, …

Billy and Cody gave up everything to make a better life for themselves during the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota. While they are resourceful and hard-working they have no idea what they are getting into, playing with high stakes and rich devils.

This is not my typical TV show. It’s very Dallas-y, which you could probably already guess, and while I appreciate some good soap drama, there is just not much mystery to it. First off, Blood & Oil does not seem realistic at all to me. There are already so many twists and turns, money owed and deeds to pay, they could have easily put those in 3-4 epsiodes. I cannot imagine how they’ll keep up with the pace.

I started watching the show because of the cast, really being excited to see Chace Crawford on TV again. Also, Scott Michael Foster is one of my favourites and he is reprising the role of a rich bad boy. Unfortunately, I think I have to be disappointed and he won’t have a golden heart deep down though. But I am not sure that will be enough to keep me as their viewer. While I do understand the motives of everyone, I don’t really feel sympathetic with a lot of the characters – it’s all happening too fast.

I’m going to stick around for a couple more episodes, hoping for a little slower pace and for the characters actually having to work for what’s coming to them.

So, what do you say? Are you in for the drama?

Fall Review: Heroes Reborn & The Player

Today’s shows are both from NBC. Let’s see what we’ve got!

Heroes Reborn

Cast: Jack Coleman, Ryan Guzman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Gatlin Green, Rya Kihlstedt, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zubrowski, Clé Bennett, Krista Bridges, Lucius Hoyos, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Masi Oka, Francesca Eastwood, Toru Uchikado …

Evos are out in the open and on the brink of achieving peace with humanity, if only it weren’t for a terrorist attack that killed many people and destroyed any chance of reconciliation. Even though the number of evos is as high as ever, they are hunted and once again back in hiding. But there is a reason why they are here and the world needs them for something big is coming.

The first scene starts out with Bennet, a very familiar face, and in the background the music I know so well starts playing – just like that, it was as if the show had never left. I am so happy! As of right now it is still considered a mini-series, but I am hoping that that status might change if it proves to be successful.

However, not everything is the way it was before. There are a ton of new characters and from what I gathered, even more are going to be introduced in the next episodes. The different storylines are a mixed bag, because while some of them are promising, I can’t see the overall connection just yet. There is a LOT of mystery, up to a point where you don’t actually know what’s going on. Also, there are some characters that I like more than others. I really wanted to love Zachary Levi, but he’s making it difficult since he is anti-evo (understandable because of his backstory, but still not good). Tommy’s story (played by Robbie Kay) seems similar to the one of Claire in Season 1 to me. Somehow he’s going to play an important part in saving the world and has people protecting him. Carlos (Ryan Guzman) is interesting because he doesn’t actually have powers but is right in the middle of the action. He will have to inspire people to become heroes. Miko is cool because she can travel into video games, but she seems so detached from all the other stories. There are still so many more characters but I am going to stop right there.

I think it was an interesting start of the series that can be improved though. Still, I am looking forward to more of it.

The Player

Cast: Philip Winchester, Wesley Snipes, Nick Wechsler, Charity Wakefield, Damon Gupton, Cara Buono, …

Alex Kane is a former intelligence officer who now works as a security expert in Las Vegas. When his wife gets murdered, he gets sucked into the strange game of a company that can predict crime. People with too much money are able to gamble on different kinds of stakes here. Alex can help prevent terrible events from happening, but only if he becomes their Player.

This one honestly took me by surprise. I thought it was just another military-guy-becomes-hyped-security-guard-in-Vegas kind of story, but it’s so much more than that. I did not actually watch the trailer before watching the show, so I went in blind. I like the element of crime-prediction and the mystery that surrounds the company that deals with other peoples fates. It doesn’t seem like a realistic show at all, but it is interesting to watch.

The first episode set up so many questions and despite what I initially thought, I am going to continue watching this show.

What did you think about those shows? Did you like them as well?

Fall Review: Limitless, The Muppets & Scream Queens

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I am trying to review a lot of the new Fall Season TV shows. Today there are even three shows I want to talk about and all of them are very different in genre.

Limitless

Network: CBS
Cast: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Bradley Cooper, Ron Rifkin, …

I have to admit that I was positively surprised by this one. As the title already suggests, Limitless is based off the movie of the same title, but I didn’t actually expect it to be an extension of the existing story. It was great to see that Bradley Cooper (who played the main character in the movie) would actually be guest starring in a couple of episodes and therefore be a vital part of the story.

This time around the focus is on Brian Finch, a good guy who’s life isn’t really going anywhere. When his dad gets sick, it is time for him to step up. I liked that he didn’t take NZT-48 (the drug that enhances brain efficiency) for his own good, but mainly to help his dad and later to solve a murder case. I think Jake McDorman, who was very unlucky with his show Manhattan Love Story last year, fits this role alright, but doesn’t exactly stand out. I like his dynamic with Jennifer Carpenter‘s character though.

BUT it’s looking like this will be a sort of crime drama, seen as Finch will be a counselor for the FBI. The drug just becomes an excuse for him to go sherlock-ing around and that’s a bit boring in my opinion. However, I am interested to see how far he’ll be pushing his brain in other areas of his life. For now, I intend to continue watching this show!

The Muppets

Network: ABC

The Muppets is an attempt to bring the show into modern-day TV. I honestly am not sure how exactly I feel about it. It’s all a lot more grown-up now, which is fine, but I just didn’t think it was all that funny.

The show is a mix between a sort of Behind-the-scenes-mockumentary and just “normal” life on set of a late-night talk show. In my opinion it felt a bit forced every now and then and the different celebrity cameos didn’t help that much either. I think the show will have to be careful to not push it too far sometimes. I am sure it will gather a lot of curiosity, not just among nostalgic fans, but I just don’t know if that will be enough for the long-haul. The Muppets is definitely on the brink of loosing me as a viewer.

Scream Queens

Network: FOX
Cast: Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Diego Boneta, Lea Michele, Glen Powell, Nick Jonas, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande, …

Okay, everyone who knows me, knows that this is not my genre. Anything with Horror, even if it’s Comedy-Horror, is just not an area where I feel very comfortable. I am a wuss, I admit it. However, there was such a big hype around Scream Queens and so many big names that I knew, I thought I should at least check it out.

I think the show is ridiculous. I just can’t deal with gross deaths and then some sort of comical scene. Barely any of the characters are really likable (or sane of mind) and that is such a shame because. The only people that really intrigue me so far are the characters of Diego Boneta, Skyler Samuels and Nick Jonas. At times the show is really predictable but then again I do sort of wonder who the serial killer is, but I don’t think I want to know it bad enough to keep watching this week after week. But if they keep killing characters (especially the celebrity kinds) like they did in the first two episodes, there soon won’t be many people left anyway.

In the end, I think you should check it out for yourself, seen as I am not the most reliable source in this kind of genre. Tell me what you think about it in the comments!

So, did you watch any of those shows? What are your thoughts?