What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #36

I still owe you a couple mini-reviews to the stuff I have watched lately. I actually got around to way more than I thought I did, although at least two of those shows were streamed while I barely looked at them drawing all the time, but still … I say they count.

Dark (Season 3/Final Season)

I cannot tell you how happy I was with this final season!

I hope you all know how much I adored this show, but I, unlike my much wiser friends, did not 100% believe that the producers planned every minute detail and had a solid plan. I was legit terrified they would ruin it in the end, but it completely made sense. Of course, there wasn’t going to be a super happy ever after or anything like that, but I found the finale we got very fitting.

There were only two or three decisions that I didn’t 100% understand or back the way they did them. But once again, super impressive casting choices and smart storytelling. I was really wistful when it came to the end and think it is one of the best German (and international) shows to ever come out of Netflix. Pro tip: watch it with subtitles and not dubbed! The cadence of the voices is far better that way.

If you want to talk about it in more detail with me, feel free to do so in the comment section. I just don’t want to spoil anyone who has yet to watch it.

For fans of: complex shows, time travel, different realities, international Netflix content

The Baby-Sitters Club (Season 1)

Unlike a lot of people on Twitter, I have never read or watched anything regarding the Baby-Sitters Club before. Maybe, and even that is a huge stretch, I have seen some film stills, but I would not have known what it is or where it’s from. I just think it’s more of an American thing? I could be totally off-base with that, but I can assure you that it’s nothing anyone would know in my country.

However, having said all that, I get why people like it. The kids, despite their young age, are super relatable and have complex and not just comedy-based interests and relationships. It talks about serious topics, but also has a light-hearted feel to it. While I don’t think this show will be a huge priority for me moving forward, I am still glad I watched it.

I’ve read everything from “It’s better than the books” to “the best adaptation yet”, so I feel pretty good about this being my first real contact with the matter. I can really recommend it, not just to parents who want to talk about more serious topics with their kids in a productive way, but also just for people who enjoy the nostalgia and cuteness of it all.

For fans of: kids being relatable, children with actual fully developed personalities, the books and the previous movies (?)

Warrior Nun (Season 1)

I kind of like shows that mess with angels and demons and I could not tell you why that is the case, it just is!

Warrior Nun is based on a comic series from the 90s, but Netflix definitely made it more angsty. The dialogue and the voice over from the main character can be … cringey to say the least. I think it has a lot to do with the actors and actresses being from a lot of different countries and sometimes they sound a bit off in their non-native tongue … like the intonation is just the tiniest bit different? If you can overlook that though, I think it’s a decent enough show.

I have to admit that I mostly wanted to check it out because Emilio Sakraya is in it and that would mean that non-German people would discover him and I had to know how he did! But, I kind of liked it overall, with Emilio being the lesser interesting part. However, beware of a cliffhanger at the end, with a lot of potential for another season.

Overall, this is a show that needs to grow on you and definitely needs a couple episodes to either win you over or not … and then it’s best to skip it.

For fans of: religion as undercurrent of story, action sequences, the og material?

The High Note

You all know how much I loved Late Night and this is basically the same just in music instead of comedy. I’m not even joking, the movies have the same director and both are about women lifting up women in a very competitive field. Like, it’s such a simple premise, but I am here for it!

First of all, the soundtrack for the movie is really beautiful and I would have gladly listened to the songs on repeat afterwards. I liked the lore they built around the characters and while I found the plot predictable, I still enjoyed the journey.

Lastly, this is not a movie that will stay with you forever (even though, if it does, all the more power to you), but it is a nice way to pass time. I am pretty sure you will come out of this movie with a fuzzy feeling inside of you and a smile on your face and sometimes that’s all I want/need from a film.

For fans of: Late Night (the movie), sweet but kind of forgettable stories, music industry setting

That’s it from me today! What do you all think? Do you have any interest in watching these shows as well? Have you already watched them? Let’s talk!

Downton Abbey Season 6 Premiere

So, the beginning of the end has started. As announced in my post about the Trailer for Season 6 of Downton Abbey, this will be the final season. If you haven’t watched the first episode of Season 6 yet, then beware of Spoilers!!

I don’t see the point of really reviewing the episode as such. I’ve always liked the pace and writing of Downton Abbey and I was glad to see that not much has changed in that department. Except for the fact that we are now already in the year 1925, it seems the show will approach the final season in its usual charming and calm style. My heart swells every time I hear the title theme and I am just so happy to have the show back. (Also, I am not giving up on the possible sequels in the shape of movies!). So, instead you’ll get a recap of what is going on with the different characters and my thoughts about it:

  • Times are changing and even the family at Downton can’t deny that. They need less and less staff and see their friends giving up on their estates altogether. I suppose this is foreshadowing of what we can expect to happen to Lord Grantham as well, seen as society is evolving and classes are broken down.
  • Thomas was so adorable with little George and Marigold. He gives them piggyback rides and entertains them the whole day. I am always happy to see a kinder and softer side of him.
  • Right in the beginning Mary gets blackmailed by a maid from the hotel where she had her little indiscretion. It is all handled by the Lord himself, who pays the lady and even acquires a signed confession. Mary is really lucky that her parents handle things like that for her, but it all just boils down to her not wanting to get with a man she doesn’t truly love. So, I am guessing that this season will be devoted to finding the right person for her.
  • Edith struggles with people not taking her serious as the owner of the newspaper and she’s currently considering moving to London. She sort of lives in the shadow of Mary at Downton, so I think it would be great for her to go her own way. However, I would be missing her at the estate. She’s really grown on me over the years, considering that I didn’t like her at all in the beginning.
  • Ms Hughes and Carson still haven’t set a date for their wedding, because Ms Hughes is afraid of the physical aspect of their relationship as soon as they’re married. But Carson handles it all great! Those two are an amazing couple and it is only sad to think that it took them so long to really get together.
  • At first it seems that Anna and Bates are still not happy, even though they would so deserve it. The unresolved issue with Anna’s rape charges weighs heavy on them and it seems that Anna has troubles getting pregnant. Bates is, as always, the perfect husband and reassures her in every way possible. By the end of the episode they hear that there’s finally a witness found and that Anna is safe. The whole house celebrates and they are happy for a bit, but I guess that the baby-topic will remain a subject in following episodes.
  • Lady Grantham and Ms Crowley are fighting over the future of the hospital and the Doc gets in the middle of it. Those two really have one of the most fun relationships on the show!
  • Mr Mason is about to loose his farm and Daisy strongly voices her opinion. It’s amazing to see how much she has changed and that she’s now truly standing up for what she believes (even if it gets her in trouble sometimes).
  • Ms Denkers is mean as always, spreading rumours among the staff and I actually wouldn’t mind if Lady Grantham let her go.
  • Since Tom and Rose are both currently in America, they were only mentioned in the episode. I missed them both dearly and hope that they’ll make a final appearance towards the end!

So, what did you make of the Season 6 Premiere? Who’s story are you most looking forward to this season?

Downton Abbey Final Series Trailer

I still can’t believe that’s it … on September 20 this year, the final season of Downton Abbey will air on itv. I love the show to bits and am really sad it’s ending, but there is always the consolation that there might be one or two movies with the cast afterwards, continuing the story at least a little bit.

So, as you can tell from the trailer below, it will be a very emotional farewell. Time to say goodbye …

There are surprisingly few Spoilers coursing through the internet about this. However, it is suggested that the Crawleys will probably have to sell off parts of their estate and let go some staff to adjust to the economy.

What are your thoughts on the final season? I bet tears will be involved …

The Newsroom Series Finale

I am profoundly sad that the Newsroom is over. It’s like an era that has come to an end … the show will always have a special place in my heart. Beware of Spoilers for the Series Finale right ahead!

The video above pretty much sumarises all my thoughts about the finale. “What Kind of Day Has It Been” has been used for many a series finale by Aaron Sorkin and it fit this episode as much as any other. We reminisce about how it all started and how we got to the place we are today. I love the idealism of quality journalism, the need to inform the people and the heart and wit of every single character … just everything that the Newsroom stands for. I am going to miss it so very much!

But let’s look at it one last time:

  • This last episode was really an ode to Charlie’s character. We start at his funeral and begin to see that he was the one bringing the entire team together, keeping them together and fighting for them until the end. I love that we got to see that he wasn’t just a great co-worker and boss, but also a real family man.
  • Don and Sloan – I’ve grown to love them even more during the course of this series. They thought they were partially responsible for Charlie’s death, which was really heartbreaking to watch, when Charlie was in reality still counting on them to fight him. In the end, Don gets offered the position of Executive Producer of Newsnight, but refuses in order to stay EP for 10 o’clock with Sloan – they are on to something (good) there!
  • Neal comes back! Finally, he can set foot on American soil again without having to fear getting arrested and the first thing he does is scold the new guys from digital for ruining his effort of building a website with integrity. I was just so happy to see Dev Patel again. His storyline was really interesting and it’s a shame he wasn’t actually more part of it.
  • Maggie and Jim are finally (!!!) dating. After three years of ups and downs they are together now, but in that very moment they are about to become a couple, Maggie gets a job offer as Field Producer in Washington DC. Since Jim recommended her for the job, she fears that this means the end of their relationship, but he just truly thinks that she’s most suitable for the job. After he becomes Executive Producer of Newsnight, he offers her the job of Senior Producer, but she refuses. Instead she wants to try her luck in DC. For the first time in his life, Jim is willing to go the distance, because he loves Maggie and says that so very casually after three days of dating, that she can’t feel anything other than surprise. You have to love them!
  • Will was supposed to give a eulogy at Charlie’s funeral, but he couldn’t actually do it until much later. He also promises Charlie’s grandsons to be there for them. Additionally, he finds out that MacKenzie is pregnant, which spreads like wildfire after he accidentally spills the news to some co-workers. Also, after Lucas Pruit has some serious PR issues, he makes Mac (with some little help of Leona) the new Director of the News Division and therefore Charlie’s successor. I’m glad everything’s working out for the two of them.
  • As cheesy as it was, I loved the little musical performance of the guys, when they played “How I Got to Memphis” in the garage.

What were your favourite parts of the Series finale as well as the show as a whole? Did you enjoy it or was the Newsroom something that just wasn’t your thing?

The Newsroom – Season 3 Premiere

I am so happy to have this show back on screen! If you have no idea what The Newsroom is, I’m sorry, but you must have lived under a rock the past years. Click here to read my post from back in the days, which should give you enough reasons to start watching it soon! But this isn’t just a post about the show in general, instead it’s about the third and final Season PremiereSpoilers ahead!

It is so exhilarating to be back in the Newsroom. Seen as the show is one of the smartest and most perfectly written dramas on TV right now, I am sad to see it go. But let’s face it, the show always had an expiration date stamped on, because you cannot continue to tell stories like this forever, without losing credibility. Yet, Aaron Sorkin, creator and writer of the show, made sure that they’d go out with a bang!

The first episode throws us back to 2013 and the bombing during the Boston Marathon. After the Genoa debacle, they want to do everything right and won’t air anything without double confirmation of respectable sources. The events of season 2 have definitely left their traces and our Newsroom heroes are all on different pages now. Let’s break it down a little:

  • The whole team seems a bit cautious when it comes to reporting the news now. In fact, they are about the last channel that actually talks about the bombing. Also, they only want to use credible sources, which of course is nothing bad, but Twitter and other social media sites spread information like wildfire and the Newsroom doesn’t acknowledge this new development at all. Of course you’d still need proper confirmation before airing, but sometimes it’s good not to discredit all social media sources.
  • Will and Mac are planning their wedding (about time!) when they find out about the bombing. They don’t seem as confident as they used to be to me, at least not when it comes to their job. But they still have their team’s back and would go the extra mile for them. Will wants to quit after hearing that ACN ratings went down, but I think he reconsidered by the end of the episode.
  • Neal seems to have landed a big fish, when someone tries to give him confidential documents. After receiving the classified information though, Neal wants something more concrete from the whistleblower. By asking for that, he commits a federal crime himself by inspiring someone to espionage. At least he needs a lawyer now and that means the re-entry of Rebecca Halliday into the show.
  • Sloan and Don are the best together! I just love them – individually and as a couple. Throughout the episode Sloan discovers that there is a hostile takeover in store for ACN and warns Reese about it.
  • Reese Lancing isn’t a character many people like – why would they? But I just can’t stop picturing Danny Castellano from the Mindy Project, so I’m glad the Newsroom staff has his back.
  • At the beginning it seems like everyone doubts that Maggie is still cut out for the job. But she gets to go to Boston with Elliot and does quite well there, until she accidentally gives Elliot a chicken salad with nuts, although he’s allergic to them. You’d think that he’d get really angry, but he tells her to go on air instead of him and she is brilliant. You go Maggie! And at least we also know that Jim never doubted her!

I still love the show to bits and can’t wait for next week. Let’s just hope it ends as well as the first episode did – “We’re not in the middle of a third act; we just got to the end of the first!” That seems highly promising to me. What do you think?

The Final Season of Misfits

Misfits is by far one of my favourite British TV shows. It started airing on the network Channel 4 in 2009 and has just started it’s fifth and final season. While I do love the show, I feel like it has reached a point where it’s supposed to end.

The premise is easy. A bunch of young offenders get hit by lightning during a freak-electrical storm and get the weirdest kinds of superpowers from that. Ironic as it is, these not exactly model-citizens get thrown into situations where they have to be the heroes (not without killing a probabtion worker every now and then though). It is partially vulgar, very witty and shows a great example of British humour, but somehow it is just not as good as it was before.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show and doesn’t want to be spoilered: You should stop reading now! I don’t want to be responsible for ruining the experience for anyone!

While the show is still not bad, I think it sort of went downhill when one of the earlier cast-members, Robert Sheehan, left after the second season and got “replaced” by Joseph Gilgun as the funny one of the bunch. After that more and more cast-members left, so that by the end of the third season only two regulars were still in it. Since season four only featured Nathan Stewart-Jarrett for half the season, because Lauren Socha got kicked out (apparently not because of her recent conviction, but I do think that that was part of the decision to not let her return). After that Joseph Gilgun became the new veteran of the show and had to deal with four new mates. In my opinion, it is alright to change actors every now and then, but changing almost the entire cast in such little time is too much. The storylines got weirder too, and while I do think that Alisha’s and Simon’s endless love-loop is very romantic, I also think that it was the same season (series 3) that lacked creative story-telling. So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons why the show should end.

I did get used to Joseph Gilgun by now and I really like him as Rudy, but I still need time for the other newbys. I guess I just really miss Iwan Rheon (who’s now in Vicious and Game of Thrones) and Robert Sheehan (who’s latest appearance was in City of Bones) and Lauren’s accent, but I can’t change anything about them not being in the show anymore.

The main actors and actresses over the seasons include: Robert Sheehan, Lauren Socha, Iwan Rheon, Antonia Thomas, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Carla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Matt Stokoe, Natasha O’Keeffe, … Furthermore, the show was created by Howard Overman, who also co-wrote the script with Jon Brown.

What do you think about the show? Could it go on forever or is it time to go for our superheroes?