Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #44

Since I forgot to post this supposedly weekly wrap-up of what I’ve been watching last week, I wanted to make sure, I actually had something to talk about. And I do!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Wednesday (Season 1)

I used to love the Addams Family movies from the 90s and Wednesday is such an iconic character. I’m personally not the biggest Tim Burton fan, so I was completely unsure as to what this show would look and feel like. I wanted to go in with an open mind though and can say that I enjoyed it quite a lot. This might sound like a strange comparison, but it had some strong Veronica Mars vibes, which is always a plus in my book.

Throughout the show, I thought it was curious just how much focus was put on Wednesday’s romantic life, as that wasn’t something I necessarily expected. (Neither did she, I imagine.) But I really enjoyed seeing her facade crumble a bit. She’d absolutely kill me for saying that, but she’s a big softie on the inside. She can talk about weapons and murder all she likes, but in the end she has a pretty straight forward moral compass and is quite the teenage detective, who even willingly reports information to the police.

The CGI on the monsters wasn’t my favorite thing, but I loved the costumes and set design. It’s great when you have characters that fall into certain color schemes so perfectly. Speaking of characters, I thought we had a well rounded cast with some interesting names for the adults. They also did well with the mystery aspect and misdirecting the audience on several occasions. It was easy to think that Wednesday was often on to something as we had similar information to her.

In conclusion, I’d love another season.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1/Fall Finale)

I hate the fact that I have to wait until 2023 until I know how it continues. Tom is in peril, Calian is out of town, we’re about to learn a bit more about Abby. GIVE. ME. MORE!

Fire Country (Season 1)

Still a really good show, but I’m annoyed by the breaks. Why is it on one week, off the next and then repeat?

Reginald the Vampire (Season 1)

Honestly, I think I’m going to drop the show, I’ve lost interest.

White Lotus (Season 2)

At this point in the season, I can see everyone of them turning into a murderer eventually. Well, except maybe Jennifer Coolidge’s character.

The Sex Lives of College Girls (Season 2)

My girls are BACK and I’m so happy. Their friendship is what makes the show so great, but I can’t help and be super excited about my favorite ship (Bela and Eric) thriving. It’s going to be a great season and I think Gavin Leatherwood made a mistake in leaving the show.

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

I wonder where the Dana and Ian friendship is going to go. I do feel a bit sad that Ian and Poppy’s bond isn’t as front and center this season.

9-1-1 (Season 6)

Uncle Buck. Enough said.

MOVIES

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The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special

Just like with Werewolf by Night, this might not technically be a movie. It’s 40 odd minutes long and a Special Presentation by Marvel. While watching it, I definitely had a couple questions, such as: When did Mantis get so assertive? Who decided that Groot should look like this now?? Where did Nebula get [redacted] from!? Regardless of my confusion at times, you could see that everyone had a lot of fun making this Holiday Special. I thought it was on the mediocre side, but then the last third really hooked me emotionally too. I’m actually looking forward to the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. They’re always entertaining for sure.

Einfach mal was Schönes

Sorry, there was no English trailer available, but I love watching movies Karoline Herfurth not only stars in but also directs. The title roughly translates to “something nice for a change” in meaning and I was fully expecting it to be a romantic comedy. Well, it was not? It was rather a commentary on societal pressure to have kids and family dynamics. It still had very funny parts, but I also bawled my eyes out. If any of you speak German, I think this was a great release, even if it didn’t have enough Aaron Altaras.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #43

I was back at work this week and somehow failed to manage my time properly, so things were super chaotic. Still, I watched some stuff – let’s check it out!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

What a fantastic season and general start to what they are trying to do with the Immortal Universe. The acting of Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid was divine (although the entire cast was amazing with many standout performances throughout), the pacing was slow but delicious and the tension impeccable. It was brutal and yet beautiful to watch. Somehow it felt very intimate, despite being a completely fantastical story. I was really in love with the show as a whole and the nuance and intensity it brought with it. They’ve taken the source material and elevated it, while still keeping fun twists that readers will recognize. I mean, I guessed the reveal for episode 6/7, but it was still so fun to actually see it being said out loud in the final scene of the season.

I genuinely cannot wait for more, because the drama is going to be amped up quite a bit next season and it’s going to be oh so fun. But first, we will see if the Mayfair Witches can keep up!

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

I have so many questions! Is Tom alright? What happened with Calian? Why aren’t there more episodes??

Reginald the Vampire (Season 1)

The vampire assassin lady is crazy and that is what makes this fun.

White Lotus (Season 2)

Just like with Season 1, I find it hard to root for any of the characters, while I adore most of the cast. Let’s see where it goes.

Mythic Quest (Season 3)

I love this show and am so excited to have it back. Especially looking forward to what kind of mischief Brad is up to.

9-1-1 (Season 6)

Is it just me or should Buck have really seen it as a sign that he’s not meant to be a sperm donor? I mean, come on, I still smell disaster brewing when it comes to that decision.

Station 19/Grey’s Anatomy (Season 6/Season 19 Fall Finale Crossover)

The crossover part of this was really negligible, because they could have interacted with each other way more. I was sad to see that Jack’s sister-storyline wasn’t dealt with more, but I loved the spotlight on Hughes and the Fire Chief. I truly wonder what Nick and Meredith are going to do, with her goodbye being imminent in the next episode. If he abandons the intern program, I’ll be sad.

MOVIES

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I had no time for movies this week. Sorry.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #42

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of Sorted Food videos on YouTube for comfort, but I still got quite some regular viewing in as well. Let’s check out the latest TV shows and movies I’ve watched.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself (Season 1)

If you’ve read my monthly wrap-up, you already know that I fell head over heels into this show. Based on the Half Bad book series by Sally Green, The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself would have been the perfect show to watch during the spooky season, but I feel it got lost in the sheer onslaught of content we get these days. I’m not saying it’s a super faithful adaptation, mostly because I’ve only read the first book and can’t remember much, but I still recognized the story in the show.

It’s dark, like really, really messed up sometimes (think “kids in cages” and relentless othering of an individual messed up), but brilliantly acted and well paced. It gives you the necessary time to get to know this particular magical world and to form your own opinion on their system, which is far from perfect. The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself is most of all a discussion on morality, on good vs. bad and how history is written by the victors. It’s hard to pick a side, because things are never as clear cut as many would like to make it out to be.

A stand out part of the show for me was the dynamic between the characters, especially Nathan and his potential love interests. I do have a favorite, but I don’t want to influence you beforehand. I just hope you might give The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself a try, because I think Netflix needs the views to give us another season – and I want one. DESPERATELY.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

I don’t know when I got so invested in this show, but I did, which sucks, because they didn’t get back orders. So, the first season will only consist of 13 episodes and the future of the show is completely unknown. I love the moral ambiguity of it and I kind of want to know who Abby ends up with. If she is the founder of the Walker Ranch, she must have offspring of some sort, right?

Reginald the Vampire (Season 1)

I think the show is actually getting better, but it’s still ridiculous and just doesn’t compare to the fantastic vampire content we’re currently getting.

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

That reveal. THAT REVEAL! I mean … what do we think? Who is he really? (I kept it vague, because I know not everyone has seen episode 6 yet, but please feel free to talk to me about it in the comments!)

Fire Country (Season 1)

They really know how to play up the family drama, without making the situations at work overly dramatic, if that makes sense? Let’s just say that I really enjoy this, but I don’t necessarily know that it can last several seasons. I wouldn’t want the drama between that certain group of people to last forever.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Leslie Odom Jr. was a great addition. This season has not failed me yet.

DC’s Stargirl (Season 3)

Now that the show is officially cancelled, I can say goodbye to it for good.

Station 19 (Season 6)

I asked for more on Jack’s family and the show is giving it to me. However, as a viewer, I don’t understand how so many people on Twitter and elsewhere thought she maybe could have been his daughter. WTF? The siblings plot was so clearly set up.

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)

Lucas got himself into that one with Amelia, he should have clarified it better from the beginning. I’d rather have people think I got something from nepotism than sexual favors? I don’t know why … but yeah. At least this episode explained how Meredith was going to slowly fade out of the show.

MOVIES

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Enola Holmes 2

I really enjoyed the first Enola Holmes movie and was excited for the next one to come around. While the two-year-wait (not at least because of some legal troubles with the source material) was a bit annoying, the movie definitely delivered again. The fact that they based it on actual historical events made it all the better and honestly got me quite emotional. The way women are portrayed in this franchise, the way they are supportive and capable, smart and determined, is everything!

Now, we got introduced to some very iconic characters such as Moriarty and Watson, which have not been featured nearly enough, so I can only hope that they continue to adapt the books and give us more of this series. The way Enola and Sherlock’s relationship has changed and blossomed is worth exploring more and honestly just so much fun. This version of Sherlock is softer, in a way, than many other iterations, but he is still so true to the character we know, just with more layers. I know that Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill are busy people, but I sincerely hope we get to see them as brother and sister again.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #41

I’m sad to see a lot of my shows ending, but I’m still having a really grand time. Maybe I’ll finally have more time to do other stuff come November … I really shouldn’t say that though. It rarely pans out when I claim I want to post more.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

I loved this entire season of Vampire Academy! I know that changes were made to the books, but each actor took so much care in how they portrayed their respective characters, it showed and they stayed so faithful to the spirit of those characters. They were smart in incorporating storylines from later books early on, so that the build up would make sense and things wouldn’t come out of nowhere. It’s helpful that, while Rose is still the main character (as she should be – Sisi Stringer rocked it!), it’s not just told from her POV. We get to see so much more. Also, one of the best things they could have done is remove/reduce the freaky age gap between Rosa and Dimitri – Romitri was my absolute everything! (And I say that with a show that literally has like a minimum of 5 ships to root for.)

Having said all that, I think it still might be a tad confusing for people who have never seen the movie of the same title or read the books. The lore is very particular and they don’t exactly do the best of jobs in explaining everything. They rather rush through it and throw words at the viewers, which they probably have never heard before and don’t know the meaning of.

I’m not someone who trusts Julie Plec, so I was super hesitant to check out her adaptation, but it turned out really well in my humble opinion. It hasn’t been renewed yet, although I sincerely hope that they will. They have a passionate fanbase and a lot ground still left to cover. I’m definitely invested and would love nothing more than to see these people return to my screen. I was so happy and looking forward to the episodes each week.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

It’s very hard to justify why I watched this entire trainwreck of toxic people screwing each other over. Except for Bree, none of them should have rights, because what the heck were they thinking? They weren’t friends, they just psychologically tortured each other.

Set in the early 2000s, there’s definitely a weird sense of nostalgia involved. While you will most likely hate or at least dislike a majority of the characters, their actions don’t feel implausible and thus … you kind of can’t look away? I was so frustrated and wanted to shake some sense into so many characters, I thought I would be glad once the season was over. But, to be completely honest, I still need more. They dropped a bombshell on us in the finale and now I want to see how these problematic folks got there.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

While Season 3 of Lower Decks wasn’t my favorite one, it actually came together really nicely in the end. Most of it was to finally have Mariner accept her place in Starfleet and appreciate it for what it is, but all of the core four characters got their time to shine. Even though some storylines felt random, they eventually pulled together in the final episodes, which I can definitely appreciate. I’m going to continue watching it, if they give me more.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

Glad Kate knows what’s up now. She’s an asset for sure.

Reginald the Vampire (Season 1)

A lot of Maurice backstory this time around, but the show still isn’t hitting as much as other vampire content.

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

This show is so amazingly nuanced but also blunt when it needs to be. I adore how faceted each character is, while at the back of your mind, you know some are irredeemable.

Fire Country (Season 1)

It keeps getting better, although I jinxed it with the ridiculous cases they’d have to deal with. A whole freaking building crumbled this time.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Perfect Halloween episode for this show!

DC’s Stargirl (Season 3)

I’m not as invested as I used to be and I think I just have to accept that.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

It’s incredibly heartbreaking to watch the show, knowing that Leslie Jordan passed away this week.

9-1-1 (Season 6)

We finally got the Karen and Hen backstory and I love that for us!

Station 19 (Season 6)

It’s so sad to see Jack and Maya crumble to pieces, but dang, it really got me when all Jack wanted was to see Prue. She was so excited to see him too. My heart melts for stuff like that.

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)

I couldn’t care less about Teddy and Owen and I’m furious that Teddy is giving bad advice to Link in regards to Joe. Ugh, why are they even still here? Also, please, someone help Schmitt. That poor man is drowning.

MOVIES

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No new movies this week. I hope to add some over the next week, as I’m 1) off work and 2) it’s Halloween!

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #40

Wow, this week really got away from me. I always have plans to post more and yet here we are again. I won’t even attempt to make the promise for next week. Let’s just see where we go from here and talk about what I’ve watched instead!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

The Rings of Power (Season 1)

I want to preface this by saying that I went into the show with a very open mind. Not just do I have zero emotional attachment to the Lord of the Rings movies or books, I also enjoyed other fantasy adaptations of Amazon Prime lately. I mean, I’m a Fantasy fan, so I was basically meant for The Rings of Power, and I don’t want to say that I didn’t enjoy myself, I just feel like I didn’t love it as much as other shows. It was told rather slowly and I hate to admit that I was just plain bored sometimes.

There were several character dynamics I was absolutely here for. The new characters in general were a great addition in my book (although I can’t say I remember all the names), but weirdly, I didn’t have a single favorite character or storyline. Usually, when I watch any sort of media, I latch onto someone in particular, but I just didn’t feel as attached here? The story arcs all made sense and as I said, I enjoyed myself overall, but I’ve definitely been more invested in other tales before.

Regardless, there was some stunning cinematography with this show. Especially the slow motion shots of people on horseback – chef’s kiss! I also loved the Sauron twist, maybe one of my favorite parts of the entire season. I’ll definitely continue to watch future seasons, but like with this one, I might go for a binge when I feel in the right mood instead of watching weekly.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

Not the Sheriff messing with the Deputy now. That man went above and beyond the previous episode and you don’t want to make your number 2 your enemy.

Reginald the Vampire (Season 1)

I hate it with a passion that the most terrible thing the people on this show can think of is a fat vampire.

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

Oh, Claudia. Prime example of why you shouldn’t turn kids, but what a great narrator.

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

I’m so sad that there’s only one more episode left. Where am I going to get my Sisi Stringer and Kieron Moore fix from!?

Fire Country (Season 1)

They got a full season order and I’m so here for it. The personal drama is ramping up and the dangers keep coming, without feeling plucked out of thin air as with the 9-1-1 shows sometimes.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

This one also has one more episode and I have no idea how we will tie up all this toxic stuff. No clue why I watched this show, but literally none of my friends talked about it, so I’m all alone with my thoughts.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Even at the danger of repeating myself, I LOVE this show.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

The last three episodes were the strongest of the season, or, in other words, it just keeps getting better.

DC’s Stargirl (Season 3)

I’m well aware that the storyline we were following this episode was set up last season, but I don’t think this season did a good enough job of keeping it in the back of our minds and including hints of it in the previous episodes. I’m really not a fan of the structuring of this season.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

Wait a minute! Didn’t we break up with perfect Oscar because we didn’t want to have kids? Am I remembering this all wrong!?

9-1-1 (Season 6)

Sooo … we’re just not going to talk about Buck becoming a sperm donor?

Station 19 (Season 6)

Jack and Maya are so infuriating this season. They both worked so hard, not just for their jobs, but also their personal growth and they’re plain torching it this season.

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)

Got it. We’re at the point in the season where everyone starts hooking up. It’s episode 3, what did I expect? With this show we need to create as messy as possible romantic entanglements after all.

MOVIES

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The School for Good and Evil

I was so excited for this movie! While I never read the books for The School for Good and Evil, I was well aware of them and pleased to see them getting an adaptation. The general theme of good vs. evil in fairy tales and such is something “easy” to latch onto and can make for a great story, which The School for Good and Evil succeeded in doing. Some “twists” were to be expected, but they still weren’t badly executed. I was also glad to see it get 2.5 hours as a movie, which it needed, but ultimately felt like this might have worked better as a show.

There was a whole lot of heart in this movie (Sofia Wylie especially was amazing) and I had a great time, but I felt like we could have explored so many themes and character choices/developments in greater detail. I don’t necessarily think that we needed to tell the story itself slower, but just linger on some moments. Still, I hope we get a lot of sequels, because I’d like to see more.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #39

Oh boy, I did not mean to post this so late in the week, but here we are again. I’m incorrigible. Still, I hope you enjoy my recap on what I have watched this past week.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

She-Hulk (Season 1)

Overall, I think it’s no secret that I enjoyed She-Hulk a lot. I thought the humor was great, I liked the more light-hearted approach and how they had fun with a lot of established characters. There’s something to be said about them really going for something completely different for the finale, not the typical action-packed fight, but somehow … I didn’t exactly love it?

I know this is very much on par with She-Hulks comics, I love those callbacks, I loved the 4th wall breaks, I even loved the subversion of expectations by bringing K.E.V.I.N. into the mix. Jen was completely right by not wanting her finale to be exactly as so many before, but when she says what the finale should be like, we never actually get to see it. And even though it seems like she gets everything the way she discussed with the AI overlord looking after Marvel projects, most of the things that she didn’t want to happen in the fight, still happened, just even more rushed.

I definitely sound saltier than I am, because I didn’t have a bad time watching the show or the finale. I just think that Marvel really struggles with the endings to their TV shows. They all get treated as prequels for movies or future seasons that will happen in an entirely different MCU phase, so that ends up frustrating me sometimes.

I will forever cherish the fact that She-Hulk gave me back my Daredevil though. I could watch Jen and Matt smash and be domestic for hours on end. Not even exaggerating! Oh, and Pug!? What a great character. He had such a hard time pretending to be gross. Nikki was just the kind of fierce friend we all need and we shall never forget the comedic duo that was Wongers and Madisynn.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

Walker: Independence (Season 1)

I’m quite surprised that I got sucked into this one. I watched the first season of Walker, but than kind of lost interest after a certain character died. Now … in a roundabout way, they brought them back with this one and the actor who plays Calian is also mesmerizing. The one thing I really have to criticize is that a lot of the characters just don’t look like they live in the wild west, especially Kat McNamara. This has nothing to do with her performance, but the way her hair and make-up is done mostly.

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

What can I say? This show has me compelled for sure. I’m really interested to see the next episode, but Lestat being jealous after being the one to suggest an open relationship – pure comedy!

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

I know how much Kieron appreciated getting to do this episode and I love that for him, but Dimitri was being an idiot. There’s no way around that.

Fire Country (Season 1)

I’m really glad I added Fire Country to my roster of firefighter shows. The drama is impeccable.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

When are all those lies going to blow up in their faces? Seven years later, there’s clearly a lot of tension there.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

As always, I just really enjoy the performances. We also got to see Melissa’s home, which was cool.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

I had been looking forward to this episode for a while and I’m glad it turned out to be a favorite of the season.

DC’s Stargirl (Season 3)

I feel like I was supposed to know who/what was shown on that puzzle, but I just have no idea.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

Not entirely sure I can see Kat with a baby, even after this episode.

9-1-1 (Season 6)

How can there be two firefighter shows that both give the commitment issue guy a sperm donor plot at the same time? For crying out loud, Buck could never walk away from his own bio kid … this is ridiculous.

Station 19 (Season 6)

I like almost all the current plotlines, except for Maya’s. I’m just really frustrated with her (well, and Jack).

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)

The new interns are great! Could do without Owen and Teddy to be perfectly honest, but I’ll survive. I just can’t believe someone would rather have his peers think he’s hooking up with a superior rather than that they’re related. It’s gonna come out eventually.

MOVIES

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Rosaline

When I first heard about the movie Rosaline, I immediately thought of my lost love that was the TV show Still Star-Crossed. But this? It’s something very different and I was here for it too.

Rosaline, as played by Kaitlyn Dever, absolutely deserved her main character moment. I loved watching her character be snarky, make mistakes and trying to redeem them. I liked that it felt modern and like a historic piece at the same time. Much in the likes of Dickinson and similar content, they just got the balance right. Sean Teale as Dario was perfection and I was glad that some stupid plot points of the traditional “Romeo and Juliet” tale were made fun of in the process.

It wasn’t a perfect movie and I’m not sure how long it will actually stay in my mind, but I had a great time while watching it. I think that counts the most.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #38

I got 10K steps in before noon, I’m fully immersed in my firefighter and spooky season TV stuff. These are good days! So, let’s talk about the latest movies and shows I’ve watched!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Derry Girls (Season 3/Final Season)

I know I’m late, but Netflix just dropped the new season, okay!?

Derry Girls has always been a fantastic show, managing to bring actual history to the screen while simultaneously being just plain hilarious. When I heard that this would be their last season, I was a bit sad, but at the same time knew that it’s better to have a great ending to something you love than to see it fizzle out into nothingness over time. And Derry Girls delivered on that final season!

We’ve had seven really great episodes about friendship, family, love, life and making hard decisions. I laughed, I cried, I felt all the feels. They could have easily taken up too much time with the potential romances, but instead they really managed to focus on what was important and hinted at just enough of what was possible to keep it sweet and engaging. I’m glad it ended on the note it did!

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Season 1)

THIS. WAS. MY. FAVORITE. EPISODE. SO. FAR! Did I go in wanting Matt and Jen to hook up? Not necessarily, no. But their chemistry was so great and flirty Matt is super accurate to the comics. I love this for him.

Interview with the Vampire (Season 1)

I watched the first two episodes and I’m in love! Jacob Anderson (aka Raleigh Ritchie) and Sam Reid are acting circles around the iterations of Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. It’s a very intense show, but I’m here for al lof it.

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

Those Romitri scenes really did it for me, because domestic Romitri is the best. I mean, that boat scene? Where he envelopes her with his coat!? Perfection.

Fire Country (Season 1)

Yes, I have added yet another firefighter show, but I like the twist of this one, as it is about convicts helping fight fires in order to lessen their sentence. The drama is top notch after just one episode.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

I get that what Drew did was wrong and should have consequences, but if he hurts himself, because of how these people treat him, I’m about to fight someone.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

Not the Story Samurai! Glad Jacob embraced his corniness.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

Did not expect to get another megalomaniac robot episode, but boy, did I enjoy this one. *imagine me doing a bird call and gathering my flock for next week’s episode*

DC’s Stargirl (Season 3)

At this point, I’m just very confused about the whole murder mystery and somewhat annoyed if they introduce someone entirely new out of the blue.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

Not vibing with this season as much, which is a shame.

9-1-1 (Season 6)

Athena and Bobby are amazing characters, so I’m truly not mad that they had a focus episode. I do want my Buck back though.

Station 19 (Season 6)

I was mainly interested to see how Jack was doing, but now I’m mad. So much character growth out the window.

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19)

A while back, I swore off Grey’s, because I got so tired of it. The first seasons were just so much better, but this? This is giving me early Grey’s vibes. For now, they have me back.

MOVIES

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Werewolf by Night

Can we call it a movie? It’s 53 minutes long (with credits) and marketed as a special, but you know what? I’m going to call it a movie.

Inspired by 30s to 40s movie making, the look for Werewolf by Night is very much distinguished from the rest of the MCU. While the intro tries to make a flimsy connection to the grand scheme of things, it does feel kind of just out there and you can easily watch it without any Marvel knowledge – which, at this point, is a plus. Not everyone has the time to binge through 30ish properties just to understand one special and I say that as someone who has literally watched almost everything.

I have very little notes on this one. I loved the acting, I loved the distinct style, I loved the reverse narrative of monsters/hunters, I loved that this was the movie to kick off my spooky season. Sure, there’s much still to explore, as this was super short-lived, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #37

I know it’s the last day of the month, but I’m afraid the actual September wrap-up will have to wait until Monday, which is also when I’ll go into a bit more depth on why I’ve been so busy and unable to blog. For now, let’s talk about some shows and movies I watched!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Heartbreak High (Season 1)

Heartbreak High on Netflix is the reboot of a very popular Australian show from the 90s and I’m here for it. I can’t speak to the original at all, as that’s not something that was airing where I lived, but I’m head over heels into this one and think it’s actually a good show for Gen Z. Someone said it’s like if Euphoria and Grand Army had a baby and it grew up in Australia, and I can totally see that?

First of all, the cast is racially diverse, not all characters/actors are neurotypical and there’s some good representation of different gender and sexual identities. Yay for non-binary main characters and an ace character as well, because we know that the latter mostly only appear in animated shows for some weird reason.
Secondly, while all the characters are deeply flawed in their own ways, they are (mostly) easy to root for and relate to. You don’t have to agree with their actions, but I found it so easy to get invested in their drama. I 100% hope that the show generates some buzz, because I NEED another season.
Lastly, the trailer doesn’t do it justice. Like … at all.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Season 1)

I liked this week better than the last one, just because the group session with some of Marvel’s most obscure characters was so much fun. Also, we knew Josh was shady, right?

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

I continue to be utterly in love with this show. I know it’s not perfect, but I like the cast and story a lot. It’s currently the show I’m most looking forward to each and every week and I’m going to be so sad that the first season will be over in only a couple of weeks. At least we got so much packed into the episodes already. I mean, we just met Adrian!

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

These people continue to be highly problematic. Stephen is worse for sure, but Lucy is no angel.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

That cold open was everything!

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

I weirdly don’t feel as invested this season, but it might just take a couple more episodes. I saw a clip for episode 8 or 9 and really want to know what that was about.

Call Me Kat (Season 3)

I had no idea this show was back, but I hope it’s going to be another fun season.

9-1-1 (Season 6)

They always have to traumatize someone on these shows, don’t they? I just hope Hen is going to be alright. Also, Buck, get an actual couch.

MOVIES

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Meet Cute

I’m not the biggest fan of Pete Davidson or Kaley Cuoco, but I was looking forward to this movie. I like romcoms, I like time travel, I like a good twist – now, imagine my disappointment when I didn’t vibe with Meet Cute at all. I think some subtlety in the beginning would have gone a long way, but it started out whacky and got even more so over time. It also turned out to be rather heavy, without letting those heavy moments work or letting the viewer sit with it really.

In the end, I didn’t feel like I enjoyed myself at all. Yes, there were one or two actually cute moments, but overall, this felt rather unhealthy and I wasn’t rooting for that ending in any way. It’s a shame when a movie is a miss like that.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #36

There’s so much I want to do, but definitely not enough hours in the day to do it all. I’ve been on a rigorous workout schedule, I’ve been writing my Fantasy novel and just had a ton of work in general – blogging, unfortunately, took a backseat through all of this. Finding the balance is always hard, but at least I have my two posts a week that I can (hopefully) still entertain you with. Let’s check out what shows and movies I’ve been watching.

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

I haven’t finished anything, but the number of shows that are airing on a weekly basis has increased a lot.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Season 1)

Jen wasn’t wrong when she said that the wedding episode came at a really inopportune time during the season. That’s all I’m going to say about it.

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

Episode 5 of Vampire Academy was so freaking intense and had me on the edge of my seat. I’m truly in love with the show and I don’t know if it’s the formidable cast or me always craving vampire content, but I’m happy. If only I could binge it in one go.

Monarch (Season 1)

Very interesting choice to market Monarch with Susan Sarandon and then do … that. It’s a mix between Nashville, Empire and Dynasty, which can be entertaining, but I haven’t been completely hooked by the mystery yet. I could have done without any deaths and just the interpersonal drama.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

Is anyone out there rooting for Stephen and Lucy to actually be together? Because I sure as heck am not and think they’re both better off without the other one.

Abbott Elementary (Season 2)

It’s BACK and it had such a great season opener. I weirdly don’t watch that many sitcoms anymore, but Abbott Elementary has my heart and I’m rooting for this show to keep going strong.

The Cleaning Lady (Season 2)

I really enjoyed season 1 of the show, but I might possibly be in a bit of a slump with crime stuff, because I’m not as enthusiastic about it now. I’ll give it more time to get back into it though.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

The Rutherford storyline was the more interesting one to me, but it’s always great to see Boimler snap.

Stargirl (Season 3)

It’s so frustrating to see how slowly the ships on this progress. If this is potentially the final season, I need way more Beth and Rick interactions. Just sayin’ … We all remember this era on my insta, right?

9-1-1 (Season 6)

Me and firefighter content. The fact that the return of Station 19 is also nigh, I’m content.

MOVIES

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Where the Crawdads Sing

So … I loved the book (review can be found here), but then I learned some stuff about the author and was really turned off by the whole thing. I also didn’t necessarily feel like giving the movie a platform, but I kind of adore Daisy Edgar-Jones? Long story short, I ended up watching the movie and am not too sad about the fact that it’s on the mediocre side. I think the actors all did a great job with the material they were given, but the adaptation just doesn’t work as well as the book because of pacing and story issues. The final twist barely has any impact, because it comes out of nowhere. The more linear storytelling makes it feel predictable and cheesy. I think this could have been done in a more thrilling way.

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!

Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #35

I’m still in shock over the things that happened on Critical Role these past weeks and I was swamped with work and other stuff, but I did manage to write a little bit for my Fantasy novel – I call that a win! Anyway, I also distracted myself with some good old TV shows and movies, let’s check them out!

FINISHED TV SHOWS/SEASONS

Bee and PuppyCat (Season 1 or 2??)

Okay, so … this Netflix show is a sequel and/or reboot of an existing show. I was very confused while watching it, because this was my first experience with the Bee and PuppyCat, but at the same time, I couldn’t stop watching. I didn’t understand half of what was going on in all its ridiculousness, but I enjoyed myself and genuinely hope there will be more.

Fate: The Winx Saga (Season 2)

Fate is one of my guilty pleasures, it’s as simple as that. The new season released yesterday and I flew through it. I’m glad we finally got Flora, because what were they thinking when they didn’t include her in the first season, but I feel like they want to get closer to the source material now in general. I mean … there were hints at characters and relationships that I definitely remember from way back when …

There’s just something about the look of the show or the acting where I can’t fully take it serious, while they seem to take themselves super seriously. But I still binged it, so who am I to talk.

WEEKLY TV SHOWS

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Season 1)

I’m glad the lawsuit was as easily resolved as I thought it would, but I vastly devastated at the lack of post-credit scene. I’ve gotten so used to it in this show and the episodes are so short. But we all know which cameo is coming soon and I CANNOT WAIT!

Vampire Academy (Season 1)

The first four episodes dropped and I enjoyed them so much. I’ve originally wanted to check out the show because of Kieron Moore as Dimitri, but I’ve quickly fallen for most of the cast. I haven’t read the books, only watched the movie, but I’m having a great time with this vampire renaissance.

Tell Me Lies (Season 1)

It’s just getting worse … why are they so toxic in their relationships?

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 3)

Usually, I’d put the finale of a show in the above section, but I don’t have that much to say. I thought it was the best decision ever to focus more on Gina. She’s a star.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 3)

The engineers not being able to relax and working even in their downtime is peak me.

Stargirl (Season 3)

I can’t wait to see where we go with Icicle Jr. this season. Him and Rick are gonna clash for sure.

MOVIES

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Do Revenge

I’m so in love with Do Revenge! The pastel colors, the over the top characters, the soundtrack – all impeccable. And while the story seems like something you’ve seen before and where you feel like you can predict the outcome, there’s some really good mini-twists in there that make it all the more fun. It was a near perfect movie and it had a cast from like every show I’ve ever watched. I’m serious, there was someone from Stranger Things, Riverdale, Euphoria, Outer Banks, Love Victor, Ms. Marvel, 13 Reasons Why, Katie & Alexa, Game of Thrones … they really went hard when they assembled this cast.

Overall verdict – this movie is just a lot of fun! Also, I love Oscar Winner Olivia Colman. (You’ll get the reference once you watch the movie.)

Did you watch anything I’ve watched? Are there some movies/shows I should check out? Let’s talk about that!