What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #42

I have focused on only a few things to watch these past weeks since my last post, but I still wanted to share with you. It’s going to be a lot shorter than usually though!

A Million Little Things (Season 1-2)

TW: suicide, depression

I was caught off guard by just how much I loved this show. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, because the subject matter is really heavy and while I like that it talks about suicide and depression openly, I also know that it can be detrimental to the mental health of some to be confronted with that over a longer period of time.

What I adored most was that this was an adult friend group, who met as adults (cause not everyone keeps all their childhood friends) and that they really found a family in each other. Obviously, there are a lot points of conflict, but I like the way they handled most of them. There’s two characters that have easily become all time favourites (what’s up Gary and Katherine) and two that I think don’t deserve rights (go away Eddie and Delilah), but I just love being on a journey with all of them.

Filming for Season 3 is underway in Vancouver (although currently paused due to delays in the covid testing lab) and I am pumped for more episodes in November.

For fans of: found family drama, stuff that will make you cry, ensemble casts

Black Lightning (Season 2-3)

I just really played catch up on a lot of shows. Black Lightning is always such a refreshing superhero show to watch on the CW, because it is not so obviously tied to everything else in the Arrowverse (even if they did a crossover for Crisis on Infinite Earths or whatever it was called). Add to that the fact that it is a majority Black cast and I am happy for people to see themselves represented in that genre.

I had already watched half of Season 2, until a certain someone got their spine ripped out, and then it took me a long while to keep going. Season 3 felt a bit different than the previous ones, but I enjoy binging it on Netflix always (although my country always adds it pretty late, which is why I am always late). Still, Jenn and Khalil are mostly what I am here for? 

For fans of: CW superhero shows

Lucifer (Season 5)

I know how much everyone loves this show and I am so happy for them, but … I was not that invested this (first part of?) season 5. The thing is, I got bored with the whole Lucifer and Chloe thing and the other struggles felt very predictable as well. I guessed … everything and every plot twist (and I blame casting for a certain twist especially). On top of that, I wish they hadn’t shown the Michael dilemma in the trailer already, it would have been so much more fun to discover while watching the show.

Not saying it’s a bad show, but also not sad that it will end soon?

For fans of: celestial drama shenanigans paired with crime

Enola Holmes

This was way more fun than I expected it to be!

First of all, yes, I agree that Henry Cavill is slightly too handsome to be Sherlock. He also played the character very soft and emotionally aware and while I loved that … it didn’t feel as Sherlock as other iterations. But then, this is about Enola and her being a non-canon character in that universe and therefore Sherlock can also be his own version? Hope that made sense.

Anyway, I adored the 4th-wall-breaks of Millie as Enola. While watching, I kept comparing it to the 4th-wall-breaks of Fleabag and that makes all the more sense (despite them being such different genres and for different target groups), because the show and this movie had the same director.

It was fast paced and quick witted. The dynamics between the characters were golden and I would absolutely love to see them continuing to adapt the rest of the books with this cast. Also, very much enjoyed the parallels to current topics that made it feel relevant in many ways.

For fans of: teen non-canon Sherlock version with far more current topics than expected


Did you watch any of these as well? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #13

Since I can’t seem to come up with a more creative title, I am really curious to see to what number I will get with that feature. Anyway, I am sorry for the not very varied content on the blog at the moment. It’s been … a couple of very particular months for me. I just hope you still enjoy the little bit I have to offer and let’s dive into what I’ve watched.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1-2)

This is one of my absolute favourite shows now! I know, I know … I am late to the party and all that jazz, but I have found Midge Maisel and I am happy I did. She’s an icon and even if she wasn’t a real person and only partially inspired by actual living people, her fictional persona is priceless. To think how little women were allowed to do just 50-60 odd years ago, how far we have come and how far we can still go. All of that is packaged in a such fun way with this show! It doesn’t preach or tell you exactly what is the right or wrong way to see things, it just shows you the life of Midge and her family. They make mistakes, fight and make up again and all of that with so much freaking humour. There isn’t a single character that isn’t multi-layered and worthy to root for, even the ones that only occasionally pop up (looking at you Lenny Bruce – I am a sucker for Luke Kirby playing roles not set in the current year).

I’d also like to add that the show was renewed for a 3rd season before the 2nd one even aired and I am here for it!

For fans of: 50s era, behind the scenes of the comedian lifestyle, feminism … I feel like this is very in line with Good Girls Revolt, just focused on a single person and with added humour (still bitter Good Girls Revolt got cancelled by the way …). Also, Season 2 has a definite Dirty Dancing vibe for at least half of the episodes.

The Rain (Season 1-2)

You know that I like myself some international Netflix productions. They are usually very well done, introduce you to some great talent from abroad and include a little language lesson as well (your girl only watches these shows in original sound with English subtitles after all). I originally wanted to start watching the Rain when the first season came out, however, I am glad I waited until the second one was there to binge it all.

It didn’t take long for me to get hooked on the simple premise of the show. From the get go, you as the viewer, can pretty much guess who the key players are and why they are so important, even if it takes them annoyingly long to figure it out themselves. Each episode makes sure to give you background information on everyone bit by bit, so that you’ll understand why they behave the way they do. I got attached to a couple characters really quickly and even found a ship to root for. I loved how single-mindedly Simone was about saving her brother Rasmus, who, by the way, is a huge pain in the ass in my eyes. I understand that he grew up in a bunker with no one but his sister, that he is basically still a child now, but his emotional control is laughable. And while Simone risks everything to keep him safe, he does very little to return the favour even though he pledged to take care of her as well.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it in terms of points of complaint. Rasmus. Other than that, I enjoyed everything so far. Obviously it has flaws and the second season got way more whacky than expected, but I would be curious to see how they resolve this story.

For fans of: apocalyptic scenarios, international productions and subtitles (since the dubbing is terrible) and shows like The 100. I also hope you won’t get too attached to the characters … you never know when you’re gonna loose one of them.

Lucifer (Season 4)

Fun fact for everyone living outside the German territory – the show is actually not on Netflix here! It remains to be available only on Amazon Prime and they obviously don’t show the Netflix logo in the beginning even though it’s their official production now … territorial rights are a pain …

But back to the topic of Season 4. I liked it. I think I watched it all in a matter of one to two days, so that’s always a good sign. I adored the addition of Inbar Lavi as Eve, was somewhat confused about a certain make out scene, but overall thought the season progressed really well. I am glad we are finally getting someplace, that Chloe knows the truth and learns to deal with it. Three seasons of tiptoeing around the subject was making me a little tired of the show, but now we have new challenges to overcome and I am ready to see what happens next!

***SPOILER***

The one thing I was really confused about was the fact that they never had an angel-human-baby before in the entire history of that universe. I watched way too much celestial content before to not be influenced by nephilim and whatnot and I believe they even mentioned them at some point. I know that’s a weird thing to be hung up on, but … that’s me. I don’t have to like it.

***END OF SPOILER***

For fans of: the previous 3 seasons? Inbar Lavi? (That woman is a queen in my eyes. I will never get over the fact that Imposters was cancelled, but at least she got a new cool role) Angels and humans and demons?

Aladdin

I am going to keep this brief. I am so over all the live action remakes of my childhood classics. I don’t care how much nostalgia they want to evoke. I was bored during the new Beauty and the Beast, they made like three new Jungle Books (none of which I liked the animation of), a dark Tarzan, a weird Dumbo (didn’t watch that to be frank) and even Aladdin has its issues, I can’t deny it. HOWEVER, I really enjoyed the movie. Will Smith is a highlight for sure, but overall I just had a good time. Admittedly, I sat between two guys and they laughed SO much during the entire movie, it was contagious. Maybe it was a better experience because of them, but I FELT the songs, I laughed out loud at the jokes and it was nice for the escapism that movies are supposed to be. Was it the best Disney movie ever? No, definitely not. But I had a better time during this one than the other live action ones …


Have you watched any of those shows? Or Aladdin the movie? Do you want to? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 18-24)

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This week we have a sort of SDCC edition of trailers and promos because that is where most (but not all) of them come from. In fact there was so much to choose from that I may have cut it down a little so that the post wouldn’t be too overwhelming … which it will probably still be. Now, before we get started, I just want to give a shout out to all the people who send me links for trailers (like for example you, Rami) because I really appreciate the thought behind that, but you need to trust in me that I will bring the best trailers to you! I have a pretty good network of getting them myself and I get confused if I end up with too many notifications and links. But if I ever do end up missing something essential, please feel free to make me aware of that in the comments!

Movies

Suicide Squad

So, this is probably my least favourite of all the Suicide Squad trailers, but I may just be a little bit in love with the editors nonetheless. Seriously, who is cutting those trailers? THEY SHOULD BE CUTTING EVERYTHING, THEY ARE SO ON POINT!

Justice League

I am more or less excited about this. More, because it packs more humour than the dreadful Batman vs. Superman did, and less because even though they have great casting they completely disregarded the already existing TV universe. I’ll get over it eventually … probably once I can actually see the movie.

Wonder Woman

I know this is a movie about a powerful woman and I don’t want to diminish the awesomeness of that AT ALL, but I do love any movie with one of the Chrises in it (Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris I-don’t-even-know)

Doctor Strange

It’s still the comic book adaptation I am least excited about in the near future, but it does look so much better than the first promo we got! It’s just that houses that fold into themselves keep reminding me of Inception, I can’t shake that.

King Arthur

I love the Arthurian legend, usually really enjoy Guy Ritchie’s vision and CHARLIE HUNNAM – I need no further convincing!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

MAGIC! YAY! (Is it weird that I just want the Newt Scamander Pop Figure?)

Kong: Skull Island

Ever since the whole HiddleSwift fiasco, I can’t take Tom all that serious anymore … it’s just weird that this really made him loose some of his credibility in my eyes. However, Brie Larson is awesome, so this is a maybe for me.

The Girl on the Train

Still wondering if I should read the book …

xXx: The Return of Xander

I was honestly not expecting them to make another movie in that franchise.

The LEGO Batman Movie

I guess the first Lego movie was so successful, they have to keep banking in on it. It does look funny though.

Moana

I don’t understand a word BUT CUTENESS!!!!

TV Shows

Sherlock Season 4

I have no words other than FINALLY!

American Gods

It’s a Neil Gaiman adaptation, so I know the hype around it will be big no matter what!

All the Marvel Stuff

(including The Defenders, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Agents of SHIELD, …)

All the DC Stuff

(including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow …)

Once Upon a Time (Season 6)

They are showing Jafar, but THERE ALREADY IS A JAFAR!!!! They made it very clear that Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland belong together and share characters, so WHY is this a different actor now?

The Vampire Diaries Forever

I think it’s about time this is ending. Better go out with a bang though!

Lucifer Season 2

I need to know more about Mum!

The 100 Season 3

Teen Wolf Season 6

Why do they always put Stiles through the emotional torture?

High Maintenance

I just finished Looking by watching the absolutely fantastic movie they ended with and then I stumbled upon this little promo. HBO always has great content, so I am pumped for this!

Sorry this got so long, but as always, what are you going to watch?

R.I.P. It or Ship It! TV Edition (Pt. 1)

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Last week I did a bookish version of the R.I.P. It or Ship It tag (click here to check it out!) and despite a lot of very, very terrible outcomes on that one, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how much fun this would be with TV characters. As you may have noticed in the title, this is Part 1. There are 2 reasons for that. First, I could think of so many characters and this tag is already very long and I didn’t want to make it even longer. And second, this is like the “adult” version of the tag, because I thought it would just be wrong if teens got paired with savage pirates (Black Sails sort of took over …). Well, I hope you have fun and if you want to do this as well – CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED! 

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The Messengers Series Premiere

I gather this post will be rather short, because there is not that much to say about the Series Premiere of the Messengers, but I couldn’t say nothing at all either. Beware of Spoilers!

So, if you’ve seen the First Look video above (which got a little over-dramatic in my opinion), you’ve seen more or less what happens in the first episode. A meteor/person (called “The Man” … seriously? I’ll keep calling him Johnny) crashes to earth, that knocks some people out, who seem clinically dead for a couple of moments. Yet, they are not dead, but awake with strange powers and seemingly have wings, but they can only be seen in reflections. After that they are all drawn to or told to go to Houston, Texas. That’s it … It’s not like nothing happens at all, but we already knew all that. I think I’ll need a lot more episodes to really get to know the characters and to decide how I feel about it.

Nonetheless, here are some thoughts/questions/reflections of mine:

  • So, the Man … who is he? Is he good or evil? I don’t know … I’ve seen some angels behave pretty cold-heartedly, but he could just as well be the devil himself. Red glaring eyes usually don’t indicate anything nice, but I don’t want it to be so obvious.
  • There’s a woman in a coma, which incidentally was the only part left out of the promo above. Why is she so important and why does the Man want her dead?
  • Another promo stated that the messengers are the angels of the apocalypse. That kind of does have me intrigued to be honest.
  • I like the cast, but I’m not sure I like the characters. Does that make sense? I was excited to see J.D. Pardo again after he disappeared from Revolution, I loved Shantel VanSanten on One Tree Hill and let’s face it, Diogo Morgado is hot! But the characters, they are all so sad and broken. I could’ve really needed at least one really upbeat person … although Craig Frank tries his best at bringing a comic element to the show.

The show still needs to earn it’s wings, but I’ll keep at it, because I actually want it to work out.