#CurrentlyWatching: Sweet/Vicious

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Today is the day, the first post in my new feature #CurrentlyWatching is going live and I am so excited to share this show with you. I know a lot of you expected Emerald City to go up first, because I’ve been obsessing over it for weeks, but I’ve only watched 3 episodes, so I felt like it was too early. Anyway, to get back to the matter at hands, I will first talk a little about the feature in general and then about the show.
#CurrentlyWatching is going to be a weekly regular on the blog from now on, in which I showcase a TV show of my own choosing. I want to empathize that not all shows will be suitable for all people. Just because I am saying that I love a show, does not mean you should necessarily watch it, which is why I divided the post in two parts. If by the end you are still not sure whether this is for you or not, I will be more than happy to discuss in the comments!

Now, Sweet/Vicious – I feel like it is not a show that is very present in people’s minds (hence why I want to share it with you). MTV has done such a great job with their original programming lately and Sweet/Vicious is no exception. Having gotten a 10-episode-order (each lasting about 40-something minutes), it is about to finish its first season in two weeks time. But enough of the factual blabla, what is it about?

Jules, a former quirky sorority girl, was raped by her best friend’s boyfriend. Not having gotten the support of the authorities that she had hoped for and scared to talk about it with the people closest to her, she tries to deal with the matter by herself. Finding a partner in crime in her new acquaintance, Ophelia, they avenge girls who have been assaulted by becoming wannabe vigilantes and taking revenge on the guys themselves.

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I did not expect MTV to take on such a heavy topic and to do it well in the process. I know it sounds like a dreadful thing to watch, but they sparked it with humour, without ridiculing the situation. They don’t take themselves too seriously and it helps. Although I could do without some of the violence at times, it soon becomes clear that it’s only a minor part of the show and gets less with each episode as Jules is trying to find a way to cope with what happened to her.

Most shows that cover assault stories focus on the legal and criminal aspects but not so much on the emotional journey of the victim before/during/after what happened. Bit by bit Sweet/Vicious uncovers what happened to Jules and they do it in an unfortunately very realistic way. The build up to the flashback episode that shows what actually took place and the way it was handled by people who should know better and who should also do better simply broke me. I just felt so much rage and despair, while the same episode was able to make me swoon and laugh. It really is both, sweet and vicious.

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Ultimately the show unabashedly portrays today’s rape culture, but also shines a light on the importance of friendship, family and even love. The characters are badass, witty, sassy, empowering and relatable. Jules (Eliza Bennett) is stronger than anyone would have suspected at first glance and Ophelia (Taylor Dearden) is fiercly loyal despite her commitment-phobia. They make mistakes too, they are far from perfect, but the show clearly states that there are consequences. I just love everyone’s performance and how much they’ve grown on me in this short amount of time.

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There are a lot of secrets that might still come out, friendships that are in peril, love that may not survive everything and wounds that will need more time to heal. I, for one, cannot wait to see how this pans out and hope that it will get renewed.

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I am going to keep this section short. Despite the topic being a very important one, I would not blame anyone if they said that it wasn’t for them. In fact, the show put several trigger warnings and disclaimers before some of their episode, because they are well aware that it might be upsetting to some viewers. So, I would not recommend you watch this show if you are uncomfortable with one or more of the following themes: assault, rape, violence, foul language, excessive drug and alcohol consumption.

So, that was it for today’s post and I am already trying to determine what I’ll talk about next Friday. Do you think you’d watch Sweet/Vicious now or not? 

The Shannara Chronicles (TV Review)

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In the past 2 or 3 years, I have constantly mentioned that MTV is really stepping up their game in terms of fictional program. Teen Wolf and Finding Carter are just the latest examples of their success, but they’ve really topped themselves with the Shannara Chronicles!

I should probably say that I haven’t read the books by Terry Brooks and therefore am in no way capable of judging if it’s a faithful adaptation. I’ve heard some voices saying that it’s not, but again, I can’t really confirm or deny that. However, I can with full authority say that I loved it. I tweeted and snapchatted like crazy about it, but I simply couldn’t stop. MTV showed a double feature for the premiere and then offered to watch Episode 3 and 4 via their app. Since the Chosen Part II ends with quite a mean cliffhanger (and because I was obviously hooked already), I took them up on that without even thinking twice.

But as always, I am getting ahead of myself. You may wonder, what is it even about? Well here’s a first look and a little blurb.

The Shannara Chronicles is a Fantasy show about three teens of different origin, who will have to work together to protect their entire world from the uprising of demons.

Creators: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Cast: Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, James Remar, Daniel MacPherson, John Rhys-Davies, Jed Brophy, Brooke Williams, Emelia Burns, Marcus Vanco, …
Episodes: Season 1 is supposed to have a 10 episode order

There is magic, love, fighting, blood and super good-looking young actors and actresses. The first episode started out really intense, but also had emotional as well as comical moments. I think it’s the mix of it all with this epic quest that make it so incredibly endearing to me. It seems the Four Lands are set in a dystopian Fantasy world, with humans having gone extinct at some point. That concept alone has me really intrigued and I love the references to humanity sometimes.

I will admit to having some problems keeping all the names straight, especially since there are so many starting with A (Amberle, Ander, Allanon, Arion …), but I’m good with faces, so it worked just fine for or me. Other than that, I can only say that I really enjoyed it. I am already smitten with Wil’s naivety, Amberle’s strength, Eretria’s willpower, Allanon’s quiet wisdom and Ander’s good humour (definitely having developed a crush on the latter – yep!). I am now looking forward to more episodes, even though I was so silly as to watch ahead of the release schedule – bad idea! Now I have to wait three more weeks for my fix of Shannara.

Well, I guess this concludes my fangirling! What are your thoughts on the show? Did you check it out as well? 

Teen Wolf Season 5 Summer Finale

I can’t believe how quickly this first part of Season 5 (which is split just like Season 3 was) of Teen Wolf has gone by. This review definitely contains Spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the Summer Finale yet, beware!!

So, WOW! I mean the season already started with a bang, but I did not expect it to be so … dreadful. (See what I did there? Dreadful – Dread Doctors? No? Okay, I’ll stop …) This season was definitely cool, edgy and a lot darker than the previous ones, but I am not sure I how I feel about it. The pack always had obstacles to overcome, but this, it’s just looking bleak now. During the entire season, there was barely any beacon of hope visible (except for cute puppy love scenes between Hayden and Liam), everything was just doom and gloom and I think that sort of dragged me down.

Also, I had a hard time seeing any character development for the better here, because let’s face it, everything pretty much fell apart. Let’s recap what happened and where we are right now with the different storylines:

  • So, Theo is evil. That was kind of predictable. Turns out he is a chimera of some sort and one of the first experiments of the Dread Doctors to succeed. He wanted Scott’s pack for himself, but in the end he revived all the “failed” experiments and made them his pack. Only good thing about that in my opinion is that there’s now a chance for Layden to happen again.
  • Scott really messed it up. Stiles is one of the most important people in his life and he didn’t listen when he expressed his distrust of Theo and even more shockingly he believed Theo when he told his pretty little lie (couldn’t resist, sorry …) about how Stiles killed Donovan. Man, you should have trusted Stiles! Also, he knew that something was going on with Kira and ignored it instead of tackling the problem. Now she’s gone …
    Now that he lost the pack, the fight against Theo and almost his life. I don’t know where he stands. He has a lot of fixing to do.
  • We all knew Liam had anger issues, but it broke my heart to see him fight with Scott that much. I understand where he’s coming from, but he will have a hard time forgiving himself for not being there for Hayden during her last moments.
  • Marrish was kind of cute throughout the Season and we FINALLY know what Parrish is: a hellhound. I don’t know what exactly that entails, but it’s cool that we can put a label on it now. And Lydia? She trained with Parrish, but she still needs to work on those badass Banshee-moves. I don’t know where she’s at right now – hanging on to her life I guess and being out of her mind after what Theo did to her.
  • Malia and Stiles are growing apart as they continue to keep secrets from each other. (Theo hitting on Malia, sometimes even naked, doesn’t help either I guess) Also, we ended up meeting the desert wolf and she’s out to kill Malia. Why? We’ll hopefully find out in 5B.
  • Void Stiles – who came up with that???? I don’t fully understand that to be honest, but it’s cool that he’s not seen as the disposable one of the pack. He cannot loose his father though! Absolutely not!
  • Roscoe the jeep got way too much screen time …
  • The episode ends with the Dread Doctors revealing a fresco behind a wall. Jeff Davis said the attentive viewer will get behind it’s significance, but I have no clue.

So, basically Teen Wolf once again gave us no closure whatsoever and left us with a ton of questions to wait 5 months (yes, you’ve heard that right) until Season 5B starts airing. What can we expect to come? Apparently a lot of the questions will be solved while other mysteries will get carried over. Fixing relationships will be a big part of 5B’s theme, seen as almost everyone is broken up right now. Since the timeline is pretty condensed, we will not see the pack graduate – we are not that far apparently. From what I hear it’s still uncertain how the show continues after that. Season 6 could be it, or maybe Tyler Posey‘s character Scott will move into more of a Derek Hale position, while Liam takes over as the new Scott. All is possible!

What were your thoughts on Teen Wolf Season 5A? Did you enjoy it?

Teen Wolf Season 5 Premiere

Teen Wolf never ceases to get met excited and that was one heck of a Season 5 Premiere! I’ve already watched the first two episodes and they were truly great. I’ll make sure to separate my review in case you haven’t watched both, but beware of Spoilers nonetheless!

Again, Teen Wolf somehow manages to strike a great balance between dark and gritting stuff, hilarious moments and touching scenes. The Season premiere proved that as our friends in Beacon Hills prepared for their Senior Year at High School.

Episode 1 “Creatures of the Night”:

I was a bit confused when the episode started. Where is Lydia? Why is she catatonic? How could her friends let that happen to her? etc. My mind just swarming with the questions, until I realised that this season will pretty much show us how she got there and what happened to the pack. Whatever happened, it definitely wasn’t good judging from Lydia’s memory (Scott’s mom slapping Sheriff Stilinski, Kira leaving Scott behind, Stiles in a car accident, Parrish in a(nother) fire and Malia’s seemingly bad first meeting with her mother).

However, the rest of the episode was great. The main focus is on everyone adjusting to the anxious mess that is Senior Year. Malia passed the last year just like everyone else (however that is possible, I don’t know) and Stiles frets about loosing his friends, but especially Scott. If it were up to him no one would be left behind, not even his unreliable Jeep. An especially touching moment occurs when they all sign their initials on a school library shelf and Scott adds AA for Allison Argent. I do still miss her …

Sheriff Stilinski also tried to keep Parrish out of harm’s way, but coincidentally sent him exactly to the location our new villain appears. We still don’t know what Parrish is (#WhatIsParrish is still alive …), but he is not a werewolf and he can regenerate. A lot of people are suggesting he’s a Phoenix, but I’m not so sure. I guess we’ll find out this season as well. Actually, the villain of the episode is not the villain of the season, those are some creepy “Doctors” associated with ravens. Wasn’t there a point where someone talked about the fox, the raven and so on? Also, something I don’t know much about it seems!

Another addition to the cast is Pretty Little Liars star Cody Christian as Theo, a former friend of Scott and Stiles, who’s also a werewolf. (More about him in my thoughts about Episode 2)

Kira’s mom mentioned something about the “Wild Hunt” and I just had to think of Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments and how those are ruthless killer faeries. It probably (or certainly) has nothing to do with that, but my mind is clogged with BTS material of the Shadowhunter series shoot.

All in all a bit of a confusing but very good start of the season!

Episode 2 “Parasomnia”: 

I want to keep this rather short, so here the main bullet points of what I thought:

  • I trust Stiles when he dislikes someone, because he mostly has a good reason. Yet, he looked so nice even I thought Theo couldn’t be that bad a person … guess I was wrong. The end of that episode was seriously messed up/weird. Who is that guy really?
  • Okay, I just have to say it, the Marrish (aka Parrish and Lydia) scenes were adorable. I could so see them becoming a couple in the future.
  • Scott apparently takes becoming a veterinarian very seriously and (to everyone’s surprise) even takes AP Biology. Good for him!
  • I’m so glad Liam’s best friend finally knows what’s going on! I really like Liam’s character and am sure him getting control over the change as well as the girl he’s apparently wronged in the past will be a huge part of the plot this season!
  • The exchange between Scott and Stiles was the best! Those are some real friendship goals!

So, that’s it for today! If you want to discuss, I am all for it in the comments!

Finding Carter Season 2 Premiere

I loved the first Season of Finding Carter and again, it was one of those shows that just left you with a cruel cliffhanger to deal with on your own. So, in “Love the Way You Lie” we finally got to see why Lori abducted Carter … again. Spoilers ahead!!

I always knew there had to be some good reason why Lori abducted Carter. I never thought she did it, because she was so desperate to get a child. I mean she planned the whole thing and stalked the whole family, so there had to be some thought behind it. But let’s just dive into all the revelations and happenings of the Season 2 Premiere:

  • Obviously all of Carter’s friends are freaked out over her getting kidnapped again, but there’s also an upside to that. Max and Taylor reconcile their relationship. I thought it was pretty dumb when they split up last Season, so yay to that being the shortest break ever!
  • Elizabeth doesn’t get to run Carter’s case this time. It’s under the jurisdiction of the FBI and I think that makes complete and utter sense. If doctors aren’t allowed to operate on their relatives, police men and women shouldn’t handle cases about their loved ones. At some point you just aren’t objective anymore and it’s no secret that Elizabeth hates Lori.
  • Speaking of Lori: After abducting Carter against her will, she also wants to go get Taylor and I was like WTF? but then she explained herself. I mean, yes, the woman is deranged, but it just makes so much more sense now. She was the surrogate for Elizabeth and David and is therefore the biological mother of Taylor and Carter. She now feels like she has a right to live with her daughters, which she doesn’t, at least not legally. Yet, now I don’t understand the stalker photos that show Elizabeth pregnant.
  • I remember really liking the grandparents in the first Season, but now they’re really getting on my nerves.

I think those are all of the major points of the Season 2 Premiere. Watch the video below to see what’s ahead of us. I personally can’t wait for the return of Crash and his first meeting with Max. Somehow, I still want to believe that there is something good in Crash …

Eye Candy Season Finale

Seriously, people who are following me on Twitter know how obsessed I was with this show, live tweeting every week (and luckily getting retweeted by cast and crew) and generally getting way too emotional about it. Now the first Season is over and I want to recap/review the Season Finale of Eye CandySpoilers ahead!

I always get mad at shows with only ten episodes, because they last for such a short time, but on the other hand they are often more precise in their story arc than longer shows. Eye Candy (or rather MTV) really surprised me with barely having any bad episodes and mostly being on point and topic-related. Just as a little summary/reminder: Lindy, a hacker, starts working with the NYC Cyber Crimes Unit after it turns out one of her online dates is a serial killer. (That’s really the short, short version – click here to read my take on the Series Premiere!)

Now let’s talk about the finale:

  • The obvious elephant in the room first: Who would have thought that Jake is the flirtual killer? Just when I was about to semi-accept Jindy as a thing … Well, better him than Tommy. After getting a glimpse of Jake as a kid (adorable but disturbing), we find out more about his motivation behind killing and his obsession with Lindy. I think the voice-over of the killer (which I actually loved) just really threw me off his tracks. So, very well done, especially kudos to Ryan Cooper for the creepy acting in the last episode!
  • I just need a second to express my appreciation for Harvey Guillen as George. That guy is hilarious!
  • Connor probably wasn’t my favourite character this season, but I do feel sorry for him. His friends just keep dying – first his date, then Tessa and then Sophia has a close call. Let’s hope for a bit of a less eventful time for both of them to recover.
  • Now, last but not least, Lindy. She finally found a clue about her sister that might actually lead somewhere. I get why she left immediately, but I hate that Tindy is apart for now (just like Bellarke on the 100 – not cool!!). That last cyber farewell with Tommy was heartbreaking, because I truly love all their scenes together and I would have liked for them to have an actual conversation face-to-face. I am glad she forgave him, but I think he would have helped her in her search for Sara. He clearly stated that he would never stop looking for her and he even “stole” equipment from the Cyber Crimes Unit in order to help her, so her leaving is a bit pointless.

With the Sara-cliffhanger (Who was she afraid of? Who did she want to protect Lindy from?) I definitely want or rather I NEED another Season. I am desperately hoping ratings were good enough. I definitely loved it either way!

What were your thoughts on Eye Candy?

UPDATE 4/18/2015:

The show has been cancelled and I am devastated!!!

Eye Candy Series Premiere

MTV is really stepping up their TV show game by introducing darker and more intense series each season. Teen Wolf was already a bold step from their usual reality shows and they really hit the right tone with Finding Carter as well, but Eye Candy is something entirely different. Beware of Spoilers for the series premiere right ahead!

Eye Candy is based on the novels by R.L. Stine and follows Lindy, a young hacker, who, after her sister Sara got abducted, uses her skills to find missing people. She’s been in trouble with the police before, but needs their help after one of her online dates turns out to be a stalker and serial killer. The pilot episode is already a fast paced mix of action, drama, suspense and romance, which seems promising for the rest of the season. Of course there are some flaws, like the desperate need to look young and cutting edge, but the show was a lot better and more exciting that I expected. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • So, the casting is certainly debatable. Victoria Justice as the lead just really wouldn’t have been my top choice. Of course, she’s grown up since Nickelodeon‘s Victorious, but still, she’s just not the one I expect in a rather serious psychological thriller. In addition to that, the acting is sometimes mediocre, but somehow I can overlook that in MTV shows. Also, as I mentioned above, the cast is very young, good-looking and of course their characters are skilled in whatever they have to do. Real life isn’t like that, but who cares, it’s entertainment after all.
  • After Game of Thrones, people just aren’t that shocked when characters get killed off anymore, but I was surprised that Lindy’s love interest was murdered right in the first episode. I quite liked her dynamic with Ben and would have loved to find out more about their history. Maybe they’ll show it in flashbacks nonetheless.
  • I find it interesting that the serial killer gets his own voice over. Usually the psychopaths don’t get to tell their point of view.
  • The abduction scene with Sara was just odd. Why didn’t anyone of the other vehicle owners, who got Lindy stuck, help her sister? That whole storyline is a bit of a mystery to me. Why her? Why in broad daylight and at a drive-through? I guess we’ll find out at some point.

So, for now I definitely think I’ll continue watching the show, just because I am curious to see how it continues. From what I’ve seen in the promo, Lindy will start working with the cyber crime unit and have other cases next to the one about her stalker. Did you check it out as well? What was your first impression?