What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #16

I meant to post something more this week and also answer my anniversary Q&A but there was just a lot going on. HOWEVER, I have a week off work as my parents come to visit and we will see if I can make some time for this lovely blog as well. Here’s what I’ve been watching lately:

Alias Grace

Nobody said I only ever have to watch things that were recently released. I guess I did a sort of Margaret Atwood binge, but also … I just typed in Zachary Levi on Netflix and clicked on the first thing that came up (Lois might understand best why I searched for him specifically, because of what I told her this week). It’s a really intriguing show that deals with so much more than I thought it would. To me, it was extremely fascinating how you never truly knew what was going on, who was telling the truth and who was spinning tales just for the audience. I liked it a lot, as short lived as it was and despite the fact that no one looked their supposed age whatsoever.

For fans of: Margaret Atwood, historical exploration of mental health, based on true story but dramatised fiction now kind of shows, not knowing the truth at the end, science vs. beliefs

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 3)

I watched the European premiere of Season 3 of the Handmaid’s Tale as part of the free screenings one could go to during the Berlin TV Series Festival. I didn’t see the entire season (although I am up to date with the now released episodes I think), but it was still amazing to get to experience this on a huge screen (we watched it in a movie theatre). Aesthetically, I always found this show incredibly pleasing. It’s not for everyone and I think you really have to give yourself to it and I understand if some people can’t or don’t want to do that. I get the direction they are taking with this new season and don’t think they have done anything majorly shocking thus far. It’s hard to tell which side Serena is on, which annoys me, but June is such a fighter. I wish this show would end on a happy note, but I am not sure it can?

For fans of: the previous seasons? Please don’t just start watching this season out of the blue …

Good Omens

I know, I know, you’ve all been waiting for my verdict on Good Omens (another show I saw at the Berlin TV Series Festival) and *drum roll* I LOVED IT! The angel-demon-dynamic was everything and I would just watch Aziraphale and Crowley going through the centuries together for ages. I must say that the show wasn’t perfect. A couple side-storylines such as the witch and the witchfinder weren’t really my cup of tea (and I say this with the utmost love for Adria Ajorna – my one true Dorothy – and Jack Whitehall), but it just felt a tiny bit misplaced or rushed. Maybe I just personally didn’t connect with them as much as I did with other characters. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I enjoy that this is a mini-series. You could obviously always continue with more, but this was a really neat package, a glimpse at a certain moment in time, and I am good with that.

For fans of: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett storytelling, anyone from this fabulous cast, biblical-esque stories, Lucifer

Yellowstone

Yellowstone is one of those hidden TV gems for me. Being a sort of love child of Dynasty and the Sopranos, it’s everything my drama-yearning-heart wants plus horses. Set in Montana, Yellowstone is all about the Dutton family and their quest of owning all the land and not yielding to anyone. They basically rule that town up there. This is a rather serious show, so when I say that the characters despise each other, I truly mean that they could possibly kill one another and feel no remorse. It’s intense that way! Even after an entire season, I don’t fully understand the hatred and resentment between a couple characters, but I am still intrigued. It does go over the top with the drama, but in a violent way instead of a ridiculous one. Things keep escalating and you feel like no one will ever be able to catch their breath again, I like those sorts of stakes.

For fans of: cowboys, family dynasties, beautiful landscape, scheming to no end, slow narration

Euphoria

There’s only one episode out, so this is not real judgement on the entirety of the show at all, but I am not sure this is for me. Visually, I quite enjoyed what they did, but in terms of narration, it just rubs me the wrong way. There is nothing wrong with portraying teenagers in a crude and harsh drug-filled but empty existence where everyone struggles. That is life and from what I heard on some other platforms, the depiction on the show is not exaggerated in terms of what actual teens these days are going through, but still, it’s just not for me. I felt uncomfortable watching this one single episode alone and again, I know that’s often what shows are striving for, but it doesn’t mean that I have to want to subject myself to it.

For fans of: philosophical narration, sex and drug-crazed teens in HBO quality


So, this is it! How up to date are you on your watchlist? Did anything catch your eye?

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #14

I know this month was a lot of the same same kind of posts, but I vouch to do my best to not repeat that routine in June. However, for the fun of it, here’s another binge-watching post to finish the month of May!

What/If

I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, but whatever it did end up being turned out to be rather meh. AS A JOKE, I made a prediction in the very beginning and I kidd you not, that’s what actually ended up happening. I don’t mind predictable shows in general, but for something that supposedly tried to shred itself in mystery, I was not impressed.

The characters are fine, but not all too believable and a bit exaggerated at times. I did not understand the point of the best friends’ storyline at all, as it was not connected to any of the main drama and therefore I couldn’t bring myself to really care. Their part of the show just felt utterly misplaced. However, what I really did love was the gay couple and Kevin, they brought a gust of fresh air to the show and even made me so emotional, I cried.

To me, the story is kind of done now, but I don’t know if it was intended as a limited series or something that could be extended. I don’t personally need a continuation.

For fans of: rich people scheming, people failing to take the moral high-ground, trust issues and complex family dynamics

She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2)

It took me a little bit, because the storytelling format is so unique, but I really fell in love with the first season of She’s Gotta Have It. In my humble opinion, the show flew a little under the radar and I hope it eventually gets more exposure, but so far I am just enjoying the ride.

Although I first thought that Season 1 was a little more compact and maybe even personal, I did end up adoring the new season as well. Nola Darling is a queen and it never fails to impress me that they manage to add such amazing artists to the fold. The ending of this season is highly controversial, but I like the boldness of it all. AND I adore that Anthony Ramos is in it. The dude deserves to be in everything and I am just so very happy they let him sing!

For fans of: art, openly talking about cultural and political injustice, bold statements, a lot of love going around, LGBT+ characters

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

Speaking of Anthony Ramos … my man was in this movie too! Totally didn’t go to watch it just because of him, because I wasn’t actually aware of the fact before entering the movie theater, but I probably would have done it had I known. Anyway, the movie!

I don’t really know what to tell you. I didn’t actually see the last Godzilla movie … or Kong: Skull Island … which I feel like I should have watched beforehand. It’s not that I didn’t get what was going on, but I feel like maybe I would have felt higher emotional stakes had I at least watched the previous Godzilla movie. They are DEFINITELY planning another movie and it’s for sure going to be Kong vs. Godzilla from the set up I saw. I was neither all too impressed nor annoyed by this one, so I’d probably watch a sequel.

For fans of: huge CGI battles in either super dark blue clouds of dust or explosions so bright that they will make your eyes hurt, the Godzilla franchise (?)

Destination Wedding

With John Wick 3 releasing in cinemas, I felt a need to get some romancing Keanu back in my life (I fell for the man because of romantic drama extraordinare – The Lake House, I don’t care about all the cool stuff he was otherwise in) and Destination Wedding seemed like a good choice. I was not prepared for the whole movie to just be Keanu and Winona talking with each other or thinking about one another or being mad at each other. There are literally no other people who talk! It’s amazing!!!

There really isn’t more to say. That’s all I am leaving you with.

For fans of: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and a lot of dry, intelligent and sarcastic humour

Always Be My Maybe

I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO FREAKING MUCH!!! I know that Netflix isn’t perfect, even though I adore a whole lot of their content, and that their RomComs especially can be hit or miss. Well this one was a clear HIT! Always Be My Maybe is warm-hearted, sweet, laugh-out-loud-hilarious, fast-paced goodness. It was perfectly cast and even had a cameo of Keanu Reeves playing “himself”. I died!

Randall Park and Ali Wong just have the best chemistry and I truly believed the awkwardness and love between them. I don’t want to give away anything, but they did such a great job and I would watch them play off each other for hours. It’s a real joy to watch and … Randall can rap!? Like for real rap! I just want to know if his band is real, because those tunes are stuck in my head now.

For fans of: RomComs! Best friend to lovers trope, a great soundtrack


Did you watch any of the things I watched? Do you maybe want to? Let’s chat about that!

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!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #11

I promise the trailer post will come right after this, but I just don’t like it when there is nothing in between the weekly Sunday trailers. Since I did watch a couple things though, I thought I’d just throw in a little binge-watching one in the meantime.

Special

If you want something nice and quick to watch about and from a gay man with cerebral palsy, this is the show for you. Netflix has started to put out content with only about 15-ish minute episodes, so you will certainly fly through this program. Personally, I thought it could have handled a bit more depth and length overall, but if this was just the appetizer for what’s to come in (hopefully) future episodes and seasons, I am here for it! It all gives you more of a web-series vibe, which is totally fine by me and most of the time those shows have a higher output rate than regular TV shows.

No Good Nick

No Good Nick basically screams Nickelodeon or Disney Channel at me in the way that it tries to tackle hard topics for a younger audience, but doesn’t quite succeed to get it across in a serious manner because they still try to be wholesome at the same time. All in all, there is nothing per se wrong with that, but it is something you have to be prepared for when you start watching No Good Nick.

My favourite part of the show was seeing all the different family dynamics, but mostly Jeremy and Nick being suspicious of each other and trying to outsmart one another. Especially the last couple episodes really manifested my like for their dynamic and I am curious which way it would go should that show continue for a longer time.

BONDiNG

Who would have thought that I would really like a show about a guy who helps out at his best friend’s work, which is that of a dominatrix? Actually, never mind, I have watched way weirder stuff! Just like Special, this show has super short episodes and you can fly through it and despite the seemingly sex-heavy topic, it is really just a beautiful story about friendship. That’s probably the reason I enjoyed it so much, because who doesn’t like a good friendship-story? Also, it’s funny. We all need to laugh every now and then.

Dark

I finally watched it and don’t you dare judge me!! I watch so many shows and movies all the time, I am allowed to be behind on some things. However, the new season is releasing (somewhat) soon and I just wanted to get caught up on the hype. I really loved it! Knowing a ton of the faces in it and seeing this as a German production specifically for Netflix really made my heart sing. I honestly just want more content like it. 

I don’t necessarily agree with it being the German Stranger Things, because the show being strange doesn’t really suffice as a parallel for me. Dark really manages to be what the title promises – really dark. However, it is also complex and intriguing and sometimes even scary (and I usually don’t do scary=). I adore it when shows are still able to surprise me as they go along and Dark definitely managed that. Anyway, great acting, great confusing storytelling and the certainty of another season around the corner. What more could you ask for? Although, one of the best parts was the music for sure. Just needed to add that too.

Lastly, if you want to see the guy who plays Jonas in Dark in a fantastic German movie, then go watch “Die Mitte der Welt”/”Center of My World” movie. (Click here for the trailer)


Have you watched some of these shows? What are your thoughts? Are you as excited for season 2 of Dark as me? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #10

I feel like I have been very busy with work but also social activities in my free time lately, so I have no clue when I watched all of these shows, but they were enough to warrant another What I’ve Been Binge-Watching post … so, yeah, here you go!

Schitt’s Creek (Season 5)

I have talked about this show in detail, so if you want to check that out, you can click here. But honestly, I didn’t think Schitt’s Creek could get any better, but it still amazes me with every season. I am not someone who can easily stick with sitcoms, but this one just works on so many levels for so many generations. It’s not for nothing that I actually own a pillow with the magnificent pansexual icon we all need but don’t deserve that is David Rose on it.

I am willing to go so far as to say that this might have been my favourite David season so far. But the entire family just keeps on growing and making me love them so much, I ended up crying a couple times. This is their penultimate season, they did get renewed for season 6 but said on their own accord that it would be the finale. It both pains me and makes me so very proud that they get to end the story on their own terms. It’s what they worked for and I love them so much for everything they have given us.

Seriously, if you haven’t ever watched the show, you are missing out!

Osmosis

I love highlighting Netflix’ international content, because they are opening doors for so many people with these productions. Osmosis is a really interesting scifi story, even if it isn’t entirely revolutionary. It feels like it’s a French version of a very long Black Mirror episode and how technology always has its advantages and downfalls. For me personally, it could have focused on the romance a whole lot more. I quite liked some of the base concepts of the show, but ultimately it didn’t completely capture me the way I had hoped it would, meaning there was a problem with the execution in the end.

My overall opinion on it is that it was a nice distraction with potential for more, should Netflix be willing to throw more money at them, but it’s not something I would bet on.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 2)

I was very hesitant on whether I should continue with this show or not. I hope by now you all know that I am NOT a fan of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and please don’t try to convert me. The first season or part or whatever they want to call it was ridiculous in my eyes. I did not like 80% of the characters (Prudence, Ambrose and Nick being their only saving grace) and as soon as we got to cannibalism, I was out. However, the promise of a dark Sabrina intrigued me (obviously, I didn’t get her) and I continued watching.

In the end, I liked this season better than the first one. I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that the humans were in it less. The way they are always so righteous just makes annoyed at them and I say that not agreeing with that depiction of the Church of Night and some moral stuff (again, what is with the cannibalism?) happening at all. Anyway, my point here is that I liked it a little better, but I am still not fully on board. At least they cooled down on the blurry edges, which is also a good thing.

They already got renewed for Part 3 and 4 anyway, so what does it matter if my viewing numbers play into the equation?

*remains thoroughly Team Nick if there have to be teams*

Turn Up Charlie

Idris Elba, who is a DJ in real life, playing a struggling DJ in a fun TV show is my jam. Also, I haven’t seen Piper Perabo and JJ Feild in what feels like forever, so I enjoyed this massively. It was super British, light, fun and way too short. I don’t know what all to say, except that this had so much more heart than I expected it and really played on the notions of what makes a family and friendships work. It gets a big thumbs up from me and I truly hope we get to see a little more in the near future!


Have you watched or are you currently watching any of these shows? Do you want to talk about them? I am available!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #9

I know my posts haven’t been very varied, but I guess watching shows is just all I am capable of these days. I think most of you like these posts, so I hope you don’t mind the flood of them that you are getting! Here’s my latest binge-watches:

The OA (Part 2)

I REFUSE to show you any material from this show. I had to wait literal years for this continuation of the story and I am still head over heels in love with it all. The fact that a mere human thought of this just baffles my mind every single time. The OA is so out there, requires so much faith and patience and attention, I very much doubt it is for everyone. However, if you are willing to go on a one of a kind trip with a show that will mess with your head, make you doubt reality and break your heart with its bittersweet beauty, then please, please, please watch it. One of the best mind-benders out there!

(Although if you have watched the show and want to talk spoilers, either carefully mark them in your comments below, write me a mail via impossiblegirlblog@gmail.com or DM me on Twitter!)

On My Block (Season 2)

This is another show that I have anticipated the return of. If you want to check out what it’s all about from season 1, I wrote a detailed but non-spoilery post about it here. The first season ended on a massive cliffhanger and so did this season, although I somehow found it less hardcore. I have some theories as to what might have happened, but maybe I am totally off key.

Either way, this is such a heart-warming and great show and I am immensely happy it got to do another season. I sincerely hope they will keep going again, but if the other fans who have eagerly waited for its return binged it as quickly as me, there’s a good chance that more content is coming. I like how On My Block always manages to balance really serious topics with so much humour. These kids have to endure more at the age of 14 than others in their lifetime. Also, the friendship dynamic is so interesting and always keeps changing and evolving. This season, my favourite duo was Jasmine and Ruby though, they did such a great job!

Queer Eye (Season 3)

I mean, it’s Queer Eye. What do you want me to say about it? I love this show and it’s so great to watch something positive and seemingly superficial that can go quite deep every now and then. I have to say that this season didn’t hit me as hard emotionally as some of the previous ones, but maybe that’s just because I am in a different mind space right now. I still love them to bits and like that even from episode to episode, each one resonates differently with every viewer, just based on their own life and hardships. The Fab 5 did not disappoint again!

After Life

This show came much recommended to me, but I did not find it as a revelatory as some people have said it was for them. I think it’s a good show and it’s a good take on grief, but “brilliant” is not the word I would have used. In fact, I was quite unhappy with how some parts of it turned out. Still, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, I just don’t think it’s something completely new and mesmerizing. The fact that Joe Wilkinson and Roisin Conaty were in it made it really hard for me to not find it funny sometimes since my brain just directly went to 8 Out of 10 Cats (Does Countdown).


Have you watched any of these? What is your take on them? Do you want to start watching any of these shows? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #8

The binge-watch-energy wasn’t as strong with me lately as it has been before, but I still have a little nice compilation ready for you. There’s not as much out there that I want to watch at the moment, maybe that played into it, but I know there’s quite a lot coming up.

**I don’t recommend any of today’s shows if you don’t like excessive swearing, nudity and/or gore in your TV shows**

Immortals

I don’t understand how NO ONE got the idea to recommend a Turkish vampire revenge drama to me? I had to discover this beaut all on my own and what a ride it was. As a little heads up, the dialogue is terrible in this and I don’t know if it has to do with dodgy translations or actual bad writing but it doesn’t even make sense sometimes. Regardless, this was weirdly addicting.

Based on the scenery, clothes, etc., I wasn’t always entirely sure when exactly events took place, but in the end it didn’t matter all that much. Immortals is about revenge, hunger, betrayal, desire and, at the core of it all, love (but in the least cheesiest way you can imagine thinking about other vampire stories and such). I can’t say that my allegiances switched very often, as some characters were just complete dicks 24/7, but it had some really neat twists and layered motives when it came to how it all ended.

This isn’t Netflix’ first Turkish show, so I don’t know what the chances are of them renewing it, but I had fun. It definitely has flaws in terms of storytelling, but I’d be curious to see where it goes.

Fleabag

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and started watched Fleabag just as season 2 started, which is what I am currently watching and now up to date with. I do understand why people like it so much, although I’d be lying if I said that I loved it.

The show has an amazing cast and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a brilliant woman who can barely do any wrong, but it took me quite some time until I really connected with her character (who doesn’t have a name?). Since the episodes are quite short, I felt like the deeper moments got lost sometimes in some other nonsense of the episode. I am still really enjoying it and especially like the fact that Moriarty is playing a priest in season 2 now.

American Gods (Season 2)

American Gods is a strange show. Visually, it is a feast, but in terms of storytelling, things are a little more complicated. I think that, just like the gods this whole thing is about, the show needs your unwavering faith to work its magic. If you want answers fast and don’t like random detours, you will be very unhappy with what is presented to you. However, if you can enjoy the ride and just let it take you wherever it goes without thinking about it too much, this can be very interesting.

It would be a lie to say that I binged season 2, since there are only two episodes out so far, but I have watched those and am liking the pace and story elements a lot more so far. The parts don’t feel as disconnected as they sometimes did in season 1 and the whole Dead Wife and Mad Sweeney dynamic is still all I live for. (A Prayer for Mad Sweeney remains my favourite episodes and they’re going to have to do something magnificent for that to change)


Are you watching any of those shows? Do you like them? Do you plan on watching them? Let’s talk about it!