What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #34

There’s a lot of content I’m excited about releasing this and next week, so I wanted to make sure I update you on the stuff I’ve watched lately before I dive into those new and shiny things. Let’s go!

Love Life

Romance isn’t everything. I was in a really weird mood when I started this show and them telling me about the average number of relationships a person goes through and so on just knocked me down even more. I don’t have any relationship stats to share. I don’t have an epic (or even lame or otherwise) love story to tell and sometimes watching those shows that hyper-focus on the way to finding “your person” hit me in the feels especially hard.

Having said all that, it wasn’t a bad show after all. I really liked the ending, although I struggled with some episodes in the middle. I found Darby and her behaviour quite cringey from time to time and struggled with massive secondhand embarrassment from time to time. But you know what? I like that she wasn’t the perfect person. She had flaws, she needed to grow and sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them or planned them to. I can appreciate a show that doesn’t portray it all through rose-tinted glasses.

For fans of: introspective love stories, realistic portrayal of not everything being happy all the time, complicated family structures

Siempre Bruja/Always a Witch (Season 2)

I had meant to watch this for the longest time, but didn’t feel like reading and concentrating on subtitles. My Spanish is not good enough to go without them and I’d really recommend this show without dubbing (although it exists). Anyway, finally watched it!

I have to say, I didn’t enjoy this season as much as the first one. The villain was less defined and therefore made everything feel a bit all over the place. One of the biggest parts/problems of the season completely went over my head and I now feel stupid. It’s like everyone had to give up on something to help Carmen, just for them to get all of it anyway and yeah … did not get it.

However, I was here for the various romance storylines. Kobo and Alicia in particular are star-crossed over the centuries and I love that. And while I wasn’t to happy about Esteban being sidelined, Carmen’s new love interest has my attention.

For fans of: international Netflix content, witches, time travel

Alexa and Katie (Part 4)

Katie is one of my favourite fictional characters and that’s just that. I wish for everyone to have a Katie in their lives and I want to be someone’s Katie. This show has given me so much joy and even though it seems super bubbly and bright and like something that would run on the Disney channel or Nickelodeon, but it has talked about some great and frankly deep topics over the seasons. I cannot speak to the realism of the cancer portrayal, but the way they handled panic attacks meant everything to me.

I loved the ending to the show! It was wholesome and sweet and heart-warming. Without wanting to spoil anything in particular, I just want to say that I am going to ship Aidan and Katie forever. That’s just a fact now (and he better find an art college to attend in NYC). If they decided to do a special on them in college or after college, I’d tune in to it, but I also get ending it where they did. I am really happy with it all.

For fans of: bestest of friends, looks like a superficial Disney show but has amazing in depth topics

Gifted

It was Chris Evans birthday and for some reason I hadn’t watched Gifted yet, so I remedied that. I don’t actually have very much to say about it? It’s a good movie, because I enjoy complex family dynamics. I like when it’s not obvious what the right thing is for a child (although I felt it was fairly clear here) and the main party struggling to make all the right choices. Obviously, Chris Evans is always a joy to watch, so, go for it?

For fans of: Chris Evans, genius kiddos


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

Our Girl Part IV

What a turbulent ride this week’s episode was! It shouldn’t be news to you that I am obsessed with this show, and if you still haven’t watched it: What on earth are you waiting for? This is my review of Part 4/Episode 4 of the Our Girl mini-series. Beware of Spoilers!

Such an intense episode, right? So much drama, secrets and action going on, I barely know where to start. Just know up front that I was sitting on the edge of my seat breathless the entire time!

So, it was announced that this episode would revolve around Molly having to choose between Smurf and Captain James, but I thought it definitely wasn’t only about that. As we heard last time, Bashira’s father is more than angry about Molly “destroying” his family and therefore wants revenge, not just on Molly, but on his daughter as well. All of this leads to Molly having to go on a special mission, since she is the only one who can positively identify Bashira’s father. That pretty much sums up the main premise, now let’s get into more detail!

  • Again, I just love that we get to see those glimpses of the platoon really being a team and being there for each other! Those moments are always amongst my favourites!
  • Qaseem has become one of my favourite people on the show! I just like his character so much, he is always the wise and reasonable voice of the team and I am glad we got to see more of his life before the Army again.
  • Also a thing I’ve mentioned before: the music is chosen spectacularly well! Love it every episode!
  • Molly really doubted herself this episode, but she shouldn’t have. She has such a strong character and she’s such a good person – she really came a long way from where she started at in the movie! She’s absolutely one of my favourite heroines on screen at the moment!
  • Now, this is probably the biggest and most important part of my review – the endless Molly-James-Smurf debate. While Molly’s and James’ relationship was built up slowly and beautifully, it escalated quickly this week. We find out that James has a wife and a son at home. Yes, you’ve heard right! It should come as no surprise that Molly is pissed at finding out that information. Seriously, who wouldn’t be? Granted she didn’t even let him explain, but he could’ve and should’ve offered this information about himself at some earlier point. And I had such high hopes for them after he seemed to invite her for Christmas at his place.
    But even more shockingly was the way she found out about his secrets – hiding in his closet while Smurf confessed to Captain James that he considered giving Molly his mother’s engagement ring. Which he ended up doing and she even took it. Didn’t I just talk about her wrongly encouraging him last week? That definitely doesn’t say “I just want to be your mate.”, or does it?
    Things got even worse when Molly and James made up, kissing for the first time and Smurf witnessed all of it. Such a cute moment and then it was ruined by him totally losing it. Well, he didn’t immediately lose it, but it didn’t take long until he endangered his life and the lives of the members of his platoon. All of that is to some extant understandable, since he truly believes that he loves Molly and that James is taking her from him, but I am still of the opinion that his feelings got confused, because she saved his life. We knew that he’s not the most stable person out there, but this time his behaviour had real consequences, because it got him and James shot. Molly tends to them both as best as she can, but we don’t find out how stable they are when they get taken to a hospital by a helicopter. Yes, that is how Tony Grounds decided to leave us this week …

There was really a lot to take in and such a thrilling cliffhanger at the end. I love this show to bits and I just can’t imagine it ending next Sunday. I don’t know what they’ve planned for Molly and the others, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another season. What did you think this week?

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