What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #35

I told you that there was a lot to be watched, which is why this post has come so soon after the other one. The thing is, there’s even more ahead in the upcoming days and weeks. I’ve never felt this blessed with summer content as this year, even if I burn through shows in a matter of days. Here’s what I’ve been watching.

Love, Victor (Season 1)

I liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I liked the movie they made out of it. When they announced a spin off show, I thought it would be about Leah or any of the other people that Becky Albertalli had written books about, which are actually set in that universe. However, having now watched Love, Victor, I think they made the right choice to establish a storyline with a new cast. 

Coming out is always a unique experience and Victor doesn’t need long to realise that his won’t be anything like Simon’s story (I mean, I’d hope so. Getting outed against your will should never ever happen). His circumstances are different, he’s from a far more conservative latinx family, but we also see him questioning his sexual identity more than we did Simon’s. It was a great mix of nostalgia for the movie with cameos and definite callbacks to it (watch the gay character compliment Victor’s shoes in his first scene, just like Simon tried to compliment leaf blower dude’s boots) and entirely new elements.

Having this be formatted as a show, there was more room to explore the stories surrounding Victor rather than rushing through them like they sometimes had to in the movie. There really wasn’t any character that I didn’t like and I have a deep appreciation for the nuances to all of them. Mistakes are made, that’s just the way life goes. The episodes ended up only being 25 minutes and while I really enjoyed the final shot (it was brilliant!), I would have liked 13 or 15 episodes better than the 10 we got. I breezed through the entire thing in one afternoon and we will have to wait quite a while for more content (hoping there is more), so I just wanted that tiny bit more. I know, I am greedy.

For fans of: Love, Simon, coming out stories

The Order (Season 2)

Season 1 of the Order was a bit of a surprise to me. While I could see that the budget wasn’t always on par with what they were trying to accomplish, the show managed to completely reel me in. I had missed my wolves dearly, because let’s face it, the Knight of St. Christopher and Randall in particular were a prime reason for me to watch. Now I am done with the season and miss these idiots already again. You’d think I’d learn to pace myself, but no.

Anyway, the entire season was comprised of two-parters for episodes. That was strange, but worked pretty well, because it didn’t seem like it was too out of context but still with an overall arc that bound it together. I tend to get very angry at the choices the characters make, because a lot of them are inherently dumb, but I still like watching the show. Here are my main thoughts on this season:

  • Lilith deserved better and got the only romantic storyline I didn’t mind.
  • WHO asked for those new ships? NO ONE. I don’t like them. I don’t want them. The only romance Hamish has is with liquor and Randall is just too himbo for the person they paired him up with.
  • I actually liked Jack’s bleached hair. Make it come back.
  • Alyssa remains a big ???
  • Actually found the threats more credible this time around.

For fans of: magic, werewolves, secret societies, demons, haywire shenanigans

The Politician (Season 2)

The main reason I love this show is the impeccable cast. I’ve become more involved with politics as I got older, but it’s usually not a topic I seek out in particular, but The Politician is still something I enjoy very much. Maybe it’s because this show is so much more about ethics and morals (and their difference) rather than actual politics. There’s plenty of talking points the show goes through, touching on issues that concern us right now in real life, while mostly using them the way actual politicians do – as topics that could get you votes but that won’t necessarily be followed up on. Instead, the show keeps focusing on Payton and whether you need to be a good person to do good things for society.

While I do think that there’s a lot less bite to this season, there is something that just keeps me so very interested in what comes next. We’ve spanned about 7 years time in just two seasons and all I want to know is what Payton will do next. Will he be president one day? Will he actually do good things with the power he has?

Don’t expect anything realistic in this show, I hope that was obvious in the first season already. This is a satire and over the top! Messages are there, but they might not always be in your face, masked by louder topics instead. I firmly believe that you can take away a lot from this show, but most of all, it’s cast is just a joy to watch.

For fans of: satire, politics and scheming, the formidable cast, Ben Platt singing because Ben Platt

Doom Patrol (Season 1)

I am just trying to catch up on DC content, especially with the new season around the corner. I have sort of distanced myself from most of the CW content, not because I have anything against them in particular, but a lot of them just get worse as they go on. I’ve completely lost track of what’s happening, but also just found that I liked the darker aesthetic of the non-CW shows better.

Doom Patrol is incredibly random. I have no other way of describing it. More than once, you think that the episode couldn’t get more ridiculous, be it in visual effects or storyline, but it just seems laughable. Yet, at the same time, it deals with so many far more serious topics. I think they don’t always manage to keep the right balance, but they sure know how to keep it interesting. I’m excited for more.

The only thing I can’t stop thinking about is whether Matt Bomer and Brendan Fraser are always in their costumes or if they have stand-ins and do ADR (voice recording) later on. Don’t know why I can’t shake that thought.

For fans of: random chaos, antiheroes, misfits turned family


This is it! Did you watch any of those things? Could I persuade you to check them out? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #20

The week I had was crazy – great, but still crazy. So, once again, I just did not have the time to post anything, however, I was smart enough to download some Netflix shows and movies for the 15 odd hours I spent on the train going through most of Germany (for work).

The Politician

This show might just be my new favourite thing of the moment! I was kind of hesitant, because despite me loving the cast, I am not big on political plotlines, but I LOVED IT! The characters are completely morally ambiguous, they do horrendous things but you still sort of root for some of them. The question of whether you have to be a good person on the inside, or if it’s enough to do good deeds on the outside still haunts me. Not going to lie, it all takes a bit of getting used to and often takes it just that tiny bit too far, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Still, I feel like it’s going to be a polarising show and probably for a good reason (just thinking about the end of the first episode has me worried), but in my head I was chanting “SEASON 2, SEASON 2, SEASON 2” when the final episode finished.

A point I feel like is worth mentioning is that I adore the theme song and the opening of the show. I haven’t been so obsessed with an opening for a while, but it is beautifully done and features a Sufjan Stevens song, so I am bliss.

For fans of: politics but starting on a high school level, random musical interlopers that at least make sense as part of the story because it is not a musical, Ben Platt and Zoey Deutch

Disenchantment (Part 2)

I don’t watch a lot of animated shows and it has nothing to do with me being a snob, but sometimes I am just not feeling the characters or the art style and the only thing that really touched me was BoJack Horseman, but I was curious after the end of the last part of Disenchantment. This follow up gave us some interesting developments, but in the end, left the viewer pretty much at the same spot as the last season finale. I also wasn’t feeling our trio as much as in the first part, because they weren’t together all that much, or at least it felt that way to me.

Anyway, it’s still funny, but I might just recommend binging this show when all the parts are released, because the wait is pretty annoying with the cliffhangers and all.

For fans of: Disenchantment Part 1, animated shows for adults, dark and dirty humour, not necessarily being politically correct and that being the joke, demons with a heart

Falling Inn Love

Sometimes I don’t want to have to think too much when I watch a movie and that’s when stuff like Falling Inn Love comes in really handy. I don’t care about plotholes or inaccuracies, all I want is some sizzling chemistry between the leads and a romance to root for. Falling Inn Love gave me that and also a place where community still means something and people help each other out. If that film doesn’t make you want to move to the New Zealand countryside, then I don’t even know

For fans of: generic romance movies, people with a New Zealand accent, not too much accuracy about how visa and travel restrictions work, that guy who was once a contestant on the show in UnReal

Home Again

I have actually talked about this movie before, but I have absolutely zero regrets watching it all over again. Just like last time, I basically sat there with a huge grin the entirety of the movie and just enjoyed Reese getting to let loose with a chaotic trio of emotional support boys. I swear, if three strangers wanted to move in with me, become my best friends and help me with all the struggles of daily life, they’d be welcome here!

Also, an aspect that I still love about this flick is that it has a lot to do with old Hollywood and the film industry. That’s not really part of the trailer, but it is something that really makes the movie click with me.

For fans of: love, family, friendship, all the warm feelings, a touch of glam Hollywood hidden in the tale

Room

Yes, I had not, in fact, seen this movie before yesterday. I always wanted to, because it looked very intriguing, but it also had major sad vibes and I had to be in the right mood for it. I obviously also knew that the performances were great, or there wouldn’t have been such a buzz around Brie and Jacob at the time, but I was still blown away by their portrayal of the characters.

I am not sure I could handle this in book-format, but the movie already made me cry and I don’t think I need to experience that in an even more in depth way. Room just felt so raw, authentic and real and with some of the actual cases of abducted women that have surfaced in the past, I never really thought about the story being told from a kid’s point of view.

There was one scene where a TV host interviewed Joy (Brie Larson) and she asked some really nasty questions and that’s when I just lost it and the tears didn’t stop rolling until the very end of the film. This sure is some emotional stuff!

For fans of: sadness, brilliant performances, deep character studies, POV of children


Have you watched any of the shows/movies mentioned above? Do you want to? Let’s talk!