What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #5

Being home sick has given me plenty of time to watch stuff (I was basically ordered to do so by my doctor, so who am I to decline that suggestion). So, let’s see what’s been on my screen:

Russian Doll

I thought this was going to be so stupid and just like Happy Deathday, but Russian Doll is one of the most brilliant shows I have watched as of late. With a short 4-hour-binge, you will be taken into a world of weird but excellent acting, formidable script-work and a beautiful range of characters. It is so much deeper and complex (but still fun!!!) than I expected. It’s like an existential life crisis dramedy and I had no idea that was even a thing.

I want to say that it wraps up pretty nicely. I am not sure if this is supposed to be a limited series or not, but I wouldn’t be mad if it ended here. In fact, I believe a second season might ruin it … And just as a little inside tip from me, stick with it until at least episode 3.

In the end, I just sat there and I wanted to hug all the characters goodbye. What an amazing journey they took me on!

Siempre Bruja – Always a Witch

You know that I love contemporary witches, but I also very much like witches that are fish out of water because they’ve been transported to contemporary times. This was such a fun show and I keep appreciating all the international content on Netflix. This one is set in Colombia and I watched it in Spanish with subtitles, I believe that’s the best way to get the experience right.

I will say that it was very hard for anyone to root for Carmen to be able to go back to her original timeline. In the 1600s she was a black slave who had fallen in love with her white master’s son, but in our time, she had so much more possibilities for her future. As soon as she had felt at home in the 21st century, you just knew she could never again be content with her old life, but at the same time she was unwilling to give up on her love. Without wanting to give away anything, there is a lot of room to explore more of that in a second season.

Not going to sugarcoat it, I called a lot of what was happening with the baddies on the show. Not all of it, but enough to not be seriously surprised. There is a very teen drama soap feel to some of it, but I don’t mind that at all. It’s just something to think about if that’s maybe not your thing.

9-1-1

This isn’t really a new one, but I just felt like bingeing it all again, especially season 2. The cases on this show are so over the top and there are so many too. You might think that they go to one accident per episode or a max of two, but no! This is more like 5+ every single episode, while still giving us plenty of personal relationship stuff too.

I just really wanted to watch it again, because I am into the Eddie and Buck ship, which is not canon but I don’t even care. They could just have a beautiful non toxic male friendship as well and I wouldn’t be mad about that either, but they’d make a cute couple too. The writers even admitted that they were throwing crumbs at the viewers but I am not sure if they are queerbaiting the audience or not. They do have a canon lesbian couple, which is already pretty awesome. But yeah, the guys … one of them has a son and a random lady thought they were both his dad and told Buck what an adorable kid they had and he didn’t negate her. He just took a beat, smiled and thanked her. COME ON!

Carmen Sandiego

I never religiously watched the original Carmen Sandiego, but I remember it from my childhood and this new style of animation wasn’t exactly what I wanted out of a reboot. The voice actors are all doing a great job though and the story was interesting enough. I just believe that this is targeted at a younger audience than me and I found myself bored sometimes. 

Overall, not a bad show, but I also don’t have a lot to say about it either. If you can’t find anything else to binge, this isn’t too bad of an option I suppose.


Have you binged any of these shows? Do you intend to? Let’s talk about it! 

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #4

I haven’t actually been in as much of a binge-watching mood as I used to. I do enjoy some currently airing shows though, so I will make allowances and talk about both – shows I have binged lately and shows I keep watching on a weekly basis.

Roswell, New Mexico

Only two episodes in and this show has my heart. Other than with the Charmed reboot (which I could just NOT get into), I am somehow completely fine with the NUMEROUS changes and liberties they have taken with the material. The necessary core and the endearing factors are all still there, so I am not going to complain. (Also, I am CW trash … we all know that.)

Liz and Max have the chemistry they are supposed to have. They didn’t whitewash the entire town of Roswell like they did in the 90s and they even added in some LGBT+ representation (I am not being more detailed on this because I don’t know how the characters identify yet and I don’t want to just assume, but my point is, not everyone is straight).

A lot of people have complained that Roswell, New Mexico is too political, but I personally like that. It adds that feeling of urgency and really makes it current. Seriously one of the shows I most love to tune in every single week. 

Derry Girls

I don’t know why I watched this? I guess I wanted something low-key to play in the background and the show seemed like a perfect fit for that. The thing that’s bugging me about it a little is that it doesn’t have a storyline that spans the whole season. It’s really just single episodes and you could probably watch them in random order (except for the first and last maybe) and it wouldn’t make much of a difference. Maybe I am being unfair, because it does actually touch upon some rather serious stuff that happened in Ireland, but mostly it’s just super weird humour?

But it was funny and it served the purpose of distraction. I would probably watch more of it just for the giggles. I wish I had more to say about it, but that’s really it.

Baby

A friend and I started watching this together on a whim and we finished the entire show that evening. If I am not mistaken, it’s Netflix’ first Italian show and the dubbing is terrible, so I recommend watching it with subtitles.

The first half it just slowly trickles along and you are wondering what this is even all about. What’s the purpose of the show, you know? But then things start happening and the last two episodes are majorly eventful. I quite enjoyed it in the end. It may not have been perfect and it does not show Rome in any way you’d think it would, but it’s interesting. I hope Netflix keeps going with all that original programming from different countries.

Once I am in the mood for more violence again, I will watch The Punisher (S2) and Titans. They just haven’t felt right for now though. What have you been bingeing? Seen any of the shows I have mentioned? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #3

It’s been one of those weekends again, where I just couldn’t resist a good old binge of TV shows. There were some new releases on Netflix, but I’ve also finally started something I’ve been eyeing for a long time now. Here’s what I got for you this time:

Sex Education

Not gonna lie, I thought this was gonna be garbage, but the show had something really endearing about it. Obviously, if you aren’t comfortable with the topic of sex or just don’t care about it, maybe the show isn’t entirely for you, but there’s so much more to it. Although it might look like it’s set in the 80s, it very much plays in our world today, in some part of the UK that I could not specify if you begged me to.

I feel like this show is so relatable for so many questioning teens out there. It isn’t really so much about regular high school drama, but the discovery of yourself as a person and your boundaries, the things you are capable of and your limits. Pair all of this with some really great acting, great humour and a more than solid plot and you do have my attention. At this point, I would be delighted for another season!

Friends from College (Season 2)

Friends from College is one of those truly underrated shows on Netflix. It has a star-studded cast, is absolutely hilarious and tackles some really great topics. I might be drawn to this more now that I am in my mid-twenties and adulthood is inevitable, but I genuinely enjoy every single episode of this show and Season 2 was a real blast.

The characters and their relationships are so complex and while their decisions are often faulty and misguided, you do understand where they come from. There’s hours upon hours of material up for discussion after watching this but I just need everyone to back off of Lisa. The woman is no saint, but Ethan’s transgressions were like a 100 times worse and I stand by that.

Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1)

Okay, I haven’t actually finished the first season yet, but I am officially in love with this show! I’ve known of its existence for a while now, but Karen Gillan’s The Party’s Just Beginning made me yearn for some more Lee Pace stuff I hadn’t watched before, and that’s when I finally started it. Best. decision. ever!

Halt and Catch fire is an incredibly intelligent drama about what seems to be the 80s computing industry, but is really only the backdrop to showcase some intriguing and real characters (real even has a double meaning here, because it’s supposedly largely based on true events). They have their faults, dang they are all introduced in a less than flattering way, but you want to know more about them. It’s a truly character-driven show. I can’t wait to watch all the rest!

Have you watched any of those? What are your thoughts on them? (For those of you surprised that Titans wasn’t in the post, it will probably be featured in the next one) Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching! #2

I like this little feature, because it briefly lets me tell you what I’ve been obsessing over. And since I don’t think anyone really minded me doing this the last time, here we go again! (If you’ve missed the previous installment of this rather new feature, click here to check it out!)

You

You is based on a book, that is ready to be read on my Kindle, but I made the executive decision to watch the show before diving into the written format. Not gonna lie, I am glad I watched it while I was at my parent’s place in Vienna and not all alone by myself in Berlin. As someone who has had bad experiences with strangers following me or calling me and knowing my address, that show creeped the hell out of me.

Joe is like the perfect guy on paper. What he shows the world is seriously what I would consider a dream partner – interested in books, kind, supportive, etc. but … this show is literally his inner monologue and it’s just terrifying. I definitely would not wish a stalker like that on anyone. Yet, at the same time, it was really fascinating to watch.

There was definitely a lot that I would say was predictable, but the story also took some really nice turns and the ending was brilliant and, at least to me, unexpected!

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Technically, Bandersnatch is an event movie, but it belongs to the Black Mirror series, so I am counting it in! Do you remember those “choose your own adventure”-books? I always used to love them as a kid and, well, Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own-adventure-film. It takes you down so many different roads, you almost feel like you are in inception. It gets super weird, which is very typical Black Mirror manner, and you don’t always get presented with options you even want to take, but the concept is still brilliant and makes something rather passive as watching a show super engaging.

I am far from having taken every possible option and I am not sure I ever will, but I seriously hope that Netflix will venture out to do more content like this. Not only does it protect them from piracy, but it’s also really, really fun.

Alexa & Katie (Season 2)

Alexa & Katie is one of those super light, yet with a touch of emotional seriousness shows that is perfect for binge-watching. You don’t need to pay super close attention, it’s fun but not the best thing ever. I have to say that I enjoyed Season 1 a little more than Season 2 and I was a little disappointed that the whole Katie-Lucas-thing was barely even addressed at all, but it was still nice.

Sometimes you just want a little bit of pure friendship on your screen and if you don’t mind the Disney/Nickelodeon type of storytelling, then this is probably for you!

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 2)

I am so, so, so happy they released the entire season at once and didn’t do it on a weekly basis again. Runaways is one of my absolute favourite Marvel shows and Season 2 has only strengthened that opinion. As I will be mostly talking about S2 today, you can check out my more detailed post on the show in general here.

As many of you know, Gert was my favourite character on the show so far and, again, I remain by that statement. I especially appreciated her mental health rep with a focus on anxiety this season. Her character is definitely not flawless and makes many a mistake, but somehow I just always connect with her the most and it was a pure joy watching her grow in these new episodes. Obviously, she wasn’t the only one going through some changes and I am just so elated that the show managed to give everyone new struggles, new challenges to face and just so much growth in general.

I think Runaways has the potential to really keep going for a lot of seasons and I hope people watch the show and make it happen! (as we all ignore how terrible Old Lace looks)

Have you watched any of these shows? Let’s chat!