Wednesday, 21 March 2018

What I've Been Watching #1

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Idea credit for this post goes to More About Cat! Also, this post contains spoilers.

I dunno about you guys, but I go through phases when it comes to what I'm watching. Sometimes I'll solely watch YouTube - true crime, beauty and let's plays, mostly - for weeks on end, whilst at other times I'll become obsessed with Netflix and Now TV, and all I'll watch is my current favourite TV shows. In the last few months, I've done the latter, re-watching old favourites so I'm caught up for the new season, and discovering loads of amazing gems that I've quickly become addicted to.

In this new series, I want to talk about what I've been watching lately. Because these posts will contain a fair few shows in, I'll try to keep things simple and succinct. Read on to find out what I've been binge-watching lately.

SUITS

I started watching Suits online as soon as it hit the US - because, obv, the UK was further behind in airing the show -, after my pal recommended it to me. I became hooked immediately, as the idea of a fraudulent lawyer was, although not an innovative idea, unlike anything else I'd ever watched before. Plus, let's face it, who the fuck can refuse Gabriel Macht? What a beaut. Anyway, I initially watched the first 3-4 seasons and then fell behind until Netflix got caught up, and I went back and watched it from start to its (current) finish. 

Although I've really enjoyed the series, I mostly watch it now for Lewis, and the ongoing question mark that hangs over Harvey and Donna's relationship (they are meant to be, damn it). I definitely feel they need to wrap it up soon, and I honestly have no interest in Katherine Heigl entering the show as a new character. Soz. And can we take a moment to talk about how incredibly selfish and dislikeable Rachel is? I'm really glad she's not going to be back...

Overall rating: 4/5

SOUTH PARK

I realise the classic South Park series isn't everybody's cup of tea, but after binge watching seasons 17-21 on Now TV, I went back and started ordering the box sets at one box set a month, and I'm now almost fully caught up on the series - 16 is the only one I haven't watched right the way through as I currently don't own it. Although it can be crude and the humour isn't always to my taste, I find the show thoroughly enjoyable and the characters to be hilarious and likeable (except Cartman, he's a dick). I don't have anything bad to say about South Park, in all honesty, it's a fun watch and I highly recommend it. I'm not often drawn to adult cartoons, but this one has always worked for me. Also, the games are fucking great (OK, not played the new one yet).

I'm honestly amazed that a series can run for 21 seasons and not get boring or repetitive, but this one doesn't.

Overall rating: 5/5

MINDHUNTER

In case you're new here, I have a real love of true crime and detective series', so for me, Mindhunter was on the top of my to-watch list as soon as it hit Netflix. Based in the 1970's where criminal psychology and profiling were pretty new to the FBI, it follows two agents (my fave being the older of the two, Bill) who interview serial killers to try and uncover what makes them tick. Smart, a little bit chilling (since many of the prisoners are based on real life killers), and very interesting. The agents are also given backgrounds and personal relationships, so it's not all scary, and Hannah Gross - daughter of Paul Gross, AKA Benton Fraser in my favourite show Due South - plays Holden's girlfriend. Gross sex scenes and crazy body hair aside, I loved every minute of this show and I can't wait for the new season.

Overall rating: 5/5

STRANGER THINGS

This hugely successful series is well-loved for a reason, a reason you probably won't understand until you watch it. I loved every minute of Stranger Things, and I've even gone on to recommend it to just about everyone who hasn't seen it. Set in the 80's and boasting a great soundtrack, it begins when a young boy called Will Byers goes missing, and the show follows the efforts his friends and family make to try and find him. A little bit creepy but also packed with wit, humour and suspense, I didn't expect to love this show. Something about the TV show featuring a young group of friends puts a new twist on the usual sci-fi or horror genre, just like IT did last year. 

Overall rating: 5/5

HANNIBAL

The fact that I never finished Hannibal should tell you my thoughts on it. I got into season two before giving the show up. The show focuses on the odd relationship between criminal profiler, Will Graham, and the infamous Hannibal, who, at the time, is a highly-praised psychiatrist that secretly carries out his serial killings and cannibalistic tendencies. Although I adore Mads Mikkelsen and think he makes a fantastic Hannibal Lecter, this series fell short for me because I got sick of how blatant it seemed that Hannibal was involved in crimes and Will was not, but everyone around Will failed to see it. I also grew tired of the constant drama surrounding Will - I much preferred watching him investigate the murder cases and I enjoyed the weird relationship he had with Hannibal. All the drama was a bit boring after a while.

Overall rating: 3/5

DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY

Another good series that is sadly going to be ending too soon, I enjoyed every second of Dirk Gently. It's a little bit slow-moving at first, but once you get into it I think it's a fun and smart watch. The characters are extremely likeable, especially Todd and Dirk. I'm really intrigued by the back story of Dirk Gently, and I hope the second season expands more on this (I haven't yet watched it). Eccentric and unlike most of what you'll watch on Netflix, I find Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to be a hugely fun ride. 

Overall rating: 4/5

THE TUNNEL: VENGEANCE

Season three of The Tunnel landed at the end of last year and I enjoyed every minute of it, but was left feeling thoroughly disappointed by the finale. It felt like a real cop out. The differing personalities of the lead French and British investigators made the series highly enjoyable, with their bond being unique and one that you wouldn't predict would happen. This paired with the  building of the characters, giving them in-depth backgrounds, strong personalities and giving them hurdles to overcome together made the show have a more unique perspective than a lot of the usual detective dramas. However, as enjoyable as the plot was in season 3, I felt like Elise's demise and the final moments of Karl, who seems to see her ghostly image in a hall of mirrors, left me a bit like, what the fuck did I just watch? It seemed like a bit of a trivial and shoddy ending for a series that was well-written, the characters beautifully portrayed, and of course, it featured themes of terrorism, family issues and abuse throughout, so it dealt with some super intense topics.

Overall rating: 4/5 (tempted to give it 3/5 based on the ending alone but it was a good series)

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This is only part one of what I've been watching recently, so stay tuned for #2 in the next few weeks! What have you guys been watching lately?

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