Friday, 22 June 2018

What I've Been Watching #3


I admit that since my last What I've Been Watching instalment, I actually haven't really watched a lot of TV. I've gravitated back towards let's plays, finding comfort in long Markiplier streams and enjoying watching Cryaotic, whose uploads are currently frequent and lengthy. That said, I do have a couple of shows to talk about today...

UNFORGOTTEN

The show I've probably enjoyed the most in recent months is Unforgotten is a six-part British crime series that I only discovered when Netflix uploaded the first season a month or two ago. It centres around Cassie (played by Nicola Walker who I recognise from previous attempts to watch another crime series River), and her partner, Sunny (played by Sanjeev Bhaskar, a new face to me), who, upon finding a skeleton in the basement of a house, traces it back to the 1970's, and pursues a seemingly hopeless investigation to find the killers of the young man whom the skeleton belongs to. I love crime, and I love cold cases, so this first season was amazing to watch - I binge watched it in two nights. I love the relationship between Cassie and Sunny, and Cassie herself is extremely thoughtful and dedicated. It's also a new take on a crime series when you find out how the family react to these cases, which is what happens in Unforgotten. Can't wait to watch season 2!

Overall rating: 5/5

PRIME SUSPECT 1973

I started Prime Suspect 1973 without knowing that a) Helen Mirren starred in the original Prime Suspect and b) the original was on Netflix, too. I tried really hard to get into the life of young Jane Tennison, even getting to episode four before admitting defeat. Although this hasn't put me off watching the original series, I really didn't enjoy this one. I found Jane to be stiff and boring, and her connections to everyone around her were so lifeless and one-dimensional. Her boss that she slept with was just as boring as her, and very dislikeable, and I just didn't find anything worth watching for. Also, it is set in the 1970's, my least favourite era, and the rampant sexism and misogyny was dull as dishwater after about five minutes (although historically accurate, I know). Soz!

Overall rating: 1/5

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE

Everyone and their mum is obsessed with the show, and I admit I recently found myself getting sucked in to the available seasons on Netflix. I popped this on one day, on the back of a recommendation from one of my best friends, whilst I was doing make-up for blog posts and Instagram uploads, and I found myself distracted quite often by what was going on. It's made me have a huge admiration for drag queens - their skill in beauty and fashion, and their individual talents and confidence -, whom I never really knew anything about before now, and it was incredible to see the likes of Kimchi and Sasha Velour on the show because they took art to a whole new level. They weren't just pretty models or unique make-up, they were thoughtful, creative and really took the drag queen artistry to a whole new level. I find that in the opening few episodes I don't pay as much attention because I end up being put off by the initial cattiness/drama that can seem a bit unnecessary, but after that I'm often hooked. I haven't finished season 10 yet because Aquaria just won the round and I find her really hard to tolerate, lmao. 

OVERALL RATING: 4/5

SAFE

I have literally just started watching this so I can't even make any comments yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing how the show plays out, and, also, it's really weird to hear Dexter Morgan (actor's real name Michael C Hall) with an English accent.

Overall rating: N/A, will report back once finished!

CRIME DOCUMENTARIES

I recently posted about 5 True Crime Documentaries to Watch, which also covers some more bits and pieces that I've been watching on Netflix, if you're interested.

What have you been watching lately?

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