In the past few weeks I have had the chance to watch an embarrassing amount of television because a) holidays b) minus 15°C – how dare you suggest I have a social life at those temperatures and c) sickness.
One of the only shows I had still been watching and enjoying this year was actually Penny Dreadful, which I highly recommend to anyone. The thing with Penny Dreadful is that I usually don’t watch period pieces and I usually don’t like the horror or supernatural being element on my fictional entertainment. But London is always rather charming and Eva Green is just mesmerizing as Vanessa Ives. Also, to quote myself: “I could listen to Josh Hartnett reading the phone book.” That’s how I recommended the show to a friend of mine.
Nonetheless, after the demise of my dearly beloved Penny Dreadful, I found love in a hopeless place … which, now that I think about it, is quite a good description for most (if not all) of the following shows.
I had just come home from dinner with a couple of my friends, and wasn’t tired yet, so naturally I turned on the TV (or Netflix for that matter) and I saw Winona Ryder staring back at me. I’m a kid of the 1980s, so Winona Ryder was my childhood hero. I think I watched just about every 1980s and 1990s movie with her. Anyway, I thought I’d just check out the first episode because it was already 10.30 pm or so. But I stayed until the end – at like 3 in the morning. I was just so in awe of the entire cast and so drawn into the story that I couldn’t wait.
So in conclusion, because it’s a well known phrase to use when talking about the show: Justice for Barb.
What makes us human? Well, who knows, really. I have to admit, I fell in love with this show during episode one and I was fascinated by the Mia/Anita character (played by Gemma Chan). But than came episode two of series one, and Niska (played by Emily Berrington) caught my attention. I personally do love the supposedly “evil” characters because I’m fascinated by the journey the writers take them on to humanize them, make them more vulnerable, make the audience understand their point of view. And Niska to me is the most human out of all the humans and non-human characters on the show.
For me personally, the show could probably not do any wrong with replacing all but four characters, i.e. Max, Mattie, Sophie and obviously Niska. I think Max would normally annoy me quite a bit because he’s too perfect – albeit a Synth like Niska – but he reminds me of a friend of mine who would always drive me crazy at the beginning of our friendship because to me no-one could be 100% charming, friendly, cheerful, helpful, positive, caring all the time.
Ah, what can I say … you make me laugh out loud in the most inappropriate moments (if they were non-fictional) and you made me fall in love with you in the first three minutes (guess that’s a record). Also, you were a warm welcome from the dreadful The OA. For reference see my instagram post. As mentioned before, I’m not good with the element of supernatural beings but I occasionally even I can turn a blind eye on those things. The dynamic between the two lead characters Amy and Raquel (played by the marvelous Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma, respectively) is also very endearing.
Sweet / Vicious
This. Is. A. Must. Watch. For. Everyone.
I know, it’s an MTV show. And I’m way too old to watch weird MTV teen shows like … I don’t know what else they broadcast. But this show is such an important show to watch, with such important social issues to talk about. And those of you who have read some of my blog posts know that I write quite a bit on sexual assault, racism, gender issues, mental health, etc. This show is making a statement on all these issues. To be honest, not even too lightly spread across the shows storylines but the comedic element of the show does at first make it a bit easier to digest. But still, you will come back to the real life elements talked about in today’s political arenas. You will want to talk to your friends, colleagues and family about certain things touched on in the show’s episodes. It basically is this and this in a fictional drama with comedic elements.
Like Crazyhead, this show will make you laugh when you shouldn’t be laughing. I mean, who can belt out Wicked‘s “Defying Gravity” after murder? No-one, except for Ophelia and Jules (played by Taylor Dearden and Eliza Bennett, respectively).
I’m only on episode six. So … And it actually took me weeks to move from episode one to episode two because the most annoying of all period pieces: Damsel in Distress in the Wild West. Episode two started out nicely with the ever so charming Jimmi Simpson as the ever so charming William. Also, the remarkable Thandie Newton as the very fascinating and intriguing Maeve is very captivating. I had my doubts about Dolores the Damsel (and I believed for the first 4.5 episodes that Evan Rachel Wood would be quite underused) but it looks like she’s finally opening up to the world.
Can I also just say, as much as I hate the Ed Harris character (whatever his name may be), I find it rather curious (for the lack of better word) that the father of The Truman Show is present in this world simulation show.
I think I’ll finish Westworld this week because it’s still cold outside and I’m still sickly, so if anyone has any recommendations on how else to spend my couch / bed-ridden days, please leave a comment below. Also, you may or may not have noticed that all the above shows only have 10 episodes or less. This is not much of a coincidence as I do have a fear of shows that have like 24 episode, each running 45+minutes.
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HAPPY WATCHING EVERYONE!