This week’s TV series was Orange is the New Black and I have to say this show is one of my top 10 favourite TV series.
Check out the trailer for Season 1
This show follows Piper Chapman, who is sent to a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money across international borders, 10 years prior, for her girlfriend at the time, Alex Vause.
Orange is the New Black is one of the first all female cast, so it’s very empowering for us women. This show covers so many issues in the real world, for example: Sexual Orientation, Religion, Race, Sexual Harassment, Murder, Drugs, etc. I cannot verbally explain how good OITNB is and how much you definitely should watch it if you’ve never watched it, or haven’t finished it. I am such a huge fun of the show, and I am guilty of re-watching it, that’s how good it is!
The show is full of plot twists and relationships between literally every character and ahhh it’s just one of the best prison shows ever (second best after Prison Break).
This week we had decided to watch the Channel 4 original ‘End of theF***ing World’. Luckily for us, it’s now on Netflix which means ADVERT FREE!!! Now originally when first hearing about this show, I, like anyone else, had assumed it was a 5th Wave, 2012 type vibe, aka the end of the world. But boy, was this title very deceiving.
If you haven’t seen it, check out the trailer here:
When I first saw the trailer to this tv show, I was somewhat dumbfounded how nobody had ever thought of the plot line as the premise of a movie. Think about it, a psychopathic teenage boy, having thoughts to kill his love interest- who is seemingly oblivious to his killer fetishes. It’s the almost human, realistic version of Twilight.
Fortunately, it spares the soppy love story and really focuses on the mental state of both protagonists, as they battle their own personal demons to fall in love with each other. Alyssa is a teenage rebel, abused by her stepdad and neglected by her mother- she seeks refuge with James, a total recluse- or so she thought. The first episode of the 9 in the first season is the introduction to both the characters, I like the way they showcase their back story and animate their lives at the beginning. However, the episode is only half an hour long and it almost feels rushed as the directors cram whatever the audience needs to see in order to get to know the characters better. There’s a sense of humour with the mismatched couple and it makes you more inclined to continue watching until the end. I’d definitely recommend watching End of the F*cking World.
This week’s recommendation was the Netflix Original, ‘Stranger Things’. I have been a massive fan of the show since it first came out, it’s one of those shows you don’t expect to be so damn binge-worthy.
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Basically, the show is about a group of 4 young boys who are best friends, and one of them- Will- goes missing and nobody where or how or why. Joyce, Will’s petrified mother, tries everything to find her little boy who has disappeared. She seeks help from the local sheriff, Jim Hopper. The other 3 boys, Mike, Dustin and Lucas, go out in secret looking for him on their bikes. The soon find a scared girl, whom goes by the name Eleven, who has special powers that eventually helps them locate where Will possibly is. Majority of season 1 is every one looking for Will and helping get him back. I won’t give spoilers as to what happens, but all I will say is that every episode leaves you wanting more, as more and more clues are dropped.
What I like about this show is that it’s very different to your normal sci-fi tv series, as it’s very very rare to have all main characters as young people. At first, it felt weird to be watching 5 young actors on screen as I didn’t expect it to be as intense as it is. It’s quite refreshing be able to see young talent do what a lot of older actors do, and do it spectacularly. I found that the cast is the reason the show is so good.
Season 2 is also out, so once you’re done with Season 1, straight onto season 2 you go!!!! If you have a Netflix account, watch it here now!
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This week’s show is Netflix Original, ‘The Crown’. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet up as a group to watch the show, so we decided to watch it individually in our own time.
The Crown is a historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It focuses on the Queen as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is disorganised, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s very carefully researched scripts unveils the Queen’s private odyssey behind the public appearance with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace.
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This first episode is defined by two men: King George VI, Elizabeth’s father, and her fiancé, soon-to-be husband, Philip Mountbatten. The beginning scenes are of Philip preparing for marriage, and George VI coughing blood into a white bowl. There are moments when Elizabeth shines through it all. During the post-wedding jollities, her mother and grandmother spoke about the way she negotiated all the royal hierarchies to attain her love match with Philip
For a series that will ostensibly be about Queen Elizabeth II, the first episode of The Crown spends very little time on the big questions. We don’t really learn who Elizabeth is, what she thinks and feels, or how her distinctive personality will shape the events to come. Instead, the Netflix series opens with an extended framing of Elizabeth inside other perspectives.
Visually, The Crown is a treat – practically every scene is like an oil painting come to life. Fortunately it also has the across-the-board compelling performances and assured writing necessary to ensure that stunning scenery doesn’t count for nothing. The show is simply an engaging enough dynastic family drama, told on an extravagant scale. It really is gorgeous to look at, and it features many fine performances.
However, it’s not my cup of tea. The idea of watching the build up to where to Queen is now, does not interest me at all. I found myself throughout the episode having to stop and go back as I didn’t follow along due to lack of interest. Each episode is an hour long, so you have to be really invested to be able to understand what happens.
Check out this video to watch how the producers made it look like HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS of people turned up for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
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This week’s show was ‘Jane The Virgin’, originally aired on CW, but is now on Netflix!
The episode begins with a flashback of Jane at a young age, having her fiercely religious Grandma make her crumple a white flower. She then tells Jane to try and put the flower back together. After failing at doing so, her grandmother explains that the flower symbolises her virginity and that it’s something you cannot restore or take back. At the present, Jane, now 23 years old, working at a hotel to finance her studies and saving herself for marriage, finds her life turned upside down when she is artificially inseminated by accident. Jane is caught between her boyfriend Michael, who has no desire to raise another man’s child, and Rafael, the owner of the sperm, whose battle with cancer means this is his only chance for a biological child. Petra, Rafael’s wife, also wants the baby – but only to prolong her failing marriage while the pre-nuptial agreement is still in effect, where she would be able to acquire a huge amount of money. Petra is also found out to be having an affair with Rafael’s best friend, named Roman Zazo. Meanwhile, Jane’s mother, Xiomara, and grandmother have their own opinions about what Jane should do, influenced by Xiomara’s unplanned pregnancy with Jane at a young age.
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I like this show as every episode there’s always drama happening so automatically the audience is engaged and wanting to know more. This show includes topics such as Religion, Romance, Crime. It’s basically your typical rom-com but with an interesting twist. The accidental-pregnancy premise sounds absurd–and it is–but Jane’s playful, good-hearted humour makes the unbelievable believable.
I’m excited about this show. It packed a lot into the pilot, but every storyline has me interested. I’m ready and willing to follow Jane anywhere on this crazy story.
Definitely recommend watching Jane The Virgin if you’ve never watched it, check it out here if you have a Netflix account!
Our choice of show this week was ‘The Good Place’, which originally aired of NBC. Fortunately, it’s now out on Netflix, and I’m glad it is!
The Good Place, staring Kristen Bell, known for voicing Anna from Frozen, plays Eleanor Shellstrop, whom has died and entered ‘the Good Place’ which is our idea of Heaven, but with a twist. Throughout the episode, we learn a lot about Eleanor’s personality by seeing snippets of her past before her death, and we soon come to a conclusion that she was a real bitch. This show has many comedic elements and is in no way demeaning towards religious beliefs in the Afterlife. In the Good Place, everyone has a soulmate that they meet which they are paired with due to their actions on Earth. Eleanor meets her soulmate, Chidi, who she confides in telling him that she thinks there’s been a mistake and that she doesn’t belong there. Eleanor continues her mischief causing a huge disruption in this Heaven-like place. Everything quickly begins to change as Chidi tries to help her become ‘good’.
This show isn’t your usual comedy as it’s a very unique storyline, that makes you want to find out what happens afterwards.
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What I like about this show is the light-heartedness towards the idea of Heaven. In no way is it offensive to people’s religion, it’s actually the opposite. It shows this perfect concept of what the afterlife may be and is actually quite up lifting. I really enjoy this show as it’s such a easy-watch show. All episodes are 20 minutes, therefore it’s super easy to binge, and who doesn’t love a good Netflix binge.
I definitely recommend watching The Good Place, so if you have a Netflix account, then check it out here!
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This week’s show was another Netflix Original called ‘The Santa Clarita Diet’. One of our group members recommended us to watch it.
So this show is about a family of 3, starring Drew Barrymore as the mother, who appears to be feeling very sick at the beginning of the episode. Sheila and Joel are both realtors and are trying to get a offers on their listings. In the episode, Sheila begins to throw up an unnatural amount of vomit which leads to further confusion in her behavioural changes. She only eats raw meat and her blood is now a thick ‘tar like substance’. Her daughter, Abby, seeks help from the kid next door, Eric, known as ‘a creeper’. He identifies Sheila as ‘dead and undead’, despite her exuberance.
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I found that the comedy aspect of this show made this show a lot better than expected, as other famous zombie shows such as The Walking Dead and iZombie lack that comedic side. I am a huge fan of Zombie shows, TWD and iZombie are definitely in my top 10 favourite shows. Comedy is also another one of my favourite genres, so being able to engage in a series that has both zombies and comedy has really taking a new turn for me.
I like how the producers/writers have tried to incorporate light banter in killing people to make the show less serious and more enjoyable to watch. Obviously I don’t agree with murder, however in the show they have decided to only kill and eat people who deserve to die, so a prototype would be a ‘young, single Hitler’,
I highly recommend watching this if you’re into zombie themes! On the other hand, if you have a weak stomach and dislike gruesome things like blood and vomit, then maybe don’t watch it, as it’s highly graphic… but not at all scary.
This week’s show we decided to watch was Black Lightning. This series was recommended to us by one of our group members, whom had told us it was really good.
Black Lightning is a superhero series which shows a father of 2 daughters using his ‘lightning’ powers to save the day. This series has a very intense ‘Marvel’ vibe, mixed with Disney Channel.
Check out the trailer now if you haven’t already!
This show being a ‘black’ focused show had a lot of hype around it, obviously due to the lack of POC superheroes and cast in general in TV & Film. So my expectations were high, hoping it would live up to them. Unfortunately, like anything else, having your hopes up is the number one way to be disappointed. Black Lightning was too Disney Channel for me, although I love DC, I felt as if though it could have been way better than it was.
Sad to say but having cast members from Disney Channel just sort of brought it down for me, Chyna Ann McClaine is such an amazing actress, but I automatically link her to ANT Farm which is a horrible reason to dislike the show. But it wasn’t only that. Usually with Pilot episodes, it’s very important to grab the attention of your viewers instantly, but I actually found myself yawning and going on my phone throughout the first episode. I love superhero films so not enjoying this show was very discouraging.
Have a look at Film Fanatics’ opinions on the show here
Despite my negative review, I do suggest that you guys still give it a go, I just personally did not enjoy it. Watch it now on Netflix!
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This week we watched the first episode of the Netflix Original, “Atypical”. This series entails a story about Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam’s mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence.
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This show helps the audience to see the good in Autistic kids as the producers have added comedy aspects to keep the show high-spirited and hopeful. Autism affects millions of people, and it’s not a disease or illness, it cannot be cured, as such. When a child is born autistic, it’s with them for life. It is apart of their identity.
This TV series shows how a teenager with Autism, wanting to become independent, can do it, slowly and steadily with the help of his mother. I think this is important as many parents with Autistic children believe they are affected for life, which in a sense is true, but with a slight push and a gentle nudge, they are able to become more affectionate.
Throughout the show, we learn a lot about what Sam likes and dislikes, which is a very difficult thing to find out when a child is Autistic as they don’t really show “emotions”. He appears to act very awkward, especially around people whom he is unfamiliar with.
This week, we continued to watch the rest of The Sinner and I must say, I was very pleased with the ending. I won’t give away any spoilers but this miniseries had a very satisfying ending so I was not disappointed.
Throughout the show, I found that viewers will get very attached to Cora, emotionally, as you really find out why she did what she did, and everything that has happened to her and in her life during her past. Every single episode ended with more cliffhangers, obviously leaving us wanting more, therefore being tempted to click the ‘Next Episode’ button.
If you haven’t read my previous blog about the first 4 episodes of The Sinner then check out the trailer:
This show covers some of the main issues in the real world, for example:
Cora’s relationship with her younger sister is difficult as it is believed by her mother that it was the birth of Cora that has made her sister become dramatically ill. But as they both grew up, they both realised they only had each other and needed to rely on one another despite this belief that was forced-fed to them.
If you haven’t watched it, be sure to check it out on Netflix!
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