What I’ve Been Watching | May 2015
It’s been a while since I last talked TV: in fact, the last time was back in March, when I was still deeply embroiled in the goings-on of a bunch of nuns and midwives, and feeling tentatively optimistic about Better Call Saul. Both of those shows have finished now, (And I was right to be optimistic about Saul, by the way – loved it.) so here’s what I’ve been watching lately – other than Mad Men and Game of Thrones, obviously. Because OF COURSE I’ve been watching Mad Men and Game of Thrones: do you even KNOW me?
(Oh, and just before I go any further, if you’re also watching any of these, no spoilers, please – I’m still not over the fact that someone spoiled the Pretty Little Liars finale for me on Twitter. I mean, seriously: WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! Do they not realise not everyone gets/watches these shoes simultaneously?! )
Anyway! On with the show. Or the shows, rather. The, er Netflix Original Shows…
My main Netflix obsession at the moment is Once Upon a Time, the basic premise of which is that all those fairytales you read as a child? And possibly as an adult? Yeah, those stories are all totally true: in fact, pretty much every fairytale character you’ve ever heard of (Snow White, Red Riding Hood, any number of Handsome Princes…) is alive, and living in a small town in Maine – sent there as a result of a curse placed upon them by the Evil Queen. Their happy endings stolen, they’re forced to live as “normals”, devoid of magic, and with no idea who they really are.
So, obviously this is all pretty fantastical (You don’t say!), and watching it involves a huge suspension of disbelieve, but, well, we’ve just finished season 2, and I’m basically addicted, so if you enjoy a good ol’ fairytale-with-a-twist, or just looking for a bit of lightweight escapism, you might just like it.
Along with everyone else on the Internet (Well, it feels like it, anyway…), we also watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Now, I was in two minds about this one. When Terry first told me it was a show about a woman who escapes a cult, after 15 years imprisoned underground, I was instantly interested. One of my slightly strange fascinations (and I realise I’m about to make myself sound even more odd than I usually do, here…) is with stories about people who’ve been through this sort of thing. I’m not, I hasten to add, interested in hearing the gory details of their capture and imprisonment: actually, it’s the return to “normal” life I find fascinating. Imagine what it must be like to be experiencing the word for the first time in 15 years (Or EVER, as in the case of the children in the Fritzl case, who were almost 20 before they were released, never having been above ground in their lives …): what must that be like?
So I was excited to see Kimmy Schmidt, and then disappointed when I realised it was, in fact, a comedy, rather than a drama. I wasn’t sure how I felt about a TV making light of something so horrific (that real people have actually lived through), and I think that coloured my impression of the first few episodes. I felt a bit like it shouldn’t really be funny, but somehow it managed to win me over, and by the end of the series I was really enjoying it, even although I now can’t hear the word “unbreakable” without the theme song starting to play in my head. It’s playing now, actually. And it will be for the rest of the day now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
We started watching Bloodline purely because it’s set (and was filmed) in the Florida Keys, and, I dunno, there’s just something cool about seeing TV shows set in places you know, isn’t there? I love the Keys (actually, this bridge appears briefly in the trailer for the show, much to my excitement. No, it doesn’t take much…), and watching this show made me desperately wish I was in Florida – I could practically feel the humidity coming off the screen. (Not really.)
Setting aside, this show is one of those slow burners: for the first few episodes, I felt like nothing much was really happening, but then it totally hooked me in, and we ended up watching the entire series in a couple of weeks. I won’t say too much about the plot, but it’s basically the story of a family whose lives are disrupted by the return of their “black-sheep” eldest brother to the family home – which just so happens to be a hotel on the beach. It’s worth watching it just for that crystal clear water, seriously. GOD, I wish it would stop raining here.
So there you have it: three Netflix recommendations for anyone who’s run out of things to watch! Now it’s over to you: these are all shows I’ve watched with Terry, but now that my new Fitbit has encouraged me to get back into an exercise regime again, I need a new ‘Treadmill Show’ to help pass the time during those dull workouts, so if you’ve seen something good on UK Netflix recently, I’d love to hear about it![separator type=”thin”]