Thursday, August 13, 2015

What I'm Watching

Zero. That's the number of times I've ever had cable. Shocked faces and plenty of "no ways!" are common reactions when I tell people that I'm cable-free. Yes, I may be old school, but I still  binge watch TV shows. I like to think of Netflix and Amazon Prime as cheaper, customized cable without commercials. Yay! And so, I thought today's blog would be about TV shows I'm currently enjoying and share my recent binges. 

Watching Now


Penny Dreadful: A dark and gothic Downton Abbey, brimming with mystery and horror.  It's so incredibly weird and shocking, especially how they weave in classic horror and literary characters like Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.  The acting, sets, costumes, and cinematography are exemplary. My eyes are glued to the screen! It can get pretty graphic, so younger folks should probably stay away.

3rd Rock From The Sun: I'm aware that this is a strange follow up to Penny Dreadful, but sometimes you need to balance things out with a little comedy. I probably watched this show once or twice growing up and didn't really remember it. When I saw that it was added to Netflix, I watched the first episode on a whim. Now, I'm on season 6 and don't want it to end!! I love that each episode focuses on something about the human condition and that they put a funny and witty twist to it. Maybe it's my anthropology background, but I absolutely love observing the family's reaction to our cultural norms. 
 

Recent Binges

Vikings: I was literally on the edge of my seat watching this series. It got to a point where I couldn't watch it before bed anymore because it would fire me up too much. I absolutely love the power dynamics, political maneuvering, history, commentary on religion and power, and learning more about the Nordic/Pagan culture. It doesn't hurt either that Ragnar and Rollo are eye candy. Lagertha (right) is bad ass and I want to be her! I so want to get a rune tattoo now. Oh, and did I mention that my puppy's name is Loki? Warning: The theme song is super catchy and will stick in your head for months!

Black Mirror: A darker, much more twisted Twilight Zone with a technological-paranoia bent. It's scary because a lot of it could very well be true in the near future. Each episode is very different, and some are more graphic and freaky than others. I recommend watching Season 2 first.  Younger folks should probably stay away from this one.

Death Note: I've never been a fan of Anime before, but decided to give this one a go. Death Note is a very clever, original, and thought-provoking story with dark undertones. You really have to pay attention to detail, so you may need to rewind a few parts, especially since the subtitles can be fast. 

Most of these were recommendations people made to me, so please feel free to share yours below :)