Best TV Shows We’ve Discovered in 2017!

2017 has been an excellent year for us TV wise, while we’ve still been catching up with The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars (though thankfully that’s over now), we’ve tried to find new shows to love! Talking about TV shows is something we’ve wanted to introduce on our blog for a while now, especially since the finale of Riverdale season one, and we had some tHoUgHtS. So, here are some of our favourite new discoveries!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

We finished the two seasons of this amazing, diverse ensemble comedy about a bunch of cops and their precinct. The last time we bulk-watched a lot of TV was last summer, when all that was on was Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. I forgot that comedy existed over those months, and I’m so happy it’s back in our lives! You know a show is beyond good when it’s really difficult to pick a favourite character. The diversity never falls back on negative stereotypes, we laugh at something in every episode, and any big plot arc is handed well without descending into cringe-fest like Frasier and Friends would. We’re watching this with our parents (which is a real feat as our Dad is always skeptical about US comedy and Mum spends the first episode of something IMDB’ing the cast) and it’s got to the point where we’re comparing each other to the characters. The only thing to ask now is…when is season four being put on Netflix? WE NEED IT.

Dear White People

We started watching this quite late and then watched three episodes in a row because it was just so GOOD and so RELEVANT and might be the reason we haven’t read The Hate You Give because Reggie’s episode halfway through was so powerful. I’ve said ‘so’ a lot, but that’s the word that needs to be added to every adjective. Seriously, if you choose to watch any of these shows, it probably should be this one.

Younger

We heard about this through Riley Marie’s YT channel, and when we learned this is where Hilary Duff’s been hiding, we knew we had to look it up straight away. It’s about Liza, a 40-year-old woman trying to get back into the publishing industry to find out she’s “too experienced” for the job, so she pretends to be 26 and lands the role of assistant to a marketing director! We binged watched the first season in a couple of days – the episodes are only short, so it was super addicting. It’s the kind of show that could very easily have given over to farce, but it stays logical and Liza reveals her age to some characters before the end of the first season, so it’s not draaaagged out forever. The viewership for each season gets bigger and bigger, so this show is obviously on the up!

The Good Place

I saw two tweets about it in an hour and apparently that was enough to convince me that it was something I needed to watch. It’s made by the same people as Brooklyn Nine-Nine so the comedy is top notch stuff. It’s so clever. I can’t believe how clever the writing is to be honest, and even though we just finished it, we’re going right back to the start to experience it all again! The pacing is absolutely excellent and Michael is one of my favourite fictional characters ever – his delivery is spot on ALL THE TIME.

Humans

Surprisingly enough, our parents watched this first and said they thought we’d enjoy it, and boy, did we. Unlike the comedies on this list that are really character based shows, Humans is plot driven but the change of pace was only part of what made this show so exciting. We loved the family dynamic of the show, it’s not often you’ll find a TV show that isn’t a comedy, that centres on a family relationship.

Charmed

We got all nine seasons for our birthday this year and spent the first week of our summer break watching the first season in one go. There’s so much to love about this show: strong sisterhood, paranormal demons, forbidden love, humour and the ability to create a severe emotional attachment to characters that only stick around for one episode. We loved the vibe this show had, and need to return to it soon!

Britain’s Next Top Model

It would be wrong not to include this in the list. We’ve been obsessed. It’s like watching Geek Girl and seeing as that book series finished this year, we needed more crazy modelling shoots in our life, even though we can’t tell the difference between a good and a ‘bad’ photo because they all look stunning 100% of the time.

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Riverdale Season One Finale: Sort Out Your Priorities.

The thirteenth and final episode of Riverdale, season the first, aired on Thursday night (and was available to all us non-US fans this morning, but not before 10AM I might add.) Although we found out the mystery of Who Killed Jason Blossom? in the previous episode, this was all set up to create season two’s mystery. (I’m not even going to talk about the last two minutes of the show because I don’t think I’ll recover (but whomever it was that got badly hurt, who may or may not be my favourite non-teen character, will recover, no doubt. Don’t shed your tears too soon, friends.)

But, apart from raising the stakes for season two, Riverdale did everything…wrong. Let’s discuss:

A. Cheryl’s Bombshell, AKA Selena Gomez didn’t executive produce Thirteen Reasons Why for this. Continue reading “Riverdale Season One Finale: Sort Out Your Priorities.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Worse Than The First

portrait_incredibleI feel the need to start this off by saying how much I love Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1. It was the very first Marvel movie I saw that I genuinely enjoyed, and I think that’s mostly because I’d never heard of the team before. I had no idea about the Infinity Stones fitting in with the Marvel Universe, and was watching it like a superhero Breakfast Club… but with five criminals, really.

The sequel, then, was one of my most anticipated films of the year. And you know what they say about high expectations. So, let’s run through the movie and talk the good, the bad and the just plain stupid.

What I Came To See

The actual cinematography of the thing – I heard that GotG Vol.2 was being shot on a different camera to all the other Marvel films and you can definitely tell. The colours are so vibrant and rich, (the amount of rainbow motifs was adorable) and some of the stills looked like shots from an intergalactic music video. For quality alone, it was one I was pleased to see on the big screen.

Nebula and Gamora – Karen Gillan was who I was most looking forward to seeing and I never root for the villains. Her character had a strong motive at the end of the first film, and the sister dynamic between the pair, with a lot of backstory to be revealed about their childhood, was fascinating to watch play a bigger part in the story line. And yes, it took them both a while to realise that the fact they were never able to actually kill one another meant something, but their moments together where the only parts I found truly touching. In a I-completely-saw-this-coming-but-damn-I’m-still-tearing-up way. Also, Karen and Zoe were killing it in the fight scenes and demanded attention every time they were on screen. The only reason I put up with the extremely long winded Ravager sequence was to see Nebula in the background, picking her nails and rolling her eyes.

BABY FLIPPING GROOT – If he’s not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. There’s never normally anything to squeal at in Marvel films and it was a reaction I was happy to add to the list. Groot’s baby status was the root of a lot of the jokes (see what I did there?) and never failed to bring a smile to my face. Scene stealing, for sure.

Lack of romance – Honestly, hallelujah to any film over two hours long without even a hint of kissing. Sure, the same level of sexual tension, or whatever, was between Peter and Gamora, and I’m sure we won’t be able to get through three movies without a kiss or two, but romance should never be the biggest deal in films like this. Once you’ve saved the world, then you can get the girl.

So, that’s about it for the good. Oh wow.

What I Did Not Sign Up For

Locker Room Humour  All the Humour. – GotG is known for not taking itself seriously. You can call the overlord of the universe a dickhead, that’s cool. But, this took it to another level – one I definitely wasn’t comfortable with. First, I don’t have enough fingers for the number of dick jokes dropped, or the number of times they made fun of Rocket’s species. The finale of the first film was all about the team realising that Rocket had feelings, and just because he’s different to the rest didn’t make him any less valuable. There’s a line between friendly teasing and bullying and that line was crossed, which didn’t feel authentic to the team atmosphere of Volume 1. What made it worse was that the characters were all laughing like everything out of each other’s mouths was the funniest thing ever that it killed any tiny part of the joke that was funny to begin with.

DRAX – Oh man. He could not have been more of a jerk. In the first film, his ignorance of social interactions was endearing, and now it’s just…harmful. Any scene he had with Mantis, I hated. Yep, hated. There was nothing wrong with her character, and he was coming for her like she was the one that killed his family. Insult after insult, completely insensitive and I know people are going to be like ‘can’t you take a joke?’ but when a man calls a woman ugly, I’m not laughing. Mantis was insecure to begin with and now she’s being tricked into thinking that men literally gagging in her presence is acceptable. No, ma’am.

The Golden People – The only way these guys were ‘superior’ to everyone else was in their highlighter application. Shiny from top to bottom. As much as they were beautiful, they were ridiculous. Seriously, they send all of their military resources after Quill and the gang for stealing three batteries, tops? Talk about overreaction. It wasn’t a big enough deal to warrant all the effort they put in, and I was mostly laughing over how easily they were defeated.

Thanos Who? – Maybe the most disappointing part of the whole film was the direction of the villain. Thanos was The Evil Guy in the last film, the one behind the curtain. The one that could crush Ronan under his big toe. But, since Age of Ultron happened, I guess he’s Avengers territory now. Instead, we get given Kurt Russell, who although was a great casting choice as Peter’s dad, was like Commander Rourke from Atlantis: The Last Empire. First you think he’s a force for good, and the next minute, he’s stealing the life force of a whole civilisation. Why did he have all those dioramas of himself, in what looked like porcelain of all things? Surely that was a red flag for ‘oh-this-man’s-crazy’.

DeJa Vu – When talking to Bee about the film before we saw it, we both said with certainty that it couldn’t rely on the same kick-ass elements as the last film. Volume 2 needed to assert itself as a step forward, not a repeat and certainly not a step back. But what happened? Every single thing that made Volume 1 great made Volume 2 boring. The biggest of all cinema sins. Jondu (and let’s appreciate that his name wanted to auto-correct to Fondue for a second) and his little arrow killing machine, we’ve seen before. Rocket going mental with explosives, ditto. Dancing metaphors, think of something new already. Kevin Bacon > David Hasselhoff.

Verdict

Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a bit of a disappointment, and that’s hedging. It was a disappointment, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable. I loved the stronger female presence, the trajectory for Nebula and Gamora’s future, the love-conquers-all message. We are Groot, guys. The best moment of the film by far was when Sean Gunn accidentally lapsed back into being Kirk from Gilmore Girls when talking to Nebula. The one job he didn’t have on the show was bandit, so good for Kirk. I still have a lot of hope for when the Guardians return once again, but I hope even more that it doesn’t fall deeper into the traps it got caught in here. 2.5 stars, fingers crossed for the next one.

 

Review: SHADOWHUNTERS Episodes 4-6

If you missed our review of the first three episodes, you can see that here!
Firstly, these episodes were a definite improvement on the last set. The character interactions were better, and more focus was placed on Simon and Alec, in general, who we think are the strongest characters in the show. Of course, that doesn’t mean we didn’t cringe at a thing or two, so without further ado, here’s our breakdown of episodes four to six!  Continue reading “Review: SHADOWHUNTERS Episodes 4-6”

Review: SHADOWHUNTERS Episodes 1-3

shadowhunters

We know we’re jumping on the Shadowhunters bandwagon pretty late, considering 10 episodes have already aired, but we wanted to make sure it at least has some positive reviews before we started watching. That, and we prefer to marathon TV shows and waiting a week in between episodes is just too painful, so we’ll be doing our reviews in three episode chunks.

Okay, so first we’ll start with a movie/TV show comparison – it’s hard to resist! Continue reading “Review: SHADOWHUNTERS Episodes 1-3”