I really thought I was going to have to skip this week’s theme. I just don’t watch a lot of TV anymore, and because I don’t have a lot of free time I’m suspicious of new shows. I don’t want to sink hours into a brand new show that turns out to be garbage 5 seasons later when I’m too invested to stop!
So yes, this week’s Thursday Movie Picks theme is dedicated to TV shows that premiered in 2019. I knew I had 2 that I could contribute. And that was about it. But then I remembered a show that I started and didn’t finish, so perhaps you can all tell me if it’s worth sticking it out.
I haven’t read the books that the show is based on, but I’m a huge fan of the games, and I hated it when Henry Cavill was announced as Geralt. He’s not my Geralt. But I was too curious to stay away, so I gave it a go. I have to say…he’s a good Geralt. You can tell that Cavill himself is a huge Witcher fan and I see a lot of the video game Geralt in him. I just hope that Netflix throws a lot more money into Season 2 because it’s so painfully obvious that 99% of the budget was blown on Cavill’s salary!
But Allie…aren’t you from the UK? The UK doesn’t get Disney+ until the end of March? Well, you know what Disney? Spoiler alert but we’ve all watched The Mandalorian. Perhaps next time you should plan your releases a bit smarter. The entire world fell in love with Baby Yoda late last year, me included. The Mandalorian is a fun little show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and feels accessible for the newest of Star Wars fans whilst still providing enough fan service for the hardcore fans. It’s just an all-round crowd pleaser!
Living With Yourself
This is the show I didn’t finish. I love Paul Rudd, and him being the lead in a TV show where he has to work out how to live with the better version of himself sounded like the right kind of crazy. It just didn’t turn out as fun as I expected it to be. Has anyone else watched the whole season? Is it worth sticking with?
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m not quite ready to let go of Stranger Things Season 3 yet. I think I love it more and more as time goes on. I guess the quote ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is true after all. Speaking of quotes…what better way to celebrate the season by sharing some of my favourite quotes from the series?
Erica: You can’t spell America without Erica.
Steve: It’s this stupid hat. I am telling you, it’s totally blowing my best feature.
Lucas: Isn’t it past your bedtime?
Erica: Isn’t it time you died?
Steve (to Dustin): Hope you guys are in shape. Lookin’ at you, roast beef.
Hopper: Maybe I’ll just kill Mike. I’m the Chief of Police, I could cover it up.
Robin (explaining the plot of Back to the Future): So like, I wasn’t totally focused in there or anything, but I’m pretty sure that mom was trying to bang her son.
Alexei: No cherry, no deal.
Mike: We are treating her like some kind of machine when she’s not a machine, and I don’t want her to die looking for the flayed when they’ve obviously vanished off the face of the earth. So can we please just come up with a new plan because I love her and I can’t lose her again.
Hopper: If you don’t mind, for the sake of your poor old Dad, keep the door open three inches.
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
This season had some really cute moments for sure, didn’t it? Also, it’s not a quote, but there’s no way I could not post the video for the WORLD’S greatest ever duet…Dusty Bun & Suzie Poo with The Neverending Story!
I’m so late to this party that not only has everyone left, but the place has been cleaned, tidied, and prepared for the next party! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to watch Season 3 of Stranger Things but after watching episode 7 last night, I had to put the finale on straight after. I have so many feelings! Major spoilers ahead…
Although I liked Season 1, I wasn’t raving about it. Season 2, however, hooked me from the very first episode, I just loved seeing the cast grow up! Steve went from being my most hated character to favourite, and there were so many iconic scenes. I liked the start of Season 3 for the lighter moments like Daddy Hopper, and Max and El going shopping at the mall. It just felt like it took too long for the monster story to kick in, and I guess that’s why I didn’t race my way through the episodes.
Iconic is the best word I can think of to describe this season. From the Scoops Ahoy uniform, to Alexei and his Slurpee, Hopper’s beloved car, Joyce and her magnets, Erica just…being Erica, to the John Wick style shootout at the fair, there were just so many great moments to remember.
And oh boy, what a whirlwind of a finale. The joy we all felt when Alexei won that Woody Woodpecker only to be distraught when he got shot down moments later. Wondering whether Joyce and Hopper might actually get together only to have him ripped away from us. And then, just when everything feels like doom and gloom…Dusty Bun & Suzie Poo save us all with their rendition of The Neverending Story. I’m going to go out there and say it – that scene was the greatest bit of TV I’ve ever seen.
Also, I know how it seems like a silly and small thing to focus on, but I loved how Steve & Robyn’s story ended with them becoming just good friends, after the revelation that Robyn reveals. It was such a surprise, and as much as I was hoping they would be a couple at the end, the reality was actually more satisfying!
Some characters I felt got pushed aside slightly this time. I loved Nancy and Jonathan in Season 2 but they felt completely wasted this time around. I’m not sure how much longer this show can continue without getting a little tired and repetitive, but I’m definitely in for Season 4!
I fell behind on Thursday Movie Picks this month but I’m not giving up yet! Hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, the last Thursday of every month is dedicated to TV Shows. These weeks are the ones I find most tricky as I honestly don’t watch a lot of TV, whatever spare time I get I tend to dedicate to movies instead.
This week’s theme is Secret Agents/Spies. There are a lot of shows out there in this theme so I’m looking forward to picking up some recommendations this week. I’ve got 2 of my own suggestions to share, and my third pick is a bit of a cop-out because I haven’t seen it, but recent events have brought it to my attention and I really want to see it!
So, without further ado…
The Night Manager (2016 – )
I thought this was a one-series special but IMDB doesn’t seem to have an end date. Anyway, like a lot of BBC miniseries, The Night Manager took social media by storm and if you worked in an office and weren’t watching the show, you may as well accept you weren’t going to part of any conversation. I loved the first few episodes but the hype dragged it down a bit for me. It also didn’t help that the episodes kept leaking online early so spoilers were everywhere. Watch this for Elizabeth Debicki who is incredible in every single way.
Archer (2009 – )
If you’ve never seen an episode of Archer then you really need to. I haven’t seen all of the episodes, and I haven’t watched any in the right order. When I was in college my group of friends watched Archer religiously so I caught quite a few episodes that way. It’s rude and hilarious, and I should get round to watching it properly. Also, I’m pretty sure I heard they’re trying to make a movie.
Chuck (2007 – 2012)
This is my cheat choice. I’ve been told several times over the years to watch Chuck but never got round to it, and then when Zachary Levi was cast as Shazam!, this show was all over the place again. If you didn’t already know, I loved Shazam!, I’ve seen it twice now and Zachary Levi was great in the lead role, and I’d love to see more of his work, so I think this might be the final nudge I needed to give Chuck a go.
These Thursday’s sure do roll by pretty quickly since I started taking part in Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks! If you didn’t know already, the last Thursday of the month is dedicated to TV Shows. I don’t get to watch as much TV as I used to but I’ve definitely seen enough to recommend 3 great shows today.
I’m giving an honourable mention this week to Game of Thrones, as it’s probably the biggest and most popular example of a Book to TV adaptation, but my love of it has waned over the years. Too many bad decisions were made and although I’m looking forward to seeing the last season this year, I’m kind of glad it’ll all be over soon, to be honest.
Anyway, let’s talk about these 3 great shows!
You (2018 – ) Based on You by Caroline Kepnes
If you haven’t seen You on Netflix yet there’s no doubt you’ll have probably heard of it by now. There’s only 1 season out so far, although a second is in the works, and it’s perfect for binging whilst ill – which is, funnily enough, how I ended up watching the entire lot in 2 days. Penn Badgley plays a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a girl and begins to stalk her both physically and digitally. It never goes as dark as you may perhaps wish it to, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
Big Little Lies (2017 – ) Based on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I love a good mystery story, I love a star-studded female cast and I love the beach, so Big Little Lies was made for me! Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley are the leads in this show which starts with a murder and ends in the answers. I’ve heard a second season is in the works with this one too but I’m not sure how to feel about that, I think it worked perfectly as a one-off. Don’t over-think this one, just enjoy the ride and let it surprise you!
13 Reasons Why (2017 – ) Based on Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This one comes with a warning – I’m only including this one for the first season. I thought 13 Reasons Why was one of the greatest shows to ever grace our screens when it came out. It was compelling and it had such important messages for struggling teens. In the show, Hannah Baker has committed suicide and left behind 13 tapes which record the reasons why she did it. Each episode is a different tape and it works so well. So well in fact that it got renewed for a pointless second season which made no sense, and we’re also getting a third. Sigh!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of my favourite TV Shows, one that I am dreadfully behind on right now. I plan to correct that as soon as possible, especially after it was shockingly cancelled earlier this year only to be rescued by Netflix almost immediately!
Captain Raymond Holt is without a doubt my favourite character, and as today is Andre Braugher’s birthday, today seemed the perfect day to share my favourite Raymond Holt quotes! Here they are, in no particular order…
#1 Whilst watching a dog show
[chuckles] A bold personality.
We know what that’s code for.
She’s a bitch.
#2 When he finally embraced the joy of codenames
#3 When he had to pretend to be straight whilst undercover
[You keep talking about her thigh gap]
That’s my favourite part of a woman.
There’s nothing more intoxicating than the clear absence of a penis.
#4 When we found out his thoughts on the sky
[Would you tell the sky to stop being so blue?]
Yes. I wish it were tan.
It’s my favourite color. It’s no-nonsense.
#5 When he tried to raise the team’s morale
Why is no one having a good time?
I specifically requested it.
#6 When he insulted Madeline Wunch (on one of many occasions)
[Hello, Raymond. How do you like my new office? Twentieth floor.]
Yes, I never thought I’d see you this high without a broom under you.
#7 When he embraced his childhood
[I was trying to lighten the mood. The squad’s been stressed since these drills started. Plus, you ordered me to act like a seven-year-old. Seven-year-olds like to have fun.]
That’s true. When I was seven, I used to sneak into my father’s office to see his collection of antique globes.
#8 When he was the friend we all need
Any basic bitch would be lucky to be like you.
#9 When he could not even
[My trip here from the train station hey, I swear to you I heard the cab driver mumble under his breath, “You will die tonight.” Is that not the most insane thing you have ever heard? I mean, can you even, Raymond?]
I cannot even.
#10 When he didn’t care for lunch
[Joining us for lunch, Sir?]
Oh, no, I’ve already consumed the required calories for this day period.
So tell me, because I could have quite easily made this a Top 50 list, heck I could do a Top 10 simply of Wunch insults, what’s your favourite Captain Raymond Holt quote?