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Thursday Movie Picks TV Edition: 2019 Freshmen Series

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.

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The Witcher

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!

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The Mandalorian

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!

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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?

TV Shows

Best Stranger Things Season 3 Quotes

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.

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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.

And finally…

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!

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TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

Thursday Movie Picks

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Top 10 Captain Raymond Holt Quotes

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

VELVET THUNDER!

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#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.
[What?]
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.

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#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.

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#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.
[Yummy.]

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?

TV Shows

TV Rambles: Fargo Season 3

Aw geez, I’ve been looking forward to Season 3 of Fargo even more than Game of Thrones this year and I can’t believe it’s already over! Where did 10 weeks go? I deliberately stayed away from every bit of news as I could so everything would be a surprise. In fact, by the time Episode 1 aired, all I actually knew was that it starred Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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I gotta say, the first half of Episode 1 didn’t get me at all. I loved the fact McGregor was playing both brothers, but I felt like so much information was being thrown at me with no links whatsoever. That all changed the second David Thewlis came onto screen. I had no idea he was even in this season and it took a full minute for my brain to register it was even him. What a character! It was a wild ride from that moment on.

Just like the previous seasons, this one is an entirely new story set in an entirely different year, but still linked to the bigger Fargo universe. Also joining the cast is Carrie Coon, a newbie to me, playing Gloria Burgle. Gloria is the former Chief of the local police department, and together with traffic cop Winnie Lopez (Olivia Sandoval) she is the force that just won’t quit when she knows to trust her instincts.

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I think Season 1 will always hold that key place in my heart as my favourite season, but this one is only just so slightly behind. The story was as brilliant as you can expect, but it was the characters this time round that really made it special. I’ve never seen David Thewlis play the bad guy, let alone a guy so disgusting in both a literal and metaphorical sense. Some of his scenes were honestly difficult to watch (though it may just be pregnancy nausea on my behalf) and so I have to give him a shout out for that.

Ewan McGregor also shone in both of his roles, managing to play the 2 Stussy brothers so well that it was easy to forget they’re played by the same person. I’m actually tempted to say he did a better job than Tom Hardy did in Legend!

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The real MVPs for me though were Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon. These ladies just steal every scene that they’re in, and they kick ass. Both of their characters go on such emotional journeys, and they’re just a pleasure to watch. I seriously hope these ladies land some big roles in the future, because they’re ones to watch for sure.

I won’t go into of course, but can I just mention that ending? Perfect. I love it and I hate it at the same time, because we’ll never know what happened after those 5 minutes. Arghhhh. Now I have a Fargo-shaped hole in my life. I really hope we get a Season 4 in the future!