Hello everyone! So, I’m introducing a new feature to my blog today, that may or may not have to do something with the fact that I had nothing to post today, and I’m totally committed to getting out at least five posts a week… uh…
Anyways, if you didn’t know, I’m a huge TV fan. I watch more shows than I should that range from bad reality TV to hardcore superhero action. I watch horror, I watch comedic horror, I watch paranormal, I watch fantasy, I watch drama. Zombies, vampires, office comedies, medical dramas – I’m serious. You name it. I also enjoy partaking in discussions relating to the shows I watch, and I have very few people to talk about them with. So, here I am. And this is a desperate attempt to a) find people who watch the same shows as I do, and b) reach out to people who don’t watch these shows, convince them to watch them so I can discuss them.
Many of my favorites have been on hiatus these past few weeks, and they are slowly and steadily returning to my laptop screen (because I watch TV on my laptop, duh). The three shows I’m discussing today are: Shadowhunters, Pretty Little Liars, and Making a Murderer.
Season 1, Episode 1 and 2:
Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you know what Shadowhunters is. For those few under-rock-dwellers, Shadowhunters is the television adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, which despite being unbelievably cheesy is a massive guilty pleasure of mine. Annoying protagonist? Angsty romance? Repetitive storyline? Yeah, but addictive as all hell.
I went into the show with reasonably low expectations, and while it didn’t exceed those expectations, it didn’t disappoint either. I see this show has a ton of potential, and it may take some time for the actors to settle down in their roles. Until then, I’m going to endure the things that make it… average.
Can we just talk about how FANTASTIC Alberto Rosende is as Simon?
He looks like an actual cinnamon roll, and it turns out that he can act like an actual cinnamon roll too. Simon is my favorite character in the series, because he’s adorkable and cute and funny and awkward, and Alberto Rosende has breathed life into Simon like nobody’s business.
Matthew Daddario totally fits the role of Alec.
He was brooding and jealous and bitter and sassy, and that was pretty much everything Alec was in the beginning of the series.
MAGNUS FREAKING BANE
Who is absolute perfection and I love him so much. So, so, so bad-ass.
Simon and Isabel’s relationship pretty much exists from the get-go
Yaas, because they were my OTP from this series. Clary and Jace who? It was always all about Isabel and Simon. *cries tears of happiness*
Dominic Sherwood’s acting
Okay, I feel terrible saying this because I was SO on board with Dominic Sherwood as Jace. But I just cannot deal with his acting. He looks like he’s in physical pain almost all the time, reminiscent of Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen. He’s a beautiful guy, but I cringe every time he opens his mouth. #sorrynotsorry
The special effects
Cheesy as fuck.
It’s moving too fast
I think this has a lot to do with the fact that right now, while it’s covering events in the first book, it’s always going to be compared to the movie. So the producers are trying to get to the second book as soon as possible. But it’s moving at a really fast pace, and some aspects aren’t getting the attention they deserve.
Rating for Shadowhunters E1 and E2: 6/10
Season 6, Episode 11:
Yay, PLL is back. Don’t judge me. This is one of those shows I’m not proud to say I watch, but I can’t help it. It’s so freaking addictive. Repetitive, and you don’t seem to actually get anywhere, but I watch it mostly for the characters than the storyline. I’m too invested in these four girls to just give this show up. Not gunna happen, nuh uh.
Season 6B just premiered this Tuesday, and it took place five years after the events of season 6A. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when going in. I was a little apprehensive about the time jump, but if anything, the show exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed the episode. Even though we are getting nowhere yet again, I’m excited for the rest of the season.
Spencer getting piss drunk and telling the Liars she loves them
That was freaking adorable. I think that entire scene was so well-done. It has been so long since we’ve seen the girls actually having some kind of fun. After the drama and everything of the past few seasons, I kind of forgot these were teenage friends who also want to have fun sometimes.
The Liars leaving Allison out of their secret meetings
I kinda hate Ali, not gunna lie. I think she’s unnecessary, she’s weird, she’s whiny and her outfits are horrible lolol. Can we just leave her out of our friendship circle please and thanks.
Ezra and Aria interacting, and Toby and Emily’s bromance
I freaking LOVE Ezria. They’ve been through some crazy stuff in their lives, and I just want them to get together and bake each other s’more cookies. Is that too much to ask?! Marlene, make it happen now.
Also, I love Toby and Emily’s relationship. They’re like the ultimate bros, and I would love to see them interact a bit more this season, especially because they’re both in similar positions with regards to their educations and careers.
The Liars all having prestigious positions in their careers
Yay for the Liars. Well, except for Emily. Who is a bartender. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a bartender. I just wish she was like, an international swimming sensation or something because her other friends seem to be doing pretty great.
The weird something brewing between Spencer and Caleb
Spencer, back the fuck off. Like, I know it’s your thing to drool over guys who people close to you are involved with (Ian? Wren?) but Caleb is strictly off limits. Because we all know #Haleb is end game. There is no question about it (I will go down with this ship), so Spencer, go back to Toby. BACK OFF. *cries*
The actress can’t act worth a damn, and the character is so annoying. Get rid of her. Boo!
Rating for Pretty Little Liars, S6 E11: 7/10
Guys. Okay, so this documentary has been making waves all over the Internet, all over American news and entertainment programs and magazines and the like. And I’m not a sucker for true crime documentaries – never have been. But when you’re bored out of your mind and don’t want to read, you go on Netflix on a hunt to watch something, and if you come across this, you watch it. It’s just something you do. It’s just something I did.
I wasn’t expecting to watch ten hours of true crime in under 24 hours, I can tell you that. But this is perhaps the most addicting thing I’ve seen since I binge-watched Friends this summer. I could not stop watching it. For those of you who don’t know, here’s what it’s about:
“Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.” – taken from Netflix
This documentary messed up my mind in so many different ways. First of all, I am astounded by the initial case built up against Steven Avery that convicted him of a crime there was SO much evidence that he did not commit. Then, I am astounded at the witch-hunt against him when he was again brought to trial for another crime after he was suing the people responsible for his initial conviction. There are so many holes in the American justice system that this documentary brings to light. You can’t help but make this into a whodunnit case, but it’s so much more than that.
It was tragic, it was haunting, it was thought-provoking, and most of all, it was important. I don’t think I have ever left my laptop screen more enraged than I did after completing this series. I can’t convince people to watch a ten-hour documentary, but if you’re at all interested in this, I urge you to watch – at the very least – the first two episodes. After that, I guarantee that you will not be able to tear your eyes away.