Let’s Talk TV | Shadowhunters, Pretty Little Liars and Making a Murderer

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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.

shadowhunters

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.

The Good:

Can we just talk about how FANTASTIC Alberto Rosende is as Simon?

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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

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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*

The Bad:

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

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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.

The Good:

Spencer getting piss drunk and telling the Liars she loves them

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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

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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

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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 Bad:

The weird something brewing between Spencer and Caleb

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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*

Sarah Harvey

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

murder

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.

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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.

Rating for Making a Murderer, Season 1: 10/10

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Comments

  1. Alberto Rosende was my absolute favourite. His lines, his acting, his overall presence in the show was just brilliant! Dominic Sherwood’s acting was kind of bad, all his lines were delivered so monotonously. Where’s the sarcastic, arrogant Jace we all love?!
    The Emily and Toby scene was so nice, I’ve always liked their friendship. What is up with Spencer and Caleb? It’s seriously bothering me ._. Sarah Harvey looked so freaky. 😐

    • Yesss, I think he is the strongest aspect of the show at this moment. I really liked the Simon in the movies, but Rosende takes him to a whole new level! Totally agree with what you said about Sherwood. He doesn’t fit in the role whatsoever, which is a shame because I was rooting for him!

  2. I’ve only read the first two books so far, but still haven’t decided if I’m going to watch Shadowhunters. I think I might wait till I can watch three or four in a row. I love Simon and Magnus though, so… I can’t wait to see them.

    • The show is mediocre, not gunna lie. But that’s a good idea – waiting to binge at least a few episodes. It might make it more entertaining than it actually is. But if you love Simon, I’d recommend giving it a go because the show Simon was fantastic.

  3. I started watching PLL when it first came out and then I lost where I was because I was watching it as it came out in America and I just haven’t picked it back up yet! I want to start watching it from the beginning again as it’s on Netflix but I’m a massive wimp so I’m going to make my boyfriend watch it with me!

    I read the first book of shadow hunters and I tried to read the next one but the plot twist at the end of the first one freaked me out too much, but I’ve heard it was all a lie? I haven’t watched the film either so I may watch the tv show and see if it can convince me to give the books another chance…

    I have seen that documentary everywhere and it seems like the perfect programme for me, I just haven’t got round to watching it yet! I’ve been so focused on exams, and trying to pick up my reading again that I haven’t got round to it, but I plan to soon!

    • Haha! I hope you get around to watching PLL again. I think it’s such a great binge-watch show; I don’t have a ton of fun waiting for a new episode each week. I find it’s gripping and moves at a fast enough pace to make it a great show to marathon!

      I don’t want to spoil you or anything, but I would definitely suggest powering through the first two books of the Mortal Instruments series. Considering you’ve already read the first one, you only have one more to go before things get interesting. The third one was great, and the second half of the series (books 4, 5, and 6) were a lot better than the first three, imo. A lot of that had to do with the romance, which I wasn’t a fan of.

      The documentary is freaking amazing. I just wish more people I knew had seen it so I could talk about it. I’ve been on a major true crime fix since then.

      • I’ve started watching PLL with my boyfriend, we’ve only watched three episodes but I’m so glad I started watching it again! I can’t wait to see what happens!
        I’ve watched the first episode of shadow hunters now and it has definitely put me in the mood to start the series again! I have the first three books so I’ll have to take those to university with me and give them another try. I do want to re-buy them with the new covers though, I think they look so much better!
        It’s been put on my to watch list! I can’t wait to get to it!

  4. I was really thrilled when I heard that Shadowhunters will come out. I haven’t read all the books yet (I finished third one) and I was looking forward to refreshing my memory a little bit.
    But omg… I couldn’t watch it. I think I stopped somewhere around half and decided that this is it and I will not continue with watching tv series. Because it was bad (for me). Everything happened too fast, they changed the plot more that they should (again, just my opinion) and I couldn’t stand the acting/roles of Clary and Jace. Especially Jace. I don’t like the way he looks and I don’t like the way he plays.

    I enjoyed PLL too. I can’t wait for next part! Woohoo! 🙂 And I agree with everything you wrote about that show! (I still think that they are not so happy as it was introduced – I think they’re all lying about their successful life, just like Emily).

    Do you maybe use TVShow Time? It’s a great app – you should try it if you watch a lot of series. It’s similar to Goodreads except it’s for tv shows.

    • Yeah, I heard a ton of people say it was bad. And I can see that. It’s just that I went into it with such low expectations that they couldn’t possibly disappoint me LOLOL. I thought Clary was okay – definitely not great, but Jace was… horrible to watch. I hope he gets better as he goes along, though, because I wouldn’t be able to stand 6 books worth of material with Dominic Sherwood playing the protagonist, nuh uh.

      Really? That’s an interesting point. We’ll have to see – I definitely wish that the Liars are cut a little bit of slack because they’ve been through so much!

      Thanks for the app recommendation! I’ll definitely be checking it out. 🙂

  5. PLL! I understand the compulsion to keep watching it since I have it too! I just need to know how it all ends! I don’t really mind Ali, though her decisions just don’t make sense at times, including the one about Charlotte. I hope there is nothing going on between Spencer and Caleb, because I want them to go back to their respective partners! Like can’t something stay positive in this show for once? I am curious to see Aria and Hannah’s partners though 🙂 oh, and yes I don’t see the point of Sarah Harvey either. That little scene of her was awkward -.-

    I need to watch these two Netflix shows soon. I started with Shadowhunters but I haven’t watched the whole episode yet. I read mixed reviews so far, but I haven’t read nor seen the movie before so I have no expectations/idea xD

    • Yeah! Like, I get her wanting a family and what not, but it’s like she totally forgot what this person did to her and those around her. I don’t get her nerve – how she can ask five people who almost died, who were tortured mentally to forgive someone who did it just for lolz. -.- I think they’re going to put in something about Spencer and Caleb to spice things up a bit, and make Hanna jealous so she ends up leaving her fiancée.

      Yeah, Shadowhunters wasn’t great. But it’s good entertainment, if you want to watch something just to pass the time.

    • LOL. “Actual cinnamon roll” = a cutie who doesn’t have a malicious bone in his/her body. Idk how this term came to be, but I like it and I’ll roll with it.

      YOU NEED TO WATCH MAKING A MURDERER. So. Freaking. AMAZING.

  6. Shadowhunters: I think that the reason Dom and Robert Pattinson look like they’re in pain and their acting suffers is because they’re both English and forcing themselves to speak with an American accent. I think it causes them to over think a little too much in their roles and such, and personally I think even if Jace had an English accent it would have been fine because he’s from Idris and that doesn’t have to mean they all speak with the same accent, right? But yeah it definitely shows and I feel a little bad for him because it really looks like a struggle lol. And yes, those special effects fucking suck. The portal? Blew her into pixels. The runes? Not drawn on but swiped. I just don’t get how clary can have a gift of drawing new runes if they’re not actually drawn, unless it just has to exist and be thought? Unsure. But I liked it enough to watch the series just from the pilot. Maybe not raving over it, but it’s good enough to enjoy!

    PLL: I think Emily not being as well off as the others will be a thing. She’s lying about it all and by the looks of it, has a drug addiction still or again or whatever. She’s really struggling with the past more than the others and I think it’ll really show up because they’re well off from a more well of kind of town, I mean they all really had money but Aria at some point. As for Caleb and Spencer I got those some creepy, ‘we’re having sex’ vibes off them too. Like, why would he be staying in her barn? Why would they even be close five years later or maybe he works for her with his super hacker skills or something not so legal because she works in politics… Hmmm we shall see! As for Sarah Harvey, I’ve never seen a worse actor on one of these shows. I really don’t think she fits in with the show at all.

    • You raise a great point about Dominic and Robert. I never thought about it that way. If I consider that, I think Sherwood has the potential to improve, since Pattinson’s acting improved so much. I loved him in Remember Me. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Also, I had no idea Dom was British? Haha. “Blew her into pixels” That’s what I was thinking! Really? You could come up with nothing else except a scattering of pixels?!

      Again, good point about Emily’s career. It will definitely be interesting to see her try to navigate being so different with regards to career than the rest of her friends. It might give her some much needed character development. Sucks that they killed off her dad though. I always liked him.

      I think the Spencer/Caleb thing is going to be a piece so that Hanna gets jealous and ends up leaving her fiancée because she realizes she still loves Caleb. But I sincerely hope there’s another way to get her to do that, because Spencer/Caleb (their ship name could be Cancer xD) make me want to die.

      • There’s something fishy about Han and her fiancé though, like she’s super close with her mother and she hasn’t met him? He’s either old, someone we know, doesn’t exist, or they broke up and she’s pretending they didn’t.

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