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What I’m Currently Watching #41

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching, a blog series where I give you an update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. It is week 41, and after watching a few shows recently I have felt inspired to once again share my thoughts on them online. So today I once again be talking about Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, but I will also be talking about DisenchantmentTom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Bojack Horseman. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Eps 13-25)

Ah, Gundam Wing, after watching those first 12 episodes I was all in on this show, but as the show went on it changed, evolved and then became something more complex than I expect. Seeing the 5 main Gundam pilots go on their own adventures on Earth, unfortunately lose their robots and eventually travel into space to the colonies and continue their mission was fascinating because of how it affects them mentally and emotionally. I thought it was pretty intriguing and surprising to see how the Gundams were this unstoppable force, but as OZ made their advancements in mobile suits technology and had the larger numbers in the army, they were able to take out the heroes and so it really looked like the bad take over especially with how they convinced the colonies that the Gundams were bad and that OZ’s military force was for security purposes. I loved seeing more of the designers behind the Gundams, those dudes were cool, and Lady Une, someone I absolutely hated at first, she ended up being one of the most engaging characters because of her split personality and seeing more of Relena and Zechs was cool especially after Relena learns of her relation to her brother. And though I love Heero, it was really cool to see more of Trowa, his journey was probably the more interesting a varied of the pilots, but Quarte, that dude had one hell of a journey, losing the plot and becoming disillusioned to the mission and going on this crazy hunt to destroy the colonies, that was intense. After finishing episode 25 it definitely felt like the end of an era within this show and it was transitioning into something different with the state of the government, OZ and their military powers, the new Gundams and the state of the original Gundam pilots. I’m still very much invested in this show even if some of the storylines aren’t as consistently interesting as others.

Disenchantment (Season 1)

I remember hearing about this show for the first time back in the summer and then seeing the first trailer just after Comic-Con at thought it was a strange and new direction for Matt Groening considering the setting and characters, but I was curious to see how it turned out. And the initial reactions after the show dropped were mixed to lukewarm to what I’d seen briefly online so I expected the worst, but after the first episode, I was totally on board. I watched the first few episodes in random patches and on finished the last 3 episodes in the last week. So after watching all 10 episodes, I can say that I enjoyed Disenchantment, it certainly has its flaws, but I when it worked I was entertained, I laughed and it was mainly engaged thanks to the characters. I really liked the world, its strange and interesting rules and law, and the humourous approach to most things that shouldn’t be funny like death. The humour doesn’t always land, but when it did I laughed mainly due to the stupidity or absurdity of what happens to characters with well-timed physical or verbal jokes. I love the theme song, I hummed it every time it came on after the first episode haha. But it is the characters that really make the show work, Bean, Luci and Elfo are an interesting bunch of individuals who work really well as a group with their banter and chemistry, I cared about them not only because they made me laugh, but because I liked what they did and how they grew as people especially towards the end of the show (well not so much Luci). I liked how the show felt episode but had continuity over the course of the season, it was surprising to learn where the story was ultimately going, learning of certain mysteries and revelations and having certain plot points from the start of the season finally have pay-off towards the end. And while I appreciated the more heartfelt approach to the show towards the end, at the same time I didn’t feel as emotionally invested as I think show wanted me to be and was surprised that story ended the way it, not in a bad way but just not in an overly satisfying way. But in the end, I enjoyed the show and will watch another season. 🙂

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 1)

So this show wasn’t really on my radar, I mean I was certainly curious about it from a distance because it was another Jack Ryan adaptation and I was curious to see if it would fair better than the 2012 film Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine. But last week I had some free time and my mum and I just binged the show over two sessions, and you know what it was some good tv. I’m not overly into political thrillers just because sometimes they can be complex, layered and hard to follow and politics just never holds my interest in films (with a handful of exceptions to the rule). But this show was pretty clear in terms of what it was, how it progressed and concluded. I also enjoyed the cast especially John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, he was heroic, but also impulsive and didn’t always have the right solution for every situation and Wendell Pierce as James Greer was awesome as Ryan’s boss, he’s a bit of a hard-ass, but as the show progresses we learn more about him and he eventually chills out a little bit. I also loved the relationship between Ryan and Greer, they’re normally at odds with each other because of their different tactics but I liked seeing their relationship evolve. Abbie Cornish was also good as Cathy Mueller, and Dina Shihabi was very impressive as Hanin Ali, Suleiman’s wife. And finally, there’s Ali Suliman as Mousa Bin Suleiman, he was really intimidating and quietly intense as an Islamic terrorist and because we learn of his backstory and attachment he is to his family, he ended up being a captivating villain. I also enjoyed how the show didn’t just focus on the Jack Ryan’s perspective, but also on the main villain Suleiman and his motivations so you could understand why he does what he does. One of the best aspects of the show beyond the performances was the rising tension and escalation of danger and chaos, once certain situations start to play out the show just ramps up and never stops moving and that sense of urgency was very engaging and addictive. In a way I thought the overall plot could/would have carried over into season 2, but it was nicely wrapped up over the 8 episodes.

Bojack Horseman (Season 5)

Last year Bojack Horseman became one of my favourite TV shows in recent years because of its dramatic, uncomfortable, yet engaging and humourous content, and after the emotional rollercoaster that was season 4, I was totally ready for the next season. And season 5 has been one hell of a journey, building upon the foundations of previous seasons and presenting new and familiar characters and scenarios resulting in very engaging TV which was very hard to watch at times. While this season didn’t have the same emotional gut punch of season 4, it did have plenty of really insightful, poignant and agonizing moments that remind me of not only how incredible the show is thanks to all the writers, but also how much these stories and flawed characters remind me of real life. It was interesting to see Bojack and the rest of the cast end up making this TV show, and how their stories progressed on and off of the film set through non-linear storytelling, trips out of town, flashbacks and episodes that blurred the lines between fiction and reality. All of it was handled in creative, raw and hilarious ways. I found myself shouting at my laptop in disbelief at some of the stuff that happened on-screen and at several points I just had to stop and take in what happened because some of the issues the show tackles is deep and thought-provoking. .Also, the show’s funny, I’ve never found the show to be super hilarious, but this season may have some of my favourite laughs of the show so far with some of the one-liners and physical humour.

As for the cast is incredible, Will Arnett (Bojack), Amy Sedaris (Princess Carolyn), Alison Brie (Diane), Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Peanutbutter) and Aaron Paul (Todd) deliver some of their best material to date alongside some great supporting and new cast members. I love learning more about Princess Carolyn’s past, seeing what Diane was up to and how she’s dealing with her own drama and the ever surprising and crazy life of Todd has never been funnier. Also shout outs to Rami Malek as Flip McVicker, Stephanie Beatriz as Gina, Issa Rae as Dr. Indira and Wanda Sykes as Mary BethBut. But now I wanted to focus Bojack specifically, he’s someone I really disliked in season 1, but later on I grew to cheer for him, for as shitty as he was and all the horrible things he’d gotten up to over the seasons, I could relate to his emotional state on several occasions and as he started to learn about himself and grow, I just wanted to see him change for the better. And while he does learn and grow, he also has to face up to all of his transgressions, and this season was the first time where I just couldn’t support him, he went to some dark and troubled places that were almost unbearable to watch and I’m not sure he’ll recover from it, but damn Will Arnett did damn good work with is voice acting. And after all of the drama and chaos the season ends in the place that I thought it would, not to give any spoilers, but after everything that happened with Bojack, the final moments of the show felt like the only logical conclusion and it was handled very well. I don’t know if I can handle any more of this show’s crazy and intense drama, but it’s so good that I can’t help but want to see what happens if and when season 6 rolls around.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen any of these shows and if so what do you think of them? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2018 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #33

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is week 33, and it has been a hella long time since I did one of these reviews, I apologise but hopefully, I’ll be getting back to more of these over the summer. Anyway today I’ll be giving you my late thoughts on Bojack HorsemanCastlevania and iZombie., oh and my more recent thoughts on Game of Thrones which will include spoilers! With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀

Bojack Horseman (Season 1)

Some of you may be surprised to know that I haven’t seen this show sooner, however, this show was one of those that you look at from a distance and you say “I don’t like the look of this.” For whatever reason, the look of the show didn’t appeal to me and the fact that there was such a level of hype surrounding it made it hard to approach. And so even though I have plenty of TV to start or catch up on, Bojack Horseman I wanted to watch because of the short episode length and easy accessibility because of Netflix. So I finished season 1 days ago and I have to say that I am surprised by how much I liked this show, and while it is no Regular Show or South Park in terms of the way it grabbed my interest, there’s something strangely addictive about the show’s premise and characters especially in the latter half of the season. The show starts out okay with the world, characters and stories that take place in this weird version of reality where humans and anthropomorphic animals coincide together, it is all very strange, loose, kind of funny but not consistently engaging. That being said the absurdity of the story involving the main characters kept me coming back. But once the show made its dramatic turn towards the latter side of the series it hooked me and became a far more engaging show. I love everyone in the cast especially Will Arnett who is just great as Bojack, and I also love Alison Brie and Aaron Paul too.

Castlevania (Season 1)

So around two weeks ago, I watched the new Castlevania show on Netflix and you know what? It’s alright. While I understand some people’s grievances with the show I still enjoyed it for the most part and wanted to see more. The show basically tells the story of the omnipotent Dracula, the questionable Catholic church, the passive Seekers and determined monster slayer Trevor Belmont. It has to be said upfront that fans of the games will get the most of this show, while the show does have a good few unique elements that allow it to be seen by people who have never played the games, there are certain elements borrowed from the games like Castlevania 3 that will enhance your experience if you know the mythology and references. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the show because of the initial focus on Dracula and some of the dialogue, story and character material wasn’t that engaging. However, after a certain incident goes down, things pick up quickly and what follows is a story of mystery, corruption, intrigue and danger. Now I’ve heard complaints put towards the show specifically when it comes to the writing, animation and short length, and those points are all valid. Firstly some of the dialogue just felt awkward or unrealistic, the story’s focus and flow felt off at times and it also felt like certain key details in the story were either touched upon at surface level or were skipped entirely and it could have gone a long way to making the show better. The presentation was a mixed bag. The music for the show was awesome, but the visual side of things was dodgy. Some of the art was very nice, though I would have preferred a different art style as the anime influenced style isn’t handled as well as the Japanese studios. At times the show can look pretty, but other times not so much. The animation can look so choppy and lazy especially during certain talking scenes or in fight scenes which lack charisma, style and fluid motion. And finally the length of the show is very short with each episode ranging from 22-27 minutes and since the show does a lot of setting up and foreshadowing it feels incomplete, like the first chapter in a larger book. In the end, I would say if you’re curious to give the show a watch, it can be fun at times but it may not be what you’re looking for if you want to get into this franchise, play the games instead.

iZombie (Season 1)

Okay here we are again haha, for those unaware I started reviewing iZombie back in 2015, I really liked it, but I, unfortunately, fell off at the start of season 2 and have been meaning to rewatch it for while especially after I noticed online how much of a following the show’s gotten since 3 started. So the show follows a girl who gets into a zombie and needs to eat brains in order to keep her intelligence/human side intact, however, a side effect is that she can see the memories of the people she eats and so with that information she helps the Seattle police department solve murder cases. The show’s a police procedural drama mixed in with horror, humour and That’s So Raven and a bit of Castle. It is an odd mix when you say it out loud but it works. The show takes a unique approach to zombies not only in the way in which they are created but also how they act and affect the plot and human characters too. Like a lot of police shows, each episode has a case of the week, however, there is an overarching storyline that is always relevant. Tonally the show can be lighthearted, witty and funny with good writing and good pop culture references, but the show can also be dark, dramatic and emotional when tackling issues with relationships between friends and family, love, secrets and lies and the morals and ethics surrounding life and death. The core elements that I enjoy so much is the humour, action and characters, and the main cast is great with my favourites being Malcolm Goodwin’s no nonsense/cool Clive Babineaux, the ever funny and quirky Rahul Kohli as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, David Anders’ mysterious, cool and dangerous as Blaine and of course Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore who is so beautiful, fun, likeable and because of the different brains it allows McIver to act in a variety of ways.

 iZombie (Season 2) Episodes 1-4

So far I’m really enjoying the second season of this show, I’m only 4 episodes in but I’m really liking it so far. The show feels consistent with whats come before and picks up where last season left off when it comes to the fallout and changes to the status quo for the key characters in this show. And though there’s been a bit of a time jump it still feels like the events of season 1’s finale are felt and dealt with in this season. Plus the show shakes some things up by placing the recurring cast in new situations which challenges and affects them greatly, but there are also new characters who have roles of varying significance but they certainly leave an impact.

Game of Thrones (Season 7) “Stormborn”

After a pretty cool set episode last week, “Strormborn” kept the good stuff coming with cool character moments, intriguing conversations and some solid action towards the end. Firstly I liked seeing Daenerys and her allies together discussing what to do with Cersei and King’s Landing, I like how they all had their own ways attacking the place, but it was ultimately Tyrion’s strategic plan of placing the armies in different locations that got them on board. I’m curious after Daenerys’ conversation with Olenna Tyrell whether she will betray Tyrion or dismiss his advice in the future. I was also fearful for Varys, Daenerys wasn’t keen on the idea of him serving him considering that he’s switched alliances so many times in the past, but he did give a good argument as to why he should be kept around, and considering how smart, knowledgeable and loyal he has been, I think he’d be a solid ally to have at this point in the game. I’m just going to briefly touch on the Jorah and Sam stuff, firstly poor Jorah, I don’t like the idea of him turning into a monster, but alas that’s the hand fate has dealt him for the time being. And secondly while I’m glad Sam’s here to attempt to get rid of the greyscale, just seeing the removal of it was horrible, so filth and unsettling to watch. 😦 I’m also curious to see how things will turn out for Jon Snow with him accepting the invitation to meet Daenerys at Dragonstone, I really hope it’s not a trap because I don’t want all the allied houses at Winterfell to be right. While I understand Sansa and everyone else’s point of view, risks need to be taken at this point regardless of the end result.

It was also great to see Arya again after her moment of sheer badassery last week, here we got to see her reunite with Hot Pie for the first time in a while and it was a nice catch up, seeing her face when he told her about Jon’s current status as King of the North made me happy but sad at the same time. I guess she’s changed her mission to take out Cersei for the time being, I just hope she doesn’t get killed. Oh and that moment with her direwolf, heartbreaking yo. And for those who said last week’s episode was boring with no action well here’s the good stuff that you love. Euron comes out of nowhere with the Iron Fleet and attacks Yara, Theon, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes, that was crazy. The battle was intense there was a lot of blood and stabbing and carnage and it looked beautiful with the lighting and colours standing out well. As for Theon deciding to jump ship (literally), it left me wondering one of a few options: 1) He’s a coward. 2) The dude’s seen the horror’s of battle and it’s mentally too much for him to take. Or 3) He’s bailing because he’ll come back to save his sister later. I’m sure most will assume the reason is number 1 but I’d like to think it’s more along the lines of number 2.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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