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What I’m Currently Watching #2

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #2 on 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. With that out of the way let’s go!

Dragon Ball Super

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So this show I’ve technically been watching since the beginning, but I haven’t had the chance to put my thoughts out there yet plus I wanted to give it a few episodes before I gave an impression. So far there is an upside and downside to this show: The upside is that we have Dragon Ball on TV with new episodes for the first time since the 90’s and it is just nice to get reacquainted with these classic characters, but also to have a new DB cartoon with the fresh art and animation that’s come with the recent specials, films and video game intros. The downside is that for everyone that watched Battle of Gods last year, this show basically looks like a rehash of that except with slightly different scenarios leading up to the main key aspects of the film. I guess its nice that to have an anime just so it’ll give more time to the other DBZ cast member who aren’t Goku and Vegeta, but still, I had hoped for something a little better. Oh and is it me but did episode 4 look really off with the random thickness of the lines for characters changing continuously? That was very off-putting. And I have recognised some fans complaints about the animation in episode 5 as it was very loose, lacked detailed and look quite lazy by today’s standards of anime. That being said, I have enjoyed what I’ve seen, the show’s quite fun and I’m curious to see how the show will develop in the future.

Blue Mountain State

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For some reason I continued to watch this show and I have to say that after finishing the first season I kind of like it. Now this comedy is nowhere near as funny as other comedies I’ve seen I wouldn’t put on the same level as Community, Parks and Rec or It’s Always Sunny, but it does have its quirks. After the initial 4 or 5 episodes which are kind of crappy, the show starts to find its rhythm and gets decent. Some of the characters start becoming less annoying and more humourous, the stories and scenarios, while still ridiculous, juvenile and vulgar, actually have some entertainment value. AND there is some character development for at least two of the main characters which makes just that bit more credible and likeable than it was in the beginning. By the time you reach the final 3 or so episodes it feels like this show is actually good enough to see what happens in the future.

The IT Crowd

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Yeah, this is the good stuff. The IT Crowd is one of my all-time favourite TV shows and every once in a while I come back to it for some quick entertainment. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I don’t re-watch many live-action TV shows often, at least when it comes to specific episodes/seasons. That mainly comes into play with cartoons. For me watching random episodes of Regular Show, Dragon Ball Z, Rugrats or Dexter’s Laboratory is normal, but for live-action TV I rarely ever do it unless it’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares or Come Dine With Me haha. But The IT Crowd is the exception, I can jump into that show at any point and have a good time and that’s what I did when I started watching the latter half of season 2 and the start of the third. The show’s still hilarious, random and so in-sync with my brand of humour. “Moss and the German” is one of my favourite episodes just because the nature of Moss and Roy’s relationship, Roy’s constant need to watch a film and the fact that there’s a German guy that wants to eat someone. It’s bloody absurd and it is brilliant.

House of Cards

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So this week I finally started season 1 of this super popular Netflix show and so far so good. I’m only two episodes in, but I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far. What I’m getting from this show is that it is about nature of politics, what happens in the public eye and what goes on behind the scenes. There is a lot of choices to be made, questionable alliances being formed, two-faced characters and a lot of grey areas when it comes to moral and ethical decisions. The tone is dark, aggressive and sometimes unsettling, but that is part of what this show so interesting. The show centers on Kevin Spacey’s character Francis “Frank” Underwood, but then there’s his wife Claire Underwood, journalist Zoe Barnes and Peter Russo, a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, a host of other people who have their own lives and issues to contend with, but what makes this show really interesting is how they all relate back to Frank. Whether he’s in competition or alliance with said people or just doesn’t like them, it all leads back to this man in a really interesting way.

So that’s what I’ve been watching, if you have any thoughts on anything that I’ve been watching be sure to drop a comment below and let me know, oh and do be sure to let me know what TV shows you’re watching at the moment too. Until next time, this is me signing out. Laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Life, Media, Television

 

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Me and my love for TV shows!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another blog post about me, but this time it’s about me and my love for TV. Now TV is something I’ve loved since childhood and it has shaped me into the dude I am today in a lot of ways, but its only in the last few years that it has become an essential part of my life especially in the live-action department. And since I talk mainly about films, ย wanted to make a blog post that focused on my TV obsession just to let you know that I do watch it haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now before we start just wanted to mention that I won’t be talking about cartoons in this post because consider them to be a totally separate entity from live-action shows and if I were to put them in the mix then I’d be writing and debating with myself for ages. Cartoons will have their own separate blog post, eventually. Anyways let’s move on.

Anyways let’s start!

The Early Days

When I saw a child the only stuff I watched was cartoons, that was my life right there. Even when I started to grow up and become a teenager and the people around me started moving on to live-action TV shows I still remained the same. There were a few exceptions like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Kenan and Kel, Moesha, Sister Sister, Malcolm in the Middle, My Wife and Kids and The Amanda Show that are nostalgic and I will always save a soft spot for. But other than those shows, there was never any live-action telly that I liked. However there are only TWO shows that I ever loved in my teen years and they are Hotel Babylon and The IT Crowd. Now Hotel Babylon I found randomly while skimming through TV and it was the first show I got attached to, but around series 3 it got pants and I dropped the show midway through series 4. As for The IT Crowd, that was my first TV obsession and it is the only TV show I’ve ever followed and consistently watched from its inception until the end. One of the funniest and best TV shows I’ll ever know.

My Childhood TV Shows

When I Moved To Uni

It wasn’t until I moved to uni in 2011 when I started to watch TV shows properly. And while it was mainly the one’s that were currently airing at the time, I found this window of TV shows that I never expected to like and now love thanks to the recommendation from friends. I think my first love was Fringe, such an amazing sci-fi show with characters I love and adore. Then there’s Community, the first comedy-based show outside of The IT Crowd I fell in love with that’s to its crazy cast of characters and insanely good parody episodes and pop-culture references. I also decided to re-watch 30 Rock from the beginning and found one of the strangest and most entertaining comedy shows I have ever seen that’s to it’s overly strange and elaborate storylines and cast.

Boardwalk Empire was another show I fell in love with due to its deep stories and characters and long build up to satisfying conclusions. It was also at this point I jumped on the Breaking Bad hype and discovered the incredible TV I’d been missing over the last few years, the incredible adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were too good to ignore.ย Game of Thrones was another show I was hooked on thanks to the incredible cast, action and violence and mythology. And I think Sherlock was the other show I became addicted to thanks to the incredibly smart storylines and the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

My Current Fav TV Shows

These Days

At this current point in time I’m hopping forward and back in time with TV shows. Besides the shows I just mentioned that are still currently airing, I currently am watching: the-okay-but-needs-to-get-better Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m on and off with The Walking Dead, a show which I really like but has been hard to watch because of season 4’s rocky introduction. Grimm is a show I really ought to start watching especially after how addicted I was to the last two seasons. In between new shows I’ve been going back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and discovering that for the first time and loving what I’ve seen so far. Even before Buffy I decided to go a Joss Whedon hype and go through all of his TV stuff and liked Dollhouse, but LOVED Firefly, such a short but incredible sci-fi show with a great cast of characters that remind me a lot of Cowboy Bebop. And yesterday I started a new obsession in the form of Parks and Recreation, it is a bizarre comedy show with a weird premise and funky cast of characters in main and supporting departments, but is what makes it so good. Really liking what I’m seeing so far and I’m only on season two.

Current Watching TV Shows

My All-Time Favourite Shows

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Fringe
  3. The IT Crowd
  4. Firefly
  5. Hotel Babylon

I know this list isn’t very long but I haven’t seen that much TV and still have much to get through.

My Favourite Currently Airing Shows

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Boardwalk Empire
  3. Sherlock
  4. Community
  5. The Walking Dead

Okay well that is it, that you for reading and hopefully that has given you some insight into the world of TV that I like to watch. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you think and possibly tell me your own kind of TV stuff that you’re into. Until the next time peeps, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Life, Media, Television

 

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The IT Crowd gave us a fitting finale – but left us wanting more

Such a good finish, this special episode was hilarious and The IT Crowd totally ended on a high. I will miss this good telly on Channel 4.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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