Lucifer Season 3 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers.
At the moment I’m trying to catch up with all the new seasons out there. The first one I finished is Lucifer, season 3. So let’s see what the devil is up to!

 

The Plot:
Lucifer is trying to find out who kidnapped him, took his devil face and returned his wings. In the meantime Amenadiel is struggling to get used to life on earth. Chloe tries to figure out her feelings for Lucifer when a new man enters the picture. Lieutenant Pierce is good-looking, a dedicated cop – and something else…

 

The Rating:
I was so sad when I heard that the show is cancelled after this season. However, recently Netflix announced that they will continue with season 4 in 2019. Can’t wait to see how this will turn out!
Anyway, let’s talk about season 3. This is a season full of struggles. While Lucifer may be one of those detective/crime investigation shows, that part was always the least interesting to me. What fascinates me about this show is the depth the characters have. Lucifer himself is still trying to find out who is and whether that’s a person he actually wants to be – a very relatable struggle. Charlotte Richards desperately tries to change her life and be good, but that’s easier said than done. Chloe still is not sure about her feelings concerning Lucifer and Ella tries to be her happy self even when things get rough. While all those aspects could be presented in a dull and copy-paste way, writers really made an effort with this show to make the problems feel genuine. You will end up caring for those characters, whether you want it or not. Continue reading

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TV Spotlight: Supernatural

Hey guys!
A big shout out to all the fans who’ve kept Supernatural going for more than 13 seasons! I am a bit late to join the party. But here’s my thoughts on the first season! (By the way, the show is perfect for a Halloween-binge!)

 

The Plot:
The brothers Dean and Sam Winchester have to team up when their father goes missing on one of his “hunting trips”. However, he was not out shooting deer, John Winchester hunts supernatural creators, always trying to find the one that had killed his wife 22 years prior. To find him, his sons will have to follow in his footsteps…

 

Should you check it out?
Well, as interesting this season is, I’m not yet fully convinced. But let’s start with the positive aspects. I love how cleverly the episodes are constructed. Of course you know they’ll make it out alive, but it takes skill to come up with enough myths and urban legends. And it’s even harder to present it in a way that’s not stereotypical and super dull. Another upside of Supernatural is the great chemistry between Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. It’s the one thing that makes or breaks the show but in this case, casting is really brilliant.
However, let’s get into the downsides. Continue reading

The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
With season 3 of The Man in the High Castle on our doorstep, it was about time I finished #2. So let’s see whether it’s any good!

 

The Plot:
In this season, Joe finds out more about his past while John Smith has to deal with a plot against Hitler. Juliana is still trying to find out what the movies of the man in the high castle mean as the world falls apart…

 

The Rating:
You might know my review on the novel and that I was less than impressed by Philip K. Dick. I had expected to much more. And this show finally delivers. Season 1 built up to many of the fascinating moments in season 2.
I love that we dive deeper into the characters’ life and souls which makes the whole thing even more interesting. In this show nothing is just black and white. Even the worst monster has a humane side. The side plot with Smith’s family was very moving and extremely conflicting. There are many plot twist you won’t see coming and I can’t wait to see where season 3 will take us in that regard. Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: The Kennedys (2011)

Hey guys!
Today’s TV Show Spotlight post revolves around The Kennedys, a mini series which was released in 2011. I’ll be working with this one for my master thesis at university, so stay tuned for a post on that 😉

 

The Plot:
The show follows the life of John F. Kennedy. It start right at the election eve of his race with Nixon and portrays his efforts right up to his assassination. In flashbacks we learn more about his time as president and about the Kennedy family in general.

 

Why should you check it out?
I’ll give you a simple reason: it’s fascinating. Of course not everything you get to see really happened this way. You can tell that some stuff is exaggerated and dramatized to make it a bit more soap opera like. But in general they try to give an authentic picture of the time. A lot of original material like news broadcasts is used which makes it even more interesting.
I know that reviews were very mixed on this mini series but I found it generally enjoyable. It gives you a good insight on the politics of the 60’s and it inspired me to read up on the topic. Continue reading

13 Reasons Why: Season 2 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
The second season of teen drama 13 Reasons Why was one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. So let’s see whether it can keep up with season 1!

 

The Plot:
Hannah is dead. Nothing can bring her back, but it’s not over yet. In this season we follow the trial as it moves to court. Many more dark details come to light and pressure on everybody involved increases. Some are not coping too well…

 

The Rating:
This season is certainly intense. It was very touching, but I have a few problems with it.
First of all, you can tell that the book the show is based on ended after season 1. At times it felt like they were either re-heating stuff we already know or coming up with something new that doesn’t really match with the previous stuff 100%. My biggest issue is that most of the time, the show is trying too hard. There is so much drama and awful stuff going on. With every episode that is even more stuff that’s supposed to hit you hard and  shake you to the core. However, they just overdid it and you reach a point where it’s first of all not credible anymore but it’s also somewhat emotionally blunting. They are addressing so many important issues but it’s just too much to take it all in. Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale concluded in July. However, as I was travelling throughout summer, it took me until now to catch up! So let’s see what it’s all about…

 

The Plot:
In this season a pregnant June plans her escape. We enter this season with tons of unanswered questions: will she make it to Canada? What happens to her daughter Hannah? What about all those who help her and put themselves at risk?

 

The Rating:
Wow. Season 2 is intense. As I’ve mentioned above, there are many questions to be answered and believe me, those answers hurt like hell.
As usual, Elisabeth Moss is absolutely stunning. Her performance is outstanding and deeply moving. The story gets even more uncomfortable as it was in the first season and I ended up in tears several times. The scariest part of it all is how realistic it feels, like this could easily happen here too.
Another amazing performance I’d like to mention was given by Yvonne Strahovski. So far, I hadn’t been a huge fan of her, as she never managed to get any emotion across to me. However, in this show she definitely stepped up with her acting skills. The third round of praise goes out to Alexis Bledel who also was an important factor in making this season so frightening. She gave me goosebumps all the way! Continue reading