American Horror Story: Double Feature (Part 1 Red Tide)

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I’m a bit behind on reviewing the latest AHS seasons but I figured I’d save them for October. It’s spooky season! And what could fit the spooky theme better than American Horror Story? Today I’m going talk about the first half of season ten. Make sure to come back on Friday for my thoughts on the second half!

The Plot:

A writer, his pregnant wife, and their daughter move to a quaint place in Massachusetts. The plan is simple: he works on a script, she flips the house, and the girl gets to practice the violin on peace. Only this town has more in store than any of them bargained for…

The Rating:

I watched all AHS season up until now and I watched American Horror Stories before embarking onto season 10. Especially after Stories, I lowered my expectations significantly (aka I buried them and salted the ground). Past season of AHS often started out strong but somewhere around the middle things went downhill. For this season we get two stories instead of just one, which means that today I’m talking about the first part of the season and the finished story that encapsulates.

Guess what?! I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Sure, I was expecting pretty much nothing at this point, so it wasn’t that hard to catche me unawares, but this was actually quite good! I think the tighter concept was rather beneficial. Six episodes was the perfect length for the story and had I been dragged out longer, I just know it would have suffered the same fate as past seasons.

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Bonding: Seasons 1+2 – A Review

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Today I want to talk about a show that had been recommended to me quite a while ago. And then – as is customary for me – I forgot about it, so here we finally are! Damn, I really should have watched this sooner…

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Tiff is a grad student in New York City who is moonlighting as a dominatrix. For Tiff, her sexually explicit job is a business, not a pleasure. When she reconnects with former high school BFF Pete, a recently out gay man, she recruits the cash-strapped man to be her assistant — performing such tasks as cleaning up after her clients and serving as her bodyguard. This dark comedy follows the unlikely pair as Tiff and Peter’s new professional relationship redefines their friendship. More importantly, though, it helps them find themselves.

The Rating:

Wow. This show really blew me away. I had expected a lot of things from it, but certainly to be this profound. I mean, Bonding has a lot of funny moments, a lot of weird moments, and definitely some scenes that will make a bunch of people rather uncomfortable. But it also features so many scenes that are heartfelt, honest, extremely well written, and full of things applicable to real life. Honestly, out of all the things I had pictured about this show, this really hadn’t been on my bingo card.

Also, as I have mentioned – and as you can tell from the trailer – this show also depicts some professions and practices most people will probably not be too familiar with. And even though the show does make light of a lot of things and brings humor into the mistress scenes, I feel like it always treats the subject – and more importantly the people – with respect. A show or movie for that matter about this could have gone downhill really fast. This could have been cringy or awkward or just generally awful, so I’m also surprised how well they build the show around this while still making everything perfectly normal (which in all honesty it should be, you do you). The show doesn’t judge any of the things going on or the people it includes, is what I’m trying to say, I guess.

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What If…?: Season1 – A Review

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In my quest to finally catch up with all the Marvel shows released on Disney+, I finally sat down and watched What If…? Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Reimagining noteworthy events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities.

The Rating:

What an interesting concept!
Somehow this show feels like a discussion among nerds brought to the TV screen and I’m here for it. It’s a little bit “butterfly effect” as we can see how one little change might severely impact the course of history.

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Pam & Tommy: Season 1 – A Review

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Today we’re going to talk about I show that I was quite excited about – and extremely surprised by: Pam & Tommy. Here’s why…

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s honeymoon sex tape is stolen and leaked to the public.

The Rating:

I’m not gonna lie, I only wanted to watch this show because Sebastian Stan is in it. I fully expected it to be trashy and cringy but no biggie, right? And then I sat down to watch it and it was insanely good??? I had definitely not seen that coming. Sure, the show had its weird moments (looking at you episode 2!), but overall I was extremely impressed in literally every department.

First of all, let’s talk about the acting performances. Lily James absolutely killed it. (insert that one Lady Gaga gif here lol). Honestly, you could forget sometimes that she’s not Pamela. She really managed to capture everything so well! Lily really deserves all the awards for her performance. Next up we have Sebastian Stan who also was phenomenal as Tommy Lee. I love how he plays him in a way that makes it seems like Tommy Lee never had more than two thoughts in his entire life. I’m not really too familiar with Lee and his work but I’m just going to assume that Sebastian Stan did a good job here. Also, I did quite some reading as I was watching the show – you know, about what happened irl, and even apart from the tape this relationship was more than rocky. So, Tommy Lee is really fucking lucky that Sebastian Stan plays him because otherwise, I’m not sure I could have refrained from kicking in my TV. Why you may wonder? Well, in the show we do see several glimpses of this not being a perfect marriage, but I get the impression that some things are romanticized or simply polished a little nicer for the show. Because in the series Lee is nowhere near the abusive asshole that he apparently is in real life.

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The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1 – A Review

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Today we’re taking a closer look at another installment in the Star Wars franchise: The Book of Boba Fett. As I really enjoyed The Mandalorian, I had high expectations for this one. Let’s see if it can live up to that!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

On the sands of Tatoonie, bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the Galaxy’s underworld and fight for Jabba the Hutt’s old territory.

The Rating:

I’ve got a confession to make before we get to the nitty-gritty of this show. The only reason I started watching Boba Fett was for more Baby Yoda content. Yes, I am fully aware that his name is Grogu but Baby Yoda sounds way too adorbsies to not roll with that.

So, it turns out that this was actually a good reason to watch the show, as it certainly delivered in terms of Baby Yoda. I swear, my poor little heart can’t take so much cuteness! I don’t want to spoil things for anybody who hasn’t watched this yet, but the Dadalorian content is really chef’s kiss.

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Loki: Season 1 – A Review

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Today we’re going to take a closer look at what the God of mischief has been up to recently. We’re going to talk about the first season of Loki!

The Plot (as found on RT):

Loki, the God of Mischief, steps out of his brother’s shadow to embark on an adventure that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

The Rating:

I’m currently catching up on all the MCU content that came out more or less recently. I feel like I blinked and all of a sudden Disney had released 10 new shows and 5 new movies. To be honest, the sheer volume of new content on that front took away my motivation to watch any of it for a bit. It’s just too much. Even though I enjoy the MCU stuff, I feel overwhelmed and I’m starting to lose interest based on the sheer flood of shows and movies Disney throws at us.

I am, however, always down for more Tom Hiddleston, so here we are! First of all, I like the concept of the show. This is super interesting to explore! The set-up in the first episodes was maybe a tiny bit clunky but it got us where we need to be, so it’s fine. Actually, I liked that the season only had 6 episodes. That was the perfect amount to encapsulate what was needed to tell the story without dragging on. It’s kinda nice to be able to binge this in a day instead of it being 25 on hour episodes where at least 15 feel like fillers. I’m not sure whether I am happy that there will be a second season. I like the first one, but as I said, I’m happy with the number of episodes we got and I’m not altogether sure that we actually need a second season. Am I going to watch it anyway? Most definitely.

**Spoilers Ahead**

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