Alice in Borderland

Hello y’all!
Today I bring a show with a funky Battle Royal vibe that is based on a graphic novel. It’s one of those things where I saw a ton of content on tumblr, so of course I had to check it out!

The Plot (as found on RT):

Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.

The Rating:

I. Am. Fascinated!
This show surprised me, thrilled me, mesmerized me. The games the protagonists have to play are well thought out and I enjoyed trying to come up with solutions myself. I just love a show that is smart and also treats its audience like we have two braincells.

The show was renewed for a second season so I’m not surprised that the mystery behind what kicked off the series had not yet been revealed. I’m very curious though if we will actually find out or if they just never tell us. Since I haven’t read the graphic novel I don’t know there actually is a background to that. I mean, I could just google it but I’d rather just wait for season two spoiler-free. 😅

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Desperate Housewives: A Review of all 8 Seasons

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Today I’m coming out you with a bit of a different review. I watched Desperate Housewives back when it aired on Austrian TV but never came across another episode since. Well, the whole show was available on Disney+, so I thought why not give it a rewatch? So, let’s see how it holds up to the memory I had of the series!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Behind the facade of a postcard-perfect subdivision live four women whose lives are anything but idyllic. Klutzy Susan is divorced and the mother of teenage Julie. Lynette is married to Tom and the frazzled mother of four rambunctious children. Bree is the neighborhood’s Martha Stewart, whose perfection masks major dysfunction. Ex-model Gabrielle, married to handsome and successful Carlos, wants to have her cake and eat it too. Looking down on it all is Mary Alice, who took her own life but comments on the lives of her former neighbors.

The Rating:

Shows like Desperate Housewives were never really my cup of tea, just not my go-to stuff. But when it air on Austrian TV, there was the option to watch it in English instead of the German dub, which was extremely rare. So, I started watching and I came back for season after season. One of the most interesting parts of rewatching the show was seeing what I remember and what I didn’t because – as one of my friends said – I sure do like to turn everything into work. 😅

After binging all 8 season, I have to say I was very surprised. The show is actually much better than I had remembered it. The acting is really good and – even though some bits are cringy – many of the story lines are very relatable and still relevant today. (Spoilers below the read-more tag!)

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Lucifer: Season 6 – A Review

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who has become dissatisfied with his life in hell. After abandoning his throne and retiring to Los Angeles, Lucifer indulges in his favorite things (women, wine and song) — until a murder takes place outside of his upscale nightclub. For the first time in billions of years, the murder awakens something unfamiliar in Lucifer’s soul that is eerily similar to compassion and sympathy. Lucifer is faced with another surprise when he meets an intriguing homicide detective named Chloe, who appears to possess an inherent goodness — unlike the worst of humanity, to which he is accustomed. Suddenly, Lucifer starts to wonder if there is hope for his soul.

The Rating:

Okay guys, we made it to the sixth and final season of Lucifer. At this point it is basically impossible to discuss what’s going on without spoilers, so click the *read more* tag at your own risk!

What I can say without giving anything away is that I tremendously enjoyed the season and thought that it made a worthy end to the show. The writing was great, the acting impeccable. The story comes with twists and surprises. I’ve grown to love the cast so much and the writers really managed to pull at our heartstrings with this season – and not just because I know that there won’t be more.

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Letterkenny – A Review of Seasons 1-9

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Today I bring you my new favorite comedy of all-time. You have no idea how glad I am that Letterkenny was recommended to me! As I am writing this, 9 seasons have been released but there are more come and I can’t wait.

The Plot (as found on RT):

This comedy series showcases the antics of the residents of Letterkenny, a small rural community in Canada. Siblings Wayne and Katy run a small farm and produce stand, with Wayne’s friends Daryl and “Squirrely” Dan helping out. Many of the town’s inhabitants fall into one of several groups, which include the farmers, or “hicks,” the out-of-towners on the local hockey team, the local drug addicts and the “natives,” who are members of the local First Nation. “Letterkenny” began its life as a YouTube series called “Letterkenny Problems.”

The Rating:

As you may have gathered from the introduction, I absolutely love this show. 😅
Honestly, I had no expectations going in, I hadn’t even heard of the series until somebody sat me down to watch it. I was done for from the first episode on. I swear, everything about this show is absolutely brilliant!

First of all, the writing. I think I said about 7 million times while watching this that the writers deserve all the awards in the world. The show is funny to a degree that your belly will hurt from laughing so hard. But it’s not just funny, it’s also smart. The banter between the characters is witty, eloquent and I simply admire the writers for being able to come up with so many great puns. Letterkenny really is unlike anything else I have ever seen in that regard. So far, they managed to keep the quality super high throughout all seasons. I am convinced that the upcoming season will be no exception in that regard.

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Riverdale: Season 5, Part 2 – A Review

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We’re back with Riverdale, taking a closer look at the second half of Riverdale’s season 5. I wasn’t too impressed with the first half, but maybe they manage to redeem themselves?

The Plot:

Okay, so the timehop has happened, we are still in Riverdale. Archie is still over the place, Betty is on the hunt for a serial killer, Jughead needs to get a grip, Veronica tries to get back to being her old self, while I don’t even know what the heck is going on with Cheryl…

The Rating:

What. A. Giant. Clusterfuck.
I don’t have words for how freaking bad this season was. There were moments that has so much potential, this could have been great but overall, I think this is the season I dislike the most so far. This review will feature a lot of spoilers because, believe me, there are *a lot* of things we need to address.

The sheer craziness of some of the plot developments is nothing short of ridiculous. Some episodes were so cringe-worthy, I actually had to stop halfway through to stop halfway through to take a deep breath and a break before finishing. Let’s talk about some of that after the *read more*.

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Death Parade

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Today I have some more anime for you. This show completely surprised me and really knocked it out of the park.
So, let’s have a little chat about Death Parade!

The Plot (according to IMDb):

After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim.

The Rating:

This show had no right. NO RIGHT. It made me feel all the feels and I definitely was not prepared for that. It’s insane how anime shows always come up with a concept that should not work but somehow it does. And not only does it work, it gets to you.

You die and then you get judged. So far, you’re still with me, right? You find yourself in a bar and you have to play some games. BUT the game is just a façade, it’s not about who wins but how you act in the face of victory or defeat. I mean, excuse me, this is brilliant but also weird. And when I say weird, I mean you have to play twisted to save your soul, essentially.

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