Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 – A Review

Hello, my darlings!
Welcome to another Buffy review. I just finished season 3, so let’s get down to it right away!

The Plot:

Buffy is doneTM. She’s reeling after the events of season 2 and tries to run from her old life. But it has a way of pulling her back in…

The Rating:

Oh wow, a lot of shit went down in this season. There are some things I want to discuss that won’t be spoiler-free, so consider yourself warned.

Let’s being with the events of the first episode, as I wouldn’t exactly call those spoilers. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Buffy ran away from home and from everything that happened in Sunnydale, but of course, her past catches up with her and she ends up returning. In a way, this is a more intense recreation of the beginning of season 2. So, at first, I thought of it as too much of a copy, but actually, this was super well done and I ended up liking it. It was a good kick-off for the season. Buffy has a lot going on, she’s definitely dealing with PTSD, and the way the show addresses it is great. It feels very genuine and you can relate to Buffy. Also, once she’s back in Sunnydale it’s great that she is going through a process there. This is not a problem that can be solved within a minute. It’s only normal that it would take her some time to work through everything and that, of course, her friends and family would be dealing in their own way with it as well.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome back to my Buffy the Vampire Slayer review marathon. This year I watched the show for the very first time (yes, I am aware that I’m approximately 20 years late to the party). Let’s get to the bottom of season 2!

The Plot:

Buffy is back! Things went down and got dirty in the last season finale. Naturally, Buffy is shaken and it takes a hot minute for her to come to terms with everything that transpired. But she doesn’t have time to mope around, new evil is afoot!

The Rating:

Wow, this season was a handful. So many things happened and, to be honest, it’s impossible to discuss them all without spoilers. So, in case you haven’t seen this show yet, beware!

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Buffy clearly suffers from PTSD and is still figuring how to deal with everything. I found it very interesting how the show incorporated that. Buffy leaving but then returning, yet still realizing that she is not the same person anymore. It’s a struggle for her to fit back into her old life. I appreciate that instead of her just brushing it off and waking up bright and early the day after the last season finale, this is what we get. It makes the character so much more realistic and relatable. No wonder this show was so popular!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 – A Review

Hello guys!
I know, I’m like 30 years late to the party but have you seen BUFFY? I started watching and now I’m hooked! Let’s talk about season 1. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Plot:

Buffy seems like your regular teenager you’d run into at any highschool. Except that she is not. Buffy is a slayer, so it’s her job to kill vampires and other supernatural folk endangering mankind. Tight schedule when you just want to live like a regular teenager…

The Rating:

Guys, GUYS! Finally, I get to watch this. On Amazon Prime Buffy is available to watch in English when for the longest while they only had it in German. That means I have a lot of catching up to do.

One season in, I already love the show. Sure, there are many clichรฉs both in terms of high school shows and horror flicks. However, many of the characters like Willow or Xander are absolutely delightful, so I have no complaints.

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Merlin: Season 5

Hey guys!
This is white we finally reached the end of the line with Merlin. I finished binging the fifth and final season, so let’s dive right in and let’s get talking!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The fifth series of “Merlin” finds King Arthur (Bradley James) reveling in the success of his kingdom. But even as he and his trusted servant Merlin (Colin Morgan) prepare for a golden age of prosperity, destruction brews behind the scenes as the sorceress Morgana (Katie McGrath) plots to plunge Camelot into darkness.

The Rating:

Oh boy, what a finale! I am very happy with how the last season turned out. We have quite a few things to dicuss here, anything that could be considered a spoiler will be below the *read more* button.

But before I get into the details, I think we can all agree that with this, Colin Morgan once more underlined what a brilliant actor he is. This season contained so many scenes that were full of emotion and he nailed every single one of them. Eventhough we still get the usual bickering between Merlin and Arthur, they did a good job incorporating serious moments as well, allowing the actors to show more range. I can tell you, they certainly didn’t disappoint.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 4 – A Review

Hey guys!
Welcome back to another TV show review. I finally finished binging the latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Some of the past seasons left me with rather mixed feelings, but I was nevertheless excited about #4. Let’s see if it is a success!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.

The Rating:

What to do with this one?
I have very similar issues I already mentioned for past seasons. There are some amazing and intense episodes. Especially the beginning of the season gave me chills. There were tears.
But (there always has to be a but, right?) even in those episodes some moments were a little too much and over the top. The show has so many amazing things to offer, they could easily ton eit down a notch and still create the same effect. Especially when you have actors this brilliant, it would give them a chance to shine even more.

Elizabeth Moss is outstanding is usual. Yvonne Strahovski has come such a long way. I remember at the beginning I didn’t like her at all, simply because she couldn’t act, couldn’t convey emotion. Now she knows how to hold her ground and delivered great performances.

I’ll be talking about some things that happen later in this season below the *read more* button, so beware of spoilers!

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Merlin: Season 4 – A Review

Hey guys!
I’m almost finished with Merlin, so without further ado let’s get right down to it and talk a bit about the penultimate season. I’ve had a few minor ups and downs with the show so far, but now it seems to have found it’s groove. Can they keep it up with season 4?

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

When the action begins in season four, a year has passed and Arthur (Bradley James) is acting king while Uther (Anthony Head) remains in a state of depression. Morgana (Katie McGrath) aims to settle a score by summoning Callieach (Gemma Jones) to rip apart the fabric between the worlds of the living and dead, unleashing creatures that kill anyone whom they touch. Merlin (Colin Morgan) suspects someone close to Arthur is a traitor, and when he uses his alter-ego to show that magic is not a force of evil his plan backfires. Arthur takes the next step toward marriage with Gwen (Angel Coulby) but doubts her sincerity when he sees her kissing a revived Lancelot (Santiago Cabrera).

The Rating:

This was brilliant! I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into this season, but the last one was pretty good, so I had my hope up. Well, they fully delivered and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the final season now holds in store for us.
I will be discussing some things that include spoilers, so click read more at your own risk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I can say without giving anything away is that the acting is great in this one. It made me feel all the feels and it seemed they finally found a balance between funny bickering scenes and emotionally intense ones. Although I doesn’t seem like they changed much, the show doesn’t feel as underbudgeted anymore. In my previous reviews I mentioned that it appears to suffer from a serious case of not enough money, leaving us with some costumes, props, special effects that felt cheap. Either I got used to it by now or they simply did a much better job.

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