The Sandman: Season 1

Hey guys!
Today I’m back with one of last year’s most impressive new shows. It took me a moment to find the time to binge this, and I wish I had done so earlier!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

When the Sandman, aka Dream, the cosmic being who controls all dreams, is captured and held prisoner for more than a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused.

The Rating:

The mind of Neil Gaiman must be a wondrous place to live in. By now I’ve read multiple of his books and watched many of the adaptations and I never cease to be amazed. The sheer power of imagination that Gaiman has, the worlds he creates, the characters! I will forever be in awe of his talent.

I’ve loved pretty much every adaptation of his work that I’ve watched so far and this is no exception. Sandman blew me away from the first episode on. The show is intense, smart, dark and gloomy, but at the same time beautiful. The show has a lot of rather dark moments but just as many that will warm your heart.

There are just so many cool characters in this. I want to know more about each and every one of them. I’m sure they all have intriguing backstories and I honestly cannot wait for more seasons to explore on that front. The acting performances are amazing but it’s the costume design as well as – obviously – the writing that makes all of these characters so intriguing. I feel like the stars really aligned for this show.

I guess this counts as spoilers but I saw people on Twitter talk/complain about it. The show did an interesting thing by giving us a twist on John Constantine. This has always been a character that I enjoyed, be it in the Hellblazer comics, the movie, or the TV show. Here we get a gender-bent version and John is now Joanna. Not gonna lie, I usually don’t care much for Jenna Coleman but her story arc was amazing and heartbreaking, and devastating, and just all the feelings. I didn’t mind this change at all, it was an interesting surprise.

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Season 1 – A Review

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Finally. FINALLY. Back when Disney+ first launched, I singed up solely because The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was supposed to drop soon. Well, then COVID-19 happened and it took forever and fifteen days for the show to finally arrive. Well, I FINALLY got to binge the Sebastian Stan content I had been waiting for, let’s see if it was worth the wait!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Sam Wilson allies himself with Bucky Barnes to embark on a series of international adventures, the duo drawn together by their ties to Steve Rogers, to thwart the activities of the Flag-Smashers, an anti-patriotism terrorist cell.

The Rating:

Okay, so I know this is about Sam Wilson aka the Falcon but I only showed up for Bucky. I mean, Anthony Mackie delivers an amazing performance, his character goes through so much growth, his story arc is great. But still… I’m sorry. I just always get a little distracted when I see Stan. 😅

Bucky aside, there is a *lot* going on in this season, so this review will contain major spoilers. So, if you haven’t seen the show yet don’t click read more, just let me assure you that it’s definitely worth checking out! Go watch it and then come back. 😉

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Merlin: Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my lovely readers!
Today’s review is brought to you by tumblr. 😅 For the longest time, I kept seeing quotes, gifs, videos, etc. of Merlin on that platform. Even though the show ended a while ago, apparently the fandom is still going strong. So, I had no other option than to finally watch the series. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The fantasy series, which offers a new spin on the Arthurian legend, opens with the teenage warlock Merlin (Colin Morgan) arriving in the kingdom of Camelot, whose king Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) has outlawed the practice of magic upon punishment of death. He seeks out the court physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson), to whom he inadvertently reveals his gift, has a run-in with the king’s headstrong son, Prince Arthur (Bradley James), and meets an enchanting young maid named Gwen (Angel Coulby). In the first season Merlin finds himself combating horrible monsters, exposed to a plague, and protecting friends from unexpected evils.

The Rating:

Okay, I can definitely see the appeal of this show. Merlin has it’s funny, it’s witty, it’s badass scenes. However, there is still a lot going on that I didn’t really vibe with.

How do I put this nicely… Well, a good amount of the costumes and props looked kind of cheap. I don’t know what they did there, but it reminded me of a school production. Sorry! Along with that, the magic/special effects were not always 100% on point either. In fact, many scenes were very cringe-worthy but still, overall the show was kind of cute, so I kept going.

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The Good Place: A Review of all 4 Seasons

Hello guys!
Today we’ll talk about another show where I’m a bit late to the party. I’ve seen so much content about The Good Place on tumblr, so I just had to check it out. Lucky me, by the time I got around the that the show was over already which means I could binge the entire thing!

The Plot (as found on RT):

The Good Place follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place (which is definitely where she belongs). While hiding in plain sight from Good Place Architect Michael (Ted Danson — “Cheers,” “CSI” — in an Emmy Award-nominated performance), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and earn her spot.

The Rating:

So, there are four season to this show. Since I’ll be discussing all of them in this review, there will be spoilers! I’ll keep all the spoiler-free stuff above the read-more cut, so you can at least get an impression of the show.

Even though I had seen a lot of screenshots and gifs of The Good Place, I still didn’t actually know what it’s about. Instead of looking up any info, I decided to go in blind and was immideately surprised! What a concept!
To me, it’s always intriguing when a show or a movie presents a new concept for the afterlife. Sure, all of that’s just philosophical musings, but I’m still curious to see how people imagine this kind of thing.

I love the show design, which all the bright and whimsical colors and effects. The costumes are on point and the cast is brilliantly chosen. In short, I started watching, was hooked right away and had nothing to complain about!
The story is crafted nicely and we get so many surprises and plot twists! Some I had suspects but many really came out of the blue for me. And even those that I had suspected, I never was 100% about.

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I’m not Okay with This: Season 1 – A Review

Hey guys!
I’m a little late to the party with this one, but I finally binged Netflix’ I Am Not Okay With This. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

I Am Not Okay With This is an irreverent origin story that follows a teenage girl who’s navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her.

The Rating:

The show won me over within the first ten seconds. Why?
Well, we get Sophia Lillis in a bloodstained prom dress which reminded me of Carrie. Then we get a voice over with her saying “Dear diary…” which reminded me of Heathers and then a Kinks song starts playing.

I was sold and beyond delighted to finally binge this show. After such a start my expectations were pretty high and they managed to pretty much fulfill them all.

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Sherlock: Seasons 1 to 4 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
You know what they say: better late than never!
I finally binged all four Sherlock seasons, so I want to share a few quick thoughts I have about them.

The Plot:

You know the drill: Sherlock Holmes (a dash eccentric), Dr. Watson and a load of crimes to be solved!

The Rating:

Why did I wait so long with this?!
I absolutely loved it. Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on Sherlock is amazing and although most people would call him antisocial, I find him to be very relatable. In the first episode we get the following exchange:

Sherlock Holmes:
Shut up.
DI Lestrade:
I didn’t say anything.
Sherlock Holmes:
You were thinking. It’s annoying.

I felt that. Yes, I am weird as well. Sorry, not sorry.

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