Arcane: Season 1 – A Review

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Today I want to talk about a show I got recommended left and right. And for good reason! Let’s take a look at Arcane.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

The origins of two iconic League champions, set in the utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.

The Rating:

Let me preface this by saying I know exactly nothing about League of Legends, so essentially, I went into this completely blind. I know that the story is not the one of the game but the characters are drawn from there. I watched Arcane with somebody who is familiar with the game, so those nuances were pointed out to me. But even if that hadn’t been the case, I would have tremendously enjoyed the show. You can watch this completely independent from the game and have the best of times with Arcane.

First of all, how dare they? How freaking dare they make a show this brilliant that made me feel all the feels? Who gave them the right?!
Knowing that this is a video game show, I honestly didn’t have my expectations set too highly and ended up completely blown away.

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Clark – A Review

Hello, my lovely readers!
Today I bring you a show that was recommended to me by some Swedish friends. In fact, it is a Swedish Netflix production about a rather famous Swedish guy, who’s name you might never have heard before…

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

The story of Clark Olofsson, the man behind Stockholm syndrome, who fooled all of Sweden to love him despite his crimes.

The Rating:

This show was nuts, absolutely crazy as fuck. It looks like just about all the drugs were involved while making it. Somehow it goes through just about all the genres and it works?!

Clark features a main character who is fascinating, infuriating, irritating. He is a narcissistic asshole. And Bill Skarsgard plays him to perfection. His acting is brilliant in this show. As a little side note: I watched the show in the original Swedish version with subtitles because I was told that the English dub is not the best. So, I can’t speak to the English version but it was super cool to see Skarsgard do something in Swedish for a change.

One of the main reasons Clark is so irritating is because this man got away with so much. Yes, he ended up in jail, but if you watched the show you know just how much shit he pulled over the course of his life. It’s not just the illegal stuff, but also his relationship with women. Honestly, all those need to make better decisions. Lol

Obviously, parts of the show are exaggerated, dramatized to be entertaining, but behind all of this is the story of a very real human being. And reading up on his story a bit more, fewer things that you might think are made up!

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Shoresy: Season 1 – A Review

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Today we’re going to talk about a show I was extremely excited to come out for: Shoresy. It just had to be good, right?!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Shoresy moves to Sudbury, Canada, to join a senior AAA hockey team in his quest to never lose again.

The Rating:

Do I normally care about ice hockey? No! Do I know *anything* about ice hockey other than the name Wayne Gretzky? Nope! Was I still excited about this show coming out and did I binge it instantly? Hell yes!

I think that should already give you an indication of just how good this is. Or rather, how good Letterkenny is! I was actually counting down the days until I could finally watch Shoresy. Jared Keeso, what have you done to me?

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Bridgerton: Season 1 – A Review

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I know I’m super late to the party, but I finally sat down to check out Bridgerton. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but this was not it…

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.

The Rating:

Oh boy, we have a lot to unpack here. I’ve heard so many good things about Bridgerton that I just had to check out the show. Well, let’s start with the good things. The costumes and the set design are amazing. Everything looks beyond pretty. The soundtrack is really cool as well and has some tunes that I’ll for sure be listening to in the future.

As for the story, this is definitely an idiot plot that’s very slow burn. You know what, for about half of the season I was on board, then they lost me. Completely. Everything just turns into a level of cringe I really hadn’t expected. There is so much conflict for conflict’s sake that makes so sense whatsoever. The plot became boring and I actually hated where they were taking the story. I wasted hours of my life for *this* ending? Yeah, that can go in the bin right now.

I don’t want to add any spoilers here, but seriously? This is the finale? This is what solved their problems? I actually sat there stunned for a second after watching it because I just couldn’t believe that Netflix would do me dirty like that.

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The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 – A Review

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Today I’m back with my thoughts on the third season of The Umbrella Academy. I loved the first two seasons, so let’s hope this isn’t a letdown!

About the Show (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. In their teenage years, though, the family fractures and the team disbands. Fast forward to the present time, when the six surviving members of the clan reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. They work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death, but divergent personalities and abilities again pull the estranged family apart, and a global apocalypse is another imminent threat. The series is based on a collection of comics and graphic novels created and written by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way.

The Rating:

Well, this season was a wild ride. So many things happened! What I can say is that I tremendously enjoyed it and I think it is well done. But at the same time, I feel like I need to watch it a second time for closer investigation in terms of logic. Things seemed like they make sense, but as the season is so fast-paced, if I look a bit more closely maybe I might spot some holes in the plot.

As usual, the soundtrack for this season absolutely kicked ass. Umbrella Academy is definitely one of my favorite shows when it comes to music. I still need to update my playlist with all the new tunes!

I want to briefly mention some parts of the season that stood out to me, so beware of spoilers from here on out!

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The Boys: Season 3 – A Review

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Today we’re going to talk about a show that so far hasn’t let us down: The Boys. Let’s see if season 3 can continue what has unfolded so spectacularly over the past two seasons!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that’s when they’re using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers? When it’s the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. Based on the comic book series of the same name.

The Rating:

Oh this season. I don’t even know what to say. So many things happened that I *never* would have expected to see. Not on The Boys or any show for that matter. I really don’t want to put spoilers in this post, but everyone who has seen the season knows exactly what I am talking about. There are moments that leave you sitting there, stunned, thinking “what the everloving fuck did I just watch”?!

The Boys is one of the few shows who constantly manages to surprise me so completely. It is never boring there are always unpredictable elements. This show isn’t afraid of anything and I applaud that. There seem to be no rules or boundaries. Anything goes. I understand that exactly for these reasons The Boys isn’t for everyone and a lot of people won’t like it. Yes, it’s oftentimes gross, there is a lot of violence and blood, but it’s just such a good show!

And amidst all of that, the show did something even more incredible: creating an antagonist who chills me to the bone because he is way too real. Sure, Homelander is a superhero with powers that are completely unrealistic for real life. But his attitude, his political stance, how he gains followers and how they see the world, that’s what’s realistic. That’s what’s chilling. That’s what’s way too close to reality. Take a step back for a moment and look around.
Nothing underlines this point better than Reddit forums full of people complaining that “all of a sudden” Homelander is “now” the bad guy. He was the bad guy from the very beginning, but due to prevalent (and dangerous) attitudes, some people couldn’t see that. I think if someone who is the main villain lines up so neatly with your beliefs almost all the way through the show up until now, there is a problem. That’s what I mean by the show being chillingly realistic even if it is set in a superhero world.

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