TV Show Spotlight: Downton Abbey

Hey guys!
I know I’m a bit late to the party but I finally finished watching Downton Abbey. Let’s see what it’s about!

 

The Plot:
The show is a historical period drama set in England from 1912 to 1926. The stories revolve around the family Grantham who lives at Downton Abbey with their domestic stuff. Over the course of six season, hearts are broken, marriages are celebrated, wars are waged. Each member of the family and the staff has his or her very own story in this fascinating time…

 

Why should you check it out?
To be honest, my feelings about the show are a bit ambivalent. But I’ll start with the positive aspects!
The biggest reason to watch Downton Abbey is Maggie Smith. She plays the Dowager Countess and is absolutely divine. Even in the most serious moments of the show she will make a sharp, sarcastic or witty remark that will leave you laughing out loud. By far my favourite character on the show!
Furthermore, I appreciate that Downton Abbey focuses equally on the upper and the lower class. The staff gets interesting stories with depth and character development. Not only does it really add to the show in general and make the whole thing more broad, I am certain I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much, had there only been the upper class plotlines.  Continue reading

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Heathers (2018) – A Review on the Pilot

Hey Folks!
Some time ago I wrote a review on Heathers, a very dark comedy featuring Winona Ryder. It’s one of my favorite 80’s movie, so I was pretty excited to hear that a TV show based on the film is in the making. So far, only the pilot is out, but boy, I’ve got some stuff to say about that…

 

The Plot:
The Heathers are the most influential and popular group at Westerburg High. The leader is Heather Chandler who vows to destroy the social life of Veronica, another member of the gang, when the latter called Heather a fatty in an angry outburst. However, when Veronica wants to take action, things escalate quickly…

 

The Rating:
Where do I start. This whole thing is just beyond awful. I sincerely hope that the rest of the show never airs as it was quite a challenge to soldier through this pilot episode.
You can tell not only that the show is based on the movie but that they desperately want to imitate it. Spoilers: It doesn’t work. Compared to the angry and dark 80s film, the TV show is a pale wannabe satire. There was not a single moment in the entire episode that actually made me laugh. You can tell where things are supposed to go and what the show runners wanted to achieve, but it’s just not working out. Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: The Handmaid’s Tale

Hey guys!
After my Book vs. TV Show post on The Handmaid’s Tale I want to go into a little more detail concerning the show. So let’s see whether it’s worth checking out!

 

What is it about?
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a near future were due to a mixture of pollution and diseases fertility rates dropped to an alarming level. Amidst this chaos a new totalitarian government, the Gilead, rises and brings changes. The society gets divided into different groups, each assigned a certain role. One of those new roles is the handmaid. These women are destined to bear the children of Gilead’s élite, whether they want it or not. One of those maids chronicles her old and her new life…

 

Why should you check it out?
I’ll put it straight: this is one of the most impressive show I’ve watched recently.
First of all, the plot. You will be torn between wanting to know more and fearing what is about to come. The story has such a real vibe it will chill you to the bones. I appreciate that the focus of the show shifts between the time before Gilead and after they came to power. Especially in the later episodes a third aspect comes into focus that allows other characters to be the center of attention. I don’t want to add too many spoilers, so let’s just say that it enriches the entire show and invites you to binge-watch!
Of course the best plot is of no use if the actors are terrible. However, for The Handmaid’s Tale only the best actors and actresses were chosen. Elisabeth Moss’ performance is intense, Alexis Bledel is haunting. Even the smaller roles are played by well-known faces like Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski (whom I never really liked, but in this show, she delivers a solid performance!) or Joseph Finnes. I can’t wait for the next season to see how their story lines will evolve! Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale

Hey Guys!
I just realized that I haven’t written a book vs. movie post in ages! Shame on me.
So let’s restart with one of the most widely discussed adaptation of the last year: The Handmaid’s Tale.

 

The Plot:
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a near future were due to a mixture of pollution and diseases fertility rates dropped to an alarming level. Amidst this chaos a new totalitarian government, the Gilead, rises and brings changes. The society gets divided into different groups, each assigned a certain role. One of those new roles is the handmaid. These women are destined to bear the children of Gilead’s élite, whether they want it or not. One of those maids chronicles her old and her new life…

 

The Rating:
Let me just say upfront, I will dedicate two separate posts to the book and the TV show in specific, so stay tuned for that!
First of all, the book. Margaret Atwood’s novel is certainly intense. She gave me goosebumps throughout the entire story and I simply could not put down the book. It’s written so realistically, it’ll give you the creeps!
While reading you are both interesting in finding out more as well as anxious about what is to come. I was deeply impressed and somewhat alarmed by this book. It is definitely a most read and offers a lot of food for thought.  Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: A Young Doctor’s Notebook

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to talk about a mini-series you’ve probably never heard about until now. To be honest, I hadn’t known about it as well. The show came to me by surprise, so let’s see if it is any good!

 

What is it about?
Daniel Radcliff plays the eponymous young doctor who just finished medical school and is sent to the middle of nowhere to run a tiny hospital.  The show chronicles his first years there and most importantly shows the doctor (now several years older and struggling) looking back on his life.

 

Why should you check it out?
Let me tell you straight away: the show is a little weird. It has a rather dark and gloomy look and often deals with rather serious topics. However, I hadn’t expected to find so much humor in this show. But for some reason it works out just fine! Continue reading

Vikings Season 5a – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
I was super excited when Vikings returned for a 5th season at the end of November. The first half recently concluded, so it’s time to share my thoughts with you!

 

The Plot:
The season kicks off with Ivar, Ubbe and Hvitserk still in East Anglia while Bjorn and Halfdan set out for the Mediterranean Sea. Lagertha tries to keep things up back in Kattegat which proves rather difficult.
Soon before long all of them shall meet again…

 

The Rating:
I had been counting the days for Vikings to return with a new season! So you can guess how thrilled I was when they began with a double episode.
As you may have guessed, season 5 has everything to offer, we learned to appreciate during the last season: interesting places, strong female characters, great dialogues and super impressive battle scenes.  Continue reading