Five Stars Hands Down!

The Last Kingdom is based on a book series by Bernard Cornwell. It’s about a Saxon boy who is captured by the Danes and taken as a slave. But he quickly becomes part of the family of the Danes. Then the rest of the story is somewhat about how he (Alexander Dreymon) balances the line between Saxon and Dane and who he is. I don’t want to give any spoilers away because it is so good. I mean, really good. It’s five seasons long on Netflix and well worth it! It’s just so good. So very, very good. I just finished bingeing it and I actually just want to watch it again. I’ve actually checked the first (of many) books from the library (because it’s good to support our local libraries).

I cannot praise it enough. I don’t know how true the show is to the books (yet), but the show is very good. I’ve heard the books are good and I like the show so much that I’m willing to risk tainting the love of the show with not liking the book. So I recommend it, especially if you like “Viking” things. Highly recommend.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

A Little Late to the Party

So, this show isn’t really a feel good show. It’s a little funny, but it’s also a little dark. I don’t think it’s as realistic as prison really is (but I have no idea beyond what I see on TV). But the characters are good, likable, some you’re not supposed to like, and some are just plain creepy, but somehow manage to make you laugh. I’m still in the middle of watching it, so I can’t say to the whole show, but so far I like it. It’s one of those shows that I put on while I’m doing something else, so I may miss a few things but it doesn’t make me understand any less of what’s happening, if that makes sense. It’s based off a book of a woman’s real experiences in prison. (Warning: Language can get pretty bad!)

Adorable YA Show

Heartstopper is an adorable show on Netflix. I binged it in one morning/early afternoon. The episodes are about 30 minutes long. It focuses on a group of kids in separate girls only school and boys only school in the UK. One of the kids is transgender. There are lesbians. The one of the main characters is openly gay – Charlie (played by Joe Locke). The other main character is in the process of exploring his sexuality, figuring out who he is – Nick Nelson (played by Kit Connor). It’s based off of a graphic novel by Alice Oseman. (Side note: it also has the amazing Olivia Colman in it.)

It might be that I was just really emotional that day, really soft, but I got attached to the kids pretty quickly and just had to know what was going to happen next with them. The show was good at making me care about the characters and really feel for them. It was so good. I highly recommend.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Comedy

You can find this show as a Netflix original – Feel Good. I feel like I should warn you though, there are drugs, alcohol, sex, and hints at sexual abuse. I don’t know if that triggers anyone but there’s the warning. It’s a semi-autobiographical show about the Canadian comedian Mae Martin. There are some hilarious moments, and there are some dark moments. There’s toxic relationships and some good ones. One of my favorite characters who isn’t in the show very often, but I really did like him. His name was Phil. I also really liked Mae (main character) – I liked the way she portrayed her negative relationships and the reality of it. They’re bad, both parties know they’re bad, but there’s still positive feelings there that don’t really make sense. It’s a good show. It’s one I watched twice. The episodes are about 30 minutes long and there’s six episodes each season (2 seasons).

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

TV Friday!

So for all you true crime lovers out there, I’ve got a show for you!

Forensic Files is a great show. Each episode is short, about twenty minutes long. There’s no fluff or repetition of things like some shows do after commercial breaks. There aren’t a lot of dramatizations either – which usually has horrible, sometimes even comical, acting. It also doesn’t usually get very graphic. They tell you what happens, but they don’t usually show you pictures or videos of someone’s death or something gory that happened. The cases are interesting. They’re not all in the US. Some are in Canada and I believe there are a few from the UK.

It’s a good show. I like to use it as a study break show because of the length of it. Sometimes I just turn it on while I’m doing something else that doesn’t require all of my attention. Anyway, I highly recommend it if you’re into true crime without all the gore.

It’s available on Amazon Prime Video (with certain subscriptions) and also on Netflix.

A Netflix Original

Messiah

I binge-watched this Netflix original. I think that’s what you’re supposed to do with Netflix originals because of the way they tell the story. Slowly. So if you watch this, be prepared to binge because otherwise you’ll watch an episode and easily sum it up in one sentence. “X happened and then Y happened.” (I don’t want to give away any spoilers.)

But if you don’t mind the slow pace, the story itself is intriguing. There’s always this air of “what is happening” while at the same time you think you know exactly what is going on. Also, there are subtitles a lot. So if you don’t like to read subtitles in your shows/movies, this isn’t for you. There was some language and nudity so I’m not sure I’d watch it with younger kids or like your parents (if you’re like me).

The way the last episode ended was like there could be more or that could be it. I have a feeling there will be more episodes later, but am I desperate for them to come out, dying to see what happens next? No. I might not even watch the second season unless I’m really bored.

If you’re willing to give it a shot, and are interested in faith and religion, this show might be something you enjoy (I did while watching it). Would I recommend it as a ‘must watch’ TV show? I don’t think so.

Happy Valentine’s!

Is it romantic? Not really. Definitely creepy, but here it is. I’m not into Valentine’s Day and I tried to pick something romantic, but I don’t really watch much romance. So I went with something that was supposed to be romantic. I’ve heard that some people actually do find it romantic and like the character Penn Badgley plays, Joe.

It’s not for the faint-hearted. If you don’t like creepy, violent things… do not watch this. But if you’re into true crime (this isn’t true though), like me, and TV, like me, try it. I guarantee after the first episode you’ll want to watch the second. Now, I haven’t seen the second season yet. I’m still reeling from the first season. It’s a very good show, very well done. The content, however, is frightening. But it isn’t horror or anything.

If you like crime TV, drama stories, this is the one to watch.