What to watch on a Sunday

Hi y’all!

I seem to keep making promises about being better on here and apologising every time I haven’t written in a while and… Ya know what? Enough already. So I’m a writer who only writes on occasion. Better that I have something to say than that you waste 10 precious minutes, no?

So today, let’s talk about this new year and how #PeakTV is absolutely killin’ the TV landscape out there! Holy shizzle there’s some good stuff out there! So let me tell you what’s on my watch list. I wanted to do it all in one go, but I got to Tuesday and realised… Well, I watch a shit ton of shows? So to make this a bit more bearable, I’ll cut it into a few days at a time.

Let’s start with the beautiful day of rest – and coincidentally amazing TV day – my beloved Sunday:

The Good Wife: a show that’s on its seventh season now – and presumably its last – and one I have followed since its inception in 2009. Man, that’s so long ago? That’s when I started college y’all! It feels like a freakin’ lifetime ago, to be honest. And the show has had its ups and downs throughout the years. Season 1 will always be a bit of a procedural that doesn’t seem to have a lasting effect on people. At that point, its only advantage compared to Suits is that you actually learn something about the American legal system. But holy mother of evolution: by the time we got to season 5, I couldn’t believe how amazing it was! People, this is a show that isn’t afraid to re-evaluate and shake things up in a big way. More importantly, it also “knows” what kind of show it is, so expect some more meta-episodes towards the latter seasons.

Best episode to date: season 5, “Hitting the Fan” – Note: I miss Will!
Best line to date: “We’re coming after you — all your clients — every single one we worked to make happy while you swept in at the last minute to take credit. We’re taking them. And then you know what you’ll have? A very nice suite of offices.”

Madam Secretary: in its second year since the fall, this is something I’ve been watching because of its feel-good vibes. The stakes are (supposedly) high, but I’m never worried, as the happy ending is always present. Can’t think what my favourite episode would be here, but I did quite like the latter episodes of the first season. Just those Henry-storylines always bug me: he’s not that interesting, show!!! Please don’t try to make him so, because it ain’t gonna work. Such a different role from his past in Private Practice. I’m just not very impressed with him here. But I like Leoni’s glasses and how they’re constantly used as this prop for when she’s “serious” and in business-mode. Like, I do that too! However, does it feel like they’re slightly too low on her nose? She cannot be getting great sight through those, am I right?
Anyways, this is not a must-watch, but feel free if you’ve got the time.

Billions: I’ve only watched two episodes so far, as this baby is brand new! It’s therefore not withstood the famed 4-episode test yet, so I will not tell you to watch this for now. But I’d be keen to hear what you think of it. It seems our ex-Homeland, ex-Wolf Hall Damian Lewis seems to be the perfect anti-hero: he’s clearly going to be the one getting chased for his greed in the hedgefund business, but let’s face it, we’ll still be rooting for him anyways. He’s a stand-up guy who worked his way up from nothing – who now owns balls the size of Texas with all the money he’s earned over the years. That speech where he makes this down-on-its-luck family take $9 million instead of the promised $25 because he once got fired from his caddy-gig at a golf club by the grandfather?! Priceless, I tell ya. Also, I don’t trust men who like to be peed on. Chuck Rhodes, that’s disgusting man! I will never root for you or your beard!

Best line to date: “You need this 9 million dollars, because none of you, not one, has done a single day of work from the moment your miserable prick of a grandfather fell face down in the sand in Palm Beach. And after reviewing your holdings, your business interests, your debts, I know that this cheque is the only thing standing between your family and bankruptcy. So pick it up, put it in your pocket and walk out of here. Or I will.”

Mercy Street: Another new show, started just last week, so only 2 episodes to date. However what I’ve seen so far seems very promising. Set in the US of A during one of its darkest periods, the Civil War, this show is about a war hospital where soldiers from both sides get treated.
We’re in occupied Alexandria – a state that it’s in the South, so it’s the Yankees who are occupying the place – where a hotel has been converted into a hospital. There’s two nurses from either side present: a can-do widow from the North and a luscious Southern belle who makes you think of Scarlett O’Hare when she was still all innocent and naive. Surprisingly, I found AnnaSophia Robb here – most known for The Carrie Diaries, may it rest in peace – with a pretty darn good Southern accent! So far the show hasn’t broken any dishes yet, but it’s good entertainment and I like many a good period piece!
And honestly, it’s refreshing to watch one that’s, for once, not set in England. I’m all for Downton Abbey, Outlander, Wolf Hall, The Tudors, The White Queen… See what I mean? None of them go beyond those island borders. And I, for one, like to see something else. And considering all the racial issues prevalent in the USA right now, I’m eager to see more of a show that centers on a war, which – let’s be honest – had a lot to do with abolishing slavery. I’ll keep you posted!

Best line to date: “It is a hospital! For sick people! Blood is not grey or blue, madam. It’s all one colour.”
A bit strange coming from the man who’s not all for freeing slaves, but at least the doc is clear on helping everyone who comes through those doors, may it be Union or Confederacy.

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In the flesh: our Southern Belle

Showtime: Monday / Tuesday

 

Alright, it’s showtime!

Lol, that was far too easy, but hey, whatever works, yeah? Haha! Anyways, I’m here with Monday and Tuesday: what to watch!

Monday

The Magicians: They’ve been calling this the Harry Potter for adults. I’ve seen the pilot and I’ll be getting on the second episode this evening, but so far… I like what I’ve seen! Again, this newborn will have to go through my 4-episode test, but it seems likely to me that I’ll stick with this one. If only because it’s the only watchable show on a Monday.
The premise is simple: a guy is applying for colleges, but really, he’s stuck in the (fictional) fantasy books of his youth, trying to break free. And then it turns out he’s got magic and gets accepted into a magical university?! Sound familiar? Well, if you dismiss the sex and the drugs and the general apathy of the show, then sure, it’s Harry-freakin’-Potter. But it’s clear to me that beyond “magic” and “school” there will be very little to compare the two with. Obviously no best episode to date yet, but here’s my best line from the pilot:

“Ok, uh… Look, I, I, uh, I really, I don’t wanna be kicked out! And, I really don’t wanna be the guy who dies in the first ten minutes of the movie, because he’s like ‘You know what? Let’s take out the Ouija-board, what could POSSIBLY go wrong?!'”

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Tuesday

The Flash: The younger sibling of Arrow, this show has been on the air for almost two years now. While initially a bit sceptical, I am now a reformed fan! Arrow is a very dark show – I’ll come on to that on Wednesday – and The Flash… Well it’s so optimistic and “fun!” in comparison! So yes, at first I was sceptical, thinking it was going to be way too immature. However, I have seen the light for some time now and damn, I so enjoy these episodes?! They’re just so happy. Cisco is by far my favourite character! His naming abilities of all the different meta-humans make me laugh every time. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that Barry is played by the pretty cute Grant Gustin. I mean, am I right ladies?

Best episode to date: season 1, “Out of Time”
Best line to date: “Turtle… Why do you insist on giving them ridiculous nicknames?” – “Me? Who’s the genius who came up with Zoooom!?” HAHAHAHA I laughed so hard after this line, my flatmates thought I was crazy! That’s probably just another Tuesday for them, seeing as it’s always me who’s caught doing something silly. Anyways, this quote was actually from last week’s episode – so probably not the best line – but I was laughing so hard y’all, honestly I needed to put this in there or my conscience would not be pleased.

Teen Wolf: This used to be a staple on Monday nights, but it’s moved to Tuesday in this most recent season 5B. Now, on to why I love, love, LOVE this show: it’s freakin’ Teen Wolf  y’all!!! Why does this still need an explanation in 2016? Hell, that just ain’t right. If you’re not gonna watch for Dylan O’Brien alone – which in itself is reason enough, lemme tell ya – then please watch it for the sheer craziness and boldness that is Teen Wolf. It is funny, it is heartbreaking, it is daring, it is everything you want it to be and so, so much more. And best of all: it never forgets that the central part of the story revolves around its characters. Not whatever crazy plot line they’ve conjured up, not any old big bad they’ve dredged out of the deep, not anything except for the friendship that exists between these teenagers. And yeah, a whole hell of a lot of supernatural stuff in the mix. But the people in it, that’s what matters here. If you are not watching this show, you are doing it wrong.

Best episode to date: Season 3B, “Insatiable” – R.I.P. Girl.
Best line to date: “Missing and presumed dead, Scott. Because he was probably a virgin. You know who else is a virgin? ME. I’m a virgin, okay? You know what means? It means my lack of sexual experience is now literally a threat to my life, okay. I need to have sex. Like right now. Someone needs to have sex with me, like today. Like someone needs to sex me right now!”

For your amusement – this is totally the scene when I knew I’d forever be sticking with Teen Wolf:

The Expanse: Can it be true? Can we finally have another contender from SyFy for the crown of the ever-reigning Battlestar Galactica??? BSG was amazing, you guys. It was such an epic show, I totally loved it! And ever since, many a show have tried – here’s looking at you Defiance – but none have reached that same level of intricate complexity that sets your teeth on edge! And yet, here we are, 7 episodes into the first season and I am very much enjoying this shiznit. There’s some serious deep space going on, Earth seems a bit of a bully, Mars is bad-ass and there’s people living in an asteroid belt. Let me, uh, repeat that again so it really sinks in: there’s people… Living… In an ASTEROID BELT! Yes. Exactly. That’s enough said. This one’s withstood my 4-episode test: I am in it for the full season! Now let’s hope it’s so awesome that it gets renewed for a second season – this is always a fear commonly associated with freshman shows…

Best episode to date: Season 1, “CQB”
Best line to date: “Remember the Cant”

Pretty Little Liars: Sooo… This one has a very personal backstory to it. And I might as well tell you, or otherwise you won’t understand why I – still – watch this show, when it’s gone so decidedly downhill along the years.
Once upon a time, I was still in high school. There was a girl in my class, who, like me, was binge-watching American TV shows before “binge-watching” was even a thing. Most kids in my class were concerned with going to parties over the weekend, going shopping… I was spending my money on the next dvd box I could get my hands on! Priorities, lemme tell ya. And here was this girl, we weren’t all that close, but when it came to TV shows… Man, we could tell stories?! It was great, you know?
When college came around, she went her way and I went mine. But we both studied at the same university, at the same Arts faculty. So from time to time, we’d pass each other in the hall way and go back to our one common topic: TV shows. She kept trying to persuade me to pick this up: a show about high school girls who were ridiculously pretty and constantly in danger from this threat called ‘A’. To be honest, it took me a long time to get interested, in the end the only reason I caved was because I had nothing to do during summer, so I decided to give it a go.
To my surprise – and her delight – I actually did like it! It was the grandest of shows, but it was alright. Pretty fun. Some good storylines and yeah, in the end, I was pretty captivated by it. So now we had another TV show to talk about – I couldn’t believe it when she told me she was a fan of Ezria, – Ezria of all things?! The most gross relationship ever aired on television, I kid you not. But fine, I could tolerate it. And in between our quick chats in the hallway, life continued.
Until it didn’t. Not for her. Because she died before her 21st birthday. She walked out of her door one day and suffered a heart attack. She fell on the sidewalk and her brain was deprived of oxygen for several minutes. She slipped into a coma. Days later, her family pulled the plug. And she passed away.
So that’s why I still watch, to this day, Pretty Little Liars. Even though the quality has severely gone down over the years. Even though the storylines are convoluted as hell. Even though no one looks that good in real life. I keep watching the show.
Because she can’t.

Best episode to date: Season 4, “Free Fall” – because it is FINALLY revealed what a creep Ezra is!!! Vindication, my friends, vin-di-ca-tion!
Best line to date: “Don’t look at me, I’m ready to hang a sign, ‘Bitch can see!'” because what else could it possibly be?

See you – hopefully tomorrow – for a Wednesday re-hash of all the best shows out there currently in this #PeakTV landscape.

Cheerio!

-L.