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!
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?!'”
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.