I recently finished the very short anime known as Gunsmith Cats. It was amazing. It was short and sweet. At three episodes long, it is a good way to spend the end of a night. It featured strong female characters who were not afraid to get their hands dirty. It also took place in Chicago, and it was kinda funny how some Americans were depicted. But the storyline was well done. I also found out that there is a manga for it. Happily, for me, the anime was its own little thing and was only using the characters and some of the references, which means that I can read the manga without having anything spoiled. I know what’s next of my to-read list.
Recently, I watched the British version of The Office. No, I didn’t get every single joke, but I enjoyed the layout of the show. It wasn’t joke after joke, except from the guy who guininely thought he was funny. All of the relationships between the characters were believable and interacted with each other well. I believed the emotion, even though it was overlayed with this extreme awkwardness of nonactors pretending that they are not scared to be on camera. I felt that emotion, from every single character. Personally, Martin Freeman’s character was my absolute charcter. He was on point ever single moment that he was on screen. It was amazing seeing in action. I watched this version before watching the American version, because I want to be able to see the original version of these characters and see how they changed. I can’t say that I’m disappointed. I plan on watch the US version, but no promisings on when. The show is pretty long.
I think everyone had the point in life where they can’t understand the appeal of HGTV. I am officially past that point. Recently, I discovered that Hulu put Fixer Upper on its streaming service. Unfortunately, it is only three seasons, but I hoping that they add more later on. This is one of my favorite renovation shows on HGTV. Instead of doing something else for this blog, I’ve been binge watching these first three seasons. I’m a bit behind on my schedule, but I think it is worth it for the chemistry. Chip and Jo are one of the cutest couples that I have ever seen, and their kids are just so adorable. They should not be allowed to be that cute. It should be against the law. I’m a bit sad that they canceled the show, especially since they got pregnant again. I really want to see the new baby, but at least I know that they are doing well and are happy. But I can still hope that they bring the show back when the baby is older.
I recently just finished binge-watching that amazing Netflix original Nailed It. It is based on the trend of ordinary people trying to create the masterpieces that they see on social media platforms such as Pinterest. It is three hours of your time, but what an amazing time you will have. The host is hilarious, and the main judge is adorable. What I love about this show is that no one truly believes that they are better than everyone else. Everyone is in the same place and are just having fun with it. It’s a fun little competition between beginner bakers. What I also loved, is that if the judges saw something go wrong in the process, they would inform the participants what they did wrong and how to fix it in the future, so it is fun and a learning experience all in one. I would definitely recommend watching this short little binge.
A show that I recently caught up on and finished, unexpectedly, was The Mayor. It was a short little show got canceled after 13 episodes. It had highlights here and there, but it was … cringy. There were many times that I paused the show, and walked away. For a while actually. If you are looking for a political commentary with some comedy highlights, this is probably not for you. Earlier on there were plenty of bazingas concerning current events, but they fall flat after that. All of the characters, in my opinion, were good but weren’t used to their potential. Also, when a protagonist makes the same, exact mistake over and over again, the conflicts become boring really fast. If the protagonist made new mistakes, I would probably understand the show not being canceled. To me, there was no growth of characters to make them rememberable. Any lessons to be learned were immediately lost, which was especially noticed by someone who binge-watches shows often instead of keeping up to date. It was just too much of a drag to even try to keep up to date. I honestly can’t say that I was surprised by the canceling of this show. I would say give this show a change, but I would not be surprised if you stop somewhere in the middle.
In typical Netflix rabbit hole fashion, I found a show and finished watching it in a matter of days. This particular show was Breakout Kings. It was recommended to be for a while, and since it was going to be taken off soon, I figure it would be a good thing to watch. In reality, I loved it. At first, I thought that the characters were going to be written very weakly and rely way too much on stereotypes. It did for a little bit, but I enjoyed the “villains.” They were my absolute favorite parts of the show. I love figuring out why these people escaped from prison. Since you see them for a lot of their journey getting out, I love to figure out the why. This show is a combination of your typical bounty hunter show and Criminal Minds. You have everyone necessary for the team and work together almost seamlessly. I just hate that it was canceled. The series finale was intense, and there was no reason for it to end right there. I want more or at least a conclusion to the final cliffhanger.
Recently, I watch the amazing movie that was Black Panther. It took me a while to actually write this because that movie is so much to unpack. I even went to a discussion about the movie this past Tuesday, and it just opened new cans of worms. There is just so much to unpack. I feel like I might accidentally spoil something, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet… First of all, what have you guys been doing with your time? Second, this is the only warning you are going to get.
First off, once again, this movie was amazing. It is officially one of my favorite Marvel movies. (I have to make a distinction because my favorite movie of all time is Silence of the Lambs). The visuals were bold, vibrant and beautifully done. All of the main characters stood out on there own and all the background characters were visually associated with their tribes. There was no mistake as who was with who, yet at the same time, I could feel that everyone was their own individual person. And there was not one single wasted scene. In the beginning, I was a bit iffy of the beginning with the scene of kids playing basketball. I was wondering what was going on and if it was going to be a scene that is typically in a “black movie.” I was completely blown away when that scene turned out to be completely relevant. Other times, it goes absolutely nowhere, but this time it did. Yet, this was only two hours of a four-hour film. I honestly want to see everything. When it comes out, I want to see the extended cut. According to some of my sources, A.K.A. my friend who is obsessed with the entire Black Panther story, told me that everything was scored. I want to see the entire story. I’m hoping that those extra two-hours add on to the experience instead of taking it away.
Another thing that I loved were the outfits. I know that sounds a bit skin-deep, but let me explain for those who are not in the know. The majority of the outfits worn by characters in the movie worn clothing and jewelry that is representative of different cultures within Africa. After the first trailer was released, people were all over that. I also enjoyed the fact that when numerous characters were on screen together, they were wearing the colors of the Pan-African flag. This flag represents uniting everyone that is of African heritage. It was amazing to see.
I would also be very remised if I didn’t mention to women. The women were written so well. They were strong characters with their own wills. They were not defined by their relationships with their love interests. They had their own ideas of what should happen and where not afraid to have a debate about it. I was also just ecstatic, as a scientist, I was excited for Shuri. She showed the world what a scientist and inventor could be. Yes, we love our work, but we are also goofy and have inside jokes a well. We are everyday people, and it was awesome to see what I saw as me on the screen. As a female, I was happy to see many of the women on screen. They were everything I could have wished. I just hope Marvel knows that my expectation for their female characters has risen exponentially. I will be disappointed if I see another weak character. I might cry.
I feel like I have talked (written?) your ears off. There’s a lot I could say, but I just didn’t want to talk too much about it. There is just so much to unravel. My favorite scenes it the entire movie had to be where the T’Challa and Killmonger go to the ancestral plane. There is just so much juxtaposition the between the two guys, and then a just loved the juxtaposition between T’Challa’s two scenes in the plane. There is just so much there, or at the very least, what I interpreted as being there.
I just cannot say it enough. The movie is amazing. If anyone would like to talk about it in the comments with me, I would be happy to talk some more. I just kinda feel like I’m going on a rant at this point. So, that’s all for now. Hopefully, Marvel has some more greatness in store for us.