Next in my deep dive into documentary series is The Confession Tapes. I absolutely love procedural cop dramas and the confessions at the end of the episode are what you live for. This documentary takes that step in the entire process and takes a closer look at it. What if the confession isn’t everything? What if the confession wasn’t as true as television has led us to believe? This is that show. It follows several investigations where the central piece of evidence is the confession given. Both sides of the justice system give their take on each case. With some of the episodes, I’m completely stumped as to which side I’m on, and I completely believe that that is the entire point of this documentary: to shine a light on the fog that is sometimes our justice system. If you love a documentary that has lots of twists and turns, I would suggest checking this out on Netflix.
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After watching the amazing three-episode saga that was Gunsmith Cats, I just had to read it. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original manga, but I was able to read the sequel. I still found it fantastic. All of the characters were well written and had such different personalities. There is an overarching storyline that flows so well together. I did find it a bit slow towards the middle, but it picked back up at just the right moments. This manga is a bit on the mature side, but it’s not too bad in my opinion. Considering the fact that this manga takes place in America – Chicago, in fact – you don’t need to have intimate knowledge of the area like I was expecting. It just happens to take place in America. There was just a diversity of characters, but I do feel like I was missing some background on the characters and some of their motivations. I do wish that at some point I can find the original manga so that I can get the information that I think I missed by only reading the sequel. If anyone knows where I can find it, please please please tell me. It would be very much appreciated.
A show that I watch kinda sporadically was Flashpoint. Well, good news. I have actually watched the entire show from start to finish, finally. It is an action packed thriller that is a combination of a S.W.A.T. team and Criminal Minds. I can’t say it’s like the show S.W.A.T., because I have not seen it yet. But this show was action and drama is intensive and nerve-wracking. There are times when you cannot tell that it will go well for the protagonists. This is a sit on the edge of your seat kind of cop show. Instead of having days to solve a crime like in other shows, in this one, they have a couple of hours, at most, to solve the issue. Sometimes, they don’t even get that. It is fast paced and enjoyable ride from start to finish.
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.
Most recently, I have been rewatching Bones. It is one of my favorite procedural shows because of its application of forensic science. I absolutely loved it because it showed science and a real-world application for it. Not only that, but I scientist all had different personalities. I have seen other shows were characters that fall into a certain type all have the same personality. I decided to rewatch this show because I stopped watching the shows a few years before it went off the air. If I am remembering correctly, I stopped watching because I hated a plot line to the story was going down. I’ve seen some promos from after that point where it seemed like to show was getting on a better track before the show ended. The review for right now is on the first half of the show or pre-pregnancy as I like to call it. The first six seasons held some of my favorite episodes. There were some cringe-worthy moments, but I embraced every single one of them. It felt really good to be a part of the squint squad again. I felt every heartbreak and every cry of rejoicing as if I had watched it for the first time. I can definitely see myself watching these six seasons over and over again.
A movie that I have been super excited to see has recently come out, and it was everything that I could have hoped for. Actually, it could have done one thing and it would have been perfect. I’m talking about Psych: The Movie. If you haven’t guessed, the one thing that could have made it better was my favorite character, Lassie. I missed him so much. They did this CGI Lassie that was pretty noticeable, but it was enjoyable none-the-less. It felt like no time had passed between the original show and this movie. All of the chemistry was still there and had some of the jokes that everyone loves. They brought back some of the best villains for small cameos. *Insert fangirl squeal* I would really love for the writers and producers to do something else similar to this. I would greatly enjoy it. Anyone who loved the original show will love this. It’s also on the USA website, so you don’t have to pay to watch it. I would definitely suggest supporting this movie. It was beautiful, and I really want more.
Since I have recently been taken over by nostalgia, and the fact that Hulu has a bunch of shows that I have always wanted to watch in order, I’ve decided to start this new “series” so to say. For this, I will be watching this that I loved when I was younger or older shows that I come across to see if they still hold up to my current interests.
For this first one, I will be looking that the show Numb3rs. This is the show that truly got me into math and the procedural cop show realm. It answers that age-old question that every student has in math: When am I ever going to use this in the real world. This show follows an FBI agent and his mathematician brother as they solve crimes together. What I loved about it was that it explained advance mathematical and logic-based concepts and dumbed it down so that everyone can understand. Now as a college student, I understood some of the topics just from being in class. Because of this, I see that it wasn’t too dumbed down. It didn’t feel like the mathematician was speaking down to me. The explanations are at an adult understanding, but also for those that may not have a complete grasp of the topic or for those that just need a refresher. I loved rewatching again and can still safely say that this will continue to be one of my favorite shows for years to come. I do wish that there were more seasons, but I am happy to say that it didn’t fall into the pit that other procedurals fall into; the one where the show goes on forever and gets really stupid. I’m happy to say that this show died well.