Over the summer, I became a little obsessed with documentaries and docuseries, or documentary series. While I was inserting things into whatever word document, I would have a brand new episode up. Now I won’t talk about every single one, but the first one I will talk about is Dirty Money. In essence, it talks about different companies and scandals associated with them. I personally found it fascinating. I will admit, the last episode is a bit political, talking about Donald Trump, but it was mostly talking about his past up to running for office; it was informative with out too much of a liberal sway. It was there, but not really overwhelming. Overall, it was a decent docuseries. It also showed multiple points of view, which was also interesting. I may have to give it another watch, or wait until another season comes out on Netflix (if it does within a reasonable amount of time).
One of the shows that I would make sure to watch whenever it was on, was Full House. Now, I bet you can imagine how excited and skeptical that I was when said that they were going to reboot it into Fuller House. I’ll admit, I wasn’t so sure that the cheese of the original show and the heart-wrenching family moments would still be there, but let me tell you, it is on point. I don’t care if it is nostalgia getting to me, I’m having fun with this show. I recently finished the fourth season. It’s been an absolute trip with plot twists nearly everywhere. I wish I could tell you anything, but it feels like it will be spoilers. A bunch of my favorite characters came back and brought new adorable characters along for the ride. If you are able to, I would just set aside a weekend, probably a long one, and just finish the entire show in one go. I heard a rumor that there is only one more season left. I’m a bit mixed by this. The show is so good, and I want it to continue. On the other hand, I don’t want it to continue to the point where it’s stupid and a total waste of time. I’m sure that so many fandoms are worried about this, and I know that I have felt that way about shows that I loved before. I’m just crossing my fingers that it stays good. *knocking on wood*
The latest line of shows that I’ve been watching on Netflix was Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I figured that keeping your life in order was a way of loving yourself. And I can say with absolute certainty, that this show absolutely changed me. I’ll admit that I am a little bit of a hoarder, but what Marie was saying just got to me in a way that no one has before. She’s just this inspiration tiny woman with so much love in her heart. After watching her work in real life, I want to read her book. I’ll probably get even more tips from the woman in my college student price range. After reading that, or while maybe, I will go through my own tidying up session. I try, and it won’t really stick. I’m hoping that it will stick this time. I do want to move more into a minimalist life style, and I feel that this will be a great start, because I honestly have to much stuff for the space that I have to occupy. It might either be difficult to do in the mist of all of my studying, or it could be the very thing that I need to get my life somewhat on tract. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.
Following the theme of love, I decided to do one that discusses self-love. Given that information, I decided to talk about Queer Eye, the second version. I have actually binge-watch this series twice. I absolutely love this cast. First and foremost, I love diversity. Having two queer characters of color is amazing. Myself, being a person of color in the community, it feels kind of hard to find characters that I can see as myself. I don’t even care what gender they identify as I saw myself being represented in media. I also love the energy that the dive off of each other. In some shows, the people sometimes go off the deep end with the change, but these guys take it step-by-step. The nominees are still themselves at the end of the episode, they just have a better self-confidence about themselves. Also, because the changes are so simple, yet so meaningful, it’s possible to see that changes being used after the Fab 5 leave. Personally, I would love to see a “Where Are They Now?” episode, so that I can see if the changes were kept up. All of the people are lovely, so I absolutely would not mind seeing them again. This is actually one of the perfect shows to watch anytime. It will make you feel amazing the entire time. You might need to dab your eyes every now and again, but they’re tears of joy.
I decided to start this month by watching a comedy all about dating. I especially wanted to watch this because it was written in part by a couple of my favorite writers from College Humor, Emily and Murph. This particular show is Hot Date. I’ve been meaning to watch this for a while when it was announced on YouTube, so I’m happy to have finally gotten around to watching it. The two of them are absolutely hilarious together. It was also hilarious that the majority of the characters are portrayed by the two of them. All of these characters would be a part of the same friend group, but somehow never showed up in the same place at the exact same time. For no reason what so ever, I found that the funniest part of the entire show. I also played a bit on popular culture and “standards” of dating and bringing it into the millennial culture. It’s a short 10 episode series on Netflix so you can make an afternoon out of it. I think the only thing you will regret is not watching this show sooner.
The next show in my deep dive of reality television was Catfish. It’s a show about people who catfish, or pretend to be someone else on the internet. It’s a show that I would catch whenever there was nothing else on but never really paid that much attention to. This time, actually paying attention to everything, my heart truly goes out to some of the hopefuls. They were truly heartbroken. By far, my favorite moments were when they would meet the catfish, and Max would become protective of the hopefuls. Nev, the other host, was alright, but he could never reach the righteous fury levels that Max does. If anything else, it helped me catch up on my super sleuthing skills. I came in handy when people ask me to look up people on the internet.
The next show in the line-up of binging has been My 600 lb Life. I don’t know what drew me to it, I just want to watch a bunch of docuseries. (I believe that’s what they are called). It was recommended to me, so I decided why not give it a try. There were three seasons on Hulu that I finished in the matter of a couple of days. I was just so intrigued by to story. Through the entire hour-long episode, I am truly rooting these individuals on. Through every success, I’m so proud of them. Through every upset, I want to take them in my arms and tell them that everything is going to be okay. Also, I know that I’m not close to where the people on the show are out, but I could be. Like them, when I’m feeling like absolute crap, I turn to food for comfort. Since watching the show, I have been eating slightly healthier, (I can’t do much since I’m a college student with no money). As that is probably the point of the show, I would say it was pretty successful. Honestly, I just hope that the doctor continues the good work he does.
As my binge on Property Brothers came to a close, I decided to start watching Buying and Selling. I found it kind of interesting, because I’ve always seen the buying aspect of those times of shows, but never the selling aspects of real estate. It was actually interesting to see Drew do something for once other than show up when all of the work was done. I kind, somewhat, but really, what does Drew usually do while Jonathon is doing the entire renovation. Either way, if you want to do about how stressful it is being a homeowner, you should definitely what this and give yourself mini heart attacks when you hear the price tags of the new homes.
In the spirit of my love of home renovation shows, I have gone through a binge of watching Property Brothers. This show has been one of my favorites since I really got into watching home and garden type programming. I’m the type of viewer that dissects every single decision that the new homeowners are making. Not only are they not understanding how much work goes into things, but the cost of things. They come in, ask for some design feature to be added and then are shocked that is is not in their budget. In my opinion, a simple Google search could have solved that. I know that some of it is for the drama of television, but my simpleton mind can’t understand it. I’m also convinced that these homeowners are able to afford what they can afford it because of the Canadian funny-money. It would take me years to complete what these families end up getting in a matter of months. It also, at the end of the day, helps me decide that things that I want in a house, no matter how far away that may be. If I make the same stupid decisions that I bag on the homeowners on the show do, you have permission to hit me over the head.
As you all probably know, I identify as a geek, ten-fold what a nerd is. Outside of fangirling about my favorite fandoms, I love to learn new things. That’s were Netflix’s documentary series Explained comes it to play. This documenary series covers a variety of topics such as designer genes, music, astrology and the world water shortage in short 20 minute episodes. What I love most about this series is that they cover both sides of many of the issues that they cover. The experts will say one thing, but at the same time they acknowledge where others are coming from at the same time. It’s actually pretty refreshing when individuals are able to see both sides of the issue they are discussing. The show is rated mature, but that is only because two of the episodes are on some pretty racey topics such as the female organism and monogamy. They’re completely education and take everything serious, but if you’re not mature enough to watch the episodes, I would suggest not watching them in public. I would suggest that anyone with a Netflix account watch this series, mainly because I want a second season. I would love to see what new topics they would get to cover if they had the opportunity.