Everything You Need to Know in 20 Minutes

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.

Making a Dream Out of a Nightmare

For no reason what-so-ever, I completed the entirety of Kitchen Nightmares, the US version before you ask. I don’t know what it is, but Gordon Ramsay yelling at people makes me feel better. I’m sure that I would break down crying if he were to do that to me, but degrees of separation and what not. I just love the way he turns owners around. I just feel bad that some restaurants were closed down after he came to help either because of the owner’s stubbornness or bank came after them. I was also watching the show on Hulu, so when I went to the comments, there was one faithful person who would inform you if the restaurant was closed. I don’t know why I found it funny, but I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t see their comments. I don’t think I would ever binge this show again; there’s just not anything else one can really get from it, especially since I’m not planning on opening my own restaurant someday. I just happy that I can say that I saw all of Kitchen Nightmares. I might actually check out a couple of Ramsay’s other shows and hope that I get the same pleasure out of it.

Canadian Police Force

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.

Documentary on the Workplace

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.

Old Homes in Waco, Texas

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.

Failing in the Best Ways

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.

Not So Political Comedy

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.