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.
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.
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.
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.
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 show that I remember watching with my mom all the time when it was on was Ghost Whisperer, so when I saw it on Hulu, I had to soak up the nostalgia. You can pretty much tell what the show is about from the name. It was a show that started up strong, and then towards the end, you could tell that it had started to dwindle. It was a show where I feel like they felt like they forgot the background plot line along the way. Two major antagonists disappeared off of the face of the Earth and were never mentioned again, even though they were a major part of the show. I also want to say that the last season was the weakest. They introduced a child character that was not written well at all. It was very hard to believe in him as a child character. They tried to make him to focus, but did not spend time developing him. He felt very stagnant and didn’t evolve over time. The first portion of the show was definitely the best. It was cheesy, but a good cheesy. The latter parts felt like they were running out of steam and had no clue what to do. It felt cheesy, but not in a good way. I watched some of the later episodes with Panda (my roommate for those of you who don’t know her), and she was flipping out. She can only tolerate so much cheesy, and she was not willing to suspend her disbelief, and I honestly don’t blame her. I might watch this show again at a later time, but I would personally stop towards the end of the fourth season. After that, I would spend the entire time rolling my eyes at the ridiculousness at some of it.
If there are anymore older shows that you would like for me to watch, feel free to tell me in the comments. I’m always looking for something new to watch. I’m a binging maniac.