TV Talk: Binge-Worthy Box Sets

With the world in lockdown, it’s only natural for people to use the time catching up on some box sets that have long been on their watchlist. However, if you’re looking for something new to indulge in, here are some TV shows that are so addictive you’ll fly through them.

Peaky Blinders

Let’s start with the single most compelling show in the world, Peaky Blinders. In 5 series we have seen the Shelby family rise to the top of society, and face some serious adversity along the way. Led by Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby, the Peaky Blinders are a force to be reckoned with. This is a world that is dominated by gang wars, illegal activities, and a lot of violence, but the real reason this show has amassed such a loyal following is due to its intellect. The Peaky Blinders is driven by the careful and calculated manipulation of rivalries and politics. It’s all about strategy, and Tommy Shelby always has an ace up his sleeve.
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Best of 2019: Books, TV, and Film

2019 has come and gone within the blink of an eye. We were spoilt for choice in entertainment last year with more streaming services being developed, quality films being produced, and a slew of compelling books to add to our tbr’s. It’s hard to keep track of them all, but here are some of my favourites that I read/watched in 2019.

Books

As many of you know, 2019 was not the best reading year. However, instead of focusing on the number of books read, I’m choosing to look at the quality of the books. Two books, in particular, stood out for their creativity, characters, and intricate world-building.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor has a way with words that will leave you feeling enchanted. Strange the Dreamer, while slow to begin with, is an example of just how vivid and creative Taylor’s writing is. Strange the Dreamer is a lot of things, but at the heart of the book, you have a tale of a community shadowed by their history. Weep is a character in itself as the city is overshadowed by the constant reminder of their desperation and the destruction that followed. Both humans and monsters alike were victims of such brutality. Yet, hope remains as Lazlo Strange comes to understand the consequences of the atrocities committed in Weep, and his compassion could be that bridge that unites the occupants of Weep. This is a book that will sweep you off your feet. Continue reading

TV Talk: Supernatural – The Winchester’s Greatest Allies

Supernatural first came to our screens in 2005 and over the years the show has gained a massive and loyal following. Sadly, all things must come to an end and after 15 years, fans are now tuning in to the Winchester’s final battle. Sam and Dean have seen it all, but they’ve never been alone on their adventures. Without the help of these hunters, angels, and various other creatures, the outcome of so many events would be drastically different. Here is my ranking of some of the Winchester’s greatest allies.

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11. Garth

Perhaps one of the most underused allies the Winchester’s have, Garth and all of his eccentricities has proven to be one of their most valuable assets. Before his werewolf transformation, Garth stepped up and was the source on crucial information for hunters, a role that had previously been occupied by Bobby. He’s the most unconventional hunter making his dynamic with the Winchester’s hilarious.
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Ranking: The Funniest Friends Character

It’s hard to believe that this year marks 25 years since the very first episode of Friends aired and to this day it’s still as popular as ever. There is no denying that this sitcom will always be a classic and no show has quite matched the brilliance of this show since. Much of the credit must be given to the stellar cast as the chemistry between them made it easy for viewers to invest themselves in their friendships. The comedy of the show felt natural and each core character has some stand out comedic moments, so I thought it would be fun to write this post ranking the funniest Friends characters.

6. Rachel Green

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When it comes to a character arc, Rachel takes the crown. She’s gone from a spoilt rich girl to a career woman. Looking back, her growth was one of the most beautiful arcs on the show. However, when it comes to comedy, Rachel is at her funniest when she gets to play off the other friends. This is never seen more clearly than in her interactions with Phoebe as her roommate. From channelling unagi to hunting down Monica’s wedding dress, some of Rachel’s funniest moments are usually heightened by another character’s reaction. Continue reading

TV Talk: The Best of Frenemies, Lacklustre Finales, and an Assassin With Potential.

There are so many TV shows these days, it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, with a stellar Autumn line-up of shoes, led by the return of the Peaky Blinders, the choice will basically be made for us in the next couple of the month. In the meantime, there are still many shows that deserve to be seen, and the three featured in today’s post could not be further apart, but still have an abundance of potential to warrant a viewing.

Good Omens

This six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel would not be what it is without the brilliant performances of David Tennant and Michael Sheen as demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, destined enemies turned unlikely friends who conspire to put a stop to the impending apocalypse, set in motion by the birth of the anti-Christ. Both angel and demon have become accustomed to the comforts of Earth, so they team-up to stop this anti-Christ from leading Earth’s prophesized doom. The only problem, they were guiding the wrong child and so begins the bizarre sequence of events that see Crowley and Aziraphale urgently try to apprehend the real child, whilst also dealing with the suspicions and eagerness of Heaven and Hell to bring forth the ultimate apocalyptic showdown. The pairing of Aziaphaele and Crowley is at the heart of the Good Omens, and their presence is sorely missed when they’re not on screen as their banter, quirks, and centuries of history and friendship truly drive the show. Continue reading

TV Talk: The Boys

TheBoysPoster.pngThe Boys
Developed by: Eric Kripke
Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Tomer Kapon, Karen Fukuhara
IMDB Rating: 9.0/10 Stars
Summary
THE BOYS is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven”, and their formidable Vought backing.
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Best Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con, Part 2.

This post was intended to go live on Tuesday, but I was struck down with a horrid bug and have been in recovery ever since. Nevertheless, as promised here is part 2 of my summary of best trailers from San Diego’s Comic-Con with additional reaction to the next phase of Marvel films – because there is no avoiding Marvel announcements. 

Westworld (Season 3)

Yet another TV series I need to catch up on. The first series of Westworld was phenomenal, but since I’ve not caught up with the second season yet I can’t comment much on the happenings in the third season, but it sure looks epic.  Continue reading