May was a long month. I felt like it lasted for absolutely years and that may be accounted to the fact that I wasn’t home but rather in another country entirely, with not much to do. But on the plus side, having zero commitments last month gave me time to watch some really great new stuff! I’m excited to share what I’ve been feasting my eyes on for the last 30 days.
“Everything that kept us safe is gone.”
Busloads of Connecticut high school students head off for an extended camping trip, but a storm forces them to return home. Upon their return, the teens realize that all of the town’s adults are gone. Their newfound freedom is fun at first, but it quickly becomes dangerous. While they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get the town back to normal, the teens must establish order and form alliances in order to survive.
I watched this show after my brother recommended it to me and I can safely say it was a fail. I mean, it was addictive enough for me to keep binge-watching until I finished the season, but towards the end everything was just confusing and up-in-the-air. The concept of the show was very clever – 200 teenagers come back to their small town after a field trip to find that everyone on the entire planet seems to have disappeared. But there were too many stupid subplots included in the story that never followed through. The only thing I liked about it was the main character Allie’s fashion choices, so that’s why I give it one star out of five.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Dead to Me
“I just wanna know when the f*ck, why the f*ck, and what the f*cking f*ck.”
Jen’s husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the sardonic widow is determined to solve the crime. Optimistic free spirit Judy has recently suffered a tragic loss of her own. The ladies meet at a support group and, despite their polar-opposite personalities, become unlikely friends. As the women bond over bottles of wine and a shared affinity for “The Facts of Life,” Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.
I’d seen a lot of people rave about this show on Twitter so I was like, eh, why not. I don’t regret my decision. I loved this show and the ultimate perfection of a friendship that it portrayed. I loved the fact that the main characters were two women in their 40’s – I don’t watch too many shows with older people so I found this super refreshing – but they weren’t reduced down to just women in their 40’s, if that makes sense. They felt like real people. The writers did a great job including feminism and equality without going incredibly overboard with the SJW stuff that I hate. I give this four out of five stars, but only because I didn’t like the ending of the first season that much. I do have an open mind and will definitely be watching the new season to see if that ending goes somewhere interesting, though.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“Grad school waits for no domanitrix!”
Tiff is a grad student in New York City who is moonlighting as a dominatrix. For Tiff, her sexually explicit job is a business, not a pleasure. When she reconnects with former high school BFF Pete, a recently out gay man, she recruits the cash-strapped man to be her assistant — performing such tasks as cleaning up after her clients and serving as her bodyguard.
This show was such an easy watch. Each episode is about 15 minutes and there’s only one season out so I think I watched it all in a day. I won’t lie, the domanitrix/sex stuff was kinda gross and I wasn’t into that part of the show at all. Also, the “love” storyline between the two main characters, Pete and Tiff, was a snooze fest. What I did like was Tiff’s character (also, the actress that plays her is gorgeous), and the fact that she was a grad student, which you don’t see on mainstream TV often. So that, along with the fact that it’s an easy watch, warrants it three out of five stars.
★ ★★ ☆ ☆
“I had quite a heavy period last week, but other than that, I think I’m okay.”
Eve’s life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to the luxuries of her job. Eve and Villanelle go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin.
Where do I even begin?
I’m in a very strong love affair with this show, and have been ever since it first came out. I loved Jodie Comer since My Mat Fat Diary, and of course Sandra Oh in Grey’s Anatomy, so when I heard that they were getting together to act in a new series I knew it would be amazing. And it did not disappoint. It doesn’t compare to any show I’ve ever seen before, and is the perfect mix of romance, thrill, drama, and an amazing fashion sense thanks to Villanelle. Seriously, I could write novels about that girl’s wardrobe. In fear of going overboard, I’m going to end my review by telling you that it is a solid million out of five stars and would you please go watch it already???
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
“If I had time to worry about every person who admired, imitated, or stalked me, I wouldn’t have time to be my fabulous self.”
June’s plans of moving to Manhattan for her dream job and perfect apartment are ruined when the company that hired her goes bust. Broke and homeless, her luck turns around when she finds a job at a coffee shop and a roommate, Chloe. The girls get off to a rough start when Chloe tries to take advantage of June’s Midwestern naivete, but June handles herself well and earns a place in Chloe’s circle of friends.
This show was so cute! I can’t believe it got cancelled, because it was the perfect mix of everything I would enjoy. I loved the storyline: a sweet country girl moves to a big city and becomes roommates with this crazy party girl who is totally her opposite. I loved how the two main characters, Chloe and June, balanced each other out perfectly. They touched on topics that 20-somethings struggle with; money, jobs, family, boys, etc. Looking back, I don’t think there’s a single thing I disliked whilst watching! Five out of five stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Bold Type
“Go in there with the confidence of an incredibly average white man.”
Putting together a magazine is not an easy task, requiring a lot of teamwork to finish the job and get the publication on newsstand shelves. That’s why the staffers responsible for producing global women’s magazine Scarlet lean on one another as they try to find their own voices. While working together to publish each issue of the periodical, they struggle to find their identities, manage friendships and find love.
I’ll start off by saying, kudos to The Bold Type for trying. This series does it’s very best to show representation, which I appreciated. I liked the main characters, who were three girls in their mid-twenties trying to make it. But there’s something missing here. Something big. There may be racial, religious, and sexual representation, but it was obvious that all three girls (as well as the side characters) were very privileged. They worked high-paying jobs in a huge magazine (hell, one character was 25 and a freaking director of an entire department in the magazine). This show made me feel bad. I’m only a few years off 25 and the fact that I’m nowhere close to having a perfect body, an amazing job, a close-knit group of friends, or men swooning and dying to be with me like the characters put me off this show big time. I couldn’t even finish season one, because after every episode, I just felt like crap about myself. I give it one star for trying, but don’t recommend the watch at all.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆