Thursday, August 06, 2015

In Which I Break My Ankle and Watch Tonnes of TV


I am not even sure if I am a blogger any more. I keep my blog, but I always seem to fizzle about updating it any more. I start doing other things and then reading and blogging take a back burner. It's weird, to be honest. I must be changing as I get older because reading has always been a constant in my life. And, now, I can go days without reading anything. I used to blame reading slumps, but I just think it is the progression of things. There are times when I am big into reading... and then there are times when I am into other things. At the moment, thanks to being laid up with a broken ankle, it is all about TV (and some movies). So, in an attempt to show that I am actually still alive, I thought I would talk about some of the things that I have watched since falling.

I actually started to watch Game of Thrones when it first came on the air, but it just didn't grab me. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book either. I find that George R.R. Martin goes a bit too crazy with the surprise factor. The show (and books) should just be called 'Everyone Dies'. But, I was bored and it was there so I decided to give it another try. I am now officially caught up in the show. Did I love it? Nope. Will I watch season 6? Yep. It's watchable and I did like it, but I didn't love it. You would think after 5 seasons I would be able to tell you why I don't love it, but there is just something that doesn't click with me. I like a bunch of the characters and the story-lines... I think the only reason I gave it another try at all is I am a fantasy fan typically and I want to like it. I do want to see where things go next, though, and maybe one day will read the rest of the books.

Banshee is a show that my brother-in-law really likes and has been saying to watch. So, I finally did. It is a crime show meets cop show and I love it. I cannot wait to see what happens next! (Which means a new season because I am caught up on the three seasons that are out there now.) Banshee is a small town where insane things happen. The main character, Lucas, gets beat up in almost every episode. You would think that it would get to be a bit insane, but there are story-lines and back-stories that keep you watching. Plus, I love Job. He is one of the best characters in TV! So, if you haven't checked out Banshee you should!

Okay, folks, drop everything and watch Penny Dreadful. I had no idea what this show was about, but it was recommended to me and I have lots of time on my hands. I still had no idea what it was about when I sat down to watch the first episode. It is set in 1891 and it is literary! Frankenstein and Dorian Gray are in it! There are vampires, werewolves, demons, witches. There is a kick-ass female lead, Vanessa; plus some really creepy kick-ass other female characters. All I have to say is that I love this show and cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. There are only 2 seasons, but they are definitely worth checking out.

My mother's boyfriend, and most of the rest of the world, really like House of Cards, so that is where I went next. Kevin Spacey has long been an actor who I enjoy their work, so I was curious to see him play a role in a TV show. I was not disappointed! It is not my typical show, but I am glad I took a chance on it. Firstly, I love Claire. She is a ruthless, strong female character. Robin Wright plays Claire perfectly. I definitely look forward to seeing more from her in Season 4. Kevin Spacey plays a ruthless politician and makes it believable. And, I like the background characters like Doug Stamper. I enjoy shows that give the rest of the characters a backstory so that they are not just background characters, but they are people that you become interested in. I am glad I went outside my comfort zone and watched this. I look forward to season 4.

Next up... Sense8.  I have only just started this today and only seen one episode... We will see what I think when it is over.

What shows do you recommend for someone who is watching a lot of TV?


  1. I realized I should've recced THE VAMPIRE DIARIES to you, too. It's a lot of fun. The main character has an evil twin, and another character eventually has an evil twin and amnesia at the same time, and Caroline is great. I think Netflix has five seasons, so it's good for binges.

    1. I am not sure if that is my kind of show, I have heard of it before, but I will add it to my list. :)

  2. I had no idea what Penny Dreadful was about until today--now I for sure need to add it to my queue to watch. As if I need to spend more time in front of the television. LOL

    I watched Sense8 a couple (?) months ago and thought it was good on the okay side. Nothing great. I liked some of the story lines better than others. I'd watch another season if they come out with it. I'll be curious to know what you think.

  3. Get well soon!

    I would definitely recommend Grace and Frankie (or is it the other way around?! I still don't know, but I love the show and sadly, I am all caught up :-( The same goes for Outbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it is hilarious!

    And if you have a thing for superheroes and Marvel, Daredevil might be worth your time as well.

  4. Oh no, sorry to hear about your ankle! I think we all dip in and out of reading like that.

  5. There's a great thing called Tunnelbear which will allow you to watch tv from other countries. I love the BBC!

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  7. I think Kathy is right that we all go through phases and sometimes reading is just not a priority. It's weird if you've been book-obsessed all your life but sometimes I think it's good to roll with it, step away, do something completely different.

    So, you're still laid up? I've been wondering how the ankle is doing. I almost tweeted you, yesterday, but Husband has taken the week off and as soon as I sat down to write, he was ready to leave. Do you have my email? I'll go ahead and tweet to you. Need to talk to you about October. I still want to visit, if you'll be up to it.

    TV-wise . . . not a big TV person but I've watched Parade's End 3 or 4 times, now. The book is a difficult read so I only made it about 1/4 of the way before I needed a break (and haven't returned) but I love the mini-series. I was hoping to do a re-watch of Dr. Who from Christopher Eccleston to Matt Smith but Amazon Prime is no longer offering those series or Torchwood. Grrr. Falling Sky is pretty fun if you like an alien-invasion/survival series. I'm not watching anything new. I enjoyed Poldark and The Crimson Field but both have ended. I might end up buying Poldark on DVD, eventually, but not just yet.

    I think I'm going to go on a movie binge-watch of Bill Murray's best, next. I'm currently reading The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray and enjoying it. Seems like a good time to do a Murray-thon. :)

  8. I cosign Memory's Vampire Diaries recommendation. It takes a few episodes to get going, but by episode six or seven it's one of my favorite shows of all time. The first two seasons are really superb television.

  9. We started Banshee and then let it go -- not because we didn't like it but because we had other things to watch first. I didn't love the last season of House of Cards, but I plan to continue watching. I loved GoT -- books and show. But, well, I don't mind people dying. LOL. I have Sense 8 on our list -- maybe this winter?

  10. KELLY!!! I'm so happy to see you back here on your blog!!! :D :D :D

    Sheesh--I've seen none of those shows. In fact, Game of Thrones (which doesn't interest me) and House of Cards (which I'd like to eventually try) are the only two I've ever even heard of. Obviously I'm still in residence in my cave. Penny Dreadful sounds great though--can't wait to try that one!

  11. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is the most charming show. Some other shows I've binged through are Merlin, Fringe, The West Wing. I'm not sure if any are up you're alley, but I liked them.


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