Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Best of 2014 - TV edition

I've already talked about books and movies, so now let's talk about the TV shows I discovered this year and promptly began binge-watching, because obviously nothing I started watching was a brand new, currently airing, wait-a-week-between-episodes sort of a thing.

Orange Is The New Black
Source
Holy hell, this show is solid gold awesome. Though Piper is ostensibly the main character, she's also possibly the least interesting (besides Larry. Go die in a fire, Larry). The multitude of supporting characters are all deep and nuanced and well developed and funny and generally fascinating, and it's just SO FREAKING GOOD WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING IT YOU SHOULD GO WATCH IT. Literally my only gripe (besides the existence of Larry, who's the actual worst) is that the theme song - while fabulous - goes for far too long. Ain't nobody got time to sit through a theme song that goes for over a minute...

The Office
Source
I know, I know. I'm totally late to the party on this one. And yes, we're talking about the US version. I'd always meant to watch it, I was just...putting it off because I'd seen some of the UK version and hated Ricky Gervais so much that I had to turn it off after about 10 minutes. Plus, I'm not a fan of Steve Carrell, so I was hesitant to watch like a million episodes of a show starring him. But then I saw the CPR clip on Tumblr and was like "OH MY GOD I NEED TO WATCH THIS SHOW IMMEDIATELY".

And so I go hold of season 1. And the second Jim looked longingly at Pam, I was like "Well, shit..." because I was firmly on the shipper train. It only took me a few months to get through the entire show, and it was fabulous. Sure, some seasons were rougher than others, and in those seasons, it was basically only Pam and Jim that kept me watching. But the finale was literally everything I ever wanted from a finale.

Friday Night Lights
Source
I'm only up to season 2 of this, because EVERYONE wants to watch it and Quickflix only has a couple of sets of it on DVD for the whole of Australia (or at least that's what I suspect) so I haven't seen it in several months, but it's pretty damned great. I was on the "why the hell am I watching a show about American football??" train for the first half a dozen episodes, but once it became less about football and more about the town, I was sold.

Criminal Minds
I don't care that the quality is terrible, this scene was AMAZING.
Source.
This one is totally Ashlea's fault, and I take great delight in blaming her when I freak myself out. Considering it's essentially a show in which they hunt down murderers and rapists and psychopaths over and over again, you'd think it would feel formulaic and repetitive after a while. But I'm half way through season 3, and NOPE. Still great. The characters are all fabulous and have well developed backstories and specific reasons behind why they ended up in such a horrific line of work, and Garcia will always and forever be my favourite because she's amazing.

The 100
Source
I honestly can't decide where I stand on this show. On the one hand, it has AMAZING female characters and it's really compelling viewing, and I love the idea of what's basically teenage Lost. But on the other hand, I have SO MANY ISSUES WITH IT. I mean, for starters the population size makes literally zero sense. And how the hell did they get water to keep the Ark running all those years? And wow this is really colonialist and kind of icky and oh my God please stop torturing people for information and why does everyone ship Clarke and Bellamy they're both horrible people and CHARLOTTE OH MY GOD NO STOP.

So I love it. But it makes me ranty. But it's so stinking good, and I have to know what happens and did I mention Octavia Biggest BAMF On The Planet Blake? Yeah... Plus, I tweeted about not liking Bellamy, and the writers retweeted it and that's basically my 15 minutes of internet fame right there.

I also watched Bitten and Siberia this year, but they haven't stuck in my mind quite as much as these ones have, though they were definitely worth the watch!

What shows have you discovered this year?

K xx

17 comments:

  1. I REGRET NOTHING. Except for the fact that you tend to binge-watch before bed and then have nightmares. BUT REID. AND MORGAN. I GAVE YOU THE GIFT OF CRIMINAL MINDS. <3

    ReplyDelete
  2. Approximately a zillion emails later, I still don't know where I stand on The 100. Except for Octavia who is my queen. The Jaha story makes NO SENSE his lungs would have collapsed and the heat and I'm stopping now. *Deep calming breath*

    I kind of get the Finn hate now, except I think everyone has always hated him and I don't like how they are handling what seems to me to be a PTSD storyline. Clarke has moments but then I go right back to disliking her when she goes all holier-than-thou. And the blood thingy in 202 still makes me think of the Master's machine in the Wishverse.

    I really need to watch OitNB. Everyone I know loves it. But I only have time for one extra show right now. Maybe when I get current on the 100. Or after New Year's.

    ReplyDelete
  3. "Go die in a fire, Larry." = the thesis of my sole complaint with OITNB. Everything else about that show is pretty damn close to flawless.

    ReplyDelete
  4. FNL is SOOOOOO good. I'm pretty sure I was sold when a show about football made my cry during the pilot. Thinking of that, I don't remember any other show making me cry that much and this was about football, damn it!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm so mad I didn't know you started FNL! I would have been talking to you about it, and my undying love for Tim Riggins and Crucifictorious, all this time.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I started it aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages ago - like in April, maybe???? - but it's taking me forever to get through it because like I said, everyone wants the DVDs and it's not available on streaming. If I ever find the whole lot on sale, I'm just going to buy the whole show. Much quicker and easier.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I made it to about episode 6 before I got over the "Uuuuuuuuuuuuugh, football" thing...

    ReplyDelete
  8. It's funny, because the whole way through season 1, I was like "Why does everyone hate Larry so much? I mean, he's kind of a jerk, but there are worst characters around...". And then I hit season 2, and I went straight to "Go die in a fire, Larry" territory. WORST EVER.

    ReplyDelete
  9. OMG OITNB IS SO FREAKING GOOD. There's no "do I like this show or am I only watching to fuel my hate-fire and because of Octavia?" like there is with The 100. But yeah. So much of it makes no sense. SO MUCH.

    ReplyDelete
  10. YOU DID INDEED. BEST GIFT EVER. Except for the nightmares.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nope, that's a pretty accurate reaction, especially if you haven't read the book! I really need to reread the book after having seen the movie... It seems like it's really polarising as a book, and I really want to know if people who hated the book bothered to see the movie and what they thought of it... Because it seems like a lot of their problems with the book were that the characters weren't likeable. Which is the whole point.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Haha, even I had a few moments of that! Except it was more "I'M PRETTY SURE EMILY WALKED PAST THAT IN ONE OF HER VLOGS ONE TIME!". And GotG is so fun that it's hard not to like it.

    ReplyDelete
  13. THE DECOY BRIDE IS EVERYTHING. I really need to get my DVD back from the friends who've had it for, like, two years...

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thor: The Dark World is great too. The sibling rivalry between Thor and Loki is fabulous, Jane gets to be a badass lady scientist, Darcy is AMAZING, and Christopher Eccleston plays an evil elf from the darkest reaches of space. HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG?!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I remembered I also still have to watch Iron Man 3, I think.
    Wait, Eccleston is in TDW? Awesome! I need to get my hands on those movies pronto!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Some of these I've seen. I LOVED Walter Mitty and Chef because they were both pleasant surprises. I enjoyed them immensely and more than I thought I would when i pressed play. Gone girl was indeed disturbing but very good. Enough to make me read the book after. Fault in our stars was very true to the book, but I didn't enjoy the movie experience. It's probably because our theatre was full of screaming, crying fan girls. I'll have to watch again to get a different experience.

    ReplyDelete

Leave me a comment and I'll love you forever (except for spambots...)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...