Whatever’s On My Mind Wednesday- What I’m Hooked On

Late post, but putting it up anyway.

I haven’t seen a movie in longer than I care to admit. My hubby and I are movie feins but since moving overseas we don’t get to the movies as often as we used to (every weekend). I don’t know, I just can’t get into subtitled movies even when they are in English because I can’t seem to make myself focus on what’s going on without reading the subtitles. So we either rent movies or watch Netflix. Since it takes a while for things to make their way overseas, we’ve been binging on shows because I’ve seen everything that I want to that’s on DVD.

I’ve flown through Narcos, Jane the Virgin, couldn’t finish True Blood or get into Game of Thrones and I’m quickly closing in on season 3 of Homeland.

Narcos was good. I like that it is based on real life. I found myself looking up events and reading about things that I didn’t know about. Of course it’s a story with a lot of blood shed and tragedy. I wish they would have cast an actor that actually speaks Spanish to play Pablo Escobar instead of a Brazilian actor but overall I think the show is really good and even though there is no lack of series or movies on Pablo Escobar this one doesn’t disappoint.

Jane the Virgin is mindless entertainment for me. It’s one of those shows that I can have on in the background while I cook, clean or just want to relax and I can get the jist of the show without having to follow along too closely. I think the characters are funny, portrayed well and they obviously play up the novela essence of the show. A lot of drama and crazy situations in the life of one person but again, mindlessly entertaining.

True Blood is a show I’m typically not into but heard a lot of buzz about while it was airing so I figured I’d give it a try. The first couple of seasons weren’t too bad but just too many sex scenes for the show to have much subsistence. Eventually it just got to the point that I was bored. Not to mention that show had the most annoying protagonist in the history of shows I’ve ever seen. Her voice annoyed me and her acting was mediocre at best (side note, the tie for most annoying protagonist in my opinion is Meridith Gray on Gray’s Anatomy).

My hubby and I like to watch shows together so I’m always on the lookout for something we will both enjoy. Vikings is one of our favorite shows so I figured another historical type series would be a good choice. Game of Thrones was not it. At first I liked it, even though it can be a little slow and the end of a lot of episodes doesn’t leave me wanting to stay up until 2 am on a weeknight to watch the next. By season 3 I was done. If you haven’t seen the show, want to watch it and don’t want me to give anything away, stop reading here and move onto the next paragraph. Seriously? Baby dragons? I’m a grown adult watching a show meant for adults about dragons? Done deal. I can watch history or fantasy but blending them together is just not my thing. Plus How To Train Your Dragon has exclusive rights to all things dragon because those movies are amazing. Honestly the real reason I got as far as I did is because I thought Tyrion Lannister was hilarious, his role is played perfectly. Had it not been for him, I don’t think I would have made it past season 1.

I try to find shows that have at least 50 episodes because since I’m going to spend my child free guilty pleasure time before bed watching something I want it to be something I can watch for at least a week straight before I have to invest myself in something else. Homeland is a bit shy of my 50 episode preference but it has been on my list for a while so I figured I might as well watch and get it off of my list of things to see. I’m really enjoying it so far. It has been awhile since I’ve watched something with Claire Danes in it and I had forgotten what a great actress she is. She is really believable in this role and does a great job playing Carrie. She is emotional without being sappy and dramatic without being overboard. Without giving too many details away, Brody is the guy you love to hate. Just enough to make you doubt until you know for sure who’s side his alliance is with. I can’t wait to finish up the next season and a half and see if any of my hunches are right.

I’ll have to watch a movie to post about next week because I’m sure I’ll be done with Homeland by this time next week. That says a lot about my personal life I know, but I’m not above sleep deprivation for a show that’s worth it.

What shows are you hooked on? How often do you binge watch? Don’t worry, I won’t judge, I can watch 3 shows (ok hours) straight and swear to myself I’m going to be productive after each episode and then can’t get my husband to understand why I didn’t get much done over the weekend. It’s not my fault the cliffhangers are so damn intriguing. They are setting me up for failure with the commercial free, back to back episodes.

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