Monday, 21 May 2018

TV, Netflix, Amazon and... - part 1 -

I made some of the best choices I could have ever made as a couch potato - I got myself Netflix and Amazon Prime. Well, some might say it was a huge mistake, as now I do nothing else in my free time than watching shows but WHATEVER! It makes me so happy, never in my life had I such a big range of TV shows and movies! We do have pay TV at home but life is so much easier when you can watch your favourite shows whenever you want to. I literally watch everywhere I can - on my train, in front of my laptop, in my bed.

I really don't know how this started, but I always loved watching TV. I could never name all the shows I watched so far, sometimes I wonder if there even is a show on TV that I haven't seen yet.
So, today, I'd like to tell you about some of my favourite shows in general, non-anime and non-cartoon edition (as it's obvious that Love Live is my favourite anime and Steven Universe is my favourite cartoon). Let's get started!

The Handmaid's Tale

Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning, best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized “return to traditional values.” As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, belonging to the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her.

My opinion:
Lord, finding this show was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me. In Germany, Telekom has the exclusive rights for the show. I saw their commercial on TV and felt the urge to find out more about it. So, I googled it. And became OBSESSED. As we don't have Telekom, I wasn't able to watch the show before the DVD came out this year. In the meantime, I was literally watching every Youtube video I found. Every time I passed a Telekom store and saw the huge cutout and posters of Offred, I'd get angry and clench my fist. Just like the Arthur's fist meme. So, as the time passed, I was like "Wait.. the Handmaid's Tale is based on a book.. Why haven't I read it yet?!". So, the same day I realised it, I went to the bookstore and oh my, I don't think that I've ever devoured a book like this before. However. The show itself.. is.. there are no words to describe it, it won't do justice for it. The Handmaid's Tale is by far the best show I've ever seen. Breathtaking, alarming, shocking, captivating, emotional, realistic - and so much more. It made me realise even more how important feminism is nowadays. It will probably take some time until the second season will be available on DVD here in Germany but I c a n ' t wait for it. Resist, sister.

The Law & Order franchise

Law & Order
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: Paris, UK (basically Criminal Intent, just the European versions of it)
Law & Order: Trial by Jury
Law & Order: LA
Law & Order: True Crime

The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.

My opinion:
In fact, there is not much to say about Law and Order. I'm a sucker for crime shows and Law & Order is simply the best. Every single episode is interesting, you can watch it whenever you want, there is not really a plot to follow and it's realistic, what more would you want of a crime show? I'm pretty sure that I've seen every single episode from every show, except True Crime (but I'm going to change that soon). I've been watching it for 6 years now, almost everyday. Do you know these shows you can watch all the time, even if you saw them 846356835 times already? That's Law & Order to me.

Bonus: Chicago PD

The show follows the uniformed patrol officers and the Intelligence Unit of the 21st District of the Chicago Police Department as they pursue the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.

My opinion:
It's created by Dick Wolf. Do I need to say more? It's more brutal and not as realistic as Law & Order, plus it has a plot. But I just love it.


Flashpoint is a drama that depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto's Emergency Task Force). It's a unique unit that rescues hostages, busts gangs, defuses bombs, climbs the sides of buildings and talks down suicidal teens. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they're also trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect's head to diffuse the situation to try and save lives.

My opinion:
This show is different from every other crime drama I saw. And I saw many. So, what makes the difference? It's the emotional and psychological background that makes Flashpoint so special.
The team doesn't want to kill people, they try to understand what's going on in the minds of the "bad guys", who most likely turn out not to be as bad as they seem, as they're just in delicate situations. They won't shoot unless there is no other way. It's also the first crime show I ever saw that demonstrates how killing affects the psyche of the cops. After finishing Flashpoint, I felt down for quite some time. The impact the show left on me was big. Wouldn't recommend binge-watching it. No matter how depressing it is, I would always recommend it to any crime drama nerd like me. It might be heavy, but it's worth it.

So, that's it for today. There are still plenty of shows I'd like to talk about, including Scrubs and One day at a time, but it's late and if I would finish the list today, I'd sit here for another 3 hours. I guess I will upload 5 recommendations within the next weeks. Keep looking forward to it!

Quote of the Day: "Nolite te bastardes corbadorum, bitches." -June, The Handmaid's Tale

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