It's been a week since you voted for the next TV series for the I'm With Geek TV Team to watch next. But how have they got on so far?
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I have a confession to make. I have already seen one and a half seasons of Breaking Bad, but I didn't really enjoy it. Despite this, I decided to try again (mainly because I was fed up with being told I was 'wrong' and I 'needed to give it time'). On the second viewing of the first series, I will admit to being more enthralled than the first time around. However, I still stand by my position that this show is overhyped by its many fans. If I'd discovered it under my own steam, maybe I would have had a different experience, but it feels to me like the show was put up on a pedestal and anyone coming in with fresh eyes has too many expectations for the show to live up to.
Cookie N Screen - Breaking Bad
Following people who absolutely love Breaking Bad means that I possibly know more about the series than I'd like. Going into the show new isn't the same in this climate because your friends have already profusely spoken about the endings and finales. It's my own fault, really, and I don't blame them but going into the journeys of Walt and Jesse seems fruitless when you've already explored them second-hand. Nevertheless, struggling through the first two episodes, its clear that you have to either be in the right frame of mind or actually into drug-based gangland things to carry on. And I am/was not. I'll carry on watching because, well, Bryan Cranston floats many of my boats. But I'm not amazingly impressed. Nor do I care if I carry on. I already know whats going to happen, right?
I come from a background of fairytales (Once Upon a Time I am looking at you) and a whole load of adventure stories featuring dragons, thrones, fighting, etc etc etc. And after hearing the increasing roar of GoT fans as each season passes, along with the pestering of friends, 'NO SPOILERS PLEASE' was a welcome route in.
Sure I was expecting sword waving, veiled threats, a few casual beheadings, nakedness and sex but a child being casually SHOVED OUT A WINDOW in EPISODE One?! Well, I suppose it really sets the tone for what these characters are made of... It made me come to realise that watching The 100 has been preparation for my GoT beginning as I can stomach violence, drama and sudden death with much less flinching. Is that a good or bad thing? From the background noise about the show (in my non-GoT days) I know that many will come to a sticky end... But who? And how? I am intrigued to find out.
“Oh, you like sci-fi? Therefore you will LOVE Firefly.” Unpopular opinion time – I’m hoping it gets better than the first episode. It took 45 minutes to reach a point that made continuing feel worth it. Sorry, guys. Character-wise, I really like Kaylee, Book, Simon and River, there needs to be more Zoe and Wash, Mal is a lot more “eh” than I was expecting (moping is fine, just make it interesting moping) and I can’t get over how much of a douchenozzle Adam Baldwin is to give Jayne a chance (seriously, coming to this knowing the actor rather than the character gives a whole new level of shuddering to lines like “Just want to ducttape her mouth” and “Not all of her is there. Not all of her has to be”). Lookswise, I’m really impressed by how well the effects are holding up, and I love the look of Serenity’s grimy interiors. But someone please tell me that the weird edits get better – freeze fades only belong in ‘90s pop videos.
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So far, I have only had a chance to watch the pilot, which I have previously seen before and my thoughts are exactly the same: It’s absolutely terrific. I love the dark tone and the general discomfort of the episode; it really helps with the atmosphere of, ahem, ‘certain events’ towards the end of it. I'm already sold on Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton’s performances, in this episode alone they were terrific and I can’t wait to see even more. The scene between Thornton and Colin Hanks in the car is quite intense, and Hanks himself is a very underrated actor. Overall, it’s fair to say I’m seriously looking forward to the rest!
I am now six episodes in to The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. My first impressions of it have been that it is a cute and quirky show. On top of this, it has so far been incredibly random and humorous, but what else would you expect from a show that has Tina Fey in its team? The characters are lovable and the actress who plays Kimmy has an infectious smile and is so energetic. Watching her try to reintegrate into society after being locked in a bunker in a ‘cult’ is hilarious and the actress pulls off childhood innocence and naiveté flawflessly.
Okay, full disclosure: this is not my first time watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, I have never watched the early seasons, and I can’t remember which episodes I actually have watched, so I was excited to start watching the first season. I only had time for two episodes, but the thing that really struck me was the prosthetics. Boy, vampire prosthetics have really come on since then. It was almost painful to watch. However, painful aesthetics aside, the episodes were fun and quickly introduced us to the world of the show and the characters. I’m looking forward to more.
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