I haven’t talked about TV shows yet this fall, have I? Right now during NaNoWriMo, TV is exactly the kind of vice I’ve been struggling with as it kills my writing time. But I just can’t help it. Here’s what I’ve been watching (or not, as the case may be).
What I’m loving:
- Jessica Jones (Netflix): Because Marvel likes to torture all of us who are doing NaNoWriMo.
This show came out a week ago and I’m halfway through right now. I think it is technically even better than Daredevil, though I’m not finding it quite as enjoyable (I think it’s the lack of fight scenes). I especially like its treatment of mental illness, abusive relationships, and addiction (both literally and in metaphor), as well as the fact that it has TWO female lead characters, giving us a perspective that Marvel’s never really done before.
- Into the Badlands (AMC): Here’s how I’m getting my fight scene fix.
This is an actual, legit martial arts TV show. Plus it airs after The Walking Dead, so you can just stick around. We’re 2 episodes into this 6-episode season, and I felt the second episode improved on the first (which was mostly just set up). The characters are still a bit flat, but the show makes up for it by being stylish as hell. The design is great and the fight choreography is lovely. Plus we get an Asian-American male lead (Daniel Wu), with a non-white girlfriend no less. I’m kind of in love with his character Sonny; he has these amazing, subtle facial expressions.
- Supergirl (CBS): Not the world’s greatest show, but I’m liking it well enough so far.
Melissa Benoist makes an adorable Supergirl/Kara Danvers, and I’d watch anything with Mehcad Brooks, who plays Jimmy Olsen…I mean James. I’m kind of used to Kara being the cool girl and Jimmy being the dork but the show interestingly switches that around. The writing and characters have been ok so far, leaning a bit too heavily on a villain-of-the-week structure. I did really enjoy their take on DCAU character Livewire in the 4th episode.
What I need to catch up on:
- The Flash/Arrow (CW)
I just finished watching the previous seasons of these shows, which were great. Everything from the crossovers to Gorilla Grodd was squee-inducing. The Flash finale actually made me cry a little. Even Laurel has improved. I just wish they would give Felicity something more to do, and decide on a pronunciation for “Ra’s.” In any case, I have the current seasons waiting on my DVR, and I can’t wait to start!
- Agents of SHIELD (ABC): Same deal.
Last season was quite enjoyable, and I have this season waiting for me on the DVR. It seems like there will be a focus on the Inhumans, so we’ll see how that’s going to mix in with the rest of the MCU and the upcoming movie of that name.
What I’m dropping:
- Once Upon a Time (ABC):
I was willing to give this season a try for Merida, but I watched a couple episodes and kinda lost interest. I might catch up when it gets to Netflix or something, but I’m not really in a hurry.
- Gotham (Fox):
I watched about half of the first season, and while I enjoyed it for what it was, it wasn’t good enough for me to keep going on a regular basis. And it seems like every week it just gets crazier.
What I’m waiting for:
- The Expanse (SyFy): Episode 1 is up online!
This show is an adaptation of a great space opera book series; the first is called Leviathan Wakes. I’m excited for real sci-fi back on the SyFy channel. I’ve heard good things about the pilot and I’m planning to watch it online this weekend; the show premieres on TV December 14.
- Legends of Tomorrow (CW): Coming next year.
After last season of Flash and Arrow, how could I not be excited for this? I know the current seasons are busy setting up for this show, introducing Hawkgirl, etc., and they just released a trailer that looks amazing. The characters! The special effects! IT’S LIKE A MINI JUSTICE LEAGUE ON TV AND I’M SO EXCITED. Ahem. Anyways, it premieres January 21.
I’m enjoying all of these shows except for Into The Badlands because I haven’t got around to it yet and once upon a time because I dropped it after Season 1. The trailer for Legends Of tomorrow looks fantastic, can’t wait for this new show.
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OUAT keeps sucking me back in every time I want to quit lol. But it’s definitely to the point where there’s so much else I’d rather watch.
You could probably tell I’m just a little excited for LoT, too 🙂
Our tv’s would get along nicely… Sadly, we have a toddler, so try to wait for her to go to sleep before we can watch just anything, which has drastically slowed us down and is the only reason we haven’t started in on Jessica Jones yet. I am so excited for that show. Even if not for the premise, that lead is super charismatic and sold me on Don’t Trust The B***… At a time when I was completely ODed on sitcoms.
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Yeah, I thought she was great in this role. Hope you like it when you get around to it!
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I skipped what you wrote re: Once Upon a Time because I wait until it’s on Netflix and binge watch it over a week. But you and I had a similar experience with Gotham. I gave up 1/2 way through the first season too. It did just get crazy and surprisingly, I got bored.
Daredevil was too scary for me – should I try Jessica Jones? I hesitate because if I was scared during Daredevil, I don’t want the same experience.
I’m still working through Secret Garden but may give up on it soon if something interesting doesn’t happen. The agonizing secret-but-not-secret love story is starting to get to me. It was hilarious for about 4 episodes and now I want them to either get together or…something.
I’m interested in Arrow but not Flash so much. Thoughts?
Re: OUAT I basically said that I’m planning to just maybe watch it on Netflix in the future lol. So, great idea!
Jessica Jones is as intense as Daredevil, but it’s more a psychological thriller–topics like PTSD, rape, addiction, etc. I found it less scary than Daredevil, but some people will think exactly the opposite.
Arrow is great, especially the first season, but Flash is so much more FUN. I do think it’s maybe targeted at comic fans though. Also, Arrow is kinda like a Batman TV show, just with Green Arrow instead, so if you like Batman at all you’ll probably like it.
Secret Garden can definitely be a little slow at times. But then crazy twists come out of left field haha. I feel like that happens in a lot of Korean dramas.
okay so no to Jessica Jones but maybe I’ll give Arrow a shot. I’ll keep plugging away at Secret Garden but will let you know if I give up.