What I've Been Watching Lately


Is it just me, or is TV exceptionally good at the moment? Not only do I have way too many binge watch options to choose from, but there's also a number of weekly shows I'm into as well. The strugle to get up and be an adult instead of staying in bed watching TV all day is real at the minute!

Van Helsing
Vanessa wakes up two years into a vampire apocalypse after being in a coma. A soldier has been watching over her during that time. Who is she and what part does she have to play in this vampire filled world?

Wow, when I started watching this show, I was expecting something cheesy, a female led version of the film of the same name. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, what I got was a gritty, grim, bleak drama, something I imagine is similar in style to The Walking Dead.

Although it wasn't what I expected at all, I was gripped from start to finish and watched the entire series in a few days. I love that it's vampires not zombies that have taken over the world, I love how it explains why they're different from your typical vampires and the origin of the apocalypse is great. Whilst it certainly didn't leave me feeling uplifted, it was a fantastic piece of TV and I can't wait for another series.

Reign Season 4 
The final season of the show following the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

The ending of season three of Reign was so awful that I decided I wasn't going to watch it anymore. Half the cast I liked was gone, there was unnecessary death and violence and the storylines were getting stupid. Yet, when season four did roll around, I found myself watching it. To be honest, I was mostly bored and even my favourite character Catherine de Medici wasn't turning things around for me.

However, the finale was fantastic given the fact that that they weren't expecting it to be the finale. Reign was cancelled while they were filming season four, so they had to pull something together quickly. I cried like a baby.

Grimm Seasons 1-5
A Portland homicide cop's life is turned upside when he finds out he's a Grimm, a line of warriors who have fought to kept the world safe from fairy tale inspired creatures 

I actually started watching Grimm a few years ago but the person I started watching it with got bored so I never even finished season one. I recently found myself in the mood for something like Grimm so I thought I'd give it another shot. I'm so glad I did because I love it - there only reason I haven't watched it all is because season six isn't on Netflix yet!

Admittedly, the first season does get very samey, in fact, most of the episodes follow the same formula: a weird crime occurs, Nick investigates, oh what a surprise, the culprit is wesen. However, by season two there's all sorts of crazy, gripping storylines occurring. What I really like about Grimm is that even the minor characters have their own lives and I think it's hard not to get invested in them.

Better Call Saul Season 3 
The third season of the Breaking Bad prequel following lawyer James McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman

After the intense cliffhanger ending of season two, I was so ready for season three and it definitely didn't disappoint. The cameos in this season had me squealing like a teenage fangirl and I love how what started off as such as slow-burning series has all come to a head now. We're finally getting glimpses of the Saul Goodman we know from Breaking Bad and it's great how it's not just his backstory we see too. It's hard to spout my praise for this without spoiling it but I will say this: if you liked Breaking Bad but haven't watched this yet, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW and GO WATCH IT.

Bates Motel Season 4 
Bates Motel is the prequel to the film Psycho. How did Norman Bates become the serial killer we see in the classic film?

Bates Motel is a seriously underrated TV show, I honestly don't know why it doesn't seem to be more popular. There's great acting and great storylines. Unfortunately, I found season four to be a little farfetched and I think its treatment of mental illness is getting insensitive now. However, I found it gripping and emotive and whilst I'm sad about certain departures, I'm interested to see how this show will conclude now.

Wallander Season 1 
A Swedish crime drama following policeman Kurt Wallander investigating murders. 

Last time I visited my mum, I watched an episode of this with her and really enjoyed it, so decided to watch the rest of it myself. I don't normally watch things with subtitles but I actually really enjoyed this because the subtitles meant I had to watch it. I hadn't realised just how distracted I am when watching other TV shows, always on my phone or doing something else, so it was good to have something to watch where I was actually present.

Unfortunately, I won't be watching beyond season one. At 90 minutes long, the episodes are more like a film and there's very little ongoing plot - the episodes focus on one crime each and then there's very little that carries over into other episodes. Then, randomly, the last episode was really, really upsetting - so upsetting I don't want to watch it anymore.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
A film based on the novel of the same name. It's exactly what it sounds like: Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, with added zombies. 

Shock horror, I watched a film for the first time in ages - I think it might actually be the first and only film I've watched this year. After finishing re-reading the novel, I noticed the film was on Netflix so I decided to give it a watch. It actually is very different to the novel. The novel literally is just Pride and Prejudice with the inclusion of zombies and more 21st century humour whereas the film has it's own zombie-based plot. The film is a lot less crude than the book and I really enjoyed it. Really great cast too!

What have you been watching lately?