Weeks Long Watching: She-Really-Should-Be-Writing Edition

At the request of my super delightful friend Erin, here’s a new TV post at last! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these—mostly because I’ve been writing like mad—but some times when I can’t write (you know, when I should keep going and SHOULD be writing), television is a happy place like no other. However, with the return of allllll the shows after the New Year and throwing myself into writing cave, I now find that I’m always falling behind, and just potentially end up getting horribly spoiled  whenever I go on Twitter (and I HATE SPOILERS LIKE I HATE RAISINS…WHICH IS A LOT).

But, being a semi expert spoiler-avoider, I’ve been able to settle down in front of my TV all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed . . . until, of course, shit hits the fan and I’m left muppet-flailing all by myself over an episode that happened weeks ago. This is really what happens when it feels like there’s just too much TV and not enough me to watch. First world problems in a nutshell, right?

BUT, without further ado, here are shows I’ve been keeping up with!

PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR

When watching this, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so inadequate and talentless since watching episodes of MasterChef Junior. These contestants are just SO. YOUNG. And they whip up such AMAZING clothes! This season wrapped up a while ago, and I’m already mourning the loss of all the wardrobe malfunctions, workroom freakouts, and fashion shows. I will say that the winner was someone who I was rooting for the whole time, which made me sososo pleased by the finale!

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1985)

Ohmygoodness, I cannot put into words how much I LOVED this. I’d read the book pretty recently (which I also loved very dearly) and knew I just had to dig up the infamous miniseries that is a classic in and of itself. Both are amazing, and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re into laughing, swooning, cheering, and sobbing! Also, GILBERT BLYTHE. Just putting it out there, Anne and Gilbert are one of my top OTPs. I am certain they are the original James and Lily, and I WILL FIGHT YOU ON IT.

GREEN GABLES FABLES

And of course, because I was on such an Anne Shirley kick, I had to also check out the super charming vlog series on YouTube—and by “checking out,” I mean devouring episodes in between breaks because they are soooo addictive.

THE BACHELOR

The level of rose-wanting this season has been on this manic level up here ^^  This season has been highly entertaining to say the least. They just did hometowns this week (I was actually SUPER jazzed to have seen a Filipino family and food in the mix), and I’m already dreading the end because the preview of the finale from way back when looks so stressful to watch. If he does not choose my top pick, I will riot.

THE ORIGINALS

Still have an episode or two to catch up on, but holy emotions Batman! My love for Klaus continues to know no bounds. He is still the dark, tragic antihero of my dreams. My heart will never relent.

BLACK SAILS

Ohhhh man, I’m also behind on this one by an episode or two. But ughhh. Pirates. Corruption. And Vane. LOVE. HIM.

THE 100

Speaking of Vane, who else was freaking out when they saw him guest-starring on this season of The 100!?!? His fight scene in the gif above was SICKKK. All of the episodes so far have taken interesting turns, which have kept me intrigued to find out what happens next. And also, to keep holding out for Bellarke moments because I’ve been shipping them since episode 1.

LEGEND OF KORRA

AHHHHHH KORRA!!!! I have severe heart-eyes for this show, and franchise in general. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to dive into this because it is BRILLIANT. I was originally hesitant about watching, mostly because I’d heard so many people comment on how different LoK was from ATLA—which made me nervous, since I absolutely LOVE ATLA. However, as soon as I started watching LoK, I couldn’t stop. And I couldn’t help but appreciate how the differences I was initially wary of are actually what make it soooo fantastic. It’s darker in tone, the world is different but no less awesome and impressive (these shows are seriously master classes on A+ worldbuilding), and the cast of characters are made up of new figures. Of course, when old veterans do come back for a brief time, I am SOBBING—but I do adore all of the new characters who are so reminiscent of the former Team Avatar, yet still remain unique in their own way. I can’t wait to keep going with this one.

MY GIRLFRIEND IS A GUMIHO

OHMYGOD. K-DRAMAS. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH. Funny story, my uncle was actually the one who was super insistent on getting me into this show. He’s so passionate about it that I just HAD to check it out . . . which may have been the best and worst decision of my life because this show is so addictive. And not even because it centers around a fox spirit (though that was a huge selling point for me). I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or flailed so hard in a LONG, long time, and I’m already dreading the end because I don’t want this level of cuteness to ever be over. Thank goodness I still have so many more hours left with how blissfully long these seasons are!

BOYS OVER FLOWERS

I need to give a huge, HUGE thanks to Erin for introducing me to this show—as well as ruining my life because I. CAN’T. STOP. WATCHING. Ohmygod. This show drives me crazy, gets me flailing, makes me cringe, and everything in between. Just . . . gah, alllll the emotions. With this show, you’ll get a hate-to-love romance (probably one of my favorite tropes) and a main guy who is SUCH a jerk, but you can’t help but be intrigued and find him so unbelievably endearing as he tries to win the heart of a girl who’d rather have nothing to do with him. Sigh.

Okay, now that I’ve shamelessly written about all the television I’ve been attempting to keep up with, now it’s time to get back to my drafting cave to write down all the words. 😀

Weeks Long Watching: Mega ‘Does-She-Even-Have-A-Life?’ Edition

Okay, so the title is deceptive. Yes, I do have a life. No, I did not just spend it watching all of these shows. I don’t think a lifetime could even cover all of these shows because there are SO MANY to list. But before anyone gets concerned, most of these viewings have spanned across MONTHS. A lot of old, returned, and newly discovered. So now, with fall being the major TV season, I thought it was about time I posted an update on all the screen goodies that have kept me up watching.

ONCE UPON A TIME

This one came back a couple of weeks ago (and I still have a few episodes to catch up on, eek!), but I’m going to try and follow the season this time as best as I can (just so I’m not left binge-watching a mountain of episodes right at the end . . . like last time). As always in this show, evil is afoot in the form of a different nefarious fiend—except I really wish that her eyebrows (pictured above) did not annoy me as much as they do. What I do like is the direction they’ve started taking with this show (last season was just a can of pure YAS to me), and I seriously hope it continues.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

This show will never not be funny to me. End of story. This one probably gives me the least stressful yet very giggle-inducing half hour of all the shows I watch. Thank goodness you have returned.

GIRL MEETS WORLD

Weirdly enough, THIS show has recently taken over the most stressful thirty minutes slot in the week. As a huge fan of Boy Meets World, I was super let down by the first season of Girl Meets World. I wasn’t as invested in the characters as I was with Cory, Shawn, & Co., which is natural since there is absolutely not way to ever top that sort of squad chemistry. However, now things are starting to get interesting and dramatic (almost too dramatic for junior high, but whatever) with a couple I TOTALLY called first episode in. I’m in it for the slow Lucaya burn now . . . just as long as the show stops referring to “the world” in that cheesy way they do at least 249382 times per episode.

PROJECT RUNWAY

I’m not entirely sure how I started watching this show, but IT JUST HAPPENED. Even though I’m not much of a shopper or fashion expert, there is just something oddly fascinating about this show. The drama in the work room freak outs and on the runway are too good to look away from, and the nasty one-liners are probably the best things I’ve ever heard. Such strong insult game, with this show.

ARE YOU THE ONE?

Speaking of addictive reality TV, am I the only one who watches Are You the One? If you don’t know what it’s about, the wild range of emotions that are felt in a season can pretty be summed up in this single gif above. It’s all about finding your perfect match while falling in love with the wrong people. All in all, one huge social experiment that dissolves into complete chaos by the end. My fave.

SCREAM QUEENS

And speaking of chaos, Scream Queens. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. While there is just something very off about the characters (in true Ryan Murphy fashion), I love how much the whole package reminds me of The Heathers and Scream. I think I may be more into it than AHS: Hotel—and as someone who’s followed AHS since the beginning, I was pretty let down (aka I had no idea wtf I was watching) by Hotel‘s premiere. Yup, definitely sticking with Scream Queens.

QUANTICO

Another new one I’ve been getting into is Quantico. Like with many of the CW shows, I catch myself wondering why everyone on this show is so wildly attractive—but I’ve finally accepted when to suspend belief because beautiful people make for dramatic situations. Especially in FBI training. However, what really gets me excited about this show is just the awesome storytelling structure which displays past and present, how no one is entirely reliable, and how much changes between the characters that they’re not even aware of yet. I’m a sucker for dramatic irony.

JANE THE VIRGIN

Here is probably one of the funnest, freshest, and funniest shows on my list. For that reason, it’s been the main show I work out to since it is so addictive and hilarious (which often results in me wheezing-laughing as I try not to die on the treadmill). Everything about it is a little outrageous, but in the most charming and cleverly executed way. And with a stellar diverse cast filled with such fierce women. Huzzah.

THE ORIGINALS

Oh man, THIS SHOW. I used to watch the Vampire Diaries a while ago, but The Originals COMPLETELY blows it out of the park for me. Super compelling antiheroic characters, a lot of moral ambiguity, slow burn romance, and darkness galore. And now that Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars fame (!!!) has made it onto season 3, it is literally becoming everything I’ve ever wanted in a show. Also, can I just steal Klaus? He is actually the tragic, twisted antihero of my dreams.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

Absolutely no surprise. I get so into this show, it’s almost unreal. They just covered iconic dances throughout the years last night, and I’m not even ashamed to admit that I was super impressed with the Magic Mike routine. Like COME ON—making a rumba out of that is just straight up innovative.

STRANGE EMPIRE

I watched this show a while ago, but man did it stay with me. Seriously, it is SUCH a fantastic, dark Western with a cast of super strong and unique women trying to survive the lawless world they live in. I’m pretty sure I gobbled the entire season on Netflix in under a week because it was that good. And now I’m in mourning since it didn’t survive past the first season. Womp womp.

POLDARK

From the moment I saw the trailer for this show, I knew it was absolutely my cup of tea. It took so long to rent it from the library (the queue for it was RIDICULOUS), and now that I finally have it, watching alllllll the episodes was in order. Just to give you a sad little update, I started two days ago—I have ONE episode left. ‘TWAS THAT GOOD. Also, Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark is just pure TV magic. Just LOOK at that dreamy smile (which is rare, since he does go through a lot of tough shit in this miniseries). I also might be a little obsessed with his dashing flyaway hair.

THE GUILD

And FINALLY, saving the best for last: The Guild! I knew I had to watch this one after reading Felicia Day’s memoir, and it was such a surreal viewing experience knowing the origins of the show and her behind-the-scenes take on it. Also, the content was just hilarious. Super clever, truly nerdy, and unexpectedly poignant. It’s a show centered around gamers, but it goes so much more beyond that—and I was super sad when I had no more episodes left because the characters seriously grew on me. Nevertheless, this one DEFINITELY goes to the top of my list of standout shows this year, purely because it just encompassed so much of what I love, made me giggle-snort more times than I can count, and rocked all sorts of character arcs and development throughout the series.

Okay, enough TV. Hopefully my next couch-potato exploits I post on will be of the literary sort—especially with NaNoWriMo fast approaching! I’m already itching to write something new, and now it’s all about deciding where my imagination wants to go next . . .