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What I’m Watching: October

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This month on What I’m Watching we see the return of a guilty pleasure, a new discovery from Netflix, and a.. Uh… new Discovery.

Yes, it’s that time of the year, my favourite time of the year (ok, not really but in terms of tv it is) where my favourite shows come back on air and new shows are unleashed upon the world! Just in time to get all cosied up with the darker weather, no less.

After all, is there anything more perfect than nursing a hot cup of tea, buried beneath a fluffy blanket whilst watching an endless parade of your favourite TV shows? They might call it binge watching, but I call it “being entertained”.

That being said, my life does get a lot more active in the cooler months. Gone is the fear of a unintentional tanning and exposed tuckshop lady arms (mine, not anyone else’s)! It’s the season for long sleeves, deep hues and colourful leaves crunching underneath boots!

Although, I live in Glasgow so our colourful leaves are soggy more often than not so…

Onto this months list!

Riverdale


This show is such a guilty pleasure! The acting is terrible. The script is terrible. The characters are terrible. However, I can’t not watch it, and Queen Cheryl is amazing.

This season, so far, it looks as though they have given up on Archie’s fledgling music career which was honestly the most eyeroll inducing aspect of the first season. However, just like the first season, there’s plenty of drama and dramatics, Veronica being annoying, and JugHead being weird, a weirdo.

For me however the parents and their stories is far more entertaining than Archie and whatever the teenagers are getting up to (like really confusing shower-sex scenes. Who the fuck wears a pearl necklace and bracelet in a shower? Let a boy mourn, Veronica!!). I want to know more about Betty’s mums history on the South Side, I want to Hermione to smack Veronica upside the head verbally!

Anyhoo, on an even more exciting note- something wicked this way comes and we’ll finally be seeing Sabrina in Season 2.5!

The Good Place

I actually only found out about this show a couple of weeks ago when Netflix suggested it to me, and it is currently airing Season 2: it is such a fun and easy watch, I binged the whole first season over two days during my recent break.

The premise is set in “The Good Place”, you know, the place we all hope to go after we die! It’s heavy on metaphysical beings, ethics, party planning, pretty visuals and fun – who could ask for more from a TV show?

If you’re like me and like your comedy a little bit weird, then this one is for you!

Star Trek: Discovery

We all know how fond I am of Star Trek, and so needless to say I was very much looking forward to this release. Yet, episode 1 and 2 left me disappointed – the protagonist was incredibly unlikable and I just. didn’t. care.

However, I persevered and continued to watch and it was more than worth the effort!

This show is visually spectacular, has mystery and mayhem, and characters that even after so few episodes are already quite developed in their relationships.

See, most of the older Treks all start at the beginning of a crew’s journey together, whereas on Discovery they’ve already been working together for 6 months. It provides a different view, a different form of characterisation which I think sets this Trek apart.

It is also breaking boundaries with the characters themselves thanks to characters such as Tyler, Tilly, Stamets, and even Lorca to an extent. I won’t spoil anything here in regards to this, but it helps appeal Trek to a much broader audience than previously.

If you have been umming and ahing over watching this, I highly recommend it – with strong scripts, acting and visuals it leaves very little to be disappointed by… if you can get through the first two episodes and still muster up the strength to care.

As gorgeous as this is though, I’m still bitter though we didn’t find out what happened after the Dominion War in DS9 and Janeway going all renegade in Voyager. I feel there was so much more to explore in that Trek-verse, however am still thoroughly enjoying this reboot.


What are you watching this month? What shows are back that you’ve been missing, or what new shoes have you discovered?

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  • Are we the same person because I love Star Trek AND Riverdale. Archie is such a babe!

    I tried watching The Good Place when it first started on US TV but wasn’t overly fussed. I will give it a re-try though as per your recommendation.

    Liam
    http://www.liams-life.co.uk
    xx

    • It’s just a good “in the background” type of show, y’know?

      But yay! Finally someone I can gossip about Riverdale with!!! 😀 😀

    • It’s just a good “in the background” type of show, y’know?

      But yay! Finally someone I can gossip about Riverdale with!!! 😀 😀

  • I keep meaning to watch The Good Place because I’m a huge Kristen Bell fan. It’s on my list!

    • enniya

      Do it! Once you start it’s hard to stop because it’s such an easy, quick watch 🙂
      The characters are really great. I love them all. My favorite might be Tahani, though.

    • It is so much fun!

  • enniya

    Haha Riverdale is a guilty pleasure. I don’t think I can do the whole weekly tune-in thing, though. I’m not dedicated enough! And sometimes nothing happens in an episode so binging it feels more rewarding. And adults are generally fun because they add a different dimension. I think the reason Arrow went downhill fast was because after a while, they basically killed off all the adults which took away a chunk of the drama that wasn’t just about crime fighting. I love The Good Place. I binge-watched it twice in a row on Netflix and am watching that weekly on NBC, too. Fall is such a great season for shows!

    • I do prefer to binge watch, especially slow-burners like Riverdale, but I am so insatiable for the drama that I can’t resist!!
      I have never watched Arrow, not sure I’m going to after your review though haha!
      Have you watched Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? I think you’d like it 😊

      • enniya

        Yeah, Arrow… isn’t great, haha. Ooh, thanks for the recommendation. I’ll take a look at it! 🙂

  • Cassiefairy

    Ooh thanks for these recommendations, I’m always looking for new things to watch on Netflix. I do like a weird comedy so I’m going to try The Good Place next! Have you watched Schitt’s Creek? I’d call that a weird comedy too 😉

    • I have never seen it, but have heard of it! I will add it to my ever-growing list 🙂
      You might also enjoy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend which is another comedy favourite of mine xx

  • Damn, Girl

    THE GOOD PLACE! So fucking good!! I have seen every episode and I loooove it! My guilty pleasure is still “charmed” I like the 90’s clothes, I like the boobs, I like the horrible rhyming spells.

    • I used to love Charmed! It was just. So. Nineties. 😊

  • Can I just say, there is a wonderful Bry-dian slip in your final paragraph? You are wonderful.

    We finished season one of The Good Place on our first night in Toronto, which means it goes on my October roundup too – but, given I’m meant to be writing the September one right now (I’m so tiiiiiiiiiired!) no promises about when you’ll see that. I adore Parks and Recreation though, so another Michael Schur show was always going to be a hit.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    • Hahaha oh my! I guess we all know where my mind goes when I’m writing!!! 😅
      Oh, I didn’t know the same person was behind both shows – I love Parks and Rec!! No wonder I’m enjoying it so much 😊