TV Show

Westworld (2016-?)

Westworld (2016-?)

Network:

HBO

Starring:

Anthony Hopkins

Evan Rachel Wood

Jeffery Wright

Ed Harris

Thandie Newton

Plot:

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged without consequence.

Review:

I remember the first time I watched the Westworld movie. I was at my grandmother’s house looking through her boyfriends VHS tapes and I saw one with Westworld written on it. I liked westerns so I figured, sure why not. Holy shit, it was nothing like what I expected and it was awesome.

I think I’ve maybe watched the movie two times, but it has stuck with me and when I found out that HBO was doing a TV show I was excited. The longer it took to come out the more concerned I was, until I just tried to forget about it. However, since we decided to try out HBO I couldn’t not at least watch the first episode, right? So glad I did.

It took me longer than it probably should have to finish the season, but it’s not a show I can watch with my daughter around. It ended up being one of the few shows out there that I didn’t end up using my phone through, I loved it. It wasn’t like anything I expected, but I think I’m alright with that, though I do hope we see more of the other worlds at some point.

Anthony Hopkins character, Ford, always had me guessing whether he was good or bad, still not sure. Deloris, Evan Rachel Wood, was so innocent appearing and watching her realize what was happening to her was entertaining. Maeve, Thandie Newton, was a bit violent and unfeeling for my liking, but considering what she’d been put through it was understandable.

It wouldn’t be an HBO show without gratuitous sex scenes and even though I’m far from a prude I find them difficult to watch. Thankfully, the season wasn’t full of them so I only had about one an episode I had to look away through.

I only saw a couple of the revelations coming at the end and because of that really enjoyed it. I liked that last episode a lot and I can’t wait to see the next season, I’ll probably make sure we have HBO at the time so I can watch as it airs.

4.5/5

Supernatural Season 12 (2005-?)

Supernatural Season 12 (2005-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Eric Kripke

Starring:

Jensen Ackles

Jared Padalecki

Plot:

Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Review:

Oh my god that ending. The whole damn season had a pretty high body count, but that season finale gutted half the cast. I was honestly shocked, even though I know that not everyone will stay dead.

Really enjoyed this season. Dean, Jensen Ackles, got to kill Hitler, I wish they’d brought that up more through the season actually cause it was funny. I liked the addition of the British Men of Letters, especially since they were assholes. I also liked that their mom was there, even though she wasn’t in many episodes. The fact that they were finally captured and unable to escape from the government was funny.

I’m not one of the fans that keeps asking for a return to the monster of the week format. I like those episodes, but I enjoy the world and character growth more. Love that the brothers aren’t constantly at each other and distrusting and lying anymore, though, Dean still has that with Castiel, Misha Collins.

Really liked this season and it made me want to go back and rewatch the entire series, which is almost becoming a yearly thing. It’s gotten so long that I almost have to start as soon as I finish.

4.5/5

Jane the Virgin Season 3 (2014-?)

Jane the Virgin Season 3 (2014-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Jennie Snyder Urman

Starring:

Gina Rodriguez

Andrea Navedo

Yael Grobglas

Plot:

A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Review:

So the end of last season left me desperate to find out what happened. I was so excited to finally see Jane and Michael together and then, oh my god. I think the last time I cried that much was when Buffy’s mom died in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Holy shit it destroyed me, Jane’s sobbing tore at my soul.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the show anymore. I don’t think I was angry just concerned. I liked that they skipped ahead a few years, I don’t think I could have handled the grief and if they didn’t properly mourn long enough I would have been mad, because of the time skip we bypassed all that which was nice.

I enjoyed the second half of the season, maybe not as much as the first, but I still really liked it. However, I’m not sure what I feel about that ending. I think I would have preferred she got together with someone she’d never known before, I don’t know if I want a past love showing up. We’ll see what happens.

4/5

Anne with an E

Anne with an E

Network:

Netflix & CBC Television

Starring:

Amybeth McNulty

Geraldine James

R.H. Thomson

Plot:

The adventures of a young orphaned girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

Review:

So back in the day I watched the CBC miniseries Anne of Green Gables, then Anne of Avonlea, and freaking loved them. I read the books, liked them not as much but still a lot. So when I saw that there was going to be a new series I was super excited.

This is nothing like the miniseries starring Megan Follows, but I’m fine with that. In fact I’m glad that they did their own thing and stuck more to the source material, it meant that after the first half hour or so I stopped trying to compare the two. It has been a while since I read the books so I could be wrong on that though.

Anne was just as odd as ever. I thought that the actors that played Marilla and Matthew were perfect and it was so easy to see how great an impact Anne made on their lives for the better. It was less obvious, even by the end, the impact they were making on Anne but I’m hoping that will show up in later seasons.

That’s honestly my major concern right now, will it be picked up for more seasons. I hope so, I want to see this story continue through this new lense and with these new actors.

4/5

Silicon Valley Season 1 (2014-?)

Silicon Valley Season 1 (2014-?)

Network:

HBO

Creator:

Mike Judge

John Altshuler

Dave Krinsky

Starring:

Thomas Middleditch

T.J. Miller

Josh Brener

Plot:

Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a silicon valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper

Review:

I’ve wanted to watch this show for a while, but have a hard time paying for a premium channel for only a handful of shows that I only kind of want to watch. Using Amazons free 7 day trial though I was finally able to watch and I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up paying for at least one month of the service.

Anyway, watching this with my husband he and I both kept saying just how true to life everything was. Neither of us has worked in Silicon Valley, but we’ve both worked in and for tech companies. I’ve never met programmers quiet as awkward as Richard, Thomas Middleditch, most of the ones I knew were total douche bags, but I could see pieces of him in a collection of men so it’s not unrealistic.

From the very beginning I just knew he was going to be taken advantage of and I was screaming at the screen for him not to do things, my mothering instinct is very strong lol, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ending of the first season. Things didn’t work out perfectly, but they did work out. I like that, I like having hope, and not just a constant dumping ground of everything going wrong.

Also, this show is freaking hilarious, that last episode especially. Looking forward to watching the rest of the seasons available.

4/5