Good morning/afternoon/evening, and welcome to this brand new feature that I’m trying out on the site. Since, evidently, I am not the best at putting out regular content, I have found it easier to combine several topics into a single post. So rather than making a single post for every show/movie I’ve been watching lately, I will just make periodical posts about groups of things I’ve been watching.
Currently, TV-wise, I have been watching an eclectic selection of shows; Orange is the New Black, Arrested Development, Atlanta and Suits.
I am extremely late to this show and I’m not completely caught up yet, but I’m midway through the third season. I have to say I see why the show has been hyped up so much. It definitely lives up to it. I love how diverse the show is and how we get to see the backstory of a lot of the characters. I also love how convincingly portrayed the characters are; they don’t seen unrealistic or forced. The character dynamics and camaraderie is great which makes for, what seems seems to be, an authentic representation of a woman’s prison. My only criticism is, and I know so many people have raised this issue already, but Piper’s character is a bit underwhelming to be considered as the main protagonist. I feel like the writers of the show are aware of this as meta commentary often slips into the remarks of some of the secondary characters in regards to her portrayal as the white, privileged, middle-class female who is obsessed with wanting everyone to think she is a good person. I think they did start to improve this by developing the characters surrounding her and making sure we got to know all of their backstories equally, so they did make up for it. On another note, I just wanted to say that the ‘Vee’ character was an abysmal character, and I’m glad she is no longer in the show. Her presence was putting a dampener on the whole dynamic of the show, in my opinion. But the good thing about this show is the fact that it has a rotating cast, which is reflective of the environment it is set in. Prisoners will all have different sentence lengths so it allows for characters to enter and exit the show regularly.
There are two things I like about this show. I like the mockumentary style of the show; the narration, the following each different character’s daily activities and the camerawork. As a side note; I’m not sure whether it’s intentional but I’ve noticed that the microphone is visible in shot in several scenes in the show. Either way, it adds to the style.
The second thing I like about the show is the ironic brand of humour; a style we would later see in shows like Parks and Recreation and Archer. I love the absurd situations the character always seem to find themselves in. The type of situations you wouldn’t even bother explaining because you know the other person wouldn’t believe you. Another thing that I like about the show is that since I began watching Archer before Arrested Development, I couldn’t get over the fact that Jessica Walter didn’t change her voice at all for her character, Malory Archer, in the series.
Although it’s a brand new show, Atlanta already has that atmospheric feel of a show you’ve lived with for a while; the feeling that you get when you are truly transported into the environment of the show because it is effortlessly characterised. I find this a lot in shows and movies where, objectively, not a lot happens plot-wise, but yet you leave feeling like you know and can relate to the characters a little better. This show is one of them. Donald Glover is great as Earn, a hard done by father of a young daughter, who lives with his child’s mother, although they are separated. The show follows Earn as he tries to manage his rapper cousin Paperboi, after he scores an unexpected underground hit. I love how the show balances comedic elements with a serious undertone. It’s raised questions about society’s attitude towards mental health, as well as the struggles that come with working in a low paid job while having to provide for those around you. Glover has really come a long way from his Community days.
An instant favourite of mine, Suits is a witty legal dramedy which follows Mike, a formal professional exam scammer (he would use his natural talent for retaining knowledge to take exams for people for money), who finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, and manages to score a job at a top law firm. But the condition is that he must keep it under wraps that he doesn’t actually have a law degree. Under the wing of the pseudo-self absorbed, Harvey Spector, Mike must navigate his way around the law, but on the other side of the table. All in all the show is a great watch; it’s biggest asset for me is that it is fast moving and doesn’t get stagnant. It keeps you on your toes, and therefore keeps you entertained. I’m still on the first season, but as of yet, I have no complaints about the show.
I haven’t really been watching many films lately, although I did watch one earlier today;
I’m going to say from the jump that I’m a huge fan of the way the film juxtaposes the violence of the criminals, with the genuine niceness of people of the suburb. Had this movie been written any other way, it would definitely be mentally scarring. The acting is impeccable, the accents are endearing and the movie is a gem. a definite new favourite for me.
That just about wraps up the first edition of ‘What I’ve Been Watching’, you’ll have to keep watching to see whether I continue this series, though.