I’m so happy to find out people use RSS feed readers still! I’m also happy it works after so much chaos with my website. But, I’m embarrassed that none of you still feel so much anger at the demise of Google Reader that you can’t even think about RSS feeds without sobbing. I AM STILL SOBBING OVER LOSING GOOGLE READER.
But seriously, I might be ready to move past my hurt. Is there a feed reader I can use on my phone? Am I totally an old for even asking that question?
Now…for TV talk…
During 2020 I relied on a lot of feel-good stuff, or stuff I had seen before. Between the pandemic and taking care of Mom I found myself rewatching Schitt’s Creek and Shadowhunters and Twilight over and over again as some sort of salve on my anxious soul. I also rewatched all of my favorite movies like White House Down and Knight’s Tale. I didn’t get into the things everyone else was getting into like Tiger King. And while I’m not doing only that anymore…the theme of reliable/predictable still stands. Maybe with a little bit of emotion thrown in for good measure.
I still have not gotten into a lot of the TV or movies that anyone else seems to be picking up or enjoying. Obviously Ted Lasso is the exception and I’m thrilled that GBBO is back. But there’s a lot of other stuff out there I’d probably be enjoying if it had come out two or three years ago. Like What We Do In The Shadows or any of the Mike Flanagan creations (Bly Manor and Haunting of Hill House). It’s weird because I see all of that stuff and I think: Kim would really like those shows.
But Kim has no desire to try. And when she does she never sticks with it.
I am trying, though, because Donnie still really likes to watch TV together at night and so we try some shows and I’ll stick with them because it’s something we do together, but honestly? If it wasn’t for him wanting something to watch? I’m not sure I’d watch much anymore.
I feel like I should I should divide the TV I’ve been watching into two categories:
- Stuff Kim Watches On Her Own Because She Really Enjoys It and
- Stuff Kim Watches With Donnie But Would Not Watch If He Did Not Like Watching TV Together Every Night. Which doesn’t mean the shows are not good, they are, I’m just apathetic about ALL television right now. So me putting a shows on this list, even if it’s a list of apathy, means it made it through despited my apathy.
In that first category it’s: Ted Lasso and GBBO. If you’re not watching Ted Lasso, you really should give it a try. I know we’ve hit the cycle of popularity where now it’s so popular it’s kinda cool to not like it, but I’ve never watched a show that deals with grief or loss or even anxiety as beautifully as this show does. Also? I want every female friendship on every show to model after Rebecca and Keeley. They are my favorites.
But we’re here to talk about the shows in that second category, shows I’m not sure I’d watch if I wasn’t watching them with Donnie. But since we watched them, I have thoughts to share! We recently finished Home Before Dark which I enjoyed, although you have to definitely suspend some disbelief as the show tries to balance the kid-investigator feeling of Stranger Things with some serious journalism/criminal investigation storylines that kinda seem silly when the kids are solving the mysteries. We called it the “Little Girl Crime Fighter Show” which is how it was best, in my opinion, because some of the adult storylines made it hard to get into the kid stuff.
In the end, though, it was a sweet show about family and grief and I enjoyed it.
We also watched Jupiter’s Legacy which was…okay? I liked the concept and I love Josh Duhamel but…I don’t know. It felt clunky at times and season one ended in a cliffhanger and then the show got cancelled so I’m not sure I could recommend it in good faith.
We started watching The Nevers before I knew it was a Joss Whedon show and I enjoyed it at first, although I did get some icky feelings about some of the weird Male-Gaze-Based fight scenes but then I learned about his involvement and was like…Oh that explains a lot. It does seem like though that the negative media around him as people who worked with him in the past come out to discuss their experiences came mid-production and he stopped his work on the show after a few episodes.
It’s an interesting show with an interesting concept and some REALLY REALLY REALLY fun characters. But…the mystery/lore/world-building is a bit confusion and convoluted at times. Just when you think you understand it, they change it again. I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on the show but if you like steampunk and badass females fighting in corsets? This show is for you.
Donnie sold me on Doom Patrol by telling me it had Brendan Fraser in it. WHO I HAVE LOVED SINCE MRS. WINTERBOURNE. But, he is mostly there in voice and in flashbacks because his character currently is a robot acted by Riley Shanahan who Fraser never misses an opportunity to credit. Which makes me love him EVEN MORE.
The show is a mix of profanity/vulgarity of Deadpool with the Team Of Misfits feel of everything from Goonies to Stranger Things with a little bit of darkness thrown in. The 3rd season of the show just started and I’m enjoying it. Again – I’m not sure I would watch this (or any of the above shows) if Donnie wasn’t also watching them…but I think this one I probably would stick with. Sometimes it’s a little dark for me, but there’s also enough silly to it throughout that I still smile in most episodes at something. Brendan Fraser script is basically him screaming the F word constantly and it’s hilarious.
I also love the character Rita. I’m excited because it seems like season 3 may have a spotlight on her and I love that!
Donnie just introduced me to What If… which is a cartoon that reimagines some of the Marvel stories and it is REALLY fun. They’re all stand alone episodes and I think it will be one we revisit periodically. It requires ZERO commitment and honestly, even if you only know the basics of the Marvel stories I think you’d still enjoy it. If you have kids who like Marvel movies this might be a fun one to introduce them to because it definitely is fun to consider!
So that’s basically all I’ve watched in 2021. Donnie has tried to get me into a handful of other things (like the aforementioned Mike Flanagan stuff) that I’ve watched an episode or two of and then abandoned. As you can see there’s definitely a theme to what I like…action/superhero being the dominant theme. But I’ve kinda always turned to that stuff as my dependable source of entertainment which is why Donnie keeps bringing me those shows to try.
What are you watching? Or have you been watching?