Television

What I’ve Been Watching: August TV Round-Up

It’s been a while since I posted about the TV shows I’ve been watching lately, so I thought I’d write this blog post to sum up my thoughts on some of the shows I’ve been watching lately.

Season Finales

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a harrowing and impactful dystopian drama based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. It’s set in a world where a fertility crisis has led to fertile women being rounded-up and forced to serve wealthy families, their sole purpose in society being to become impregnated and bear children for the wealthy.

This show was simply incredible. While it took me a couple of episodes to warm to, since the tone is so dark and harrowing, this series really grew to have a real impact on me. I became so invested in Offred’s story, and so enraged by everything that was happening to her and to the rest of the women in Gilead. I’m now completely convinced that I need to read Margaret Atwood’s novel, which the show was adapted from. This show is a must-watch.

Rating: 5/5

Poldark, Season 3

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Another series which aired a season finale recently was PoldarkPoldark is a drama set in late 18th century Cornwall, which follows Ross Poldark, who returns from war to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and his previous sweetheart engaged to his cousin. The story follows the dramatic lives of Ross and other characters, with themes of romance, betrayal, wealth, and power.

This show is kind of a guilty pleasure for me, since it’s not the kind of thing I’d usually watch. This season had some shocking moments, and I can’t pretend I didn’t live for all the illicit affairs, forbidden romance, and general drama. It was a good series, and I felt very invested in a couple of the new storylines.

Rating: 4/5

New Discoveries

Rick and Morty

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I’ve recently been introduced to Rick and Morty, and how did I not hear about this series sooner?! Rick and Morty is an animated sci-fi sitcom that follows the adventures of a mad scientist who can use his portal gun to travel across the galaxy, and his grandson. Each episode, the pair become wrapped up in some new crazy adventure and inevitably end up in a whole world of trouble.

Over the last month, I’ve caught up on seasons one and two of this unusual and funny animated series, and I’m now onto season three, which is currently airing. This show is so funny and so easy to watch, so it makes for some great light relief. It’s also such a pleasant surprise to me, since I very rarely watch any adult animated series. Overall, this series is great fun and I would definitely recommend it.

Old Favourites

Game of Thrones, Season 7

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, Game of Thrones is the fantasy series everyone’s been talking about for the last few years. It’s filled with dragons, betrayal, magic, sex, violence, death, politics, and even ice zombies. 

As a Game of Thrones superfan, one of the highlights of my week at the moment is waking up every Monday morning to a new episodeThis series has had a couple of strong episodes, and one in particular that I absolutely loved. I’m enjoying seeing a lot more of the dragons this season, and while some of the writing has felt a little off to me, I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.

Jessica Jones, Season 1

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I’ve just started re-watching season one of Jessica Jones and I still think it’s amazing. The series follows the deeply flawed, heavy-drinking anti-hero and private investigator Jessica Jones, who takes up the mantle of hero when she learns that an old and dangerous enemy has returned to Hell’s Kitchen, New York.

I love Krysten Ritter and David Tennant in this, and I’m still very impressed by the cinematography, the use of colour, and the suspense in this series. I love the character of Jessica Jones, who is a damaged and realistic superhero, and is completely different than any of the other superheroes in TV and film at the moment. I don’t often re-watch a series, so it speaks very highly of Jessica Jones that I’m still loving it the second time around.

 

If you enjoyed this round-up, give it a like or leave me a comment, and maybe I’ll make this a monthly or bi-monthly occurrence! And let me know what you’ve been watching – I’d love some recommendations.

4 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Watching: August TV Round-Up”

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale was incredible. One of the year’s top shows for sure. I was a big fan of Jessica Jones too. I’m not really into superheroes, so I really liked what her character brought to the genre. I’m a sucker for good private eye fiction, so that helped a lot. Plus the sarcasm. I loved the sarcasm.

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  2. I really want to watch The Handmaid’s Tale! I’m reading the novel soon for uni and think I should watch the tv show too. I’m also really intrigued to see what it’s about 🙂

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