It’s January, which officially starts my post-Christmas hibernation. Be it tightened purse strings or sheer exhaustion from the holiday season, the cold dark nights or the fact that I just want to be a little lazy for a month, I’m indoors, and I’m staying there until the Spring! Who’s with me?
So of course, a fair bit of TV is going to be watched.
Making a Murderer
I’ll start with the one on everyone's currently watching list and get it out the way, shall I? You can’t stand at a bus stop these days without someone asking if Steven Avery did it…did he? A friend mentioned it to me so over the New Years weekend when my hibernating really began I popped on episode one, and promptly binged all 10 episodes over 3 days, coming out of it angry and with a BA in criminal law. From start to finish I laughed at the idiocy of the Manitowoc County Police Department and cried at the heartbreaking pain both families where being put through. Some people hate it when things suddenly become ‘popular’ on Netflix but I love it, if it hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have found out about this one - it’s even gone as high as Obama. The power of Netflix!
If it involves Marvel and David Tennent it gets my attention. I’d put off watching this one for a while after being on a huge DC Comic binge-watching session of The Flash and Arrow but we finally got around the sticking this one on and so far, so good. I don’t think it’s my favourite Marvel one, but I do love anything and everything David Tennent is in, and he plays a really creepy, bad guy in this - and I’m ok with that!
Flesh and Bone
We caved and subscribed to Amazon Prime this month, preparing for our hibernation. I actually thought Flesh and Bone was going to be a documentary but it turns out it is this really fracked up, twisted, dark, drama about the stereotypical goings on of a New York ballet school; pain, anxiety, anorexia, self-mutilation, incestuous siblings, overly touchy teachers, strippers and being coerced into sleeping with financial support. All wrapped up on pointe in baby pink pumps.
Parks and Recreation
If ever someone throws a quote at me and I’ve no idea what it’s from, turns out it's always from this show! It’s bloody brilliant. Based in the fictitious town of Pawnee, it follows the city council's Parks and Recreation department on all kinds of hilarious adventures. It has a similar but grown up version of humour to Community, and some heart-breaking scenes, and some of the best on screen, non-sexual chemistry between a cast I’ve ever seen. Each episode is only 20 minutes long but you can never watch just one - yes Netflix, I am still alive, breathing and watching, play on!
I’ve been watching this show since that start 5/6 years ago, about the strange goings-on in a small town in Maine, where some people have almost super human, magical abilities they call troubles and one woman keeps coming through time to help the town and save it’s residents from the more destructive of these troubles. The last ever episode aired last night and I’m so scared to watch it and see it all come to an end. I’m always worried that shows I’ve really invested in will have really crap, lack lustre, or let’s tie off every story arc we ever started in an hour, episodes. Plus, I don’t like things coming to an end, I don’t like saying goodbye, not even to fictional characters.
Last but not least, this gut wrenching, heart breaking, what the HELL is wrong with the world documentary. We watched this on New Years eve, not knowing what it was about, and I saw in 2016 in floods of tears and ranting at the tv. When Dr Andrew Bagby is found dead in a car park, friends and family from across the globe come together in mourning. They then discover his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his child. His friend and avid filmmaker Kurt goes out to find all the people who ever knew Andrew and collect stories about the father his son will never know. What happens next is not only shocking, but sickening and anger inducing. You’ll want the tissues and wine handy for this one!
What have you been curled up on the couch watching lately?
Until next time,