TV Binges Take 2!

It’s a topic we like to revisit because…well with all this time indoors the television has become a very, very good friend. When your family are driving you nuts, when you’ve had enough of Zoom Quizzes and housework there’s nothing better than slumping on the sofa and losing yourself in an evening of binging on shows.

The binge culture has meant that we all seem to sail through an entire season in a matter of days, which means it’s always time for a new show and thankfully there is an unending amount of screen time waiting in the wings. It has become a question we all ask our friends often “what are you watching right now?” So I thought we’d update you on our new favourite shows, or at least what we’ve been watching in the hopes that we give you some inspiration for your own viewing pleasure! You’re welcome.

Gill

“I’m so behind on TV shows right now. Despite lockdown we just don’t have the time, and when we do we are lucky to stay awake to watch anything! I only just managed to catch up with Season 2 of ‘Big Little Lies’ (HBO, not Netflix) from June 2019. I also loved Ricky Gervais’ ‘After Life’ Season 2! I cried the whole way through but what a brilliant show; dark and moving yet funny at the same time.

AWAY (L to R) MARK IVANIR as MISHA POPOV, HILARY SWANK as EMMA GREEN, and RAY PANTHAKI as RAM ARYA, in episode 101 of AWAY. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020

I enjoyed sci-fi series ‘Away’, am currently watching Sarah Paulson’s ‘Ratched’ and I’m looking forward to ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Season 2 (AKA ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’) in October.”

Yes Gill I’m looking forward to watching ‘Ratched’ but sadly Gary and I can’t recommend ‘Away’. We watched about 5 episodes in a row and then had no wish to watch anymore. We found it a little slow and overly sentimental. I am envious of you being able to watch horrors though. Gary won’t watch any horror shows with me any more as I get very jumpy and have been known to injure him in the past through fear. And since I won’t watch them alone I may have to kiss goodbye for now.

Jean

“I hadn’t seen the first part of the 6th season of ‘Vikings’ since it aired I think last December to this February, so I went back to previous seasons to refresh before watching. Can’t get enough of this show, though I will say (spoiler if you haven’t watched it or know the story then don’t read the rest of this paragraph) after Ragnar died, it was a little hard to like any of the sons of Ragnar, well save for Bjorn Ironside. Anyhow, I can’t wait for the second part of the 6th season (final) to air!

Other shows that aren’t on Netflix, but that I’ve streamed are ‘The Block’ (Australia) Season 14. If you haven’t seen it, it’s reality TV where 5 teams of 2 renovate a building, working on their own apartments while competing for not only the best room after each week but to see who eventually makes more at auction at the end of the show. It’s a nice escape and fun to watch people (hopefully) get better at their designs, etc.

Of course another favourite of mine is ‘Forged in Fire’ (again not on Netflix). There was a short season (about 6 episodes) called Beat the Judges. It’s a show basically on forging/ recreating knives, swords, axes, etc. and it was nice to see contestants go up against those that critique them all the time. 

What I’m currently looking forward to is the second season of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, I’ve been waiting since I finished the first season when it came out last year. It’s up now, but I haven’t sat down to watch it yet.

That’s pretty much it for me, well binge wise haha”.

I totally agree with Jean there. I took a break from Vikings at the same point he did, but I’m so glad I went back to it as it is such an epic show with really incredible character and world building. If you haven’t seen it then get it on your watch list and if you did watch it but stopped when we both did, then definitely make the effort to get back into it as you won’t be disappointed! 

Will

With a 16-month old at home and a very big “Humanity” project to run, there really hasn’t been time to “binge watch” Netflix series like everybody else. I heard Gary watched Umbrella Academy Season 2 in one sitting – and I’m pretty sure Louise has done that with all of the Modern Family series again…

But over the past few months, Gill and I viewed “Cursed” – a cringe teenage acting TV adaptation based on the King Arthur legend (I called it “D&D meets Twilight”), a bizarre action packed series called “Warrior Nun” (if you haven’t seen it, it’s exactly what you think it is) and the always-funny “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for a good laugh in 20-mins segments!

Then we got into a new highly recommended series called ‘Dark’ which has it all: drama, mystery, sci-fi and that ‘Stranger Things’ feel to it! We can only get in an episode or two in after lengthy work days and raising a beautiful boy. With my math, there’s 3 seasons available containing 26 episodes…so we finished watching that around September, right in time for Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 2 starring Karl Urban (who we met at Dubai’s Comic Con a couple of years back). Can’t wait to see what happens in the end…like the fact it’s not all released in the same day so it leave anticipation for the following week!

Following that, I will be patiently waiting for the next season of ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ and brand new highly anticipated Marvel series ‘WandaVision’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ all on Disney Plus at some point later this year!”

Hahahah I’m afraid you have me all wrong on the ‘Modern Family’, Will. I rewatched it up to Season 2 but still haven’t seen any of the newer episodes, so will keep plodding along with that. I loved ‘Umbrella Academy’ too and was devastated each time I reached the end of the season knowing we have to wait so long for more. And yes ‘The Boys’ was epic. Gary and I did binge that for sure.

Gary

I am watching ‘Norsemen’ which is stupid funny, basically taking the piss out of the very successful other Netflix show, ‘Vikings’, which I still have to watch. I also am revisiting the past by watching cult classic movies from the 80’s and 90’s. I just watched a bunch of Harrison Ford and Christopher Nolan films for some reason, but they were all excellent. I just wish Momento was on Netflix UAE.

I’m watching ‘The Boys’ on Amazon Prime (because who isn’t?) and ‘Raised by Wolves’. I think that’s HBO Max (and the only reason for HBO Max is the upcoming Snyder Cut, and Raised by Wolves, which is cool), and finally watching ‘Ted Lasso’ on Apple TV+. 

Yes I have all the subscriptions a boy could ask for, and they are all excellent.”

Gary and I don’t always watch the same shows, but there are a lot of things we love and ‘Raised By Wolves’ directed by Ridley Scott has been a weird but addictively entertaining offering. It won’t be everyones cup of tea but I’m dying to know more.

For a bit of light-hearted comedy I have been rewatching ‘New Girl’. It really makes me laugh out loud and brings me so much joy when I plop it on to watch whilst eating lunch. Shmidt is hilarious and Nick and Winston also crack me up. I also watched ‘Cobra Kai’ the follow up from the original Karate Kid movies with actors from the 1980’s classics of our childhood. It was awful and great all at once, but the nostalgia was great and that’s all I’ll say about that. 

NEW GIRL: Schmidt (Max Greenfield, C), Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr., L) and Winston (Lamorne Morris, R) visit their neighbors in the “Goldmine” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Taylor/FOX

Additionally, as it’s been pretty low times with all the Covid crap, Rosie my daughter has been asking to watch Christmas Movies together as it’s a weird over the top love we share. So ‘Elf’, ‘Klaus’, ‘Arthur Christmas’ and some cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies have all graced our screens as well as the amazing Studio Ghibli animations we love like ‘Ponyo’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. 

The Devil All the Time

I fancy watching ‘The Devil all The Time’ as the cast looks fab and it looks intriguing and dark which I generally enjoy. Another thing on my watch list is a documentary I have been told to watch time and again by different friends; ‘My Octopus Teacher’ about a South African and his rapport with an octopus of all things and how it changes his outlook on life. It looks incredible and I can’t wait to see how this little octopus has such a profound effect on this man and everyone who seems to have watched this documentary.

Well I hope we’ve given you some ideas of things to watch and if you have any recommendations then please pass them on to us.

Stay safe guys,

See you next week!

Louise

The Boxtones

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