I’m not the biggest movie fan. I prefer TV series where I can have many episodes to be fully invested in the stories and fall in love with the characters. So when I’m not reading, you can usually find me watching TV in my spare time. Well, not really watching TV, because who watches TV anymore when we have Netflix?
But my point is, I watch quite a few series (maybe not as much as other people, but still), and I always take notes when I do. That’s why my phone’s note app is always hard to navigate, especially when I’m trying to find something important 🙂 . Since today is Popcorn Day, I’ve decided to write reviews for the shows I’ve seen (instead of my usual ’10 movies I want to watch this year) and maybe see if any of you has seen it too!
Mini Review #1
Title: The Shannara Chronicles
Based on the best-selling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks, `The Shannara Chronicles’ follows heroes in the Four Lands as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the universe.
Thousands of years after the fall of humankind, the world’s fate rests on the shoulders of an unlikely trio: Elvin Princess Amberle, who dreams of a life outside of the palace walls; beautiful, wild and wily Human Rover Eretria, and half-elf Wil, who knows nothing of the great destiny that runs through his veins. Later, a mysterious woman named Mareth joins the fight.
I started watching The Shannara Chronicles in 2016, the year the first season was released, and I really enjoyed watching the show and recommended it to my friend so we could watch together. I was never Wil’s (the main character) biggest fan but I enjoyed the story. I liked seeing snippets of the past in what I assume is a post-apocalyptic world where humans aren’t really the dominant species anymore. Princess Amberle and Eretria are great heroines and each of them has their own journey they have to go through which makes the show all the more interesting.
But while I liked the first season a lot, I could tell from the beginning of season 2 that I wouldn’t like it as much. I’m not invested in the story and while I loved the additions to the cast, I couldn’t really immerse myself in the adventure like I could in season 1. I thought the plot isn’t as tight as it could be and the multiple plotlines made me less interested instead of intrigued.
It didn’t take me long to get through the first season, but the second season took me ages! It was released in 2017, but I didn’t finish watching it until December 2018. I would end up getting bored and distracted and then watch something else instead. I’m most likely not going to watch season 3 (if there is even a season 3). I’d rate the first season 4 Stars and the second season 2 stars, so I’ll just take the average and rate The Shannara Chronicles 3 stars.
Mini Review #2
Title: Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom / Eternal Love
Bai Qian is a fox goddess from Qing Qiu who pretends to be a young man named Si Yin in order to come under the tutelage of Mo Yuan, the God of War.
Tens and thousands of years later, she is rendered powerless as a human named Su Su and falls into a sweeping romance with Ye Hua, the crown prince of the heavenly realm. Another chunk of time passes and Bai Qian regains her status as an immortal, meeting Ye Hua for the first time once more.
Growing up, I’ve watched my fair share of Asian dramas, my favorite being Huan Zhu Ge Ge (Princess Returning Pearl) which is a hilarious show that I think everyone should watch at least once in their lives. But I also know that a lot of these dramas center around romance, which I’m not the biggest fan of. So when my sister suggested watching Eternal Love, I was skeptical and didn’t have high expectations because it literally says Love in the title. And plus, I thought the summary is kind of confusing.
Fortunately for me, this show is actually really exciting! It’s super rich in Chinese mythology, exploring immortals from heaven and the Ghost Realm. It’s very interesting because people from Heaven are not always good and people from the Ghost Realm are not always bad, they’re just… people. Their homes are not indicative of their nature. When I started watching Eternal Love, I was expecting the love story to take over the entire plot. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this show is more complex than I gave it credit for.
The characters are amazingly written, each one realistically flawed despite being immortals/gods and all of them are likable, with the exceptions of the villains who we’re not supposed to root for anyway. The world is lush and magical, with clear distinctions of the different places and cultures, and even if some of the special effects are great, it didn’t bother me because I was way too invested in the story at that point.
I do have to say that despite the great build up, I was disappointed in the last few episodes. I feel like the story was set up to be something incredible, but suddenly they started racing toward the finish line and the resolution felt very rushed and unsatisfying. Other than that, I highly enjoyed watching Eternal Love. I think the actors did a wonderful job, the main characters had great chemistry and the show took me on a roller coaster ride with its action, comedy and heartbreaking moments. With nearly 60 episodes, it could be a bit much for some people, but since there is only one season, think of it like binge-watching all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones in preparation for the final one 🙂
Mini Review #3
Title: Nailed It!
Home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re- creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part reality contest, part hot mess.
As a (now graduated) culinary student, I LOVE watching cooking shows. Do I try to recreate the dishes? Not really. But I love watching them anyway. So when I saw the description for Nailed It on Netflix, I was curious. I thought this would be a great show, getting home cooks to recreate professional cakes and desserts. It would be a great way to learn new tips and tricks about baking, especially since I didn’t major in pastry. And while I did learn new things from Nailed It, what I got from the show is comedy more than anything else 🙂
It really never occurred to me that things I’ve always thought were common sense are not the same as what other people think. Mostly, I get upset whenever people forget to butter the pan or use baking paper. Sometimes I question if some of the contestants are actually that bad, because if they want to be on a show, chances are they’ve seen season 1, right? So it confuses me when season 2 rolls around and people still don’t butter the pan.
But! I still really enjoy the show. I love seeing the contestants try their best to replicate a super complicated cake. And even though I definitely wouldn’t be able to do it perfectly either, I enjoy watching the step-by-step of a Pinterest fail, and the commentary is always funny. Mostly, I enjoy watching Nailed It when I’m on my period and experiencing mood swings just so I have an outlet to vent my frustrations that isn’t my sister or my brother 🙂
Okay! So have you seen any of these shows? What did you think about them? Plan on watching any of them? Let me know in the comments!