Happy Friday Novas! Today’s post was going to be the Netflix Series of the Week: 13 Reasons Why, however, I was not able to b=get around to it yet. I’ve been binge watching other shows lol. One show that caught my eye is Shots Fired and I’ve been watching on Hulu. This series is playing on Fox and it has 4 episodes already out. I couldn’t stop watching so I will share some of my first impressions with the show.
Shots fired is a drama series that follows 2 main characters: Ashe and Perry as they are sent by the Department of Justice to investigate a controversial shooting. Ashe is the lead investigator who is brash, smart and quite often a loose cannon while Perry is her calm, by the book counter part who is the prosecutor on the case. You can already see where the diversity in the main character’s personalities can lead to some interesting moments. The series intensifies when they touch down in a small town in North Carolina to investigate the shooting of a Caucasian male teenager by an African American police officer.
While the 2 main characters are reviewing the case, many questions and inconsistencies arise. Because the story is set in modern times, other controversial cases involving racism and officer shootings are brought into the light.What I love is that you don’t really know what’s going on and who to believe.Was the officer’s shooting legit? Did he harbor a bias towards the victim? Was the victim aggressive towards the cop prompting the shooting? My mind is blown and after the 4 episodes I have no idea who’s telling the truth and which side everyone is playing for… which makes great TV!
A great story line with plenty of drama and suspense
The acting is so believable that I feel a cringe watching some of the more intense scenes
As far as I’ve seen, it’s not predictable
The language is a little vulgar in regards to race on all sides
There’s not too many happy moments. Piles and piles of crazy news pops up
If you’re trying to get away from modern news and social settings
So far the series is really good and I definitely recommend it for my crime loving Novas. I love that it rings true to real life and although the characters are investigating a National Tragedy, you still obtain a glimpse of their personal lives and struggles as well. Take a look at the trailer and check out the 10 part series if you like it!
Thank you for reading today’s post and I will try to have the 13 Reasons Why Netflix series watched and reviewed for next Friday! Have you seen Shots Fired? Which new shows are you currently watching? Let’s talk new series! Have a fantastic weekend Novas!
Happy Friday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Sorry for not posting a TKO Battle yesterday but I was a little strapped for time this week. Today’s Netflix Series of the Week will be the dramatic thriller Sense 8. I’ve had a coworker telling me for months that I would love this series and she was right! You may remember Emily from the “Is She Crazy” post and poll that was up on the blog a month or so ago (btw I will write the reveal post today if I get a chance). I’m excited about this post so let’s get to the show!
Plot:Sense 8 focuses on 8 strangers from different cities around the world that one day are able to sense what the others are feeling. It’s a bit more complex then that, actually they are able to feel, smell, taste, see and hear what each other are going through. Through methods described as “Visiting” and “Sharing” in the series, our strangers can visit and interact with each other or they can share their experiences, languages, training, etc. What type of series would this be if there were no conflict? Of course as with any Sci-Fy -esque (new word lol) film the main antagonist will be people working for a government agency known as BPO to track down and take the “Sensates.”
The Characters: I’ve always enjoyed a show or movie that adds in diversity, Sense 8 does not fail here. The different characters that you interact with will be split up into 8 different cities around the world. These cities are San Francisco, Mexico City, Seoul Korea, Mumbai India, Chicago, Nairobi Africa, Berlin and London. The characters that you are introduced to will have different backgrounds and occupations. We have The DJ, The Cop, The Actor, The Mogul, The Thief, The Driver, The Scientist and The Hacker (can you see how each individual’s skills are already defining how they can help each other?). Each character has a story, a problem in their life and a purpose it’s quite fascinating really. If one person has training in fighting, another stranger can access those skills for that time, if someone speaks a different language, when Sharing” any of the 8 strangers can speak that language.
The Aesthetics: For being a show about Senses the series did a great job of helping the viewer feel what is going on. For instance, a character was was DJ-ing. The music from the party carried over and sounded like someone was playing music loud for the other character. When you are in Nairobi the music is adventurous and upbeat while the background is dusty filled with deep browns and oranges. This setting is different from Seoul where the setting is sleek and precise. Each location
I’m losing my mind… No It’s just EXPANDING! people who have been born with the abilities to access each others thoughts, feelings and skills while being separated across the world. chosen people. You can automatically see how they are visited by Angelica, the women who “Gave Birth” to their powers. Very explosive and first scene.
Great story and acting by the characters
Slowly unveils more information on what the Sense 8 can do allowing you to feel immersed in the plot
The colors, sounds and effects are believable and authentic to the location and scene
Adult themes and situations (Nudity, Violence and Sex Scenes. Not recommended for children)
It takes a while for the story to unfold, if you like to know what’s going on and why quickly, you may not like the show
I’ve really enjoyed this series and Season 2 is available so I will continue watching. I’d rate the series 4 out of 5 Luna Stars! I’ve enjoyed it but there are a few things that bugged me about the execution of the Visiting and Sharing sessions. The characters can’t control when something happens but anytime they’re in trouble they can seem to connect to the exact person with the skills to help them. I feel like it would be a little more of a random selection than that, but hey it made for a great series. Check out the trailer below:
What do you think? Have you seen Sense 8 or a similar show? If you could connect with someone, what skill would you have to offer? Let’s Talk Sense 8 our Netflix Series of the Week!
Happy Tuesday All! Thank you for reading today’s Throwback post! This week I am highlighting some old school cartoons from my childhood. I grew up in the 90’s with awesome cartoons (you know back when cartoons were better in my opinion) that provided fun, morals and a way to escape our hard lives of school and …. well pretty much just school right? This post is to pay tribute to some of my favorite and forgotten Cartoons!
Notable Mentions that will not be covered in depth because let’s be honest, we probably already think of these shows anyway! I have included a poll where you can vote for the cartoons that automatically popped into your head when you read the title of this post!
Now on to the 6 Cartoons that I have decided to feature on this journey to the past! Let’s start with one of my personal favorites. Keep in mind that this list is generalized and doesn’t have a ranking over the Notable Mentions or Cartoons not featured!
Darkwing Duck: Darkwing Duck was the story following everyday man Drake Mallard, his niece Gosalyn and side kick Launch Pad. Drake Mallard has a secret, he is the crime fighter DarkWing Duck along with his side kick (who is also Launch Pad from Ducktales) who goes out to stop the villains in St. Canard. This series used to come on after school when I was a girl and featured characters from Ducktales like Gizmo Duck! Apparently Darkwing Duck was the first Disney action cartoon soooo congrats Darkwing Duck, “Let’s Get Dangerous!”
Rocket Power: Rocket Power was the cartoon that followed Reggie Rocket, her brother Otto and their friends Twister and Sam through their active lifestyle of sports and competitions in Ocean Shores California. Rocket power really made me want to surf and play sports growing up ( I blame this show for playing Tennis and Softball in the same season lol). Their Father Raymundo owned a little tiki shack restaurant with his best friend down by the beach. The kids would hang out there, grab food and then catch waves at the beach located in front of the shack. My favorite episode was when Reggie (the girl) was being overlooked for a surfing competition because she is a girl. She surfed with a mask on and **SPOILER ALERT** when she WON even her brother Otto had to give her madddd props! It was one of my first introductions to a tomboy (like me 🙂 ) being respected in a cartoon!
Arthur: “And I say Hey! What a wonderful kind of day, where we can learn to work and play and get along with each other…”Arthur was a show on PBS that followed the aardvark Arthur and his family. I oved watching shows on PBS as a kid. Arthur came across many different scenarios in 3rd grade that he had to get through with his friends or family. I read the Arthur books as a kid so when the show was airing I was front and center in front of the TV. My favorite characters are DW (Arthur’s little sister) and Francine (The Tomboy… go figure lol). Til this day if I need a relaxing show to watch, Arthur is what I have on my Netflix queue lol.
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Courage the Cowardly dog was awesome as it shows the weird things that happened in Courage’s small town. Courgae lived with Muriel a sweet elder woman and her husband Eustis who really didn’t like Courage and tried to get rid of him at every pass. This show was the more paranormal side of the cartoon shows (like Invader Zim!) but it was funny and awesome! I wish I had a dog like Courage around!
Pirates of Dark Water: Pirates of Dark Water followed the Prince Ren and his companions as they combat the oil like substance know as Dark Water. Dark Water swallows up ships and people, the only way to stop it is to purify the water. Ren and friends search for the Treasures of Rule to assist in purifying the water and saving their Planet of Mer. The Monkey Bird thing Nibbler was my favorite, well him and Tula the Sorceress. Of course every action/adventure cartoon needs a villain and that villan was Bloth! He was evil and looking to rule by stealing the Treasures for his own nefarious acts. Many people may not remember this show but I remember it quite vividly, down to the fruits that Niddler ate!
Aah Real Monsters: Aaaah Real Monsters was a great show about little monsters (Ickis, Oblina and Krumm) in training to become full fledged monsters! The trio goes through classes and at night, take their antics out for a test run. The Headmaster Gromble, wants to make sure that all monsters are properly certified in the art of frightening humans. Each episode an assignment is given and the 3 students try and complete their assignments. Each monster has their own special abilities and struggles. It’s another great take on problems that anyone can face… Even Monsters!
Captain Planet: Before School each morning Captain Planet would play. Captain Planet was the show that taught us to recycle and not pollute with the help of the Planet Teers. The Planet teers were teens from different walks of life who were gifted with rings of all of the Earth’s elements: Earth, Fire, Wind Water and Heart! These gifts were bestowed by Gaia who was essentially Mother Earth lol. When the Planet -Teers combined their powers, Captain Planet was summoned! … I still remember the theme song (We’re the Planet-teers, you can be one too, cause saving our planet is the thing to do! Looting and Polluting is not the way, hear what Captain Planet has to say… The Power is Yours!) no judgement please :D.
These are some of the cartoons that I felt should have the spotlight shown on them, however, there are soooo many that we can mention like: Ducktales, TaleSpin, Why Why Family, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Bonkers, Gargoyles, Animaniacs, Tom and Jerry Kids, X-Men, Freakazoid, Sonic, Rocko’s Mordern Life, Beetlejuice, Cow and Chicken, Angry Beavers, Johnny Bravo and Bobby’s World!
Btw most of these shows can still be found on channels like boomerang and some are even on Netflix! So which one’s did I miss? I know there are so many cartoons from our childhood that I may have missed so share your thoughts! Let’s talk Cartoon! Have a great day and thanks for reading!
Happy Sunday friends! I was very exciting when my boyfriend called me and said that we have tickets for Beauty and the Beast opening weekend! A piece of information about me is that I loveeee Beauty and the Beast! Belle is above all others my favorite Disney Princess as I felt that she related to me as a kid. When I heard there was a movie being made, a few things crossed my mind. Firstly was who would play Belle, would the movie stay true to the original, how will the Beast look? All of these questions will be answered in the movie review so let’s get to it!
Story: The setting of course is a little village in France where Belle and her father Maurice live. Belle is a girl wanting to read and escape the boring life that has sought after her for years. The Beast is a Prince who is cursed by an Enchantress for having a cold heart, the only way to break the curse is to fall in love and have someone love him. To start off the movie, Disney stayed true to the starting of the animation. Belle (Played by Emma Watson) walks through the village to return a book and pick up items from town. Emma is a beautiful singer and the song is EXACTLY the one from the animation! As the opening scenes continue you notice that the townspeople regard Belle as a beautiful, but peculiar girl (as they call her odd, strange and funny while she walks by). You’re immediately introduce to some central characters like her father Maurice and the boastful Gaston, who tries to win her hand in marriage. The opening also bring sin a little of the backstory for the Beast!
As the story progresses you are reliving your childhood watching how Belle and Beast meets. How the characters in the house like Lumiere and Mrs. Potts interact with Belle and how Gaston tries at every point to make Belle his! Will Belle stop the curse and free the Beast and his servants from their dreadful demise? What I particularly loved was that the movie stayed true to the original animation version and songs , however, it still managed to add in more background information about Belle’s mom and the Beast’s past to make the movie really well rounded!
The Ambience: This movie did an absolutely amazing job with the scenes and feel of the movie. The symphony playing in the background was incredible. Original and new songs were given the right amount emphasis. For instance, the iconic “Be Our Guest” song performed by Lumiere and all of the other servants was really well executed. The song was exactly the same, however, the performance of the song was a little slower than the original version. The version of this song used made me smile from ear to ear as the colors brought out the amazing feeling that Belle had to have felt. Each scene was shot in great lighting and the colors all blended harmoniously with the scene at hand. Listen I was smiling throughout the whole movie. Nostalgia hit me in the gut on this one.
The Characters: In my opinion Disney did a great job in portraying the characters. The actors and actresses really took on their roles and brought you into the story. The Beast (Dan Stevens) was portrayed really well and the costuming wasn’t outrageous. My only critique is while Gaston (Played By Luke Evans ) was pretty good, the appearance of Gaston wasn’t as bulky as I had imagined. Also, Gaston was a simpleton yes, but he wasn’t really villainous until about halfway through the movie. I also think that Belle’s father Maurice didn’t appear as helpless as he did in the animation (Boyfriend and I disagree on this point of view). I was also quite impressed with the amount of diversity in this film. Yes, there were different ethnicities represented that were clearly absent from the animation and it shows a progressive (and more realistic) movie. One of my favorite characters which may be a surprise, was Gaston’s buddy and right hand man Lefou (Josh Gad) . This character was portrayed a little differently from the animation however, he was amazing. He provided the comic relief and the conscious for Gaston.
Check out the trailer here!
All in all I HIGHLY recommend watching Beauty and the Beast! I know I am very bias in that this is my favorite movie as a kid, however, I think that bias also made me critical of what could happen. My expectations were through the moon on this movie and in my opinion it was executed perfectly. There were a few things I scratched my head on like when Belle entered the village at the beginning of the movie she grabbed a loaf of bread, but when she left the bread was gone lol. That’s just a minor thing and Boyfriend didn’t even notice lol. I will tell you that this movie does pull at the heart strings and I wasn’t the only one crying at certain parts.
To watch a FANTASTIC reboot of the original Disney animation
To see Emma Watson Shine as Belle and bring the character (convincingly) to life
The antics of Lefou were amazing and the comedy added in really suit the film
Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Chip, Beast and all other servants at the Castle
Smiling all the way through with new and original songs
If you don’t like Beauty and the Beast (The only reason to skip really)
If you don’t like singing throughout the movie (Although it wasn’t overly done)
If you don’t want to cry (I’m just saying, even some guys were choked up)
Thank you for reading my EXTREMELY bias review of the new Beauty and the Beast Movie lol. I will end here by saying I wasn’t the only one impressed, at the end of the movie the entire theater stood up and clapped (as we dried our tears).Are you planning to watch the movie? Have you seen it already? Let’s talk Beauty and the Beast! Have a fantastic week!
Happy Friday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! I’ve finally gotten around to watching Magi: Adventures of Sinbad and will be able to share my thoughts on the series! Each week I will recommend a series that I binge watch on Netflix for you to analyze if you would like to watch or not.
The Plot: This Anime adaptation of the Adventures of Sinbad follows the our boy Sinbad who has the excellent navigational skills of an experienced sailor. The twist is that Sinbad is able to navigate and find the correct path for more than just the sea, he is able to find the correct path in any challenge that is thrown upon him. The story starts when Sinbad is 3, focusing on his father who is a war hero for the country. Right now, Japan is at war and all able bodied males are drafted into said war in the efforts of conquering a dungeon. The person who can successfully conquer the dungeon will obtain a great power. From a young age, Sinbad has had the instincts to find the right path and his father recognized that quality in his son instantly when the were rowing in the middle of a storm. Sinbad guided them to safety.
Fast forward years later, Sinbad is now a young man who helps out his villagers and travelers in need. The country is still at war and the generals of the army approach Sinbad’s town forcing him to obey the orders of the draft or else! After encouraging words from a strange traveler, Sinbad devises a plan to conquer that dungeon and take the power for himself, in order to bestow peace throughout the land. Sinbad journeys to different lands tackling different dungeons and befriending all types of characters. The question is, will Sinbad bring peace and overthrow the empire that set his home to war?
The Characters: Overall the character development in the series is really good and the story is fun to follow. You can see the leadership qualities in Sinbad’s every action and when certain situations occur, you can agree with the choices made (being vague as not to spoil the series lol).
Anime Action and an interesting take on the Sinbad Story
If you enjoy Magi Anime’s this one is right for you
If you a like a story that develops quickly
I’ve attempted to find an English dubbed trailer but I couldn’t so I apologize for not having one. There is a trailer on Netflix that you can watch for the show.
Thank you for reading this week’s Netflix Series of the Week! Have you watched the Adventure of Sinbad Anime? Have you seen any other Magi Animes? Which shows are you currently binge watching and do you have a recommendation on our next Netflix (or Hulu… we’re expanding) series of the week> Let’s talk binge shows! Have a fantastic weekend!
Happy Monday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Thank you for reading this week’s Hidden Treasures post where I try to shine the spotlight on a video game, tv show or item that I feel is being “Overlooked.” This week I came across a great TV series on Hulu (which only happened because I fell asleep watching Family Guy and awoke to this show lol). Upon waking up (on Season 2) I went back to Season 1 and binge watched the entire 1st season. This series is AMAZING and I’m very surprised that I have never heard of it. Let’s get into the series! Oh yeah, check out the past Hidden Treasures Series by clicking here!
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of your favorite reality show? The creators of the TV Show UnReaL aim to answer these questions, in the most dramatic way possible! UnReaL is a dramatic television show that premiered on Lifetime, following the behind the scenes actions of the crew and contestants on a popular dating show. Yes, they pretty much made a drama about what could happen behind the scenes of a show like “The Bachelor.” Stick with me though this show is really good! You follow the main character Rachel who battles between her conscious and what’s best for ratings. Rachel has her own demons to battle with that the viewer becomes aware of from episode 1. Rachel is a producer who upon returning to the set of the multi-billion dollar production of “Everlasting” has to continue taking orders from her boss
Quinn, Executive Producer
Quinn to make each episode even more “Dramatic” then the last.
Something that I love about this show is the development of each character. You have the producers Jay, Shiya and Rachel, The Bosses Quinn and Chet, The Suitor , The Crew and The contestants who all represent typical personalities that you would expect to see on a dating show. Moreover I just love how the show is believable and not too much over the edge. Adam Cromwell is the British Suitor that is the center of the affections of the cast. He plays the part of millionaire bachelor very well.
Rachel is also working with other producers, Jay and Shiya, who all pretty much bring in their own “Girls” to make the show. If their girl stays on a week they get a bonus, if their girls fight or have an amazing moment, bonus! See the trend? Quinn, the boss and Executive Producer makes sure to incentivize her team and keep the Everlasting Empire on top of the charts, even if they tend to go a little too far! UnREAL shows what happens when everyone’s secrets are exploited and exposed.
“Come on, come on, come on, I need sad faces OK! Your puppy died, your implants got infected, I don’t care just use it!” – Quinn
“You focus on your future husband OK, I’ll take care of it!” – Rachel
“We have a saying around here, sluts get cut.” – Chet
“That girl hates me. I made her s*** her pants on national television.” – Rachel
This series is fantastic! It has drama, romance and a little suspense from viewing how far the producers will go to make a great episode. The scary thing about this series is that it’s very believable. We as viewers don’t know what happens off air and how the editing is put together for packages displayed on reality tv. We know that things are scripted, yes, but due to confidentiality agreements and other miles of paperwork signed by the contestants, there can be a lot of things that we really don’t know behind the scenes. UnReal tackles the issues and how each producer could cover up or manipulate a scenario.
Extremely believable actions as not to go over the top
Adult themes and language
No interest in reality shows or drama
I definitely will be watching season 2 as a new suitor and cast of contestants will be featured. In my opinion the acting and story is pretty good for this show (but I love reality shows in general) and Lifetime definitely did a great job! Check out the trailer for season 1 here!
Let me know what you think! What other shows have you found that are currently “Overlooked?” Let’s talk Hidden Treasures! Have a great week!
Happy Tuesday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Do you remember the Saturday night Nickelodeon shows? That’s what this week’s journey down memory lane will focus on Saturday Night Nickelodeon commonly known as Snick!
All That- All That was the teen variety sketch comedy show similar to Saturday Night Live. All of the faces of Nickelodeons shows would preform small comedy sketches throughout the night. Many of your favorite shows like Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Bynes Show and even Zoey 101 stemmed from All That providing the talent a platform in order for their spinoff to be successful.
Kenan & Kel- Kenan and Kel was a teen comedy show and spin off of All That, following the life of best friends Kenan and Kel. Kenan is always coming up with a scheme and Kel goes along willingly on this comedic trip through their lives in Chicago. This show was one of my favorites because I was in LOVEEEEE with Kel. You might remember them from the “Good Burger” Nickelodeon Movie as well. “AWWWW Here It Goes!”
Are You Afraid of the Dark- Are you afraid of the dark was a teen horror anthology that creeped me out as a kid I still remember one episode where a kid was swimming and the pool turned to blood. I didn’t want to swim all summer because of that episode lol. Are you afraid of the dark was the original teen horror show before the Goosebumps series started. Each week kids would go to a campfire in the woods and tell creepy stories to scare the other members of their club.
The Secret World of Alex Mack- The Secret World of Alex Mack was a great show that followed a teenage girl’s journey through life after a freak accident. She was drenched in a chemical substance that gave her supernatural powers like telekinesis and turning into a chemical puddle. What would you do if you started down this unpredictable double life road? You’d enjoy every moment!
Kablam- Kablam was an animated cartoon type sketch show that brings comic book characters Henry and June right off of the page! One of my favorite segments of Kablam was Prometheus and Bob! It followed the advance development of the Alien Prometheus as he tried to teach old cave man Bob essentials such as building a fire or fishing. It was hilarious because bob would always find a way to mess up the experiment and get Prometheus upset.
Animorphs- Animorphs was a teen fantasy show derived from the book series published by Scholastic, that allowed the teens to turn into different animals. Of course the teens had to keep their powers secret or run the risk of the army taking them away. I’ve always wanted to have the power to morph into something else as a kid. That would’ve been awesome!
Those are some of my favorite SNICK shows! What are yours? Have a great week!
Happy Monday friends! Thank you for tuning in to another Hidden Treasures segment where I try and shine the spotlight on a show, movie, book, game or any other item in our gaming and geek world that I feel is being “Overlooked.” Have you ever stopped and wondered, hey why isn’t this show or game getting more hype? It could be because of poor marketing, or just because in today’s world we have ENDLESS means of entertainment that some things are bound to fall through the cracks. Let’s jump into this week’s gem the TV Series Reign.
What would you do if the fate of a country was dependent on your choices and actions? As I have mentioned a few times before I have a great affinity and fascination with historical dramas at the moment. My spiral into this world of Queens, Kings, Vikings and Mercenaries actually began right her with Reign (Thank you Netflix!). Reign is the retelling of the journey of Mary, Queen of Scots as she fights for survival, freedom and her country of Scotland. Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland a few days after her birth due to her father James’ untimely death. Even though her mother Marie De Guise was still alive and kicking, in that time the rightful heir would have been the child born to the king, Mary. Because of Scotland’s ongoing battle with their too close for comfort rivals, England, Mary was sent to live out her developmental days with the nuns.
This is where the story gets interesting. Mary is now of age to marry and assume rule of her country. Due to the despairing events at the convent, Mary is sent to her betrothed in France, Francis. Reign is a loose retelling of actual events as documented between Mary and Francis, however, for dramatic effect I doubt the Queen’s Seer Nostradamus had a hand in most of the events that occurred. Mary is joined in France by her childhood maidens and friends from Scotland as they begin to get a taste of French Court. With obstacles abound such as assassins, politics and Catherine De Medici, can Mary really hope to solidify her marriage to Francis
“You won’t love me, you won’t let yourself.” – Mary
and save her deteriorating country of Scotland? Watch and find out! the first 3 seasons of Reign is on Netflix and the new season premiered February 10th, 2017 on The CW. Did I mention that Mary is the cousin to Elizabeth I, that should prove interesting with the England/Scotland debacle :).
“Let him talk like a King, you won’t be married until I say so.” – Catherine
A fairly accurate retelling of Mary Queen of Scots’ teenage years
Excellent dramatic and fantasy added elements to keep the viewer entertained
A Strong heroine figure
Game of Thrones meets The Tudors!
You are not particularly fond of historical period pieces
You can’t get past the first few episodes (In my opinion starts slow but you need to have the backstory right?)
All in all I really enjoy this series and writing about it makes me want to watch some more! What are some of your favorite historical drama series? What decisions would you make as Queen/King? Let’s talk hidden treasures!
If you haven’t already binge-watched ‘The Office’ on Netflix yet, then stop EVERYTHING you are doing and GET TO IT! The Office literally gives you everything you want in a show, the classic and awkward office romance, hilarious practical pranks between coworkers, and a one-of-a-kind boss who has one of the best character development in the history of television series.
Now ‘The Office’ is actually an adaptation to a UK original series called ‘The Office’ created by Ricky Gerbaid. The show is set in Scranton, PA at Dunder-Mifflin, a small paper company countlessly trying to beat out its big competitors like Staples and Office Depot. The series is filmed in a documentary style where the office staff is constantly being filmed…even without their knowing.
Throughout all nine seasons, we follow the typical office romance of Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly. Their love starts off as harmless flirtation between friends and gradually blossoms into marriage, kids, and a white picket fence, which we know today as COUPLE GOALS. From the start of the show, we catch Jim and Pam laughing together at the Receptionist desk (this is where we find Jim most of the show). We pretty much get to see love at first sight with these two even though Pam is technically engaged to a warehouse worker named Roy at the beginning. As the show progresses to the 3rd season, Pam eventually calls off her engagement with Roy and finally ends up marrying Jim Halpert before the season finale.
Not only is there office romance but some of the best office pranks I have ever seen. It even gave me a few ideas to try… The pranks always involve the likeable Jim Halpert and the eccentric Dwight Schrute, who is one of the most loyal staff members at the branch . Jim constantly raises the bar with his pranks from sticking all of Dwight’s items in Jello, tricking Dwight into believing that the CIA recruited him for a top secret mission, and my personal favorite, when Jim conditions Dwight to expect an Altoid mint every time he hears a computer chime. Each prank is more laughable then the first and makes you wonder what Jim will do next!
Last, but not least, we have Michael Scott, the Regional Manager of Dunder-Mifflin, Scranton. Honestly I HATED Michael at first but throughout the seasons I started to really love the development of his character. His management style may make you want to cringe from how awkwardly weird it can be like his inappropriate catchphrase “That’s what she said”. At the same time, you are amazed at the fact that his branch is always constantly number one in sales regardless of whatever crazy thing Michael puts the staff through like his home-made orientation videos, improv routines, and unprofessional office meetings. One of the best things about this show is that we see Michael eventually evolve into a decent and lovable man, which I was actually SURPRISED to see!
To conclude, ‘The Office’ is literally the best show out there…in my personal opinion. I love the humor, the realness of the issues that the characters go through, and all of the awkward Michael Scott moments. I have yet to watch another show that compares with ‘The Office’ and I watch a lot of Netflix! I promise you will not be disappointed with the show and what it has to offer! Thanks for reading…-Megan Wilcox
Happy Monday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Today’s post will be the weekly Hidden Treasures post where I try and shine the spotlight on a movie, show or video game that I would regard as an “Overlooked” item. You can view all of our past Hidden Treasure entries by clicking here. This week I want to give the space to one of my favorite current T.V. Shows; Sleepy Hollow! Sleepy Hollow is an American, historical drama series that follows characters Abby Mills and Ichabod Crane.
Forget what you know about Sleepy Hollow from the Headless Horseman to the Movie starring Johnny Depp, this show takes a slightly different approach to the original lore. Sleepy Hollow is a town in Massachusetts that has a small population. The new Detective in the town is Abby Mills and she is working with her partner and mentor August Corbin. One night when called to a disturbance at a nearby ranch, Abby sees something that she hasn’t experienced since her childhood, a supernatural event. This spirals a string of events culminating with the discovery of a man named Ichabod Crane. What would you do if you woke up 150 years later? This is what Ichabod Crane has to cope with as he wakes up in the modern era. While waiting in the cell, Crane overhears Abby detailing the events that happened at the ranch. Astonished by what he is hearing, Crane lends his information over to the detectives and begins to team up with Abby to track down the culprit.
What I love about this series is that it melds together different tales and takes it stage in modern day America. Crane, who is from the 1700s wakes up in a world filled with technologies that he cannot fathom. The first season really drew me in with the banter he would have with Lieutenant Mills, an African American woman in the role of an officer.
Mr. Crane, I’m Lieutenant Abbie Mills.
A female lieutenant. In whose army?
You’re not gonna break character, huh?
You’ve been emancipated, I take it?
Okay. I’ll play along here. I am a black female lieutenant for the Westchester County Police Department. Do you see this gun? I’m authorized to use it. On you.
If you’re insinuating I endorse slavery, I’m offended.
Wait, back up. You’re offended?
I’ll have you know I was a proponent of the Abolitionist Act before the New York Assembly.
Congratulations. Slavery has been abolished 150 years. It’s a whole new day in America.
I also love watching the growing relationships between the characters in the show. Due to the experiences each person shares, their bonds deepen and make for really good TV outside of the main story-line. I really believe that if more people gave the series a chance, they would like it. It’s witty, filled with drama, and contains pretty good action scenes. My top reasons to “Play” this series is listed below.
Provides a different historical retelling of some of our nation’s events.
Drama, Mystery, Action and Comedy are represented well throughout the series.
Currently on it’s 4th season so you will have plenty of episodes to keep you entertained.
All in all you can find the complete season on Hulu if you decide to give it a go. Have you watched Sleepy Hollow? Which shows do you watch that you think are being Overlooked? Let’s talk Hidden Treasures! Have a great week everyone!