You Should Try…. Chopped & Big Little Lies!

Happy Monday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s blog post which will focus on those tv shows that friends have recommended to you. A quick update with me…. My birthday was Thursday April 26th so I took a 12 day vacation from work. During my relaxing staycation, my friends recommended tv shows to me and I was able to catch up and binge watch a few days of my vacation. Here are my 2 recommends from Friends!

Featuring: Chopped & Big Little Lies!

 

Chopped is recommended by my co-worker that knows I love watching cooking competitions. I watch Top Chef and Master Chef in particular and was recommended Chopped for the first time. I’m not sure why I was never drawn to this show before, but I’m glad that I gave it a chance.

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Premise: 4 Chefs compete in 3 rounds to crown a winner of Chopped and $10,000. Each episode is an hour and has a different theme. Based on the theme of the show, the chefs will have to prepare a dish using ALL of the mystery box ingredients. Each round has a time limit and the worse dish is CHOPPED while the others move on. Normally the rounds are Appetizer, Entree and Dessert.

 

Mystery Boxes – The mystery boxes are what makes Chopped an addicting show. 3 out of the 4 mystery items will be somewhat normal, while the final ingredient is usually something off the wall or not well known. Mystery box

 

Ranking: I’m really enjoying chopped and I would give it a B and high recommend to binge watchers that loveeee cooking shows.

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The 2nd show recommended to me is Big Little Lies on HBO by my friend Erick. I have wanted to watch this show since seeing previews for it last year, but never got around to it. Hulu offered me HBO Now at a great rate of $4.99 a month for 6 months, so I signed up and binge watched the show Saturday Night.

 

Premise: Big Little Lies follows the lives of mothers in the town of Monterey California. The cast follows Madeline, the Rich, Popular Mom, Jane the new single mom in town, Celeste, the Beautiful hot shot ex-lawyer, Renata the Corporate mom and Bonnie the relaxed organix moms and they’re lives in Monterey. The series begins at a fundraiser where there has just been a murder. Witnesses answer questions to the investigators but you do not know who was murdered until the finale.

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Secrets: The best thing about Big Little Lies is that everyone is hiding something in theirs lives. These secrets threaten to tear their families and friends apart, but appearances must be kept. I even love that the secret of the person murdered is not revealed until the finale. The 7, 1 hour episodes recall the events leading up until the fundraiser where all is revealed.

 

Ranking : I give Big Little Lies a B+. They were renewed for a 2nd season but it will not be released until 2019 :(.

Those are my 2 currently recommends. Are you currently watching any shows recommended by friends? Do you have any tv show recommends for me to try? Which shows are you currently Binge Watching? Let’s talk shows!

-Luna 🙂

Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Game of Thrones Characters!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Every Tuesday I will try to upload a Rankings post where we rank our top 5 items in a category from the least loved to the totally Favorite ranking. If there are more than 5 items in the category, the top 5 results are essentially my favorites and I am ranking their placings. This year I want to try something new, so I will be asking for your feedback as well to feature in the next week’s rankings!

Game Guide:

  • Respond in the comments with your top 5 placings
  • Tune in the following Tuesday to view the results of the Community’s Rankings and see your answers featured!

It’s that easy! Furthermore, if you would like to participate in my Rankings Post each week, let me know in the comments and we can set topics to post each Tuesday!

The Community Rankings for last week’s Favorite Star Wars movies are:

  1. Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Sith
  4. Return of the Jedi
  5. The Force Awakens

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. The Last Jedi
4. Return of the Jedi
5. The Force Awakens

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Here’s my personal list:
5. Revenge of the Sith
4. The Force Awakens
3. Return of the Jedi
2. A New Hope
1. The Empire Strikes Back

5. Force Awakens
4. Last Jedi
3. New Hope
2. Return of the Jedi
1. Empire Strikes Back

There were other participants like Frazier’s Racket and The Crown. Let’s see what’s going on this week!

This week we are ranking out favorite characters in the Game of Thrones series for 5th place to 1st place. I really love Game of Thrones and it’s been a year since I was introduced to the brilliant world of George RR Martin. Since we have to wait until 2019 for the new season, why not start out our year paying tribute to the characters that we know and love! You can read all of my Season 7 recap posts by clicking here! If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones, there will be mild spoilers in my post so this is your official *Spoiler Alert, Spoiler!”

Now onto the Rankings…

#5 Eddard (Ned) Stark –

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The Patriarch of House Stark has to make my list of favorite characters. This may be a surprise pick to many, but let me explain why Ned is on my list and should be on everyone else’s list! Ned is the ultimate “good guy” in the Game of thrones series. He is humble, loyal and a great person to have on your side as an ally. Ned is one of the strongest driving forces in GOT. Think about it, most of the action is driven by the 2 strongest families, the Starks and the Lannisters fighting each other. Ned’s death puts the Starks on a path of revenge against the Lannisters and in my opinion, strengthens the entire clan. If it wasn’t for Ned and his discoveries, along with his death, we would not have a Game of Thrones show.

#4 Cersei Lannister –

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So we’ve been down this road before with my love of villains. A great villain drives the story and adds the tension that propels our heroes to new heights. Cersei is probably one of the better villains ever portrayed. She is smart and ruthless, 2 deadly combinations. I have this debate with my friend Erick that Cersei is the smartest person in the show, he argues that her father Tywin was. I think that Cersei has committed unspeakable atrocities and she is the one that is prolonging her family’s name. Tywin set the framework, but Cersei was the warrior that kept the wolves at bay. I think that Cersei will make a cameo in our Memoirs of a Villain segment very soon ;).

#3 Jon Snow/ Daenerys –

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So I cheated a bit and combined Jon Snow with Daenerys. I personally feel that these 2 characters represent the same thing and are essentially the same. Both are striving for a new world of peace and equality. I thought about putting these 2 higher up on the list but I felt as though it’s a common thing to say Jon Snow or Daenerys and I wanted to provide a bit more diversity in this post. Jon is probably my favorite of the 2 because he’s brave, humble and he helps out the people in need, even when it could cost him dearly. Both Jon and Dany grew up in the shadows of their families, Jon for being a bastard born to a high noble house and Dany for being a displaced monarch on the run from the usurpers of her family’s throne.

#2 Sandor Clegane (The Hound) –

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The Hound is one of my favorite characters in the GOT series. His character most closely reminds me of what commoners personalities would have been in the Medieval time period. Think about it, most of the characters in the show are privileged, Sandor used his rage and strength to  the best of his abilities and became the personal guard of the Hound. Yes, he had to execute characters that did not deserve it, but he was being loyal to his prince. We see signs that the Hound isn’t as evil as we thought when he would save Sansa, try to talk sense into Geoffrey and when he looked after Arya. The Hound is awesome and his dry humor makes the show that much better.

#1 Arya Stark –

Arya

This is probably no surprise as I think most people would place Arya in their top 5. She is the Stark that is bound by a different sense of honor. She still respectes the morals of her father Ned, but she has a higher sense of honor to herself. Arya believes that exterminating those who corrupt the realm is the best course of action. She doesn’t engage them to make truces and she doesn’t fall for the tricks of her enemies. Arya gets things done and if it be through slitting their throats after they have eaten pieces of their kin (Walder Frey), so be it.

Those are my favorite characters in Game of Thrones! Which characters are your favorites? List your top 5 Game of Thrones rankings to join the community board that will be posted in next week’s post. Let’s talk favorite characters!

-Luna 🙂

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