What are you WATCHING? II


My award-winning* recommendation series returns for its third installment and already I am repeating a topic. Let’s talk streaming – TV, movies, YouTube series, whatever. In the morning I have to Uber to the dentist to have my molar ripped out of its lifelong home (my mouth) then I will spend the day on the couch watching TV and crying and eating pudding.

So for sure I’m going to watch this Netflix movie with all the attractive men in it (see picture above). Triple whatever, that should be enough to pull it up in a search. What else should I watch? What did everyone think of the Top Chef finale? Has anyone watched the new Project Runway on Bravo? I just did, and it’s weird. It feels like these designers have never seen the show before, and also like they’ve never designed clothes for humans before, except for maybe 3 of them.

The Rookie is back tomorrow, that show is great. I always enjoy Survivor and The Challenge. Oh I’m finally getting around to season 3 of The Last Kingdom, the first episode turned me off for a few months but it gets a lot better. If I comment on Tuesday please factor in that I will be on pain meds! See you guys on the other side!

*Awards have no meaning and as such can be lied about with impunity

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19 Responses to What are you WATCHING? II

  1. nastyemu says:

    I have a lot of Top Chef opinions. I think this might have been the tightest competition they’ve ever had. There were at least five contestants that had a good shot at winning (the 3 finalists plus Eddie and Michelle). Maybe Nini too if not for a kind of BS Restaurant Wars elimination. At first I felt bad for Eric for getting booted early in the finale, but using his first pick to take Justin because they’re friends was a bad move. Listening to Justin (who is not great) over Michelle (who is pretty great) was even worse. You’re not there to make friends, everyone knows that. I didn’t really have a rooting interest at the end, but I was a little surprised when Kelsey won because it sure sounded like Sara was going to win based on what the judges said.

    I watched the premiere of Project Runway, which is the first time I’ve seen it since probably 2005. There are too many designers. Several of them seem kind of bad. I’ll probably only catch bits and pieces of episodes when Femu has it on for the rest of this season.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a thing about The Challenge, which is one of the strangest sentences I’ve ever written. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-mtvs-challenge-changed-culture-1193883

    • Tracey says:

      I was rooting for Eric, I think he had the most interesting POV. The editing made it seem like Michelle screwed him on those lotus root chips by not speaking up about how burnt they would be. The Project Runway premiere was nuts, because all but a few of them are terrible! This season of All Stars on Lifetime is actually pretty good. The best thing to come out of that article about The Challenge is that we found out Jake Johnson is a big fan of the show, he posted something about it.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I just started watching Queer Eye on Netflix. I like it so far.

    I saw season 1 of Jane the Virgin back when it first started, and I thought season 1 was a delight. Then I just stopped watching it, but I decided to revisit it, and I’m glad I did. It’s a perfectly fine show to watch.

    I’m about half way through the movie Annihilation on Netflix, and I can’t wait to watch the rest. It is very very good so far.

    I know I have mentioned this here before, but Derry Girls on Netflix is also great!

    • Tracey says:

      I loved Annihilation! I just thought it was so cool and interesting, and I loved all the strong female characters. I don’t know how well it was received, though.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        I’m hopefully going to finish it tonight. I agree that it checks off a lot of boxes – it’s visually striking and very interesting. The performances are good, and it’s got an eerie vibe that I love.

        It’s based on a book, and there are apparently a series of books that follow Annihilation. I’m not going to do any more research on those until I finish the movie, but I am definitely going to look into that author and other projects by the director of the film.

  3. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    RE: Project Runway

    I haven’t watched it in years, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when the contestants seem like they have never seen the show. You KNOW you are going to have to work with unconventional materials. You KNOW you are going to have to work in teams. Maybe sew a pair of pants before you head on a TV SHOW ABOUT SEWING! Why not practice a swimsuit JUST IN CASE.

  4. Kate says:

    Nerd here! Loving Star Trek Discovery. And the Orville. Thursday night is my heaven.

    • hotspur says:

      I like The Orville too. It’s a guilty pleasure. The first couple episodes were rough but they ironed it out. Discovery I have not bought yet only because I am waiting for the stream price ($35) to come down to the DVD price ($25). I am sure I will enjoy it because I always like Star Trek. Usually. The Cumberbatch Kahn movie lost me, but I even liked Quantum Leap Star Trek, so… Star Trek has to really mess up to lose me.

      The total victory of streaming in the marketplace is really harshing my vibe. I can’t scoop up used copies of things for pocket change anymore. I also just found out that the giant warehouse-like store two blocks from my apartment, where I’ve bought half of everything I own, is closing this year. Amoeba, farewell. They are going to raze you and put a big glass rectangle on your site, to match all the other big rectangles going up. Lately my hood looooooves gettin’ ordinary.

      OH. If you guys want to see a good horror movie… a truly unsettling one… watch Hereditary. Slow start, but hang with it. If you want to be disturbed. And don’t come crying to me, I warned you.

      • Kate says:

        Last season of Star Trek we waited until all of the episodes were out, then watched them all during the free month. This year we treated ourselves to watching it in real time with no commercials. That’s how much we love it.

      • Tracey says:

        Don’t buy the series, just get a free month of All Access! Then watch The Good Fight, which just came back for season 3. Season 2 was fantastic.

    • Tracey says:

      Oh yeah, I’m really happy with the addition of Pike on STD! The show really needed to lighten up. I haven’t checked out the Orville yet.

  5. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    I second Jane the virgin, it’s starting it’s last season so it’s not too much of a commitment. Also on Netflix, I became obsessed with the Spanish show Elite. It’s a good, short soapy teen drama with beautiful adults playing teens. You should watch it with the original Spanish audio and use English subtitles but the default is dubbed English. This is perfect for you because reading subtitles and eating pudding go hand in hand (I think that’s what they say!)

    • Tracey says:

      I have a long history of enjoying shows with adults playing teens, all the way back to the original 90210.

    • gnidrah says:

      Everyone speaks very highly of Elite, I’ll give it a go, thanks!

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      There was a time when I was trying to learn Spanish that I would watch telenovelas with English subtitles, and turn on Spanish subtitles when watching HBO. Jane the Virgin came out right around this time, and the way they emphasized and lovingly made fun of telenovelas was really great.

      I’m going to have to check out Elite. A friend of mine enjoyed the telenovela Velvet which was also on Netflix. I liked it, but not enough to watch all the episodes.

  6. Tracey says:

    It took me all damn day to get through Triple Frontier. It is… not very good. But not bad enough to stop watching. I think the main problem is that the protagonists are kind of good guys doing a bad thing, and it’s hard to root for them to be successful, even though they’re doing a bad thing to a bad person, it’s like, well everyone just sucks I guess. One message is that veterans aren’t paid well enough and we don’t take care of them when they are done serving our country, and that I can agree with.

  7. gnidrah says:

    Latest recs for you from across the pond:

    * If you liked The Missing, give Baptiste a try. It’s flawed, very, but it’s nice to be back with a great character.
    * I’ve just finished a four-parter called Cheat. Interesting! It’s about a student suspected by her lecturer of plagiarising an essay, except, guess what, it goes MUCH deeper than that. I would say that eps one, two and three are better than ep four, which isn’t exactly the order you’d want that to be, but it builds nicely.
    * And for fans of Danish drama Borgen, I offer you Ride Upon The Storm. Starring Lars Mikkelsen, by the same guy who wrote/directed Borgen, but this one is set in the church. IT’S FANTASTIC. I watched all 10 episodes in about three days.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I totally forgot about The Missing. I saw season 1, but not season 2. And the detective was good, so I’ll be on the look out for Baptiste. Thank you!

      • gnidrah says:

        Oh my days, watch series 2 of The Missing first. It’s incredible!! 🙂

        The issue with Baptiste is that the story just got a bit too perplexing, I’ve still got two episodes left to watch but it’s not on a par with The Missing!

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