Last January I promised to watch tons of movies and make a hundred reviews. Watching is easy, making the review is the tough one, really really tough. I have only managed to write just 2, as in two.. dos.. dalawa.. duha.. Why? Believe it or not I haven’t been watching movies at all (my dad and big sister will not believe this). I’m practically making up for lost time watching TV series!
Unlike in the movies where I find myself more often disappointed than impressed with what I watched, TV series have so far been generous to me (thanks to the reviews). As a viewer, I’m really just into the ‘story’ not in special effects, cinematography and the actor’s abilities, just give me a good story and I’m OK with that. The format provided me bountiful feast of clever storytelling, highly developed characters, unique plots and even outrageous twists (and they do that with limited budget and minimal CGIs). Hats off to those writers, it’s really their turf. The only downside with TV series is their length and I can hardly finish a season in one seating. But again, as long as the story is engaging I don’t mind the hours watching as if I have all the time in the world.
So here’s my list of TV series which I genuinely enjoyed, a lot:
- Game of Thrones – how do I describe this one? A high fantasy but it’s not Lord of the Rings. This got great great story in a world where kingdoms tries to outshone the other. Lots of scheming, intriguing characters, great production value, and smart witty dialogues. It’s more of a family drama than an epic war story like LOTR, but don’t worry once you get hooked there’s no turning back. Spoiler: Dragons at the end! haha
- The Walking Dead (season 1) – We’re only given a group of survivors trying to survive a zombie invasion. Ironically, the walkers are the least of their worries because this series digs down deep into the souls of the characters as their faith and principles are constantly getting tested while mastering the fine art of putting a bullet in a zombie’s head. Loads of crazy stuffs in this one, and you’re in wild ride of a lifetime
- Heroes(season 1) – ‘Save the cheerleader, save the world’ where can you get such silly tagline like that? But trust me, the first season pulled out one of the most exciting and unforgettable actioner TV has to offer. By the way, the characters got awesome superpowers.
- Band of Brothers – It’s like a “Saving Private Ryan” and “Thin Red Line” that lasted ten hours. Ten episodes of explosions, guns, and massive body counts. But this series got a heart. Here we follow a group of US soldiers deep into WW2 Europe who put their faiths into each other in overcoming the horrors of war and the pain of losing a friend. Lots of brotherly love involved.
- Pillars of the Earth – a historical drama about a gifted artist who rose from being a small town outcast to building a great Cathedral, and a Catholic bishop who is capable of doing the most horrible things in the name of ambition and shrewd sense of faith. An unlikely hero, a perfect bad guy (beyond redemption) in an incredible love story filled with greed, conspiracy and intriguing characters.
- Smallville (season 10) – this series has been on TV since my first day in high school and the idea of a growing up Superman really fascinates me. The bad thing is they stretched the mythology just too long – in ten seasons for ten years. I got to watched only a ‘handful’ episodes of the first five seasons ‘coz we don’t have Cable TV back then, until DVDs came. Season 6th and 7th was a bit dragging, but the 8th season is a total f**k up, as in so bad and silly I have to skip the 9thseason and practically drag myself to watch the last season just to see how they’ll transform hunky Clark Kent into Superman. Then the episodes suddenly got interesting with clever narrative, deep plots and powerful quotes. What a surprise!
- Spartacus: Blood and Sands – a tale of guilty pleasures. This is not your ordinary Tv series and certainly you don’t wanna watch it with a minor. Because this series knows no boundaries. It is filled with full scale nudity, steaming sex scenes, jaw dropping sword fights, CGI heavy bloodfest galore and a surprisingly great story. Really loved it.
- Sherlock – Imagine Sherlock Holmes living in a modern-day London. That’s the premise of the groundbreaking BBC mini-series. Here we have a Sherlock Holmes and still the brilliant detective but with expanded so arrogant and low sensitivity, weird and incredibly pathetic socially. The series’s two season are each composed of three insanely addictive and clever 90-minutes episodes that could really pass as feature-length films (and give RDJ a smack in the face). Fast pace storyline, brilliant actors and a bold new take on our beloved sleuth. You don’t want to pass this one.
- Glee – this is series is the black sheep on my list, it just doesn’t fit my taste and I think this is just a silly chick flick. I only watch this one because I want to hear good music. But this musical turned out to be a knockout comedy, oh the joyous discovery of the unexpected. Just don’t tell the girls I’ve watched (and awfully enjoyed) this one. Please.
And to add further damage and distraction for the centennial review goal, I’m planning to watch these additional titles all year-long. Oh babe, good luck to my bucket list.
To Watch List:
- Boardwalk of Empire – coz I’m a fan of Martin Scorsese.
- The Pacific – coz this is the cousin of Band of Brothers.
- Lost – I love cleverness and J.J. Abrahms (Star Trek, Cloverfield)
- L. A. Noir – coz Frank Darabont left TWDead after a season to make this one. Bye-bye zombies, hello Shane?
- Prison Break – coz I was cut-short watching this, damn pirated dibidis. Boss is nuts with this.
- House – coz there’s a badass doctor here.