Media Update 5/6/20

The Nevers

This show kind of felt like it was made for me. The show takes place sometime in the 18th century with some steampunk flair. Some sort of event has happened that awakens powers in people, causing them to be ostracized by society. These “touched” are mostly women and nobody seems to have similar powers and the powers range from very useful to frustrating. It feels a lot like Steampunk X-Men meets Sherlock Holmes. Although the show feels like an ensemble piece, it arguably stars Laura Donnelly as a detective who runs an orphanage for the touched. Her partner in crime is a bright-eyed optimist played by Ann Skelly. Both are delightful to watch for different reasons. Amy Manson plays an insane villain who is fascinating to watch. Ben Chaplin plays a human police detective who is hilariously gruff. I am also really enjoying Anna Devlin, Rochelle Neil, and Kiran Sonia Sawar who each add a lot to the show. I am really looking forward to where this goes. I recommend this show.

Shadow and Bone

I had to hop on this show because a lot of people are raving about it. The show feels like the 18th century but in a complete fantasy world. In this world, some people have magic which basically allows them to do one specific thing. Most of them have elemental powers. The follows two storylines. The first and main storyline stars Jessie Mei Li, a lower caste character suddenly thrust into the spotlight by the emergence of her own magical powers. Her costar is Ben Barnes who is an amusingly dark character. The B plot is more of an ensemble thing with a ragtag group of criminals on a mission. Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young are all delightful comic relief and give more perspective on the world they have built. This show is quite a bit more grim but they include enough comic relief to keep it light and moving. I recommend it.

The Shadowhunters

The most modern of these three shows, this is about a young girl who discovers she may not be as human as she thought. She is thrown into a chaotic new world just beyond the one she used to know. The show feels like if you took the Industrial Metal scene, urban fantasy, and White Wolf roleplaying games and threw them into a blender. Katherine McNamara is an instantly likable heroine. Dominic Sherwood adn Emeraude Toubia are great as battle-hardened but playful warriors. Alberto Rosende plays the normal human and the audience surrogate. I really like the imagery of the show and the show’s sense of humor. There is a lot of mystery to the show as they keep throwing out terms that make me want to learn more about the worldbuilding. I recommend this show too.

Music of the Week:

The All-American Rejects – Send Her To Heaven

Kita Menari – Pretty Sure

Лена Катина – моно

Pleasure Venom – Deth

Mashup of the Week

One Bored Jeu – Feel Good in Black and Yellow

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Dark YA Stuff”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Prodigal Son Season 2

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2 Responses to “Media Update 5/6/20”

  1. faradheia Says:

    Interesting. We agree on the show – Shadowhunters- and disagree strenuously on the leading lady. Golly geez I really wanted to reach in a slap her several times. I watched the first 10 with friends and was warned, and found I agreed. LOVED everyone else and the idea and the world – it was just her. Ah well….. not the first time I’ve watched a show like this. I will still enjoy the rest of it “despite” her.

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