I’ve always been the type of person who doesn’t watch much TV yet lately it seems I am, in fact, the type of person who watches a lot of TV. And not only that, but I’m watching enough TV to put a blog post together on what you should be watching right now. What happened to me?
Westworld– I feel like I could just write: Anthony Hopkins stars in this and that would be enough because who doesn’t love an Anthony Hopkins film?
From the very first episode I was hooked. I love anything sci-fi so this series is right up my street.
Basically Anthony Hopkins creates a world where hosts (robots) live and guests (us humans) can go visit. The world is set back in the Wild West days and guests can ride around on horses, get involved with the hosts storylines, kill the hosts, have sex with the hosts– you name it, the guests can do it. All sounds lovely right? Until the hosts start to become self-aware and realize they can do a lot more than entertain humans.
Personally, if I were a guest, I’d just ride horses all day long but I don’t think that would make for a very good series.
Sky Atlantic Tues 9pm
Ophan Black– It feels like we started watching this years ago because seriously there are so many episodes and it does go on a little bit! Also, it gets a tad confusing at times and if you’re not concentrating you will be like, what the actual fuck is going on right now?
Sarah, the main character, watches her doppelgänger throw herself in front of a train so naturally she takes over her life, like you would obviously.
But she then discovers there’s a lot more of her in the World than she would like. The bottom line is: clones. Loads of them. It’s all fast-moving and full of action but there were a few episodes where I really needed to muster up the will power to continue watching. But I’m no quitter and I’m glad we powered on through. It’s still not finished though and the last series comes out next year.
The Missing– OMG. This series is the best thing that is on TV at the moment. If you don’t believe me then just head over to twitter and search #themissing. So many funny tweets about this mind-blowing series!
If you missed the first series last year, it was about a boy who went missing whilst on holiday with his parents. James Nesbit starred as the dad and he decided to go about it in his own way to find his son. The ending of this series left us thinking there could be a follow on because they never really discovered whether the child was actually dead or alive.
Well this time around the case is about Alice, a girl who goes missing one day whilst walking home from school. Years later she returns but detective Julien Baptiste, who was also the same detective from the first series, isn’t convinced Alice is who she says she is. Even her own mother is skeptical. I can’t say anymore without saying too much but honestly every week I’m glued to the couch for the hour in which this is on and afterwards I’m left unable to comprehend what I’ve just watched. It is AMAZING.
BBC 1 Weds 9pm (no adverts! Woo!)
Black Mirror– We watched the first one in this series months ago but this week we decided to revisit and give the rest of the episodes a go. These are stand alone dramas so each episode has absolutely nothing to do with any of the others, almost like mini films. Again, each one is a little bit sci-fi ish, a look into technology in the modern world and it’s all a little bit too close to home. Some of the episodes leave me feeling really uneasy, like what the hell just happened? Out of all the ones we’ve seen so far, only one has had a happy ending. The rest will just leave a bitter-sweet taste in your mouth, leaving you feeling a mixture of uncertainty and disbelief at what you have just watched.
Planet Earth 2– In fear of sounding like a total sci-fi geek, I thought I’d add in Planet Earth 2 because anyone who’s anyone is watching this right now so of course we have jumped on the band wagon.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t chomping at the bit to watch this when it first came out mainly because my heart breaks every time an animal gets killed, but also because it’s just not up there on my must watch list. But ok, I’m glad Rich made me watch it because who doesn’t feel completely safe at the sound of David Attenborough’s voice whilst watching cute little animals in HD? And you can’t help but be amazed at how this whole series is filmed and the way they manage to capture these animals in their natural habitat. It all looks so dreamy and sharp on our 4K tv. But I’m telling you, the moment a baby zebra gets killed, I’m out.
BBC 1 Sunday 8pm
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