Here’s what I’ve watched since I’ve been gone!
Hello everybody! Due to adulting, I’ve been out of the loop for over a month. During that time, I somehow managed to squeeze in a little television. So, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my non-anime viewing while I’ve been away. Let’s get into it!
Avatar: The Last Airbender
It took me quite some time to finish this show. Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender tells the story of Aang, a young child with the burden of saving the world. To do this, he has to learn to master the four elements: earth, fire, air, and water. With the help of his friends Toph, Zuko, and the annoying Katara, Aang adventures to far off lands, in the hopes of defeating a very serious threat.
You guys, I should not have to tell you that this show is an absolute masterpiece. It is storytelling at its finest. It can speak to you whether your 4 or nearly 40.
The Haunting of Hill House
2018’s The Haunting of Hill House is about a family that lived in a haunted house. The show jumps between the past and the present, revealing long-held secrets, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt this family.
The first five episodes of this Netflix series are great. They’re creepy, dramatic, and horrifying. The bent neck lady reveal was incredible! But, after that, the show kind of loses the thrill. And the final episode flat out pissed me off! The writing in that last episode felt lazy and corny.
HBO’s Lovecraft Country takes us back to the Jim Crow era. Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) and Letitia Dandrige (Queen Journee Smollett) are dealing with a whole bunch of racists. On top of that, there’s a lot of Lovecraftian, supernatural phenomena going on!
I cannot express how much I’m enjoying Lovecraft Country. But, with Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams involved, what did I expect? The show really speaks to the times we are going through, not just the past. Journee Smollett is giving me absolute life. What a great actress. This show will definitely get its own post down the line.
Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated
Okay, so I’m going to need you to stay with me on this one. I love the old Scooby-Doo. I watched a few episodes a couple of months ago and they are still funny. A few weeks ago I watched Scooby-Doo: Guess Who? on Amazon Prime. It was terrible! So, when I turned on Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, my expectations are pretty low.
Much to my surprise, this 2010 iteration is not bad at all! It gives you the usual mystery with the big reveal, but it also delves into the relationships between the gang. It also has an overarching mystery that is slowly revealed throughout each episode. I have to say, I’m somewhat entertained.
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra is a spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Korra is our new Avatar. She is spirited and very headstrong. Korra moves to the big city to learn how to Airbend from Aang’s son. While there, Korra learns of a plot to rid the world of benders.
Overall, the show is okay. You kind of have to look at this show based on its own merit. If you try to compare it to the original, you’ll only be disappointed. After all, those are some giant shoes to fill. But I do like the characters in the show, except Korra. I’m told she gets better as time goes on. Right now, she’s not my cup of tea.
Black is King
I don’t even know where to begin. Black is King is a visual album by Beyonce that premiered on Disney Plus. The music is from The Gift, music inspired by the live-action Lion King. It pays homage to black people and Africa.
What a moment! Black is King was beautiful, visceral, full of meaning, and black as hell! In a time when black people have to fight to be heard and understood, Beyonce showed us why we should celebrate being black. Man! Talk about one for the culture!
Umbrella Academy: Season 2
The second season of Umbrella Academy picks up where season one left off. The family’s transported to 1960s New York. Except, they all landed there at different times in the ’60s. And there’s another problem. The world is ending…again.
2020 has already been a dumpster fire. The disappointment that is Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy threw a little more fuel on it. Truthfully, all they did was re-tell Season 1’s story in a different time with different people (outside of the core cast). There were a couple of cool moments here and there. But they were sparse. Whose lazy decision was it to rehash season 1? From my understanding, the comic has some really great stories that they could’ve told for season 2. You failed me, Umbrella Academy!
Wrapping It up
Well, that’s it for this list. The fall TV season’s coming up. I wonder how the pandemic will impact it? Carole Baskin’s going to be on Dancing with the Stars, so there’s that. Over on Couch and Chill, I catch us up on The God of High School. Also, rest in peace to the incredible actor Chadwick Boseman. I will see you later!