What Have I Been Watching: Television [March]

Smack in the middle of March, Spring Break came along and I was able to catch up on all the television I missed over the semester. With my Hulu subscription,  I watched some old episodes of Cartoon Network’s amusing, yet at times dry, Regular Show and the surprisingly good We Bare Bears. I tried my best to catch up in Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and continued my attempt to finish Tina Fey’s 30 Rock – I’m only on S02E09 after almost a year of beginning the series. My efforts to watch more episodes of these shows failed mainly because I was engulfed in the worlds of two brilliant pieces of television. They happened to be FX’s Legion and Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Promo….WINTER IS HERE!!!

The featured image is actually a small exchange of texts between my younger sister and I. No I didn’t care that I was in class, but yes I was still on task though because I was in my BLOGGING workshop looking for something to write about, and of course I was instantaneously pumped!

Titled the “The Long Walk”, the seventh season promo of Game of Thrones teases that the various story arcs of the epic HBO series will finally clash together. Does this promo foreshadow an imminent all out war between Jon, Cersei, and Khaleesi? A possible team-up with The King of the North and the Mother of Dragons?? After 6 seasons Winter is has finally come, and, judging by the frost exhaled by Cersei at the end of the 90 seconds, it seems like Season 7 will see an imminent attack by the White Walkers.

Personally I’m overly anxious to see a much needed reunion between Arya, Sansa, and Jon and am in desperate need of more White Walker vs Westerosi battles. Let me know what excites you are anticipating the most about Season 7!

GET PUMPED, GET PUMPED, GET PUMPED!!!!

The 7th Season of Game Thrones is set to release July 7th.

Be a KND

I was inspired by someone special to write this blog post…..

“I wanna be a kid forever”. It’s a phrase that has slipped off most of our tongues. Back when he had no responsibilities, our imaginations ran wild and everything in the world felt fresh and new. Unfortunately, we all grew up and the beauty of childhood was stripped away. Santa no longer existed, the tooth fairy didn’t place dollars underneath our pillows, and monsters no longer loomed in our closets. The thing is, no one explicitly told us to stop believing these things, it’s just one of those unsaid requirements that becoming an adult entails. With age came more responsibilities, our imaginations became restricted to the whatever a textbook or office paper suggested, a new day was no longer a new adventure but instead a mundane repeat of the last. Of course we all have responsibilities. Jobs to keep, families to support, taxes to pay, etcetera. But why not keep the kid in us? Write outlandish stories, swing on swingsets, or go on spontaneous adventures? Why not be a little more like the Kids Next Door?

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My Favorite Television Shows of 2016

2016 is over, finally, and although the year was universally crummy it did produce some outstanding television. Film and TV, as frequent viewers here may know, is a form of escapism for me. A way to leave whatever troubles me in the real world and get lost in some fictitious ones. This year there were a couple of shows, both new and returning, that I would return to week after week, or day after day if they were on Netflix, to get my dose of immersion. Going in fresh into 2017 I wanted to reflect on these shows and write about what I loved so much about them. So here are my favorite shows of 2016 (unranked)!

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From the very first moments of Mr. Robot’s sophomore season I knew that the show was heading into a realm that has yet to be explored on television. What I am currently praising the most from this truly brilliant piece of television is the stellar and visionary directing of Sam Esmail.

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Stranger Things Review [Mild Spoilers]

Netflix’s Stranger Things is a science fiction, horror, mystery and drama show that pays frequent homage to films made in the 80s. What is to be lauded the most of this series is not its ability to hold these numerous titles but its ability to successfully define itself as a stand alone project while being these many things at once.

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Mr. Robot S02E04 [Down the Rabbit Hole We Go]

The fourth (technically third) episode of Mr. Robot is strange and that’s saying a lot for a show with a story and directing style that hardly resembles any other running television series. The atmosphere of season 2 thus far has been quite “off”. Its eerie, nerving and the already odd world that surrounds Elliot seems unbalanced. Some fans have theorized that the slow pacing and weird tone of this season in building to a huge twist or something bigger in the grand scheme of the narrative. Other viewers have already thrown in the towel and gave up on the future of the show entirely. So which is it? Is Mr. Robot building to something grand or has it become too pretentious for its own sake?

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Orange is The New Black Season 4 Review [Spoiler Alert it’s Stellar]

The fourth season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is as complex as it is visceral. It bluntly throws the truth of American society at your face and barely gives you enough time to process the harshness of the reality. OITNB season 4, as all previous seasons have done so well, will rip your heart out, make you laugh, cry and scream at your television (laptop?) in agony within moments of your preceding emotion. Whatever you felt towards our beloved all female ensemble it goes without saying that the fourth season of OITNB is the show’s best.

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Is Anything Truly “Binge-Worthy”?

Television has evolved into a fantastic platform where the viewing of our favorite shows are no longer at the hands of the network of origin but at the hands of the people. Through the existence of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and other streaming sites, viewers are able to access all the episodes of almost every season of nearly any television series. We can all catch up with a show that we may have fell behind on, watch that series that we always wanted to or watch that old show that that everyone was obsessed with a couple of years back. The God-like ability to watch whatever, whenever has promoted the popular “binge-watching” habit, or the complete viewing of an entire season or at times an entire show.

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