It’s been a quiet month at Taylah Talks, and while yes, I could give you a thousand excuses as to how my life has been extremely busy, the truth is I have experienced a massive writer’s block.
So what have I been doing in the last month, then, other than wallowing in self-pity? Binge-watching TV, as you do. And then it hit me, I can actually tell you about what I have been watching!
So here are the three TV shows that have had my attention in the last month.
Much like the entirety of the internet, I immediately jumped on Netflix to watch Daredevil the moment its first season was released, and got through it within the same weekend.
Let’s be honest, Daredevil is nothing but another superhero origin story. The difference is in the execution. Daredevil manages to do everything Arrow has been trying to do this season (and failing) by giving us a likable male lead that has believable reasons to keep his secret from the people he loves, a well-rounded villain that is terrifying yet shares a lot in common with our hero and supporting characters with their own thoughts and motivations whose storylines are as interesting as our protagonist’s. It also featured one of my favorite male friendships on TV so far with Foggy and Matt, two adults that are past the “bro” phase and thus not unbearable to watch.
If there is anything I can fault Daredevil of is the treatment of its ladies. While all likable and even lovable, I most definitely needed some more Claire Temple (though if comic canon is any indication, we might see her in another Marvel TV show soon) and Karen sometimes acted irrationally with no explanation (spoiler alert: she drives a character into a dangerous situation that eventually gets him killed due to her not warning him about something VERY IMPORTANT, but we don’t know yet why she decides not to tell him). I also did not understand Vanessa’s reasons to stay with someone as clearly insane as Wilson Fisk. Was she really in love? Did she like the power? Did she feel sorry for him? More of this next season, Daredevil.
It is also worth mentioning this manages to be Marvel’s “darkest” project yet, theme-wise, but any less visually stunning. There are also still some small laughs and fun one-liners, Marvel style, and some little nods at the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
If you have watched the Tarantino-penned Robert Rodriguez movie of the same name, then you know what this show is about: Seth and Richie Gecko, two professional thieves are two of the most wanted men in America after robbing a bank where they take a bank teller hostage and several police officers are shot. When trying to cross the border into Mexico, they come across the Fullers, a family running away from their own problems in an RV, after their mother dies. They are taken hostage by the brothers and eventually forced into a strip club that happens to be populated by psychotic snake-vampires, one of which is a demigoddess that has been driving Richie into madness and encouraging him to kill poor young women, in order to be set free from the power of some vampire gods.
Yes, it is as insane as it sounds, and yes, it was a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Full of, seemingly, plot holes (but watch again cause everything has an explanation), campy gore and nudity, what the series manages to do that the movie didn’t (apart from getting rid of some of the unnecessary ridiculous crude language and sexual harassment) is creating compelling characters that you find yourself rooting for, even when they aren’t exactly the best humans. I ended up with two clear favorites in Kate, the good Christian girl that happens to take no crap from anyone and Seth, who sees himself involved in most violent situations because of his brother’s trigger finger. Their relationship, as well as Richie and Santanico’s (the previously mentioned vampire goddess, now set free) is extremely important and what will come out of them will be interesting to watch when the show returns later this summer.
Bob’s Burgers is filling the “first seasons of the Simpsons” shaped-hole in my heart. While not my preferred show to binge-watch (I find myself stopping for a few days, then getting back into it), it is most definitely my favorite show for a sad day. What makes this show different from Family Guy, American Dad and other pseudo-Simpsons adult “family” cartoons is that the members of the Belcher family love each other. We laugh with these characters and what happens to them, but in their own little universe, they’re a supportive little bunch.
This makes of Bob’s Burgers the perfect “feel-good” show for when you are having a bad day and I feel that is the reason why I am not able to binge-watch the entirety of it in one sitting. It’s nice to have something to go back to.
What have you been watching? What should I binge-watch next? Let me know below!