The end of the year is nigh… By the end of the week we’ll be in the very last month of 2016 (And we all know how quickly December goes.) This year, too sum it up simply, will be known to me as the year of the box set, I have literally done nothing but watch box sets. All year long! I did a similar post last year, and I thought i’d have another little re-cap of whats I’ve been binge watching this year.
House of cards, Series 4.
Frank and Claire underwood. One of TV’s most ruthless power couples. And one of my favourite programmes. It took me a while to get into this, mainly because I thought a politics based drama would be way over my head. Well…. Its bloody amazing. Gripping, shocking, and I won’t lie, totally made me see the recent election in a whole new way. Don’t be put off by its theme, its not hard to follow – Frank underwood screwing everyone over on his quest to get to the top. And his wife being just as ruthless. The most recent series did not disappoint. I’m very excited for the next series in 2017.
The walking dead, Series 6.2 & 7.1
Well. What can I say. The second half of series 6 started with the aftermath of Glen falling into a crowd of walkers, and continued all the way up until the groups first meeting with new bad guy Neegan. I won’t name his next victim, just incase you haven seen it yet – though to be fair if you don’t know now, you obviously just don’t care. We’re now 6 episodes into the first half of series 7 and its all kicking off. The walking dead was always one of my favourite shows, but the new world has changed it somewhat, it is still a fantastic programme, one that always has you on the edge of your seat. I’m just taking a while to adjust to the new way of things.
Vikings, Series 1-4.1
If historical accuracy and an abundance of bearded men is your thing, well Vikings is the show for you! I had heared so many good things about this show, but it took me at least 5 episodes to ‘get it’ Its not a typical drama, its more natural, with a slower pace when building storylines. However when it kicks off, it all kicks off. I particularly love how women are portrayed in this, no damsel in distress forced to wed if she wanted to be a part of society. Nope, those viking women had complete freedom, perhaps not complete equality, but they had a choice with everything. Legendary leader Ragnar Lothbrok’s wife Lagertha in particular is one kick ass warrior.
Game of thrones, series 1-6.
I refused to watch this programme for so long. I once watched a couple of minutes, I can’t remember for the life of me what happened… I just remember it being disgustingly gory. Its odd, as someone who loves The walking dead, to be put of a programme because of its gore. However this is exactly what happened. This year, I finally gave in to Sam’s incessant nagging at me to give it a proper try, and I became completely addicted. For two months I watched nothing else. Binge watching at its best. Stand out characters from the latest season for me were Ramsay Bolton (played by the brilliant Iwan Rheon.) and of course Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinkladge) Who has been fantastic since the very start. Odds are, I’m one of the last people in the UK left to catch up on this, so this entire paragraph will no doubt be irrelivant to most of you.
Sons of Anarchy, series 1-7
It very rarely happens, having a full from start to finish series to watch. But this exactly what happened when we decided to have a try of SOA, from the get go we sat engrossed in the drama. It was all very chaotic, sad (Opie *Cry*) and up until series 7 extremely entertaining. For me though, the last series just fell short, the programme had clearly ran its course, but it all just seemed sort of rushed.
Hand of god, Series 1.
I don’t know many that have seen this programme, If you haven’t I urge you to watch it. Theres only one season out so far, but what a season it is! Pernell Harris is a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is speaking to him, guiding him to save his son (who shot himself and now lays in a coma.) Ron Perlman is fantastic as always. You can find it over on Amazon prime.
I’ll be honest with this one, though it was quite entertaining, I didnt really get it, it didnt leave me engrossed like a good boxset should. Having said that, I will be watching the second series, soley for the character 0f Cassidy (Played by Joe Gilgun – Fun fact, My high school English teacher is his mum!)
This is such a strange programme. I’m a lover of crime drama, Gillian anderson is fab as quietly spoken but fierce Stella Gibson & Jamie Dornan plays creepy serial killer Paul Spector unnervingly well. But something about it just makes me feel so uncomfortable, maybe its the constant grey tones (it is set in ireland) or maybe its him stalking his victims before brutally murdering them – probably the latter.- The finale played out on BBC 1 last month, and right up to the end, It just made for uncomfortable viewing. – Though I guess thats actually a great thing considering its genre.
Mr Robot, series 2.
Elliot, my dear Elliot. *Sigh* Series two, if you haven’t seen it yet is AMAZING! Better than series 1, and that rarely happens with programmes. This series focus’s on the fall out from bringing E-corp down and Elliot’s ongoing battle with mental illness. Tense from the very first episode, but it is addictive viewing.
The blacklist. Series 1.
I can’t write too much about The blacklist, because I’m only on season 1, so i don’t actually know much. What I can say, is that its bloody brilliant! If any of you are familiar with The Office (US) he plays a character in that called Robert California, a brilliant but short lived character, who i’m convinced is an early version of Reddington. I’m loving this programme SO much right now.
So thats my year of viewing summed up in one post. 2017 is already looking amazing for box sets, Game of thrones (series 7), House of cards (Series 5), Vikings (Series 5), just to name a few.
What have you been watching this year?
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