Wow, this semester has really flown by! Its week seven already? And spring break is only a week away! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a nice long seven day worth of relaxing and doing nothing. So, for those of you who are not heading out on a fun adventure for Spring break, here are my Netflix binge-watching recommendations!
Penny Dreadful: I first discovered this show when one of my fave professors, Kam Miller, analyzed a clip in her Episodic Drama class. It had me hooked from the first scene, and I spent a probably unhealthy portion of winter break binge watching this show. It mixes together a lot of classic literary characters (Dorian Grey, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, etc) and creates a really interesting horror-fantasy mystery hybrid. The performances are also fantastic across the board which makes it even more enjoyable.
Top of the Lake: This was another show I watched over winter break. It stars Elisabeth Moss as an Australian detective in New Zealand working to find a missing girl. It takes a lot of unexpected turns and goes into some dark territory, but it was great overall. There’s a second season coming sometime this year featuring Nicole Kidman which should be interesting!
Shameless: This has become the show I am determined to finish watching this semester. There’s something about it that’s just so fun, even when the characters are dealing with stressful and outlandish situations. Its one of those shows you can throw on and follow along with while doing other things, but it still manages to draw you into the world that it creates and get you invested in the characters.
Bates Motel: This is a show that I used to be really into back in high school, but managed to lose track of once I got to college and no longer had easy access to television. But, I am extremely interested to see how the sixth season of the show tackles the original “Psycho” story, and therefore I am going to *try* and catch up on the ~2/~3 seasons that I’ve missed, especially to see how Rihanna does in her television debut. Should be interesting!
Sense8: This show just released a Christmas special a couple months ago in order to lead up to season two, which is coming in May. Now is the time to catch up with/rewatch this series! Its a bit strange at first, and takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it becomes addicting. Its full of gorgeous cinematography and locations, and I really loved the characters. I think this was the only show I’ve ever binge-watched within a single day back when it was first released and I have no regrets.
Riverdale: This show is interesting. I don’t know much about the original Archie comics, but apparently the show is not very faithful to them. What the show is, however, is extremely entertaining. The dialog takes on an almost surreal quality. Absolutely none of it sounds like anything a teenager would actually say, which makes it even more entertaining. Other than that, its a pretty standard teen drama/murder mystery, but its a fun watch overall!