First things first; as this post goes up I will not actually be tapping away on my laptop, I will be on a long haul flight, hopefully soon to arrive in the United States. So I thought I’d do a bit more of a general post, on my most recent favourite shows to watch; with most student’s summer holidays coming around I feel like it may be a good chance to suggest some new things for that initial post-exams binge, or if you’re like me, could get you through that long haul flight! (The source channels/websites are given in brackets.)
1. The Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4, UK): Although this was originally made for a subscription site, I was so glad to see that Channel 4 were going to air the series this summer, and so far it has not disappointed. Based on the novel, of the same name, by Margaret Atwood, the series focuses on a dystopian America in which fertile women have become property of the state, in the hope of saving the American population, yet seemingly demonstrating a barbaric society on the brink of collapse as those who are oppressed begin to fight back.
2. The Loch (ITV 1, UK): A six-part drama series, following the journey of police officers, as they try to track down a serial killer roaming around Scotland’s Loch Ness. Cleverly written and ultimately confusing to the viewer. So far I’m completely gripped by this show; a perfect Sunday night watch that always leaves me wanting more. Quite slow in terms of pacing, in a similar way to shows such as True Detective, but don’t be put off if the resolution you’re waiting for isn’t immediately obvious.
3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, UK/US): Upon its release of a third series, I’ve finally got round to watching this show. The unconventional story of a young woman being rescued from a fake apocalypse bunker, after spending years underground, and beginning her new life in New York City. Uplifting and amusing, I’ve found these series to be a very easy watch, whether pursued with full attention or occasionally as background noise. Over the top, bright and colourful; it’s definitely worth a watch.
4. Orange is the New Black (Netflix, UK/US): Although this is a less recent favourite, the June release of its fifth season makes this show all the more relevant. Set in a female correction facility, we follow the daily lives of both inmates and prison officers, usually highlighting their dysfunctionality. The mix of comedy and drama is blended well, but sensitive subjects are pursued respectfully. The show also voices concerns on subjects relevant in the real world, not to mention the huge proportion of female cast members of many nationalities; a highly refreshing watch!
5. Attack on Titan (Crunchyroll, Global): Something a little bit different to finish; the final episode of season two has just been released of this hugely popular Japanese anime. Another dystopian show, Titans, colossal human-eating monsters, have ravaged the population, leaving those remaining locked inside an intricate network of walls and underground tunnels. But one moment can put humanity’s existence in jeopardy. Mysterious and gripping, this is again an easy watch, especially due to each episode only being twenty minutes long.
Hopefully you enjoyed reading my quick ramble on some of my favourite series; leave me a comment if you have or intend to watch any of these and let me know what you think!
Take Care Everyone, Talk to you All Soon.