Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Watching In May...

watching in may

A little while ago I tried out a new post style sharing Netflix recommendations however with the catalogue always changing and the fact that I recently bought a Now TV box I decided it wasn't going to work out. Instead I'm going to try and write a monthly roundup in a similar format to my 'Reads & Reviews' posts. In these new monthly installments I'll be sharing thoughts on some of the TV/film I've watched over the month, so to kick off the series here's a little bit more on the three TV shows I caught up with in May...

Castle (Seasons 3, 4 & 5, 2011-13)
ABC drama Castle follows famous author Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) as he joins the NYPD to research for a new series of crime-based books. There he meets Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and with the combination of his 'crazy author theories' and her police background together they solve crimes.
I first started watching Castle only last month when I saw that 2 seasons were available on Netflix. I instantly took to what seemed to me at first to be a very Bones-esque format and fell in love with the characters and concept. I love the crime solving element of the show too. Several binge-watched seasons in I still love the format and characters - Castle is definitely another one to add to the favourites list! ✯✯✯✯✯

Once Upon A Time (Season 1, 2011)
Thanks to a curse a whole host of well known fairy tale and classic story characters are stuck in the modern day world not knowing who they really are. Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) life is turned upside down when the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago turns up on her doorstep and takes her to Storybrooke, the town where the characters now all live. Emma soon finds out she is the daughter of Snow White and the only person who can break the curse and help the characters to remember who they really are.
Despite briefly trying to watch Once Upon A Time when it first aired in UK I wasn't instantly taken by it and quickly gave up but when I saw it was available on Now TV catchup I decided to give it another chance. Although this time I did make my way through a whole season I'm still not completely won over by it. The basic concept is a really interesting one and I did enjoy some parts but I found that it was a bit hit and miss depending on which character's backstory was being told in the episode (some were definitely more interesting than others). I'll probably marathon season two sometime, but as yet I'm not sure I'd tune in weekly for the new episodes. ✯✯✯

No Ordinary Family (Season 1, 2010)
This short-lived TV series (available to watch on Netflix UK) follows the Powell family who get super powers after a plane crash. Dad Jim (Michael Chiklis) gains super strength, mum Stephanie (Julie Benz) becomes super fast, daughter Daphne (Kay Panabaker) can read minds and son JJ (Jimmy Bennett) is now a super genius. The family soon find out that they aren't the only 'supers' in town however they are the only ones who weren't given powers on purpose and don't have to use an injectable serum to keep them.
Although No Ordinary Family, which was cancelled after just one season, and isn't the best show in the world it did offer something a little bit different which I actually really enjoyed. Unfortunately due to being cancelled the ending wasn't particularly satisfying as we don't get to find out what happens to the family next. I can't deny it was pretty over the top at times but I'd recommend giving it a watch if you've already done to death the more well-known titles on Netflix! ✯✯✯

What did you watch in May?
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