Thursday, 12 February 2015
What I've Been Watching Lately #4
Pretty Little Liars, (Seasons 1-5a, 2010-14): via Netflix UK
Pretty Little Liars follows teens Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Hanna (Ashley Benson), ex-best friends who's group fell apart when fifth member Alison (Sasha Pieterse) mysteriously disappeared. The girls are brought back together at the start of a new school year when they all start to receive anonymous and threatening messages from 'A' who seems to know all of their secrets - but just who is really behind them?
When Pretty Little Liars appeared on Netflix on New Year's day I instantly knew it would be my next TV marathon. Having read the first four books in PLL author Sara Shepard's Lying Game series last year I was intrigued by the world of Pretty Little Liars and keen to catch up on the show I'd heard so much about. Although for the first few episodes I couldn't help but think of Gossip Girl every time a message from A popped up (!) I quickly got over this and was drawn in to the dark plot and guessing games. I love a good mystery and PLL certainly doesn't disappoint on that front with twists and turns around every corner - everyone is Rosewood has something to hide. As you may have guessed from both this review and my recent PLL Character Style mini series I'll definitely be continuing with the show and based on how ridiculously addictive it is I just have to give it a 5/5! ✯✯✯✯✯
The Wrong Mans, (Series 2, 2014) : via BBC
The second series of this British comedy follows up 2013's six episodes rejoining Sam (Mathew Baynton), Phil (James Corden) and all of the craziness they became swept up in. The story takes an international turn when the pair, presumed dead by their friends and family, find themselves living in Texas under witness protection. Of course trouble is never far behind them and they soon land themselves in jail, once again accidentally swept up in a crime - the question is will they ever make it back home safely?
Just as far-fetched and dramatic as the first series the new episodes were really well-written and complimented the plot of series one perfectly. I loved the unique balance of comedy and thriller/action elements and was pleased to find I enjoyed the series just as much as the first, if not more. I definitely plan to add the two-series boxset to my collection sometime soon! ✯✯✯✯✯
American Horror Story: Freak Show, (2014) : via NowTV
The fourth season of this popular Fox horror series takes place within one of the last remaining Freak Shows back in the 50's. As usual with AHS we're introduced to a whole host of interesting and dark characters with Jessica Lange returning as the show's manager and wannabe superstar Elsa Mars.
When I first heard about season 4 I had high hopes but in all honesty I was a little disappointed by the first episode. As the weeks went on and the story developed I did find myself enjoying it more and as the 'flashforwards' were introduced I became very intrigued as to how the story would unfold and what situations would lead the characters there. Whilst there were some great elements and as always, interesting characters, I didn't enjoy the fourth season as much as the previous ones. Having said that I do think AHS works best for me when marathoned on Netflix (this is how I watched the first three seasons) so perhaps I may watch it again sometime in the future. For now though I'd have to say that whilst I still liked it, Freak Show was sadly my least favourite AHS season so far. ✯✯✯
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