‘I’m not a man! But neither am I a wolf’ – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! How are well all this week? I hope so! Has anyone started their Christmas shopping? I have only just. I am feeling very behind already this year. So much to do and such little time. With all this stuff I have to do, I like to have things on in the background. So today’s review is just that. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle came out this weekend, so I thought I’d give it a watch. Without further ado, here we go!

Mowgli with his wolf brothers and sisters – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a fantasy adventure, both live action and CGI animation. It’s got an all star cast; directed by and staring Andy Serkis, featuring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris. When I said all star, I bet you weren’t expecting Batman and Sherlock alongside Gollum. 

The shooting of this film is pretty darned magical – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Netflix, 2018

It has received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast, visual effects, and Serkis’ passion for the project, but compared it unfavourably to the Disney film. But I don’t think this can compare to the other Jungle Book that came out this year. Also with an all star cast. That was cuddly and cute. This isn’t. I won’t go much into the plot, but this is not the story that Disney lovers will be used to. This is a dark retelling of the story we know and love. There’s no singing and no cuddly animals. They all look ragged and, dare I say it, evil. But it’s more like the original book.
For instance, there’s a really upsetting scene where Mowgli is forced to look at his killed-and-stuffed best friend when he’s in the man village. The camera pans between the two more than once, adding to the sadness of the scene.
There’s a lot of gore too, blood and bits are shown a lot. We see Mowgli and his wolf-brothers and sisters eating raw flesh on more than one occasion.

I think I enjoyed it better than the soft and cuddly version of the story. I am a sucker for films close to the book. And this is just that. It is an actual retelling, rather an a Disney-ifying. 

Have you seen Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle? Are you going to? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below telling me what you think!

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Christmas Movies I’ve already watched in 2018

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Your branches green delight us!

Now you’re in the Christmas mood, I’m going to be talking about Christmas movies today. Yes I have already started watching Christmas movies. Not because I’m one of these “CHRISTMAS STARTS IN NOVEMBER WOOOOOO!” people but because I like mind numbing tele when I’m doing other things. 
Without further ado, here’s my Christmas movie recommendations so far!

The Princess Switch

Vanessa Ann Hudgens gets to kiss both these men! – The Princess Switch, Netflix, 2018

The Princess Switch is about a woman named Stacy DeNovo is a young baker who runs a pastry shop friend Kevin Richards. After being invited to a fancy cook-off, Stacy meets Lady Margaret Delacourt, future bride of Edward. Margaret and Stacy note that they look perfectly identical and exchange roles for a couple of days.
Obviously both girls have romances with their twins main main and hijinks ensue.
I really liked this film. I liked the hijinks. Even the acting wasn’t the worst for a Christmas movie. It is 100% watchable. And I will be rewatching this when I need a feel good movie. I recommend it to any Christmas movie fan!

The Man who Invented Christmas

Loved the use of fiction and fact here! – The Man who Invented Christmas,
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he Man who Invented Christmas is a film about Charles Dickens and how he invented Scrooge. It seems to be semi-biographical, as it does include some historical knowledge about him – Two years after the success of his book Oliver Twist, Dickens is suffering from financial hardship. He’s in debt with everyone. To make a lot of money. he sets out to write a new book to restore his finances. Seeing inspiration around London, he begins writing A Christmas Carol, in six weeks so it can be published for Christmas. As he begins to write, he interacts with the characters he is writing about, most notably Ebenezer Scrooge. He seeks help from those around him as he rushes to get the book done in time! 
As a Lit grad, I have to say I really like a good biopic. And this was a good biopic. Dan Stevens plays Dickens really really well. Again, I recommend it (especially if you know the story of A Christmas Carol!)

A Christmas Prince

The BEST Christmas Prince Movie – A Christmas Prince, Netflix, 2018

Amber Moore (an inspiring young journalist) is sent to the foreign nation of Aldovia to cover a press conference with the crown prince Richard, who is set to take the throne following his father’s recent death. Richard is alleged to be an irresponsible playboy and is also rumored to be planning to abdicate. Amber decides to snoop around the palace and while doing so is mistaken for young Princess Emily’s new tutor. Amber takes the opportunity to go undercover to investigate the rumors around Prince Richard.
You’ll notice there’s a lot of Christmas Prince movies on Netflix. But this is by far the best. I love this movie and can’t wait to binge it again before the sequel. Honestly, this is the best movie. 

Have you seen any of these movies? What do you think of Dickens? What about Christmas Royalty movies? Leave a comment down below!


What I did to celebrate Halloween in 2018

Good Monday everyone! For anyone that knows me, I love Halloween. I love the aesthetic, the dressing up, the movies that come out. I don’t like really scary things or knocking on people’s doors expecting food, but I do love the effort people put in to Halloween-ify their houses. Because I was with @sebonthesilvermountain this week we did some stuff together. Below is an amalgamation of the things we did together to celebrate. Without further ado… here we go!

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During the day we went to the ‘St. Albans BID’ event in town. We went a bit later than everyone else to avoid some of the crowds, but it seemed well attended. It was really nice to see people dressing up and enjoying themselves.

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The cover art shows how crazy this game is – Lust for Darkness, Movie Games Lunarium, 2018

Lust for Darkness

Who doesn’t like dark mythos imbued with cults all around sex. I did enjoy this game but the ending was really meh. To me it’s like they spent all their money early on  and then had to rush it. The story was interesting though. Jonathon has to save his wife Amanda from a sex-cult where she’s been “held prisoner” for a year. There are weird demon things and lots of death and killing. It’s worth a play for a couple hours. Obviously it’s 300% NSFW and 18+ so no kids please!

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Lucius is as evil as he looks – Lucius, Shiver Games, 2012

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Who doesn’t love being the son of the devil, riding your trike around your house and mercilessly killing people? Lucius (so far at least) is a really fun game. It’s some stealth, some magic, some mystery and a whole lot of fun. Did I mention riding around your whole house on a trike? It’s worth the few £ that it is on steam at the moment.

 

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Sabrina on her birthday – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

#TBT last week when I reviewed the first two episodes of Sabrina. Well, I finished it finally and let me say – I loved it. Like I said last week, there were some pushy bits of agenda, but in the end I really liked what happened to the characters. I look forward to season 2!

 

Alas, Halloween is done for another year. I wonder what the next one will have in store for me!

What did you do to celebrate Halloween? Did you have a good time? Leave a comment down below and tell me! 

‘How clever, you’re dressed as your future’ – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, 2018

Good moaning (get it, Halloween puns ahead) everyone! How are we all today? Looking forward to Halloween and Bonfire night? I know I am. Halloween is probably one of my favourite holidays – I am planning on being a Sith this year. Fingers crossed my outfit works out. So today’s review is on a spoopy (yes spoopy, not spooky) theme. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina released this week and I am hyped. You may know this from my review of the comic here. I am a massive pansy to scares, I’ve probably said before, but this isn’t that scary. Disturbing occasionally, but not scary.  I’ve barely watched any of it, so I’m going to give a comparison rather than a “real” review – Does the show live up to the comic? (No mentions of the 90s show here. I did love that, but it’s so different, it can’t compare.)

Spoilers ahoy!

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Sabrina on her birthday – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018

Sabrina Spellman is about to turn 16. On Halloween. On a blood moon. Omens, omens, omens. She spends her days hanging with Harvey, her friends and going to school On her 16th birthday, Sabrina must fully embrace her witch half during a Dark Baptism during which she will pledge loyalty to the Dark Lord Satan. However, Sabrina is torn, as she must choose between her friends and her family. Sabrina spends the days leading up to her birthday finding answers to all her questions about the ritual. Things go downhill pretty fast. Because of course they do.

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Sabrina vs Sabrina. I think they did a good job!  – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Comics/Netflix, 2018

So far, so good. They haven’t killed Harvey which I’m really happy with. In the comic he was killed off in the first few pages. I’m glad he hasn’t been killed off in this (So far. Hope I haven’t jinxed it).
Sabrina looks amazing. True style icon. I want to be her. And they’ve kept her looking a lot like Sabrina from the comic. Very happy about that. I quite like that they’ve brought the looks from the comic into the book, a lot like Riverdale, bringing the 50’s towards 2018. It adds some retro into it, and I really love it.
I’ve only seen a couple episodes, but I am loving it so far. I’m able to look past the modern issues they’ve kind of shoved into it – don’t get me started on that headteacher. He needs to be sacked. Urgh. I hate bad teachers in shows.
I think there’s only one bit of it I don’t like. The fact that they shoved it into the modern day. The comic wasn’t in the modern day – it kind of made Sabrina a better feminist. There was a reason for her to fight against the patriarchal nature of the Church of Night. Also, it made it more powerful that her dad was still in the picture and forcing her to be a part of it.

If you like Riverdale, give this a go. If you like witches, give this a go. If you like Halloween, give this a go. If you like watching tele give this a go. It’s worth it.

Have you seen Sabrina? What do you think? Love this more than the 90s show? What about the comic? Leave a comment down below! 

[Header image: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018]

What I’ve been watching, Autumn 2018

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! How are we all this fine weekday? I hope you all had a calm and relaxing weekend. I certainly did; I brought a new car. I know – crazy. I feel like a real adult, doing real adulting things. Anyway, I haven’t been able to binge watch a series, and there’s only been a few episodes of the new seasons of shows that are out. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been watching at the moment (on Netflix obviously). There may be spoilers ahead.

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Chidi and Eleanor talking about philosophy – The Good Place, Netflix, 2018

The Good Place Season 3

This season started off with a bang. We’re back on Earth, due to Michael’s shenanigans, and none of our characters know each other. We saw a bit of this last season, but now we know how Michael got all of the characters there. I have to admit – it’s been a bit of a slow start. But the latest episode was really good. Their acceptance of their fates was superb, and showed them all going through signs of denial and grief. I love this show and am really glad it’s back.

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Bojack and his agent – Bojack Horseman, Netflix, 2018

Bojack Horseman

I’m a bit late to this party. I have only just started to watch it, and I have to say, I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s funny in places sure, but it feels like any other adult cartoon (Family Guy, American Dad etc.) except this guy is a horse and there are other animal-people around as well as humans. It’s just meh. Maybe it’ll pick up later on. I’ll stick with it.

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Riverdale Season 3

I don’t remember if I told you my thoughts on Riverdale Season 2 but you should know I thought it was whack. It kind of started to ruin my love for it (But nothing ruins my love for Bughead, Bughead for life). This season starts out with Archie’s trial, and goes on to be about the Occult? I don’t know, I was a bit taken aback when it began. I know the new Sabrina is coming out, so perhaps they’re trying to tie them in a bit? It would be interesting, seeing as Greendale is already in the series. I won’t be giving up on it, but I am dubious at the moment.

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The Dragon Prince

I am halfway through The Dragon Prince and I honestly do like it. It’s a good story, and it’s done by the same people who did Aang so it’s going to be amazing. But what’s with the frame-drop art style? I worried it was my internet for a little but lots of people have been complaining. It makes it a bit disjointed to watch. Which is why I’m only half the way through. But I will finish it. I promise.

I need to get to finishing some tele! I am very behind as you can see!

Have you seen any of these? What is your thoughts on any of them? Something you wished I would watch on Netflix? Leave me a comment down below! 

‘That was one heck of a worm dance’ – Big Mouth, Season 2, 2018

Hey everyone! How are we all? Thanks for allowing me a week off! I felt pretty awful over the weekend and just needed some time off. It’s been a tough week my end, purely because I was sick all week. And teaching whilst sick is very difficult. But being sick meant I got a lot of television watched. Including the new season of Big Mouth.

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Andrew and The Shame Wizard. If there’s one man that I like to speak like, it’s The Shame Wizard. Sorry, The Shane Lizard – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2018

Big Mouth is based around Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s childhood within the New York suburbs – but we already know that. Because we’ve already reviewed season one.
As with before Nick is constantly comparing himself to Andrew. Even though he’s got a hormone monster now, he feels like he is behind in his developmental stages. He’s told time and time again there’s nothing wrong with him, but he won’t listen and wants to grow up. Andrew, and honestly every other character, is terrified of growing up. Each of them has something wrong with them; Andrew thinks he’s disgusting for having feelings, Jess is having trouble with her parents, Jay’s dad is a terrible influence – that kind of thing. Plus, Coach Steve gets his own story too. Which is just hilarious. He sings the theme tune for his episode.

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Andrew looking at Nick’s sister’s swimming costume – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2018

Season 2 was even better than season 1, in my honest opinion. It’s so open and honest about adolescence and puberty. It handles how boys and girls feel about their bodies and emotions so candidly, I assume that any adult watching it can relate – I certainly can. Issues are still dealt with in refreshing openness. I would say this seasons got much better writing too – it’s not officially one of the best cartoons on Netflix. Heck, it’s one of the best cartoons out there. I would even suggest showing it to elder teens – the hormone monsters and the teens, and even the adults, feel so real and genuine. Their stories are just top notch.

Go watch Big Mouth, seasons one and two. It’s just so good. I think everyone will love it.

[Header image: Big Mouth, Netflix, 2018]

‘My head doesn’t work right. I thought maybe these people, could fix me. Sounds stupid.’ – Maniac, 2018

Hello everyone! How are we this lovely Monday? I hope well! I am exhausted, but not too exhausted to not bring you a good ol’ blog post! I just hope you forgive that my reviews are smaller and more concise for the time being!  I’ve been settling into working, so haven’t been watching or reading much – however, I had this to finish off, which means you’re getting a review of one of the greatest things I’ve seen on Netflix this year – Maniac. 

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Maniac poster, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill – Maniac, Netflix, 2018

Maniac follows Annie and Owen, two random people who put themselves up to participate in a pharmaceutical trial. Annie is pretty done with life, taking drugs, living in a hovel and stealing most of her father’s money. She’s more fixated on her broken relationship with everyone than trying to actually fix them. Owen, a younger son of a rich family (and probably the most normal, which is saying something) has struggled his whole life with schizophrenia. Neither is happy – they want to get better. So when Dr. James K. Mantleray claims, via his trail, that he can repair anything about the mind it draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial. Let’s just say it goes a bit crazy, and nothing goes as anyone would like. But what else were we expecting when it’s being run by an AI with emotional issues.

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Owen and Annie deal with their emotions, face to face – Maniac, Netflox, 2018

If you can’t already tell, I loved Maniac. I found it really realistic to the real 80’s (not that I was alive then). The use of the AI in the old style computers was amazing, and I loved the high colour palettes used. Even the stark whiteness of the lab contrasted so well to the dream sequences.
The writing was superb. I found myself falling in love with all of the characters, each of them were unique – the lab techs and the test subjects. Their conversations were candid, and sometimes funny, but the actors really got behind their characters. From what I’ve read, they did a lot of method acting. For instance – Justin Theroux only managed to get into the character of James by playing his awful wig as just that – an awful wig that James puts on every morning to cover his bad bald spot. They all played into their character’s small madnesses and insecurities – Owen worried about his mental stability, James worried about his mother etc.
I know this is a limited series which is what I’m both happy and sad about. Owen and Annie’s story is over, they have an ending. But not all the characters do; and I want to know what happens to them. What happens to the AI? What happens to the company? What happens to everything. Maybe even what happens to Annie and Owen, if they make it where they want to go.

You should see Maniac. It’s a good sci-fi show. It’s deep and alluring. I loved it. Go and watch!

[Header: Maniac, Netflix, 2018]

RIP Telltale, 2004-2018

Hello, and good Monday to everyone! This week has been busy for me, and so I’ve not watched anything really. But there has been stuff to talk about that I want to discuss with you. It won’t be a long post but I think it will be a sad one. I cried about this when it first came out, believe it or not. I’m sure that literally everyone in the gaming (and probably every other) community knows what’s happening here, but let’s just dive right into it.

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Game of Thrones, Borderlands, The Wolf Among us and The Walking Dead – Telltale Games, 2004-2018

In a very sudden, and almost tragic, turn of events – Telltale is shutting down. It’s come pretty out of the blue. And I have to say – the way it’s been handled is pretty awful.
Early in the weekend this press release arrived on the internet:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.   “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”

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The Wolf Among us, Tales from the Borderlands and The Walking Dead – Telltale, 2004-2018

These 250 employees were given no notice. No severance pay was given to any of them. Some of them were hired a week ago. One poor guy moved across the States to work here. Their health insurance only lasts one more week. According to an ex-dev, Emily Grace Buck, these people were working for pittance, doing over time for free and working paycheck  to paycheck. She has also confirmed that –
They will not be completing the last season of The Walking Dead. There is no news on those customers who have brought the season pass getting their money back, or at least partial refunds. This will be interesting – what happens when people purchase a season pass and it never gets fulfilled? This will set president for new season passes, and what happens when a company goes bust before completing it. Everything has been cancelled, other than the Netflix show for Minecraft: Story Mode.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this has been an awful situation, and handled very badly. The fact that they were hiring last week actually sickens me. I am shocked, however, that things seemed to go from fine to awful in 24 hours. I am interested to see how this all turns out.
Like I said in the intro, I am very upset about this. The Telltale games were some of my favourites, and I will hold them all dear to my heart. There have been 2 I have spoken about on here; Batman and The Guardians of The Galaxy, but I also loved every other one I had played. I am kind of glad I haven’t brought The Walking Dead past the 1st season (I was waiting till the final ended, and getting a pack of them to binge). We shall just have to see what happens.

Have you heard about all of this? What are your thoughts? Which were your favourite, and least favourite, Telltale games? Leave a comment down below.

[Header: Telltale Logo, Telltale, 2018]

‘I like the way you speak words’ – Final Space, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all this fine day? This week I start back at uni, to begin my teacher training – but don’t worry, I won’t forget about you. I will keep posting here! I’m in the process of setting myself up a youtube channel over here where I’ll be talking about my love for all things ‘comic’, (like I do here), as well as how to juggle teaching and life! I want to tell you guys all about my training and how I cope!
This weeks review is from a show that came to Netflix a few weeks ago, but I’ve only just got around to reviewing it. It seemed like everything came out at the same time, and I had to prioritise what to watch and review whilst writing my dissertation. Well, now that’s all out of the way, I bring you a review of a great cartoon – Final Space. 

 

Gary Godspeed is an astronaut, who was imprisoned upon the Galaxy One, a prison

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The Gang saving the day – Final Space, Netflix, 2018

ship in which he is basically held in solitary confinement. One day he encounters Mooncake, a small green alien that says “chookitty” a lot. For some reason (obviously explained in the show) Mooncake is wanted by the evil alien, the Lord Commander – so he can get to ‘Final Space.’ Gary and Mooncake, along with other friends Gary meets – Avocato and Quinn to name two – to discover what on Earth (haha, unintended space joke) ‘Final Space’ actually is.

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Quinn and Tribore investigating something for The Infinity Guard – Final Space, Netflix, 2018

Let’s just jump right into it. I really liked Final Space. So much that I binged it as quickly as possible. What I am enjoying about adult cartoons at the moment is the fact that, like with Disenchantment, they’re easy to watch as well as touching on real life issues. Gary is completely head over heels in love with Quinn, even though he met her for five minutes, five years ago. The series explores Gary’s feelings on a grand scale. He’s the unlikely protagonist – a man who is honestly emotionally unhinged. He’s gone stir-crazy on the ship with nothing but KVN (an annoying robot who eats all his cookies), the worker bots (who all try to just kill him) and HUE (an AI who is basically his jail-guard). His emotions are plain to see and are raw, you know exactly what’s going on even though he’s a 2D cartoon. God, have I missed good 2D cartoons. Now-a-days we rely too much on 3D rendering, when most good shows can get across their message without the CGI graphics.
The ending was a bit meh, though. Like… it was definitely trying to tell people it was a cliffhanger. It was just a really… disappointing one.

You should watch Final Space. It wouldn’t take you very long to do at all, and you’ll love the characters as much as I do. It’s an easy watch, that doesn’t fail to interest the audience in what ‘Final Space’ actually is.

[Header Image: Final Space, Netflix, 2018]

‘Singing While Working isn’t Happiness… It’s Mental Illness’ – Disenchantment, 2018

Hey everyone! How are we all on this lovely, and probably rainy, bank holiday? I’m currently at the ‘St. Albans Vegan Fair’, enjoying some dairy free chocolate. I like vegan chocolate. Don’t at me.
This weeks review is about a new show on Netflix, from a well known creator – none other than The Simpsons’ Matt Groening. We’ve had the modern day (with said Simpsons), the future (with Futurama) and now the past – with Disenchantment. Without further ado – here we go! (It’s a short but sweet one this week!)

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Riding out of town – Disenchantment, Netflix, 2018

Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland, the series follows the story of Bean (Tiabeanie, who knows what made her parents choose that), a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her, frankly stupid, elf companion Elfo (so named as he is an elf, and the male tradition with names is adding an -o to the end, seems to be a -y with females) and her “personal demon” Luci. Antics etc ensue.

 

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Princess Tiabeanie on her throne – Disenchantment, Netflix, 2018

I like The Simpsons. Even new episodes. I like Futurama. There’s nothing that’s going to make me hate this show. Matt Groening is an icon of mine, and I have loved his work since I was a child.
There’s been a lot of complaints about this not being as good or as funny as either of the predecessors. With that argument, I point people back to when Futurama first aired. People slated it. Then they loved it. That will happen with this. Bean is one of the most relatable characters Groening has created in my opinion – everyone’s been a teen that hates their parents at some point.
Unlike its sister-shows, it’s story goes from one episode to the next. You can’t dip in and out. I actually think this is a blessing, and not a curse. For one, it means everyone watches it all. But two, it means it gives the show a nice continuity that it wouldn’t have had before. I love a series that entangles it’s narrative over more than one episode.

Also the plot is made with it’s one liners. Such as that of the title. Elfo is pure hilarity. I don’t want to spoil any of the plot, but each bit is juicy and gorgeous to watch. It’s just good tele. Good binge watching.

Go. Binge. It’ll take you less than a day. It’s the bank holiday! Go do it!

Have you seen Disenchantment? What did you think? Better, worse or equal to it’s sister-shows? Leave a comment down below.