‘I am a match for any man’ – The White Queen, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope we all got over ‘Blue Monday’ (the 3rd Monday in January – apparently it’s the most depressing day of the year) and didn’t have too much snow during the week! I’ve had an up and down week, but I am back to feeling better! Hooray!
This week’s tele came around a little differently than normal. I saw a trailer for the new STARZ tv show The Spanish Princess

The Trailer for The Spanish Princess – The Spanish Princess, STARZ, 2019

… and then remembered that there were other STARZ shows in the vein of Reign (semi-historical romance dramas – right up my street!) So I went out of my way to find copies of The White Queen (this weeks review) and The White Princess (a future review). Without further ado, let me tell you about The White Queen!

King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth, expecting another child. Was it a girl? – The White Queen, BBC/STARZ, 2013

The White Queen is set in the War of the Roses – a time when Britain was divided by two houses both vying for power. It revolves around the women who were influential in it; Elizabeth Woodville of York – who marries Edward to become Queen, Margaret Beaufort of Lancaster – Mother to Henry Tudor, and Anne Neville, who changed sides from York, to Lancaster, to York – wife of Richard III – each manipulating things to go their own way. Although the series is called The White Queen, it adapts 3 of Phillipa Gregory’s books – The White Queen (focused on Elizabeth), The Red Queen (focused on Margaret) and The Kingmaker’s Daughter (focused on Anne Neville). It begins in 1464, 9 years after the beginning of the war, and finishes in 1485. With no spoilers to be wary of, as it’s actual history please find a brief recap of the history here.


King Richard III and his wife Queen Anne Neville – The White Queen, BBC/STARZ, 2013

People should know by now, I love a good historical drama. See my reviews of shows like Outlander. Give me a period outfit, with corset and braided hair any day!
I love the conflict in them, and kind of feel like I’m learning stuff all at the same time. As with a lot of these shows, things move through time quite quickly, and the adults don’t age – so their children end up looking the same age as they do. The acting is quite good, and I do feel immersed. I never find that STARZ shows have ‘bad’ acting. Sometimes eye-rolling plot, but the actors are never the reason for that. I am excited to watch the sequel, The White Princess and The Spanish Princess after that!

Have you seen The White Queen? What did you think Are you as into period dramas as I am?

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‘Our babies will be smart and beautiful… Not to mention imaginary.’ – The Big Bang Theory, 2007 – 2019

Happy Monday, everyone! I, like everyone else, was back to work this week – so I’ve been finding some easy stuff to binge watch when I get home. Coming into 2019, I realised something. I have never seen all of The Big Bang Theory (I think you can see where this week’s review is going). I admit, I’ve not finished it all yet, but thought I’d give you all my thoughts. Without further here we go!

The Couples – The Big Bang Theory, Warner Bros., 2007-2019 

Everyone probably knows the plot of The Big Bang Theory but here’s a brief recap of the plot: Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard are all scientists at Cal Tech University, California. They are all best friends and all pretty brilliant in their fields. They spend most of their time playing video games, reading comic books, going to comic con – you know, the “usual nerd stuff.” Next door, a pretty waitress/actress named Penny moves in, and Leonard instantly falls for her. Each of them, bar Raj, also gets a girl (Bernadette for Howard and Amy for Sheldon). It’s about their lives as they traverse being super nerdy, weird and geeky with trying to fit in with society. Obviously, it’s quite difficult for them – it’s all part of the joke.

The gang – The Big Bang Theory, Warner Bros. 2007-2019

It may be the nostalgia talking, but I do like The Big Bang Theory. Sure it can occasionally be eye rolling, and I’m not sure that it would be as funny without the laughter track – which does play at the wrong time sometimes (it’s not always played at a funny bit). Sometimes it alienates nerds from others.
But I do like it. It IS funny. I understand their relationships with the friends, family and partners… and why they’re friends. I think the characters are funny. I may think otherwise in another 5 seasons, but on season 6 I am enjoying it. Enough to keep binge watching. It IS worth watching, just for something in the background. I do like it. Honest.

Have you seen The Big Bang Theory? What do you think? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!

“And you, good sir. What brings you here?” – The Council, 2018

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas (for last week)

My review this week is a bit different. In that you’re going to get my thoughts as we play! This week I give you whole game play with @sebonthesilvermountain. Before the end of 2018 we’re going to get through as much of it as possible! (Ignore my croaky voice, I am progressively sicker during this game play!)

We’re playing The Council. A game set in 1793, we’re playing Louis de Richet, a member of a secret society, who has been invited to a private island off the shore of England, by Lord Mortimer. We’ve joined a tonne of well known historic guests – Napoleon and Washington to name a few. Join us as creepy tales ensue!

Below is episodes 1-3 of The Council

We’ll be streaming on Seb’s channel on New Years Eve! Come play with us!

Have you played The Council? What did you think? Would you have played it like us? What about your own gaming? Have you played anything good recently? Leave a comment down below.

‘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!

No review 03/12/18

Hi everyone!

Just a quick one to say there’s no review this week as I have had no time! Very busy weekend here!

I am on Christmas break in a couple weeks so I will get my backlog up asap!

Sorry!

What do you want me to review next? Leave a comment down below!

‘Remember when I said you fly too fast? Forget I said that. Fly fast!’ – Destiny 2, 2017

Happy Monday, everyone! How are we all? I hope well! I am starting to think that weekends are not long enough! Two days is not enough to recoup from the week before! As promised, I am back this week and I actually have something to review! Without further ado, here comes my review of Destiny 2. 

My Warlock in Destiny 2 – Destiny 2, Bungie, 2017

Destiny 2 is (obviously) the sequel to Destiny. Players assume the role of a Guardian, who protect Earth’s Last City from invading alien races. The Cabal, who are a warmongering race, have taken over the Last City and all Guardians are stripped of their abilities (their light). The player character sets out on a journey to find their light and take back the Last City.

Destiny 2 is a first person shooter, with the player going into third person when using their ultimate power. These powers are based around void, fire and air. I currently use fire, because that’s the first warlock power. 

The Dawnblade – Destiny 2, Bungie, 2017

I really like Destiny 2. It’s a really fun game to play with others. Of course, I’ve been playing it with @sebonthesilvermountain because I like to spend time with him and really struggle to play videogames by myself if they’re meant to be multiplayer. 
Both Seb and I agree that the gun play is very smooth. The weapons feel distinct, even if some of them aren’t very good. I am not a fan of the grenade launchers. I find questing fun, and I am interested in the story. I want to know more about the characters, and I’m excited to be hearing what my characters voice is when I get to the DLC. 
The game does have some downfalls though. For instance, I have an issue with the game being a bit short. I’ve not been playing long, but I know for a fact that I am nearly 50% of the way through the main campaign. I’m glad I have some DLC, but Bungie expecting people to research the original game or something. Seb has an issue with the game being lacking, especially for PC players. It expects players to know all about the original Destiny. As a PC player, neither of us know about it as the original game never came to PC. We are missing out on some of the game. 

All in all, I would say someone give this game a go! I don’t know if it’s still for free, but it’s worth picking up to play.

What do you think about Destiny 2? Did you play the original before the second one? Would you play them if you’ve never played them before? Leave a comment down below!  

No review 12/11/18

Hi all!

No review this week as I completely forgot to watch, read or do anything of note (being half way through BoJack Horseman isn’t enough!) Next week will be a review of Destiny,  as it was free on PC this week, so I will play some more and get back to you!

Sorry!

I am super sorry! I completely forgot! I think I have a serious case of the weekend brain! Leave a comment telling me what you’d like me to review! 

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!