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

Lucius I

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! 

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‘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]

“Which one of you is my Grandad’s girlfriend?” – Trust, 2018

Good afternoon, Monday-ers! How are we all this week? I hope well! I’ve had my first week of my PGCE, which means that I am officially a trainee-teacher, woo! But this does mean I’ve had less time to watch and read things than I would have liked – it’s all been tiring! Therefore, what I’m reviewing I admit to not having finished. I am half way through. This is unlike me, and I hope it won’t happen again. But I just had to talk about it! So, without further ado, I bring you Trust, a story about the Getty kidnapping. It’s a bit shorter than my usual reviews, but that’s purely because I’ve not seen all of it.

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John Paul Getty III getting kidnapped – Trust, FX/BBC, 2018

Before I begin this review, I think I should explain the kidnapping itself. John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in the in Rome when he was 16. He had toyed with the idea of getting himself kidnapped by petty criminals but he changed his mind because both of them started getting work modelling for photographers. He was blindfolded, transported, and imprisoned in a cave. The kidnappers issued a ransom note demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that message arrived, some family members suspected that the kidnapping was merely a ploy by Getty III, as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his wealthy grandfather.

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Donald Sutherland as Getty Snr. I think he really looks the part! – Trust, FX/BBC, 2018

I have really enjoyed watching this show. I am engrossed with all of it. From what I’ve heard it does a better job than the Scott movie adaptation, but this I need to watch. Perhaps when I’ve done that I can give a comparative review of both.
Where I’m at currently at in the show is a little… boring? It’s the explaining of how he was captured, but I feel like it’s too explanatory. I think it would have been better to see most of the story from Gail’s (Getty III mother) perspective in this part. We’ve seen her going crazy over it, but I feel like we should know what she’s doing more to get Getty Snr’s attention. I am hoping it picks up later on, when we see his body parts being cut up and sent back to his family – to show that the kidnappers are not joking.
The acting is superb though. Even though there has been a few slumps in pacing, I’ve not felt like I haven’t engaged with any of it. I want to find out what happens next. I mostly want to see how it ends – How Getty III came back to his parents and grandfather, how his grandfather lived his last three years of life, if anything else crazy happens to them! I wasn’t alive when this originally happened, so I can’t wait to find out what does!

If you can get on to the BBC iPlayer, I really recommend watching it. I know it was on FX in America, but am unsure where you can see it there. But please do! It’s well worth the watch!

[Header: Trust, FX/BBC, 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. 

‘He touched her hoo-hoo!’ – Insatiable, 2018

Good Monday, everyone! Sorry I’ve been a bit awol recently, but I am back! Don’t you worry!
As I said before, I’ve been doing a lot of binging television whilst I’ve written my dissertation. That is now all done (scary times!) so I am here, enjoying a nice break! I can finally enjoy summer!
As I said last week, I’ve been watching a lot of series and Insatiable was the first one. I have a few bones to pick – not with it. With it’s hate. This will be a different review than I usually do. I won’t be going into the story of the show, but how the story has caused so much controversy.

Let’s start with the headlines. Here is a selection of three; From Buzzfeed and Popbuzz. They all hate on the show.

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The Netflix Poster – Insatiable, CW/Netflix, 2018

They are incredibly unhelpful. This is my issue with sensationalist media; if it’s not PC in any way, it’s the devil. As someone who was a bigger girl, and has lost a lot of weight, I resonated a lot with Patty. I too have wanted revenge for the bullying I have had. Patty has some obvious mental health issues mixed in with this all – she used food as a comfort, and that gets taken away from her.
One of the main issues people have with this show is that it apparently tries to tell the audience that being fat is bad for you. But honestly, I’m not sure we can argue that it’s good for us. The Western world is more obese than ever, even our children are obese, and that is not good. Obesity leads to all kinds of health risks, so when I see people who are massive, not just chubby or a little overweight, but massive, tell me that they refuse to help themselves, even after a doctor has said they need to – it really gets to me. I was only few stone over weight and I was struggling to get up the stairs, I can’t imagine how overweight children feel.

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Debby Ryan in a fat suit, being bullied as Patty – Insatiable, CW/Netflix, 2018

I think what people forget with this type of sensationalist show is that exact word – it is sensationalist. It’s out to start a controversy, a discussion. It’s also important to remember that this is a CW show – it is aimed at teenagers, like Riverdale. It has some of the same issues tackled as Riverdale (underage sex, having to grow up too quickly). I unfortunately think that this is a case of ‘if there’s something to hate – let’s hate it’. Perhaps it tried to tackle too many issues all at once, but I’m not angry at it. The show’s producer, Lauren Gussis, experienced this fat-shaming herself, whilst at school, but because she’s skinny now, people think she’s not allowed to tell this story. That’s completely unfair to her own narrative. We forget that this is how she was treated, and she’s getting that out there.
Debby Ryan, who plays Patty, said that “We knew that this conversation [about weight] needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed.”

I for one am glad they addressed it. I hope that more teen dramas highlight issues like this, and continue to give them in a controversial way.

Did you watch Insatiable? What did you think? Do you agree with me or disagree – love it or hate it? I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment down below! 

 

‘Liv, you ate the girl’s temporal lobe. Going to the police with her potential murderer is the least you can do’ – iZombie, 2015-Present

Happy Monday everyone! It’s me, I’m back! How is everyone doing? Well, I hope. For anyone curious, I passed my maths test so no more revision needed for me! Which means a lot of binge watching has been going on! Without further ado, I want to talk to you about my new obsession – iZombie.

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The whole cast, from left to right; Peyton, Clive, Ravi, Blaine, Major and Liv – iZombie, The CW, 2015 – Present

iZombie is about a Seattle medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore, who is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. Liv isn’t like our stereotypical zombie, not stupid or wandering aimlessly. In fact she’s got more abilities as a zombie than when she was a human. Liv decides to take a job at the police morgue and eat the brains of the corpses she autopsies. Her boss, Ravi, finds out her secret when he caught her feasting on a brain of on of the victims. Soon he becomes Liv’s friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued by her condition. She finds out that whenever she eats a dead person’s brain, she temporarily inherits some of their personality and experiences flashbacks of that person’s life. In the case of murder victims, the flashbacks offer clues about the killer. Liv decides to use this new ability to help Clive solve crimes. Though she initially passes herself off as a psychic, Clive eventually learns the truth about her and zombies. Meanwhile, Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv’s affliction, in the hope that one day she will be able to resume her human life.

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Liv Moore, a pun on the words “Live More”, our protagonist – iZombie, The CW, 2015 – Present

What I love about iZombie is how interesting each of the characters are. I haven’t watched a single episode where I haven’t thought “I can’t wait to find out what happens next!” I will be sad when my binge watching gets to the end, when I run out of episodes and have to wait for season 5 to air sometime next year.
There are probably a couple characters that do annoy me. For example, Major’s moods change like the wind. His love for Liv is there one minute and the next he thinks she’s insane. I kind of felt like he wasn’t realistic – but that may be the idea.
My favourite characters are by far Ravi and Peyton, who have come into their own in the storyline. I think they’re better main characters than our actual main couple!
Along the way Liv meets other zombies, including Blaine DeBeers. I think he’s a great antagonist, who actually has his own story ark. He’s not just a bad guy for bad guys sake. He has reasons for being bad, which are really compelling to watch.

I think The CW do some really good shows. I’ve loved pretty much all of them I’ve seen; Riverdale, Reign, Gossip Girl. They’re right up my street.

Have you seen iZombie? What did you think? Love it or hate it? Who’s your favourite character? If you haven’t seen it, would you? Leave a comment down below.