Binging on Catch Up

I’ve been watching a hell of a lot of TV lately. An episode before work, before bed, while I eat dinner and some more in between. Today I finished watching Tin Star, which I started last Friday. 10 Episodes that walked the line between good and bad so finely that it’s almost an art form in itself. Until the ending episode completely derailed it and left the show sinking firmly on the bad side. Tim Roth is a good actor but that’s not enough to keep the cliche ridden show above water. There were moments where the show seemed like it was going to pick up, but it just never did. I liked it enough while watching it, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It’s also already been renewed. I don’t know why.

My Netflix “continue watching” is filled with stuff that I don’t really want to continue. I’ve been slowly making my way through Iron Fist which has gotten so unbelieveably bad that if I didn’t have a need to finish things I start I would have given up a while ago. 3 episodes to go. 12 Monkeys. That could have been so good, the movie is good. The show is irritating at best. Gotham is a chore. I liked the first season, even the 2nd was okay, but season 3 has been poor. I can’t wait to get to the critically torn apart season 4.

Not everything is so bad though. I watched Atypical with my girlfriend over a couple of days and that is a real treat. Nothing spectacular but there is enough heart there to make it more than just time consuming. A nice sweet little show that I’m looking forward to coming back. I re-watched the first season of The Good Place as it’s finally available in this country.  A really good show. Season 2 is even better. A twist I didn’t see coming, but at the same time it makes perfect sense.

There are too many shows coming out all at once. A daunting task, as it seems like one season a week is arriving of shows I want to watch. They pile up and get left with unfinished red bars. David Fincher’s Mindhunter starts Friday. Stranger Things at the end of the month. The Punisher next month. Along with probably a lot more I don’t know about. I’ve also never seen The Wire, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and countless others that don’t come to mind. I want to watch all of these but so many episodes.

I’m glad that some shows keep the weekly format. Star Trek Discovery, Once Upon a time, the second season of The Good Place and soon Riverdale are my weekly shows. I like Star Trek Discovery, as long as I forget that it takes place a decade before Kirk and over a hundred years before TNG and yet has better technology. I accept that it’s an experimental ship with more advanced technology than any other ship in the federation but holograms? Teleporting between rooms without someone operating the teleporter? Stupid issues I know. Let alone what’s going on with the Klingons. They look stupid.

Once Upon A Time came back last week, yesterday for the UK. Season 7. A reboot with only a few returning cast members. I was hesitant when it was announced but I really enjoyed episode one. It feels fresh and I’m excited for the rest of the season. Sadly most reboots like this don’t last, but hopefully this one will break the trend because episode 1 was strong.

Another very rambly post but it’s nearly been a month. I’m still writing 2467 which is nearly at 20000 words. The Broken Pocket Watch will be uploaded later this week, and hopefully every week until it ends. I’m just lazy.

Thanks for reading,


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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