Since finishing all the work for my last year of uni, my life has become a super-less-stressful bore. I’ve had quite a bit of time on my hands and have ended up watching a LOT of Netflix .
In this post, I’ve decided to introduce and generally talk about a few of the recent series that I’ve been watching, letting you guys know what they’re like and if they’re any good.
My most recent views are The Shannara Chronicles, Dear White People and Riverdale, which I’ve finished watching within the last couple of weeks.
The Shannara Chronicles (2 Seasons)
When I first heard about The Shannara Chronicles, I really didn’t think I’d enjoy it. With elves, druids and gnomes as characters, I thought that it would be some kind of cheesy, fairytale show.
But, instead, what I was introduced to was a series that follows the fate and destiny of three stupidly attractive main characters – Eretria, Will and Amberle – with their love triangle playing a big part in the story.
What I did enjoy about the show was the fact that fight scenes and deaths are rather graphic, so if you don’t like blood and guts, I would recommend that you give this one a miss.
But all in all, I found it a decent and easy watch. There are some scenes that are rather predictable with regards to how they play out but the twists in both season finales makes up for it.
Dear White People (2 Seasons)
This is a strong, unique pice of work that I enjoyed so much. I love the idea behind it and the way it was executed as a show.
Dear White People had me hooked from the beginning, mainly because it was presenting a side of society that I’d never really experienced on television before – and also because the centrepiece of the pilot episode was a ‘blackface’ party.
This is a college based drama/comedy, documenting the lives of a diverse group of students, and explores their political, social, and personal values that come under attack whilst attending a predominantly white, Ivy League College.
The shows title comes from the name of the radio show, hosted by our main character, Samantha White, and her views on how white students are treating her and her friends and the casual, and major, racism that we witness within each episode.
This series follows the stories of each character individually within each separate episode, whilst also combining certain scenes in with each other too. The format of the show is what I found most appealing because you get to know each character and their own experiences within this college.
It is a powerful, thought provoking show and would recommend everyone to watch it.
Riverdale (2 Seasons)
If you enjoy watching high school dramas, then this may be for you (but I’m sure you’ve all heard of it anyway).
The initial attraction for me to this show was how the show’s title was lit up in a blue neon light within its icon on the Netflix homepage, and I knew straight away that this aesthetic was one that I was going to enjoy.
Riverdale is one of the biggest shows to come out of Netflix in the last year or so. It’s a teen murder mystery series, based on the Archie comics, that is all set in the little town of Riverdale.
The mysterious dark side of Riverdale that you’re introduced to almost straight away in the show, is the Riverdale that you become most invested in, because that’s where you know the answers lie for this ever-turning mystery.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, the relationships formed between characters tend to become even more cherished by viewers as the seasons roll on. What was especially nice about these relationships, is how modern the shows creators have been by including same-sex relationships. This is necessary to show young audiences that it’s ok and accepted within societies by having them within such a major show, and for them not to be overly stereotyped.
And, with Cole Sprouse as one of the main characters, it seemed like a number of early 20 year olds would be tuning in to watch this ex-disney heartthrob in action – and as a matter of fact, they did!
All of the series that I’ve chatted about today are on Netflix to be able to binge watch at your own pleasure, so you can sit back relax and hopefully enjoy as much as I did.
So, please comment what you’re watching on Netflix at the minute and I’ll make sure to give it a watch – and maybe even include it in my next Netflix Review!