Thank god for Netflix

I’ve been away for a while, but I’m committed to keep this blog up and running… So here is my first post of 2017!

Last year I focused on reading books and watching tv shows that I always heard good things about or were having good reviews at the time. These are the last four shows that I watched and they came from one of the best inventions of these last few years… Netflix! (They are responsible for the production and distribution of amazing new shows, but also for bringing back shows that were over [*cof bring back Pushing Daisies cof*]).

Orange is the New Black
OITNB is an american comedy/drama television show and has been on air since 2013 and it’s one of the most watched shows on Netflix. The story is based on a true story and tells us how Piper Chapman survives in prison, but mostly this series shows us how to overcome numerous struggles in prison and in life itself. Every episode features flashbacks of important events from an inmate or prison guard past that will explain to us how the inmate got themselves in prison and/or develop the character’s backstory. ¬†Furthermore, the series focus mostly on how corruption, drug smuggling, discrimination, funding cuts, overcrowding and guard brutality have an impact not only on the prisoners’ health and well-being, but also on the prison’s ability to fulfil their responsibilities and ethical obligations. In general I loved the show and found some parts very amusing, but also so grounding. There were moments where you could identify with these prisioners and what they had to do sometimes save themselves. In the last season the subjects addressed became a little bit more dark even ending with two shocking last episodes! Neverthless, I’m very excited to see what the next season will bring us in terms of plot as it ended with a cliffhanger.

Stranger Things
Well this one is the biggest surprise of 2016… Stranger Things is an american science fiction-horror web television series set in the 80s. The first season focus on the disappearence of Will, a 12 years old boy that vanishes mysteriously. With the help of Police Chief Jim Hopper, Will’s mother Joyce launch their own investigation with a little side help from Will’s older brother. In the meanwhile, Will’s friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl, Eleven, lost in the woods who claims to know where Will is so they join forces to do some investigation of their own. But as the truth is uncovered, a sinester government organization tries to cover it up, while a more threatening force is lurking close to them. This show was a hit and it received critical acclaim for its characterization, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing and homages to the 80s. If you love sci-fi this is a show that I highly reccomend because you’ll see not only the monsters, but also the soft side… What a mother will do for love and what friendship is all about. Also after this you’ll be singing The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go” all day and night!


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
This is an old one… Everybody knows Gilmore Girls and the struggles mother Lorelai and daughter Rory had to go through their life. This was a famous show from the early 2000’s that ended in 2007 with too much yet to tell. Well, Netflix took us back to Stars Hollow and everything was okay with the world again. The town was still the same… Filled with the same colorful characters that made us fell in love with the show. The main subjects are still there, issues with family, friendship and romance, as well as division between generations and social classes. In this season each episode covers a season of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. I loved the revival… I mean there were some plots chosen for the main characters (*cof Rory cof*) that were a bit questionable, but neverthless these four episodes gave us some good, funny and emotional moments. Though I have to give a big shout out to Emily Gilmore because that was some amazing character development! With her I cried and laughed the most. But it was very nice to have all these characters back in my life even if just for a little while… I don’t know if it will happen, but I’ve a feeling this isn’t the last of these Gilmore girls. That ending was a bit open to a second season maybe?!


A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lastly but not least, this story that was always a favourite of mine… A Series of Unfortunate Events is a black-comedy drama based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. This first season focus on the first books and tells us the story of the Baudelaire’s children after the mysterious fire that kills their parents. The children are placed into the care of a distant relative named Count Olaf, an actor who is after their family fortune. Following Olaf’s first failed attempt, the Baudelaires try to uncover the mystery behind a secret society from their parents’ past with Olaf always plotting against them. The show was already renewed for a second and third season to adapt the rest of the remaining books. This story is behind fascinating, but one of the most interesting character is Count Olaf portraited by Neil Patrick Harris that once again gives us a brilliant performance! Besides this I liked how powerful some of the messages the show gives us like equality in gender and even a subtle mention to an lgbtq+ relationship. This is clearly one of those shows to look forward to in the future! But be aware, and Lemony Snicket warns you in the first minute: “The show you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans, suspicious fires, carnivorous leeches, Italian food and secret organizations, then stay.”