Our love for TV shows is no secret. It began with Supernatural when we were 12, shortly followed by Lost. It wasn't until our mid-teens that our passion for the art began to truly take root, and by our late teens our love and passion for it was truly established, as we went to university to study film & theater. I've always enjoyed watching films and television. At first, I watched the shows because I was intrigued by the characters and the plot. Then, I started paying more attention to the actors involved, and by the time I was 18, I was checking who directed and who wrote the episode, who was behind the cinematography and the editing... There are so many different aspects to film-making, it's such a vast canvas that it can be difficult to pinpoint which facet you want to dedicate your career to.
Getting back to the TV shows, September is already here which means October and the return of most of our favorite shows is just around the corner, so now is the time to binge-watch all the amazing shows you've missed out on so you can be up to date and ready for their return. Here are our top picks!
The Flash surpassed all my expectations. As an avid fan of CW's Arrow, and a fan of superheroes in general, I was looking forward to the show ever since Grant Gustin's guest appearance on Arrow back in season 2. I fell in love with his character, Barry Allen, a somewhat awkward forensic scientist who gets struck by lightning generated by a scientific experiment that went wrong. Grant Gustin embodies Barry's enthusiasm, angst and likeness so beautifully, it's impossible not to fall in love with the character. DC Comics The Flash takes on a more lighter tone than Arrow, making it more family friendly. That term can be off-putting, but don't be fooled: the show still maintains depth and emotion, with scenes leaving you curled up on the sofa a sobbing mess. The writers found the perfect balance between special effects, romance, violence, comedy and drama, without it feeling too "cramped". The show was probably the most talked about newbie show and was very well received : it scored an impressive 96% of Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 8,5/10 on IMDB, and became the second most viewed pilot in the history of CW since The Vampire Diaries... which is pretty impressive! Definitely worth watching! Season 2 begins on October 6th 2015!
- PENNY DREADFUL
It's safe to say Penny Dreadful is now one of my all time favorite tv shows. Set in Victorian era London, famous fictional characters such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, Ethan Chandler and others unite to combat forces threatening themselves and the city of London. A dark psychological horror and drama, this show is so beautiful to watch. With a strong, talented cast : Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper and Harry Treadaway, that make a remarkable on screen ensemble, each actor as talented as the next. Eva Green has the most captivating scenes, sending chills down my spine every time. I'll let you discover why! Without spoiling too much, Billie Piper's screen-time in season 2 was lengthened, and she definitely had the some of the most powerful lines. The production is also fascinating: seeing Victorian London bought to life, with it's fashion, culture, places and morals is very intriguing, not to mention beautiful to behold. The fashion alone, each costume is so beautifully crafted and authentic. Seeing how these famous fictional characters interact with each other and work together in this London, intertwined with supernatural mythology and fictional tales is bewitching. Let's just hope the show gets the recognition it deserves, the fact that it's been snubbed by the Emmy's once again is beyond me! Season 3 returns in 2016!
Netflix has once again proved that it's the one of the best creations of modern times. With shows like Orange Is The New Black, Better Call Saul & House Of Cards, the standard of modern television has risen dramatically. Staying in the realm of superheroes, Daredevil is one of Marvel's best on screen adaptations yet , taking on a darker, more brutal tone than it's mcu counterparts. Aimed towards a more mature audience, it focuses on lawyer Matt Murdock, who loses his sight but gains heightened senses after an incident in his childhood. This contributes to the creation of his alter ego, "the devil of Hell's Kitchen", who uses his abilities and intellect to fight the battles the law can not, within the confines of his beloved city. I was impressed by the rawness of the stunts and the emotion also, it gives us a more personal insight into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also get a few mentions of The Avengers here and there. Soon to be joined by A.K.A Jessica Jones & Luke Cage, this is only the beginning of Daredevil's journey. With an awe-inspiring soundtrack by John Paesano and captivating cinematography, the depiction of Matt Murdock's abilities is admirably done. If the opening credits alone aren't enough to convince you, watch it for the cast. After all, who doesn't love Charlie Cox? Season 2 returns in 2016!
- THE 100
The 100 makes the list because of it's surprisingly good second season: the quality of the show improves dramatically in a very short space of time. To sum it up, it's set in the future, 100 years after a nuclear war destroyed civilization, and so Mankind is forced to live in a space station orbiting Earth. Season 1 begins with 100 criminal teens being sent down to Earth to see if the planet is survivable. I very much enjoyed the 1st season, despite my initial reaction of finding it a little cheesy at times, mainly due to the teen love triangle. But, it got better and stronger towards the final episodes. The 2nd season exceeded my expectations: the plot and story is on a deeper level, with a rapid pace and story arks and plot twists that allow some intriguing character developments. Alliances are made, morals are questioned and tears are shed. Unlike the first season, we have relationships and friendships that seem more genuine, with characters that are put into extreme situations and who then must deal with the consequences and the effects their actions have on others. The show certainly does not shy away from shocking scenes (which makes sense as the main theme is survival), it's gritty and distressing. One of the main reasons why I love this show is because of the diversity of the characters: not only is one of the female leads bisexual, we also have POC who aren't just secondary characters, but well written, strong (not just physically, but mentally and emotionally) complex characters who contribute to the overall plot-line (which despite recent progress, is something that is still unfortunately rarely seen in television). Season 3 returns in 2016!
- AGENT CARTER
No, we still don't have a Black Widow movie, but thankfully Marvel decided to create a show based on Peggy Carter, who first appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and who has had numerous cameo's in other Marvel films, most recently appearing in the opening sequence of Ant Man. Looking back at this list, a lot of the shows are superhero related. So what makes Agent Carter different? Much like Daredevil, this show allows us a more personal and in depth insight into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without being directly involved in the cataclysmic events that The Avengers deal with. Agent Carter is set in NY a few years after The First Avenger, where Peggy is working in the SSR office whilst secretly helping fugitive from justice and friend, Howard Stark. The most interesting theme in this first season is seeing how Peggy deals with the male dominated and sexist environment she works in. Not only is she undervalued because of her gender, she is consistently being shunned by her colleagues. Peggy uses their sexist views to her advantage, capable of altering the situation to her favor, allowing her to be in control of the it (to a certain extent). That being said, she does not bow down to the social norms of the times. The story is set in 1946, gracing us with beautiful costumes and hair & makeup. This show has great potential, we have a bad ass, female lead (played by the amazing Hayley Atwell), who is not only intelligent, strong and determined, but also vulnerable. We have action, companionship, drama and comedy too. Let's hope Marvel keeps the ball rolling and starts introducing more diverse female characters into the mcu, film and television alike. Season 2 returns in 2016!
So there you have it, our top picks for binge-watching this fall. I'm currently watching The Originals, which I'm very very impressed with. Other shows that are worth looking into: History's Vikings, for sure! Hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know what you think of these shows and what other ones you've been watching recently!