The past nights, Randy and I have begun watching the latest episodes of Game of Thrones. Our original plan was to just binge-watch in after all episodes have already aired. But then two things:
1. I already know about Jon Snow. Someone posted it the day after it aired. Asar na asar ako.
2. I realized that once Raviv returns from his vacation, Randy and I would have trouble finding time to watch again. If we don’t sleep early at night, Raviv will try to keep up with us. And we can’t very well allow him to watch GoT with us because… #AlamNa
Thus we began watching Season 6. And OMG, grabe ang ganda talaga! The ending of Episode 4 left me in awe. And made me rewind and rewind. Basta, grabe! Too bad we have to wait for next Monday pa uli.
So tonight, Randy and I will begin watching the episodes of the latest season of The Walking Dead naman. And I’m excited!!!
Aside from The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, I’m also hooked on other ongoing/recently concluded TV shows. There are lots of times when I want to share my thoughts on Facebook, kaso nga lang feeling ko walang makaka-relate. These series are in league with GoT and TWD, but are significantly less popular. So if you are currently on the lookout for other TV series to be addicted to, here’s my list:
1. Downton Abbey
SYNOPSIS: Downton Abbey – a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion and park nestled in the lush North Yorkshire landscape – needs an heir. Dame Maggie Smith turns in a show-stopping performance as Violet, the charmingly stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton and the irrefutable authority on everything. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic, unflappable Earl of Grantham; Elizabeth McGovern plays his far-sighted American wife, Cora; and a star-studded cast round out the glittering, gossipy, and beguiling men and women of this epic tale from Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).
After a tragedy at sea claims the life of the presumed heir, Lord Grantham is faced with the possibility that the house he’s loved his whole life might someday belong to a distant cousin he’s never met. But before he can worry about that he must deal with his scandalous daughter, Lady Mary – considered by many to be the rightful heir to Downton. Even the staff has opinions on the family’s affairs. And while most are devoted to those they serve, there are others whose selfishness and scheming do more than simply disrupt the well-oiled inner workings of the estate. As the servants’ mischief escalates, even the most faithful employees begin to imagine a different life.
Pitting hundreds of years of British aristocracy against the tides of social upheaval and technical progress, under the looming shadow of World War I, will the fate of Downton and its family – above and below the stairs – be resolved? Or will life be altered so dramatically that its master no longer matters? (SOURCE)
WHY I LOVE IT: Downton Abbey is not for everyone, to be honest. Audacity, flamboyance and drama-rama are not the name of the game. The “drama” combined from Season 1 up to the last season (it has just finished) is less than the “drama” of one minute of watching Game of Thrones. So why do I love it?
First, I am an old soul—I am curious how the social strata worked in the early 1900s, and how the people of that time (both the rich and poor) were reacting to the changing times. I am fascinated what the people at that time found vulgar and honourable, and impressed how much pride and loyalty servants have for their work and employees, respectively.
Second, the clothes. It’s like watching women in paintings and old photographs come to life. And in fairness, the “old” dresses featured are wearable even today. They are lovely! I love the jazz era.
Third, the subtlety. One may accuse Downton Abbey as being boring, and I won’t blame the accuser. Like what I said, not much is happening. At least on the outside. But if you’re willing to go beyond the external and carefully listen to dialogues, watch the body language and analyse the facial expressions, you’ll be mesmerised. Like I was.
Downton Abbey is like a crisp, white, cotton dress that’s elegantly and skilfully tailored amidst a sea of colorful clothes, both avant-garde and downright gaudy.
MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS:
The Dowager Countess, Lady Violet Crawley. Her caustic remarks and facial expressions are legendary. 🙂
If anything’s right at Downton, Mr. Charles Carson the butler is to thank for. His unwavering loyalty to the Crawleys is priceless!
2. The Good Wife
SYNOPSIS: When a very public sex and political-corruption scandal lands her husband, Peter, in prison, Alicia Florrick (Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies ) must get past the humiliation and betrayal and assume responsibility for her family. She resumes her career as a defense attorney, shedding her persona as the embarrassed wife of a politician, and takes charge of her destiny. Years later, after Peter wins the gubernatorial election, Alicia must balance her evolving career and family responsibilities with her new position as first lady of Illinois. (SOURCE)
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer (just too lazy to take up law), and the courtroom drama here satisfies the lawyer-wannabe in me. I just love how a seemingly open-and-shut case turns around, thanks to the brilliance and diligence of lawyers! But that’s not all: St. Alicia’s life as a middle-aged mom and starting-from-scratch-again lawyer vis-a-vis her husband’s (or ex-husband’s) political career is always interesting. Plus the never-ending power play and politics in their lawfim. The Good Wife is anything but boring.
But I have to say that I really hate it when Alicia is playing footsies with anyone other than her husband. Ewan ko kung bakit, e douche naman ang asawa n’ya.
MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS:
Eli Gold is the character I hate loving. But I can’t help but do. He’s so good at scheming, it’s charming! And his eyebrows are epic. Me thinks siya ang idol ni Boy Aura! LOL!
Kilay Face-off: Boy Aura vs Eli Gold
Diane Lockhart is the essence of being a (successful career) woman!
If I were in a corporate setting, hers is the wardrobe I’d copy. She is the oldest lady in the show, and she is not classically beautiful…but her low, controlled and authoritative voice and elegance are as sexy as hell. She is the career woman I wanted to be.
SYNOPSIS: When you get into trouble there’s only one person to call, Olivia Pope. Olivia is a professional ‘fixer’ who makes problems go away before anyone even knows they exist. For the moneyed, the powerful and even the President, Olivia is a legend in her field. Her spectacular success is mostly due to her unbreakable rule of always trust your gut. No matter how careful you are, when you do damage control for a living, you’re bound to cause some damage to your own life. She and her crew eat, sleep, live and breathe crisis. Each week, as the team races against the clock to defuse intriguing new problems before they become full-blown disasters, they also have to deal with their own personal issues. They may call themselves ‘gladiators in suits’, but little by little, Olivia and her crew begin to reveal the chinks in their armor. (SOURCE)
WHY I LOVE IT: It’s like your modern-day Game of Thrones. Each episode is packed with drama, action, and gruesome scenes. Olivia Pope is like Liana Stark (only alive!), for whom the most powerful man—President Grant (modern-day version of King Robert Baratheon) carries a torch. Of course, there’s the slighted First Lady Mellie Grant (our Queen Cersei counterpart). The twist? Olivia Pope is also the embodiment of political geniuses Petyr Baelish with the compassion of Lord Varys. Scandal is created by Shonda Rhimes, the same woman behind who created (and wrecked!!! Why Derek, why?!?) Grey’s Anatomy (another favourite of mine, but I think it’s already popular so I’m no longer putting it on this list). So you’ll notice that some of the Grey’s Anatomy characters are also here. And, most of the characters talk like Grey Anatomy’s Dr. Miranda Bailey.
Although I often feel like, “Grabe naman!!!” each episode, it still entertains. In fact, I would often pester people and ask, “Huy, may Scandal ba kayo? Gusto ko manood ng Scandal!” And they would be surprised how frank I am about what I watch. LOL!
MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER:
I love Mellie! Though she is Scandal’s “Cersei”, I love her. In fact, even though Olivia is the key character of Scandal, I am for Melly! Boo Olivia and Fitz!!!
Watch them at your own risk. The risk being you’ll be hooked by them! 🙂 Toodles!