ABSOLUTE Favs: Black. Mirror.

Honestly…favs isn’t even the word. Maybe love? Love at first watch? Obsessed? Infatuated? Enthralled? Yea maybe something those lines. Long story short, me and Black Mirror have a love-love relationship. And as crazy and as twisted as this show can get, it is truly one of my absolute favorites of all time.

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Actual #MOOD when I start talking about this show. But imagine the rainbow is black. Or maybe not? Too dark? Got it.

So let’s get into what it is…(now this is where it gets complicated). Black Mirror is a series that delves into the cracks and crevices of modern society, building uncomfortable, cringe-worthy realities that typically spur from the possibilities of future technological advances. The show is an anthology series, each episode standing as its own storyline, typically set in an alternative present or near future. Its plot usually takes a rather dark and satirical turn, while *some* (and when I say some, I mean very few) have a lighter, happier tone.

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So to put it plain and simple…Black Mirror is a mind f*ck. It’ll have you messed up for a few days and looking over your shoulder every time you do/use something a little *too* technologically savvy. While I won’t get into the specifics of every episodes in this particular post…I’ll just tell you to watch it. Like…period. Watch it. You might regret it the first few times, but trust me. Watch it.

˜In Peace & Power,

Netflix N’ Trill

Flop Turned Fav: Grownish

Who doesn’t love a good college television love triangle? And I can’t hold you, as a college girl myself – watching Zoey Johnson be caught between not two but THREE #fineeee men?? Yea, I’m a fan.

 

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And I can’t hold you – watching the unfolding of this story line amongst a few other more recent ones, Grownish has turned from a flop to fav! I’m sure some of you remember my post: Flops: Grownish Series Review

Like clearly, I was not a fan of this show, and truly honestly just watching because #BlackTVShows matter. But since then, it’s grown on me (no pun intended)! Yes, it’s just as corny, and no the acting hasn’t gotten better. But gosh darnit, there’s just something about Zoey and the rest of those crazy kids that gets me every time. Now is there room for improvement? Absolutely.

But as the show gets better – or worse? Oh my. – guess who’ll be right here cheering them on?

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~In Peace & Power,

Netflix N’ Trill

Foul Mouth Favs: Big Mouth

From the animation, this quirky show seems like Netflix’s oh-so original and charming coming of age tale, right? All smiles and sunshine, the occasional hardship, and the pure-hearted rise to success…the subtle lessons intertwined into every episode, the girl who meets boy and offers up a sweet-tooth, G-rated romance…yea, no. Like, absolutely not. At all.

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As the show puts it, Big Mouth is in fact a coming of age tale. And here goes the poster to prove it:

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And just as the promotion insinuates, this show is a foul-mouthed comedy that takes us on 5 preteen main characters journey through puberty. Sounds funny and awkward enough right? Well, how about the fact that each of them has their own puberty monster.

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That’s right – you heard it here first folks…a puberty monster. A companion that every person gets as soon as they start their pubescent journey…they follow you everywhere and tempt you into feeding into every single craving, urge, emotion, rage, etc etc etc. And by the time you finish watching Big Mouth, YOU’LL WANT ONE TOO!

As inappropriate and completely uncomfortable as this show gets – and trust…it gets very uncomfortable – it’s a hilarious take on the classic coming of age tale. If you’re into foul-mouthed cartoons like myself, you’ll be just a big of fan as I am. Now does that mean this show doesn’t take some warming up to? Absolutely not. The first time you hear these teeny bopper cartoons openly talk about periods, sex, or other much much much more sensitive topics, you’ll definitely cringe. But after that, you’ll be laughing so hard at their awkward tales and the puberty monsters’ hilarious lines that you just won’t care anymore. So shout out to the lovers of shows like Family Guy, American Dad, and South Park – we’ve got another classic on our hands.

 

~In Peace & Power,

Netflix n’ Trill

Favs: This is Us, Season 2 Episode 14 *Sheds Tear*

As many of you know, one of the most momentous occasions in TV history happened on last Sunday, February 4th, 2018. Wait…you thought I meant the Philadelphia Eagles winning their first Superbowl title? HA! Absolutely not. In probably one of the most heart wrenching episodes of This is Us yet, we found out how Jack – the beloved and incredible father of Randall, Kate, and Kevin – died. So I won’t spoil it (this time) for those of you who have yet to catch up this season. But let’s just say I’ve never cried quite as much watching an episode of *any* show as I did in that night.

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There were happy tears, sad tears, more sad tears, more happy tears…and KEEP IN MIND! I’m NOT a crier. At least not when I’m watching TV. Like at all. But my gosh, as corny as the show may seem from the inside, This is Us does an incredible job of making you feel like the characters are real. Like their tears are your tears – their happiness is your happiness, etc etc etc. And as for JACK – UGH, what a man. What a husband. What a father. And over the course of the show, I knew this day would come. But never ever ever did I think it would affect me like this. Long story short, y’all. WATCH. THIS. SHOW. CATCH UP. If you’re in with a box of tissues and few emotional friends, it’s essential for a good time.

 

˜In Peace & Power,

Netflix n’ Trill

 

A New Fav: Law & Order Special Victims Unit

Okay, so tell me if I’m wrong – you hear the words “Law & Order”…how you feel?

BOREDT. Am I right? Which is the primary reason why I never thought to watch Law & Order: SVU or any other version of the show.

Welllll that all changed this Saturday night after a mini-SVU marathon with a friend of mine/devoted fan of the show.

And my thoughts? I was S H O O K.

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She started me off with a more recent episode, “Pathological,” season 19 episode 10.

*****SPOILER ALERT AHEAD. BE WARNED******

This piece of the series followed a physically disabled girl whose mother believed she had been raped by a mentally disabled boy at their special needs school. When investigating whether or not that been the case, the rape kit revealed no evidence of sexual violence, but it did find a strange mix of medicine in her blood. Now precursor, the entire show painted this narrative of a chronically ill girl who had been sick basically since birth. Her mom was the “hero mother” who had expertly loved and taken care of her despite all odds. Come to find out, the girl wasn’t “chronically ill”… HER MOM HAD BEEN MEDICATING HER ALL HER LIFE TO STAY SICK.

Like damn. Can we say plot twist?

So once they find this out, they let the mom know she has to stay away from her daughter as they take her to trial for her crime. Now as most TV characters do when you tell them to stay away, she of course, didn’t stay away. Instead, ole girl pulls up at the hospital where her daughter is and tries to rip the IVs out of her arms. Like for real? This woman is full of

D R A M A & T H E A T R I C S.

But the drama doesn’t stop there. Fast forward to later that day in the show… THE DAUGHTER PULLS UP TO THE MOM’S HOUSE AND KILLERS WITH A HAMMER SWING TO HEAD.

Now I’ll stop there because the dramatics truly take a peak at this point. Now did I expect to hit with a wild plot twist just about every 14 seconds watching this show? Absolutely not. But was I quite pleased with what I saw? Absolutely. So conclusion to it all: while Law & Order may seem incredibly boring just  based off the title…the key word here is seem. This is a show chalked FULL of drama, plot twists & turns. For lovers of shows like Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Grey’s (all of which I’ll be covering in later posts), Law & Order: SVU mighttt just be the show for you.

 

In Peace & Power

~ Netflix ‘N Trill