For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth

Thursday, June 17, 2021

I'm Watching...

 

graphic that says watching in gold script, followed by 3 titles in black print font, Raised by Wolves, Sweet Tooth, Hacks

I've been watching tv so much more than reading lately and I wanted to do one initial update with everything but I haven't so it would be an out of control long post at this point lol

So I think I'll just go week by week and maybe tack on something I watched a while ago at the end until it's updated. or not - because I'm me and will probably stop watching everything as soon as I post this 😜

Anyway - here are my 3 most recent watches

3 movie style posters for Raised by Wolves, Sweet Tooth, Hacks

Raised by Wolves  HBOMax - Ridley Scott is a producer and directed the first few episodes of this futuristic dystopian series so that's what made us give it a try. Alien is Kevin's favorite movie. 

Two androids called Mother and Father are raising a human child that they believe will be the savior of the world. But religious differences, warring factions and outside influences put their plans at risk.

I'm not a huge sci-fi/fantasy or anything like that fan and, to be honest, I was a bit confused at first (don't worry it makes sense the more you watch) but this show is so trippy and addictive. In particular Mother. Let's just say she may be maternal but she's also hella powerful. Theyc all her The Necromancer and she carries around eyeballs. That's all I'll say lol 

*warning - graphic violence & one sex scene where there is nudity (from the side) and not very graphic

There's a lot to love with this action packed but thoughtful look at religion, gender roles, identity and humanity. 

Sweet Tooth - Netflix Sweet Tooth is a new Netflix series based on a comic book of the same name. It's a post apocalyptic world where there was a virus that killed many people and begins the birth of hybrid babies - half-human and half-animal. Gus is one of those hybrids. Half human and half deer and all adorable.

It's unknown whether the hybrids are caused by the virus or if the hybrids brought the virus and Gus (& all hybrids) are in danger. Luckily Gus has a gruff protector in Big Man and Sweet Tooth follows their adventures as well as telling the story of others in this world (like Dr.'s, scientists, and other survivors) until their stories begin to intersect.

It's very well done! The supporting characters are engaging and the villain is very creepy so you are constantly on edge.

Bad things happen but it mostly takes place off screen instead of graphic violence. But you know and some of it (like the idea of testing on children) can be tough to watch. 

Sweet Tooth is a thoughtful show bringing up a lot of moral questions, it's action packed (once it gets going) and has a surprising amount of humor and sweetness at it's core. It shows a dystopian world of impossible choices and possibilities yet feels fresh.

*fingers crossed* for a season 2!

Hacks - HBOMax Jean Smart stars as Deborah, a legendary, but on her way to outdated, irrelevant comedian. She reminded me a lot of Joan Rivers. A pioneer back in the day but now falling out of favor with her out of touch and offensive jokes. 

Ava is a twenty-something TV comedy writer who *gets canceled* after a bad tweet and needs to take a job writing for Deborah to save her career and pay the bills. 

They clash then they start to bond. I have to be honest and say that I hated Ava at first. She's just the epitome of the entitled millennial stereotype. But once these two hit their groove they are a pleasure to watch. Their chemistry is fantastic and you start to see these little subtle shifts in their personality and tiny cracks in the veneer.

Bonus rec!

My Octopus Teacher - Netflix "A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world."

This was a really sweet documentary about a man, Craig Foster, who goes diving almost everyday to the same spot for a year and forges a friendship with a female octopus. It has some very cool video of octopus behavior and she seems to truly enjoy and seek out Foster. 

Watch when you just want a chill, calming viewing experience. If you want to know what happens to the octopus - which I ALWAYS need to know before watching anything with animals - here's a spoiler -> Yes, she dies at the end but she lives a full happy life and dies naturally after she lays her eggs, as all octopus do so it wasn't super sad. But I skipped that part anyway lol <-


24 comments:

  1. I need to try Sweet tooth.
    I just started a Icelandic show Katla, and it looks intriguing

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    1. The first episode is very slow so don't quit! Lol

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  2. I haven't watched TV since 2019, but I keep an eye out for shows for my dad (who watches a lot of TV). It's nice to see Jean Smart doing something.

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    1. She's also in the HBOMax show Mare of Eastown.i haven't seen it but hear it's very good.
      I go through phases with TV lol

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  3. I have watched none of these but Sweet Tooth is one of Matt's favorite comics!

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    1. The series is very good! let me know if you watch!

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  4. Wow, Jean Smart... I haven't seen her in ages. I used to love her on Designing Women. :) I don't watch TV but Sweet Tooth sounds pretty unique and interesting.

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    1. It was a weird and wonderful (and occasionally very dark) take on a dystopian world.

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    2. And...Jena Smart is FABULOUS in this!

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  5. Ooh! I'm so hoping Raised by Wolves will be available online as I'm pretty certain its something that both Mr T and myself would enjoy.

    Still binge watching Criminal Minds and waiting for the latest episode of This Is Us.

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    1. It's very different than the usual sci-fi. I really liked it.

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  6. I watched Sweet Tooth and really liked it. I hope there is a second season too.

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    1. Year!I hope a lot of people find it and it gets renewed.

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  7. Raised by Wolves sounds pretty wild...

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  8. Sweet Tooth is on my watchlist but I haven't started it yet... Honestly, I have no idea when I'll get to it but it's good to know it's worth watching! :)

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    1. I loved the characters so much that I was tense the whole time. Rare for me lol

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  9. Oh, Sweet Tooth is on my watch list, but still trying to finish up some other shows. I'm really excited after reading your review. My girl and I watched the trailer for Raised by Wolves when it first came out - we do love sci-fi, but it just didn't catch our liking... maybe we'll have to give it a try.

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    1. I would never have watched Raised by Wolves and it took some getting used to but I'm totally hooked now.
      The characters are so engaging.

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  10. I've heard of most of these but I haven't watched any of them yet I think I'm most curious about Sweet Tooth. Thanks for sharing.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I can't think of anyone I wouldn't recommend Sweet Tooth to. It's appealing to a cross section of people. It does have violence but it's of the fade to black variety.

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  11. I have watched zero TV since I canceled our cable other than our internet connection. I keep saying I'm going to get Netflix, but I never get around to it. My son had stopped watching TV with me, and I have realized that watching and discussing/reacting to shows with someone else is tantamount to my enjoyment. It's the same with video games that make me too nervous to play myself, like Resident Evil. Baz hasn't played out in the living room in ages and I've missed so much of the ongoing stories of my favorite games. He told me to watch game play-throughs on YouTube but it's just not the same. I like helping navigate and figure out the puzzles. 😔 Some of my IRL friends used to have a game night, and a movie night once a month, but the older married couples started preferring to hang with themselves even before Covid. However, it's still not worth dating. 😅

    I watched the free first episode of Raised by Wolves. I might borrow it from the library if they get the DVDs. 💿

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    1. I rarely watch TV alone for the same reason.
      If I do it's things I've already watched or cartoons lol
      Raised by Wolves is really weird but I liked it a lot.

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