Update on the previous post “Suicide, Cassette Tapes, and Sexual Assault – There’s No Dismissing ’13 Reasons Why'”. Since my first post on the show a wave of discussion has ascended upon Netflix’s most recent biggest show. These discussions have pushed me to post again on what is becoming a contentious piece of work.
When a show starts to make waves I usually have to watch it. The only exceptions are when I am extremely turned off by it. Netflix has made this even more true since its production value has surpassed some broadcast TV stations. When I heard about 13 Reasons Why and how it was dominating Twitter and Facebook feeds, I had to watch it to see what everyone was talking about. Upon completion, I even enjoyed some aspects of the show and agreed with most viewers with how bingeable the show can be. While I did put 13 Reasons Why into the Watch It category since it was a decent show that was just unrealistic in its depiction that screamed teen drama, I now have more concerns about the show. Continue reading “More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why””
Surprise, surprise, the next biggest teen-related show is not on MTV or Freeform (ABC Family), but inside the big red vault of Netflix. Upon its release a frenzy was started with its content. On the face its a teen drama that pulls you in, but inside of that are conversations being started that either criticize or praise the show’s portrayal of heavy issues in teen life. One thing is for sure, it has opened a refreshing dialogue. Certainly bingeable, there’s a reason this show falls into the Watch It category instead.
NOTE: A new post has been created about this show with additional thoughts and changes to my original ones. One major one is the demotion of this show to the Check It category.
Unlike most shows that I come upon, 13 Reasons Why was practically forced upon me by the attention it was getting. Seeing it all over Twitter and Facebook made it too tempting to put off watching this show and I was right. The very concept of the show keeps you watching episode after episode till you probably regret it in the morning. Since the episodes are based around the tapes of one of the main characters, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide, the show immediately wraps you in. Yes, the main character commits suicide and it is presented to you without much warning as I just have. Before doing this act she records the 13 reasons why she does, hence the title of the work. Originally a book by Jay Asher, a following grew around it till Selena Gomez thought it was worthy to make it to the screen. The translation into a TV show allows further depth, but to the point where it is too much. The book was certainly exploited and while separating it into 13 episodes was fitting to the cassette tapes, it dragged out everything unrealistically. The creators could have shortened the episode length and definitely kept this to one season. A limited series would be more fitting than a big production spanning multiple seasons when the book is only about 300 pages. While I am not certain of another season, the finale left too many questions where it is rather obvious that there will be. It’s rather unnecessary to have another season, but we love to exploit art. Continue reading “Suicide, Cassette Tapes, and Sexual Assault – There’s No Dismissing ’13 Reasons Why’”
Yesterday was the 20 year anniversary of this hit series and its following is still going strong, but is it worthy for newcomers? The answer isn’t simple and is the reason this cult classic falls into the Check It category.
I started watching Buffy about a month ago and I’ve grown to appreciate the monster-fantasy. However, this isn’t a show that I would recommend to everyone and I think that is a given. It’s not like the millions of Twilight fans go around to everyone they know and make sure their friends read the book as well. They know that only certain people will like the book and the same applies for Buffy. After all, it is a cult show for a reason. With that being said I for one do not mind science fiction and vampires and demons. If you have a similar interest give the show a watch.
The main strength of the show is the chemistry between the main characters, especially between Buffy and the “school librarian” Giles. The librarian is actually the vampire slayer’s, “watcher” who is the person that trains and looks over the slayer. Giles is my favorite character and is played by Anthony Stewart Head. He engulfs the classic British librarian any nerd has ever imagined and I was delighted by his performance. Continue reading “Buffy the Vampire Slayer is rightfully a cult classic, but also a 90s Nightmare”