Discovering Doctor Who and Other Netflix Shenanigans

Okay, before you completely judge me, I definitely am familiar with Doctor Who. I know that Peter Capaldi is the current Doctor, I know that the TARDIS is blue. I basically spent my teenage years on Tumblr and made friends with Whovians as time passed by. I just didn’t have the time, and the knowledge where to start watching the show.

Enter December 2016, I was in a rush to watch the Sense8 Christmas Special so I did a thing called signing up for Netflix. I have a free one month subscription so I checked out the selections available to my region and Doctor Who was there!

Although, I debated whether to watch it or not since it starts on Series 5, when Matt Smith became The Doctor. Of course, I wanted to, at least, start with Nine. I’ve seen the first episode with the Ninth Doctor and him meeting Rose. If I remember correctly, that was the episode with the mannequins? Anyway, I just said screw it and then proceeded to watch. How could I not? It’s amazing! And I love Karen Gillan.

I really enjoyed watching Season 5, and yes I’ll be watching it again, and from Nine. Besides, I wanted to see David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor!

On the other shenanigans part, I also binged on watching Outlander and holy guacamole! I really fell in love with it! I think I was able to finish two seasons in three days!

I really thought it was just another historical drama, but it wasn’t! There’s time-travelling involved, and I got hooked since the first episode! In case you’re not aware of what the this is about, the story is about Claire, an Englishwoman, and a married army nurse from the 1940s, who traveled back in time to 1740s Scotland, where the Highlander culture is rich and Scotland is at war with England, so Claire being an Englishwoman presented some problems with her survival.

I really love the landscapes of Scotland featured in the show, and the costumes are amazing. And of course, Jamie and Claire are my OTP! I love how their relationship blossomed from friendship to love. This show is really one of a kind! However, I do acknowledge some problems present, given the setting of the story.

Anyway, I’m really excited for season three!! I can’t wait to watch it, especially with how the last season ended! It was such a cliffhanger, I wanted to scream! Hahaha! Plus, I miss hearing Jamie say the word “Sassenach”. How can one word sound so sexy?

And since I’m still on Netflix, I’m off to find a new series to binge. I’ve heard good things about The OA so I’m probably going to watch it! Send me some of your recs from Netflix and I’m going to check it out!

 

Discovering Stranger Things

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In case you haven’t noticed, the book blogging community is not only a great source for book recommendations, but also an amazing one when it comes to all things pop culture. One particular thing I love about the community is that everyone seems to board on the hype train, especially when it comes to really good TV or Netflix Original series.

If you can remember, one of my Nerdiscoveries post back then was about Sense8, which was a Netflix original, and now I’m back with another one! I have been seeing tweets and articles about Stranger Things for weeks, and I really wanted to watch it but I was just so busy with school and everything, until my housemate gave me the final push and then bam! Goodbye responsibilities, Hello Stranger Things!

If you have zero knowledge about the show, it’s better to stay that way and just jump into watching it, but yes the main characters are a bunch of kids, amazing kids actually, and diverse if I may say so. And my favorite character is definitely Dustin!

Yup, Winona Ryder is here and the police chief kinda looks like Jack Nicholson from The Shining, and the soundtrack is really amazing that they’re making it available to stream! It’s a horror/sci-fi show, which I guess is really perfect for fans of Stephen King! It’s set in the 1980s and there’s tons of homage to pop culture which is awesome!

Another thing I really loved about it is the cinematography! It’s visually enriching and I love watching it so much that I’m planning on binge-ing the whole thing over again soon! The characters were also very developed and interesting and it say so much, with the series only having 8 episodes for the first season. I’m not sure if a second season is coming but I hope there will be because I NEED MORE!!

Seriously, go see it if you still haven’t!

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The Thing with Korean Dramas

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Nerdiscoveries is a feature hosted by The Bibliophile Confessions where we share our new discoveries that totally make us nerd/geek out.

The thing is… I don’t know. I don’t really know what it is with Asian Dramas, particularly Korean dramas, that made me so hooked.

I vaguely remember the first Korean drama I’ve watched but I guess it was Autumn in My Heart. with Song Hye Kyo as one of the main characters. It was aired on local TV and I think I was still in third grade during that time. My mum loved it so much, I was practically forced into watching it. Not that I complained, for I actually loved it.

After that, countless of other Asian dramas, especially Korean and Taiwanese were aired on local TV. Of course, I got into the Meteor Garden craze. It was basically a phenomenon here. I even watched the Japanese, Korean and Animated versions of it.

Fast-forward to today, I don’t think I’m much of an enthusiast as I was back then. Of course, I still watch some but I set some standards on picking which ones to watch.

The guy lead must be an eyecandy.

Okay, as crazy as this sounds, I do actually apply this rule and the fact that it’s the first one I mentioned states how important this is for me. Watching K-Dramas requires effort for me since I have to keep up with the subtitles while focusing on what’s happening on screen, so it needs to be worthwhile.

Light and fun show

I barely watch serious Korean dramas, although I’ve seen some historical/period dramas that are more serious but can still incorporate humor like Moon Embracing the Sun. I love watching Korean shows that are real fun because they lift up my mood in an instant.

High Ratings

This one is really important as well. Korean dramas have at least 16 episodes on an average. Each episode is about an hour. Given I’m such a big binge-watcher, I’m throwing out 16 hours of my day for watching one show. Moon Embracing the Sun had 20 episodes and I watched the whole season in one sitting. No joke. It took me one and a half days to finish it. Shower and meals included. Well, for this one, I usually watch dramas which were either recommended to me or popular enough to catch my attention.

So what’s the point of this post?

Well, last February, I discovered a cute clip from a Korean drama called Oh My Venus. It’s a love story between an overweight lawyer and a popular gym trainer. The clip consisted of cheesy and cute kissing scenes from their gym sessions. Hahaha! It was totally adorable so I told my friends about it and we watched it.

Oh My Venus stars So Ji Sub (The Master’s Sun) as the personal trainer and Shin Min Ah (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho) as the lawyer. There were lots of substories to be looked forward to and I honestly had an awesome time watching it. I also cried too!

So I wasn’t given just one eyecandy. I was blessed with THREE. <3

That same month, I also discovered another Korean Drama. I don’t know if you’ve heard it already (probably through me hahaha!) but it’s called Descendants of the Sun which features Song Joong Ki (aka my~ boyfriend haha) as Army Captain Yoo Si Jin and Song Hye Kyo as Doctor Kang Mo Yeon.

I first saw Joong Ki when I watched Sungkyunkwan Scandal where I developed my huge crush for him. His character was such a comic relief, I even forgot my “eyecandy rule” since there were technically four main characters so I focused on him and the other guy (Yoo Ah In).

Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Si Jin.

Anyways, back to Descendants, It was the first drama that Joong Ki signed on since he was discharged from his mandatory military service so it was quite the experience seeing him play as a soldier. It was also great to watch Song Hye Kyo again! I think the last show I’ve seen with her in it was Full House and that was more than a decade ago. Haha!

This drama might be too overrated already since a lot of people are talking about it. It was even bought by a local TV network to for it to be aired here in PH. For me, it’s definitely worth the hype because the story is cute but gripping. It’s action packed and cheesy at the same time. There’s balance in every episode and it will leave you hanging.

THERE’S THIS SCENE <3

There are also amazing side stories to watch, especially the romance between the two secondary leads, Sgt. Seo Dae Yong and Lt. Yoon Myeong Ju. Myeong Ju is the daughter of the Army General, who’s not in favor of Dae Yong because of his low rank.

I haven’t cried yet but it’s down to the last two episodes this week and I have a strong feeling that I’ll be in tears once this series ends! Hahaha! I’m not going to tell much in case you’re interested to watch it.  And in case you’re going to, don’t forget to tell me your thoughts about it!

*dreamy sigh*

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Discovering Sense8

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Nerdiscoveries is a feature hosted by The Bibliophile Confessions where we share our new discoveries that totally make us nerd/geek out.

The last time I made a Nerdiscoveries post, it was about a TV show. Now, I raise you guys another one. Well, technically this one is an Netflix original series.

I heard about Sense8 on Twitter. I kept on seeing this on my timeline for weeks. Fellow bookworms, and even authors, kept on tweeting about this so I, naturally, caved in and checked the series out. First scene of the pilot episode and I was already hooked. Naveen Andrews’ familiar face (my Mom is a big fan of Lost) made me more interested about it.

In case you haven’t heard about this yet (Surely, you have), the story is about eight different characters, from different places all over the world, connected to each other both emotionally and mentally which started from a shared vision. They’re called sensates. And yeah, the title is totally a wordplay.

Will Gorski, aka my cute lil puppy! <3
Will Gorski, aka my cute lil puppy! <3

The characters are really amazing and I love the fact that most of the actors are really similar to their characters. Will , is a police from Chicago aka my cute lil puppy. Riley is a DJ from Iceland, working in London; Capheus is a van driver from Kenya; Nomi, is a transwoman hacktivist living with her girlfriend in San Francisco; Sun is a daughter of a wealthy businessman from Seoul; Kala is a pharmacist from India; Wolfgang is from Berlin, an occasional locksmith-slash-robber; and Lito, an actor from Mexico.

I love the diversity of the characters in the show! It’s so refreshing to see diverse culture and locations interconnected to each other in one show. It’s just fricking amazing! They all have great chemistry together which was showcased everytime one character pops in and helps another, which is totally cool! The SHIPS IN THIS SHOW ARE TOTALLY LOVELY! My poor heart can’t take it. <33333

I also love the whole vibe of the show, each episode left me wanting more so I ended up watching the whole series in one day. Actually, I watched the first two episodes before I left for Uni but I had to stop because I became really busy with things so when I arrived at my dorm in Uni, I rewatched the first two then continued the rest of the series. Haha!

If you haven’t seen this show yet, please do watch it! Especially for sci-fi enthusiasts!

HAPPY SENSE8 DAY!!


Have you seen Sense8? Tell me about your favorite character(s)/episode(s)!

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*UPDATE: Sense8 has just been confirmed to return for another season so HELL YES!!!! <3