First Impressions: Killing Eve & The Bold Type

Another round of first impressions!

This time, as you have probably already guessed from the title, it’s about BBC America’s Killing Eve and FreeForm’s The Bold Type!

These are my thoughts on the pilots of these two shows.

I didn’t research them or tried to find out a lot because of spoilers. My opinions are solely based on the first episode.

But let’s dive into the first one, shall we?

KILLING EVE

killing eve poster poster.jpgI. Was. Hooked. From. The. First. Scene.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. And this means it’s absolutely captivating.

It’s about a MI6 agent (Sandra Oh) who is trying to track down a brilliant and very elusive assassin (Jodie Comer). Sandra Oh gives her best performance. And Jodie Comer gives me the chills.

She is absolutely terrifying and her performance is magnetic. The story is so compelling and unbelievably intense. Two complex and layered women as leads.

FINALLY!!!

And one of them is Asian-American! I’m loving the inclusion and representation! The show is extremely well done.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it were nominated for a few Emmys. It has Phoebe Waller-bridge written all over it. (Pun intended). She did in fact write it and she is an executive producer.

Anyway, I’m loving “Killing Eve” and I’m in awe of the actor’s performances, the writing and the overall final product.

I totally expect to see it nominated for a bunch of Emmys on July 12th. (TODAY!!!!!!)


THE BOLD TYPE

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As the last few seconds played out and the screen went black, I murmured:

“I’m not fucking impressed”

This show stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy playing three girls working at a feminist fashion magazine. It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

I feel like they’re trying to be feminists and not really succeeding. They’re trying to be edgy and again, not succeeding.

It is supposed it be a show about empowering women, showing different types of women and yet, we are facing three thin, gorgeous and beautiful ladies working at a fashion magazine. And it’s not empowering. It’s the first episode and they have had a fight, they have judged each other’s decisions and yelled at each other on a subway platform.
And they call this feminism? Women empowering each other?
I’m a bit sceptical.
Of course, it’s not easy writing a feminist show and be inclusive: it’s such a broad topic with opposite views within itself. But let’s try not to mix up friendship with feminism. They are two separate things the show might be confusing and overlapping.

Just because they are friends, it doesn’t mean they are feminists.

Sure, the head of the magazine is a (white) woman, there is a lesbian Muslim photographer being imprisoned for smuggling vibrators into her country and there is a diverse staff… but is that enough?

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It’s so glossy and perfect. It feels like they’re trying so hard to be edgy and also maintain that camera ready, perfect and never a hair-out-of-place vibe. They’re too perfect!

Sure, I want pretty people on TV, but they come in all shape, sizes and races…

If your tag line is: “Feminism is only our second favourite F word”, you gotta deliver. Don’t come here bullshitting me around.

Maybe it was over-hyped to me, I might have had high expectations for it and this might have doomed me.It’s not bad but I’m like… meh.

And it all ends with a Lumineers song… I can’t deal with this right now.

I might change my mind as I keep watching but so far, I expected more.


So… I was completely captivated by “Killing Eve” and definitely not impressed by “The Bold Type”.

Have you seen any of these shows? Did you like them? Do you think “Killing Eve” will get any Emmy nominations? Let me know your opinions!

Leave me a comment down here, find me on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

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Barry Season 1 – Review

Bill Hader in Barry (2018)I saw the promo for the show quite some time ago and I’ve been excited to see it ever since. It looked so weird, entertaining and with the darkest humour ever.

It is written, directed, created and produced by SNL alum and master impressionist Bill Hader and produced by Alec Berg who also is the executive producer of “Silicon Valley”.

The show is about a hitman (Hader) is assigned to kill this man, and this guy belongs to a theatre group in Los Angeles. Out of the blue, this ex-marine struggling with depression and PTSD, decides he wants to become an actor and that he’s actually talented enough to be one. Which he is definitely not. He joins a theatre group and meets all kind of different people, in particular Sally and he gets infatuated by her.

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On top of this, Bill has amazing co-stars: Henry Wrinkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, D’arcy Carden and more!

I’ve watched basically every interview Bill Hader has given, and he sad that he wanted to make the killing and the shooting seem as realistic as they could. When people are shot, and bloody is shown, it isn’t supposed to look fake for a comedic effect.

They wanted to make it true. And it is.

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I had caught a glimpse of his dramatic range when he played Amy Schumer’s love interest in “Trainwreck” and again in this show. He is unbelievably good. I loved his performance. He was amazing.

Still, despite all the heavy topics, the show is so funny. My favourite characters have to be the two Chechen mobsters. They were hilarious. They had the best lines and the best delivery… I laughed out loud a couple of times. So good.

I loved Fuches and Barry’s relationship. It reminds me of the one Homeland’s Peter Quinn and Dar Adal had, although theirs is somehow less creepy.

Another great quality is how fake and unbearable Sally is. We, as the audience, can see her for how she is, a self-absorbed, arrogant and pretentious actress ready to stomp on anybody to succeed; on the other hand, Barry has a completely different perspective and does not see this side of her. I love that. So much. This gave us an insight on how Barry sees the world and other people. Truly magnificent.

Bill Hader and Sarah Goldberg in Barry (2018)

It is an already very tense show and they decided to build it even further by creating a connection with the Detective in charge of investigating the murder of one of the students in the acting class.

Spoiler alert…. Barry killed him.

I cannot really stress this enough. It’s such a great show. The premises is totally weird but somehow it works.

Last but not least, I am in love with the extremely short opening title: it’s a song called “Change for the World” by Charles Bradley and I am obsessed with it. It immediately went into my “soundtracks” playlist.



Have you seen Barry? Did you like it?

I’d love to know! Let’s interact!

You can find me here, or on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

 

This Is Us – Season 2 Premiere Review

“This Is Us” is one of the most popular shows on US cable and the season 2 premiere didn’t disappoint.

Although I fell immediately in love with the show when it started in September 2016, there are elements of it that I didn’t particularly like: I thought the moment Jack and Rebecca met each other was a little bit ridiculous, too much “insta-love” for me.

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But aside from a few elements, it’s a solid show. The stories are absolutely brilliant and moving.

I have cried for all 18 episodes in season 1 and of course, season 2 didn’t leave my tear ducts dry.

It was hard to watch: from Kate’s struggles with her career, to Randall’ and Beth’s adoption problems and Jack’s not-so-shocking revelation.

The show hits you where you are most vulnerable, your insecurities and your issues. You identify with the characters on an extremely deep level.



Before starting the season 2 premiere, I was almost sure I wasn’t going to cry. I was not in the mood to cry I didn’t feel like it was going to happen, but of course I bawled like there was no tomorrow.

I absolutely adore all of the performances, the only one that didn’t make the same impact on me as the others was Justin Hartley’s. It’s probably just because of Kevin. I’m not a huge fan of the character, I don’t really like that cocky, arrogant and selfish personality. Nonetheless, I absolutely liked the episode. I was a little bit disappointed in Jack, even if I shouldn’t be. We see him struggling with his issues, and problems like alcoholism. But he’s a nice man, he gave up his dreams, just like Rebecca did, and he tried to have overcome is addiction.

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In the episode we also get to know a little bit more about what happened to Jack, how he died. There isn’t much, but I think one of the reasons is his alcoholism. There are clues like Kate with a dog and Randall talking to a redheaded girl, but the most revealing one, is the last scene.  There is house, burnt to the ground. And if I’m not mistaken, it belonged to the Pearsons.

I don’t really get why people are so obsessed with finding out how Jack dies. DO YOU WANT TO SEE HIM DIE? DO YOU WANT THE PAIN!? ARE YOU MENTAL?

Rebecca’s pain at the end destroyed me. It broke my heart. In a million pieces.

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The “get in the car” scene was also amazingly written and acted. She put aside her anger and disappointment towards him and focused on helping him and keeping their family together.

Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have a terrific chemistry together, especially in the dramatic scenes.

 

One of the most amazing scenes was Beth asking Randall to adopt a grown-up kid to help him get off the streets. I thought her gesture was INCREDIBLE. So selfless. I’m in love with Beth and Randall.

And can we talk about Randall’s “Women can do anything” speech? LOVE IT.



To sum up, great start for a second season. Let me know what you think about the episode, I’d love to chat about the show!

xxx

Georgia

69th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017

So, the Emmys happened exactly a week ago and as I expected, it was

THE BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR

Writing this post took me ages!

I watched the red carpet on the E! News YouTube page and I wanted to watch the actual show on TV, but here it wasn’t transmitted with the original audio, and so I had to find an online streaming service. Why didn’t you allow foreign broadcast networks to have the original audio, CBS? I don’t care about the commentators opinions, I want to listen to the Emmys with the original audio.

Aside from this, it was fantastic. Last year I posted my thoughts on the shows and on the Emmys but this year I decided to simply write down my predictions and then make a post about it.

I guessed correctly quite a few winners, especially in the main categories and I’m so thrilled the people that I had picked actually won the award. But I got both of outstanding drama and outstanding comedy wrong. I was aware that maybe my picks were not the most popular and were not the one so we’re going to win, but I chose them anyway I really wanted “The Crown” and “Master of None” to win.

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I’m thrilled that Nicole Kidman won lead actress in a mini series because her performance in “Big Little Lies” was mesmerising. I’m not a huge fan of Nicole, I don’t think I have ever seen a movie with her, which is quite unusual if I think about it.

Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and the SNL Family deserved the recognition they got for their amazing work and the political satire.

I’m extremely glad that “Master of None“‘s Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won the Emmy for outstanding writing a comedy series because the episode “Thanksgiving” was fantastic and that they decided to reward black LGBTQ actress and writer. And can we talk about Sterling K Brown winning outstanding lead actor in a drama? He totally deserved it! The first black man since 1998!

Absolutely ecstatic for Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed and obviously my favourite comedian/journalist John Oliver, who decided out of the blue to thank Oprah in his speech for not reason at all. I knew he was going to win the outstanding variety talk serie, but I was so surprised and so happy when he did. He is always hilarious and wonderful.

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The only prizes I wasn’t too keen on, were Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep. I watched season 1-2 and 6 but it’s not my cup of tea. And I have similar feelings about “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I read the book and liked the first few episodes. I’ll probably finish it, but I liked “The Crown” better. But what these shows reflected the political climate we are it.

This year, the shows were more political than eve, from describing the horrible conditions of the criminal justice system to domestic abuse to a dystopian society when women prisoners and stripped of all their rights in order to become sex slaves. This is what I love about television, the fact that it brings a different reality into your life, reality that you wouldn’t know anything about if it weren’t for TV. Shows like “Atlanta“, “Master of None”, “The Night Of” bring diversity and something unknown to you. They allow you to see a world, often a broken and unfair world that’s miles away from you. But if you don’t see it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Everything this year has been incredibly political, with electing Donald Trump in the White House, with his signing of discriminating and racially biased presidential decree, “Liberal” Hollywood felt like it was necessary to shine a light on those issues the president is desperately trying to avoid. AND THEY WERE RIGHT.

Something that caused a lot of controversy was Sean Spicer’s appearance. If you’re not familiar with him, he is Donald Trump’s former press secretary and he delivered his famous line about the size of Trump’s crowd at his inauguration. I literally screamed when I saw him. My initial reaction was basically Anna Chlumsky’s:

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Some people said Stephen shouldn’t have shone a light on him. He lied and deceived the american people and now it feels like he is being rewarded and being made more “lovable” and cartoon-ish. They are probably right, but just from an entertainment point of view… it was golden.

Aside from this, I had the time of my life watching it, I think Stephen Colbert did an amazing job, especially his opening monologue. He was funny, provocative, unapologetic and… he’s just the best!

Have you seen the Emmys? Are you happy with the winners? Who did you think was snubbed?

 

Xxx

Georgia