I kind of like TV shows, in case you hadn’t noticed. Once upon a time, I was watching almost fifteen shows at one time (I blame the British government and unemployment), and while I don’t even watch a third of that any more, I still love my shows. Since I also love reading and the two are totally connected, I wanted to share three of my top recommendations with you. And this has absolutely nothing to do with how obsessed I am with The 100 at the moment. Nope. Nothing at all.
If you didn’t know about this flawless show then you don’t know me at all. I never miss an opportunity to rave about it and push it onto people. Unfortunately, hardly anyone listens to me when I tell them how flawless it is, because they tend to believe that it’s all about sex and violence. NO. NO. You are WRONG. It’s about brotherhood and family and fighting against your oppressors and abusers, and standing up for what you believe in. It’s about freedom. To quote the showrunner: “[It’s] about a man who almost changed an entire nation by the force of his will.”
In case you were wondering, it’s based on the completely true story of Spartacus, a gladiator and slave in the Roman Republic (before it became the Empire), who fights for the right to live free of Roman rule. It’s inspiring, it’s epic, and it’s truly the best TV show I have ever watched. There are four seasons, three full ones and a prequel, and the impact that this story has had on me will stay with me forever. The correct viewing order is Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengeance, and War of the Damned. Please, watch it.
2. Veronica Mars
Hey, Marshmallows! I started watching Veronica Mars last year when it was announced that there would be a movie. I had no idea about it before then, but Tatum and I were like “Well I guess it’s good?” and we ended up marathoning the hell out of it. Veronica is one of my favourite characters ever and let me just talk about the OTPEST OF OTPS that is Logan and Veronica. So Tatum and I like to ship. We also like to rank our ships because we have at least two hundred. And Veronica and Logan are at the fucking top of the pyramid. THEY CANNOT BE BEATEN. I remember when we realised how much we loved them together, and each of us was hesitant to tell the other that they had surpassed Destiel (Supernatural) and season one Delena (The Vampire Diaries).
Veronica Mars is about a teenage private investigator and is set in a town called Neptune and everything about it is awesome. The themes involving the rich and the poor people, abuse, and other such stuff are wonderfully done. Season three, the final season of the show, is definitely the weakest, but it’s absolutely brilliant at the same time.
3. The 100
Have you ever marathoned an entire season of a show in one day? I hadn’t for a while, not since I discovered Supernatural, but then I discovered The 100 and I watched the entire first season and caught up with season two IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS BECAUSE IT’S EPIC. This only happened a couple of weeks ago because I honestly thought this show was horrific when I watched the pilot in March, but I wish I had continued with it back then. These past couple of weeks have been the best thing to happen to me in a while because they’ve been full of fangirling, energetic screaming, shipping, OTPs, and flawless writing. BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER.
The 100 is a post-apocalyptic show based on a book of the same name. But the show is absolutely nothing like the book, according to my trusted friends. Basically, people from the USA moved into a space ship because the Earth was destroyed by war and radiation. In the pilot episode, a group of a hundred teenage prisoners (the fact that they’re teenagers makes sense, I promise) are sent down to Earth to see if it’s survivable. And it turns out that it is. Kind of.
My favourite things about The 100, besides Bellarke who are the most epic flawless couple who are rapidly catching up with Logan/Veronica, is the diverse cast and flawless storytelling. These writers know what they’re doing. They have created a fast-paced, terrifying, action packed show that grabs you by the (metaphorical) balls and twists with your emotions. Let’s talk about the cast for a moment: a huge percentage of them are POC. In fact, the majority of them are. How many shows, especially ones aimed towards teenagers, can say that? Not only is it realistic, since this show is set in the future, it is great representation and I applaud it for that. Also, there are so many badass women in this show I can’t handle it. The main character, Clarke, is a woman who is leading this group of teenagers alongside a (beautiful) MOC, Bellamy. In addition, the writers aren’t afraid to touch upon dark subjects. The character development is stunning. The world building makes me weak inside.
I am urging you all to give this show a go, because while I fully admit I might be blinded by my stanning goggles, I would go so far as to say that this show is almost flawless. Watch the pilot, ignore how terrible it is, and then watch a couple more episodes and I promise you will be hooked. And you will probably want to be. Tatum has written an awesome post on the show as well because she’s stanning as much as I am, and there is also this flawless infographic presentation which says everything I want to say and more.
So, when do you want to do a buddy watch?