Everything I was obsessed with in 2020…

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So, as we all know, 2020 was quite the year, but there was plenty of time to be watching tv shows which I view as a plus. So I decided to let y’all know what shows got me through those long lock downs and online university. This year brought a lot of change for most of us but for me, one thing it brought was this blog so I want to thank everyone who has looked at my site or any of my posts, those who have followed, liked or commented, over these last 6(ish) months. It means so much to me so thank you and I hope you enjoy this list of mainly not 2020 titles…

I am choosing to skip certain shows which are always on my mind, for instance, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, I feel no reason to explain these, they just speak to me and are on a constant cycle in my house.

Veronica Mars

So, I discovered Veronica Mars early in 2020/late 2019 and it quickly made its way to the top of my all time favourite shows and I haven’t stopped loving it! It’s on Stan Australia now if you haven’t given it a chance yet.

Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy is always a good time and I watched all the seasons back to back during this year. Obviously helping me with the Derek Shepherd post… But nonetheless, I enjoyed it the second time through then started watching again (what can I say, I missed Lexie).

Criminal Minds:

I love Criminal Minds and I have for years, but this year I did the same as Grey’s Anatomy and I watched it start to finish. I can’t see a point where I wouldn’t be obsessed with Criminal Minds. My favorite episodes are the grossest/wackiest. For instance, amputation+reattachment to other people, anything with dolls, etc.

Don’t ask me why I love it so much because I don’t have an answer but I do, similarly to how I love SVU.

Keeping up with the Kardashians:

I can’t believe I have been sleeping on Kardashians for so long, but since it arrived on Netflix this year, and I got Hayu I have been loving Kardashians, I always thought to watch it you needed to care about the Kardashians and be fans of them but it is so much more down to earth than that, and it is making me like them as more than just these figure heads. It is also really funny sometimes. So, I have been loving getting to watch it! I am only 6 seasons in at this point but still. Honestly, if you liked it, Hayu has been fun for me.

Dance Moms:

Who doesn’t love Dance Moms? I for sure do, this meant I got Hayu specifically to watch Dance Moms start to finish and it doesn’t disappoint. Those kids are so talented it still blows me away and the drama doesn’t get old. I don’t know what it is but this year Dance Moms really got me again. I do however, feel truly terrible for the kids who were on it, growing up in that environment, so I hope it was as contrived as some say.

If you want a post on Dance Moms in 2021 comment down below or let me know on socials and I’ll be happy to!

The 100:

This is the year the 100 really clicked for me, I’ve obviously seen it previously but never past season 3 until this year. And truly I have watched the 100 so many times this year. So look forward to some more posts about it next year! I will admit I am still mainly sticking to my comfort seasons (1 and 2) on a loop but still, I’ve been watching it pretty consistently all year.

Here’s my the 100 post if you missed it;

https://simplymythoughts.blog/2020/09/26/my-problem-with-the-100/

How to Get Away With Murder:

I was loving this one too, as a serial re-watcher I watched a lot of HTGAWM because it is so easy to watch while doing other things. I love putting this on while I do my uni work or catch up on notes. Especially with the 5th season only going up on Netflix this year there was lots to rewatch!

Upper Middle Bogan:

What a classic. I honestly for years have judged Upper Middle Bogan based on it’s poster but after finally giving it a go I am entirely obsessed. I can’t explain it but it had that same quirky comedy vibe but in Australia, I feel like it is as close as we are going to get to something like The Office in Australia ( sorry Rostered On). Or, maybe it’s closer to these next two shows but in Australia and that just makes it great. I love a funny true Aussie show because, man some of the stuff here is strange.

Kim’s Convenience:

I seriously don’t know what to tell you about this but I’ve seen all of it and I love it. It is such a strange show but I find it so funny and enjoyable to watch.

Schitt’s Creek:

Much like the last two, I just can’t explain it but its amazing. I really put off Schitt’s Creek for a while until I really watched it and realized how good it is, for a show about a family of rich, selfish and not down to earth people, it is really funny, special mention to this scene;

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But more than that, you see these characters grow so much as people, finding out who they actually are and what they want, a family who didn’t know each other at all became so incredibly close they can hardly bare the thought of not being together. It is just super heartwarming and so well done.

So, there are the shows I binged the most during 2020, I got a lot of watch time done clearly and this blog has helped me with that! It has also given me the ability to watch endless tv shows whilst feeling somewhat productive so thanks everyone who reads for helping me rationalise this to myself. And Also, just another huge thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, commented or read any of my posts this year, it means so much to me to be able to explain my feelings about these shows and express myself in this space. So, I will be back in 2021 for another post!

Happy New Year everyone!

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‘Love Life’ is super depressing…

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Okay, so for any who didn’t see; Anna Kendrick starred in a new show in 2020 called ‘Love Life’ which followed Anna Kendrick’s character, Darby, going through her young adulthood trying to find love. Now, I love Anna Kendrick ,I really do, and I think she was great in this but ‘Love Life’ wasn’t for me. Anna Kendrick is great however, this has nothing to do with her. Each episode we watch Darby in a different time in her life. Forewarning, I did not finish the show because it was making me feel a bit depressed to be honest. So this is just my interpretation from what I did see.

So, firstly, let me say, the acting in ‘Love Life’ is not bad and neither is the plot or story-line. I have no issues with these aspects. I honestly kind of love them showing a woman in her adulthood who doesn’t have everything figured out. Some of these romantic interests just ended because the people were at different points in their lives or wanted different things. I think it was really honest and I applaud them for that. They had Darby being a strong woman with a career and it wasn’t easy for Darby to find her love.

So, in the beginning of watching the show I felt like it was kind of cute. I enjoyed watching Anna Kendrick finding love however, it isn’t that simple. Like I said, the show is honest. However, for those who don’t know (spoiler) each episode shows Darby’s relationship with a different person. So, because of that, every episode we watch Darby find someone, be happy and inevitably break up with them. This was hard for me to watch, this isn’t a long show and for each episode to be such an emotional roller-coaster for the audience was a lot.

I definitely understand why they did this and it does show some realities about relationships and love, but, as a viewer it was confronting. To watch this cute relationship and happiness come crashing down and hurting them, every 40 minutes. I just couldn’t take it.

That said, there are lots of good aspects to this show, for instance, we watch Darby growing with her friends in a realistic way as their lives change. We watch Darby coming to terms with who she is and who she wants to be and succeeding in her career.

So, this post is not intended to tell you not to watch ‘Love Life’ but it is to somewhat shed some light on what it is really about and how it made me feel. As I was watching these relationships turn bad or people treat Darby poorly, it made me feel really low and depressed and I soon realized I wasn’t going to stop seeing and feeling these things until the end. So, I didn’t finish it. But maybe you will. ‘Love Life’ is available on Aussie Stan if you want to check it out, but this one just wasn’t for me, and that’s totally okay. I respect what they were trying to do here and I respect the honesty but it just made me sad watching it.

Let me know your thoughts on ‘Love Life’ if you watched it! I’d love to know what other people thought. Thanks for reading, come back next week for a new post.

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The scary truth about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a series currently available on Australian Stan which was adapted from the popular book “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I haven’t personally seen all of the series but I have seen the first few seasons and that is enough for me. The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a not too distant dystopian future where a new government has taken over amid an infertility crisis threatening mankind.

This new world they create is a world where women once again become shadows to men, with no personal agency, no ability to control their own lives or any political power. The fertile women, the “handmaids”, are carted around to different powerful families who cannot conceive and are raped and abused month after month for the sole purpose to bring a baby to a powerful family. Once they have given birth they are moved to another family for the cycle to begin again.

Those women who were infertile move into select other jobs such as training the fertile women, marrying less powerful men, being cooks to the political families and so forth. These women have nothing anymore, no right to vote, read, write, even think realistically.

This world they have presented is honestly incredibly grim and for me was hard to watch at points. However, the scary truth is, now more than ever we can see this isn’t impossible. With the Corona Virus pandemic covering the globe and governments enforcing lockdowns we can see that it would really not be so hard for those with radical views to make their way into power and be able to make such terrible changes. Governments around the world did strip many liberties from citizens in order to keep us safe from the outbreak and limit loss of life. Which I totally agree with. However, they did strip our liberties, they decided where we could go, who we could see, for how long and when we could return to our lives. Although this was made for a good purpose, to save lives and control a pandemic, those in The Handmaids Tale thought they had a worthy cause. For them, they were trying to save mankind from going extinct because of infertility.

Now, obviously people rioted these changes, particularly women rioted against their loss of power, land, agency, ability to learn, read, work and more. But, when you have enough political power behind you, you can fix this problem.

We now can see that all it would take for this to become a reality would be for the wrong people (with enough support) to gain power. It would be difficult but it is not impossible. And that truly terrifies me.

In the past you could watch the show or read the books and think ‘man I wonder how they were ever able to do this, turn fertile women into baby factories and reduce women’s rights back down to where they were long ago’ but now… we know how much power the government has over us and what they can legitimately make us do with force and punishment.

So, that’s just something to think about, I’ll be back next week with hopefully a less depressing post but I really felt this was interesting to point out and explore. Subscribe down below to get emailed when I post.

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