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TV Series, Part 1

I said I might write about the TV series I’ve watched, so here it is (well, some of them).

Game of Thrones, the last season, just to get it out of the way: I didn’t hate the ending, like some did, and no, it’s not just because it’s finally over. It’s how they got to that ending that I didn’t like; it felt like they were trying to end it already and move on to some other projects, so everything felt rushed and/or improvised. But, hey, Arya got to travel, Bran got to finally be a bit playful and chase a dragon, Ghost got his human back… If they ever make a spin-off with Arya, or with Ghost, I’ll watch it.

Castle Rock, Season 1. It’s set in Stephen King’s multiverse, in the town he imagined, Castle Rock (and burned down to the ground in one of his books, but never mind that), and while it’s not a direct adaptation of any of his works, it does feature some characters we’ve already met, or their cousins we’ve never heard of. It’s mostly a psychological horror trying to explore why do so many bad things happen in Castle Rock, of all places, so don’t expect it to go fast; then again, if you’ve read anything by Stephen King, you wouldn’t expect it, anyway. The best part of the series is the atmosphere: it’s so good that it’s easy to forgive all the plot holes. There are great actors, too; Scot Glenn and Sissy Spacek alone would be worth watching (they’re brilliant!), and Bill Skarsgard was excellent, too, in the role of the mysterious Kid. Is he the victim who was so badly abused he barely manages to talk? Is he the devil? You just don’t know (well, not until you find out who he really is). And the ending is… I’m not going to spoil it for you, and it’s not that it was completely unexpected, but… You’ll see.

Love, Death & Robots was another enjoyable one (and there will be another season, yay!). It’s a collection of animated adaptations of short stories, mostly science fiction, fantasy or horror, some of them quite humorous. My favorites were Three Robots (three robots in a post-apocalyptic world explore human cities as tourists, and find a cat; don’t worry, nothing bad happens to the cat), The Dump (the ending is easy to guess, but it’s such a fun ending that guessing it doesn’t bother you, you just want to see it happen), Helping Hand (though that one has some really, really dark humor), and Lucky 13 (a relationship between a young pilot and her dropship). When the Yogurt Took Over was really fun, too, Good Hunting had wonderful poetic beauty (but was also disturbing at times), and Ice Age was another fun one (imagine an ordinary couple finding a miniature civilization inside their refrigerator).

Overall, while the quality varies, it was really worth watching (just keep in mind that, even though it’s an animated series, it’s very much not for children).

And finally (well, for this post), In the Flesh. It’s a BBC supernatural drama series, so don’t expect a big budget (it was mostly spent on make-up and contact lenses). It’s a two-season (too bad there weren’t more seasons) series with zombies, and with the twist: the cure was found not too long after the people who died in the last year or two rose from their graves and started attacking and eating the living (it’s not a spoiler, you find it out at the very beginning). It doesn’t cure them permanently, but as long as zombies, err, Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferers, take their meds, they remain as reasonable as any human being. After the treatment, the PDS sufferers are sent back to their homes and their families (they still have to keep taking their meds), and you can guess how it goes. Some families are simply happy to get their loved ones back, but some people have lost their loved ones to the PDS sufferers, some became known as heroes fighting them, some are simply uncomfortable around them… As for the undead themselves, some feel terrible now that they remember what they did, and some don’t feel guilty at all, they feel that they didn’t have any choice, and now they don’t like being discriminated against.

That was the setting, the series is centered around teenage gay zombie Kieren Walker, and it plays really, really well.

That’s it for today, see you next time!

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Tuesday News 14/05/2019

It’s been a while, so, (checks the last news post, and the posts after that one), oh, all right…

I’m back to freelancing. Things are going a bit slower than planned, but then again, I always plan too much, especially considering that I’m still a bit tired, and that I can’t remember when was the last time I’ve slept for 8 hours. So, not just a bit tired. Anyway, I’ve created an account on another freelancing platform, activated the one on the old platform, got some new ideas, I’m trying some new things out… We’ll see how it goes.

Other than that, I’ve finally managed to read some books. Yay! Many of them are in Serbian, so they won’t mean much to you, but if Poslednji cirkus na svetu by Branislav Janković (the short translation of the title would be The Last Circus) ever gets translated into English, read it! It’s about ten angels who have spent about 2,000 years among humans, in not-so-angelic bodies, in order to get to understand people better, and then to judge them when the Judgement Day comes. They tell their stories, how they’ve learned to despise and hate humans, but also how they’ve learned to love them (not in a romantic way). It’s a tricky and ambitious concept, but the author makes it work.

And books in English? The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden was lovely (and I got to see the author in person when she visited Belgrade, and she’s wonderful!), do read it if you enjoy fantasy and fairy tales. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi was even better, even though I prefer fantasy to military sci-fi, but then again, this was no ordinary military sci-fi: Scalzi takes it a few steps further and examines some serious matters (think ethics, human identity, identity as such), while keeping it fun at the same time. You might like it even if you don’t normally read or enjoy military sci-fi.

Katherine Arden in Belgrade!
Katherine Arden in Belgrade!

I also finally got a chance to watch some TV series. The second season of American Gods is over, and sadly, the second half of it wasn’t as good as the first half, or the first season. Then again, there will be the third season, and I hope for a better one. There was some fun, and I did like the development of the Technical Boy, but still, I hope for a better third season.

Game of Thrones? I’m watching it, of course, and I’m not as unhappy with it as some loud people on the internet, but it might be because I’m mostly waiting for it to end and to see how it ends. Pale rider on a pale horse was a nice touch.

I’ve watched Castle Rock (recommended), Love, Death and Robots (the quality varies between the episodes, but overall, it was pretty good), The Little Drummer Girl (good if you like John le Carré, thrillers, dramas, or Alexander Skarsgard), and My Brilliant Friend, made after Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same title (if you want a series that is basically the same as the novel, this would be a good choice).

Other news?

It’s officially spring, but it’s way too rainy (and often too cold) for my taste. Still, we do have pretty flowers.

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Pretty flowers!

I had computer problems and had to have OS reinstalled (think having to make a backup first, and spending a few days doing it, because your computer is that slow, which is why you need to reinstall the OS, but can’t do it before you make a backup of everything important…). It wasn’t fun, but all is good now.

There’s a Starbucks in Belgrade now!

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My first Starbucks coffee!

I’ve got a new haircut, I’m going back to my natural color!

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My new haircut!

Well, that’s it for today; I might write about the series I’ve mentioned the next time.