The Knight Before Christmas

1 year! That is how long it took for my sisters to get me to watch The Knight Before Christmas. I like Christmas movies, but I have to be in the right mood to tolerate a Christmas romance (or any romance for that matter). Let’s just say when they finally got me to watch it this holiday season, I wasn’t in the “right mood.” In fact, I was in a pretty foul mood, but my sour mood was no match for Sir Cole & his fair lady Brooke.

The Knight Before Christmas is a cute, comedic story about a knight from the 1300s seeking to fulfill his quest and a present day school teacher who doesn’t believe in true love (a common theme in all romance stories, I know.) The fun begins when Sir Cole’s quest transports him out of Norwich and into present day Ohio. Let’s just say that it takes some time for a knight of the 1300s to adapt to 21st century customs, and it makes for some good laughs.

So if you need a lighthearted Christmas movie, check out Netflix’s The Knight Before Christmas.

Neverland (2011)

Neverland.jpgJust finished watching the mini-series – Neverland. Neverland tells the origins of Peter Pan and Captain Hook as well as the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell. The show is well acted, especially considering the age of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. Sometimes, the show is a little slow, but if you grew up watching Disney’s Peter Pan, you will enjoy seeing the origins of the characters.

I’m not sure what the series is rated, but there is at least one bedroom scene in the first episode (nothing more than PG-13) and some implications of adult stuff in the second.

When Calls the Heart (Hallmark)

When Calls the Heart

When Calls the Heart is a Hallmark channel TV series (which can currently be viewed on Netflix). This show reminds me of Little House on the Prairie, just in a different time period and atmosphere.

The show follows the adventures of a wealthy, young lady, Elizabeth Thatcher, who moves to the small mining town of Coal Valley to serve as a teacher for the children there. While there, she experiences many challenges as she gets used to the lack of “modern” conveniences in Coal Valley. Yet, she throws herself into life in Coal Valley with enthusiasm and does her best to assist the children and families of the town.

While the show is a little slow at times, you soon find yourself enjoying the relationships between the characters, particularly the relationship between Elizabeth and Constable Jack Thornton, a Canadian Mountie, who doesn’t think very highly of Elizabeth.

What I like about the show is this:

1) It is clean, and the grudging romance between Elizabeth and Jack is entertaining.

2) The show is entertaining to watch, but not so good that I can’t turn it off part way through an episode if I have responsibilities to get to.

3) It is interesting to see what life was like for miners and their families. This is a time period in history that I’m not familiar with, so it is interesting to watch how different life was in a mining town.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)


The 2010 version of Hawaii Five-0 is entertaining if you can ignore the fact that this show doesn’t make a pretense of using appropriate police techniques. The main character is a “get-the-job-done-no-matter-what” type of person and often uses tactics that aren’t legal or would make any evidence obtained unusable in court. (For example, in order to get a criminal to talk, Steve, the main character, puts him in shark cage in the ocean and “abandons” him for a little while. In another scene, he ties a guy to a car and takes him on a high speed ride through a winding parking garage).

While the show may be completely unrealistic in terms of its detective work and the situations some characters find themselves in, what makes the show enjoyable is the relationship between the main character, Steve, and his detective partner, Danny. While Steve is the kind of guy who doesn’t mind dumping people in shark cages in the middle of the ocean, Danny is very much by-the-book, and his and Steve’s techniques often result in friction and banter that makes the show entertaining as the two personalities collide.