It’s been a while . . .

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but that’s because I haven’t been reading or watching anything new. Although, a couple of new seasons for two shows I enjoy aired in the last couple of months – Worst Witch, Season 3, and 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, Part 2.

Worst Witch, Season 3 is just as cute and fun as the first couple of seasons. Mildred’s mother plays a larger role in this series, so you are able to see more of the mother-daughter dynamics. For those of you who like Ms. Hardbroom, you even get some of her backstory.

3Below: Tales of Arcadia, which is not as good as it’s predecessor – Trollhunters – still is enjoyable. What I like about 3 Below is Steve’s character arc. Initially a bully when we first met him in Trollhunters, his character continues to develop in 3Below, and you get to see him grow into something more than a bully. That is probably my favorite aspect about this TV series – Steve’s path to finding friends and a purpose. To quote Aja, the Queen in Waiting, one can say that this show is “lively!”

Anyway, if you are looking for some lighthearted and fun shows, check them out!

Death in Paradise (BBC)

Death in Paradise

Another reason I haven’t been posting lately is because I’ve been busy enjoying Death in Paradise. This murder mystery is more my style (unlike DCI Banks). Not nearly as graphic as DCI Banks, this show presents a good mystery with a little humor. I will admit, at first, I didn’t like the show. I watched it simply because it was clean and I needed something to watch. However, after several episodes, I found myself becoming attached to the characters. (I will say, that this show earned a spot on my “favorites” list with the arrival of the second detective inspector in season 3. He brought a level of levity to the show that wasn’t present before.)

I will say Death in Paradise has a very strong cast, especially in the first several seasons (it is always hard when some of your favorite’s leave the show). I enjoy watching it for the characters. And for those of you who like strong female leads, you will enjoy the character Camille Bordey, an outspoken woman whose not afraid to stand up for herself or others, and yet remains a caring and compassionate.

DCI Banks (BBC)

DCIBanks

I recently watched the first two episodes of DCI Banks (it was a two-parter). This BBC show is available on Amazon Prime. The show was very good – well acted and solid, engaging mystery. If the show wasn’t so serious and the murders weren’t so graphic, it is one I would continue watching. However, due to my my preference for less serious and more lighthearted mysteries, it is not one I will continue watching. But for people who enjoy a more serious, realistic crime-solving show, you might want to check it out!

Person of Interest

I haven’t posted lately because I’ve been lazy, and I’ve been enjoying several different TV shows and a new book series.

One of those TV shows is Person of Interest, starring Jim Caviezel and several other people whose name I don’t recognize.

This show ran from 2011 – 2016. I really enjoyed the first three seasons of it. The plot focus shifted slightly on the fourth season, and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. However this show became one that my dad and I watched together; it was a nice way to spend some father-daughter time.

I will be adding it to my list of “favorites” (as soon as I decide to quit being lazy). The show is clean (no sex and minimal profanity) with some violence (however, the violence is not graphic).

Here is a trailer for those who are interested in checking it out. Currently, it is on Netflix.

Dickensian (BBC / Amazon)

Dickensian

Dickensian is a BBC drama that only aired one season. Clever in the way it combines the lives of Charles Dickens many characters, this story tells of Inspector Bucket’s attempts to solve Jacob Marley’s murder. Unfortunately for Detective Bucket, everyone has a motive to kill Marley. The problem is finding out who truly is responsible.

This superbly cast drama may please Dickens fans. However, it should be noted that this is a serious drama, with little comedy, and in keeping with many of Dickens’ characters, it does not end well for every one. (In other words, this is not a “happily-ever-after” type show.)

I was unable to find what the TV show was rated. I would guess it is about TV-14. However, there were a couple scenes that made me a little uncomfortable. The main one of which is when Silas Wegg forces himself on Mrs. Gant. While they are clothed in the scene, it was disturbing enough for me that I ended up turning the show off. So I would advise people who are sensitive like me, against watching the show.

I did go on Wikipedia to find out who Joseph Marley’s killer was, and that is why I know the show does not end happily for everyone. So, if you are in the mood for a happily-ever-after show, look elsewhere.

I will reiterate that I was beyond impressed with the acting – Scrooge and Fagin being my two favorite characters, closely followed by Detective Bucket. I appreciate the show’s cleverness in how it combined many of Dickens’ books; however, this show is simply not for me.