Watching Lately #8


1. Grimm
Grimm is, without a doubt, my new favourite thing. I decided to give it a whirl a couple of weeks ago and I loved it pretty much instantly. Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he's a Grimm (aka a long-lost descendant of the Brothers Grimm, of fairytale fame) and his world is turned upside down. He's suddenly able to see Wesen (basically fairytale creatures masquerading as normal people) and it's his job to protect the world from these supernatural creatures. It reminds me a lot of the early seasons of Buffy; in each episode, there's a new Wesen-villain to be defeated, and Nick spends equal amounts of time researching and fighting said villain, along with the help of his pals. I loves it. I've always been a fan of fairytales - NOT the Disney kind, the old folklore kind where everyone dies in the end - and supernatural things, so it was a pretty safe bet that I'd enjoy Grimm. I also enjoy all the weird names the Grimm world has for stuff, like blutbad instead of werewolf and hexenbiest instead of witch. FUN.

2. How I Met Your Mother
I remember when How I Met Your Mother first came on E4 many, many years ago. I watched the first few episodes but kind of just gave up after that and never watched it again. Until a couple of months ago, that was, when I was in need of a new TV show to marathon. I noticed this at the top of my Netflix page and decided to go for it. Now, I did kind of enjoy it, but I didn't really find it very funny. Why then, I hear you say, did I watch all 9 seasons of it in about 6 weeks? I'm not sure either, but it seems obsessively watching TV is just a cross I have to bear. But anyway, the more I watched it, the more I became invested in the characters and storylines and of course I was intrigued to find out who the mother actually was. The very final episode aired just a couple of weeks ago and OH MY LORD, I have never been so disappointed at a series finale (well, apart from the Dexter finale, but we shall not talk of that ever ever ever). I won't say anything too specific in case you haven't seen it yet, but the last 5 minutes were just WRONG. Nope, nope, nope. Apart from the disappointing regression of Barney's character in the final episode after having spent the last couple of seasons showing him "growing up", the rest of the episode was okay. If they had ended it right after he met her on the train platform, that would have been perf. But they didn't do that, and I feel like it completely ruined the whole thing. Ugh, How I Met Your Mother, it's like you were trying to make Ross & Rachel happen. It's not going to happen.

3. Birdsong
I didn't watch this when it was on TV originally, but having read the novel fairly recently, I decided to give the BBC adaptation of Birdsong a watch. Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Wraysford, a soldier in the trenches of the First World War, haunted by his memories of a pre-war affair with Isabelle (Clémence Poésy). As with most adaptations, quite a bit was left out and some of the characters weren't quite what I had imagined, but overall I really enjoyed watching it and felt it did the novel justice. The First World War is kind of my specialist subject so I always love films and books about it. I was absolutely howling by the end, too much for my poor wee heart to take. SO SAD. I particularly liked the storyline with Jack Firebrace (Joseph Mawle) and I thought it was really well done. The only major thing that let this down, for me, was the complete lack of chemistry between Redmayne and Poésy, I just didn't find their affair at all convincing and their intense lingering stares were verging on uncomfortable to watch. But apart from that it was pretty much perfect, I'd definitely recommend giving it a watch.

What have you been watching lately?

Gillian x


  1. You've convinced me - I'll watch Grimm! Sounds just like my kind of thing. It's not like I have coursework to do, or a marketing plan to put together, or cookbooks to write, no...

    On the subject of fairytales, do you watch Once Upon A Time? Maybe a bit too Disney for you, but I love it.

  2. I felt exactly the same with HIMYM


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