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Watchmen

Based on the original comics of the same name in the 1980s, Watchmen is a real gift of a television show. The first episode aired in October 2019 and is a powerful and essential watch.

It covers important social justice issues, particularly racism, which means this is more than just entertainment; it’s a prose on an alternative world (or nearby version of it) and what things will look like if we don’t get our shit together.

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It follows vigilantes fighting for the justice that we all want to see in society but have been outlawed. Naturally, there is violence with plenty of fight scenes. But they are exacting and succinct because the show relies on other strong factors to make it great, rather than a twelve minute, over choreographed fight scene. 

The main protagonist (a newly created character) is a powerful, commanding woman called Angela Abar (played by Regina King) who lives a double life and has an extensive backstory and layers to keep her incredibly intriguing. King purports of her character ‘This woman is complex, she’s flawed. Heroes struggle, too.’ Which is probably in part due to the fact that seven of the twelve writers are women.

The show’s creator, Damon Lindelof, commented on being a white man creating a show that focuses on black history:

‘I’ve made a career of basically putting white people on billboards, and I keep making television shows about really attractive men in their mid-40s who are having existential and spiritual crises. I’m in a position to do something different and this is something that I care about, too.’ 

The spec fic masterpiece has perspicuous storytelling, a brilliant cast and ever more brilliant soundtrack. Even if you aren’t a superhero comic fan and can’t seem to get into other DC and Marvel shows, Watchmen is the one that you will.

Should I watch Watchmen?

Without a shadow of a doubt.

You will like Watchmen if you like:

  • Any superhero and villain shows or movies. 
  • Castle Rock
  • The 2009 film version of Watchmen

Bless this Mess

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The classic tree change sitcom, written by and starring Lake Bell, is a new comedy on the screen scene called Bless This Mess.

A fed up New York couple— a therapist, Bell, and music journalist, played by Kristen Bell’s husband, Dax Shepard— moves to Nebraska. In search of a simpler and possibly happier after they’ve purchased a farm. Upon arriving, they realise it’s actually a dilapidated and unworkable property (who buys before checking it out, seriously?). Nonetheless, they are committed to making it work. Of course, nothing ever lives up to the fantasy. And as a farmer’s daughter, I can confirm that farming is glorified by those who have never done it. Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have a story.

The “fish out of water” theme in Bless This Mess is still a lovable approach to watch. Who doesn’t relate to getting judged for wearing their activewear to the corner store? But it’s hard to forgive the irritable nature of the main characters. Especially because as the neighbours point out, ‘you don’t just decide to be a farmer.’

Bless this Mess review

Bless This Mess is quite cliché but it’s redeeming in that the main characters are charming and naively enthusiastic and have a great, respectful relationship. Until the cracks in their marriage start to appear as their ill purchased house begins to crack.

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However, the side cast (think Lennon Parham from Parks and Rec and David Koechner from Anchorman) are much more interesting and funny. Albeit stereotypical small town views and narratives. 

Still very early on in its life, I’ll be disheartened if this gets renewed for more than two seasons and genius, relatable comedies like Alone Together didn’t. 

Should I watch Bless This Mess?

Yeah, I guess. Just lower your expectations. A lot.