Sleigh bells may be ringing, but this Bookish Diva is not listening. There are few things that I look forward in December—and the most important right now is a week off with no school or work. Some people would use that time to enjoy their family or finally finish those domestic house-type things. I prefer binge watching great, in my usually correct opinion, television. So my gift to you this holiday season is a spectacular spoiler-free selection of must-binge TV.
Arrow (Total episodes: 55)
If you are a fan of DC comics, you are already familiar with Arrow. With three seasons under its belt, this is a respectable undertaking for those on holiday break. Clad in the finest of forest green leather, we follow the story of Oliver Queen who has become a vigilante after five years shipwrecked on a hostile island. Back in Starling City, he hunts down those who he has determined to have failed his city. Alongside the action there’s more than a fair bit of UST (unresolved sexual tension). Those of us who know the comic book storyline know that Mr. Queen’s love life is…interesting. This Bookish Diva was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Black Canary. Then the showrunners did a bad thing. (Just watch and you’ll see.) If you are not a fan of action/science fiction/superhero shows, tune in for the romantical times and Stephen Amell’s pretty, pretty face.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Marvel fangirl in me will not allow me to recommend a DC show without sharing a show from the clearly superior Marvel universe. If you have seen Iron Man, Thor, or The Avengers, you know the basic premise of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson leads a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who deal with a bevy of extraordinary (in the truest sense of the word) cases and enemies. As expected from the increasing integration between Marvel cinematic and TV universes, there are tie-ins to various Marvel films.(Sidebar: Marvel is doing a fantastic job of weaving all their storylines together. Phase 3 will be everything. Bookmark this. Take a picture. You gon’ learn that this Bookish Diva knows things.) Honesty time: I will admit to having a falling out with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. halfway through the first season. However, fellow BookTrib Nerd Squad member, Author Crush, had made me see the error of my ways.
Shingeki no Kyojin (Total episodes: 25)
Shingeki no Kyojin, also known as Attack on Titan, is an anime based on the manga of the same name. Stop rolling your eyes because I can feel it. How many times does this Bookish Diva remind you that animated does NOT mean made for children? Picture this – Humanity has been forced to live within walled cities because of the ever present threat of Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that consume humans for no reason. The story follows Eren Yeager, his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend, Armin Arlert, as they join the military to find a way to defeat the Titans after Eren’s mother is eaten in front of him. Doesn’t seem all that juvenile, now does it?
Watch this at your peril. Season two does not show up until 2016. That was not a typo, though I wish that it was. The next season will not hit the airwaves until 2016. There is a bit of light coming through the cracks of the wall. The live action movie will is scheduled for August 2015. I see what they are doing…and I’m not sure that I approve. (Insert glaring frowny face.)
Futurama (Total episodes: 140)
Are your glutes strong? Is your snack game flawless? Did you grow up watching The Simpsons? (Emphasis on grow up. Once again, animation does not necessarily mean made for children.) Then I have the binge for you. Futurama is the brainchild of Matt Groening, father of The Simpsons. Named after the a pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair, Futurama does its namesake proud by envisioning how the world would look in the 31st century. Philip J. Fry, known better as just Fry, is our protagonist. We watch as he, a late 20th-century pizza delivery boy finds himself adjusting to life in the 30th century after being accidentally cryogenically frozen. Interspersed throughout the laughs are storylines even more mature and eyebrow raising than its predecessor, The Simpsons, so there is no lack of entertainment. If you are going to endeavor to watch this, build up your stores. Stamina and adequate hydration must be your constant companions.
Wentworth (Total episodes: 22)
So the BookTrib Tech Nerd brought this gem to my attention. Wentworth, a re-imaging of the classic series Prisoner, is an Australian drama focused on Bea Smith who has been remanded to Wentworth prison while awaiting sentencing for the attempted murder of her husband. A novice may make comparisons to current darling Orange is the New Black with the way Bea must learn to navigate the penal system. However, it quickly becomes evident that Wentworth is a Big Mama of a different color.
Love Revolution (Total episodes: 12)
Confession time: I LOVE Japanese and Korean dramas. For those of us who like soap operas, but cannot deal with the never-ending storylines, let me present Love Revolution. Bucking the trend of the 20-something lead actress, this is a Japanese drama focuses on the (lacking) love life of Asaoka Kyoko, a 32-year-old heart surgeon who just wants to fall in love in that old-fashioned, classic movie way. Unfortunately, her success makes her hard to approach, which in turn exacerbates her social awkwardness. She does not read cues well and that leads to more than a couple of funny situations. Kyoko meets an ambitious and very handsome reporter, Suga Eiichiro, and sparks immediately. It’s romantic, angsty and well worth reading the subtitles. This series is older, so you may have to do a bit of digging to find it in its entirety.