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As this is the first Rec’d & Wreck’d post, I was not tagged to do this. For my first post under this feature, I am going to Rec’d & Wreck’d a few TV series. Initially, I considered doing books instead (as I am, after all, a book blogger). However, I decided it would be nice to mix things up a bit. Also, I’ve been binge-watching a lot lately, so this seemed easier to write. I’ve always wanted to share a few of my favorite shows with all of you, and now that an opportunity has presented itself, I figured why not?
#1. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Rave: For as long as I can remember, I have always had a certain weakness for anything Marvel has produced. (
Read: I am its trash.) I don’t think there has ever been a Marvel film that has greatly disappointed or underwhelmed me. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is definitely not an exception.
Upon Coulson’s untimely death in the first Avengers movie, I was nothing short of devastated. I’ve gotten significantly attached to his character. Imagine the thrill and surprise I felt the moment I stumbled upon the discovery that Agent Coulson is still very much alive! And the lucky duck has earned his own television series! What even. Needless to say, I was quickly immersed into the world this show offered — a world where S.H.I.E.L.D. still exists but has to remain invisible to the public eye.
The first season’s starting point immediately catapults the audience to the consequences the world is forced to face right after the near planetary destruction in The Avengers. I think it is quite remarkable how the show’s storyline is synchronized with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline in a way that is both effortless and just plain awesome. Watching the episodes sort of feels like going behind the scenes of the movie as the audience is given an opportunity to witness the aftermath. At the same time, however, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. succeeds in detaching itself from the MCU we’re familiar with and in introducing a noticeably independent, equally thrilling story with a refreshing set of characters and a very compelling, jampacked plot.
#2. The Flash
Rave: Growing up, I have never been a huge fan of Batman or Superman. I used to watch the Justice League cartoon as a kid, but my favorites were always the Flash and Hawkgirl. In the cartoon, Flash was sort of the comedic relief among the Justice League members, and his sense of humor was why I liked him so much. When I was told about a TV series wherein Flash’s story would be told in a modern fashion, I immediately became very excited about the thought of reuniting with a superhero I loved throughout my earlier years.
To be fully honest, the TV series was significantly different from what I anticipated; nevertheless, it was still far better than I could ever imagine. Barry Allen’s persona is noticeably contrastive to his cartoon counterpart. In the show, Barry is a lot more skeptical, timid and relatively geeky — which makes sense as he is both a forensic scientist and an investigator. Still, his character is always unbelievably charming, engaging and adorable. In fact, Barry is ultimately my biggest superhero crush. Plus, I am 100% convinced that casting Grant Gustin (who is beyond gorgeous, can I just say) as the Flash is one of the greatest blessings mankind has ever witnessed. (
How dare you pick out a different Flash for the Justice League movie, Zack Snyder! I will never forgive you.)
The Flash also presents a fascinating plot. It plays around with a lot of concepts from physics and somehow manages to present this scientific knowledge in an understandable and viewer-friendly way. While the science behind everything is not always absolutely accurate (from what I know, I mean), I cannot help but appreciate the creative and imaginative way these concepts are integrated into the show.
Personally, my only problem with The Flash is Iris West. The words I’d use to describe her are self-entitled, recklessly impulsive, selfish and outright vindictive. I honestly don’t understand why she has not been killed off (by her own stupidity). Regardless, in spite of her unfortunate presence, The Flash still holds a soft spot in my heart.
#3. Once Upon A Time
Rave: Generally, I love to read a good fairy tale retelling. With that said, it is not much of a surprise that I’ve ended up adoring Once Upon A Time as well. The show is basically an imaginative, overwhelmingly fantastic collision between fairy tale legends and the modern, mundane world. Every episode presents familiar faces from our favorite childhood stories — from Snow White to Peter Pan to the Queen of Hearts — in outlandish yet whimsically inventive ways.
Honestly, I do not want to give anything away as one of the best parts about this show is experiencing the journey and discovering the twists, turns, and surprises on your own! However, I will say that Once Upon A Time never ceases to amaze me with its seemingly infinite bag of tricks, establishing connections in places I never bothered to think about twice. The storyline is kind of like a meticulously crafted, continuously expanding spider web with a myriad of wonderfully intricate patterns made of the finest silk. It basically rewrites the stories and tales we’ve come to know by heart and strategically molds them into a refreshing and addictive series of adventures.
Let me end this rave by proclaiming my unconditional love for the character featured on the poster I included in this post. Killian slays!
#1. Legends of Tomorrow
Rant: When it comes to underwhelming and mildly disappointing television series, the first to come to mind is Legends of Tomorrow. From what I can remember, the gist of the show is as follows: Rip Hunter, a time-traveling rogue (I guess that’s one way to put it), assembles a heroic dream team out of low-key characters — a few good guys and a few villains — from Arrow and The Flash in the hopes that this team will successfully prevent an apocalypse that happens in the future without disrupting the present flow of time. In other words, some guy recruits a bunch of under-the-radar characters and takes them to the future, giving them this whole motivating spiel about how they can alter their destinies from being nobodies to becoming the greatest set of heroes mankind will ever encounter.
Initially, I was looking forward to this spin-off series as I am a massive fan of both Arrow and The Flash (see above rave). I immediately downloaded the first six episodes and planned on binge-watching them. However, the pilot episode was so underwhelming and bland; I lost all motivation to continue watching and immediately deleted all the episodes I downloaded.
I guess part of my disappointment stemmed from the fact that the only character I liked on the team is Sara Lance. As for the rest of the characters — well, I thought they were pretty okay, but there was nothing to write home about. No one, in my opinion, had a commanding presence or any “oomph” in terms of characterization. The team itself lacked any appeal. I genuinely could not bring myself to feel any hype or excitement about Legends of Tomorrow.
Rant: To put it simply, the series revolves around the superhero career of Superman’s cousin, Kara. Tons of my friends adore this show! I thought I would happily jump into this bandwagon. I mean, for one thing, the leading hero is a woman. It’s about time for female superheroes to be given an opportunity to kick butt in a show specifically narrating their adventures. It’s about time for strong, capable, independent women to spearhead crime-fighting endeavors and to be more than just love interests.
Unfortunately, I was mistaken. I did not like this. From what I can recall, I only watched a total of three episodes before officially giving up on Supergirl. I just could not even? I don’t know what particularly caused me to lose interest in this show, but I guess I just found the entire thing underwhelming? I do not think the plot was intriguing enough, especially compared to the complex set-up in The Flash. I was also not impressed with the way the fighting scenes turned out.
I will admit there’s a possibility that I may give this one a second chance, but only if I run out of television series to binge watch (which is highly unlikely).
#3. Scream Queens
Rant: Okay, I will be blunt about this. I cannot, for the life and love of me, understand why this series is even a thing. How Scream Queens quickly became such a phenomenal hit is quite frankly beyond me. I just don’t get it.
As far as I know, the series is meant as a comedy horror sort of thing. Comedy? Horror? Either way, Scream Queens failed to entertain me. I was left with a lot of mixed feelings. All I could think about was how annoyingly shallow the characters were (which was intended by the show’s producers, I know) and how it felt like my brain cells were gradually deteriorating. Maybe it’s the kind of show that eventually grows on a person. Maybe it isn’t. I’ll never know. I only made it through one episode before finally deciding that nope, okay, this one is definitely far too mindless for me to appreciate.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Prompt: I’m looking for a novel that will emotionally wreck me and haunt me for weeks.
According to the mechanics (which I made up — whoops), I have to nominate at least seven people. However, I’m going to mention fourteen wonderful bloggers simply because it’s my favorite number. Here we go! Hello, guys!
Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic | Iridescence @ light up the shining night stars | Melissa @ BookNerdMomo | Grace @ kimmie.gg | Grace @ Quirky and Peculiar | Michelle @ Addictively Turning Pages | Nathasya @ Sweater Weather | Becca @ Becca and Books | Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction | Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl | Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile | Jam @ Heartscent Reads | Maja @ Maya the Book Explorer | Rachana @ Spun
Of course, this challenge is also open to everyone who’s interested! If you want to give this one a go, let me just say: Wynaut? Go ahead and participate!