“Lovesick” – one of the best TV series to binge watch on Netflix.

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Hello, dear readers! It has been a very busy week and busy semester in general, however, somehow I managed to fit in some Netflix binge watching sessions in between my coursework and that is how I discovered “Lovesick”. I am pretty sure I haven’t watched any British TV series since I discovered “Skins” but, I guess, it is inevitable to live UK and stumble upon their own creations on Netflix.

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The main character of “Lovesick” is Dylan Witter (starring Johnny Flynn) who at the beginning of TV series diagnosed with chlamydia. Yes, you guessed it, the ironic title has everything to do with that. After this diagnosis he attempts to contact all of his previous sexual partners and for about two seasons of “Lovesick” each episode brings us more or less in the past, telling us how Dylan met each of these girls. However, there are two more characters who are very essential for this story – Dylan’s best friends Luke (Daniel Ings) and Evie (Antonia Thomas). Although first two seasons mainly focus on Dylan’s problems, it also shows changes that his friends are going through. One of the things that definitely kept audience on their toes for about two seasons was incomplete romance between Dylan and Evie. Even though we go shown that they clearly have (or have had) feelings for each other at some point, it is never the right time or place and they constantly end up in relationships with other people. Starting from third season, everything seems to start falling into place. What happens next? I can’t tell you yet, even if I wanted to because I have seen only few episodes of the third season.

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In contrast to Netflix TV series”Insatiable” that I previously reviewed on my blog, I didn’t find any of the characters extremely unappealing which, in a way, is a very good thing. Nothing ruins a good story line as much as annoying antagonist does. However, if I had to pick one character that didn’t make extremely positive impression on me, that is Angus (Joshua McGuire) . He seemed too childish and over-the-top for me. Also (spoiler alert!) the plot twist when it turned out that he knocked up a stripper and decided to raise the kid with after not seeing her for few months seemed kind of ridiculous for me. I understand that some people might see this as an interesting plot twist but, in my opinion, it does not fit into the plot very well. It just doesn’t seem realistic.

I do apologize that this week’s post is a bit shorter than usual but I will definitely be back next week with a longer one. University life is getting busier and I still am not familiar with few things but in general I am very happy here. The highlight of my week is always Prose seminar which leaves me inspired and excited every time. Oh, and Yugen’s Coffee House whenever I need some extra caffeine dose to get through another week. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

 

Love, Porcelain Doll.


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“Insatiable” – the review of controversial dark comedy series from Netflix.

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Hello, dear readers! Time is flying so fast for me that I can already feel the homesickness from a mile away. In a week I will wake up not only in a different city but also a different country that I have never even been to – UK. And no, it is not just a quick trip, I will actually spend next three years studying there in my dream university. However, while I am packing, making things work and settling down, I will not give you any spoilers yet. Be patient. Meanwhile – I thought it would be exciting to talk about something that everyone has been talking about for almost a month – Netflix new series “Insatiable”.

When I first saw the trailer of this show, I already pictured it as some cliché teenage form of entertainment and first two or three episodes did not impress me that much. However, as I kept watching “Insatiable”, it slowly but surely caught my attention and kept it until the end of the season. The main character of the show is Patty (aka Fatty Patty) – an overweight teenager, who only has one friend and is heavily bullied in school. Then, after somehow ending up in a fight with a homeless man and getting her jaw broken, she is forced to be on a liquid diet for 3 months of summer. When school year starts, Patty is back as new and hotter version of herself, hoping that people will suddenly like her more. When this plan does not work out fully, she decided to get revenge on people, who hurt her. This pretty much sums up all the series without giving too much spoilers for those of you, who have not seen “Insatiable” yet.

Now it is time to do something I have not done in my movie / TV series reviews before – list pros and cons. Let’s start with the bad stuff and spill some tea. First thing I cringed at – how quick Fatty Patty turned into stunning Patty. I know that Debby Ryan wore a fat suit for these TV series instead of gaining weight but let’s pretend that we do not know that and look at the plot twist realistically. No one in real life looses that much weight in 3 months and looks flawless without any extra skin etc afterwards. Second thing – there were only two characters I could not stand in “Insatiable” and those were Regina Sinclair and Dixie Sinclair (played by Arden Myrin and Irene Choi). I hate to be introduced to new actors and actresses as villains because that makes me want to never see them again in any other movies. Besides – characters of Regina and Dixie were so unnatural, cliché and bitchy that I wish they would not be included in those TV series at all. Third thing that I noticed – okay, Patty’s crush on her mentor Bob was weird to begin with but then when it did not develop into anything else and Patty found another subject of interest, it seemed completely meaningless to mention it in the series at all. Forth thing – now, when I look back at it, I can not stand, how badly Brick Armstrong (aka son of well-known Bob) treated Patty when she was fat but then suddenly became nicer when she got skinny. And during all that time Patty still had a crush on him. It thought that crushes solely based on looks happen only at the age of twelve and later people become smarter. Turns out, it is not the case in these series. Fifth thing – there are way  too many vulgar jokes. Let’s take an example from very first episode where an even, called “Anal cancer awareness gala” happens. First of all – why exactly that type of cancer? Not breast, throat, brain or any other type of cancer, they had to choose anal cancer just so my hated character Regina could make fart noises later on in the episode while making fun of Bob’s speech. Then later on in these series you hear some cringy jokes about child molestation, LGBT issues and more.

Now, enough of the bad stuff, let’s try to figure out, why I actually watched the whole season of “Insatiable”. Debby Ryan seemed like a perfect fit for Patty’s role and I actually liked a lot of Patty’s rebellious moment, her character traits were actually pretty interesting. Second thing that I actually enjoyed were sweet moments between Patty and Bob later on in the series when he kind of appeared more like a father figure to her than just a way older man she had a crush on. Also, in one of the first episodes where Patty had to bond with Bob’s wife Coralee for them to participate in a daughter – mother contest, I enjoyed those sweet mother – daughter moments a lot, even though they did not appear in later episodes anymore.

To sum it up, I can say that watching “Insatiable” was definitely a wild ride with its ups and downs. The plot was not flowing as smoothly as I would like it to but, I guess it is understandable because writers and directors (according to wikipedia) were switched quite a lot from episode to episode. However, I was not bored for a second; even when events in “Insatiable” did not make a lot of sense, I felt quite entertained.

Overall rating: 5,5

Was it worth the watch? Well, that is something you have to figure out yourself. It is not on my favorite TV series list but it definitely does not deserve as many bad reviews as it got and, honestly, I am curious what will happen in next season, if there will be one. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

“Younger” – awesome must watch TV series that will make you addicted.

"Younger" TV series poster with Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster and Nico Tortorella

Hello, dear readers! Are you obsessed with watching TV series? I was not for a while, probably because I haven’t found any that would keep me hooked longer than just for a season or two. You know, how it always starts – first few episodes of first season tend to be mind-blowing. If you’re lucky then the whole first season is pretty awesome. After that, if the show isn’t cancelled yet, things slowly start to die off. Take for an example series, called “No tomorrow”. (Spoiler alert!) The girl falls in love with a perfect guy, who, turns out, believes that the world is going to end very soon. Fast forward a little – they’re dating and living life, like there’s no tomorrow, doing one thing every day that they have always wanted to do. Boom! That’s it, they could have ended these series at first season because the second was a complete torture. Anyways, back to the topic – let’s get to review of “Younger” which was surprisingly exciting to watch.

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I found out these TV series only about 3 weeks ago and during this time period I have finished all 4 seasons that have been aired. That’s how addicting “Younger” actually was. Here’s the short summary of  these series: the main character is Liza Miller – a 40 years old mom, who’s recently separated from her husband David and decided get back to work in publishing industry. However, after such huge break it seems impossible to pick it back where it started cause no one wants to hire her because of her age. Her best friend and roommate Maggie suggests Liza to lie about her age to get hired and surprisingly that works. Soon Liza starts working at Empirical as an 26 years old assistant. From that point this innocent idea turns into a huge web of lies and makes it hard balance her 26-year-old and 40-year-old lives. She falls in love with 26 years old tattoo artist Josh and becomes friends with Empirical editor Kelsey (Hilary Duff, who’s the same age. So, basically this one small, white lie creates seemingly perfect life that can go crashing down any moment, if the truth comes out.

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Okay, maybe that was not such a short summary of the TV series but, while not wanting to give everything away, I wanted to give you a small peek into events of “Younger”. Now, as I am going to review the show, following text will contain some spoilers. I’m going to start with something I really enjoyed. I don’t want to sound like a fan girl but the fact that Hilary Duff is casting in this is exciting itself. It’s nice to see that she’s far from awkward Lizzie McGuire character (which I was never a fan of) and doing amazing job in “Younger”. I couldn’t  imagine anyone, who could portray Kelsey Peters better. Kelsey’s jerk boyfriend Thad (Dan Amboyer) on the other hand, who appeared in first 2 seasons of “Younger”, was the most annoying character ever. At first he just appeared as an alcoholic and a manwhore but later on blackmailed Liza about revealing her true identity to everyone, if she tells Kelsey that Thad has been cheating. But thankfully he dies in season 2 and we can continue (almost) happily ever after without him.

 

 

Now let’s talk about my favorite male character in “Younger”. No, it was not Josh. Even though he appeared to be very sweet at the beginning, after some time this dude started to seem very immature. Especially after Liza’s boss Charles(Peter Hermann) , who’s in his 40’s, too, starts appearing more and becomes her love interest. What I liked about Liza’s and Charles’ relationships is that it evolved almost painfully slow. After 4 seasons all they shared was just few kisses (instead of sharing the bed) and the chemistry seemed so real, it took my breath away. Honestly, I patiently watched every episode, hoping that they will finally become a couple that hasn’t happened yet… And that’s why it’s so brilliant for the plot – the struggle is so real. Also, maybe it’s just me but I feel like Liza is way more compatible with Charles than she is with Josh. And no, not just because of the age differences.

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Anyways, enough spoilers; I think it’s time for you to get the full taste of “Younger” and start watching it. No other TV series of the same genre I’ve seen are as good. Also, do you know what’s the best thing? You can probably watch this with your mum or older sister and you both will be entertained. No more dying from boredom while your mum watches cheesy romantic dramas. Now you can offer her some quality content!

Until next time on dollshavehearts.com when I’ll have some new and exciting content prepared for you!


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Love, Porcelain Doll.