Welcome back, my fellow readers! Another timeless Christmas has come and gone. I received lots of incredible gifts, saw The Shape of Water (which was REALLY awesome!), and ate some delicious Chinese food before binge-watching the new episodes of Fuller House. Santa knew that I have been working hard this year for the blog and it definitely payed off.
Christmas may be over, but a new year is right around the corner! We are slowly creeping into 2018…and BOY do we have some surprises in store for us (more on that a little later on!).
But first, let’s look back down memory lane of 2017 for the next few days. Our first stop on our journey are some of the most memorable TV series of this year. There were some good TV cranking out on cable, but Netflix continues to steal the spotlight with their original content. Some franchises rolled out their newest season while others just released their season premiere.
Here is MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s list of most amazing TV highlights of 2017:
Santa Claritas Diet
Usually I grow bored of these suburban-setting themed series with the cookie-cutter homes, trimmed hedges, and quirky family characters (shows like Suburgatory, The Neighbors or even The Middle!). Santa Claritas Diet was definitely something different I found on Netflix. It stars Drew Barrymore (Sheila Hammond) and Timothy Olyphant (Joel Hammond) as a couple living in the suburbs of Santa Claritas, California. The real kicker? Sheila experiences a medical condition where she transforms into a zombie and starts craving human flesh.
Watching Sheila become a zombie in the suburban area of California is absolutely hysterical. It meshes the typical cliches of life in the suburb with a zombie thrown into the mix. Drew Barrymore is incredible in this series as a bad-ass zombie mom (my favorite part was when her character gnawed off her attacker’s arm and ends up eating him!).
Santa Claritas Diet was definitely one of the better suburb setting series.
Feud: Bette Vs. Joan
Back in February, I discussed the tale of the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (which you can read up on here). Their notorious feud became the main plot for Ryan Murphy’s series Feud. Feud looked at the rivalry between Bette and Joan while they were filming Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? back in 1962. The 10-episode series showcased two bitter enemies in Hollywood who fought over fame, money, love, reputation, and even their own children.
Bette and Joan’s feud became the central theme of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, driving a wedge further down their friendship. Ryan Murphy’s newest series was a fantastic historic tale of anger, bitterness, jealousy, revenge, and loss. Knowing Ryan Murphy from his other incredible series (Niptuck, American Horror Story, Glee), I knew I would be in for a wild and emotional ride. It was certainly an emotional series I won’t forget and I look forward to the newest feud next season.
Castlevania (derived from the famous video game franchise series) was a colorful, yet gory anime that came out on Netflix in July. The story is taken from the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Trevor Belmont must defend the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his evil minions. He is aided by Dracula’s half-vampire son Alucard and magician Sypha Belnades.
Even though I rarely played the Castlevania video games, I really enjoyed watching the series this past summer. It was violent, gory, and had an action-packed storyline. This is one anime I’m looking forward to next year when the second season is released. Bring on the vampires!
Every Fall I look forward to my most FAVORITE horror TV series of all time – American Horror Story. Most horror movies don’t come close to the sheer bizarre, twisted tales of this incredible anthropology series. Season seven was titled AHS: Cult, following the aftermath of the 2016 elections. While the season didn’t feature Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Ryan Murphy managed to create a gruesome take on the shocking events.
Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) leads a cult while running for city council in Brookfield Heights, Michigan. Restaurant owner Ally Mayfield-Richards (Sarah Paulson) becomes so distraught over Donald Trump’s victory and her many over her phobias intensify throughout the season. She becomes terrorized by masked clowns, hallucinates irregular holes, and grows increasingly paranoid of the people around her.
This was the first American Horror Story season that didn’t feature any supernatural elements and yet they knocked it out of the park. It was an intense season featuring a broken marriage, creepy clowns (even Twisty came back!), one barbaric cult leader, and many historical cult leaders within the 20th century. That’s what made American Horror Story: Cult a memorable TV highlight.
If Twin Peaks and Stranger Things came together to have a baby via in virtro and the baby had some German flair, you’d get a bizarre sci-fi horror series called Dark. Dark is about the dark past of four families that hide a painful mystery that dates back three generations. Four families, three generations, one gruesome mystery within the town of Winden.
This was definitely a great series to binge-watch during the winter storm a few weeks back. Looking forward to what the next season brings!
Breaking Bad was one of the best drug-themed series I ever watched. I haven’t found anything that came close and then I watched The Ozarks. This series truly filled the empty hole in my heart since Breaking Bad ended back in September 29th, 2013.
Ozark follows Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), a financial planner who relocates his family from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. When his money laundering scheme goes wrong, he must pay off his debt to the Mexican drug lord.
It’s got all you need in a great tv series – drugs, money laundering schemes, a tumultuous family situation, and one symbolic recurring opening theme. Ozark was truly amazing to watch this summer and I look forward to what the second season brings for the Byrde family. Who knows what twisted event will unfold next in Marty’s money laundering schemes.