What I’m Watching…

I’ve been watching a lot of television recently.  It’s because I have cross-stitch goals…not necessarily that I’m in love with television.  For the most part, it’s noise in the background as I’m stitching along.

Kalissa recommended that I watch The Last Czar.  It was on Netflix.

The Last Czars (TV Mini-Series 2019– ) - IMDb
I loved the show.  It was a great balance between actors showing what was happening and historians and actual historical clips.  I think this would be a great show to watch with a partner…one who liked the story and one who liked the history aspect.  I know when Kramer was living we often found it hard to find shows we both liked.  This one, I think, we both would have liked.

This is what Wikipedia said, “The Last Czars is a six-part English-language docudrama TV-series that premiered on Netflix on July 3, 2019. The plot revolves around the Romanov family, the last royal family of Russia, which ruled until the Russian Revolution finally deposed the last czar, Nicholas II, in 1917. It is part documentary, part drama that starts with Nicholas II’s accession to the throne, the outbreak of the Russian revolution and ends with Nicholas II’s eventual ejection from the throne”.

I really liked it.  Kalissa and Craig were obsessed.

Here is the trailer…

The next show I watched was…
The Woods…also on Netflix.

Harlan Coben's THE WOODS – Review | Netflix Series | Heaven of Horror

From Wikipedia:
“The series is set in 1994 and 2019 and tells a story of the Warsaw prosecutor Paweł Kopiński. He cannot recover from the loss of his beloved sister many years ago, who went missing in unexplained circumstances during the summer camp. The unexpected discovery of a body whose death seems to be linked to the disappearance of the girl may finally lead to a breakthrough in the investigation.”

The series is based on a Harlan Coben book.  I remember seeing it but don’t remember reading it.

This is filmed in Poland.  The actors speak polish but voice-overs are done in English.  It’s not too bad.  For me, because I’m cross-stitching and not looking at the television, it doesn’t bother me at all.  The show was pretty good as far as content went.

Here is the trailer…

I also watched Valhalla Murders.  This is also on Netflix.

The Valhalla Murders (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb
This has the same type of voice-overs that the previous show did.

From Wikipedia, “This is the second Icelandic series to be featured on Netflix.  It is based, with the usual artistic license taken, on a real-life incident. As described in an article on the website MEAWW, “In the late 1940s, an almost similar event took place in remote Iceland. A state-run institution … housed troubled, young boys, aged between seven and 14, where they were beaten and abused by the staff. Although in reality there was no murder, per se, as shown in the series, it caused quite a noise and the boys were eventually compensated in monetary terms.”

Here is the trailer.

I really liked this show.  I do recommend it.  I admit to staying up late a couple of times and watching just one more episode.

The last show I’m telling you about today is Reckoning.   This is an Australian based show.   Of all the shows, this is one I might skip watching….it’s not terrible, I just had a few hang-ups with it.
Reckoning (2019)
Here are my hang-ups….
1-I don’t believe that taking LSD would help someone connect to their inner thoughts in a way that would make them be able to solve a crime.
2-If someone tried to kill you, would you stay with them????
3-This had voice-overs too.  But the voice-overs and the closed caption don’t match.  So I had one mouth moving- speaking in a foreign language, a voice-over that was speaking English, and a closed caption that was reading something similar to the voice-over but not the exact words.  Ugh.  I just looked up less so I didn’t see the closed caption.  If you don’t watch with closed caption it won’t bother you so much.

Here’s the over-view from Rotton Tomatoes, “When an infamous serial killer who has gone dormant for years is believed to have killed again, two men closely linked to the case are set on a dangerous collision course that threatens both their families. Homicide Detective Mike Serrato (Aden Young) and high school Guidance Counselor Leo Doyle (Sam Trammell) try to do what is best for the people they love and the families they protect, but as both struggle to suppress their inner demons, the murder of a local teenager sets them on a course of mutual destruction that will emanate through every facet of their quiet, suburban community.”

Here’s the trailer…

Of all of them…I think I liked The Last Czars best.  If I was going to skip on, I’d skip Reckoning.  All of these were on Netflix.  I had someone ask if I’d do more Netflix so this review of “What I’m Watching” is for you!!

As always…let me know what you’re watching.  I need something to cross-stitch to!!

7 thoughts on “What I’m Watching…”

  1. Harlan Corbin is one of my favorite authors. I love his books. My favorite was my first one but I can’t remember the name of if. I need to do some research.

  2. I am watching Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr Watson. There are only 13 episodes but well acted and enjoyable. It’s on Netflix.

  3. I watched Outlander on Netflix after my SIL recommended it. It has 3 seasons on there. Then during Stars free service for a wk I watched the next 2 seasons. They have talked about finishing season 6.

  4. I love Czas as well as War and Peace, knew nothing about that story didn’t know Napoleon made it all the way to Moscow. Very good

  5. I enjoyed Republic of Doyle on Netflix. I found 2 boxsets of Midsummer Murders at Goodwill that I’m watching now.

  6. I too have “watched” many of these shows while sewing. However I find when doing hand sewing it’s easier to listen to books. Currently I’m listening to the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor, what a delight. I can concentrate on my stitching and travel to a small village in Ireland at the same time.These are very tame books without a lot of action, but pleasant. I LOVED the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penney. I listened to them all, in order, through the spring “lock down” all the while working on a mystery quilt. All the books were borrowed through my library on Hoopla App. I urge everyone to support their local library and learn how to use their online services, such a time and money saver.
    Currently I am “watching” A Place to Call Home. Australian drama(soap opera ) set in the 1950’s, on Acorn.

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