TV Show Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to write about something I had promised you a while ago but I never actually did.

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, in the post I explained that I started to read the book after I saw the TV show, and I promised to write a separate post for the show, but I never did. That was because even after I finished the book I waited before seeing the last episode because I didn’t really want the show to end.

Well, I finally decided to watch it last week, right before the Emmys, and as I imagined, I wasn’t disappointed. After reading the book and seeing the show I can honestly tell that I believe they did an amazing job. Just so you know there may be a few spoilers in this post, you have been warned, if you haven’t seen the show or read the book I suggest you do it, they are really interesting.

They added a few things in the show, but they did it in a way that made sense so I wasn’t bothered by it. All the actors were incredible even the ones that had small parts. I mean “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a story set in a very closed environment, there aren’t really that many characters and I really have to say that Elisabeth Moss did an incredible job as Offred. She is the main character, the whole story is told from her point of view, and I think Elisabeth nailed the performance, after watching the show, as I was reading the book, I couldn’t imagine a different Offred. The Emmy she received is so well deserved.

Speaking of Elisabeth Moss I think she is a tremendous actress I loved her in Mad Man and in Top of the Lake, she is so good at portraying badass female characters, I got nothing but love for her. Peggy’s evolution in Mad Man was something amazing to watch. And also in this part, she was amazing in portraying the very subtle way Offred shows her strength, for example when she looks at Serena Joy after she finds out she is pregnant, and tells her “Do you think I prayed for this?”, scenes like this one were the ones where we see the true strength of her character.

The whole season was so cool to watch but there were a few cool scenes in the finale that I really liked: the first one was when Offred is insulting Serena Joy in the car, that was so cool, another one was when she refused to throw the stone at Janine, that was a really powerful scene, and I also love the scene when Moira reunites with Luke, it was really touching, and finally the ending that was cool as well.

What about you guys? Have you seen the show or read the book? If you did, what did you think about it? Let me know in the comments.

After seeing the Emmys I started to watch Big Little Lies, I’ve only watched the first two episodes and so far I’m really digging it.

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches.”

 

 

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Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×07

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Hi everyone! Here I am with my weekly Game of Thrones Season 7 episode review.

This week episode was the epic season finale: “The dragon and the wolf”. I’m still processing it actually. There were a lot of things happening and it was an amazing episode in my humble opinion.

I don’t know how they can always top the previous episode, but this was one of the best seasons for me, all the episodes were amazing, and yes there is a feeling of speeding up a little because the show is coming to an end but nevertheless it was amazing.

There were just too many cool moments that it was hard for me to choose only a few, but I tried my best. As always this part may contain spoilers so read it after you have seen the episode. So for the last time, this year let’s get right to it. Here are my favorite moments:

– Brienne and The Hound

There were a few reunions in the first couple of scenes, there was Podrik and Tyrion’s for instance, but my favorite one was, of course, the one that involved The Hound. Now Brienne is the one that starts the conversation, she wants to apologize for nearly killing him, and the interaction was fun to watch, I loved how The Hound was proud of Arya and smiled when she told him that Arya didn’t need protection. I love the character development for Sandor Clegane, as I said before he is one of my favorite characters, even if he is kind of a minor character, I just love him. Brienne and Sandor are the official Stark-Girls Co-Parenting Team

– Now that’s an entrance

Of course, Dany had to come riding Drogon and make an entrance. I have to admit it was pretty awesome.

– The Dragonpit 

This scene was so cool to watch, all these major characters together, some for the first time ever. All the interactions were entertaining. Sandor confronting his brother, Euron being a pain in the ass, Jon refusing to lie, the look on Cersei’s face when she saw the wight. There was just a lot going on and I loved every minute of it.

– Lannister Family Reunion

Now I liked this scene because it was so full of emotions. The scenes with Tyrion and his family are always good, mostly thanks to Peter Dinklage who is an amazing actor and to all the other actors who play the Lannisters. You can tell that Jamie and Tyrion still love each other, and now that Jamie knows Tyrion didn’t kill Joffrey, I think he has forgiven him for killing Tywin. The scene with Cersei and Tyrion was very powerful, and I can’t help but wonder what has Tyrion promised Cersei in order to convince her.

– “How do you plead, Lord Baelish?”

Okay, this was one of my favorite moments of the episode, as I said last week I didn’t understand the direction things were going back in Winterfell, and this week we finally saw the storyline wrapping up. Finally, someone confronted Littefinger, and I was so glad that is was Sansa doing it, my baby is all grown up, and I also loved that it was a Stark Kids Team combined action, with both Arya and Bran helping and somehow avenging what happened to their parents. I also loved the Ned Stark quote from the books: “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

– The ship has sailed!

Another major moment was Dany and Jon steamy boat scene, Jonerys is finally here guys. It was a bit weird with Bran’s voice explaining how they are actually related but hey…. it’s Game of Thrones. And yeah I ship it. Also Rhaegar and Lyanna ❤ ❤ ❤

– Ice dragon

The ending was just a freaking epic moment. One of the things I love about this show it’s how it can alternate epic scene, such as this one, to more quiet scene where there is only dialogue, without ever appearing boring. So, in the end, you care about all the characters because you become invested in them. This scene with the dragon breathing freaking blue fire and tearing down the wall was epic. OMG, I’m dying to know what will happen I cannot wait.

This is the end of my Game of Thrones weekly review. I hope you have enjoyed it, and I hope you have loved this season such as I did. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts about it what you think will happen next.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×06

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Hi everyone! Here I am again with my Game of Thrones Season 7 episode review.

This week episode was: “Beyond the Wall”. Okay so let me start off by saying that this was probably my favorite episode of the entire season, it was even better than episode 4, and that was such a good episode.

There were just so many cool scenes, I loved everything about it, especially the part beyond the wall, it was truly epic. I didn’t really like how they are developing Arya’s character, the scenes in Winterfell didn’t make a lot of sense for me. But anyway, in the end, it was a great episode. So let’s get to my favorite moments, as always if you haven’t seen the episode this may contain spoilers. Let’s start:

– Tormund and The Hound

Now as we see the Suicide Squad of Westeros in action, we see the various characters interact with each other, some for the first time ever. My favorite interaction was the one between Tormund and Sandor Clegane. I laugh hard when Tormund was talking about the giant babies he wanted to make with Brienne. And as always The Hound has some of the funniest lines in the show.

– Ser Jorah and Jon

This was another cool interaction. Jon was very close with Jorah’s father, Jeor, and I thought he did a very honorable thing when he offered to give Longclaw back to Jorah. I think that for Jorah what happened to him is still an open wound, I don’t think he has forgiven himself for bringing shame upon his family.

– Beric’s flaming sword

Now in this episode, we saw Beric Dondarrion in action a few times. Every time I thought it was just so cool to watch him swinging his flaming sword, it was just awesome watching him, the way he lights up the fire with his hand was so cool.

– The battle scene on the little island

This scene was a visually amazing, the way they were trapped on the little island in the middle of the lake, the battle, the special effects. All the characters fighting for life, it was just perfect.

– Fire and Blood

Now when Daenerys showed up with her dragons it was just epic! For the first time in the show, we have finally seen the dragons in action with the white walkers and it was super cool. When Viserion was shot down by the Night King my heart hurt.

– My queen

So yes, this scene was quite cool as well. I have to admit that I’m beginning to ship Dany and Jon, and him calling her his queen was awesome, also the way he didn’t want to let go of her hand.

– Viserion!

I was expecting this but seeing it was still amazing. Okay so now the Night King has a freaking Ice Dragon, what is going to happen? Is he going to spit ice? I need to know!

Okay, so this is it for this week. What did you guys think? Did you like it or not? Was it epic for you as it was for me? Did you like what they are doing with Arya? And what about what happened with the Night King? What did you think about that? Let me know in the comments below, see you next week.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×05

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Hi everyone! Here I am again with my weekly Game of Thrones Season 7 episode review.

This week episode was “Eastwatch”. A lot of things happened in this episode, including probably the most important reveal of the whole series, so let’s get right to it.

Now, in my opinion, last week’s episode was better, mostly thanks to the huge fight scene in the end, in this week’s episode we had a little less action but still we saw a great number of things. If you want to avoid spoilers don’t go any further, come back after you have seen the episode.

Here are my favorite moments:

– Mad Queen Daenerys

In the first part of the episode, we saw the aftermath of last week’s epic battle. We saw how much damage a dragon can do in an open field, and we saw Dany showing a little bit of her mad queen side when she burns alive Dickon and Randyll Tarly. Now I won’t miss Randyll, he was an asshole even in the books, but poor Dickon did not deserve to die like that. I really hope Dany will come to her senses.

– Targaryen blood

The scene when Drogon lets Jon pet him was super cool. We all know that Jon has Targaryen blood, and of course Dany and Jon don’t know this, so for them this was unexpected. I don’t know what is going to happen but I can’t wait to see if Jon is going to ride on one of those Dragons, perhaps Rhaegal, the one named after his father.

– Varys and Tyrion

I liked this scene because I really like Varys, and every scene with him is always interesting. He is such a cool character and he has some of the best lines of the show. I laugh when Tyrion asked: “So what does it say?”

– RIP meme

Gendry is back everyone! And this is the official end of the very famous meme. The writers even hint at it when Davos said “I thought you might still be rowing.” When Davos said he had things to do in flee bottom I wasn’t expecting this… I was so happy to see him again, and it was also cool to see him swinging the hammer.

– Gendry introducing himself to Jon

This was another fun scene, with Davos telling Gendry not to reveal right away who he is and Gendry ignoring him and introducing himself to Jon. It’s cool to see how much Gendry resembles his father and Jon resembles Ned (even though he is not his real father but he raised him all the same). Now a reunion I’m really looking forward to see is the one between Arya and Gendry.

– Sam ignoring Gilly

Okay so for me this was the most important moment of the episode, and of course Sam had to ignore Gilly. SO for the first time, we discover that Rheagar and Lyanna actually married, which means that Jon is not a bastard but he is real Targaryen and has an even higher claim to the Iron Throne than Daenerys. This was HUGE!

– Suicide Squad of Westeros

Okay, so this was actually my favorite moment because I got to see my absolute favorite character of the show: the Hound! I was hoping that the Brotherhood without Banners would stop in Winterfell before heading North but alas! I’m just going to have to wait for the reunion between the two Stark girls and the Hound. Anyways this scene was soo cool, I laugh when Tormund asked for Brienne, and seeing this random group of people going behind the wall was so epic!

This is it for this week. So what did you think of this week’s episode? Did you like it or not? What did you think about the ending and what do you think will happen next week? As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments below, this is all, for now, see you next week.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×04

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Hi everyone! As promised here’s my weekly Game of Thrones Season 7 episode review.

This episode, “The Spoils of War”, was epic in my humble opinion. There were a lot of things happening and frankly the last ten minutes were awesome.

This episode featured some of my favorite characters being badasses, there were some pretty epic Dany moments, some cool Arya moments, it was one of the best episodes so far. As always if you haven’t seen it yet, do not read any further, watch the episode and then come back here.

Let’s start:

Sansa and Arya scene

The two Stark girls have always been some of my favorite characters, especially Arya. They haven’t seen each other since season one and seeing them together in their home was something special.

Bran giving Arya the dagger

Also seeing Bran together with Arya was something awesome. Bran is being weird as in the other episodes, but somehow I think that Arya understands him better than Sansa. Also, I don’t think that him giving Arya the dagger was something to take lightly, Littefinger better watch his back.

Arya being a true badass

Now, this scene was epic for a number of reason:. Sansa watching from above and realizing that she is probably the only Stark without any particular skill, Littlefinger nod in the end, Arya’s moves and her being pretty much a badass kicking Brienne’s ass, Brienne being proud of her in the end and Arya’s smirk when she says: “No one.”

Dany and Jon cave scene

I liked this scene because it was clear that they liked each other, there’s a lot of chemistry between them (Missande clearly ships them as well) Among the signs on the wall I noticed that damn spiral again (What does it mean?!? Does anyone know?)

Jon, Davos and Missandei

This scene was funny, I really like Davos, he is the best. He always comes up with the funniest and most intense lines on the show, kind of like Bronn. These two actors are just amazing in my opinion. Also I think Davos is developing a crush on Missandei and it’s just fun to watch.

The last ten minutes

Now, this was THE scene of the whole episode. It was one of the best scenes of the whole show, it was truly epic. Finally seeing Drogon unleashed in all his glory was impressive to watch it was a joy for the eyes. Scenes like this one are the ones that really make this show great for me. I think they did an amazing job.

Tyrion and Jamie

This is what gave even more depth to the scene. Putting Tyrion there gave a different angle to the scene because we are kind of watching the events develop from Jamie’s and Bronn’s perspective. Now Tryion watching his people getting slaughter by Dany and the Dothraki and him wanting her to succeed but at the same time hoping that his brother, whom he loves, could save himself was truly emotional.

Okay so this was it for this week, these were some my favorite moments. What did you guys think? What were your favorite moments? Did you like the awesome battle scene of this week? As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments below, see you next week.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×03

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Hi everyone! Here we are again with my weekly Game of Thrones Season 7 episode review.

This week episode was “The Queen’s Justice”. In this episode, we saw a parallel between three Queens: Daenerys, Cersei, and Olenna, the Queen of Thorns.

Let me start off by saying that I didn’t like this episode very much, it was my least favorite episode so far but there were a few moments worth watching.

So here are my favorite moments, if you haven’t watched the episode yet this may contain some spoilers, you have been warned. Now let’s get right to it:

Jon seeing the dragons for the first time

Seeing Jon’s reaction as the dragons flew over his head was priceless, also what Tyrion said about never getting used to seeing them was cool.

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The scene with Dany and Jon was also cool, I loved how they both wouldn’t yield. Ser Davos is the best wingman in Westeros btw. He did the same with Stannis when he was still alive, now that he is at Jon’s service he does the same with him, I cannot help but loving Davos.

Melisandre and Varys scene

Now, this scene was particularly interesting to me, especially what Melisandre said about bringing Ice and Fire together, which is the main theme of the whole series. This two are some of the most important characters, even if they are somehow minor characters compared to some of the others, they play a huge role in the events that take place throughout the series. Seeing them interact was very interesting.

Cersei being Cersei

I noticed that there was something weird about her lips when the scene began, but I wasn’t expecting what happened until it happened. Lena Headey is always amazing, and quite frankly I wasn’t that upset about what happened to the Sand Snakes and Ellaria Sand, since in the show their storyline was awful in my opinion.

Ser Jorah’s recovery

Now, this was something that made me happy, I wasn’t expecting that the procedure would work out like it did. I so glad that Sam decided to help him. I don’t know what’s in store for Jorah but I’m curious to find out.

Bran’s reunion

So about Bran, even the other time we saw him it was clear that he is becoming more aware of his powers, he acts very strangely in my opinion, but I guess it’s deliberate. Before creeping Sansa out he mentioned that he needs to talk to Jon, which is something I’m very much looking forward to. Now there is just one Stark who is missing from Winterfell and I can’t wait for her return.

Olenna’s farewell

Now, as I said before, I don’t really like Lady Olenna but I have to give her credit for refusing to go down without a bang. Her scene with Jaime was one of the best ones of the episode. What I didn’t like was that they didn’t even show the fight but they cut right to the end.

Okay, so these were my favorite scenes from this episode. How about you? What were your favorites ones? Did you like the ending? Do you have any idea of what might happen next? Let me know in the comments, see you next week.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×02

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Hi everyone! Here I am with my weekly Game of Thrones review.

This week’s episode was “Stormborn” and as the title suggests it was mainly focused on Daenerys.

Without further ado here are my favorite moments of this episode, again if you haven’t seen the episode yet this may contain some spoilers, so I suggest watching the episode first before reading this.

Varys standing up Dany

I liked the beginning scene which featured two of my favorite characters Dany and Varys. I like how Dany confronted him and how he stood up to her. By the way, these two actors are incredible in my opinion, they were born to play their part. I trust Varys intentions but considering that this is Game of Thrones I’m not 100% convinced that Dany should trust him.

You’re a dragon. Be a dragon

Lady Olenna is not one of my favorite characters but I liked her moment with Dany, this line what pretty epic in my opinion.

Sansa stepping up her game

As I said last week I’m slightly irritated by Sansa always questioning Jon in front of all his men. Her expression when Jon said that he was leaving Winterfell to her was priceless. I didn’t like that the first thing she did as soon as Jon said it, was to look at Littlefinger. Still, I believe Sansa is not the little girl she once was, she has grown a lot in the show, she is more cold and detached, and she is smarter now. I don’t think she will fall for whatever Littlefinger has in store for her.

Jon and Littlefinger moment

This was a moment I’d been waiting for. I knew from the trailer it was coming, but seeing that Jon knows he shouldn’t be trusting Littlefinger was cool.

Sam helping Jorah

I like Sam, he is always fun to watch, and I like when two characters from different story lines meet for the first time. This is one of the cool things about this show, there are so many characters, some of them never even met, some of them only had a few scene together in the whole show, like Jon and Arya for instance, which brings me to the next point:

Arya and Nymeria reunion

Now, this was another scene I’d been looking for. Nymeria and Arya parted ways in the first episodes of season one. Arya has been through quite a journey, she has been through a lot. I was so happy when she decided to go north, instead of going to King’s Landing. Seeing Nymeria was cool, even in the books we kind of know she is still alive and wreaking havoc in the Riverlands. I didn’t understand why she didn’t follow Arya, but hey I still hope that they will meet again in the future.

Theon’s jump

Okay so this was not one of my “favorite” scenes but it was hilarious. I definitely wasn’t expecting it. I laugh out loud when I saw it.

These were the most interesting moment for me this week, what about you? How did you like this week’s episode? How do you think the show is going so far? Let me know what you guys think in the comments below.

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×01

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Hi everyone! It’s here! It’s finally here! Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 1 “Dragonstone”. The long wait is finally over and one of the most beloved tv shows of all time it’s finally back.

As a die-hard Game of Thrones fan I’m going to share with you guys my favorite moments of this episode, if you want to avoid spoilers stop right here, go watch the episode and then come back 😉

– Arya’s toast

This was probably my favorite scene, along with the ending. Arya is one of my favorite characters, both in the tv shows and the books as well. Seeing her single-handedly avenging the red wedding was such a cool scene. This is one of the weird things about this show, somehow a teenaged girl murdering an entire family is oddly satisfying. The lines she had at the end of the scene sent shivers down my spine, also I think Maisie is such a great actress.

– Bran is back

Now Bran is not one of my favorite characters and I like book Bran better than the tv show Bran. I don’t really like the actor who plays him that much, but anyway both in the show and in the books he plays a key role in the story. The one thing that I liked about this scene was that he appeared to be more in control of his powers, so I’m looking forward to that.

– The Hound, Beric and Thoros of Myr

Sandor Clegane is MY favorite character! I just love him. Both Tv Sandor and book Sandor. Rory McCann is perfect for the role. Anytime I see him on screen I’m just filled with joy, there aren’t really enough scenes with him, also his lines are hilarious. The Hound has been through a lot, and he has made significant changes since the story began. Furthermore, I believe George RR Martin has something in store for him, and judging by this scene it’s probably something big.

– Jamie face when Euron mocks him

Euron is one of the characters which has intrigued me the most in the books. The tv show version of him is somehow a lesser version of him than I imagined, but I look forward to see where his storyline is going.

– Jon being King in the North

Jon is a natural born leader, we have seen it when he was the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, we have seen it in the Battle of the Bastards, and seeing him ruling as King in the North was cool. I was a little annoyed by Sansa undermining his authority in front of all the major houses.

– Ser Jorah makes an appearance

I liked the scenes with Sam, but when Ser Jorah appeared I was so glad. I wasn’t expecting it, and I don’t know where this is going but I’m excited to find out.

– Daenerys returns home

Last but not least, seeing Dany finally getting home was such an epic scene. I like that they didn’t use words, but rather let the whole thing sink in only with the images and the sounds. It was such a cool scene. The Mother of Dragon is finally here!

These were my favorite moments, what about yours? Did you see the episode? Did you like it? Was it worth the wait? Are you excited as I am? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

American Gods first impressions

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Hi everyone! So as I’ve said in my last blog post, I was finally able to watch the first episode of the much anticipated Starz series American Gods, developed by the amazing Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on the novel by one my favorite authors: the awesome Neil Gaiman.

Okay so before I get into it I just want to point out just how much of a Neil Gaiman fan I am. I’ve read all of his novels, and almost everything he has published, with a few exceptions, (American Gods is one of my favorite btw) I even met him in person almost ten years ago… yeah I know I’m a Gaiman geek.

Anyhow, every time I hear that one of his books is getting adapted for the big screen or the TV I immediately get really excited. Then when it finally comes out, I hope with everything I’ve got that they don’t screw it up, just because I believe that his work is incredibly good and I would die inside a little if the adaptation doesn’t live up to the original material.

I realize that living up to the standard of his work is not an easy task. A few past adaptations were not what I hoped they would be, but when I heard that Bryan Fuller was going to adapt it, I was super excited. Then when I saw how the casting was spot on I became even more excited.

After watching it last night I can finally say wow! It’s even better that I expected. I know it’s hard to say after just one episode but the premises are good. The cast was amazing, especially Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane who play the two main characters. Apart from the acting and the storytelling, what I’ve found particularly interesting and unique was just the visual impact of the frames. The shots, the colors, the scenes and also the soundtrack was spot on.

So yeah my first impressions were really good, I’m very excited about it. I can’t wait for the next episodes.

If you want to share your thoughts about it please do in the comments, and if you have watched it but you haven’t read the book yet, let me know your impressions. As someone who loves the book I can say it only gets better, believe me.

TV Show review: 13 Reasons Why

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Hi there! How have you been during the Easter holidays?

Well if you want to know what I’ve been doing, I’ll tell you right away: I finally finished Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”.

This new show created a lot of buzz lately, and all of the good things I’ve heard about it made me curious. I started watching and I was hooked from the very beginning. The storytelling, the mystery, the high school drama, the love story, the sensitive topics… everything was done in a captivating and meaningful way.

If you want to avoid spoilers you might want to stop here…

I mean first of all the main subject of the show is teenage suicide, and that is not an easy or captivating subject to deal with in the first place. It also deals with a lot of sensitive topics like bulling, slut shaming, sexual abuse, rape and so on. All these topics are approached in a very truthful and honest way, which is what I liked so much about the show. There was no attempt to smooth the edges or show things in a better light. It wasn’t superficial, it portrayed things exactly how they are, it was raw and dark, some scene were hard to watch (if you have seen it you know which scenes I’m referring too). Most of all, it felt real.

The funny thing about it was that the adults in the show have no clue of what was going on under their noses, much like in real life. And the interesting part was putting the pieces together about the causes of Hannah’s suicide.

High school years are hard for everyone, whether we want to admit it or not. Popular kids, normal kids everybody has his own things to deal with, and high school is the period of our life where we learn to deal with others on our own, and that is not something that comes easy. As an adult, I remember that I used to care so much about things, even the things that don’t really matter, and I remember how even the little things could become tragedies during those years. I wish kids knew that some of the things that feel like tragedy maybe wouldn’t matter in a few years time.

Anyways all the actors in the show did a terrific job into bringing this teenage drama into life, especially the young actors. The storytelling was effective and it kept me interested until the very last episode. The soundtrack was amazing by the way. I liked everything about it. Now I’m interested in reading the book.

You know this is not a show for everyone, in my opinion, first of all, you have to have a certain sensibility and a little strength I guess. But if you choose to watch it’s a very good show.

Another new series I can’t wait to see this year is Starz’s American Gods, based on the novel from my favorite author: Neil Gaiman. Finally, the waiting is almost over.

What about you guys? Have you seen “13 Reasons Why”? Did you like it? Let me know.