Binge Watchers #2: Legend of Korra, How to Get Away with Murder & The Dragon Prince

 

What I was watching last month…

Legend of Korra

In six words or less: Teenage girl with magical elemental powers.

Progress since last update: I saw all of seasons 2, 3 & 4 and am now a bit gutted I’ve got no more to watch!

Arrow

In six words or less: Bow-and-arrow wielding vigilante.

Where I’ve got to so far: No progress!

The Flash

In six words or less: Super fast crime scene investigator.

Where I’ve got to so far: No progress!

Currently Binging & Binge-stats:

Since my last update I’ve done a lot of watching – I hadn’t realised quite how much until I started writing this update! Last month my watchlist was at 52%, 15 days and 22 hours to catch up. This month, as you can see below, it’s at 70%, 14 days and 18 hours – almost a day less.

Currently Watching

How to get away with murder

In six words or less: Law students on both sides of crime (okay that’s 7 but I struggled here!)

Why I’m watching it: I watched seasons 1  & 2 ages ago but just never got around to season 3. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for the other day so I put one of these on and got hooked all over again so now this is my new watch-on-my-own show!

Where I’ve got to so far: halfway through season 3.

Sword Art Online

In six words or less: video games are all too real…

Why I’m watching it: it’s nice to have a short show to mix it up with, and there’s a season 3 now so it seems like a good time to catch back up!

Where I’ve got to so far: season 2, episode 19 – five episodes left of the season.

The Dragon Prince

In six words or less: animated show about last dragon egg

Why I’m watching it: this has been our replacement show for Legend of Korra, wtitten by one of the writers of Avatar (which we loved)

Where I’ve got to so far: all finished!

What’s up next?

I’m not sure! I’m watching Riverdale (and cursing the fact it’s only one a week) as well as Discovery of Witches but again that’s only one a week. I think I’ll watch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when that comes out though.

Binge Watchers #1: Legend of Korra, Flash & Arrow

It’s been a year since my last update somehow but then I saw Michelle’s latest update and remembered how much I enjoyed taking part, which led to a refresh of my to be watched (TBW?) list a couple of weeks ago.  This first real update will have some pretty big jumps in terms of my progress below, but I swear it’s not that I watched a billion hours of TV this month or anything, it’s just that this is a year’s worth of updates!

What I was binging last time…

Attack on Titan season 2.

In six words or less: Humanity is threatened by people-eating Titans.

Progress since last time: Literally none. I came to a standstill because only episodes as far as 6 had been dubbed, and I have a tendency to multi-task when watching which obviously I can’t do if I’m trying to read subtitles. That hasn’t changed, sadly and I keep finding myself picking up something I can multi-task with over this.

Grey’s Anatomy season 8.

In six words or less: Medical Drama filled with twisty relationships.

Progress since last time: All of seasons 8-14. This has been my biggest binge-watch over the last year for sure! I can’t wait for it to re-start, though it looks like we won’t be getting it here in the UK until November at the earliest.

Marvel’s The Defenders season 1.

In six words or less: Slightly damaged super-powered humans saving NYC.

Progress since last time: All of season 1…. and yet I can barely remember any of it. Sadly, a bit forgettable!

 

Currently Binging & Binge-stats:

I love Goodreads for a whole bunch of reasons but at least one of them is because I can keep track of where I’ve got to with each book or series.  A search for something similar for TV led me to TrackSeries and Trakt, both of which I’m still exploring.  Both let me see my percentage progress on a series so far, give a calendar of what’s up next in terms of new episodes/series (the dates don’t line up for me here in the UK but it gives me a rough idea and let me mark a series as to watch (Trakt) or follow (TrackSeries) even if I haven’t started it yet.  So far I like the idea of Trakt more as it has a lot more features: tells me how many hours of watching I have left to catch up with a show, accommodates rewatches and can also hold movie information.  The downsides for Trakt so far are that I haven’t managed to get any of the auto-tracking features working (no big loss as TrackSeries didn’t offer it at all) and it has a lot more adverts.

Here’s what my dashboard looks like:

So you can see at the top that I’ve so far watched 68 days worth apparently (I’ve only done a very quick add of films though so that might spike significantly as I keep using it!) and then a snapshot of what I might watch next. That’s taken from my progress page, and I’ve got it set to sort by most-recently watched though you can organise by recently aired/number of episodes watched/number of episodes left to watch/time left to watch or a whole bunch of other settings if you’d prefer.  For a bit more detail in terms of stats (which I love!) my progress page itself shows that I’ve watched 52% of my watchlist (hovering over that number tells me I’ve watched 739/1418 episodes), for a total of more than 15 days. Eek! I’ve hidden my 100% completed shows, and at the moment have 17 shows on the go apparently.

Currently Watching

Legend of Korra

In six words or less: Teenage girl with magical elemental powers.

Why I’m watching it: I really enjoyed Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I recently suggested that we watch it as a couple, as my other half had never seen it.  He ended up loving it too, so now we’ve started Legend of Korra which neither of us have ever seen. It’s very different to A:tLA as it feels a bit older and has quite different visuals but we’re enjoying it anyway.

Where I’ve got to so far: We’ve so far seen all of season 1 (12 episodes)

Arrow

In six words or less: Bow-and-arrow wielding vigilante.

Why I’m watching it: I meant to watch Arrow when it started but – prepare to laugh – it really irritated me that Oliver McQueen lived in the same house that Lex Luther did in Smallville. Totally jarred me so I didn’t make it past about 2 episodes… I’ve now gone back, at least in part because I see so much about The Flash on Twitter but I know they interlink.

Where I’ve got to so far: Season 3, Episode 7 – everything has slowed down for me now that the shows all interlink, because I feel like every time I sit down to watch it I have to look up whether I should be watching Arrow or The Flash!

The Flash

In six words or less: Super fast crime scene investigator.

Why I’m watching it: I’ve now got to the point in Arrow where the shows start crossing over!

Where I’ve got to so far: Season 1, Episode 4.

What’s up next?

I’d really like to re-watch Riverdale before season 3 comes out, but other half refuses to mix shows we’re binging, so I don’t know if it’ll happen! My solo watching will probably continue with the Flash/Arrow, and maybe some anime.

Binge Watchers Reset!

It’s been a year since my last update somehow but then I saw Michelle’s latest update and remembered how much I enjoyed taking part!  Like Michelle, I’m going to see this as a reset, and make my list of shows I want to watch.  From then on, although the post normally runs every other Wednesday, I’m going to try it as a once a month (mid-month) feature and see how I get on – I’m not sure I’ll have enough progress to update it fortnightly, but of course I’ll take it as it comes!  Expect another post on the 19th about where I’ve got to so far.

My Binge Watching List…

Started but need to catch up

  • The 100
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Arrow
  • The Flash
  • How to Get away with Murder
  • Nashville
  • The Punisher
  • The Originals
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • The 100
  • The Big Bang Theory

Ongoing but currently up to date

  • Doctor Who
  • Game of Thrones
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Riverdale
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

Anime/Cartoons started but need to catch up

  • Attack on Titan
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Steven Universe
  • Sword Art Online

Not started but want to

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Firefly
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

Started but not sure whether to continue

  • The Crown
  • Glee
  • Grand Tour
  • Humans
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Zoo

Binge Watchers #2: Greys Anatomy S6 & 7

What I was binging last time…

Attack on Titan season 2.

In six words or less: Humanity is threatened by people-eating Titans.

Progress since last time: Episodes 2-6.  I used to always watch anime subbed, but then I figured that if I watched it dubbed I could multitask, drafting blog posts or blog commenting or twittering at the same time, and I’ve since gotten lazy. When I was watching Attack on Titan Season 2, only up to episode 6 had been released dubbed, so I came to a stop with my binge watch…I should really check and see if anymore dubbed episodes are available (or just take a little bit of time out to watch it without multitasking!)

 

Currently Binging

Grey’s Anatomy.

In six words or less: Medical drama filled with twisty relationships.

Why I’m watching it: I used to watch Grey’s when the first few seasons were on TV, but I missed the episode after a big cliffhanger (S6, E23) and didn’t want to jump back in further ahead, so I just stopped watching. I’ve now started again from the beginning and am totally addicted.

Where I’ve got to so far

As of our last binge-watching update, I was coming up to season 6… I’m now halfway through Season 8. I’m still pretty addicted to it to be honest!

But I want more! [Related stuff and similar shows]


For more Grey’s Anatomy….There’s a spin-off show focusing around Addison (who I quite like) but I’m not sure I fancy it – I’m invested in Grey’s because I’ve already got this far and got hooked, but I’m not sure I want to get hooked on something else so similar! I also know there’s an upcoming spin-off based around the firefighters – maybe by the time that gets here I’ll be ready to get sucked back into Seattle!

For more Shonda Rhimes… Getting Away with Murder – I’ve actually already seen the first two seasons of this with my family. First season was awesome, second season slightly less so.  I hear good things about Scandal but no luck talking the family into it, and I already have plenty of shows lined up on my to-binge-on-my-own list, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get to this.

What’s up next?

Since my last update, I’ve finished Pretty Little Liars, and caught up to date with Agents of SHIELD & Doctor Who. Next up will be The Defenders for sure.

Currently watching but not binging: Nashville

Binge Watchers #1: Attack on Titan Season 2

Currently Binging

Attack on Titan season 2.

In six words or less: Humanity is threatened by people-eating Titans.

Why I’m watching it: I can’t remember when or why Attack on Titan appeared on my radar – was it the manga or the anime that came first?! I watched the first series last year, and I really enjoyed it but also felt like I just wanted something more out of it – I’m not sure what, but I just didn’t love it as much as I expected to.  I’m hoping season 2 is going to be even better than the first and boost it to a firm favourite.

Where I’ve got to so far

I’ve so far watched the first two episodes, but then our internet went down so I haven’t had chance to watch any more yet! There are only twelve episodes this season so I’m hoping I’ll be finished by the time the next Binge Watchers rolls around 😉 So far I’m hooked!

But I want more! [Related stuff and similar shows]


For more Attack on Titan….I might pick up the original manga series, because although I’ve read some of the Before the Fall series – set before the events of the anime – I’ve never read the orignal series, and it might help fill the gap left by finishing the anime.

For more apocalyptic drama/horror…I guess The Walking Dead is an obvious choice (titans and zombies aren’t that far apart after all) but I think I’m too much of a wimp!  The 100 is an option – I started it before and didn’t get hooked but maybe I’ll give it another go.

For more anime… Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t actually an anime but it has a similar feel so I’m counting it! I finished Season 1 recently so I already know I like it.  I’ve already seen (and loved) Sword Art Online season 1, so Season 2 of that would be an option, or I could start Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the most popular anime shows but one I’ve not seen any of!

What’s up next?

I’m not sure!  Possible contenders include Grey’s Anatomy Season 6, The Vampire Diaries season 7, Orphan Black Season 5, Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 2, Sword Art Online season 2 or American Gods Season 1.

Currently watching but not binging: Nashville | Agents of SHIELD | Pretty Little Liars | Doctor Who