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Confession Time

Posted by on March 16, 2016

Happy Wednesday y’all!

So. I have a confession to make.

murder she wroteYou see, I’ve been looking for ways to relax a bit and one of the ways people relax is through watching television shows. So I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t really watched TV since Buffy the Vampire Slayer saved the world with the help of Spike and her friends. And then there was that short season of early motherhood when my son was a fussy newborn and I was clueless and we spent many early, early mornings watching What Not To Wear and Monk.

But now? Where do I start? What do I watch? It should probably be something fantasy related, you know. That way I can join in on the discussions that seems so prevalent around me.

So I tried Once Upon a Time. Unfortunately, Netflix only had season 3. Nope. No thank you. I will pass. BUT I have been told from several people that I need to start at season 1. So…maybe I will give it another shot. Maybe.

Doctor Who. Oh, the Doctor… I started with the 9th Doctor. You never forget your first Doctor, no? I enjoyed it and made it all the way to season two episode nine. I did like it, don’t get me wrong. I just didn’t like the play on the emotions. And So. Much. Tension! Of epic proportions too yet. Every episode was like a three hour movie crammed into whatever length those shows were. Sorry. I can’t handle all those feelings, emotional roller coasters, and high tension with not much reprieve AND knowing there is more heartache to come. A movie yes, but a TV show? Still I was slowly making my way through the shows when I was okay with my heart being ripped to shreds but then Netflix dropped it. So. I blame Netflix? Ha!

Big Bang Theory. What? Really? My hubby was watching it the other day, so I sat down and watched a few shows. Perhaps, I caught them at a bad time. The flippant sex. Let’s be angry and dislike each other, but hey, let’s sleep together and lie to our friends. Yeah. But the other thing that got to me was the characters. Some of them felt like they could be on the spectrum, and the jokes and the audience laughter just hit me wrong. You see, my son was diagnosed with high functioning autism. And I couldn’t help picture him in their shoes. Not to mention this came on the heels of an adult’s negative reaction to another adult on the spectrum. So, no, this show was a no-go for me.

Well, I nearly gave up. But then I discovered that Murder, She Wrote was on Netflix. I cannot explain the pure happiness this show brings me. When I was a kid, I caught few shows here and there and fell in love with it. So the show is not a stranger to me, but it’s been awhile!

So, there you have it. That is my confession. I can’t do all these cool shows. (For one thing, no time!) But I really appreciate this slower moving show with a widow writer solving murders. That and My Little Pony and Tinkerbell. Can you tell I have young kiddos at home?

Please don’t take my geek card. Ha!

One of these days I am going to write a Murder, She Wrote meets Artemis Fowl meets Lord of the Rings. Or something like that. 😀 (I actually already have a rough idea, started world-building and everything. That is why I love NaNoWriMo, ha!)


Ever feel like the odd duck out? What’s one thing everyone seems to love, but you don’t?

And what are your favorite shows? I might be persuaded to explore some more. 😉

12 Responses to Confession Time

  1. kim cleary (@kimclearywriter)

    I have a confession too! I love reading paranormal and fantasy … But more rarely enjoy the TV shows and movies. I think it’s because my imagination creates more than the showmakers ever do!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh! That is something to consider! Although, I do love watching fantasy/sci-fi movies, but sometimes, I just can’t handle “epic” in my life and need a something light-hearted. Yet I cannot do normal movies set in contemporary times, especially if it is a chick-flick. Who knows! I’ve been told I need to watch Mom’s Night Out, so we shall see! Thanks for stopping by Kim!

  2. Kessie

    Heh, I only keep up with Grimm these days, and only because my family watches it and I want to stay in the loop. I’ve heard good things about Merlin (mostly that the dragon is the best character). Around here we’ve been doing Pokemon, My Little Pony, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Yeah, kiddos. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      You know, I’ve heard people mention Grimm, but have never checked it out. Probably need to give Grimm and Merlin a chance before I write off all newer shows. Yes, the kiddos. But you know, it is interesting that with their movies and shows playing over and over in the background, my brain has light bulb moments and starts to file away things like “Oh, that’s how they planted this for this kind of pay off” or “That’s the mentor in the hero’s journey”. Crazy that it’s helping me to understand story structure and the hero’s journey and other craft related stuff. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. sparksofember

    I watch Big Bang but it frequently pushes the envelope for me. I was thinking about it the other day most of the characters just aren’t very likable. Whereas Friends has similar issues but I liked the show a lot because most of the characters were likable. (I just finished a Netflix rewatch of that show.)

    I was meaning to check out Dr Who and missed my chance but hearing how tense it is, I wouldn’t have watched it for long anyway. Can’t handle that right now – too much in real life already! Once Upon a Time I liked a lot and then dropped halfway through the 2nd season.

    Have you seen Psych? Cause it’s on Netflix, too. Though lately my favorite shows have been ones I’ve been watching with the munchkin. We watched H2O and the spin-off Mako Mermaids and we just finished a British tv show Wolfbloods. She’s bummed the 4th season just started airing so we have to wait for it to hit Netflix now.

    I didn’t care for Firefly, though I loved the movie, so I’ve always felt like a bit of an odd duck with the nerd set over that.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      oh yes! Everyone talks about Firefly, never watched it myself.

      I hear about too much going on in real if already! I have watched a few shows of Friends LONG time ago, it was good. I felt they were doing life and learning from their mistakes and such. But I haven’t followed it closely enough to know for sure. I haven’t seen Pysch. I might check it out. I am hesitant because it sounds like Profiler. And back when I was watching TV on a more regular basis, I had enjoyed that show until the stalker killed off her love interest. Never went back.

      Although, I did try Castle. Because…Murder, She Wrote! But the drama (and timing!) just got to be too much. Thanks for stopping by!

      • sparksofember

        I’ve never seen Profiler but after looking it up, it sounds pretty intense. Psych is definitely more of a comedy. It was like Monk – interesting mysteries but only a handful got intense and no one (in the main cast) ever died. It also never grossed me out as many shows tend to do (NCIS I can’t watch morgue/autopsy scenes. CSI I quit cause it grossed me out to much. I’ve been afraid to try Castle for the same reason.)

        • J.L. Mbewe

          Yeah, Castle started out with a bang and very much like CSI, NCIS, etc as far as death scenes and such, but I think a little more comedic relief than the others. He was an author, helping the police, not so much emphasis on police procedure and such. I did enjoy Monk a lot. And Diagnosis Murder and Matlock. I just looked up Psych: detective comedy drama…sounds fun. I will have to check it out. 😀 Thanks!

  4. DJ Edwardson

    The only show I watch is Signed Sealed and Delivered (very hard to find as it’s not on Netflix and currently episodes only come out on Hallmark sporadically. I think there are only like 16 out. The first 10 or so are out on DVD. As a writer I think you would love love love this show. It’s so well written and one of the main themes is the importance of words and communication (it takes place in a post office). Check out my review for more info:

    Nope, you are certainly not the odd duck out. I can’t abide anything much on TV these days. And a good thing, too. With marriage and kids and writing and life, who has time for that sort of thing anyway!?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Interesting! I don’t think I have heard of that one before. And you are so right. Marriage, kids, writing, and life. Balancing reality and dreams, no? I have found that I am good at zeroing in on my goals and keeping the home life just a step above chaos that I forget that I need to take time to relax and hang out with friends. Until I crash and burn that is. Finding that right balance is hard! But I am working on it.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Kara Grant

    I also tried Once Upon a Time (season 1), loved the characters but too much drama for my taste 🙂 I also tried The Flash, but I was unable to connect with the story like I hoped to. Have loved Agents of SHIELD, but even that has been really violent lately and not sure if I will continue (former Agent Ward being the best example, got to love him and then he became the main villain….Coulson is my fave but even his character has become darker).

    My kid brother got me into Psych, we just finished the last episode this week and so bummed that it’s off the air, never laughed so hard in my life 🙂 I enjoy Friends reruns and Rizzoli & Isles, also trying to get Supergirl on netflix when it’s available. Really love this post and agree with you, it’s a challenge finding shows that are truly worth your time and emotions, but hoping you continue to enjoy Murder, She Wrote (cool or not, if you like it then keep at it)! *would love to know your thoughts of Once Upon a Time, first season when you get it*

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you Kara! Yes, I will continue to enjoy Murder, She Wrote. Since you’re the second person mentioning Psych, I think I will check it out. I think my hubby would probably enjoy that one better than MSW. Ha! We can ALWAYS use a good laugh. 😀 I dislike all the drama, but I should at least give Once Upon a Time a shot. I will let you know when I do! Thanks for stopping by!

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