Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Little Scarf Reviews

Hello, all! It's Little Scarf Girl here. I've decided since I'm following quite a few television shows this fall, and probably seeing a fair few movies as well, and always have an opinion on the things that I watch, that I should start a sub-blog to place these reviews. (Click the link for the main Little Scarf Girl blog.)

Here's what we're going to be reviewing, or at least writing thoughts for, on new-episode basis: How I Met Your Mother, The Vampire Diaries, Young Justice, The Big Bang Theory, and Castle.

Movies will be reviewed on a semi-regular basis. You'll mostly see me reviewing action/adventure and comedy flicks, but I've been known to watch a bit of everything.

I've decided to start my reviews from just the new seasons onward since it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to go back and write a bunch of reviews for episodes that have already been airing for years and years. I will, however, give a brief blurb about my current opinion of these shows so you can know where I stand in my reviews.

HIMYM: I only started watching this show earlier this year, but I fell in love with it almost instantly. I love all the characters and enjoy the non-linear story-telling in each episode. Its blend of humor and heart continually win me over. While I love all of the main group, and their friendship with each other is one of the best aspects of the show, my favorite is Barney. I'm also one of those folks hoping he and Robin get back together one of these days. (Especially given the reveal that Barney will be getting married to someone in the future.) I expect we won't meet "the mother" until the end of the show, so I'm in no hurry for that. The show is going to start Season 7 on September 19, and I'm super excited.

The Vampire Diaries: I caught up on this show this past summer, and now I'm hooked. Teenage drama isn't typically my thing, but The Vampire Diaries has enough of everything to keep anyone satisfied. The storytelling is usually pretty solid (with the exception of the fact that there's comically a party or big event in nearly every episode, haha) and the characters are great. My favorites include Damon, Alaric, Jeremy, and Caroline, though, it's hard to really dislike too many people on the show. (Except Bonnie. I really don't like her.) Although I am a fan of Damon (and don't care much for Stefan) I'm not super hung up on who Elena ends up with. The 3rd season starts on September 15!

Young Justice: The only cartoon on my list, although I'm historically a huge fan of animated programming. Young Justice has only aired 9 episodes so far, but it's got a lot going for it. It's serious enough without taking away the fun of its characters being teenage superheroes, and the artwork and storytelling is solid. My favorite DC character is Robin/Dick Grayson, so I'm obviously more interested in his character and any Batman-related stories that come up on the show than any others. However, I am a fan of the "sidekick" characters in general, and like just about all the characters on the team. (Red Arrow is quickly becoming a second favorite.) I wish I knew when the new episodes start up again, but I've got it on my DVR list just in case.

The Big Bang Theory: I'm not a huge fan of this series, but I always find myself chuckling a bit when I watch it. I haven't seen all the episodes (I've seen most of Seasons 3 and 4), though this feels like one of those series where it doesn't really matter all that much. Amy is probably my favorite, with Sheldon second, and I enjoy stories centering around those two. I also like Bernadette. (You can see why I don't bother much with the earlier seasons, since Amy and Bernadette are farily newer characters.) Season 5 is scheduled to start September 22.

Castle: Another show that I casually watch. I've seen pieces of Season 1, and a good bit of Season 3. Even though the dynamic of the writer/detective team up is a change of pace, it is still at its heart a "mystery a week" kind of show. I do like the characters, though. Castle and his daughter are my favorites, and I wish we'd actually see more of her sometimes. The Castle/Beckett dynamic is fun to watch, but I can see where stretching it out can get tiresome. I'm not too familiar with the side-characters (the other two detectives, the medical analyst, etc)The last season ended on kind of downer note (the chief was killed, and Beckett was shot), so we'll see where Season 4 picks up.

And there you have it! I'll be updating through the rest of the summer with any movie reviews/opinions, and I'll pick up reviewing these five shows in the fall.

~Little Scarf Girl