Recently I feel like all I use Netflix for is to rewatch shows or movies that I’ve already seen instead of looking for anything new. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I just don’t seem to have the attention span lately for anything new. However over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get into a few shows and actually enjoy them. Here’s what I’ve been watching – warning, this post may contain spoilers.
When I first started using Netflix I added a ton of shows and movies to my list and then never watched any of them – I had more fun adding them than watching them. However one night I couldn’t sleep so I switched on my phone and started scrolling through Netflix. I eventually got bored of scrolling and not watching anything so I checked my list and found this show. Without overthinking it I pressed play and started to watch.
The basic premise of this K-Drama is that twin sisters Shi Ah and Shi Yeon couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Shi Ah is a famous actress who recently debuted in a girl group, whilst Shi Yeon is an overweight nobody. The two of them don’t get along and are always fighting. One day Shi Yeon helps a mysterious old women and confesses she wishes she could trade places with Shi Ah. The next morning the girls have swapped places, and need to figure out a way to switch back.
It was interesting to see a body swap from this perspective as the girls were literally such polar opposites. Shi Yeon was still in school, had no friends and was bullied by pretty much everybody including the guy she had a massive crush on. Shi Ah was a spoilt celebrity who was rude to everybody but put on an innocent front for the cameras – even the members of her group ‘Miracle Girls’ didn’t like her.
It was quite funny and entertaining, the only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the fat-shaming. I know Korean beauty standards are different but I feel like surely by the end there should have been some resolution. With Shi Ah in Shi Yeon’s body she was a lot more confident and when she was made fun of she did stand up for herself – she said something along the lines of “I may be fat but if I lost weight I would be beautiful. Think of me as an unscratched lottery ticket ready to reach my full potential.” Why couldn’t she be beautiful and at her full potential without losing weight?
Also there’s a scene where Shi Yeon in Shi Ah’s body sings a high note during a live performance and Shi Ah has a go at her afterwards saying the whole nation knows she can’t sing to save her life. But Shi Yeon would’ve still been using Shi Ah’s voice surely so how did she magically sing well?
Overall I was glad I watched it, I can’t remember how many episodes there were but they were only like fifteen minutes long each (if that) so I could handle that. The only thing was that some episodes felt like things were going too fast – for example Shi Yeon (as Shi Ah) got together with another singer. All she did was fall off the stage into his arms and suddenly he was like ‘let’s go to the roof so I can confess my love for you’.
My last point is that the necklace was never really resolved. Shi Yeon (as Shi Ah) discovers that the necklace the mysterious lady gave her grants wishes but at a cost – someone gets hurt every time she does it. This was never really talked about again after she’d made this discovery. It’s just sort of glossed over.
Either way, I did end up really enjoying this series but it was definitely far from perfect.
Because I’d liked ‘The Miracle’ so much I decided to give Netflix’s original J-Drama a go. The premise is sort of similar. Ayume is a popular, pretty girl who has just been asked out by her crush Korisho so life is going pretty well for her at the moment. On her way to her first date with him she gets a call from her classmate Zenko, an overweight girl from her class who doesn’t have any friends, who tells her to turn around. Ayume watches in horror as Zenko jumps off a building with the intention of killing herself. Ayume wakes up but discovers she is now in Zenko’s body. When she asks Zenko in her body how it happened she realises Zenko did this on purpose and has stolen her body.
This series only had six episodes, each ranging from about 30 – 45 minutes so it was easy to get through. Again though this meant things were moving at a rapid pace. Ayume switches into Zenko’s body in the first episode and by the end of it has already convinced her friend Kaga of the switch. I feel like realistically it would take me forever and a day to fully convince my friends I’d swapped bodies with a random girl from school.
The take on this that I enjoyed was that Zenko switched as she hated her life but soon realised that just having Ayume’s body didn’t make life easy. She still pushed people away and was insecure about her relationship with Korisho – it’s revealed she liked him which is why she decided to perform the body swap with Ayume, deciding that even if it didn’t work she wanted to kill herself anyway. Whereas although Ayume was lonely in Zenko’s body at first, with the help of Kaga and a kind heart she managed to win people over in her class.
Again, not a fan of the fat-shaming in this one. Even when people began to like Ayume (in Zenko’s body) there were still people saying she was ugly. It wasn’t even jabs specifically about the weight, it was full on like “you’re really ugly.” Even by the end there was no “sorry we called you ugly” just “hey we like you now so let’s brush that under the rug!”
Also the love triangle between Ayume, Korisho and Kaga was just boring especially in the last episode. I didn’t particularly care who she chose, surely we had bigger issues at hand?
The one thing I will say is that the acting was phenomenal, it’s hard to remember that they haven’t genuinely switched bodies. Both girls did an amazing job.
Part Time Idol
I still have to watch the final episode but there’s about five maybe six episodes of this show, each about forty minutes long I want to say. The basic premise of the show is that a music producer returns to his company with a new project in mind – launching a co-ed pop idol group. I think I downloaded a couple of episodes to watch at the airport whilst waiting for my flight and was quickly hooked.
I’m looking forward to seeing the conclusion and I really need to sit down and watch it – although I’m sure I can predict how it will end. The group will probably debut and do extremely well but it may surprise me! We’ll see.
I found out about this show by seeing clips on Facebook then before I knew it I kept watching the ‘best bits’ on YouTube. Netflix announced they were going to add it to Netflix and I checked every day until finally they’d released the first season.
It was cool to finally watch the full episodes but unfortunately I sort of spoilt them for myself by watching all the best bits but never mind. I just think this show is absolutely hilarious, there isn’t a thing about it I’d change. I absolutely love it.
I’m not sure how to describe the premise of the show. The show follows Erin and her friends as they grow up in a world of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points in 1990s Northern Ireland and attempt to navigate the highs and lows of being teenagers – that’s the description according to Google anyway. The description doesn’t make it sound too hilarious but it bloody is.
Unfortunately at the moment only Season One is on Netflix but for UK residents you can watch the show on All 4 which is where I watched Season Two. I personally think Season Two was better so I have high hopes for when Season Three is released. It’s honestly one of my favourite shows at the moment.
Til Death Do Us Part
When I saw this on Netflix I was instantly intrigued. It was described as a Taiwan version of ‘Black Mirror’ – a show I enjoy (I loved the Ashley O episode) but the episodes are too long for me. A whole hour, I don’t particularly have the attention span to get into that. But these episodes were only twenty minutes to an hour long so I decided to give the first episode a watch.
The first episode was called ‘Hit and Run’ and was basically about a man who gets hit by a car and dies but realises he’s caught in a time loop and has to try and break it otherwise he will keep getting hit by the car. It was okay but to be truthful it was a bit… Weird? Spoiler alert but he finds out the woman who keeps hitting him is also caught in the time loop and always dies after speeding away from hitting him. She reveals on the first night she’d been drinking but every other night she hadn’t drank and had still hit him then she said “The only thing I haven’t tried is dying before you” – have you tried just not getting in the car? Like deciding to walk home instead of driving? Is that not a possibility?
The end is very open for interpretation and wasn’t quite as strong as I’d been hoping for. Nevertheless I was feeling optimistic so clicked onto the next episode which was called ‘Perfectly Spotless’. I’m not even sure how to describe the plot of this one. It’s basically about a woman who lives in an entirely white apartment who is due a room inspection in the next couple of days when she discovers a black spot on the wall that just continues to grow.
This one was more confusing than the last. I don’t like ‘little hints’, I need something more so I have something to go off. I don’t know what I just watched. I think I may continue with the series just to see if the episodes improve but I didn’t LOVE the first two episodes, I won’t lie.
Not a TV show but I finally watched the original Jurassic Park. I know it’s crazy that I made it this far without seeing the original but I’d just never got round to watching it. I knew I’d enjoy it because I love Jurassic World so one weekend when my parents were away I settled into the living room and began watching.
I think it was a bit slow to start with to be honest but once it picked up then it really got going and overall I did really enjoy it. I’ve added the sequels to my Netflix ‘To Watch’ list so I’ll definitely be watching them at some point.
So there we have it, those are some of the shows and films I’ve been watching on Netflix recently. Feel free to leave a comment with any recommendations you have!