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Locke & Key || TV Talk

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I have read the graphic novel series for Locke & Key. I read the last volume at the start of 2016, so my memory of it wasn’t the best. I did remember some major plot points and things. I thought I would mention that, before going into my thoughts on the tv show. I would definitely recommend the graphic novels, though be sure to check out the art style beforehand. It’s definitely not for everyone and I remember taking a while to get used to it, when I was reading the graphic novels.

I actually had no idea that the show was being made. Not that I’m someone who is up-to-date with tv show or movie releases in general. I randomly looked up the most popular tv shows on imdb and this one was at the top (at that time). As soon as I realised that it was the adaptation for the Locke & Key graphic novel I knew I needed to watch it. And I did, so here we are right now.


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Trigger warnings: violence and gore, alcohol and drug abuse
(trigger warnings are written in white)

Genre: Horror | Drama | Fantasy

Release date: 7. February 2020

Creator: Meredith Averill, Aron Eli Coleite, Carlton Cuse

Stars: Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Petrice Jones, Laysla De Oliveira

Summary:

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death.

All information taken from IMDb.

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First of all the show was a lot less violent than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, there is violence and blood in the show but not as much as in the graphic novels. I’m not someone who is squeamish about blood or violence, so I wouldn’t have minded the amount the graphic novel had. I do understand why they adapted it with the amount of violence that they did.

I find the story of Locke & Key, and the whole premise in general, simply fascinating. Finding out about the keys and the history of the house and family was very interesting. It’s probably my favourite aspect of the whole show. I don’t actually want to go into any more details about the story, as I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything so I’ll just leave it at this.

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The characters definitely weren’t my favourites. I knew that going in, as I do remember being annoyed with the characters in the graphic novel series. The same thing happened with the characters in the show. Another thing that I need to mention is that I don’t like children in media, I just don’t care about them. One of the main characters is a child and I didn’t care for him. Basically this is a show where I like the plot more than the actual characters and their relationships. Usually it’s the other way around for me, but this case does happen from time to time. What I definitely need to mention is the fact that I love the main villain of Locke & Key.

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Overall I had a lot of fun watching Locke & Key. Once I started watching it I couldn’t stop. I would definitely recommend checking this show out, if it sounds like something that you would enjoy!


Have you watched Locke & Key? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Where I’ve been lately and what I’ve been doing || Life Update ✨

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Hello everyone! As you may have noticed this year I haven’t been blogging all that much. This is only my 6th post of the year and I usually write that much per month.

In January my mental health was shit (which I went into more detail about in my wrap up) and I had no motivation to blog. February, on the other hand, was a very busy month for me. I had to write a research paper and my deadline was on the 18th. So I was busy with that and even when I had time I didn’t feel like blogging, due to already writing a lot during each day. The afterwards I just needed a few days to recharge my batteries and catch up to some life things I neglected. Side note: I’m very proud with the way my research paper turned out, so all the struggle with it was worth it.

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During February I read some books, watched some shows and listened to some music (my brain needed the break from my paper). And I really want to write about all of that, which is the reason for this post!

First of all I finally finished my reread of the Harry Potter series, which I started last year. I read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was really fun reading these books again and being back in the world of Harry Potter, not that that comes as a surprise to anyone. The reason I decided to finish my reread of the series this month is due to the fact that I really couldn’t focus on a new story when writing my paper. So it was basically Harry Potter to the rescue!

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I watched Locke & Key this month as well. I actually had no idea that this was getting an adaptation until it literary came out. I have no idea under what kind of rock I was living! Anyway, I have read the graphic novel series years ago and I actually remembered a lot more from it than I thought I did. This show was a lot of fun, well as fun as a drama horror tv show can be. Basically I really enjoyed it! Though I did have some problems with it as well. I do plan on writing a full TV Talk for it soon, so I’ll share more of my thoughts on it then. Just know that it was really good and I definitely recommend it!

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The most exiting thing that happened this month is the fact that BTS released a new album! (Well, the most exiting to me at least.) This is my first comeback and I have really been enjoying all the content they have been putting out for it. Their album Map of the Soul: 7 is fantastic and I adore all of the songs on it. My top 3 favourite songs are We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal, On and Friends (though this was a really hard choice to make). Since the album came out I have been listening to it non-stop. I’m so happy to have gotten into BTS and I’m very exited for the music video, which is dropping later this week.

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So that is basically all that I wanted to write about today. I just felt like checking in, as I haven’t done so in a while. Have you watched Locke & Key? Do you listen to BTS? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Russian Doll || TV Talk

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Many months ago I saw Kat @Life and Other Disasters talk about Russian Doll and ever since then I have wanted to watch it. If you aren’t familiar with Kat, she has the best tv show and movie recommendations ever. If I’m ever in the need of something to watch I’ll refer to one of her posts. Be sure to check out her blog, you are missing out if you aren’t already following her! 😀❤️

Recently I was in the mood to watch a tv show and Russian Doll was the first one that came to my mind, so I decided to give it a chance. I’m so happy that I did, as I ended up loving this show!


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Trigger warnings: death, violence and gore, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, sex and nudity
(trigger warnings are written in white)

Genre: Science Fiction | Mystery | Drama | Comedy

Release date: 1. February 2019

Creator: Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler

Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Rebecca Henderson, Jeremy Bobb, Ritesh Rajan, Yul Vazquez, Brendan Sexton III

Summary:

On Nadia’s 36th birthday she is struck by a car and killed, only to finds herself alive and well, back at her own birthday party earlier that night. When she dies again and her timeline resets, Nadia begins to question her own sanity as she strives to unravel the mystery of why and how this is all happening.

All information taken from IMDb.

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Russian Doll was one of those shows that immediately captured my attention. I was invested in the story from episode one. I won’t actually go into much detail regarding the plot of this show, just because I think that it is better not to know much about it. (Which is why this post might be on the shorter side.) There are quite a few trigger warnings for this show, be aware of that if you decide to watch it.

Stories that contain time travel or time loops tend to mess with the head. By that I mean with the characters heads and also the viewers. Russian Doll was no exception to that. There were many revelations and twists that I enjoyed seeing. There were also some really creepy moments mixed in, which made me enjoy the story even more. (I’m trying to keep everything very vague.) I had so much fun watching Russian Doll and trying to figure out what was going on and why. This would be such a good show to watch with other people, as there is a lot to talk about.

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The characters of Russian Doll were fascinating. They had very fleshed out and distinct personalities and I enjoyed learning more about them as the show continued. My favourite was definitely Nadia. I found her interesting and charismatic from the beginning. Basically I fell in love with her immediately. Learning more about her and her past as the story continued was wonderful. Nadia is such an interesting character. (I wish I could write more about her, but spoilers.)

The other main character (who I don’t think I should name? because of spoilers?) was the complete opposite of Nadia. They had vastly different personalities and by that I mean from one extreme to another. Nadia is the wild free spirited one, while the other character is more organised and controlled. It was very interesting seeing them interact with each other and learning more about the other person. They balanced each other out. (I really want to write something about the ending, but I’ll refrain from doing that for obvious reasons.)

Russian Doll was a very captivating and interesting tv show! I was at the edge of my seat during the whole time I was watching it. I just couldn’t get enough. I would highly recommend this show to everyone! I’m looking forward to the second season, though I know literary nothing about it.

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Have you watched Russian Doll? What do you think of the show? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Good Omens || TV Talk

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I saw everyone talking about Good Omens online and how amazing it was. Because of that I wanted to watch it as well, which I did. Plus, Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors so there is that as well. Speaking of the book, I haven’t read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett yet. I was interested in reading it for a while, but it wasn’t a priority of mine (obviously, since I haven’t read it yet). I do plan on picking it up in the future though! Now let’s talk about the tv show.


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Content warnings: religious themes, crucifixion, death, violence, apocalypse
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Genre: Fantasy | Comedy

Release date: 31. May 2019

Creators: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Stars: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Sam Taylor Buck, Daniel Mays, Sian Brooke, Adria Arjona, Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm.

Summary:

A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

All information taken from IMDb.

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My favourite part of this entire show were Crowley and Aziraphale. They are both such interesting characters, similar in some ways and completely different in others. It was interesting seeing a demon and an angel be the main characters of a show, as the contrast between them could be explored nicely. Speaking of Crowley and Aziraphale, I adored their relationship. Seeing how much they care about each other was wonderful. I just adored all of their interactions! Saying that you can probably guess that I completely loved it when their history and interactions throughout the years were shown. I could talk about those two for ages!

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I didn’t care all that much about the Witch and Witchfinder storyline. I do understand why it was included in the story, but I just didn’t find myself as interested in that part. Sometimes it felt really bothersome, as this story interrupted the one that I was interested in more. That’s just me being petty though. Though I did come to like the characters that are attached to the storyline in the end. I just don’t have anything to add to this part? (I just didn’t care all that much about it, as I already mentioned.)

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The humour in this show was great. Though that is rather subjective, as is always the case when it comes to comedy. I just wanted to mention that I very much enjoyed that part of the show. There were many interesting characters in this tv show. From the demons, to the angels to the humans. I enjoyed learning more about them and how they all played part in the greater story.

I can’t actually talk about anything else regarding this show without spoilers, so I shall leave it at this: Good Omens is an amazing show, with interesting characters and plot. I would definitely recommend checking this show out!

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Have you watched Good Omens? What do you think of the show? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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DARK Season 1 || TV Talk

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I had an amazing experience while watching DARK. I watched the first 8 episodes of the show together with my best friend. We watched those episodes during two sleepovers. We had an amazing time theorising what was going on and what was going to happen next. I think this is an amazing show to watch together with someone, as there are a ton of things that you can discuss with someone. And sometimes the other person notices things you didn’t, which also happened with my best friend and I.

I don’t actually have anything more to add to this beginning part. Let’s just get into my thoughts on this tv show!


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Content warnings: violence, torture, death, suicide
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Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Release date: 1. December 2017.

Creators: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

Stars: There are a lot of main characters in this show, therefore there are a lot of stars (too many for me to name them all), check imdb to see all of them.

Summary:

Year 2019. Events take place in a small German town called Winden. Two months ago, Jonas returned to the school with his father committing suicide. A couple of weeks ago when he came back, he learns that a child is lost in the town. Days of searching have remained unsuccessful and the whole town is on the thorn. With the disappearance of one of the children who have gone out to have fun together in order to get away from the tension of their parents, things get mixed up in the town.

All information taken from IMDb.

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DARK was such a fascinating and intriguing tv show. It’s one of the best tv shows that I have ever watched. I didn’t know anything about it before I started watching it (I just knew that people whose opinions I trust loved this show), I went into it blindly. That was a great decision on my part, as I loved seeing all the curveballs that this show did. It was also really refreshing to watch a show in German, as I hadn’t done that in a while (in years actually).

I won’t be saying much about the actual plot of the show, since I think it’s best to go into it not actually knowing much. Plus, I don’t think I can even try to explain the plot without giving away some spoilers. I will just say that I very much enjoyed discovering all the intricate details about it. My mind was blown quite a few times while watching DARK. I’m very exited for the next season to come out, as I really want to know where the story will go from here. (I have no idea what is going to happen next, which is something that happens a lot with this show.)

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I find the characters of DARK to be very fascinating. I enjoyed learning more about them individually and about their families as well. This show basically follows four families that live in the same town, Winden. As that is a rather small town, everybody knows each other and all of the families are in some way connected. There were many characters in this show that I liked and I don’t have one favourite one. That is weird for me, as I usually tend to have one or two characters that I like the most. I felt that the majority of characters was well developed and they were all interesting.

The fact is that there are a lot of characters in this show. From time to time it’s hard to keep up with who they are and how they are connected to the other characters and families. (Mostly due to a reason I can’t mention because of spoilers.) I would say that that was my biggest gripe with the show, even though it didn’t bother me all that much (and I quickly figured out who everyone was). This show really requires a lot of your concentration if you want to keep up with everything. DARK is a very clever show and I respect it a lot for all the things it did.

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DARK is, as I have already stated in the beginning, one of the best tv shows that I have ever watched. I would recommend this show to everyone, though be sure to check the content warnings. I’m very exited for the second season to come out! I can’t wait to see how the story is going to continue.


Have you watched DARK? What do you think of the show? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Umbrella Academy Season 1 || TV Talk

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I actually watched this show in February, a little bit after it came out. I did take notes to write this TV Talk, but for some reason I never got around to actually writing it. I have no idea why it took me this long to write this post? Apparently I was putting it off for some reason. Well, better late than never!

I didn’t know what The Umbrella Academy was about before I started watching it. I haven’t read the comics it is based on. I never even watched the trailer. (I seriously have no idea why?) I saw Kat @Life And Other Disaster say how much she loved this show and then I decided to watch it. I trust Kat to recommend amazing tv shows, which is why I immediately started it after she recommended it. I’m very happy that I ended up watching The Umbrella Academy, as I ended up liking it a lot!


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Rating: TV-14

Trigger warnings: Violence, Torture, Death, Alcohol and drug abuse, Child abuse, Suicide
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Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Action

Release date: 15. February 2019

Creator: Jeremy Slater

Stars: Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ellen Page, Colm Feore, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton

Summary:

On the same day in October 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing.

All information taken from IMDb.

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When I started watching The Umbrella Academy I got invested in it very quickly. From the first episode I was intrigued by the story and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I was also very intrigued by the characters, their powers and backstory. The longer I watched, the more invested I got. Though I must also say that as I continued watching this season I noticed problems with it. (I’ll get into that later in this post.)

The cinematography of this show was amazing! Two scenes that I especially liked is the dollhouse dance scene and the search in the public library. (I’m keeping it vague, but if you have watched the show you know which two scenes I mean.) The fight scenes were also choreographed greatly. One of my favourite aspects of the show was the music. The Umbrella Academy has an amazing soundtrack that brought the story even more to life. Ever since finishing this show I have been listening to many of the songs featured in it.

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I found the world this show is set it to be a bit weird, but also fitting. Like it’s set in our time, but with no advanced computers or cellphones. But then there is a robot and advanced space travel. It was actually an interesting combination of more advanced and less advanced technology, it just seemed to fit the tone of the show. Plus I don’t think the show would work if it had mobile phones, as they could have solved the majority of their problems if they called each other. The setting of this show felt like it was out of time.

Another thing that I found weird is the fact that the Umbrella Academy was known and unknown at the same time. By that I mean that the people were aware that the Umbrella Academy existed and that they had superpowers (there were comics, figurines), but they didn’t really seem to care about that. I’m very interested as to why that is, as I would expect people to care that super-powered humans lived among them. Have they forgotten about the Academy or what is going on with that? Hopefully we will get more information about that in the next season.

All of the main characters of this tv show are morally grey. They have their own motivations and are willing to go very far to reach their goals. All of them are also very damaged, emotionally and mentally. They are trying their best, but they seem to mess up many things. Basically this show is about messy characters trying their best.

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My favourite characters were Five, Ben and Klaus. In that exact order. I adored all three of them! ❤ All three of them were amazing and I loved learning more about them as the season progressed. Obviously I enjoyed seeing their interactions with each other as well. If I had to pick ONE favourite character I would, without a doubt, pick Five. Vanya is another character that I liked, but didn’t completely love. Which is why I don’t consider her to be a favourite of mine, though she has the potential to become one of my favourites (we shall see what happens in the next season).

Diego and Allison were alright characters for me. I’m pretty neutral on them. There were instances where I liked them and others where I didn’t. I don’t actually have much more to say about them. Now onto Luther. I hated him so freaking much, he can choke. Honestly I didn’t like him from the beginning and as the show continued I disliked him more and more. He doesn’t listen to ANYONE and he frustrated me so much! What bothered me the most is that he had no loyalty towards his family. (Loyalty is a trait that I value greatly.)

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4 things that bothered me about the show:

  • The fridging of women. If you are unfamiliar, that means killing off women for the development of the male character.
  • Generally a poor treatment of female characters.
  • The gay characters weren’t treated nicely either.
  • The trope of the overly emotional women. (Which I don’t want to go into detail, as it would contain spoilers.)

With all of that being said, I had a lot of fun watching this show. All of the actors did an amazing job! I’m very exited about the fact that the second season was already announced. I can’t wait to see where the story will go from here on out! I would definitely recommend you to check this tv show out, if it sounds interesting to you!

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Have you watched The Umbrella Academy? What do you think of the show? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Ordeal by Innocence || TV Talk

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I haven’t read Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie, nor did I have any previous knowledge about the story before I watched it. It’s the complete opposite when you compare it to the time I watched And Then There Were None. You can check out my TV Talk for And Then There Were None, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on that show.

I watched this mini-series together with my best friend, one evening when we were having a sleepover. That actually happened near the end of December and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about this show (but better late than never). We had a lot of fun watching it together and theorising what might have happened, what each character had to hide and so on. I’m very happy that we decided to watch this together!


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Rating: TV-14

Trigger warnings: Murder, Drug and alcohol abuse, Rape (not shown on screen), Forced abortion, Implied pedophilia, Violence, Mental hospital things
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Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Release date: 2018

Creator: Agatha Christie

Stars: Morven Christie, Anthony Boyle, Christian Cooke, Bill Nighy, Matthew Goode, Luke Treadaway, Anna Chancellor, Crystal Clarke, Ella Purnell, Eleanor Tomlinson, Alice Eve

Summary:

Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.

All information taken from IMDb.

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The cinematography in this show was amazing! The way it was filmed brought much to the atmosphere of the story. The costumes of the characters and the setting the story takes place in were wonderful as well! Everything looked gorgeous and beyond expensive. Which you should expect, as this story follows a rich family after the matriarch was murdered.

I enjoyed the experience of watching this show. Mostly because I watched it with someone and we speculated about everything that was happening during the show, made theories and bounced off ideas of each other. This made me enjoy the show a lot more than I would have if I watched it on my own. I’m not saying that the show is bad or anything like that, I just don’t think it would have captured me as much as it did if I saw it on my own. (Mostly because I was uncertain about watching this show in the first place and my best friend convinced me to give it a try.)

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Ordeal by Innocence deals with many heavy themes, be sure to check out the trigger warnings!

The story of Ordeal by Innocence follows a cast of unlikable and flawed characters. All of the characters had some kind of motivation that drives them and it was fascinating learning more about them. I enjoyed seeing them interact with each other and how intricate their relationships to each other were. Especially since they are part of the same family, which brings their connection to each other even closer. I found most of the characters very interesting, even if I didn’t like them much. Though there were some that were getting on my nerves as well, which is to be expected when you have characters like these all together.

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There was some golden dialogue in Ordeal by Innocence, my best friend and I enjoyed it a lot. Though I must say that there were weird dialogues as well, but they didn’t feel out of the place in the story. The story in itself wasn’t the most interesting one out there. It deals with a theme that is often explored. It was interesting seeing both the present and the past being explored. I did guess who the culprit of the crime was, but I did have my doubts as the other characters did or said something suspicious. Basically Ordeal by Innocence kept me on my toes.

Overall I really enjoyed Ordeal by Innocence. It was even better for me, as it was something that I experienced with my best friend. Which is also why my opinion might be a bit biased. Still, I would recommend this show if you enjoy murder mysteries. Though you should definitely check the trigger warnings, as this show gets very dark in places!

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Have you watched Ordeal by Innocence? What do you think of the show? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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