Watch With Me: Ugly Betty

I’ve decided to start a new part of my blog called Watch With Me (WWM). Basically, I’ll be watching a TV series or film and writing down every thought I have through the episode (or duration of the film). That will all go into a blog post. I’ll have Character of the Ep, Quote of the Ep, OMG moment and other things on there too. I’ll put a warning at the top of each post but just so everyone knows EACH OF THESE POSTS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!!! I am essentially narrating the episode. Hopefully if you have an interest in the show or film then you can watch it too and then we can discuss the episode in the comments below. Hopefully this will work out, I think it’ll be really fun.

The first show I’ve chosen is Ugly Betty. I’ve seen adverts for it, and I think I might have watched a few episodes, but I have never sat down to watch it properly. For every post, I’ll start by copying the episode summary from tv.com¬†and then I’ll write my thoughts on the episode as they come. I’ll end with a list: Character of the Ep (the character I loved the most in that episode); Quote of the Ep (the quote that had the most impact on me in some way); and OMG Moment (the part that made me squee or die or whatever). Then we can all discuss the episode in the comments. I think it’ll be a great way to connect with all of you so if you’re interested then please join in!

I’ll probably watch several episodes at a time, but I will aim to post one episode a week so it doesn’t get too much. All will be under the tags Watch with Me, Ugly Betty and WWM.

Collective Amazon Haul

Hey guys! I’ve ordered a few things from amazon in the last month or so, and most of them arrived yesterday or today so I thought I’d do a haul of the stuff that’s arrived.

First though, I’m still waiting on two items – both are cookbooks: A Year in 120 Recipes and A Girl Called Jack, both by Jack Monroe. These are budget cookbooks and I’m really looking forward to making the recipes and hopefully saving a bit of money. These should be here sometime next week.

And the stuff that has already arrived:

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Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward – this is another cookbook, this time a healthy eating one. I’m really trying to get into shape so hopefully I’ll find a ton of healthy new recipes to help me stay on track. I’ll be making blog posts about the recipes I try, from this cookbook and the other two I ordered, so be on the lookout for those!

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White Heat – this is a BBC documentary about seven university students who share a house in London in the 1960s. This aired in 2012 and I never got to see the last couple of episodes…I feel a TV marathon coming on!

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Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed II PC Game – this was a 2 in 1 game and was on sale so I thought I’d try it out. I’ve played about an hours worth so far and it’s looking promising! Once I’ve played it a little more I’ll probably do a review.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PC Game – I remember a few years ago a group of friends and I sneaking into my best friend’s elder brother’s room to play his GTA game. This too was pretty cheap so I thought I might as well pick it up and see if it’s as good now it isn’t illicit and forbidden! I haven’t had a chance to play this yet but hopefully this weekend I’ll finally get it installed on my laptop.

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And finally, a gamepad/controller – this connects to my laptop through the USB port and is really useful for games (such as the above).

And that’s it for this time (and probably for the foreseeable future as I’m pretty broke)! I’m really excited about all my purchases, and stay tuned for reviews, recipes and perhaps episode walk-throughs/reviews of White Heat. Until next time!

First Impressions: The Fall

I’ve recently been told to watch the BBC drama The Fall, by no less than three friends. It’s just finished its second season, but the first is out on DVD or widely available online. There are 5 episodes in each season.

The Fall is about a serial killer, Spector, and a superintendent, Stella, who was brought to Belfast to try and find new clues as to who the killer might be. I LOVE it! I’ve only seen the first episode and already I want more! The perspective switches between Stella and Spector and this is done flawlessly – none of that jumpy, cut-scene, lots-of-black-between-takes stuff. Spector has two children who are ADORABLE and he works as some kind of marriage councillor/therapist. His wife is a neo-natal nurse. Stella is rather…flirtatious – she likes the men and knows how to get them. Both characters are beautifully portrayed, a mix of good and bad/flaws.

As I’ve only seen the first episode so far, I can’t tell much about the plot other than women who all look pretty similar have been found strangled and the police have absolutely nothing to go on (hence why Stella was brought in to review the case). She sees a connection between two unsolved cases but, at this point in the show, her superiors don’t believe her (or don’t WANT to believe her). The dead women seem to look similar to Spector’s children’s babysitter too – and she is…well…kinda obsessed with him.

I don’t know much more yet but I’m really looking forward to seeing the next episode! I think I’ll do a quick update on every episode – where I detail what’s happened so far, any new things we find out, stuff like that – and then a review of the full first season when I’ve finished it. Stay tuned to find out what happens next! And comment if you are watching/have watched The Fall, and we can discuss theories and things together. See you soon!