I have had this post simmering in my mind for a while now, and am excited that I have a bit of free time to do it. 🙂 2022 wasn’t the best year for TV shows. I saw a few that were just kinda meh. However, there are a few that stand out.
Let’s get started!
Alex Rider – YA, Action
Honestly, I stumbled across this on Amazon Prime while I was sick. Looked intriguing and up my alley. I know nothing of the books or the previous movie.
I liked the whole vibe!! The show gave me Sherlock vibes which surprised me as before this I had not found anything close to Sherlock. The acting was well done in my opinion. Point Blanc was intriguing, but the show hit its stride in the second season. Likable characters and it is relatively clean.
Once Upon a Time – Fantasy
I was browsing with my sister to find something short to watch. This is what we found. Years ago, I knew several friends who enjoyed it, but I felt like it wasn’t my thing. Growing up, I was never a princess fan.
However, Once did surprise me. The plot was different. All these fairy tale characters are trapped in a town by an evil queen. She has erased their memories so all they know is modern life not who they were beforehand. Except for one day, a detective shows up and things begin to unravel.
The one big complaint I have is the acting. Gosh, at times it is bad. Especially Prince Charming, eek. Snow White is not much better. Currently midway through season 2 and sort of took a break.
Rings of Power – Fantasy
There was so much hype for The Rings of Power and I was on the fence for the longest time. Overall I’m glad I did, but I still have a few reservations about the big reveals. I did want to like it.
It takes place during the second age which is many years before Lord of the Rings. Bits of the story come from The Silmarillion which is Tolkien’s history book of the First and Second age and the Appendixes.
First, I did like Elrond and Durin. Their relationship felt the most realistic to Tolkien’s works. Disa added to the story as well. Numenoor was neat to see as that’s where Aragorn’s people come from. Galadriel was only so-so. For me, I just did not care one way or another about her mission. There was no reason to care. The Harfoots added nothing to the story except maybe finding young Gandalf and even then he didn’t do much.
The cinematography had some beautiful shots, but I did not really feel like I was in Middle-earth. Will see what happens in the next season.
Survivor David Vs. Goliath– Reality show
I remember seeing a handful of episodes growing up and knew the concept of Survivor, but this was the first time I actually watched a full season.
David Vs Goliath is a later season and had quite a few twists and turns. Definitely better then some of the other seasons we watched. Fans Vs. Favorites was horrible; we quit a few episodes into it.
There was more strategy during this season and lots of alliances. It surprised me that the two tribes kept their separate identities even after the merge. If I remember right, even a sacrifice of an immunity idol. I rooted for the David tribe as they were very much the underdogs. We liked Christian, he got along with most of the tribe. Overall it was just a tight season.
Stranger Things – Sci-fi, Horror
I was super excited to see season 4 as Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows. We got hooked on the show pretty soon after season 2 aired so I feel like we have gotten to know these characters. I was discussing with my sister why the certain thing that had occurred hurt so much, and we concluded that we have seen these characters grow up. This is why I think that waiting in between episodes or seasons can be a good thing
The characters are created realistically I think. We have Steve who goes from a jerk to becoming an adult and wanting a family. Yet, not every character grows in a good way, I mean Jonathan kinda wonders down a rabbit trail, but that happens in real life. Hooper grows as a dad and figures out how to help his daughter. The boys reach high school and Nancy finds her love of journalism.
Season 4 packs a punch. At one point my sister and I almost quit. It got pretty dark, especially with Vecna, but we stuck it out and things begin to be explained. We get a glimpse into Eleven’s previous life. Good characters die, while others are put in the ringer.
Is this a show for everybody? No, but that’s alright. Is it dark and at times scary? Yep, but there are good things as well.
Anyway, that’s the end of my little discussion. Any shows that stuck out to you in 2022? Any recommendations? Do you like any of these?