Friday, May 22, 2015

Drowning in Darkness

I have never (or at least for a decade or two) gone for darkness in my entertainment. I tend to prefer light paranormal and romantic adventure over dark paranormal romances or urban fantasy or suspense. My husband can't drag me unconscious to a horror movie. And when I tried watching Daredevil on Netflix recently, I couldn't watch past the episode where the bad guy decapitated someone by bashing a car door against his head. For, like, 5 minutes.

Lately, though, I've gotten myself into some pretty dark stuff. Like iZombie. It didn't start out dark. I mean, as far as zombie fiction goes, it was cool. The heroine is focused on hiding her condition and getting along without going full-on zombie. But they couldn't leave it as "she's the only zombie who survived." No, the last episode I watched (we're still behind) ended with her finding out her hunky British rock star boyfriend, who has spiced up that screen by a LOT, has been not only been buying brains from the evil guy (normally yummy David Anders; why does he have to be evil AGAIN?!) who is abducting and murdering kids to feed his zombie customers and make tons of money...the kid they are eating is the one her ex-fiancé Major cared so much about that he got beaten up twice and lost his job. And I know what's coming for Lowell. As if THAT'S not enough, Liv's only real supporter is Ravi, her boss, who's trying to find a cure. And he got BITTEN BY A ZOMBIE RAT. I am so freaking sad for him.

So that wasn't too dark by itself. But it ended ominously. My Outlander, and I love it—except the most recent episode about killed me. We watched it right after iZombie, so I insisted we watch Modern Family to cleanse my brain. I'll watch the finale because of Jamie, but I'm NOT looking forward to it.
friend Gail has talked me into trying

Then there was Supernatural. Always kind of dark, but unique. Until this year's finale, in which Dean gives up, makes a deal to kill his brother and go somewhere unreachable for eternity, and then fails, kills Death (nooooo, Julian Richings!!!!), and has the Mark removed, thereby unleashing The Darkness—the evil that came before us, that God and his archangels battled back and trapped. The Mark was the key. So now they've unleashed this Darkness. Can you GET any bleaker?

I'd be so ready for light summer fare, if there was any. Franklin & Bash is no more, and Covert Affairs has also been canceled. Thank God for Royal Pains starting in a couple of weeks. But the other shows I watch in the summer are The Last Ship—about the only people who have survived a worldwide plague—and Falling Skies—about the only people who have survived an alien invasion. Nothing light and fun there! I have Dark Matter on the "new show" list, but anything whose trailer ends with "Because we're dangerous" is unlikely to be a laugh a minute.

So I might have to find something I can get on DVD from the library and binge-watch. Any suggestions?


Unknown said...

Vampire Diaries, Hero's, Game Of Thrones?
Since you seen to be leaning
towards the dark side a bit now.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

No, I need to get AWAY from the darkness! LOL

I tried Vampire Diaries when it first came on. It didn't hold my interest, unfortunately. Heroes I liked through the first season but stopped watching because of all the whining (I have a low whining tolerance). Game of Thrones, definitely too dark for me, though I understand it's incredibly well done.

Thanks for the suggestions, Linda!

LBDDiaries said...

Big Bang Theory, Mom, whatever that one with Melissa McCartney is (because on TV she has to watch her mouth) - oh my gosh, anything but the awful darkness. We don't watch any series anymore - they all got too stupid or too dark for us. We never watch dark anything simply because what you fill yourself up with haunts and follows you and I'd rather be haunted and followed by laughter than darkness!! Of course, that's why I like your books - romance! We stick to our old DVD piles and end up watch the same things over and over (Red, Red 2, Pixar movies, etc). We're pretty light and fluffy here.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

NAN! I was JUST thinking about you today, and how I hadn't been in touch in so long. So great to hear from you!

We do watch TBBT. The premises of Mom and Mike and Molly haven't drawn me, but my husband catches M&M once in a while. I love Melissa McCarthy and can't WAIT for her movie Spy this summer. Also looking forward to Aloha next week--a light rom-com with some of my favorite actors.

Maybe it'll just have to be a movie summer. Redbox is right up the street... :)