my favourite things (May 5th-15th)

The Beacon (Season Two)

Okay, so I know I’ve already written about this podcast, but Holy. Shit. I just need to talk about this show, okay?! It’s so good! For those of you who don’t know, The Beacon is a fiction podcast about a reluctant group of college-aged superheroes, trying to keep their campus safe from the increasingly strange happenings all around it.

This will have some spoilers below, so if, unlike me, you have enough self-control to listen to the whole podcast to find out what actually happens, just close your eyes and scroll past this. Okay, let’s get into it!

This season was even better than the first, I loved the little mini-episodes in between seasons to keep you updated on what was going on with the characters–it was so much fun. Also, we got to find out some of the characters’ real names! I’ve been trying to guess what they are for ages, so you have no idea the amount of serotonin I got from finding out that Capy’s name is Thea. (I had her pegged as maybe a Katy or a Kate, something along those lines–but Thea fits her perfectly.) Also, the plot is really getting intense, I have no idea what’s going to happen in season three, but I’m very excited to find out.

The whole plot with the wolf cult was super chilling–cults in general are always really interesting to write or read about, and I love how this one was handled.

Also, Lassie/Thalusol (is that how it’s spelled? I have no idea, if you wrote the show and are reading this, please forgive me) was such a fun character. At first, he was just very welcome comic relief, but his arc quickly turned much more deep and as the season went on, he became one of my favourite characters–I still think he’s an asshole, but he’s an interesting asshole, so I can tolerate him.

Anyway, in conclusion this show absolutely destroyed me, and I would highly recommend it.

Wooden Overcoats

Wooden Overcoats follows siblings Rudyard and Antigone Funn, who run a funeral home–which used to be the only one on the tiny island of Piffling Vale, until the effortlessly charming Eric Chapman comes along, and steals almost all of their business, because they’re actually kind of terrible at their jobs.

This has everything I want in a show. It’s so cozy and soothing, and just has a way of bringing a smile to my face In case you couldn’t tell, my sense of humour tends to lean a little dark, so this show’s kind of comedy was right up my alley.

It feels a bit like A Series of Unfortunate Events–a depressing show that still manages to cheer you up despite the vague, sinking knowledge that no matter how set the characters seem to be for a happy ending, something nine times out of ten will go wrong, but you can never predict how exactly–which makes for a weirdly addictive viewing experience. It also just has such a neat, very specific, whimsical small-town aesthetic. I think I could listen to this show a thousand times over and never get bored. I love the theme song and the sound design, and everything about it is just wonderful, and perfectly polished, you can feel the amount of love put into every single episode.

I don’t know if there’s going to be a season four or not, but I really hope there is, because I love these characters so much. Also, the last episode of season three almost made me cry, so be warned.

Heart of Ether

I’ve been looking for a horror podcast to fill the Magnus Archives-shaped void in my heart, and Heart of Ether is the perfect fit. It follows Irene Gray, a newcomer to the town of Daughtler, Washington–told in her voice recordings, addressed to her high school girlfriend, who went missing without explanation four years ago. But something’s not quite right about this town, and monsters lurk below the surface… and that is all I can say without getting into spoilers.

The sound design is so chilling, the voice acting is phenomenal, and I’m excited to see where this story is going, because I can sense something big is going to happen in season two, which will start releasing August 13th, so stay tuned because I will definitely need to gush about it more later on.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

I know I’m probably not the only person who’s talking about this movie–it’s been trending on Netflix for a while. But I watched it, and it sort of made me have a mental breakdown, because I guess I’m just allergic to healthy relationships in media now? Like, I will watch stories about trauma and death and brutal violence and be totally numb to it, but give me a happy ending and I’m questioning all my life decisions and crying on the floor. But. It is a really refreshing, very honest take on the “fun cartoon family adventure” movie genre, that I feel like can be enjoyed by adults and kids.

It follows The Mitchells, a family who were just trying to drive their eldest daughter Katie to college, and definitely never intended to be the last free people during the machinepocalypse. They’re unlikely heroes, about as prepared to save the world as any of us would be, and that’s exactly why this movie is so good. All the characters feel so real, and flawed, and fundamentally human.

I’m a huge sucker for family dynamics–romantic relationships and friendships are great, but there’s nothing more fun to write or watch/read about than a family. You get to see how they all influence and effect each other, work together as a team, how they relate to each other, their individual dynamics, the highs and lows of each of those relationships, and especially if they’ve known each other for a really long time, there’s just so much potential in there. I love thinking about how parents effect children, for better or for worse. So, this movie just ticked all the boxes for me, and if you’re prepared to cry a bit, I would definitely reccomend it.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you this week! I hope you check all these wonderful things out, because they’re super cool and they made me happy. Feel free to share any things that you’ve been enjoying of late in the comments, I love hearing from readers. ❤

Lots of love,

Lorna

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