The Rain

‘The Rain’

“Siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker six years after a rain-carried virus wipes out almost everyone in Scandinavia; they join a group of survivors and set out on a dangerous quest through the abandoned land, searching for signs of life.”

I have to admit I do love a good post apocalyptic drama and the fact that this is a Scandi drama makes me think it’s going to be even better.

The fact that it will be subtitled should not put you off – I learned this lesson from watching the epic drama ‘Dark‘.

THE SONGS

The song featured in the trailer is ‘Deliverance (Rain On Me)‘ by Erick Serena and The Killing Floor.

I was hoping for great things from this show and also some fantastic songs. I wasn’t disappointed on either counts and I binged watched all episodes in one day. I really hope there will be a second season!

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Breaking Bad

‘Breaking Bad’

“Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can’t get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet, a situation not likely to improve once his pregnant wife gives birth, and their teenage son is battling cerebral palsy. But Walter is dumbstruck when he learns he has terminal cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels

In a single moment, a good man, a man that stands up for his family because he loves them, a man that works honestly teaching the young because he cares, a man that is honest because he know’s it is right, that man can become the man that knocks at your door to kill you.

The man who knocks, is Walter White.

Breaking bad is a complex drama series that follows Walter White as he goes from high school chemistry teacher, to meth kingpin. Walter starts out the series as a good honest man that has a wife and a son. One day he collapses onto the ground of a car wash that he also works at, and he finds out from the doctors that has lung cancer. The news of his cancer sends him into a sort of provider mode, which makes him want to generate as much wealth for his family so they will be well set after he dies. Walter runs into a old student of his, Jesse Pinkman. Jesse is not what you would consider an upstanding citizen. Jesse is a meth cook. The amount of money that those in the meth business make truly intrigues Walter into partnering up with his old student, and thus their meth operation begins.

The only problem for Walter is that he has to keep this hush hush from his family, and his DEA agent brother-in-law. This show is truly phenomenal, the acting, the music, and the the overall story arch is brilliant. Each and every actor in this series gives it there all, and they really do put in the effort. Bryan Cranston playing Walter White gives the performance of a lifetime in this series and he will be remembered for it. Aaron Paul playing Jesse Pinkman plays such an amazing character that goes through deep trauma, mentally and physically throughout the series and Aaron Paul portrays his character in the best way that he can.

I believe that Jesse Pinkman will go down as Aaron Paul’s magnum opus. The music in this series completely captures and holds your attention.

Finally we have the overall story.

This is one of those stories that you see once in a lifetime. Every generation has a few shows that get remembered by latter generation’s. Breaking Bad is that story that will be passed on to the youth of the future and I don’t think they will want to miss it.

THE SONGS

The opening theme of the series is short and to the point which works well for Breaking Bad overall.

I would like to mention two songs in particular that stand out in this series.

The first is “If I Had A Heart” by Fever Ray.

The song is in Season 4 Episode 3 of the show, and it fits well with the emotions of what Jesse is going through, as he has to forgive himself for what he has done.

The second song is “Baby Blue” by Badfinger’s.

In the series finale, this song plays as the last shot is shown then as it transitions to the credits. When you watch the series you know that this is the best song to go out on.

This review was written by CJ from The Quintessentialist.

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The Middle

‘THE MIDDLE’

“In the Heck family, middle-age, middle-class, middle-America mom Frankie Heck uses a sense of humor to try to steer her family through life’s ups and downs as she tackles her career goals.”

I didn’t appreciate how awesome The Middle was until it was on Season 4 and I soon managed to catch up real fast. It’s so easy to watch and you can really believe in the characters.

It’s currently on Season 9 and this is the ‘farewell season’ and I for one will be very, very sad when it ends. I’m really hoping we have a finale that will leave all the fans satisfied.

I’m hoping for a flash forward final episode which will see a wedding and a new baby Heck. What about you?

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THE SONGS

There is no theme song for the show as such but I reckon that ‘The Middle‘ by Jimmy Eat World would be a good choice!

There are simply far too many great songs throughout the seasons that it’s impossible to mention them all. So go ahead, follow the playlist, watch the show and be prepared to fall in love with the Heck family!

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Shameless

‘Shameless’

“The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk or in search of misadventures, his kids learn to take care of themselves.”

I was a huge fan of the original UK version of this show and was a little sceptical about how it would work with the US version but to say I was wrong to be sceptical is an understatement. I love how it evolved into an entirely different set of storylines. So much so that I caught up on all the previous seasons in one month!

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THE SONGS

The theme song is ‘The Luck You Got‘ by The High Strung.

There are simply far too many great songs throughout the seasons that it’s impossible to mention them all. So go ahead, follow the playlist, watch the show but remember kids – ‘say no to drugs!’

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Rita

‘Rita’

“Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own in her personal life.

It’s immediately obvious from the very first episode that Rita’s personal life is very, very complicated. Her unconventional and often highly confrontational approach to dealing with situations is definitely what makes this not only great drama but awesome comedy.

THE SONGS

The theme song for Rita is ‘Speak Out Now‘ by Oh Land.

As you might expect from a Danish TV show there is a lot of brilliant Scandi-music featured in the episodes. However, just like the show it’s not all happy, happy and upbeat pop and there’s a fair share of dark, sombre and hectic.

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Everything Sucks

‘Everything Sucks’

“A coming-of-age story, set in the 1990s, that revolves around the A/V and drama clubs at an Oregon high school; the two crews of outsiders join forces to make a movie and endure the purgatory that is high school.”

I pretty much grew up in the 90s and as a huge fan of nostalgia –  I have high hopes for this.

I was anticipating that this show would be on a par with a UK show called ‘My Mad Fat Diary‘ because I LOVED that.

I was a little unsure about this after watching the first episode but I stuck with it and I am glad I did. I watched all episodes over one day and by the end I was really left hoping for more. Great characters, great soundtrack and a great trip back to the 90s!

THE SONGS

The song used in the trailer and which could be the theme song for ‘Everything Sucks’ is a song called ‘Everything To Everyone‘ by Everclear.

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