Recommendation Monday – Kung Fu 2021

Hello TV show fans,

I was a massive fan of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. I watched it with my mom and it was one of the shows that helped build my understanding of story structure. It was fun and exciting and a little magical.

So when they announced a reboot I was a little unsure about it.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well they kept the 1990’s TV show feel while updating everything else. The story writing was fantastic and the characters were wonderful. I’m amazed at how well balanced the show is for drama. Never drawing anything out too long and never going for the cheap shock. If I had to say anything negative about the show, it’s that the action was great, but not mind blowing. But there is a lot more to Kung Fu than just fighting.

I really think that modern superhero shows can learn a lot by watching how well arced and set up it was. Most important, to me, was the wonderful family dynamic that was both realistic and heart warming. The show’s action, story, and everything else is useless if we don’t like the character and I could happily watch these characters do anything.

The next season has been set up masterfully and I can’t wait to see more.

If you liked the original or it’s sequel and enjoy good character dramas, check this show out. You’ll be hooked by the end of the first episode.

Be kind and stay safe,

Éric

Stress and Viewing Habits

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

If you haven’t guessed from previous blog posts, I’m a big fan of stories. I love to read, write, watch TV, watch movies, and just enjoy stories in general.

In 2020, the family and I watched 73 movies. I had so many movies that I had to do two reviews a week for a while and we did series as one post.

This year is completely different. I’m watching one movie a week and it’s often because I need a review for that weekend.

On the flip side, last year, we barely watched any television other than HGTV and Food network shows, DC’s Stargirl, Just Add Magic, and a few Disney shows. To some that would seem like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to this year. We’re still watching the HGTV and Food Network shows, but have added a binge of Leverage, Superman and Lois, Kung Fu, Bureau of Magical Things, WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and High School Musical The Musical The Series. We’ll be adding more as stuff ends and new things start.

It’s interesting to me that we’ve transitioned from movies to TV. Was it that there was nothing to watch? or did our needs change?

I think that for the better part of 2020, we felt like we were in a holding pattern, waiting to see what would happen. This led us to not wanting to invest time in something we might not be able to finish. So we binged a bunch of movies. With cinemas still closed but being used to the routine, we’ve started expanding our tastes to things that we don’t have to learn new characters every couple of days.

Basically we went from too stressed to commit to a TV series to just stressed enough that we don’t want to deal with new characters every few days.

The idea of watching a movie and learning the stories and personalities of the characters sounds exhausting when I could just watch a couple of episodes of Leverage, where I know the characters and can concentrate on the fun of the story.

If you need movie ideas and ranks check out the JenEric Movie Reviews every Saturday.

No matter what you’re watching, I hope you’re having fun.

Stay safe and be kind,

Éric