What I’ve been watching lately

by JoslynChase in Mystery

Woman watching TV with popcornIt probably won’t surprise you to learn that when it comes to streaming on Prime and Netflix, I lean heavily toward crime shows, mysteries, and thrillers. Readers are often curious to know which programs I enjoy watching, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been watching lately.

I might mention something you’d find interesting. On the flip side of that, you might be kind enough to leave a comment about which series you’ve enjoyed—helping me and others discover new programs to explore.

I currently subscribe only to Netflix and Amazon Prime, including the Acorn network, and I don’t have a lot of time to devote to watching. Sadly, I almost never get to watch an entire episode of anything in one sitting.

Except maybe on laundry day.

So I’ve learned to consume in segments and still enjoy the show, and to remember what happened previously. Who knows—maybe that’s a skill that will come in handy somehow in my work.

Reacher…yes, please

Hooded Muscle ManThe premiere of the new Jack Reacher series based on the books by Lee Child coincided with me sustaining a foot injury which required lots of sitting and soaking and rubbing in ointments and such. The perfect opportunity for a Reacher marathon, and I rocked it with the best.

I polished off the season in two days and I can’t wait for the next season’s release. This set was based on the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor, and they did a terrific job of following the original story.

Personally, I liked the second book in the series even better than the first, so I really hope they’re getting ready to roll out season two soon, soon, soon!

Bonus—my foot is so much better now. Thank you, Jack Reacher.

NCIS…the first time around

Yes, believe it or not, I’m just now getting around to watching NCIS. I’m nearly done with the first season. My mentor, Dean Wesley Smith, has told me repeatedly that NCIS has some of the best writing in television and I’m doing myself a disservice by not watching it.

So I’m watching it. And really liking it.

My daughter has the board game and we’ve played several times as a family, so I knew all the characters and had a sense of their roles and personalities. But it’s been fun meeting them on screen and getting to know them better.

Submarine near shore

My husband served twenty years on US Navy submarines, so I found Sub Rosa, an episode set on a Navy sub, to be particularly engaging. I’ve been out to sea on a submarine and even got to drive it. I’ve experienced “angles and dangles” and felt the rush of an emergency blow.

Seeing it happen on screen brought it all back.

My mentor is right. NCIS is a fantastic television series.

I need more Lupin

So, my husband and I binged right through Lupin and now I need more. In fact, I picked up a couple of the Lupin books and just finished listening to the audio version of The Escape of Arsene Lupin. Very entertaining.

As an author of mysteries and thrillers, I’m always interested to see how other writers have gotten their characters out of sticky scrapes and impossible situations. And there are plenty of those in the Lupin series.

Is there another season coming in the near future?

I fervently hope so.

Just finished with Queens of Mystery

Detective DesktopI just wrapped up watching the last episode of Queens of Mystery, season two, and I really enjoyed the quirky, amusing, murky, and mysterious program. No word yet if there’s going to be a third season, but I’ll certainly get in line to watch it if there is.

There’s a lot to like about this show—the big secret everyone is hiding from Matilda, the star-crossed would-be lovers, the eccentric, interfering aunts, the whimsical narrator. But something I find of particular interest is the fact that each of the three aunts is a mystery writer of some variety. It gives the show an extra bit of a fun perspective for me.

Besides that, the theme song has been stuck in my head for the last three weeks, making me miss it all the more. Bring on season three!

Loving Loch Ness

Scottish castle by lakeThis is another series, all too short, that I knocked out in double time. Gorgeous scenery, much of which I remember from driving past Loch Ness a couple years ago. This show is haunting and fascinating, with quite a lovely twist or two towards the end.

I wouldn’t mind at all if a second season poked its head up. Like the Loch Ness monster.

Another classic brought to the small screen

One more program I’ll mention is Dalgliesh, based on the best-selling books by P.D. James. I found a lot to like in these episodes, especially the character of Dalgliesh.

I have to say, the series started with an inciting incident so horrific I wasn’t sure I wanted to go on. But I did, and no regrets.

This show features so many characters to love and to hate, and the actors do a marvelous job. I do hope another season is underway.

More, please…

Old School TVI guess my main take-away from all this is that I’ve found a lot of new streaming programs to enjoy and every one of them has left me hankering for more. What a fabulous and different world this is from when I was a kid. If you missed an episode of Remington Steele or Fantasy Island, that was just too bad. Wait for the summer reruns.

I may not have time enough to watch many episodes beginning to end, uninterrupted. But I’m really happy that they wait for me instead of rushing on without me, allowing me to watch them at my convenience.

What a lot of entertaining fun!

How about you? Do you share my enthusiasm for any of these shows? Which programs are your favorites? Tell us about it in the comments.



4 Responses to “What I’ve been watching lately”

  1. Tony Batanero says:

    Great post Joslyn. I have watched Jack Reacher and loved the character. I missed a bit of more intensity, though. Watching Star Wars Pickard now. Also loved The Wheel of Time (I love epic fantasy). Take care, my sweet sister. Love you and your family.

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hi, Tony! Great to hear from you. Our best to your family as well, and thanks so much for reading and sharing your comment. Very much appreciated 🙂

  2. Pat says:

    I’ve been an NCIS fan from the beginning. I think, however, my favorite Gibbs line occurred in the first season. Kate wonders what Ducky looked like when he was young. Gibbs reply “Illya Kuryakin”.

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hi, Pat! Nice–I am really enjoying the character interactions on the show. There really are some choice moments 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and sharing your comment.

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