I’ve watched a lot of TV over the past couple weeks…and when is say a lot, I really mean it. I’ve completely caught up on two shows, started and finished another one and am on the third season of another show I recently started. Suffice it to say, I’ve spent quite a bit of time staring at a screen over the past weeks. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like so I thought a good way to put these hours spent on Netflix to good use would be to recommend some new books as well as Netflix shows.
Frontier and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I’ve literally just finished the first season of Frontier, and it was magnificent. It takes place in colonial Canada and covers the Hudson Bay company conflict and it was awesome. Starring Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones) the six-episode season flew by and left me hooked. The show reminded me a lot of Outlander but more specifically the later books in which Claire and Jamie are in colonial America. If you loved Outlander definitely check out Frontier and vice versa.
The Last Kingdom and Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan
I’m actually halfway through the 2nd season of The Last Kingdom now and it’s made its way into my favorite shows. Taking place in the 9th century when England was fractured into several kingdoms the show follows the main character Uhtred as he embarks on a quest to reclaim his homeland and unite England on the way. This is a great show whether you’re a history nerd or not and a book that this reminds me a lot of would be Age of Myth. Although Age of myth is high fantasy both the show and the book have the same tone and feel very similar.
The 100 and The Martian by Andy Weir
I’m actually really behind on the 100, season 4 recently came on Netflix but I was still only halfway through season 1 despite my having started his show years ago. I’ve gotten back on track (kind off) and am now well into the second season and the show is just as great as I remember it to be. This is set hundreds of years into the future where humans vacated the earth because of nuclear disaster and the earth became too radioactive to love on. But now almost a hundred years later, they send a hundred teenager (also criminals) down to earth to test whether it is habitable. I’ve grouped the show with the Martian because they both take place in space (again kind off) but the tones of the two are completely different but are both stellar.
Dark Matter and Starflight by Melisa Landers
Dark Matter is without a doubt one of my top TV shows, I re-watched a couple episodes recently and they were just as good as watching them the first time. The basic premise is that a group of people wake up on a spaceship with no memories of who they are, and have to figure out what is happening to them. Both Starflight and Dark Matter are space sagas and they have a really similar tone. I highly recommend both to everyone.
Supergirl/Flash and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
DC has a done a great job with their Tv series and I generally love watching all of them. Supergirl and the Flash are my favorites and with multiple seasons of both already on Netflix, they make the perfect shows to binge watch. The Darkest Minds is paired up with these two since the characters in the TDM have superpowers as well. Supergirl and Flash are both superpower centric so TDM seems like a good fit.
Have you watched or read any of these? What are your thoughts? Do you have any favorite shows you think I should watch? I’d love to know!