Recently, I don’t really have a lot of time to waste but a man needs time just to blow off some steam and what better way to do it than to watch some series. Yeah, movies are great, but the suspense series create by having to wait a week for the next episode is what make them so exciting. I would therefore like to share two of the series I consider a must watch.
First of all, nothing else than the very famous Game of Thrones. Now, some people will disagree with me and the three quarters of the rest of the world’s population will agree with me – to each their own. I consider this series a must-watch, not only because of its amazing story line but also because there are so many great components that form part of the story. The fantasy world collides with reality but it is not to such an extent that you would want to stand up in disbelief. There is only a hint of magic, only Daenerys has dragons and only the Starks have wolfs. The characters are usually portrayed extremely well and the makers are certainly not afraid to make things happen. Of course, Game of Thrones is based on the books written by George R.R. Martin, but the essence of the story itself is still depicted in such a way that it has you on the edge of your seat for most of the time. It has an immense effect on me is and it truly makes me feel that I am part of the story which is in many cases the aim of television and books: to help you escape reality even just for a little while and experience a whole new world. If you have never seen this series, you may fall asleep in the first episode the way I did (I was really tired), but when you are hooked there is no way you’ll stop watching it.
Secondly, The Big Bang Theory, quite a contrast to that of Game of Thrones, but hear me out. Now, I was always aware of the series and never really paid attention to it until I was a second year varsity student. After I have watched the first few episodes, I thought it was really well written and I got used to the characters, ’cause boy, aren’t they something. My one friend even stopped watching it just because she couldn’t handle Sheldon’s character, which is, by the way, my favourite because he is so quirky, followed by Penny who just spices things up. I consider this series (sitcom) a must watch because the comedy is so sharp and fresh in every episode (even though there’re already 207 episodes). It is somehow intellectually stimulating by making you think that you can partake in some of the science conversations they have on the show. The other benefit this sitcom has, especially for students who want to take a quick break, is that the episodes are more or less 20 minutes and it can really get rid of some of the exam-stress by making you laugh out loud. The story line may make use of science, but I promise you that you won’t be bored by long explanations of how something works until you fall asleep like some do in class.
Keep it real.