Weekend mornings I get to watch whatever I want in peace. I enjoyed watching all seven series of ‘This is Us’ on weekend mornings but since I finished I have struggled with things to watch. Recently, things have improved and I thought I would share what I have been watching on Netflix lately.
Enola Holmes 2
I enjoyed the first Enola Holmes. I think Millie Bobby Brown is a great actress and I loved watching her in Stranger Things. Of course, Enola Holmes is very different. She plays the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. In the original Arthur Conan Doyle books, Sherlock did not have a sister, just a brother, Mycroft. But Enola Holmes fits brilliantly into the scripts, she is the clever, strong-willed sister, that we would expect her to be.
During the first series we see that Enola is left alone by her mother and her brothers make an appearance to help sort out her future. Millie Bobby Brown talks to the camera as she tells her story and let’s us know what is going on. There is plenty of action and she moves off to London to try and find her mother, who turns out to be a part of the suffragette movement.
In Enola Holmes 2, She is a little more grown up and has many more adventures. After setting up her own detective agency focusing on finding missing people, she realises that is forever in the shadow of her brother Sherlock. Just as her agency is folding, along comes a young girl looking for her sister who has gone missing.
Enola starts to solve the mystery, while learning a lot about what life and what it was like for young women back in the Victorian era. I really like how the issues of the times are highlighted. In particular, the girls that Enola is looking for, Sarah Chapman, had been working in a match factory which had started using chemicals which was making the girls ill, and even killing some of them.
Enola Holmes 2 ends with revealing that Sarah Chapman was a real life person and one of the instigators of the Matchgirls’ strike in 1888.
The end of the film introduces a new character, Watson! I can’t wait for series 3.
I started watching 1899 without knowing anything about it. I was just browsing, and the preview came up, I thought it looked okay and started watching.
I was taken by the characters quite quickly and interested to know more about them which is always a good start. Then it started to get a bit weird. The film is set on a ship, the Kerberos in 1899. There are many people on board from many different backgrounds, making their way from European Countries to America. The two main characters are English but there are no less than six other languages spoken, so there are subtitles.
In the first episode we find the Kerberos receiving messages which are from a sister ship, the Prometheus, which went missing four months previously. They find the ship with no passengers on board apart from a small boy locked in a cupboard.
A strange man also boards the Kerberos and things start to appear a little weird.
In the second episode the captain of the Kerberos decided to tow the Prometheus back to England despite getting a message telling him to ‘sink ship.’ The rest of the passengers are not happy. By the third episode there is a full blown mutiny.
After this things start getting stranger. We learn more about individual passengers and what they are doing on the ship, which is the main appeal, but I hadn’t actually realised that I was a watching a Sci-fi series.
I did find the whole series quite addictive but it may not be for everyone. The ending blew me away, but apparently, it’s not the ending as they are planning more series!
I’d say watch this if you want to see something very different, a little mind bending and you really don’t mind subtitles. Unless you are fluent in the 7 languages.
The Noel Diary
Again, another random watch. I’d not even heard about it but when I saw it starred Justin Hartley, who played Kevin in ‘This is Us’ I was sold. I miss This is Us, but I have to admit, even though his name in this film is Jacob, I still kept thinking of him as Kevin. Character wise he wasn’t much different, although he was a famous novelist rather than a film actor.
He had to go home and sort out his Mother’s estate after her death and met a mysterious woman who also had an interest in his Mother’s home. Together they go on an adventure together.
The outcome was quite predictable, but it was an actual feel good Christmas romance movie. And it starred Justin Hartley so it gets a plus from me.
What have you been watching lately, let me know in the comments. I’d love to find something new to watch.