Friday, June 12, 2015

Harry Potter Will See You Now

Hey y'all!

So for today's Feature Friday, this is going to be about a Netflix series. To be honest, if you do not have Netflix already, you should get it. Depending on how many screens you use, it is extremely affordable and so useful to have to catch up on shows or even start new ones! You can also just re-watch shows that have ended like Friends and Parks and Recreation

I have debated on whether or not I should also subscribe to Hulu Plus, but so far, I haven't done any extensive research on any shows that they have to see what's inherently different from Netflix. Do any of you have Hulu Plus? Please do tell me what that's like, so I can make a decision.

The title of my post throws you off, huh... Well, the series I watched is called A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories. It is a BBC production, (British Broadcasting Corporation, for those of you unfamiliar with it, which you should all know Sherlock... All of you. Either that or Downtown Abbey so you're golden on both accounts if you've seen them) & it stars Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe. 

Now, Netflix only has one season, which is so disappointing, as there are in fact two seasons. Of course, I thought as much or at least wondered when the second season was going to be put on Netflix because that last episode was SUCH a cliffhanger. I have so many questions! I need answers.

But back to Daniel Radcliffe.

I will not even lie. I saw Dan Rad as one of the actors in this and I immediately added it to My List on Netflix and then went back later to watch it after scrolling through to find something to watch. There are only 4 episodes in the first season and they're maybe 20, 22 minutes long. 

Obviously, I watched 3 in the course of almost 1 1/2 hours and by then, it was really late and I had to get some sleep. I then woke up, had breakfast, and went back to my room to watch the last episode which brings me to here as I am typing up this blog post.

Dan is just so blessedly talented as an actor, being able to do quite a few different roles as needed. It's just that he's so Dan when he does them. I was cracking up quite a lot during this show because of him and it's supposed to be a dark comedy... I regret nothing. Thankfully, parts still are comedic and so you can actually laugh. I will say that it is indeed mature and I am making this as big as possible because I am trying to warn younger audiences. 

There is a lot of blood and gore and adult situations so it is not for the faint of heart. It's quite funny as in real life, I can't watch anything like Texas Chain Saw Massacre and even though my career will be in the medical field, I changed my area to have only bones (a.k.a. Forensic Anthropology) because I can't handle dead bodies or blood. This show wasn't too, too bad but I did squick a little.

I still really liked this show and thought it was absolutely fascinating. It completely hooked me in once I found out it was a period-drama of sorts. It is based in Moscow and Muryovo (pronounced Muhr-ee-ey-va) in 1934 and 1917, respectively. Jon Hamm and Dan Rad play the doctor as the man is older and younger. I'm sure you can guess who plays which age. 

A funny part was when Dan arrived at the hospital for the first time in Muryovo, the three workers; a nurse, a midwife, and a field doctor, turned doctor's assistant, thought he was a patient because he didn't look old enough to be a doctor. He tried growing a beard after that. It wasn't too pretty, haha. Poor Dan.

I also liked how they properly pronounced all of the Russian cities and other things, like names. I have never been to Russia, nor do I fluently know and speak Russian, but I prefer to pronounce words in other languages, exactly how they are supposed to be pronounced, not necessarily how they are spelled to the best of my ability. 

This is also during the time of the Russian Civil War, but so far, there has been no spread to the small hospital, only the knowledge of it happening. I hope that there is more about it in season two but I'm sure there will be. That Civil War affected everybody in Russia, no matter how removed you were.

Another fact that really lured me in is that it was based off of A Young Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov. I love true stories illustrated in the movies or a t.v. show. Of course, usually I prefer the book as it has way more information but to see your characters brought to life... Definitely a plus. That being said, I am now on the hunt for this book as I want to see the similarities and differences between the show and literature.

Pretty much, if you're looking for a doctor show that has a doctor struggling with beginning morphine addiction as well as hallucinations, his very first patients and surgeries from just graduating, dark comedy (and I mean dark), a bit of blood and gore (operations that don't go quite so well), adult situations and Dan Rad just being Dan Rad, then this is a great show to watch. I sincerely hope that either Netflix puts up the second season soon or I can find it on the BBC website or something because I absolutely have to know how everything ends.

Do y'all have any suggestions of what to watch? I am always in the mood for just about anything, except for horror, so let me know in the comments below.


"I scored 13 fives!" "Stop saying that, it means nothing out here. And I scored 15"
-Dan Rad and another young doctor