Some Sites



There are sites, like watchseries.com and all its spin offs, which can make you find watching on line annoying at the best.

Although this site is one which has always kept a number of alternatives, so that typing ‘watchseries.com’ can land you in watchepisodes.com or watchseriesepisodes.com, or any version thereof, it’s major draw back is the intrusive advertisement.

You may select a show to watch, and it comes up. You select a season. As you scroll for that season or episode, pop up obliterates the screen. You have to shut that crap fast. Once you shut it you can scroll to find a server on which to watch that episode.

It does not matter what choice you make, a huge nasty pop up obliterates the window, and you have to quickly close it.

Once you have closed that pop up and been able to click on the server another window opens and you see your show loading. As you click on the arrow to begin it, another horrible screen eating pop up arrives, and you have to close that too.

Often there are four different pop ups, some nasty X rated ‘games’ other rubbish you don’t want to see.

Further, if for any reason the show crashes or something goes wrong, you have to start again.
And the program does not recall where you stopped, so you have to either rewatch or guess where the show crashed.

Solarmovies.to is the heaven of online watching. It remembers the last show you watched, and where it stopped, and asks you if you would like to resume.

It has a huge range of programs to watch and is really what you dream of.

The drawback is that it is attacked often, and many times you can’t get on. It is taken down, you get error messages, and wind up over by watchseries.

The good part is that the site is not off line more than a day, usually maybe an hour or two.

I suggest this site above all others when it comes to enjoying your online watching.



Watching Online; Thoughts

When you don’t get a series, or a full series in your country, watching the program online is mandatory.

You may have heard of this series; Breaking Bad but it doesn’t air in your country.

Or, your country runs only one season of a show, and you want to see it all.

The way to go about it is to do a search: Watch (name of series) online for Free.

There are a number of sites. I won’t name them because to do so causes the launching of hackers to take them down.

Yes, they go down, they do come back up within a day or so, but, the sheer annoyance of time wasting contra indicates.

I would suggest you search for sites and get a bunch of them. All of them must be free, all of them do NOT require any form of registration.

There are sites all over the world which air various television programs absolutely free. Whether they are British or American or Indian, they are there and they are free.

When you find one, simply like it and save it on your browser, and go on to find another, so that when, not if, the first site is off line, you have the second.

Let me repeat something: Never join a site. Never give your name. Keep searching past all the demand sites until you find those which lets you simply watch a program.

Yes, there are some which will fling up advertisements, usually obscuring pages, but you can close them.

If a site is too annoying, remember; There is always another site. Don’t think this is it, is not.

Having the power to watch a complete series from Season 1 to Season 7 can cause a marathon a bit beyond what you thought you were willing to commit.

Marathons are useful in that you get a lot of information that the director or producer, or even writer never realised s/he was making available.

The use of these marathons, however, is that if you have to relax it is far better to be in control of what you are watching then have to fight through channels and commercials.

There are very good but tense series which should be broken with an epi of a light or vintage episodic program.

Don’t blend two powerful series at the same time, this will lessen both. If you are watching
Grey’s Anatomy don’t blend it with House. Break it up with a show like Merlin or Twilight Zone.

Always have some shows in your ‘to watch’ larder because many times you will find yourself having to wait for the next episode of a popular current series… sometimes a week… often the new season.

Starting fairly long and popular series, for example those which have gone seven or more seasons, is an excellent fill in.

Quantico, Don’t waste your Eye Sight

I thought, in the beginning, that Quantico would be a very interesting American programme. I began watching, but it was like smoking a lot of ganja. You kind of lose the thread between now and then and where and what.

Quantico has the twisted ability to skip from one period of time to another with the kind of insanity that only if you smoke, or used to smoke a lot of ganja, will enable you to make sense of it.

The present is interwoven in the past and stories intrude and you get a sense of confusion, misdirection. You are watching, constantly trying to figure out who is who.

Characters get killed in the ‘now’ sequence but are very active in ‘then’ sequences, and you can’t tell if two people will smile when they see each other or go to kill each other.

As bad as that is, and trust me, that is pretty bad, what makes the show puke worthy is that it move bag and baggage into the kind of giddy fantasy last seen in the ancient days of Westerns when the bad guy always got killed by the good guy. In fact no matter what happened, the good guy’s hat never fell off.

In this ridiculous show the heroine is always right, always powerful, always saves the day, and it is just a little bit too much.

One can deal, in certain parameters, with an ‘always right’ character when either it’s a kiddies program, a ‘super hero’ or the ‘always right’ is never in danger. The computer geek, for example, who tells the protagonist which way to turn or transmits a satellite feed, seems to be so powerful. However, considering all things, one isn’t put off by it.

When a character is in the thick of things, when everyone around her can’t be trusted, when one doesn’t know who is the good and who is the bad, the show flies off into such ridiculous unbelievability that it is pointless to watch.

If you’ve never seen this show, don’t bother.

What You Learn Watching a Marathon

Standardly, you watch a program on Tuesday from 9 to 10 pm. There are commercial interruptions, maybe a phone call, maybe you get up, so the program you are watching is close to peripheral.

Sure, you get the gist, but only when doing a Marathon can you get the nuances.

A show like Blue Bloods is an excellent study.

The Police Commissioner, Francis Reagan, (played by Tom Selleck) is one of those inferior people who gain a post they don’t feel they deserve and are afraid of it. His father, Henry Reagan, had been P.C. and the feeling that Francis got the job because of his father, pervades every atom of his being.

He is afraid to step out of a box, afraid to make appointments of people he knows or is related to, afraid. He hides this by a gruff cold robotic demeanour.

He’s an unpleasant character to watch, and clearly, the writers became aware of it, so in early days the character of Francis’ youngest son, Jamey, who had studied to be a lawyer but became a cop when his brother, Joe, was killed.

Jamey and his then fiance got a lot of camera, because one was interested in them.

Danny, (Donnie Wahlberg) the older brother, the best detective in NYC (according to everyone but his father) is also an interesting character. Married with two children, focused on his work, he keeps the audience from first moment to last.

The sister, Erin, (a prosecutor) is as two dimensional as her father, and painful to watch because she takes dull and uniformity to a new level. Her daughter, Nikki shows far more sense, compassion, and originality.

The two boring character, the father and daughter spend more time together than the father spends with his sons. Clearly his limitations elevate her, with her limitations confirming his inability to think outside of the box.

They are the kind of people who if told; “Do not give out water until 5 pm” will see people die of thirst in front of them, because they must uphold the rules.

By breaking up all of their scenes with those of far more interesting characters, audience disinterest is lessened. In a weekly presentation, it is likely that people would turn from the program during their scenes, speak to someone, eat something, so that it is only when watching a marathon one truly appreciates how the characters were crafted.

How to Avoid Mourning the End of a Series

If you watch Marathons you will encounter a sense of loss at the last episodes.

There is a way to alleviate the pain, but it takes a bit of focus.

When a series ends and you are in the last season, begin to wean yourself and begin another series.

For example, you’ve been watching Burn Notice and it has begun to grow on you. This is the last season. Begin to watch something like Merlin, which is totally different. Two epis of Merlin and one Burn Notice.

Make sure you select a series with a number of seasons so that when there are only ten left of one you launch another with four or five seasons to go. When the series ends, you may mourn it, but you have the new series to capture your attention.

Nothing is worse than the ending of The Night Manager with nothing to grab the space.

Some show are not mourned, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Breaking Bad, some like Grey’s or Homeland which have more episodes to go before conclusion, (as of writing) aren’t continued.

Others are anticipated, like Sherlock or The Americans so that one awaits the next episodes anxiously.

Catching up series that you missed, interspersing them with new series that have more seasons to come is the way to prevent a feeling of loss when the series ends.

The trick is to interweave series which don’t match, i.e. Peaky Blinders and Blue Bloods.

The biggest mistake you can make is to watch Greys and Scandal together. as you will soon see how limited the writer is, how she uses the same expressions the same relationships, the same people, over and again.

Short series, like the previously mentioned Night Manager and Graceland are good to start when there are only a few episode remaining in a longer series.

When the longer series ends, there should be three more epis of the shorter series left and you begin another long series such as Hawaii 50 As the short series ends, and one is watching two or more of the longer, another series can be introduced, so that there are always at least two different series you are watching at the same time.

Peaky Blinders

As Downton Abbey Luther Sherlock this is a British show.

This means that it is a novel brought to visual which must be seen in sequence.

As is usual, an attempt is made to be historically correct.

Set just after WWI we are dealing with people who experienced the War and what today we call Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The Peaky Blinders are a gang. They ‘own’ parts of Birmingham. They are involved in gambling and crime, and attract the attention of outside law enforcement when the leader of the Peaky Blinders winds up with a shipment of arms meant for Libya.

Tom Shelby, the leader of the Peaky Blinders, had sent him men to pick up one set of things, but being drunk and stupid they picked up this sensitive shipment which attracted national police focus.

The lead character, Tom Shelby, is one of those which stick in the mind. He is expressionless, quiet, almost a ghost. He shares nothing of himself.

With the ability to keep silent, to show no emotion, he can set his plans in motion without even his allies being aware of what the ‘big picture’ is.

In possession of the arms he uses them for a bargaining chip with the special police commissioner sent to Birmingham by Winston Churchill.

The beauty of British dramas is that they sprinkle enough real people/real events on a show to make it seem historical.

Whether there was a shipment of arms bound for Libya or not, the possibility existed and adds to the recent involvements of Britain in that nation, i.e. with the SAS invasion just a few years ago, to create the realism.

There was a real Peaky Blinders made up of Harry Fowler, Ernest Bayles, Stephen McHickie and Thomas Gilbert. They ‘terrorised’ Birmingham.

They gained the name through the practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their flat caps, so that they could blind rival gangsters.

They ruled the industrialised areas of Bordesley and Small Heath from the 1880s through to the early 1900s, when the city was one of the world’s most important manufacturing hubs.

The Peaky Blinders built a criminal empire on illegal betting, protection rackets and Birmingham’s black market.

It is an excellent show, and when one is doing a ‘marathon’ it fits in well to be broken up with one of those non-episodic programs, i.e. Blue Bloods, Hawaii 50.

Blue Bloods

I referred to this show in a previous post, but did no go into details.

This is a nice series. It is, on one hand, a police procedural with a number of characters. It is also the story of a Family. The Reagans. Their ‘family business’ is being members of the New York City Police Department.

Henry, the old man, was Police Commissioner. His son, Frank, is the current Police Commissioner. Frank’s sons, Danny and Jamey are police officers. Their brother Joe, who was a police officer, was killed in the line of duty. Their sister, Erin, is a District Attorney.

Danny is married to Linda, who is a nurse, and they have two sons. Erin is divorced and has a daughter. Jamey was engaged but that was broken off.

The family is Irish Catholic.

The most interesting character is Jamey, although Danny gets the most camera.

Frank Reagan, the Police Commission is so robotic one can almost despise him. He keeps himself controlled and contained and after a few episodes one almost winces when he’s on camera.

Danny is always flying off the handle, fully committed to police work and is the best detective on the force. He goes through a number of partners. However, the high point is his relationship with his wife, which is committed and faithful.

Erin, the lawyer, is helpful to the police, which is her job. She, like her father is very ‘straight and narrow’ sometimes too much so, because real people don’t act like that.

Jamey, the rookie, was supposed to become a lawyer. He graduated Harvard. But his brother was killed and he joins the Police Force. There is a winning honesty about him, an innocence.

It’s an easy show to do a marathon or use to break up a marathon as stories don’t continue week to week. There is no ‘story arc’ the cases are usually solved within the 44 minutes of the program.

Getting to Hate Certain Characters

When one gets a ‘dose’ of a particular character 1x a week, they develop enough immunity so as to shrug.

If one is watching a marathon on a computer, even if it is only two shows a day; certain characters make you hate them.

House is easy to find despicable. Seeing two/three epis back to back can virtually provoke hate. He possesses no redeeming feature. He uses the patients as a guinea pigs and then, near conclusion, catches the right diagnosis.

Meredith Grey, from Grey’s Anatomy was originally written as an obnoxious creature.

Overtime she has been moved a bit to the periphery as the cast is ensemble, often more than twelve regulars. Due to this refocus, her virtual Asperger’s is clouded, and one becomes interested in the other characters, so that she is more furniture.

The protagonist in Breaking Bad was repulsive. What kept the eye was the mostly well written stories.

Scandal almost makes Olivia attractive, but with Command, her father, blustering every other scene, one develops such hatred for him that the mute key is over used.

Cyrus is the same character, but in a different milieu. Obnoxious, pompous, full of annoying verbiage.

If one saw these shows once a week, perhaps the hatred would only be mild repulsion. But a marathon? Be warned.

The problem is the writing and the ridiculous plots of Scandal. I don’t know where it goes because I stopped following that series.

NCIS, both the original and NCIS Los Angeles have interesting characters and plots and one can watch them easily. As both are renewed it is clear that the public does enjoy these shows.

The Original, NCIS has it’s quirky Abbey in the Lab and Ducky doing autopsies. The four agents, one of which has been changed three times; have enough personality to keep views.

In Los Angeles the quirk is the Leader, played by Linda Hunt, who is a dwarf. Although the ‘star’ is Callen, one focuses on Sam Hanna played by LL Cool J; who happens to be a very good actor.

The NCIS franchise is very useful in being able to start at the beginning, and uses the episodes to fill in when one is waiting for the next episode or season of another program.

Deciding What To Watch

When you begin to watch Television on Line you have endless choices.

You have all those shows you loved, all those shows you heard about. You have shows and more shows.

So What To Watch?

You can begin easily with a show you know where you’ve missed a season or some episodes. This will break you into the reality of no commercial breaks, and absolute control.

You can then move on to those shows you heard about but never saw. These often result in marathons.

There are those shows, like Downton Abbey which virtually beg to be watched episode after episode, and those, like Merlin which need to be watched in between other shows.

There are shows you just can’t get into. You try epi one, nah. Okay, big deal show, maybe epi one wasn’t all that, and try episode two, which leaves you at the same place.

You are in charge. So just because this show is ‘highly rated’ doesn’t mean you agree.

Move on.

Once you’ve gone though all the shows you’ve heard about, that were recommended, start your own search.

I began just catching up the epis of Graceland that were no aired in Jamaica. I then went to House and Grey’s Anatomy. I heard about Homeland, then jumped to Downton Abbey. From that I went to Sherlock, to Luther, then to Merlin, while on this side of the Pond, went through Breaking Bad, Burn Notice, then across to the Night Manager.

While epis of Burn Notice waited for me, they were interspersed with other shows as being more episodic than story arc there was no real break in continuity.

With a show like Downton Abbey or the Night Manager where one is dealing with a visual novel, watching three or more epis back to back was the method. Then scatter in episodic and once Downton is over, move on to another gripping drama, using the bits of Hawaii 50 to give a break.

Looking for a new show I scanned through ‘popular series’ on various venues and found the Americans.

This is how you do it.

The Americans — a drama series

This is an American television period drama series which was created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg.

It premièred in 2013.

The Americans is set in the early 1980s during the Cold War. It tells the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings who seem an average American couple, but are really Soviet KGB officers.

They live in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with their unsuspecting children. A new neighbour moves in, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counterintelligence.

The ‘Jennings’ have been trained for years. They speak perfect English, never use Russian, and were a created couple. She was trained, he was trained, they were introduced to each other, and would arrive in the United States as a married couple, knowing nothing true about the other, sharing only their ‘legends’.

To maintain the fascade, she has two children for him, but as a spy often has sex with other people using different names to get information, as does he.

The show focuses on this marriage of two strangers who only now, after fifteen years, begin to link with each other.

The show has been renewed in 2014, 2015 and is expected to continue though 2018, six seasons.

It is a very dark drama. Little deviation from its relentless mission.

It is not for children. The drama has the facets of a story arc with a number of episodic programs just slightly hooked to the previous program.

What makes it so powerful is that the creator actually knows a lot of what he’s writing about. He knows how the operations went, and the conclusions. He set it over thirty years ago to avoid any entanglements with current events, though he incorporates events of the time into the story.

It has received positive reviews, although it has not been spoken about as much as Breaking Bad or Scandal which are known ‘hits’ in America.