What to Watch: October
I decided to highlight two shows this month because it’s my favorite time of the year (Halloween) but it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness month this month, which is an issue I’m very passionate about! So why not do both?
So the first show I wanna talk about is, Light as a Feather on Hulu. This show is a supernatural thriller in its second season.
The show begins with four high school best friends who decide to invite the new girl to hang out with them for their traditional Halloween activity of drinking in the graveyard. Violet, (the new girl) played by Haley Ramm, talks them into playing the classic game “light as a feather, stiff as a board.” The girls will soon regret the decision to play the game as they each learn how they will die by Violet’s predictions. When the girls start actually dying exactly how Violet predicted in the game, things start to get really freaking weird!
The show is based on the book Light As a Feather by Zoe Aarsen and the main character is McKenna Brady played by Liana Liberato. McKenna lost her twin sister to a heart attack caused by stimulants two years before the setting of the show. McKenna eventually becomes controlled by the game and at times will black out and have no memory of her actions or whereabouts.
Refinery29 described the show, “like Final Destination mixed with Pretty Little Liars and a dash of demonology.” Which I thought was the perfect description.
This is such a good show for October and the spooky season! Add it to your list immediately!! Oh and they just released more episodes for season two earlier this month! Even more to enjoy! Let me know what you think of the show if you have already seen it!
The second show I wanna talk about is Unbelievable on Netflix. If you haven’t watched this one yet, you realllllly need to!
I do need to tell you though, that it is about rape and it could be very triggering to watch. So please be careful! This is your TRIGGER WARNING!
Unbelievable is a true crime series based on the article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Katie Couric is one of ten executive producers for the show.
The show stars Toni Collette and Meritt Wever who play Detective Grace Rasmussen and Detective Karen Duvall. These two women are so much fun to watch in these rolls! They were absolutely amazing kickass women who didn’t take no for an answer and really fought for the women they were trying to protect. The world needs more women like them and they are based on real life people!
You can read more about the real life story in this article!
If you are a true crime fan like I am you are going to love this show! It highlights the important issue of rape and how we treat victims of sexual assault and rape. While it is a sad and heartbreaking topic, the ending does leave you feeling hopeful.
You’ve gotta add this show to your list immediately!!
Like I said, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and so I want to bring more attention to the truths about this problem. Here are some statistics on Domestic Violence from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.