The Broken Quill’s May 2020 Watch List

Wayward husbands, two ex-lovers on the run, and the return of a female Russian assassin are all on my watch list this month.

There’s a lot of media out there waiting to be devoured by hungry pop culture junkies. We really are spoiled for choice right now.

So here’s a little update on what I’m watching and what I think makes each of these shows good enough for you to consider watching yourself!

You’re welcome.



TV-MA | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | TV Series (2020– )

Two ex-lovers activate a long-planned escape to disappear together.

Creator: Vicky Jones

Stars: Merritt Wever, Domhnall Gleeson, Rich Sommer

“Run” is such a catchy title for a tv show, don’t you think? It sums up everything you
really need to know about this show and then some.
The first impressions were great, and the trailer did a decent job of dishing up just enough to make you hungry for more. Two exes on the run, but how did it begin? And who are they running from?
That’s probably one of the most complicated questions to ask about this show. There’s a lot more to the “reason” behind why they’re both running. It’s not as clear cut as it seems and it gets a lot messier with each episode.

Count me in, I’m down for getting messy!

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TV Series discussion – Jane Austen’s “Sanditon”

The characters and the story really got me thinking about the very essence of love itself and how we, as humans, can be so easily swayed and consumed by it.

I’ve just finished watching Sanditon which we practically binge-watched because it was so good. But the characters and the story really got me thinking about the essence of love itself and how we, as humans, can be so easily swayed and consumed by it. And this led me to my next question, which is, does love have a standard? Is there even a limit to how much or how little we can care about someone until it becomes “love”.

I’ll take a stab at the question and say that the answer is probably no. Love can take so many forms. There is also a very dark side to love that many of us might consider being anything but love. It seems unquantifiable. Which is why I started to think about how the many facets of love are explored in a tv show based on Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript, which has now become a TV series called Sanditon.




One of the most exciting aspects of this show is how every character in it is touched by “love” on some level and whether we agree or disagree with what transpires, it’s still very much a story about love. I actually found the main characters a lot less interesting than some of the others such as Esther Denham and her stepbrother, Edward. You can look at their relationship and squirm at the thought of how “love” can ultimately become a person’s obsession until it breaks them completely. It’s still a facet of love, no matter how dark it becomes.

I actually found some of the plot a little more than cliched. Two people who come from opposing sides of society meet, despise each other for a time until the tension between them becomes so apparent, even a blind person could see it. This is the least realistic aspect of Jane Austen’s story. There is just too much Pride and Prejudice in there to win me over. And that’s the beauty of it, really. While the show may be carried on the shoulders of the two leads played by Rose Williams and Theo James, their relationship is actually the least impactful. That is, until the very end. To say that the situation between our two leads is left somewhat undecided would be an understatement but it’s this kind of plot twist coming out of nowhere that really made this show worth the while.

And the most delicious thing of all is I found this show on Tumblr purely by accident and now I am a devoted fan. While there hasn’t been any confirmed details on a second season, I wouldn’t be surprised if the creators decided that the future of Charlotte and her wayward love, Sidney cannot remain untold.

Trailer Discussion – Marriage Story and Sinner Season 3

Trailer Chat – Marriage Story and Sinner Season 3

I’m a huge Adam Driver fan, and I also think Scarlett Johansson is underrated as an actress. I’m not referring to her blockbuster work in the Marvel universe, but the smaller, indy films she’s done that she hardly ever gets credit for. If you’re interested in seeing Scarlett at her best, consider checking out Under The Skin (2013). I think this film, among others, truly shows Scarlett’s talent. Adam and Scarlett together in this film makes it worth seeing, but the trailer does a great job of giving just that little bit more to hook you in. I simply can’t wait for this film.


The Sinner is a TV series that I’ve been hooked on since day one. If this season intrigues you, you should really check out the first season. Another actress who has gone mostly unnoticed by Hollywood for her acting talent, Jessica Biel, is amazing in the first season. While I’d like to tell you all about it, I think you should check out the trailer for the first season and then consider taking on The Sinner for the duration. Bill Pullman is also an actor that has had a lot of hits and misses in his career, but he’s definitely lucking out with The Sinner. He was phenomenal in the second season as the detective who has his own dark secret, trying to prove that a child could commit murder. Another series I’ve been thankful to watch and I’m patiently awaiting the new season.