Category Archives: TV

TV REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows – Season 1

When I found out Taika Watiti and Jermaine Clement had decided to make a TV series version of the unexpected 2014 smash hit film, What We Do in the Shadows I was dubious. Although everything Watiti touches seems to turn to gold, turning movies into TV shows is very hit and miss, especially when you change the setting, characters and actors.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos: Mexico – Season 1

After three seasons of focus on the Colombian drug trade, the Narcos franchise turns its eye to Mexico. This time the focus is on Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna), Mexico’s first ever cartel leader. In theory Félix is a fascinating character. He is a former police officer who became involved in the Sinoloan marijuana trade, in practise the whole seems to be a bit less than the sum of its parts.

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TV REVIEW: The OA – Season 2

The second season of The OA picks up directly after the first one ended. Having successfully jumped after she was shot OA (Brit Marling) finds herself in a new dimension in the body of a Nina Azarova that never experienced the bus crash that changed Prairie’s life. Confused by where she is and how she got there OA ends up back in the clutches of Hap (Jason Isaacs) and is horrified that he has rounded up her former fellow captives to continue his research. The worst part is that Homer (Emory Cohen) doesn’t seem to remember his former self.

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TV REVIEW: Pose – Season 1

I am a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I love the artistry of the participants as well as their boundless self-expression and the way they interpret the weekly runway categories in such a creative fashion. The show is the epitome of fierceness and I am living for it.

My love of Drag Race lead me to the documentary Paris is Burning which looks at underground “ball” scene that formed a huge part of the New York LGBT community in the 80’s. I have watched this documentary several times because it is beautiful and heartbreaking and gives such a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind the TV show.

Pose is set in the world of Paris is Burning so you can imagine I was like a moth to a flame.

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TV REVIEW: Chernobyl – Mini-Series

In April 1986 a nuclear reactor exploded in the Soviet town of Chernobyl. In the wake of the devastation that occurred a group of scientists and one brave administrator worked to try to get to the bottom of the cause while also coming up with strategies for limiting the damage. But in a world where the truth will do anything but set you free, it’s like swimming upstream with no fins.

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TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Part 2

Part two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sees Sabrina starting her new life at The Academy of Unseen Arts. She’s now a fully fledged witch involved in a burgeoning relationship with her classmate, Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) and throwing herself into her studies. It’s not long though before she realises that letting go of her mortal life won’t be that easy.

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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 1

A group of moms who attend the same mom and baby group reach the end of their maternity leave and prepare to return to the world of work. None of them have realised just how much motherhood has changed them or the challenges they will face trying to balance parenting, their careers or their relationships.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 3

I have to admit that I was in two minds about continuing on with Narcos post season two. The first seasons were focused almost exclusively on Pablo Escobar and with him out of the picture, what was the point really? But we soldiered on to find out what happened with the Cali Cartel that filled the gap left by Pablo.

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TV REVIEW: The Umbrella Academy – Season 1

On 1 October 1989 41 women around the world suddenly gave birth without showing any former evidence being pregnant. Sir Reginald Hargreaves (Colm Feore) adopts seven of these children, discovering that they all have special abilities… except for one.

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TV REVIEW: The OA – Season 1

Seven years after she went missing, Prairie Johnson (Britt Marling) reappears in her home town covered in strange scars. She has also regained her sight and insists that her name is now the OA.

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TV REVIEW: The Last Kingdom – Season 3

With Alfred’s (David Dawson) health failing he starts to prepare for his son Edward (Timothy Innes) to become king but Athelwold (Harry McEntire) continues to lurk in the shadows, convinced he should be king. Meanwhile wracked by grief, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) crosses a line that sees him banished from Wessex and returning to his Dane brothers. Things are not quite going to plan for the Danes though as no army has ever prospered with three conflicting leaders and Uhtred will be will be forced to question where his loyalties lie when he discovers that his beloved Aethelflaed (Mille Brady) is in danger. If that wasn’t enough, he’s been cursed by Skade (Thea Sofie Loch Næss), a powerful witch who wants Uhtred for her own.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 2

After his daring escape from prison, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) is forced to go to ground, hiding from not only the DEA but also his former associate, Judy Moncada (Cristina Umaña). Of course Pablo has no intention of stopping his operations, leading to every craftier ways of moving his merchandise around but as the stakes get higher and higher will the price of success become to high?

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TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty – Season 3

Season 3 of Rick and Morty sees Beth (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell) are getting a divorce and Morty (Justin Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammar) will have to adjust to a new way of life. Rick (also Justin Roiland) takes it on himself to try and keep all his family members functioning, but when you are a self-serving sociopath, acts of compassion don’t always go as planned.

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TV REVIEW: Line of Duty – Season 5

AC-12 are back and this time they are dealing with an undercover operative who has gone rogue. John Corbett (Stephen Graham) has been out of contact with his handler for several months and seems to be involved in progressively more serious criminal acts with the Organised Crime Group he was tasked to infiltrate.

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TV REVIEW: Fleabag – Season 2

Season 2 kicks off with Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) in a much better place than before. The cafe is thriving. She’s no longer using sex as a weapon. And since Claire (Sian Clifford) refused to believe that Martin (Brett Gelman) made a pass at Fleabag, she’s been avoiding both of them. Life is good… or is it?

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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 1

Stranger Things is one of the shows I tried to watch when Little O was a tiny baby and abandoned because I kept having to go an tend to him and I had the attention span of a gnat due to lack of sleep. I felt like I was missing out so recently I decided to revisit it and see if I was right.

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TV REVIEW: Fleabag – Season 1

Things are not really going according to plan in Fleabag’s (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) life. The cafe she opened with her best friend, Boo (Jenny Rainsford) is tanking since Boo died, she can’t get a loan, she’s having trouble connecting with her sister, Claire (Sian Clifford) and father (Bill Paterson) and she hates her Godmother (Olivia Coleman) – who has shacked up with her dad – with a fiery passion.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 1

Narcos follows the rise of notorious Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) from a handful of jungle based labs to full blown war against the Colombian government. Exploring Escobar’s story from his perspective as well as the Colombian government and the US DEA, the series highlights the pervasiveness of the drug war and how it took over the whole country.

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TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty – Season 2

After six months, Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland), Morty (also voiced by Justin Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammar) decide to unfreeze time and reconnect with the rest of the world, including Beth (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell). This time the whole family gets involved in Rick and Morty’s adventures making for an even crazier collection of experiences than in the first season.

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TV REVIEW: The Last Kingdom – Season 2

Season two begins with a grieving Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) heading north with his companions, groom Halig (Gerard Kearns) and warrior nun, Hild (Eva Birthistle). Having lost both his love and his best friend, he decides it is time to try to win back his lands in Bebbanburg. Not an easy task with no army.

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