TL;DR – It has an interesting
premise that sucks you in, great cast, great locations, but the story was a bit
hit and miss at times.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
In a world full of stories you can use to draw inspiration from, it is
surprising that more shows don’t make use of the mythology and stories from the
Arabian Peninsula. It feels like it starts and stops with Aladdin
at times, at least in shows that make it to the west. But there are such a variety
of narratives that you could draw from to tell interesting stories. Today we
are looking at a TV series that is taking that opportunity with Jinn.
So to set the scene, we open in on Amman, Jorden as a school group gets ready
for a bus ride to Petra. You have the usual clicks appearing, you have Tarek (Abd
Alrazzaq Jarkas), Omar (Mohammad Hindieh), and Nasser (Mohammad Nizar) who are
part of the popular crowd and who are happy to torment Yassin (Sultan Alkhail)
who they think is telling on them to the teacher Ms Ola (Hana Chamoun). You
have the power couple in Mira (Salma Malhas) and Fahed (Yasser Al Hadi), the
mythology nerd Hassan (Zaid Zoubi) that just won’t shut up about Jinn. When
they get to Petra they start messing around and Tarek takes pleasure in
tormenting Yassin, but later that night after a few drinks tragedy strikes when
Tarek falls down a canyon wall. However, the question remains, did he fall, or was
he pushed, and if he was, what or who pushed him? Now from here, we will be
looking at the season as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – It builds on
the season before and becomes a much more intense show that maybe holds its
cards bit too close to its chest.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Early last year I got a chance to watch the first Netflix show to come out of
Scandinavia. The Rain had a fantastic
premise with strong characters, overarching story, and design work. Though it
was a show where it would have been great to see it take some more risks and
chart a more independent course. Flash forward to a week ago and the second
season dropped onto the service and at once it captivated me back into this
world of post-apocalyptic Denmark.
So to set the scene, one day everyone’s lives in Denmark and at least Southern
Sweden changed for the worse. For that day it started to rain, nothing new in
Scandinavia, but this time the rains did not bring life, but death. Something
we are reminded about in the opening moments of Season Two when we see the carnage
once more to give us perspective moving forward. We jump back into the story
just when Season
One ended with Simone (Alba August), Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard
Tønnesen), Martin (Mikkel Følsgaard), Jean (Sonny Lindberg), Lea (Jessica
Dinnage), and Patrick (Lukas Løkken) escaping from the Apollon headquarters
along the barrier wall in Sweden. Just when all hope is lost, Simone and
Rasmus’ father Frederick (Lars Simonsen) gives them a location where they might
get some help, moments before he himself is killed. So with a plan, they set
off for this hidden base, but there could be an even worse danger within
because the virus in Rasmus is adapting and changing and it is destroying
everything in its path. Now from here, we will be looking at the season as a
whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is a series that I think is important for everyone to see because what we do has consequences and those consequences can be ruined lives.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
When I loaded up this limited series, I kind of had an idea of what to expect.
I had heard about the Central Park Five before and I thought I had a rough
framework as to what happened and of course, having the blowhard-in-chief double
down on it helped bring it all back into focus. However, while I understood
what happened, it was an intellectual knowledge and not an emotional one. While
I walked in here with what I thought was understanding, I now know I had no
idea, none what so ever.
So to set the scene, one evening in April in New York City a group of young
people of mostly African-American decent came together to have a bit of a raucous
in Central Park. Soon the police arrived and brought a bunch of them in disturbing
the peace after roughing more than a few of them in the process. However, later
that night in the north section of the park woman was found clinging to life
after being raped and assaulted. It is at this point that detective Linda
Fairstein (Felicity Huffman) draws the connection between the two incidents.
Soon Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk), Antron McCray (Caleel Harris), Yusef
Salaam (Ethan Herisse), Raymond Santana (Marquis Rodriguez), and Korey Wise (Jharrel
Jerome) are dragged in front of the police, with no adults present. Soon the
police would have their confessions, for assault and rape, confessions that
looked dubious even under the most cursory inspection.
TL;DR – While there has been
patchy moments this season, I do think they stuck the ending.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Well, here we are, the final ever episode of Game of Thrones (if you don’t count the multiple prequels in
preproduction at the moment). I can still remember that day when I first
watched the very first episode as a group of men from The Watch go north past
The Wall and discover there was something worse than wildlings waiting for
them. A lost queen forced to marry into a barbarian horde to secure her ungrateful
brother an army to retake their throne. A drunkard ruling a kingdom though all
he wants to do is hunt and joust and fornicate with people who are not his
wife. A family of noble people trying to do what is right, especially when it
is hard, and being woefully unprepared for the mess they were walking into.
Also, the things we do for love. All of those years of story have been building
to this final episode, and I wonder can they stick the landing?
So to set the scene, during last week’s The
Bells a lot of things happen and a lot of people died. After the death
of Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) in The
Last of the Starks, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) had become inconsolable,
and Missandei’s final word Dracarys sat in her mind so that even when she heard
the bells of surrender Dany decided to burn Kings Landing to the ground, not
really caring who or what got in her way. The complete slaughter of the capital
is something she has threatened since she arrived and finally showed what
damage even one dragon can do, insert the nuclear weapons analogies. The
capital is in ruins, Jon (Kit Harington) tried to do the right thing and
failed, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) had their whole
worlds crash down on them, oh and Euron (Pilou Asbæk) is finally gone. We open
with the aftermath as ash and snow still fall in the ruins of Kings Landing and
the dead and dying lay among the wreckage. Here Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jon (Kit
Harington), and Davos (Liam Cunningham) walk and see the damage their actions
have wrought and the potential hell that they have unleashed. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode
as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – After a season of fun Brooklyn Nine-Nine comes
to a close in what would have been a great series finale if we didn’t have an
amazing season seven in store.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Today is an interesting review to write because I know that it would be a very different
tone if it was not already announced that a Season Seven is on the way. It
would be a review of closure and looking back. However, today, while there is a
bit of closure we instead get the joy of looking forward to what is still yet
So to set the scene, underneath all the hijinks, crimes, heists, and murders
this season has been an overarching story about two futures for the NYPD. There
is the future under John Kelly (Phil Reeves) which was looking back at Stop and
Frisk and other outmoded forms of policing and the future under Raymond Holt (Andre
Braugher) that is looking forward. At the start of the season in Honeymoon,
it was clear that Kelly had won, and that he would make the 99 pay for getting
in his way. After a season of back and forth, it finally comes to a head when
Kelly puts Jake (Andy Samberg) right in the middle of their feud where he has
to choose between following Holt and saving lives. Just a reminder as we dive
into both Sicko and Suicide Squad we will be looking at the
episodes as a whole, that there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – The rushed final
season is starting to show its issues … badly.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I have honestly been really happy where the final season has been going so far.
I liked how Winterfell and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms were these
slow-burn episodes giving us some much-needed character development and
interaction. I found The
Long Night to be a really emotional experience as the dead came
and slaughtered. I was ever really jiving with The
Last of the Starks up until that last 15 minutes. It was like a
speed boat suddenly threw out its anchor grinding everything to a halt. This
means for the first time, I am coming into an episode of this 8th
season, and the penultimate episode at that, with a lot of hesitation and I
don’t know how to feel about that.
So to set the scene, last week everyone was celebrating their win over the dead
and the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) but there was still one big threat on the
horizon. Cersei (Lena Headey) still controls King’s Landing, and with it the legitimacy
of the throne. Just one problem Cersei captured Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
and beheaded her in front of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and well that did not go
down well. So we begin today with everyone getting ready for the final push but
some people have reservations and one of them is Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) who
is finally caught out. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a
whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead. This week we are going to
do something a little different and focus our review on different character relationships
because it is through these relationships we see the very highs of this episode
and the real lows.
As a guy, it might not be kosher, but I love a good romantic comedy, one that
you can sit back, laugh, but also be moved by the characters. However, this is
a genre that has kind of been on the backburner in recent years with only Crazy
Rich Asians being the one to come to mind when I think of good
works to draw from. Today, thankfully, I get to add another film to this list
with the joy that is Top End Wedding.
So to set the scene, we open in on a couple living in Adelaide who are both
having very important days. Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) is having her first major
client meeting and if it goes well she will get a promotion for the firm she
works in under Hampton (Kerry Fox) who is often referred to a Cruella.
Meanwhile, Ned (Gwilym Lee) is trying to live up to his father’s memory in the
courtroom but finds the job difficult because he has no passion for it. Well,
Ned decides to quit his job and proposes to Lauren, the only catch is that
Hampton will only give Lauren 10 days off for the wedding, as in the next 10
days, and Lauren has always dreamed of having her wedding in Darwin where she
is from. While this should be easy to put together, things take a turn when she
arrives home to find her father Trevor (Huw Higginson) and mother Daffy (Ursula
Yovich) had recently separated and no one knows where her mother is.