TL;DR – This is one of the
strongest opening hours of TV I have seen in years, with the first few minutes affecting
me in ways I was not ready for.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
A pilot episode of television has a lot it has to do. It has to set the tone,
explain the setting, introduce you to the main characters, and find the drive
for the whole season. I have seen a lot of TV show pilots in my time and even
shows that are fantastic can fumble parts of this very important introduction.
Well, today I look at a show that nails every single element in its 50 minutes
So to set the scene, we open in on a tragedy where Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman)
is thrust into the national spotlight after a video goes viral. Alex shuns all
media request for interviews but she has caught the eye of someone important.
Soon there is a knock at the door and Jonathan (Harry Richardson) who works for
the Federal Government arrives at Alex and her mother Jan’s (Trisha
Morton-Thomas) house in Winton in country Queensland. He is there with an offer
for Alex to take over the seat of a Senator that has just died. She declines,
saying that if Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths) wants her to
be a senator then she can come and ask herself, which is exactly what she does.
For here we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – An exploration of what it means to come back from nothing, good at times, but always held back a little bit from being great
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
I am and always will be a sucker for a good redemption story, where someone
comes back from nothing only to triumph. Today we get to explore this idea
through the lens of professional racing. Which is always good because at the
very least you will get some good car scenes throughout. However, while Pegasus is an interesting film, it is
always holding itself back just that little bit more than it should have.
So to set the scene, Zhang Chi (Shen Teng) was one of if not the best rally car
driver in all of China. However, one day he decided to take part in an illegal
street race that was intercepted by the police. Five years later after serving
a suspension, and having to sell everything to pay off his debts, he is a free
man. He wants to get back behind the wheel and reclaim his championship for his
son but in those five years the game has changed and there is a whole patch of
new young drivers.