TL;DR – There is an absurd chaos on display from start to finish.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Great Review –
There is something so odd watching something proposing to be one thing but is another. There is a level of tonal dissonance that can take you out of the experience if there is not a deft hand on show. Today we look at a show that dances through history while ignoring actual events for a more engaging story.
So to set the scene, at the end of Season One, Catherine (Elle Fanning) finally made her move on Peter (Nicholas Hoult) with the help of her advisors Orlo (Sacha Dhawan) and Velementov (Douglas Hodge). Catherine had to sacrifice her lover to take the crown, but her love for Russia overtook her personal desires. However, Peter still has some support at court and weeks in. He still controls part of the Palace even though he is now surrounded. Time is short, and the one constant is everyone around Peter and Catherine has made it clear, they need to kill the other. Now from here, we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Builds upon everything that made the first season great by focussing on the character development of every kind
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Apple TV+ service that viewed this episode
Ted Lasso Review –
When I came into the first season of Ted Lasso, there was so much praise and hype around the show that there was no way it could ever live up to those expectations. But not only did the show live up to them, but it also exceeded them. However, surely now with its sophomore season, it can’t strike lightning twice? Well, can I just say, in the echoes of T2: Judgement Day or Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the second helping is even better than the first.
So to set the scene, at the end of Season One, things were not looking great for the English Premier League team, AFC Richmond. After a gruelling season under new coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), the team was moments away from saving themselves from relegation when a play from ex-teammate Jamie Tartt (Jeremy Swift) sealed their fate. Relegated, the team tries to fight back to the Premier League only to start their season with seven tied matches. But just when it looks like they will turn a corner, the win is stolen from them when the penalty Dani (Cristo Fernández) kicked accidentally kills the team mascot. Now we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there may be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Heart-warming and sincere without ever being saccharine.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Apple TV+ service that viewed this episode.
Ted Lasso Review –
When I first got Apple TV+ for Foundation, I knew that I would probably take the chance to check out what else was there because nothing had called me before. Well, if I was going to start somewhere, I thought I might as well go with the series that just obliterated the Emmys. However, I went in with a thought that it could never live up to all the hype … I was wrong, it could, and it did.
So to set the scene, Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is working as an NFL coach in America. He led the Wichita State Shockers to a Division II NCAA championship, an impressive feat. While that win put him on the radar of several NFL clubs in America, an offer right out of left field caught his attention. Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) was the new owner of AFC Richmond, an English Premier League Football club, and she offered him the job of team manager. Ted jumps at the chance and brings along his coaching partner, Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), all the way over to London only to get thrown in the deep end and demolished by the press like Trent Crimm for The Independent (James Lance). However, he soon finds his feet. Unfortunately for Ted, Rebecca got the team from her ex-husband Rupert (Anthony Head) in the divorce, but she has no intention of letting it thrive. She wanted the one thing her husband truly cared about to go down in flames. Now we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there may be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This show keeps going from strength to strength with more in-depth storytelling.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this show
Sex Education Review –
If there is one show that constantly surprises me at how honest and explorative they will be, it would be Sex Education. Every episode is designed to both shock the viewer but then also be filled with deeply heartfelt stories. The combination creates a show that should be jarring, but rather than that, it just works. As we dive into the third season, there was always a chance that the steam would run out, that the juxtaposition would falter. While it might do that one day, this season still holds the line.
So to set the scene, at the end of Season Two, there was a lot of drama that befell the small town of Moredale. Otis (Asa Butterfield) finally expressed his love for Maeve (Emma Mackey) through a voicemail message, which would have been amazing if Isaac (George Robinson) had not deleted it. Jean (Gillian Anderson) discovered that she is pregnant with her ex-partner Jakob’s (Mikael Persbrandt) baby, and the hierarchy of Moredale Secondary School came crashing down when Michael’s (Alistair Petrie) plan to discredit Jean blew up in his face. Well, over summer, everything shifted, with Otis dating Ruby (Mimi Keene) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) is starting a new relationship with Adam (Connor Swindells), But none of them are ready for the new headmistress Hope (Jemima Kirke), that is about to change all of their worlds. Now we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there may be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This was a perfectly okay episode, but I wish it could have been more than that
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Disclosure – Watched on ABC IView
Revolution Of The Daleks Review –
Well, before we start, I need to be honest with something, I had utterly bounced off Doctor Who. I had liked Jodie Whittaker’s performance, and the characters, but something about the stories that just fell flat for me. I didn’t watch the last season and from the sounds of things that was for the best. I was honestly going to give the New Year’s special a pass, but then they had to go announce that a certain Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) is back, and well if I am not a sucker for things like this.
So to set the scene, in the aftermath of a Dalek attack on Earth, the body of said Dalek is taken away to be stored in deep storage. However, on the way to Depository, 23, the transport driver is incapacitated, and the corpse is stolen. Sometime later the Technology Sectary Jo Patterson (Harriet Walter) meets with disgraced businessman from Arachnids In The UK Jack Robertson (Chris Noth) who has a new crowd control invention, which just so happens to be an AI-controlled Dalek. Meanwhile, 79 billion light-years away The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) is stuck in prison and has been there for a while, just waiting for someone to break her out. From this point onwards we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is a truly bizarre but entirely compelling show, that blends fiction and reality with a deft hand
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
A couple of years ago there was this odd film that exploded into the world out of nowhere, it was an exploration of Queen Anne full of intrigue and irreverence. When something like that blasts out into the world you try to find out what the creators will do next, so when I heard the latest series around Catherine the Great was writing by Tony McNamara one of the writers of The Favourite I had to give it a watch and it was a good choice.
So to set the scene, Catherine (Elle Fanning) is a starry-eyed young noble who has had the fortune to be matched with the current Emperor of Russia, Peter III (Nicholas Hoult). She brings him a branch as a present of her love, living in this world of fantasy right up until the local archbishop ‘Archie’ (Adam Godley) checked to see if she was still a virgin. The realities of the Russian court were nothing like she had thought, with violence and bitterness at every turn. Still, she found comfort in her maid Marial (Phoebe Fox), the odd wisdom of Aunt Elizabeth (Belinda Bromilow), and the books of Orlo (Sacha Dhawan). Maybe she could find a place here in this strange land … or maybe yet, could not this strange land bend to her will. Now we will be looking at the series as a whole and as such there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is an
interesting concept, with some powerful performances, but I am not sure three episodes
was enough time to really show it off.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Netflix as the premier multi-national streaming juggernaut (for the time being)
has been doing a lot of experimenting in recent years. With Black
Mirror: Bandersnatch they gave the world a choose your own adventure in
cinematic form and with Ultimate
Beastmaster they produced different versions for each of the countries
participating. Well today we get to take a look at the next experiment with
Criminal a series that produced four different versions for France, Germany,
Spain, and the UK. Well today we are going to take a look at the UK version to
see how this experiment works out.
To set the scene, we open in on DI Natalie Hobbs’ (Katherine Kelly) team as
they begin an interview with the suspect of a murder. For you see her team are experts
in interrogation, so they are used when there is a time crunch or a serious
case that needs their attention. The first of these involves a doctor (David
Tennant) that is accused of molesting and then murdering his step-daughter. The
interview has been going for hours and time is running out because if they can’t
find some way to get him to crack he could walk free. Now from here, we will be
looking at the season as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS]
TL;DR – While there has been patchy moments this season, I do think they stuck the ending.
Score – 3.5 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 – 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.
TL;DR – An episode of two
halves that don’t work together, but at least it nails the first part.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One thing that always resonates in a good show is an impact. When you change
the game what is the impact on the characters and the greater world. This is
one area that historically Game of Thrones
has excelled at, and this might be the biggest impact we have had so far. After
the battle comes a moment of reflection, but then what if there is no time because
there are still enemies on the board?
So to set the scene, we begin in the moments after the end of last week’s The
Long Night. At the end of the battle, Arya (Maisie Williams) was the
one who finally stopped the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) destroying all of his
minions. However, this was not before thousands of lives were lost, including
the leader House Mormont Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey). It was a major victory
but also a stunning loss, one that might have set the scene for a safer world
but at the cost of putting Cersei (Lena Headey) in maybe an unbeatable position.
However, when you have gumption on your side (and also some dragons) anything
is possible, maybe. Now
from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some