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 is a film with two halves, the beautiful story of a family coming together in the face of a crisis with the help of Mary Poppins, but also a story about how it is individuals and not big corporations that are bad … from Disney … umm
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Mary Poppins is a movie that is quite
dear to me. When I was a child it was one of those films that we would watch as
a family on a Saturday night. I honestly I was not really all that on board
with the remake/sequel hybrid film all the trailers seemed to imply that we
were about to get. As well as this, I am starting to get a little tired of
Disney’s ‘Weaponised Nostalgia Era’. Well, that is what I thought walking in, but
then a wave of joy enveloped my life leaving a smile on my face and tears
rolling down my face.
So to set the scene, it has been a number of years since the first film and the
Banks’ children have grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is, well was, a painter,
who married and had three lovely children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael
Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) before his wife tragically died. This has understandably
sent ripples through the family, made all the worse when there is a knock on
the door and we discover that the bank is foreclosing on the house because
Michael has fallen behind paying back a loan, the same bank his father helped
run, and the same bank he currently works for. Well,
the whole family, including his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) helps to look for their father’s shares in the bank in the last ditch effort in saving the house, when
who should appear at the end of a kite, none other than Mary Poppins (Emily