TL;DR – There are moments of absolute joy and action, but it does get bogged down in a story that does not reach the heights of the world’s potential.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this show.
Shadow and Bone Review –
A while back, I caught up on some of the Fantasy series I had missed and stumbled upon an exciting delight. It was a show that took queues from a more Slavic inspiration, creating a universe that felt like we were not just running over the same cultural touchstones. Well, the show’s second season has now dropped, and I didn’t wait to give it a watch this time.
So to set the scene, Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) and Malyen “Mal” Oretsev (Archie Renaux) have escaped overseas after defeating General Aleksander Kirigan / The Darkling (Ben Barnes) but not having the power to stop the Fold. But they are still being hunted, this time by a charismatic pirate (Patrick Gibson) and the nation they just abandoned. Meanwhile, the Crows have returned to Ketterdam only to find that someone has bought their club out from underneath them, and some people are mighty upset that they did not bring back the prize they were hired for. Now from here, we will be looking at the series as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A delightful romp through a world where coincidence can be bought and manipulated.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid to watch this film
The Portable Door Review –
Few things get me into the cinema as quickly as ‘made by The Jim Henson Company’. No matter what they are involved in, you know it will be fascinating to watch. But add in some lovely Magical Realism and a cast of zany characters, and you have a must-watch.
So to set the scene, Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) is down on his luck and trying to find a job to pay the bills before he gets kicked out of his flat. All he has to do is get to the café. What could go wrong? Well, everything, apparently. Both shoelaces might break, the trousers might have a stain, and a dog might run off with your scarf. But what if, coincidentally, running after the dog, you find a small door for applicants, and what if you find yourself in the company JW Wells and Co that is expecting you even though you never applied for something? But what if, in that interview, you notice that the cracks in the wall remarkably resemble a map of London? You might find yourself employed by a company that believes that coincidence can be manipulated and controlled.
TL;DR – This is a show that
entrances you and then just when you think you have everything worked out it
shifts the game completely and you are left in awe with what just happened.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I have tried to keep up with all the new sci-fi shows dropping on Netflix, but
occasionally one of them slips through the cracks, and this week we are looking
at one of those with the brilliantly odd The
OA. When a friend highly suggested that I give it a watch I thought I would
get it an episode or two to see how it was and then at some point during Part 2
I looked up to see that it was 3 am and I truly wondered if I should watch the
two last episodes then and there, so that should give you an indication as to how
good the show is.
So to set the scene, we open with a rainy day as people drive over a bridge
when someone records a woman in white running across to the edge of the bridge
and then falling off into the water below. She survives, but won’t tell anybody
her name or where she is from. Meanwhile in a small town, in a housing estate
that was never finished, Nancy (Alice Krige) and Able (Scott Wilson) are going
about their day when someone sends them a link to something online and they
watch at their long lost daughter Prairie (Brit Marling) jump off a bridge.
They race to her hospital, retelling the story of how their daughter went
missing one day seven years ago, they race into her hospital bed where the
woman in front of them goes by The OA not Prairie and does not recognise who
just walked in, that is until she touches Nancy’s face. For you see when
Prairie was taken she was blind but now she can see. Now, from this point onwards, we will be looking
at Part 1 and Part 2 as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS]