TL;DR – This is a strong entry into the Jurassic franchise leaning both into joy and terror of dinosaurs and what it takes to survive in this world alone.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this series.
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Review –
Last year, a weird experiment actually kind of worked – what if they made animated kids orientated series based around Jurassic Park. It is one of those suggestions that on the face value sounds untenable, but the more you think about it, the more interesting it becomes. The first season was a fascinating ride, set during the fall of the park in Jurassic World. With a strong opener, I was interested in seeing where they could go with it next.
So to set the scene, at the end of last season the group Darius (Paul-Mikél Williams), Brooklynn (Jenna Ortega), Kenji (Ryan Potter), Yaz (Kausar Mohammed), Sammy (Raini Rodriguez) and Ben (Sean Giambrone) were rushing to try and make it to the evacuation ferry. Unfortunately, they missed the boat and more than that. Ben fell to his death from the tram into the jungle below. Left on the island, the group have to find a way to survive and get a message out of the island. The only problem is that between them and the emergency broadcast beacon is a T-Rex who has happily built her nest out of the past world’s detritus. Now from here, we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A fun family story but they may have picked the wrong story to focus on
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One of the things that can help cement a long-running TV show is those recurring themes and events that you can keep going back to, like How I Met Your Mother’s slap or Deep Space Nine’s O’Brien-must-suffer time. However, as times goes on it can be hard to balance the return of an episode with the necessary escalation you need to pull it off. Well, today we have a similar time because it is a holiday so let’s begin the heist.
So to set the scene, we open in as two patrol officers are coming up the elevator, with everything being fine bar when they open the doors and the room is full of fighting rabbits in impeccable suits and glasses. Before you go have time to wonder what is going on we hear “Is this still going on” and cut back 6 months to Halloween because it is heist time and this time to stop betrayals, everyone is getting cuffed to their partners. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so you better believe that there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A fun episode from start to finish that played off each of the cast’s strengths.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
As the seventh season from Brooklyn Nine-Nine draws to a close in a couple of episodes, it has been really good to see them swing for the fences each episode. This week we get an episode that is quite small in scope but it pays off years of character developments.
So to set the scene, Jake (Andy Samberg) is in Holt’s (Andre Braugher) office because now he is captain again he is on a selection committee for a new city-wide task force called STOASRCEIUEO, which no shocker, Holt helped name. Everything was going fine, okay, Jake did his application in the form of a rap, so everything was not going fine. But things got worse when the precinct exploded. It seems that someone tried to prank Jake with a glitter bomb and it backfired. But who in the precinct could have done it? Well, there is one detective that Holt trusts to solve the case, Dillman (J.K. Simmons). Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so you better believe that there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A great welcome back and set up for the rest of the season
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Review – Sometimes there is a joy in just getting to sit down with old friends and chat and laugh and enjoy your time together. Well occasionally you can have TV shows that can feel just the same way and for me, one of those shows is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Over the years there have been so many close calls, that any new episode is a moment of joy and today we get to look at the first episode of a seventh season, two more than I thought we would get.
So, to set the scene, in Sicko/Suicide Squad at the end of last season, the Nine-nine squad was successful in thwarting the evil police commissioner, but it came at a price. Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) had to step down as captain after letting slip that he never did his one-year mandatory time as a uniform beat-cop. All of a sudden, the power roles have been reversed and it is Jake (Andy Samberg) giving Holt the orders, and well that goes about as well as you expect it too. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – It take a moment amongst
all the shenanigans to really explore some of the characters.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
There is a certain joy that comes with seeing one of your favourite shows come
back from the brink, but there is also a little hesitation. Will they be able
to capture that magic again? Will they evolve as a show or will they keep everything
the same to keep the people who push for the reinstatement happy. Well, today we get to see a character have a
major realisation about their past.
So to set the scene, Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) comes to Jake (Andy Samberg) with
a juicy potential murder. A Dr Tate (David
Paymer) has come to them with a concern about some of his patients, for you see
a husband had called him out of the blue and acted out of character and then
they did not turn up to couples counselling. Meanwhile, a parcel was mailed to
Amy (Melissa Fumero) that was clearly meant for Terry (Terry Crews) and Captain
Holt (Andre Braugher) invited Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and her new girlfriend to
dinner only to get a surprising rejection. Now from here, we will be looking at
the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead
TL;DR – Brooklyn Nine-Nine delves into the Me Too era in an episode that shows that B99’s consistent strength in drama still shines.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Over the last few years, we have seen an outpouring
of discussion from a number of industries
about the toxic workplaces that exist, especially for women. We have seen big-name Hollywood producers, politicians,
comedians, and members of finance be called to account for their behaviour, and
the Me Too movements has spread across
the world and into every industry. This is such an important issue that when you
first hear that a comedy show is going to
tackle the issue you take pause because this is not an issue that you should be
making light of. However, when you hear that show is Brooklyn Nine-Nine you give it a pass because B99 has shown in the past it is able and willing to tackle important
issues like this.
So to set the scene, in the morning briefing the team find out that there has
been an investment banker admitted to hospital with a broken penis, which leads
to an array of amusing wonderings as to which drug-fuelled
shenanigans lead to such an injury. Only for them to then find out that it was alleged
that he tried to attack a colleague only for her to protect herself from assault
with his golf club. Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Jake (Andy Samberg) are put on the
case and so they interview both sides. Seth (Jonathan Chase) has no idea why
she would do such a thing, maybe she’s just crazy. Well Kari (Briga Heelan) has
a very good idea why it happened, but there is no evidence creating a ‘he said,
she said’ situation. Meanwhile, Captain
Holt (Andre Braugher) gets the news he has been dreading the Disco Stranger (Richard
Finkelstein), his first big collar, has died and now he has to evaluate what that means for his life. Now from
here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – We get a walk down
memory lane and a look to the future.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
As the season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues, we get a blast into the past as the show goes back to the 1990s, which a bit different to last week’s dive into the 1980s. We also continue the theme of interweaving three narratives throughout the story which some work and some don’t quite get there.
So to set the scene, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) are super excited because it is their 20-year high school reunion time. It was the time of long hair, just one earring, and denim … so much denim. It is also a little bit of a struggle for Jake because his final year of high school was tough as the whole school thought he has tattled on the most popular kid in the school, gaining him the nickname ‘The Tattler.’ But it’s been 20 years surely people will forget, well as they and Amy (Melissa Fumero) arrive one thing is clear, nobody forgets. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Honeymoon brings everyone back together, hits all the right beats,
and propels the show forward, so a great opening episode of a season.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I have been around long enough that the list of shows that I love that got cancelled
without closure is a decently long list. When it happens you always hear of
trying to get it picked up by another network, but this barely ever happens. So
when Brooklyn Nine-Nine got cancelled,
I lamented the stupid decision, but I knew it was unlikely to change, and if
there was ever a time I was happy to be wrong this is it. Well, now we are back and even more extraordinary
we have a full season pick up, so let’s dive into
the first episode of the season Honeymoon.
TL;DR – Safe House shows that five seasons in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is getting better and better, blending humour and emotion into an amazing episode.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Now, I have to say that Brooklyn Nine-Nine might be one of the best gems out there on TV at the moment, and one of the few shows that I actively seek out these days. It is created by Dan Goor & Michael Schur who have been the creative minds behind The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and more. So right from the start, you have an amazing creative team that extends out to all the writing staff. As well as this, you have an amazing and diverse cast that is committed to working together as a team. They all have an amazing rapport with each other, which feels effortless. It is from this platform that they keep getting better each season.