Thursday, 8 October 2015

Watched: THE FLASH, season 2 - "The Man Who Saved Central City"

The Flash was one of the best new shows of 2014, and managed to surpass its mother show Arrow with relative ease. (The heroes of Starling City had an off year, let's be kind.) I was very much looking forward to The Flash's season 2 premiere, but it concerned me that so much of the show's emotional arc for Barry (battling a supervillain who's faster than him, while trying to exonerate his imprisoned father for the murder of his mother), has been dealt with. Could The Flash be one of those shows that played its best hand early, to guarantee itself hit status, and will now struggle to maintain that standard? Time will tell. It's certainly too early to say anything based on "The Man Who Saved Central City", which was predominantly concerned with the aftermath of season 1's finale...

Trailer: BBC1's SHERLOCK - Christmas Special

The BBC have released the full-length trailer for this year's SHERLOCK special at Christmas. In an unusual move, the entire episode will transplant Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) to 19th-century London, apparently with no rhyme-or-reason. Just go with it, OK? Anyway, this looks fun, but there's no real insight into what the storyline is. The trailer just exists to make people double-take that the 'modern Sherlock update' has undone its own concept, to become just another iteration of a Victorian-era Sherlock Holmes. Does that sound too cynical? I don't mean it to be. It'll be amusing to see Cumberbatch and Freeman in more traditional roles, and the Victoriana will be like a warm blanket on a hopefully chilly Christmas evening. What do YOU think? Excited by this special, or a little nonplussed?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, season 2 premiere - 'Axis Mundi'

I'm going to be reviewing HBO's THE LEFTOVERS every Tuesday, exclusively on Frame Rated. My thoughts on season 2's incredible premiere, "Axis Mundi", is now up--so please visit, read, and share!
The first season of HBO fantasy drama The Leftovers was a hit with critics, but audiences were less receptive. It's easy to see why, because this is a show with a tantalising hook (that 2% of the world's population inexplicably, instantaneously vanished), but isn't offering answers to that mystery. It just wants to explore the myriad ways ordinary folk would react to such an extraordinary event; which means a lot of the drama revolves around serious themes of loss, regret, grief, guilt, and loneliness. Click to continue reading...

Monday, 5 October 2015

TV Picks: 5-11 October 2015 • At Home with Steph & Dom • Empire • Eternal Glory • The Job Lot • Homeland • The Leftovers • Lewis • Together

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 4 October 2015

DOCTOR WHO, 9.3 - 'Under the Lake'


One of the mainstays of Doctor Who is the 'base under siege' plot, probably because they're useful when it comes to saving money (no troublesome outdoor location shoots) and naturally evoke a feeling of tension and claustrophobia. The revived series has done many such stories since it began, but they can be of mixed success, and sometimes my patience wears thin because they feel so similar.

FRAME RATED: w/e 4 October 2015

Below are the last week's posts from FRAME RATED, the new site I'm editing and writing articles for. I hope more of you have bookmarked us now, visit daily, and have maybe even followed our Twitter so you don't miss updates. Or subscribe to the RSS feed, if that's more your style.
DOCTOR WHO, 9.2 - "The Witch's Familiar", by Frank Collins.
THIS IS ENGLAND '90 - "Autumn", by Jack Murray.
BROOKLYN (2015), by Alex Mullane.
THE MARTIAN (2015), by Simon Cocks.
YOU, ME & THE APOCALYPSE - "Episode One", by Sarah Hughes.
OUTLANDER - Season One, by Frank Collins.

Saturday, 3 October 2015


I'm out. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) bores me. Kurt (Sullivan Stapleton) really bores me. And it's all very stupid. The FBI has created computer software that can "cross reference" Jane's tattoos with crimes, which suggests some kind of artificial intelligence at play. This show is already becoming Person of Interest? This episode, "A Stray Howl", involved a secret domestic drone program attacking people who aggrieved one of its pilots. That sounds silly but fun, but it was a drag. As I expected, Blindspot may have an intriguing setup with Jane as an amnesiac with body ink somehow relating to 100 episodes worth of crimes (many of which are going to be occurring years from now), but it's just 'hunky male Fed fights crime with sexy female bad-ass'. Rinse, repeat. I don't have time for shows like this, sorry.

HEROES REBORN, episode 3 - 'Under the Mask'

I'll be covering Heroes Reborn weekly at DMD, but in more of a visual manner. The material isn't substantial enough to feel like it deserves a huge amount of effort spent on it, so for the duration of this miniseries I'll be commenting below a dozen or so vidcaps, which will illustrate my lighthearted thoughts as the show develops.

Thursday, 1 October 2015



What's the premise? This is a ten-episode comedy-drama taking place during the 34 weeks before a five-mile wide comet crashes into the earth and destroys mankind. HA-HA-HA? The story focuses on a variety of people from around the world (well—the UK, the U.S, and Italy), dealing with a literal countdown to doom...

Monday, 28 September 2015

TV Picks: 28 September – 4 October 2015 • The Almost Impossible Gameshow • Danger Mouse • From Darkness • HIGNFY? • The Kennedys • Marley's Ghosts • You, Me & The Apocalypse

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...