Thursday, 30 July 2015

ANGEL, 3.22 - 'Tomorrow' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.21-22 - 'Two to Go' & 'Grave'

LILAH: Mind if I join you?
WESLEY: On many levels and with great intensity.
The big finale of Angel season 3, "TOMORROW", offered an enjoyable viewing experience, blessed by a fantastic cliffhanger that must have played like gangbusters back in 2002 (as there's subsequently been dozens of supernatural shows that've played with the idea of punishing a vampire with eternal incarceration rather than death). That Angel's (David Boreanaz) particular comeuppance came at the hand of his own son, Connor (Vincent Kartheiser), who found it easier to jump to conclusions about his adopted father's suspicious death, added a welcome dose of familial tragedy, too. You really felt for Angel when he was begging his brainwashed son to listen to his side of the story, as his coffin was being sealed and about to be tipped off the back of a boat into anonymous dark waters. It was a memorable and heartrending image to end on.

Monday, 27 July 2015

TV Picks: 27 July – 2 August 2015 • Flockstars • Hello Campers • Life in Squares • Parks and Recreation • Ripper Street • Tut • Would I Lie To You?


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

Sunday, 26 July 2015

I'm watching: EXTANT • HALT & CATCH FIRE • HANNIBAL • HUMANS • JS&MN • MR ROBOT • THE STRAIN • TRUE DETECTIVE • WAYWARD PINES

Familiar preamble by now: I'm still watching lots of television every week, but have less time and inclination to blog about it all. Therefore, occasionally I like to offer brief thoughts on some of the shows I've made a weekly appointment to watch. Maybe you'll enjoy reading? Onwards!


Extant – Season 2 (CBS/Amazon Prime)
Look, I wasn't a huge fan of season 1, but sometimes you watch silly things in the summer. It's a symptom of heat stress. Extant looks gorgeous in 1080p on Amazon and is frankly of the few reasons I can justify paying for their Prime service. But I'm probably going to give up soon, because this is clearly yet another U.S series that doesn't warrant going beyond a single season. This year has Molly (Halle Berry) becoming more crazy-eyed cop than problem-solving astronaut (who's suddenly a gifted marksman!), and I'm less interested in her reshaping because it's so clichéd. Ditching sensible Goran Visnjic for swaggering Jeffrey Dean Morgan was a good move, though. David Morrissey doing his American Accent© in a clichéd military tough-guy role, and the ridiculousness of scientists designing the government a robot warrior who resembles, um, a beautiful catwalk model... less so.
★☆☆☆☆

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Frame Rated: Disasterpiece - WATERWORLD


Over at Frame Rated yesterday: the aquatic post-apocalypse film WATERWORLD turns 20 this week, so I took a look back at this 1995 summer movie, starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Waterworld still evokes feelings of cinematic misfortune, two decades after the post-apocalyptic action film's summer release, but time’s been kind to this 1995 'flopbuster'. Indeed, despite its dismal reputation (earning itself nicknames like 'Fishtar' and 'Kevin’s Gate', alluding to fiascos Ishtar and Heaven’s Gate), there are much bigger financial and creative disasters. Continue reading...

HANNIBAL, 3.8 – 'The Great Red Dragon'


★★★☆

Just to remind readers, this review is scheduled alongside the Thursday night broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S and Wednesday in the UK, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...

Friday, 24 July 2015

FRAME RATED (17 - 24 Jul 15)


Below are the week's posts from FRAME RATED, the new entertainment site I'm editing and writing for. If you've noticed a downturn in content at DMD, part of that's down to my efforts being diverted that way. I hope many of you have bookmarked the site, visit daily, and have followed our Twitter for the latest updates. Or the RSS feed, of course.
ANT-MAN, by Simon Cocks.
Retrospective: CLUELESS (1995), by Josh Winning.
TRUE DETECTIVE, 2.5 - 'Other Lives', by Sarah Hughes.
HUMANS - series one, episode six, by Alex Mullane.
HANNIBAL, 3.7 - 'Digestivo', by Andrew Bemis.
INSIDE OUT, by Sarah Hughes.


Thursday, 23 July 2015

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.20 – 'Villains' • ANGEL, 3.21 – 'Benediction'

BUFFY: How'd I get here?
XANDER: You've got to stop doing this. This dying thing's funny once, maybe twice.
As I predicted last week, Tara bit the big one, but Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) managed to pull through after getting shot—and it looked that way during her emergency surgery, before Willow (Alyson Hannigan) appeared with dark hair and coal-black eyes to telekinetically remove the slug from her friend's chest. One thing that bothered me about "VILLAINS" was how the aftermath of Tara dying was just the catalyst for Willow turning to the dark side (not for the first time) and seeking vengeance. I don't blame her, and it certainly provided a lot of impetus and some exciting scenes, but the show's home to one of the best examinations of someone dying on a genre TV show ("The Body"), so it felt a bit strange they avoided the human drama of losing a friend and instead went full tilt for the craziness. I'd argue Tara was a more prominent and interesting character than Buffy's mother ever was, too, so it felt strange. Even the scene when Buffy and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) belatedly realise what happened to Tara didn't really connect with me; nor did Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) finding her body on the bedroom floor.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Trailer: FARGO - Season 2


FX have released the official trailer for season 2 of FARGO, which looks fantastic. I was a huge fan of the first season, but have been concerned about the idea of telling a completely different story each season. It's not working out too well for True Detective over on HBO, is it. Mind you, Fargo appears to have a much wiser strategy—because while the story, characters and even the decade's different (this takes us back to 1979), it's still all taking place in snowy Minnesota and works as a prequel for Keith Carradine's cop-turned-restauranteur Lou Solverson.

Monday, 20 July 2015

TV Picks: 20-26 July 2015 • Desi Rascals • One Born Every Minute • Partners in Crime • Wentworth Prison • Witnesses


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

Saturday, 18 July 2015

HANNIBAL, 3.7 – 'Digestivo'


★★★☆

First, a word of warning: NBC have moved Hannibal from Thursdays to Saturdays for the rest of season 3, so this review is scheduled alongside the unchanged Canadian broadcast. Consequently, this post contains huge spoilers for most people reading in the U.S, UK, and most other countries. Continue reading at your own risk...