Tuesday, 30 June 2015

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.9 – 'And Hell Itself My Only Foe'


★★☆☆

There were things to enjoy about this penultimate episode, and it tee'd up next week's finale very well by the end, but I was very disappointed John Logan's rushed various aspects of the story. The disfigured American looking to bring wolfman Ethan (Josh Hartnett) to justice back in the U.S? He somehow found Ethan and Vanessa (Eva Green) at the Cut-Wife's cottage, and was swiftly knifed to death pre-credits. In London, Dorian (Reeve Carney) somehow realised Lily (Billie Piper) is the Irish prostitute Brona he once had sex with, so I can only assume a temporary amnesia was affecting him.

Monday, 29 June 2015

TV Picks: 29 June – 5 July 2015 • Extant • Not Safe for Work • A Song for Jenny • Under the Dome


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

Saturday, 27 June 2015

HANNIBAL, 3.4 – 'Aperitivo'


★★☆☆

We're deep enough into the third season that I feel confident making bolder statements about the success of this year, so far. So, while I'm enjoying aspects of Hannibal now it's broken with its crime procedural format, there's a number of things that are frustrating me. I've mentioned them before, but they still keep nagging away at me whenever I settle down to watch. Firstly, while the show has always been a nightmarishly beautiful expression of art, I feel like they're going overboard this year. Almost as if the abundance of digitally-augmented slow-motion sequences (did we really need to see Dr Bloom's CGI skeleton?), are trying to cover for a lack of hefty plot. Secondly, that too many characters have miraculously survived their deadly encounters with Dr Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and I'm only buying the extraordinary staying power of a few. I mean, even the one character who definitely died—young Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl)—keeps appearing as a hallucination, which reduces the sense of loss.

Friday, 26 June 2015

FRAME RATED (19-26 June 15)


Hopefully everyone's aware I'm busy writing and editing FRAME RATED, a new entertainment site covering film and television. The site's only three weeks old, but doing very well, and I'd love the DMD regulars to check it out. Bookmark us! Add our RSS feed! Share content! And as a regular Friday thing, below are direct links to recent posts:
GAME OF THRONES: Season Five, by Sarah Hughes.
HANNIBAL, 3.3 - 'Secondo', by Andrew Bemis.
SENSE8: Season One, by Dan Owen.
HUMANS - series one, episode two, by Alex Mullane.
TRUE DETECTIVE - 'The Book of the Western Dead', by Sarah Hughes.
For Your Reconsideration: Vince Vaughn, by Jack Murray.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.16 – 'Hell's Bells' • ANGEL, 3.17- 'Forgiving'

ANYA: Okay. For the last time. I, Anya, want to marry you, Xander, because I love you and I'll always love you. And before I knew you, I was like a completely different person. Not even a person, really. And I had seen what love could do to people, and it was hurt and sadness. Alone was better. And then, suddenly there was you, and... you knew me. You saw me, and it was this... thing. You make me feel safe and warm. So, I get it now. I finally get love, Xander. I really do.
Last week's catchups fanned a heated comment discussion this week (I sort of love it when those happen), so I'd like to quickly address a few things it raised. Yes, I fully appreciate that I'm not enjoying season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and some of my frustration is feeding into these catchup posts—in the sense my attention has increasingly wandered, so various oversights have been made. It's also worth remembering that I'm watching both Buffyverse episodes just once, then writing about them immediately after with no research time. This means I will undoubtedly forget things and make stupid errors along the way. I know fans will point out my mistakes in an adult manner and allow me take account for an unfortunate slip, or leave a nasty comment questioning my worth as a human being. Hopefully the former.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Frame Rated: SENSE8 - Season One


Yesterday on Frame Rated, I reviewed the first season of Netflix's SENSE8; a sci-fi drama from the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) about eight strangers who realise they're telepathically linked. Do give it a read! And share! Then tell your friends!

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.8 – 'Memento Mori'


★★★★

I worship the ground Eva Green walks on, but her presence in Penny Dreadful is often detrimental—in the sense she's so magnetic to watch, and write for, that everyone else tends to fade into the background. "Memento Mori" got around this problem by revealing what's happening to the other characters, now Vanessa (Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) have gone to ground in the Cut-Wife's cottage. And while it would be wrong to remove Green from this show for too long, her absence definitely allowed for the rest of the ensemble to shine.

Monday, 22 June 2015

TV Picks: 22-28 June 2015 • The Brink • Glastonbury • The Interviews • My Mad Fat Diary • Odyssey • True Detective


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

Saturday, 20 June 2015

HANNIBAL, 3.3 – 'Secondo'


★★★☆

It feels perfectly natural for Hannibal to indulge a Gothic fairy tale sensibility this season, especially now it's taking place in the continent that created the art form. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) visited the Lithuanian ancestral home of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in "Secondo", looking for answers to explain the doctor's psychology, and it was like watching a hardcore Brothers Grimm story come to life—complete with a scrawny prisoner locked in a dungeon. Although, in a break with the storytelling tradition of an innocent child being imprisoned by an evil witch, this was an man who was allegedly the cannibal who devoured Lecter's beloved sister Misha, now doomed to suck on snails for sustenance.

Friday, 19 June 2015

FRAME RATED (12-18 June 15)


As promised, every Friday I'm going to list the updates that have happened at my new site, FRAME RATED, over the past week. I hope you'll click some of these, enjoy reading... and maybe even share with your friends? It all helps!
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, by Dan Owen.
Trailer: THE MARTIAN, by Dan Owen.
HANNIBAL - "Primavera", by Andrew Bemis.
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, by Dan Owen.
HUMANS - series one, episode one, by Alex Mullane.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D - Season Two, by Simon Cocks.