Friday, 12 February 2016

A few niggling thoughts and nitpicks about LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

I've seen up to the fourth episode of The CW's new superhero adventure series Legends of Tomorrow, and while it's been quite entertaining and contained one big surprise in episode 3 that I didn't see coming (although it can probably be unwritten because this is a comic-book show), the entire concept fills me with concerns and questions. So, what better place to air them than here?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'Home Again'

Yesterday over at Frame Rated: I reviewed the fourth episode of THE X-FILES event series, "Home Again" by Glen Morgan, which was a great showcase for Gillian Anderson awkwardly combined with a monster-of-the-week case.
When I first heard Glen Morgan would be writing an episode entitled "Home Again", I envisioned an unexpected sequel to infamous season 4 episode "Home", about a family of inbred murderers, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, this was a decent hour that suddenly means The X-Files' revival could end its maddeningly short run with a mostly-good batch of episodes, unless the final two soil the bed. "Home Again" almost felt like two separate instalments combined, with a bizarre monster-of-the-week tale interwoven with a down-to-earth human drama for Scully (Gillian Anderson). Continue reading...

Monday, 8 February 2016

TV Picks: 8-14 February 2016 • BAFTA • Happy Valley • The Last Leg • Royal Navy School • The X-Files

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

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster'

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I review the return of X-Files writing legend Darin Morgan with his typically quirky episode "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster".
Darin Morgan may not be a household name, but he's a writer every X-Phile knows. The younger brother of writer-producer Glen Morgan, Darin got his start on The X-Files hidden behind layers of latex, playing the sewer-dwelling 'Flukeman' creature from season 2's "The Host". He then helped develop the episode "Blood" with his brother, which led to him writing his own instalment of the show: fan-favourite "Humbug" about a community of circus freaks, which stood out because of its dark, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. His next assignment was season 3's "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", an instant classic that earned Darin an Emmy award. Continue reading...

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Frame Rated: February 2016 - The Best of TV & Film

Over at Frame Rated last Sunday, I compiled a list of the best TV shows and film available in February (from the return of AMC's Better Call Saul, to new films like Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool, to streaming exclusives like Netflix's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny). Click here to read!

Monday, 1 February 2016

TV Picks: 1-7 February 2016 • Grease: Live • Keith Lemon's Sketch Show • The Supergamers

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

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Review: Sky1's LUCKY MAN


Or, to use its proper title: Stan Lee's Lucky Man. I have no idea how involved Marvel's Stan Lee was in the creation of this fantasy cop drama, but wouldn't be surprised if he was simply cornered at London Comic Con by Sky TV execs and forced to pitch them an idea. Slapping Lee's name into the title is supposed to lend this series legitimacy, but all it does it create misguided preconceptions.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES event series (2016)

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed the first two episodes of THE X-FILES 'event series' ("My Struggle" and "Founder's Mutation"). Did the long-awaited return of Mulder and Scully meet expectations? Or was it a mistake to try and revive this seminal '90s hit?
"For any millennials reading, it must be hard to appreciate just how much of a phenomenon The X-Files was in the 1990s. Here was a television show with a beautifully simple concept (two FBI agents—one a sceptic, one a believer—investigate the paranormal) that worked for mass audiences and geeks alike. It paved the way for much of today’s pop-culture, too, advancing what was possible on the small-screen and spearheading the use of serialised 'mythologies' that are now so popular. 19.8 million Americans were tuning into the exploits of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) at its peak, and even during its twilight years The X-Files was capable of reaching 13.9m viewers." Continue reading...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Over at Frame Rated yesterday, I reviewed the 2015 slasher horror-comedy THE FINAL GIRLS with Taissa Farmiga and Malin Åkerman...
Forlorn teenager Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga) attends a special screening of Camp Bloodbath, on the third anniversary of her mother Nancy's (Malin Åkerman) death—a 'scream queen' actress who starred in the aforementioned 1986 slasher. Max goes with her best friend Gertie (Alia Shawkat), Gertie's horror-loving stepbrother Duncan (Thomas Middleditch), and handsome would-be boyfriend Chris (Alexander Ludwig), before things get awkward when Chris's beautiful ex Vicki (Nina Dobrev) joins them. To make matters worse, the cinema's soon set ablaze, Final Destination-style, forcing the friends to escape by literally ripping a hole through the movie screen... and then things get really weird. Continue reading...

Monday, 25 January 2016

TV Picks: 25-31 January 2016 • Agent Carter • The Goldbergs • The Good Wife • Killjoys • The Last Leg Down Under • Lucifer

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