STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, 1.1 – “The Vulcan Hello” (Netflix Review)

Streaming on UK Netflix from: Monday 25th September 2017

Story by: Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman

Teleplay by: Akiva Goldsman and Bryan Fuller

Directed by: David Semel


 

LIGHT THE BEACON

“They are coming.”

After a century of only fleeting interaction between the Starfleet of Earth and the warriors of the Klingon Empire, a war is on the horizon as the Klingons pursue a “crusade of self-preservation” against those who purport to “come in peace.” Captain Philippa Georgiou’s (Michelle Mechanic: Resurrection Yeoh) USS Shenzhou is the Federation starship which first encounters the oncoming storm…

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE, 1.1 – “Offred” (TV Review)

Channel 4 – 9pm – Sunday 28th May 2017

Teleplay by: Bruce Miller

Based on the novel by: Margaret Atwood

Directed by: Reed Morano


 

BREEDING STOCK

As intrigued as I was by its release (and Channel 4’s acquisition for UK transmission), I am a week behind on Hulu/MGM’s new ten-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s speculative dystopian novel because I wanted to view the 1990 film version first. While not out-and-out disappointed by the Natasha Richardson-starring production (which you can read my review of HERE), my enjoyment was tempered by the outdated feel which crippled the suspension of my disbelief and meant I never felt truly engaged enough to appreciate the abject horror of the notion. A reader on my blog commented that I should still give the new series a try, as it improved upon the earlier attempt.

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LOADED, 1.1 – “Lawsuit” (TV Review)

Loaded. Image shows from L to R: Leon (Samuel Anderson), Ewan (Jonny Sweet), Josh (Jim Howick), Watto (Nick Helm).

Channel 4 – 10pm – Monday 8th May 2017

Written by: Jon Brown

Directed by: Ian Fitzgibbon


 

FILTHY RICH AND CAT APP

My disappointment at learning that series 3 of Nick Helm’s refreshingly honest BBC Three sitcom Uncle was its last was somewhat assuaged when I learned that the brash bearded comic was playing one of four lead roles in Channel 4’s new eight-part comedy-drama Loaded, which sees Helm’s ex-junkie computer genius Watto and three life-long mates become overnight multi-millionaires when they sell their Candy Crush-alike mobile phone app, Cat Factory, to an American company for a staggering $14billion EACH.

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AMERICAN GODS, 1.1 – “The Bone Orchard” (Amazon Prime Review)

Amazon Prime – From Monday 1st May 2017

Written and developed by: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman

Directed by: David Slade


 

THE DOMINANT PARADIGM

Influenced by a wave of public anticipation, I knew I wanted to watch this heavily-hyped Starz/Amazon Prime fantasy drama series despite having zero knowledge of the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel upon which it is based. After the hour long pilot premiered online this Monday I’m still not convinced I’m any more clued up on the premise than I was before, but I do know that showrunners and screenwriters Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have me curious to know more about this violent and muddily mythologically-inspired present day parallel America.

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IRON FIST, 1.1 – “Snow Gives Way” (Netflix Review)

Netflix – Season One streaming from 17th March 2017

Based on characters created by: Roy Thomas and Gil Kane

Created and Written by: Scott Buck

Directed by: John Dahl


 

CIRQUE DU PSYCHOPATH

Ant-Man aside, I have invariably been on the ball with watching all of Marvel Studio’s blockbuster comic book adaptations during their cinematic runs. Inversely, the television spin-offs have somehow evaded by attention. I’m not against seeing them, but I don’t consider them essential to the MCU. Plus, once I fell behind on Daredevil, I felt inclined to hold off on Jessica Jones and Luke Cage until I could watch them in production order.

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TABOO, 1.1 (TV Review)

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BBC One – 7th January 2017 – 9:15pm

Written by: Steven Knight

Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm


RUMOURS, WOE AND RESURRECTION

In a bold show of supreme confidence in the broader-than-usual appeal of their first major new drama of 2017, the BBC scheduled this dark period piece for a prime time Saturday evening slot. With Hollywood hunk Tom Hardy in the lead role and with Ridley Scott as an Executive producer, such star pedigree and lofty production values make it hard to question their decision. But did last night’s debut instalment of Taboo make me desperate to return next weekend?

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THE GRAND TOUR, 1.1 – “The Holy Trinity” (Amazon Video Review)

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71mins – Amazon Video – Streaming from Friday 18th November

Hosted by: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May

Produced by: Andy Wilman

Directed by: Phil Churchward, Brian Klein


 

BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

“I can see clearly now the rain has gone” rather arrogantly boasts the theme tune as persistent motor-mouth and infamous producer-puncher Jeremy Clarkson finds a new platform for him and his car-crazy bezzie mates to bicker, banter and blaze around race tracks in blooming expensive vehicles for an hour every week.

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