This was originally published at Metro on 22nd September 2018.
Conventional wisdom would have us believe that The Simpsons was a bonafide classic from the moment that it aired its premier episode. According to this popular narrative, everything that we love about Matt Groening’s seminal creation was in place from minute one: including the iconic characters; the witty writing; the ingenious scenarios and of course, the edgy humour. In fact, the general consensus seems to deny that there were any teething problems whatsoever. Instead, fans posit that it was only later on – after the property had been milked for all its work- that things began to fall apart.
I really do love that Stranger Things has gone down so well with such a wide audience. I can barely check in on twitter or Facebook without seeing someone recommending it or sharing a link to its fantastic soundtrack. The show ticked so many of my own personal boxes (Monsters! Mystery! Superpowers! The 1980s! Poltergeist references!) but I’m pleasantly surprised to see that everyone else is connecting so strongly to it as well. Continue reading →
Episode 8 of any Game of Thrones season can often feel like an hour-long build up to the awesomeness that is Episode 9. Still, after last year’s standout arrived early, in the form of ‘Hardhome’, it felt like HBO had decided to surprise audiences and shake up their signature dramatic structure. There was subsequently no reason to believe that this year’s eighth episode couldn’t be just as exciting and eventful as next week’s ‘Battle of the Bastards’ promises to be. Alas, ‘No One’ is actually one of the weaker instalments of this season. Which is honestly fine, because even the lesser episodes of Game of Thrones are well above average. ‘No One’ might not contain any truly shocking narrative twists, or much in the way of spectacle heavy action, but it’s still a solid piece of television, bolstered by great performances and subtler, character driven scenes.
By now it’s been almost universally accepted that True Detective’s sophomore season has struggled to step out of its predecessor’s shadow. Which is fine, after all those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Nevertheless it can’t be ignored that season 2 has had some teething problems, even when taken on its own merit. The pacing has at times been tortuously slow, the monologues have ranged from pretty good to downright abysmal, and the central storyline has failed to really grab in the way that it needs to. Continue reading →
In the space of just a few episodes, Daredevil has gone from promising to downright gripping. Taking notes from all the best that TV has to offer the show has implemented complex, slow-burn plot-lines filled with double-crossings, manipulations and corruption. Continue reading →
Last time audiences saw Daredevil, they didn’t exactly part on the best of terms with him. It wasn’t us, it was definitely him. Bouncing around like a demented, CGI enabled frog, to a “worst of noughties grunge” playlist, the 2003 film didn’t really leave viewers hungry for a sequel. The character ended up being reduced to the most generic and basic archetype imaginable and the film reeked of everything that was wrong with early 2000s superhero films. Fast-forward to 2015 and superheroes are something of a big deal. And why shouldn’t they be? Because they’ve been done right. But it’s no secret that Marvel studios are running out of their better known properties. Hell, they’re at the stage now where they’re having to make films about a talking raccoon and damn them, they even pulled that off well. With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ve finally come around to resurrecting Daredevil, albeit on the small screen this time. Continue reading →
This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on September 19th.
Whilst by no means perfect, the opening episode of Guillermo Del Toro’s new FX series, The Strain, does at least suggest that there is some promise for the future of this vampire/horror show. Continue reading →