Category Archives: TV

The MacGyver remake pilot review

That famous hairstyle belongs to the 80s and when are we? 2017, so clearly time has moved on and what the hell is going on? 

Dodgyness has returned to our TV screen in the form of campy, terrible acting with a concept that no longer works for modern viewing.

Are we trying to copy James Bond again, a guy in a tux jumps into another party to steal a bio-weapon, only to be stolen off of him.

The classic run around, some terrible puns, cliches and some terrible pyrotechnics. I like computers, but is there an over use here?

I really shouldn’t of wasted an hour watching this, I better cancel the series link!

Conviction TV show in review

I only started watching the show because it had Hayley Atwell on lead. But why am I watching this show? Loose storylines, plot holes, fair sized plot holes and some dodgy acting. And why only five days to solve or review a crime? And the fillers? Showing the city, a little quick review shot of the evidence. These take time away from producing a better storyline. It seems to copy CSI and other shows but in a format which has been scripted by a 12 year-old.

Atwell plays Hayes Morrison who is a former First Daughter who is also a lawyer. The idea could of been better used. A show about a former presidential family might of been interesting, but we have gone down the wrong path and Conviction has taken too many wrong turns to come back from.

Time to cancel?

 

 

The Young Pope review.

What is the message? Is there a reason for watching? What is there to teach us?

To begin with there is a grandeur about the whole show, the architecture, the buildings, so beautiful in design and the elegance of marble stone. The art form of the show does standout and the music gives a feel of something else. Jude Law (Lenny Belardo) who portrays The Young Pope has an impressive on-screen presence and his ability to play into the character certainly grabs you and draws you in. But there is a wonder, is he actually psychotic?

We start off in a dream sequence, it bounces around so at times you don’t know what is suppose to be reality or what is in his head. When Diane Keaton turns up as Sister Mary they start to try and provide a back story to how Lenny Belardo came to be. But instead this feels like taking a book of history and just dropping it off the side of the boat. So in essence you only saw what the front cover said. This is carried into the politics of the Vatican followed by some interested sequences one of which are some nun’s playing football which I rather liked. There was also an interesting scene with a kangaroo, however how flash the show, I felt like I zoned out at times.

The edginess towards the Pope making his first address was a constant flow throughout the show and when it came to it, I felt disappointed. There didn’t seem any clarity and it’s as if the show petered out at the end leaving you with unanswered questions.

I am not a fan of smoking in films and for a modern generation I didn’t think this was such a good idea to promote it in a way which it looks like a fashion accessory. And the fact he has a Coca-Cola for breakfast felt more like product placement rather than what one might expect to get in an orphanage growing up.

I guess I wont go for the answer as I don’t think I want to watch the next episode.

 

Luke Cage Review

You previously had a taste of Luke Cage when he showed up in Jessica Jones but now you get the full on show complete with one liners and puns that any comic-book fan would love.

This time in New York we head over to the Harlem district where the African Americans live, breath and die. You are introduced to this part of the city which feels cleaner and less gritty than Jessica Jones and less dark than Dare Devil. But like the rest of New York it clearly has its problems.

Throughout the course of the series you get elements of Luke Cage back story and it unfolds nicely. Each character seems unique, many are provided a back story also and are certainly not one dimensional. Mahershala Ali who plays cottonmouth was the standout character, the actor portrayed him so well that I felt sorry for him in the end.

Another element to the show is the music, that 70s sleek feel. The way the Jazz evolves around life in Harlem. There is a sense and feel that make a very unique take on life.

The show revolves around the Barber Shop, The Club and the streets. Cage doesn’t want to get involved with anyone until he is pushed beyond his capacity to restrain his desire for revenge after his mentor is kill. At this point Cage feels he has to help those in need, while at the same time creating a path of destruction. Mind you, the destruction didn’t seem that much and Cage wasn’t the main culprit.

Often I felt there wasn’t enough action, there were never enough fight scenes for me. The problem with origin stories is the need to develop a character often takes away the ability to headlong into what the current affairs are. This being said there was a healthy mix of each.

After the political mess, the gangland war and police corruption there is a feeling the show leaves you wondering was that all worth it? Although I enjoyed the show, I was left with questions. What did Cage do in the military? What am I missing? And do I really need to see more of this messed up world?

Supergirl season one review

I don’t know why I watched this show! At times it’s good and at times I find it really bad. Season One just finished the Friday past here in the UK on Sky One.

The intro sequence seems really cheesy to start with and you have actors return from previous incarnations. Dean Cain who played Superman in Lois and Clark, has a cameo role as Supergirl’s step dad and even Laura Vandervoort who played Supergirl in Smallville plays an arch enemy.

So throw in Ally McBeal with Kara (aka Supergirl) and a load of others and the show is off and running. Some really dodgy CGI but some suprisingly good acting to cover up a multitude of filming sins. Jon Jonzz looked really bad in CGI form and the costume doesn’t work for me either. Although Supergirl’s outfit looks good it’s not perfect either. The top part of the uniform doesn’t hug her body like it should do.

I am not sure they have really brought anything new to the table. With Arrow, we have a darker, harsher, more violent universe. Flash is not so gothic as but has the suprising dark undertones which makes for a good show.

Supergirl is too clean and perfect which is a floor, if you look at the course of the viewing figures avaliable on the Wikipedia page you will see that the show   went from nearly 13 million views on the pilot down to just over 6 million for the final episode. This doesn’t bowed well for season two, but a loyal fan base may help. 

Overall after a quick introduction, saving the city people from potential doom. A coming war between Kara and the exiled Kriptonians built up and then fell flat on its face. There was a lack of dynamic content, a feeling of two dimensional characterisation. This coupled with very basic story telling, an emotional wreck of a ride, maybe there is hope for season two, but I wouldn’t count on it if they stick to the same writers.In fact I may not even bother to watch season two…

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, now it’s too much.

DC expands it’s universe to bring another show, we are given one new character in Captain Ric Hunter and a collection of cast members from Arrow and Flash.

I don’t really like shows playing around with the concept of time travel. I always feel that things go wrong and elements of the science are messed up.

This is where Legends of Tomorrow begins and probably will end for me. I watch for too much TV as it is. So I will stick to Arrow and the Flash which I have been enjoying.

As for Legends… At the beginning Hunter is told not to interfere with the timeline on Earth. But Hunter goes against the councils order. He takes his ship travels to Earth to the year of 2016, collects some heroes for a tale of revenge. Isn’t that the most classical of storylines? 

A fight here and there, an assassin on the prowl, another evil villain in Vandal Savage. (Sounds like a wrestler name I once knew!)

There seems a much lighter touch to Legends than DCs previous shows. I prefer the dark personalities of the characters like you have in Arrow. That show felt grounded and more real.

As for Legends of Tomorrow, I found it cheesy, irritating, far from reality and the ending of Savage getting a Russian made nuclear warhead was so cliché. 

Please don’t let me watch another episode.

Jessica Jones has too much realism for me.

I enjoyed DareDevil on Netflix but Jessica Jones is more real, more gritty, more down to earth but still not of this Earth.

Shows like this have better character development, there is more scope to work with than a movie yet the comedy you get with the Iron Man and Avenger films are not present here.

Instead you are left with a very raw show with character I am sure many people can relate too.

Jessica’s life starts off when her parents died, she somehow ended up with great strength. As P.I she is lead to her arch-enemy who is played by David Tennent (Dr Who). This in turn uses flashbacks and background stories to build a slow but powerful moving story which draws you in.

At times I felt like I was dragged for a long ride and when the end came I wasn’t surprised. There was insanity like the Joker from the last Batman film series. One could describe the Jones as a wash of cold hash water over the Marvel universe. This really is the gutter of it and at this depth you get a better range of story so I am looking forward to what comes next.