Monday, 20 October 2014

Digital Spy: Life After Cancellation


Over at Digital Spy today, you can read my article about some of television's greatest stories of revival. I look at why each show was axed, what happened while it was off-air, how long each show was gone for, and the circumstances of their unlikely returns. (If you have any others to mention, of which there are many, please leave a comment over there!)

DOCTOR WHO, 8.9 – 'Flatline' • an unexpected masterpiece


★★★☆

After 51 years it's hard for DOCTOR WHO to come up with fresh ways to deliver an episode. The revival's been active 9 years alone, and there are plenty of occasions when an episode feels like an amalgam of recent hits. "Flatline" impressed me because it was a fundamentally typical hour (with a vague similarity to the atrocious "Fear Her"), but a handful of creative differences helped set it apart from every other episode.

TV Picks: 20-26 October 2014 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • American Horror Story • The Big Bang Theory • Drifters • Life Story • Russell Howard's Good News • Scorpion


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

Friday, 17 October 2014

St★te of the Bl★g


I've reconsidered my star rating system. It's been a four-star system for a good six years or so, but I used half-star increments. So, technically it was a ten-star system? Hmm.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

THE FLASH, 1.2 – 'Fastest Man Alive' • attack of the clones


★★★☆

Like countless second episodes, "Fastest Man Alive" half-existed to reiterate the concept behind THE FLASH, in a manner that wouldn't test the patience of those who saw the pilot. (Which is usually the majority of people watching.) It managed to accomplish that rather well, with dialogue recapping that wasn't always subtle, but felt reasonable. In some ways, the story was also a mini-version of the pilot—with Barry (Grant Gustin) testing the limits of his super-sonic movement before having to fight 'metahuman' Danton Black (Michael Christopher Smith), a one-man clone army.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

GOTHAM, 1.4 – 'Arkham' • big developments


★★★☆

"Arkham" arrived in the nick of time for GOTHAM, as I was poised to cease writing these reviews. I'm still unconvinced it's rich enough to bother with for the entire season, but episode 4 was a more interesting and layered hour, with less of the silliness that unbalances the show's tone. I liked this week's villain, assassin Gladwell (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), who favours a telescopic blade to kill his prey, and the story wisely introduced Arkham Asylum as a prized real estate the city's two biggest mobsters—Falcone (John Doman) and Maroni (David Zayas)—are interested in exploiting. The twisted politics of the city are becoming quite enjoyable to watch...

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.1 – 'No Sanctuary' • end of the line


★★★★

I'm not surprised THE WALKING DEAD is a hit. What surprises me if how much of a hit! An astonishing 17.3 million people watched its AMC premiere, and that figure is predicted to rise to around 22m when repeat airings and catchup is included. The show even gave Fox a ratings boost here in the UK on Monday (helped by the less-than-24-hour later scheduling?), by achieving an overnight audience of 824,100 viewers. So was the fifth season premiere worth all the attention?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

HOMELAND, 4.3 – 'Shalwar Kameez' • are you in or out?


★★☆☆

From the start, HOMELAND has been a show that likes to have a 'male mirror' for its heroine, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). That role was filled by Brody for three seasons, and now Quinn (Rupert Friend) appears to have assumed that mantle. This third episode split its time between Carrie embracing her new CIA role, while Quinn tried to leave the CIA. It won't come as a surprise to find that Quinn was ultimately drawn back into the spy game, because of his feelings for Carrie.

Watch the entire DAREDEVIL panel from New York Comic Con!


Marvel's new Netflix series DAREDEVIL was a highlight of the recent New York Comic Con weekend, and they've kindly uploaded the entire panel (embedded above). It featured stars Charlie Cox (Matt Murdoch/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy), Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), and others.

Monday, 13 October 2014

TV Picks: 13-19 October 2014 - The Apprentice • Gotham • The Great Fire • The Jonathan Ross Show • The Knick • Sleepy Hollow • The Walking Dead


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