Wednesday, 1 April 2015

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.9 – 'Pimento'


★★★☆

It was only a matter of time before the McGill brothers fell out, although it remains to be seen if an acrimonious split's the root cause of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) deciding to embrace his so-called Slippin' Jimmy ways, and transforming himself into the "Saul Goodman" we know and love from Breaking Bad. But it's fair to say it'll be a big contributing factor, at the very least.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Teaser: AMC's FEAR THE WALKING DEAD


Do we really need another Walking Dead show? The unimaginatively titled FEAR THE WALKING DEAD spin-off will take place in Los Angeles and revolve around a family, both before and after the zombie uprising its parent show glossed over. This is a shameless cash-in, with AMC hoping to fill the summer months of 'walker'-less programming with a spin-off based on U.S TV's biggest ratings-grabber.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter TV Picks: 30 March – 5 April 2015 • The Ark • Bates Motel • Coast Australia • The Clare Balding Show • Gracepoint • Strangeways • Travel Man


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

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Infographic: Create Your Own Van Art


Do you own a van? Is it dull and white in colour? Would you love to 'pimp it up' with a television themed makeover? If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, or The Big Bang Theory, this infographic from Hawkin will see you right:

Friday, 27 March 2015

Review: INSIDE NO. 9, 2.1 – 'La Couchette'


★★★☆

They'll perhaps never again create anything with the impact of The League of Gentlemen, which changed the television landscape back in 1999 (inspiring a wave of twisted comedies like Nighty Night, while challenging the very idea of what a BBC comedy could look like), but INSIDE NO.9 is nevertheless a brilliant anthology show that sees former-League members Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton channel their gift for the macabre into fresh weekly stories. The format allows for great ingenuity in often claustrophobic settings; bringing in famous guest-stars (undoubted fans of the creative pair), and ensuring nothing ever outstays its welcome—which I'd argue happened to their previous venture Psychoville.

11 Random Thoughts on THE X FILES 'Event Series' Return


It's been confirmed that '90s pop-culture behemoth THE X-FILES is returning to television as a six-part "event series" (increasingly popular after last year's 24: Live Another Day and this summer's Heroes Reborn). Is this good news, or bad news? Fire up your FBI-issue flashlight, here are 11 thoughts on the pro's and con's of more Mulder and Scully:

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Here are my 10 favourite DOCTOR WHO stories, circa 2005-15...


10 years ago today, DOCTOR WHO returned to British television screens after 16-years (unless you're counting the 1996 television movie), with the episode "Rose". And lo, how the show has blossomed! The Doctor's regenerated three times since, and we've had five main companions aboard the TARDIS. By way of celebrating nu-Who's decade anniversary (which is also my 36th birthday, BTW), I thought I'd compile a list of my 10 favourite stories the revived show has produced...

ANGEL, 3.7 & 3.8 – 'Offspring' & 'Quickening'

FRED: Can I say somethin' about destiny? Screw destiny! If this evil thing comes, we'll fight it and we'll keep fightin' it until we whup it. 'Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable, and nothing's inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye, and say, "You're evitable!"
What appears to be the third season's through-line gets an overdue bolt of drama with "OFFSPRING"; as pregnant Darla (Julie Benz) returned to Los Angeles, looking for Angel's (David Borenaz) help determining the nature of their unnatural unborn child—which, it transpires, could either be mankind's prophesied saviour or destroyer. Translating prophecies is never an exact science.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.8 – 'RICO'


★★★☆

One of the best features of BETTER CALL SAUL is how it's given Saul/Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and unexpected brother, so I appreciated how "RICO" took their relationship to a new and interesting place. The opening flashback revealed that Jimmy was once a humble mailroom operative at HHM, toiling away on menial tasks while his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) worked upstairs in an executive's office. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful moment when Jimmy revealed to his brother that he's managed to pass the famous 'bar exam' that effectively means he's a bonafide lawyer, having secretly invested two years of his spare time into a distance learning course. As you'd expect, Chuck was both amazed and impressed his little brother's done such an incredible thing, particularly without requesting his help, as it showed incredibly tenacity and dedication. And that's exactly what Jimmy needed many years later, when attempting to tape together hundreds of incriminating files belonging to a corrupt nursing home...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review: THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden


Unlike the vast majority of critics online, I'm aware of who James Corden is. He's the slightly love-hate B-list British celebrity, who created and starred in hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey, before becoming a panel show regular and hosting the Brit Awards almost every year. He's also an award-winning stage actor, best-known for The History Boys. In the U.S, he's less known, although recently had the ostensible lead role in Disney's Into the Woods musical. That's about to change now he's taken over from Craig Ferguson as host of CBS's THE LATE LATE SHOW, which airs in a ridiculous post-midnight timeslot and yet can still book Hollywood elite as guests. Only in America.