Category Archives: TV

The Flight Attendant

I finally got round to watching and finishing season one of the show and even know I felt grossed out. I really was hooked from the get go, the end of every episode left you hanging on a thread and wanting to know what was going to happen next.

This honestly, even know modern, had more good old-fashioned TV vibes of who done it. The excellently crafted plot was a joy to watch and Kaley Cuoco was nothing short of exceptional in the role.

Her character Cassie Bowden, started off as a wild party girl, which turns out she was probably suffering from years of PTSD resulting in her having a serious drinking problem. Waking up next to a dead man is no good for anyone and that mentally screwed over Cassie so much, that she was having crazy visions inside her head. From running, to wonderment and onto who done it. This all leads Cassie down a very dangerous rabbit hole and the design of her retribution comes in the form of solving the murder. Hitting rock bottom and crawling back out.

I would also go as far to say this should be on every psychology student’s watch list. Is there a lesson in here with how to deal with alcoholics?

This rest of the cast supported the plot and there were sub-plots, and maybe some hidden sub-plots?

The show seemed to delve into issues with a mafia family to North Korean spies, anyone into suspenseful dramas should really add this to their watch list.

Dexter: New Blood first episode review

We find Dexter living in a very cold northern American town, where it turns out he knows this small community. Although he seems to be suffering still from some sort of PTSD, delusions he does seem to be managing to live a normal life. However, it went downhill for him when the rich spoilt kid returns.

I do recommend to understand some points of the show you really need to watch the original series.

The setting, the ambiance, there is some mystery here and a few quandaries thrown in. Dexter already has a love interest with a police woman, will this come in handy or can it be a hinderance? 

The rich kid turns out to have all that disgusts Dexter and he turns to what he knows to do best. Make people disappear! 

His son also turns up, at first, he turns him away then goes to him at the end. How this will play out remains to be seen.

The original show I thought was a master-piece into mental health. Although somewhat healed, it remains to see how f**cked up Dexter and this show is going to get. I am enjoyed the original, I can cope with some gore as long as it’s not too much. I do feel if you saw and enjoyed the previous incarnation you will like this one.

Squid Games first episode review

I wanted to know what all the hype was, but I don’t think I could take this type of show.

My character is very anti-gambling and this appears to be the first episode in a nut shell. Gambling is a curse, it gets you into trouble, in debt and tears your family apart. This happens to the main character, starting off talking about his family already torn apart by his addiction. He then goes bets on the horse, he does get lucky, get robbed, the gangsters are after him.

Shit just continues to happen and when he goes to get onto a train he simply falls into another trap. This time to a smartly dress gentleman who has a brief case of money and some strange game. The trap just continues, how can the main character be so stupid, he must be desperate to be that stupid.

The last part of the episode is just a gore-fest. You either like that type of television or you don’t. This is where I felt sick! I’ve never liked horror, or zombie films. I like the movie Interview with the Vampire. However, seeing people get shot to bits… No, this isn’t for me.

They basically just put all these gamblers, desperate people into a great big box room to play a sick game and shoot them all to death. How is this TV, I didn’t understand the concept and I frankly refuse to continue watching any more.

Star Wars: Visions review

In two evenings I binged watched the nine episodes. The very first episode was my favourite of the lot. The animation style was amazing, black and white, with the colour of the blasters and lightsabers thrown in. The Japanese anime style of the whole series in a master stroke. I am very much reminded of the series Samurai Jack which I believe is a master piece and a must for any anime fan.

My next favourite episode was called The Elder, the wickedly evil Sith who came for his last battle. He destroyed his ship so his secrets do not get into enemy hands. But with his death, did his soul evolve into another level of being? I was reminded when Obi-wan evolved and was this the same fate of this master?

I am not a fan of Pokémon, I find that cheesy and camp, to which some episodes had a slight feel of this free going spirit which is not for me. Overall I was pretty satisfied and felt two episodes needed a sequelto finish off the story on those particular visions.

This series is a must watch for all the Star Wars / Anime fans.

Marvels What If…?

Having watched the pilot I am reminded of one programme that aired years ago. That would be The Outer Limits.

The Outer Limits was an interesting TV show, with stories, often with an narrator, stories to make you think, feel and question reality as we know it.

What If shares this pattern of story telling, it appears to turn elements on its head, but the problem is the carbon copy. You appear to have the same story of Captain America told in a different perspective.

Hello Captain Carter, I liked seeing the Union Jack on the shield, being that I am British. It’s a shout to British patriotism, but I found the character flat and unsexy. The reverse of the love affair didn’t seem to work for me either, felt unbalanced.

I don’t know how other people felt with the pilot. But I was a little underwhelmed, it was well done, the animation was top quality. But the story felt lacking. I was hoping for it to be different. Hoping for a more unique feel, however I wasn’t too impressed. I will be hoping next weeks episode will be better.

Unimpressed by Star on Disney+

For the first time I had a chance to browse through the list of shows and films last night and I really wasn’t that impressed. Lots of, what I have seen before and lots of old stuff that I don’t really want to watch.

There were only two shows that took my fancy, I will probably binge watch all of Castle again as I like Nathan Fillion and the quirkiness of that show. There is also a spy-drama, sort of comedy in Burn Notice. That is also a fun show to watch. But overall, so far, I am really unimpressed.

I don’t know if other people saw any gems they wish to share, or what others are interested in. For me there wasn’t much.

Hopefully it will improve overtime.

Cobra Kai season 3

Another season has arrived on Netflix taking the show to the next level. Having binged watched the lot, I didn’t feel the intercity of the previous two seasons. At times the show felt stupid and irksome.

I liked seeing the back story for the John Kreese character, and felt Martin Kove although corny and crass does justice to the role. From a lost love to torn morals in the Vietnam War.

Although choppy and the feeling the storyline had been rushed out we have fight scenes and incidents where most of the characters would really be behind bars. Reality feels like it has come crashing down. Clearly not on par with the previous two seasons and a mash of talent had been ill used.

Saying that there is a lot of enjoyment value, some beautiful scenes when Daniel visits Japan and another beautiful location when he goes fishing with his daughter. Then we are back to smashing up homes, which doesn’t make sense to me.

The inserting of Elisabeth Shue who played Eli added good value and comedy, however I couldn’t shake the fact I saw her brains that got lasered in the show The Boys which was still fresh in my head!

We are setup for a another tournament in season four, at first I thought it would be a Mexican standoff, however we have bridges built. There are issues to resolve there with father and son. Guess we have to wait and see.

Cobra Kai and Karate Kid

Yesterday I watched the final few episodes of Cobra Kai and boy did the last episode of season two turn into a war zone in the school. I am not sure I’ve ever seen anything else like it.

The character development really draws you in from the start. Johnny who was the bad guy in the first film is really the main character here. You are drawn in and you really do feel for the guy. His problems feel real, but his bad luck comes and goes with some good luck and more bad luck.

As the show went on you get drawn in and feel more involved, there are very few programs on TV which have this. Game of Thrones had you and this does as well.

Another aspect of Cobra Kai is the Romeo and Juliet story, with two different characters falling in love with each other from rival families. And if you watch carefully, there are three different RoJ stories in the show.

Now because of watching that, today I’ve just watched Karate Kid, 1, 2 and 3 on Amazon Prime and realised I’ve actually never seen the third one. I enjoyed the films but on each one I felt there could of been more of a solid ending.

If you’re a fan of the original films and have Netflix I highly recommend watching the show.

Batwoman is boring me!

I’ve been watching the new TV series of Batwoman. I have enjoyed Arrow and the Flash shows, didn’t like Supergirl that much and some of the others.. Well they were not working for me.

I was up to episode ten of season one, but now I’ve decided to give up. It pains me to say it, but I am finding the show really boring. There is only one nemesis for Batwoman, the same old premises of saving Gotham from evil. It’s a dry feeling, the character development, well, not much of a back story really.

In Arrow, the main character of Oliver Queen, there were several dimensions, the darkness, impact of loss, anger. With Batwoman, there is… Batwoman, then Kate Kane with her sweet smile. You see her love interests, a little bit of something else. With Batman there was always mystery. With Batwoman, there is none! This is a gimmicky like cold toast.

The one floor with Arrow was the poor sound quality of the show. Sadly with Batwoman is not only the poor sound quality but the calm of the whole thing. It’s feels action-less, the stupid aspect of applying social media trying to squeeze a picture, all those extra’s trying to take that photo with a mobile phone! Trying to be modern and up to date, everything is too clean, even the dirty places are clean.

I didn’t even mind that she was gay, that didn’t freak me out, but for me there is no good story here, and I am giving up.

DC Titans season one on Netflix

It started off so well in my opinion, gritty, harsh, shocked me a bit, but this weekend I have just binged watched the whole series while suffering with a cold.

It seems there are less and less charming super heroes on TV. In one way I was hooked, in another way, I would look up stuff and play a few mobile games while watching the show.

I have never watched the cartoon version, nor do I know the story, but here the story revolves around a character called Rachel also known by Raven. With Robin breaking away from Batman in the lead. The other characters I don’t really know what to make of them.

At times, this jumped back and forth between the story-arcs that seemed to throw me off. Why are we going here? Are we going there? There were stages in this show that touched subjects like child abuse that I really didn’t want to know and wished a fair chucked wasn’t written in to the script.

For me it was too gritty, too dark, hardly a whisper of honour and overall made me feel a little sicker than I already am. If I rated this show, I would probably give a 5.5 out of 10. There was some very good acting, not bad special effects, but at times, the explosions you could tell looked animated which took away some score, but for me the story seemed a bit convoluted. Good luck if you want to watch this.