Sunday, 3 February 2013

Finding Utopia - Episode 2 & 3 Reviews

Channel 4's Utopia continues to develop nicely - Tuesday nights are officially the new Friday nights, at least for the remainder of the show's first series run. 

As expected, I've been scribbling my observations over on my Independent arts blog, where you can locate reviews for episode two and episode three

At present the reviews are among the most read on the site, so thanks to all who have been checking in weekly to see how C4's compelling Clockwork Orange-via-doomsday-comic-book drama is panning out. 

Keep checking The Independent for future posts and keep watching Utopia!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Ripper Street Series 1 Episode 4 REVIEW

BBC One's gaslit drama delves into the psyches of its central characters in a particularly blood-soaked yarn.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Ripper Street Series 1 Episode 3 REVIEW

The Ripper may be absent, but the Reaper is hardly short of work in this week's episode...

WARNING: There be SPOILERS ahead!

Reaching 'Utopia'

Channel 4's much-anticipated new drama 'Utopia' has everybody talking - and I'm already hooked. Check out my review of episode one, available through my new 'Independent' Arts blog:

Comment, share and check back here to get updates on future posts!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Game of Thrones Season 3

 I have a theory. 

On 21st December 2012, when unseen forces were preparing to bring an end to the world, some invisible spectre realised that they had made one crucial mistake with their calculations. 

They failed to factor in the fact that George R. R. Martin had not yet wrapped up his epic A Song of Ice and Fire series. 

I truly believe that the Earth was spared to allow Martin to wrap up his groundbreaking fantasy series, whose television incarnation is due to return to our screens on 31 March. 

Following a brilliant series two finale, we're now straying into the territory of my favourite book in the series so far, A Storm of Swords. The set pictures that have been publicised look fantastic, but I do wonder whether executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will introduce a few deviations from the source material.

As if your mouth isn't already full to the brim with saliva, check out a cool, way-too-brief 'Making Of' for season 3 here.

'Utopia' (or why graphic novels are the Best Thing Ever)

 You've seen the posters. You've watched the trailers. You've set the reminders on your iPhone. Perhaps, like me, you've even been dreaming about it. 

Either way, on Tuesday 15 January the new conspiracy thriller from Kudos and Channel 4 hits UK screens, as new series Utopia prepares to introduce us to a world where shady criminal organisations and geeky comic book fans clash. 

At the centre of C4's new supernatural show is a graphic novel called 'The Utopia Experiments', and a mysterious company called The Network who will do anything to get hold of it. Rumour has it that the book depicts world events before they happen. Imagine that Nostradamus and Mark Millar got together and started scribbling - 'The Utopia Experiments' would be the result. 

If you haven't yet caught the trailers, check them out here - then forward the link on to every person you have ever met.

'Being Human' Series 5 returns in early 2013

As a general rule, the month of January sucks. It's associated with such great evils as post-Xmas poverty, failed New Year resolutions and terrible weather. 

What great news then, that the BBC have found the perfect remedy for such bleakness, with an offering of 6 new episodes of supernatural mayhem. 

Featuring the new line-up of vampire Hal, werewolf Tom and ghost Alex, Being Human's fifth season will continue to embrace its winning formula of domestic trials wed with occult phenomena, something it has done with great success in the past. 

While last series did a good job of introducing the new line-up (ghost Annie, who departed at the end of the fourth series, was the last remaining original character) I'm hoping that this series reaches the extraordinary dramatic heights of Year Three and steers the BH mythology in new, exciting directions.

Word is that we'll be back with the supernatural trio before January's end, so stay tuned for further posts and reviews once more announcements are made. 

In the meantime, there's a teeny weeny preview, courtesy of BBC Three, which you can watch here

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Ripper Street Series 1 Episode 1 REVIEW

BBC One's new Fin de si├Ęcle procedural gets off to a (bloody) good start.

Warning: Spoilers ahead! 

Jack Reacher FILM REVIEW

Does Tom Cruise's incarnation of Lee Child's popular hero suggest the launch of a new franchise, or is it a pale retread of Mission: Impossible terrain? 

Warning: Spoilers below!