Loaning bits and pieces from The Hound of the Baskervilles, this episode doesn’t just give us a really creepy pre-credits murder sequence, but also a more than welcome look at what’s not only the sleek and sophisticated parts of town and hunting grounds for criminals. And then, at the end, it throws in a heart-warming moment between Sherlock and Marcus, accepting that not everything can be fixed in the great classical detective story. Continue reading
What this episode does, for me, is highlight why this Gareth Lestrade is a prat and a dick, and why we’re all glad to be rid of him. What this episode also does is annoy me that he gets room and board long enough to get his shit together and get on with it, while we never see hide nor hair of his assistant again, who, presumably, doesn’t have a lot more to fall back on than he did. Except if her parents are exceptionally wealthy or some such, in which case a mention would have still been nice. Just a line, ’cause usually neither Joan nor Sherlock are people who just let others fall through the cracks unless they’re certain whoever it is will be ok — or, unless the person really doesn’t deserve it. As it stands, we’ve seen more terrible characters than her. Like, I don’t know. Lestrade, for instance. Continue reading
In the drama category, Elementary joins re-commshows like Hawaii Five-0, The Good Wife, and Person of Interest on the field in 2014/15. Source: the official press release (link above) on cbs.com.
Showtime have announced a premiere day for their Gothic horror mini-series Penny Dreadful. It will first premiere at the South by Southwest festival on March 9, and then come to television on May 11th. The cast list is truly impressive: Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale…
Combining several myths of 18th- and 19th-century Gothic horror, Penny Dreadful will follow a cast of touched by the super- and preternatural through Victorian London and into the dark recesses of their souls.
The link above will take you to the official website on Showtime’s domain, but there’s also a branded site, accessible via http://www.penny-dreadful.com.
Based on the kick-ass Coen brothers movie of the same name, the series will follow Martin Freeman’s Lester Nygaard through a murderous chain of events.
Also starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, and Kate Walsh. Sadly, the piece seems to be light on top-billing ladies, contrary to the original movie, in which the brilliant Frances McDormand played Marge, the seven-months pregnant police chief that breaks the case.
However, the Coen brothers are acting as executive producers, so I’m still looking forward to this series rather a lot. The series was written by Noah Hawley and directed by Matthew J. Lloyd, the original music was composed by Jeff Russo.
So, mark your calendars: April 15th, on the FX.
Even as this episode sets itself for what could have been a glorious exploration of how Dorian or DRNs in general feel, all it achieves is over-accentuating the other guy’s man pain. This could have been such a great episode about Dorian and John fighting to keep Dorian in the field, it could have been such a great opportunity to actually show us the way Dorian has been dealing with things, it could have been a story full of interpretation and debate on the concept of free will in DRNs and the Synthetic Soul, in the case of one such character being portrayed by the fantastic Michael Ealy.
Instead, what we got is the glorious story about the redemption and absolution of another pair of white guys. We get a case story line that makes no sense whatsoever, seems cobbled together on account of us never having heard of that particular shade of John’s terrible, terrible pain before, and that only serves to illustrate how great of a cop John’s dad was. Continue reading
After the dramatic tribulations of the Series 2 finale, we dive right back into the action in a new series of Silk.
The show returns with a punch in the gut or two — and some definite surprises. I must admit, the feeling of seeing your OTP become canon is a foreign one these days. Perhaps that is part of the reason why I was so stumped to hear Clive profess his love for Martha at the party celebrating him making Queen’s Counsel. But mostly, I’m a bit miffed. Granted, that sounds contradictory — but shipping a pairing doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have reasons for preferring a romance not blossoming on the screen.
It’s a long story.
And I want to hear that story. Stop underwriting Stahl! Seriously, it’s such a shame. This show is wasting numerous opportunities. It’s all well and good to tease at a character’s backstory, and to reveal it slowly, but it’s a bad idea when it could replace an otherwise mediocre and lacklustre storyline. Or, more importantly, John’s manpain. Continue reading