Thursday, 5 March 2015

ANGEL, 3.3 & 3.4 – 'That Old Gang of Mine' & 'Carpe Noctem'

ANGEL: What do you want from me?
MERL: What do I want? I'll tell you what I want... I want back the three months I spent in therapy after being hung upside down in a sewer, that's what I want.
A strong showcase for Gunn (J. August Richards), who's potentially one of the most interesting characters on Angel, but has a tendency to fade into the background because he's perhaps not as immediately comical or entertaining as the others. "THAT OLD GANG OF MINE" was a minor highlight of this third season, as Gunn's street crew of demon-killers made a surprise return, although in his absence Gunn's stunned to discover his right-hand man Rondell's (Jarrod Crawford) lost sight of their core values after the arrival of Miami hardliner Gio (Khalil Kain)...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

LUTHER series 4 now filming


The two-part fourth series of BBC1's LUTHER, intended to end the television show (although rumours of a prequel movie persist), has started filming in London. Idris Elba tweeted the above photo as proof, and it's been revealed that guest stars include Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Darren Boyd (Fortitude), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy), John Heffernan (Ripper Street) and Patrick Malahide (The Paradise). Michael Smiley and Dermot Crowley will be returning as Benny Silver and DSU Martin Schenk, but Ruth Wilson's name isn't on the list... so one assumes recurring serial killer Alice Morgan won't be returning, unless that's just canny misdirection.

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.5 – 'Alpine Shepherd Boy'


★★☆☆

The episode titles of BETTER CALL SAUL's maiden season all appear to be one-word (with the exception of this fifth instalment, "Alpine Shepherd Boy"), and that's not the only thing that marked this hour out as distinct from what's come before. When you think about it, not a lot actually happened, and yet several things were confirmed or made clearer, before a curious denouement focusing on the hitherto marginalised Mike (Jonathan Banks).

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Trailer: COMMUNITY – Season 6 ('Age of Yahoo')


It's the long-awaited trailer for COMMUNITY season 6, which has moved from NBC to Yahoo after being unexpectedly saved by the online giant. Taking stylistic cues from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, it's three minutes that give us a nice idea of what to expect—including our first look at newcomers Keith David and Paget Brewster. The Dean gets to grips with a VR headset, Abed references The Big Bang Theory, and Chang pulls a Mr Miyagi, what's not to like?

Community returns 17 March on Yahoo. For UK fans, Sony Entertainment Television will be broadcasting episodes less than 24-hours later, starting 18 March @10:05pm. (Uh, scroll deep on your EPG, people...)

Review: Fox's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH


★★★☆

There have been many stories about post-apocalypses, but they're usually action-packed ways to examine an irreversibly altered civilisation (I Am Legend), or sombre human sci-fi dramas (The Quiet Earth). Fox's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is an outright comedy, about a man called Phil Miller (Will Forte) who's the lone survivor of an unspecified event that's resulted in the disappearance of every other person on the planet—or at least the U.S, which Phil's toured in his desperate search for companionship.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Review: BBC2's POMPIDOU


★☆☆☆

Matt Lucas has been off-screens for quite a few years now, perhaps chastened by the mixed reaction to his Little Britain follow-up, Come Fly With Me. Now he's back, sans double-act partner David Walliams, in BBC2's "silent comedy" POMPIDOU—a sort of upper-class Mr Bean, with Lucas as the eponymous aristocrat, who's fallen on hard times and now lives in a caravan on the grounds of his estate, with his befuddled butler Hove (Alex Macqueen) and an Afghan Hound.

TV Picks: 2-8 March 2015 – Arthur & George • Banished • DCI Banks • First Dates • Mom • Moone Boy • Poldark • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


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

Saturday, 28 February 2015

RIP Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)


I had the same birthday as Leonard Nimoy; 26 March. This was the source of great excitement when I was a young boy, growing up watching repeats of Star Trek, as I thought we perhaps share things in common as a result. As crazy as it sounds now, it was a source of pride to believe Mr Spock and I would blow out candles within the same 24-hours. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek, it's a sad day now Mr Nimoy's died—although I've been watching Mr Spock die, repeatedly, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, for over 30 years. A beautifully touching scene, very much an emotional pinnacle of Trek to me, and probably the first on-screen 'death scene' that really moved me and has always lingered in my mind. Sadly, in real life there's no hope of a Genesis planet reviving everyone's favourite Vulcan...

Letterboxd: PREDESTINATION • ANNABELLE • HOUSEBOUND

★★★½ (out of five)

A satisfying time-travel yarn that manages to weave some enjoyable knots into its narrative, although anyone au fait with this sci-fi sub-genre will almost certainly predict some of the earlier twists--particularly when the faces of characters are being intentionally hidden, and someone's revealed to be a hermaphrodite (fairly obviously).

Thankfully, PREDESTINATION does have a few other tricks up its sleeve--enough for the experience to never become wholly obvious from the get-go. At a certain point you lose the inclination to stay a few steps ahead of the script, actually, which allows its third act to sweep you along to a bonkers conclusion.

Friday, 27 February 2015

The CW launching a superhero team of ARROW/FLASH side characters?


The twin successes of ARROW and THE FLASH for The CW has resulted in a huge surge of interest for comic-book properties on U.S television. It also helps that Marvel's big movies continue to be popular, and are inspiring their own small-screen spin-offs. Today, The CW announced their intention to create a superhero Avengers-style team-up show, again developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim—the core writers behind Arrow and The Flash

And this one will combine Arrow's Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) and Sarah Lance/Black Canary (Caity Lotz), with The Flash's Firestorm (Victor Garber) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). No idea why Robbie Amell wasn't included in that list, seeing as he plays the physical half of Firestorm. Is he being recast, or was that a mistake?