Sunday, 10 December 2017

Mini TV series reviews


If you're expecting a Weekly Round-Up post today, this post is instead of that. I'm actually away at camp at the moment and so scheduling a "fun review post" seemed more appropriate than a Weekly Round-Up, which I would've had to write up on Thursday before I left and thus it would be a bit outdated and I wouldn't have had much to say about the week.

So! Here we are.

Please feel free to chat with me in the comments and let me know if you've seen any of these shows!



Cast: James Spader / Megan Boone
Date: 2013 - present
Content Advisory: PG16 for frequent violence and gore, sexual innuendo, and mature content.

The Blacklist // A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her. 








I've watched most of the first series, and to be honest my feelings about it are mixed. The acting is good, but Boone has no chemistry with her onscreen husband and more with her character's fellow detective. Also, while the stories are exciting, they're too romanticised and frequently riddled with plot holes. It's a bit hard to suspend disbelief.
Overall, it's a decent crime show, but not anything amazing.






Cast: Amybeth McNulty / Geraldine James / R.H. Thomson
Date: 2017 - present
Content Advisory: PG13 for mild suggestive content and infrequent violence and threat. Mature themes are raised.

Anne with an E //  The adventures of a young orphaned girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery's classic novels. 








This series is one of those TV shows I think would be more successful as an original show than a remake. The cinematography is stunning, but the acting of the kids isn't great and the story takes huge liberties with the original Anne of Green Gables story. Anne also comes across mean and downright cruel at times, and her friendship with Diana feels forced.

The story is also a lot darker - with bullying and PTSD coming in - and I hate how they've somehow "taken the hope" out of Anne's story. They've altered characters and personalities, and changed huge elements off the original plot. If this was an original show, those elements would probably work perfectly. But as it is, Anne with an E feels like a betrayal of the beautiful origin tale.




Cast: Michelle Dockery / Jack O'Connell
Date: 2017 - present
Content Advisory: PG16 for gore, violence, and one scene of strong sexual content (rape).

Godless // Frank Griffin, an outlaw terrorizing the 1880s American West, hunts down Roy Goode, his partner turned enemy. Roy hides out at a ranch as Frank's chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico - a town mysteriously made up almost entirely of women.









This was not what I was expecting. It's supposed to be about this Western frontier town dominated by women, but I'm on the 5th episode and there's hardly any women! All I'm getting is men's stories, dialogue between men, and the focus on men men men.
The cinematography and direction are excellent, and the acting is decent, but when men are getting 85% of the screen time and lines in a self-proclaimed "female dominated show" I have an issue with that. Not to mention the story's also extremely tedious and it takes a while for anything to happen.






Cast: Ashley Benson / Lucy Hale / Trojan Bellisario / Shay Mitchell
Date: 2010 - present
Content Advisory: PG13 for infrequent violence, constant peril, and sexual innuendo.


Pretty Little Liars // Four friends who band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend. 







This show has the characters we've seen a dozen times before on other teen shows. The stereotypes are bent slightly, but even then the characters are flat and the acting contrived. There's little real suspense, and the dialogue and stories are weak. It's an overhyped series that's cool for light, relaxing watching, but has no real depth or substance. I also found it extremely boring.


                  



What TV shows are you watching at the moment? Have you seen any of these? What do you think of them? 

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