Category Archives: TV Show Reviews
Plot: A group of librarians set off on adventures in an effort to save mysterious, ancient artifacts.
Review: What do TV studios decide to do when one popular TV series ends (Warehouse 13)? Start a new TV series…
Noah Wyle stars as Flynn Carson – The Librarian – who protects a collection of magical artifacts from falling into the hands of Dulaque (played by Matt Frewer). Noah Wyle has a certain presence in his role, but unfortunately he isn’t the main protagonist in this. He is more like a special guest star.
When Flynn’s time is nearing it’s end, he must recruit a new Librarian to safe-guard the Library.
Along comes the new recruits… A band of misfits, all selected by the Library to safeguard the artifacts…
Even though the show runs along similar lines to W13, it does hold its own with the right mix of comedy, we each episode sees our troupe of misfits band together to save the world 🙂 And of course, it is always good to see Ms Romijn in a more comedy role than what we are used to seeing her in Xmen.
Verdict: Filing Evil under History 🙂
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Plot: Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her life is only hinted at during a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons in the Book of Genesis. Told through Dinah’s eloquent voice, this sweeping miniseries reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah’s tale begins with the story of her mothers: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah tells us of the world of the red tent, the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and illness; of her initiations into the religious and sexual practices of her tribe; of Jacob’s courtship with his four wives; of the mystery and wonder of caravans, farmers, shepherds, and slaves; of love and death in the city of Shechem; of her half-brother Joseph’s rise in Egypt, and of course her…
Review: The movie is loosely based on the life of Dinah and was written for a twenty-first century audience; therefore, it has a lot of historical inaccuracies, too many to even mention. But, if you are a biblical scholar, you will be able to point them out one after another.
While the film itself was wonderful story-telling, for me that is all it was. A fictional account of what biblical history says otherwise. I would have given this movie a lot higher score if the plot stuck to the original account of what Jacob and his family went through, but it did not.
Verdict: A rewrite of the Old Testament brought to you by Lifetime.
My Rating: 7 out of 10.
Plot: A 200-year-old man works in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality.
Review: I will admit it. I had been putting off watching this show, but once I got started, I was hooked.
Forever tells the long tale of one Dr. Henry Morgan. A man who cannot die… In a manner of speaking. First off, he can die, but comes back to life in the river, to continue the process of living out his immortal existence.
There are some similarities here to Highlander, quite a few actually…. McCloud (AKA: Russell Nash) owned an antique store in NYC. Here, Dr. Henry Morgan owns an antique store in NYC… The Highlander couldn’t die (unless his head was cut off), in this show, he can die, only to be resurrected some minutes later, naked and in the river. An orphaned child rescued and raised by an immortal…
Throw into the mix that he is a medical examiner and spends a lot of his time (most of it infact) helping Det Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) solve crimes, and reminiscing about the many loves of his past.
Just how Dr Harry Morgan got this gift (or curse) of immortality has yet to be explained. The chemistry between the Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch is brilliant. You can see that the characters don’t take themselves too seriously, unlike other repetitive TV Cop shows 🙂
If you have not seen Forever, then you don’t know what you’re missing.
Verdict: It’s better to burn out than fade away.
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10.
Plot: This is the story of two dickheads, bound together through different incarnations spanning the course of human history.
Review: Soul Mates follows the story of a couple of friends who are continually drawn together across the course of human history. In 2013, they are a pair of fashion-obsessed Bondi Hipsters. In prehistoric times, they experience all of life’s firsts as a couple of cavemen. In 64 BC they are designing and installing booby traps in the tombs of Ancient Egypt. In 1979 they are two New Zealanders known as Kiwi Assassins. In the year 2145 they are working in a time travel agency called Travel Time.
Soul Mates is a hilarious Australian comedy show that pokes fun at just about everyone and everything in between. Such as when they are in pre-historic times, the cavemen lads assume that in order to reproduce they have to masturbate on the “Tree of Life”, then they discover oral sex, and hence they perform it on each other.
Jump forward to 1979, and the boys are a couple of Kiwi Assassins, sworn to protect New Zealand from the lures and traps of Australian life. They are a crack team of Kiwi secret agents, recruited by the New Zealand “Munistry of Dufinse” to protect NZ’s international interests against Australia in the 1980’s. Their first mission in Aussie is to try and convince Russell Crowe (who is a child actor) to move back to New Zealand. Of course the boys fail miserably by epic proportions. (Watch the scene where the lads open fire on the weeds).
Jump again to modern era, and they “work” in a clothing store, and discover that they are on the brink of releasing a new fashion label called “nothing”.
The show pretty much involves a non-stop series of skits, and is blended together nicely to bring to Aussie TV something I have not seen since Steve Vizard’s Full Frontal, or Reno 911.
Soul Mates is entertaining, and although somewhat offensive in parts, it is a good show that is set to run for an initial 6 episodes.
Verdict: Bromance through the ages
My Rating: 7 out of 10.
Coverband NZ (2014 – )
Stars: Johnny Barker, Matt Whelan, Wesley Dowdell, Laughton Kora
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Plot: COVERBAND is a story of broken hearts, broken dreams, sex, drugs and …other people’s songs.
From the makers of the acclaimed and award-winning Hounds comes the new comedy series Coverband, about a group of almost-famous-once musos reduced to playing other people’s music.
Review: When I first saw the title, my first thought was that this show was about different coverbands in New Zealand. So I decided to watch this, and for a moment I thought I would be treated to see some people I knew many moons ago when I lived in NZ.
I am glad that this wasn’t a reality show 🙂
Coverband NZ is a comedy TV series about a group of hapless guys who are left with nothing more than a pocket full of wishful thinking, (after their lead singer, Ivy, scores a major record deal on the basis she dumps her band).
Stranded and broke, Matt gets his brother to pay for his flight back from LA, then he starts to make plans to “get the band back together”.
One pitfall after another ensues with the band, as they struggle to get one gig after another and find that being a rock ‘n’ roll star is not all what they had hoped it would be.
This series does remind me of other shows like Housos, and The Inbetweeners. This New Zealand grown show is down-right good fun and bloody hilarious to watch. With names like Knuckles and Jukebox, this show is bound to be a hit not only in NZ but maybe in Aussie too. Lets hope that this series gets the funding to go beyond the 6 episodes it is currently scheduled for.
Not only is the storyline fun to watch, but has some really cool songs from the likes of The Chills, Split Enz, Dragon, The Clean, Exponents, Chris Knox, Tim Finn, The Datsuns, and many many more.
Verdict: It’s A Long Way To The Top If Ya Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Town of the Living Dead (2014 -)
Stars: Bryan Boylen, Gary A. Carreker, Chase Lawrence
IMDB Rating: 4.7
Plot: Town of the Living Dead is an unscripted series which follows a small Alabama town trying to complete their own independent zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead – which has been six years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.
The intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers now has a deadline to hit – if they finish their film in time, Syfy will air it as an original movie. Given it’s taken six years to make it, will getting it done in just a few weeks be achievable?
Review: As far as mockups go, this was so-so. The basis of the series is a behind the scenes look at what goes into making a film. In this instance the filmmakers have spent the last six years developing a feature film in Jasper, Alabama, and have had their own fair share of turmoils with SPX; Cast taking a break to have children; Crew issues; Dealing with a very Christian conservative town; Getting Council approvals, and of course funding.
I like a good mockup, and this series gets right in there to show the struggles of one aspiring filmy (taking from a lighthearted look), and her desire to bring a Zombie flick to the market. Town Of The Living Dead is very much like a reality show without the BS.
I would like to see more of this series, just to see how far the cast and crew go, and whether they get the funding they need. And you can bet that when Thr33 Days Dead comes out I will watch it and post a review.
Six years of dedication to making one film happen. Now that’s commitment!
Verdict: If You Film it, They Will Come!
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
The Affair (2014– )
Stars: Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson
IMDB Rating: N/A
Plot: The psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island.
Review: Sex plays a starring role is this new drama airing on Showtime. The Affair is a psychological dissection of an adulterous liaison between two married people, played out against the background of an unsolved crime.
The series opens with Noah and wife Helen (Maura Tierney), packing their kids up for an extended holiday at her parents mansion in Long Island. He has a good life as a New York City school teacher and budding novelist, and a seemingly good marriage.
During their getaway, Noah meets Alison at the diner where she works and later runs into her on the beach, where they take their first steps in the dance of seduction. Her life is marked by a tragedy, and her marriage to Cole (Joshua Jackson) is strained by her pain.
The drama’s tension lies in the disparity between his and her perspectives, and how they remember their first encounter or how they interpret their sexual encounters.
From Noah’s perspective, Allison is flirtatious, seductive, a man-eater, while he is naive and faithful to Helen. From Allison’s perspective, Noah is a womanizer, self-righteous, and demanding, while she is the innocent one, struggling with her own grief with he death of her child some years before.
The focus point of the show is infidelity and the consequences that can follow. In this case, a crime has been committed and we see Noah and Allison being interviewed (separately) by Detective Jeffries, and recounting – from their own words – how they first met and how they saw the other person.
The show is an interesting concept on how one views the world through their own eyes, and how the characters see themselves. Noah obviously sees himself as the faithful husband who only has eyes (and sex drive) for his wife; While Allison sees herself as the emotionally damaged faithful wife who is manipulated by Noah. The series will be interesting to see whose perspective is right on the money.
Regardless of whose POV is true, the one thing that does remain is that Noah and Allison do end up having an affair and not without consequences.
This show could be the new must-watch of the season.
Verdict: An Affair To Remember!
Rating: 7 out of 10.
Strange Empire (2014– )
Stars: Michelle Creber, Cara Gee, Matreya Scarrwener
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Tagline: We’re To Be Whores Ma’am
Plot: A serialized Western drama set near the Alberta-Montana border in the 1860s, in which three women band together for survival after the men in their town are murdered.
Review: Set in 1869 along the Montana/Alberta border, Strange Empire starts with two dead babies and a graveside wedding, and ends with a cozy pseudo-family scene threatened by lawlessness.
There’s plenty to sink into with the new series. Dark doesn’t quite seem to cover what happens to kick off the series—the mass slaughter of 20 men, and in rides John Slotter (Aaron Poole), the questionable hero who has ulterior motives, to get the stranded women to work in his whorehouse (either willingly or by force).
Cara Gee plays Kat with a fierce intensity and tenderness, and she is the emotional heart of the first episode. Aaron Poole (as John Slotter) is heartlessness and brutal who seems to be doing all he can to get his whorehouse business turning a profit, with a selection of hookers of all ages.
While the pilot episode was filled with rich scenery, I did find that there were some similarities to other TV shows I have seen. Kat did come across like the character, Clara Paget (Black Sails); And Aaron Poole did have some similarity to Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). With that said, there were times when we see Kat draw her gun and ready to blow a hole in some schmucks head.
The four leads in the mostly female cast, are outstanding. While I did find the pilot had its slow points, it was enough for me to want to watch further episodes and see where the series leads.
Verdict: Annie Get Yer Gun
Rating: 6.5 out of 10.