The Good Fight Season 1: An absence of Florricks

My predominant obsession this year has been The Good Wife. I was late to the party and from January this year until the end of June, I shot through all seven seasons. If I calculate the amount of time I’ve spent on it. 7 seasons x 22 episodes x 40 minutes each= 100+ hours. That’s proper mental.

As I was coming to the end, I consoled myself that. it. was. ok. The Good Wife has a sequel spin-off called The Good Fight. I would still have Diane Lockhart in my life for another 10 hours, maybe even Cary would come to visit. It would fill in that Florrick-shaped hole in my heart.

I have to say, hand on heart, that it’s not the same.

The Good Fight Review

The Good Fight continues on with the adventures of Diane Lockhart after she’s lost all her money in a ponzi scheme. She then leaves her firm to join an African-American firm called Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad.

The Good Fight should be judged on its own merits but ultimately can’t be separated from its sister series so be prepared for a lot of comparison.

It’s a much more subdued show
Everything about The Good Fight is so much quieter. Even Diane Lockhart is a shadow of her former self, I’m not sure why they call it The Good Fight because it feels like they’ve completely defanged her. Continue reading

Who’s excited for American Crime Story: Versace?

There was a period last year where I could not stop recommending American Crime Story: The people vs OJ to everyone. I badgered friends, I reminded family, there was probably a point where I was recommending it to actual strangers as a must watch. So when I heard the follow-up was going to be American Crime Story: Hurricane Katrina, I was not quite on board. Ryan Murphy is so hit and miss with sensitive topics (see: Glee, Popular, American Horror Story).

The producers must have heard the collective hesitation and have agreed to shelve it for American Crime Story: Versace. That is so much more up Ryan Murphy’s alley – glitzy, glossy, trashy storytelling.

Please behold this glorious cover. Feast your eyes on this.

American Crime Story Versace

Yes, that’s Penelope Cruz as Donatella. She doesn’t really look anything like her, young Donatella looked a lot like Lady GaGa….but it’s television. We’ll cut them some slack.

American Crime Story Penelope Cruz Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin’s robe is perfectly placed. That is all.

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Did I ever mention that I saw Darren Criss as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch? I love him so much. He has that intense serial killer thing happening for this role, a far cry from wholesome, dancing Blaine. In case I forget to mention it, those are some perfect 90s glasses.

The show is slated to come out in 2019, which is more than 6 months away. That’s just mean.

Another day, another reboot – Cowboy BeBop

I’m starting to think we should all take a shot everytime I mention a upcoming reboot/remake/re-something. Bottoms up!

Cowboy Bebop Live Action

Yesterday (or so) Deadline announced that Hollywood is looking at a live-action Cowboy BeBop TV series. For those who aren’t familiar, Cowboy BeBop is a seminal Japanese anime from the late 90s, which follows the adventures of Spike Siegel and his team of bounty hunters, as they try to capture criminals in space.

To be mildly fair, this is not something new exactly – they have been talking about Keanu for the role of Spike since the early 2000s and now that Keanu is too old for the part and filming John Wick XXVIII, I have no idea where it’s going to go. Hopefully John Cho puts his hand up? The only small, infinitesimal hope is that they don’t white-wash this so it’s four blondes and a corgi. One can dream.

“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series,” said Adelstein. “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.”

That quote doesn’t give me much hope that they want to retain the spirit of the original.

If you’ve read to the bottom of that Deadline link, there’s also a reference to a Snowpiercer TV show on pilot order AND Death Note is coming out on Netflix. What did I say about shots? Drink up everyone, there’s more remakes coming your way everyday.

Master of None Season 2 – Do you love Italy more than New York?

I loved Master of None Season 1, I very happily watched it twice in a row without complaint, there was something about it that spoke to a) the experience of being a child of an immigrant b) a millennial who has no idea what they’re doing in relationships and life and c) a love letter to New York and lovers of New York

Aziz Master of None S2

So let’s be frank, that the expectation for Masters of None Season 2 was exceptionally high and even I was doubtful that it could clear it. It was still very, very good. So let’s get to some of those thoughts:

The best episodes of the seasons didn’t revolve around Aziz.
Aziz himself has said that he’s not sure if he’s going to do Season 3, he doesn’t feel he has enough material and frankly, he doesn’t want to talk about being a millennial anymore. I guess it’s fitting that the best episodes were not Aziz-focussed so that if there was a S3, someone else could take that baton. New York, I love you and Thanksgiving revolved respectively around a day-in-the-life around a group of New Yorkers and Aziz/Dev’s friend Denise, they just felt authentic, there’s no other way to put it.  Continue reading

Twin Peaks 2017 – Episode 1 + 2: So much ominous whooshing

At two episodes in, it feels like David Lynch is trying to rewire the way we watch tv. We’re in a golden age of television, shows move exceptionally fast to try and establish characterisation and plot without losing the viewer, it’s even quicker now that the 22 episode season is no longer a thing. And thus when nothing happens on screen, we very easily turn to our iPads or our phones or at worst case, switch the show altogether.

Twin Peaks Season 3

With that in mind, Twin Peaks 2017 is really, really slow. I checked my clock at half an hour, we were three scenes in and two people were still staring vacantly at a glass box (it’s funny because we are also people staring at a glass box waiting for something to happen. David Lynch, what a comedian). Perhaps David wants us to put down our phones and absorb the atmosphere that is Twin Peaks, however it’s 2017 and man, I’m not sure I have the patience when I have 17 other shows queued up.  Continue reading

Trailer thoughts: Star Trek Discovery

Hmmmmmmmm..

Let me first reserve judgement for the show itself, because that trailer is awful.

Someone needs to take that trailer editor out back and hand them their termination papers.

  • Firstly, what is that song? Diet M83? It’s not great.
  • Secondly, there’s no suspense, no hook for us to go forward. They’ve pretty much told us the entire arc in 1:20
  • There’s no way you need that much narrative/explanation text, you have a ready-made fan base.
  • At 0:55 I think we’re supposed to be afraid of Klingon hands, we grew up on a steady diet of Alien movies, Klingon hands do not scare us. It’s even less ominous placed over that diet electro tune.
  • 1:15 we’ve established that Sonequa Martin-Green is a badass, do we need her to pose in front of a green screen to establish attractiveness? It looks.. contrived.
  • MICHELLE YEOH!

I hand on heart love the idea of Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green leading this, but this trailer paints the show in the worst possible light. Let’s wait til the show happens, shall we?

The return of Arrested Development S5 and why we can’t let a good thing go

It is undisputed that everyone loves the first three seasons of Arrested Development. Everyday around the world, people quote endlessly at each other:

  • I’ve made a huge mistake
  • Her?
  • I think I just blue myself
  • There’s always money in a banana stand
  • He didn’t

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That love carried our high hopes into a rebooted season 4 and then dropped it like a baby on the ground. Season 4 was objectively speaking, problematic – they took out all of the interaction that makes Arrested Development fun (particularly the reaction faces) and made everyone mug by themselves by giving them individual episodes. The yaysayers said, “Watch it til the end, it all comes together in episode 15!” – I don’t know about you but I made it through six, I don’t have time to sit through nine more(!) episodes in the hope that it gets mindblastingly funny – that is more leeway than you would give any other series.

And so it went quiet, people pretended that Season 4 didn’t actually happen and life went on for everyone (Jason Bateman, I’m never forgiving you for Office Christmas Party).  There were murmurs and now it’s confirmed that everyone is coming back for Season 5 for 17 episodes. Continue reading