Deadwater Fell (2020) – TV Review

Following his roles over the last decades in things like; Doctor Who, Broadchurch, and Good Omens, David Tennant is firmly established as one of the finest actors in Britain, so anything he is in is sure to attract attention.

This is the main reason I watched Deadwater Fell, and by the end of the show, he is the only reason to have watched it.

It starts off well, with a horrific tragedy in a small town and seemingly a mystery about to unfold about how the events happen.

However, throughout the show’s 4 episodes, not one twist occurs and the ending is exactly as we are constantly told throughout the show that it was going to be.

This could have worked if instead we got a deep exploration of why a man would commit this horrific act, but we don’t really, we just get a cliched excuse.

The performances are strong and Tennant especially is very menacing, but the ending really means the whole show never really worked, even when you initially thought it did.

Rating = 2.5/5

Better Call Saul Season 5 (2020) – TV Review

‘Breaking Bad’ is widely regarded as the greatest show of all time, so the idea of making any sort of spin off or prequel was initially a daunting one. But ‘Better Call Saul’ has slowly worked its way to being considered almost an equal, and to some better.

It is written with such delicate plotting and slow build character development, something that is increasingly rare these days, and instead of feeling like a cash-in, this show truly adds to the world of Breaking Bad and retroactively makes that show even better.

The biggest surprise of the show for me is Rhea Seehorn’s Kim, who is truly the heart of the show and her performance is again the stand out here. We know she isn’t in Breaking Bad or the events after, so something in the next (and final) season is going to likely break our hearts.

Bob Odenkirk is also absolutely superb in the lead role, bringing a real mix of charisma and depth to the character.

This show is a real treat in every single technical aspect and the cliffhanger finale sets us up for all out war in the final season.

Rating = 4.5/5

Killing Eve Season 3 – Beautiful Monster (Reaction)

Killing Eve continues to hurtle towards the season finale, with an episode that felt very tonally like one taken from the dynamite first season, which gives me even more encouragement for Laura Neal (writer of this episode and the ‘bus episode’ earlier in the season) for when she takes over next season.

The cat and mouse game was back on as Eve finally got to take centre stage again and put her skills to use to track down Villanelle, while Villanelle continued her mental fragility and in attacking Dasha, made it clear she is done with the twelve.

It is really good character progression for Villanelle, and it gives Jodie Comer more range to pursue as an actor (she has been so incredible in the last few episodes, she is surely a favourite to repeat her Emmy win), I still hope when Villanelle has discovered her new place in the world, the funny/sexy/ruthless assassin will re-emerge to entertain us.

Just as Villanelle seemingly comes towards the light, Eve seems (especially with her interaction with Dasha) to be going towards the dark, and I think they need each other to balance each other out (and maybe kill Dasha together).

I am glad Konstantin didn’t die, although the show needs to be careful about seeming to kill supporting characters and then backing out (I still see no reason why Niko survived) but I’m glad Konstantin will be around a while longer.

These two star crossed lovers will finally meet again next week after spending nearly the entire season apart, and while this episode showed the show is still one of the best on TV, the thing that really sets it apart is the unique and sexually charged relationship between its two leads, and they need to really embrace that in the next episode and beyond.

When The Street Lights Go On (2020) – TV Review

‘When The Street Lights Go On’ is Quibi’s attempt at a non-fantastical ‘Stranger Things’, taking a young new cast, placing them with established actors, and creating a mystery and world packed full of nostalgia, this time for the 90s.

While I still think Quibi’s actual format and whole idea is destined to fail and that should be been obvious from the start, I do think some of their programming has been interesting, and this is one of the best.

It is packed full of cliche and a mystery that is solved very suddenly and with little build up, and it criminally wastes Tony Hale and Queen Latifah in bizarrely small and inconsequential roles.

However, what it does right, is create some interesting characters played by talented young stars (Sophie Thatcher, Chosen Jacobs, Sam Strike), and really captures a nostalgic mood for the 90s and a longing to re-live your childhood, which in the end makes it an effective watch.

Rating = 3/5

The Last Dance (2020) – TV Review

Everyone knows who Michael Jordan is; whether it is from his Basketball, his ‘Air Jordan’ brand, or even if it is from ‘Space Jam’, but how many people know the full story?

‘The Last Dance’ is quite simply one of the best sport’s documentaries of all time, and even more fascinatingly, is an in depth examination of true greatness. The 10 episode series is structured cleverly, switching back and forth in time to build suspense, add context to events, and keep every episode feeling like an event itself.

The show was moved up from summer to coincide with the worldwide lockdown, and that decision proved perfect, as the show gripped the world, both basketball fans and non-fans alike. The reason for this is that it isn’t really about Basketball (with a bit of Baseball thrown in there for good measure, thanks MJ) but it is a look at the human condition, and specifically a look at true greatness, the like of which most of us can’t understand. The word ‘great’ gets thrown around a lot but there are very few true ‘great’ sportsman the likes of which no one else can compare, and this show really dives into that, and shows that Michael often struggled earlier in his career to understand why others couldn’t match up to what he was doing, but as he got older, he matured and used it to try and drag people up as close to his level as possible, even if he didn’t always look like the ‘good guy’.

The access to these legends, both behind the scenes and in interviews, is almost unparalleled, and the archive footage is used to well, never just for the sake of showing some interesting Basketball, but to always push forward the narrative.

There will inevitably be multiple follow ups after the success of this season, and a series focusing on Tom Brady has already been announced to air next year, but I think series’ looking at Mohammed Ali and Tiger Woods would be much more compelling.

Jordan finishing the series by smoking a cigar, looking out at the sunset (amusingly like Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War) was a fitting end to the story of a dynasty that he allowed to happen. It might have been ‘The Last Dance’ for the Chicago Bulls dynasty, but this show gave them another moment in the sun.

Rating = 4.5/5

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