Killing Eve Season 2 (2019) – TV Review

“Sometimes when you love someone you will do crazy things”

Following the stunning success of Season 1, and the subsequent departure of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, season 2 of ‘Killing Eve’ was always going to have a lot to live up to, and in some ways it did, and others it definitely did not.

The season starts out with Villanelle and Eve again separated after the dramatic events of season 1 and manages quite successfully to lay the groundwork for the new season without losing too much of the momentum of season 1.

Episodes 5,6, and 7 are the standout from the season, mostly because they are when ‘Villaneve’ are together the most and we get a new look at the dynamic of their relationship.

Episode 5 features the iconic confrontation at Eve’s house and sizzles with sexual chemistry and intrigue. Episode 6 is what won Comer the Emmy (at the time, the youngest ever best actress winner) as Villanelle takes on the character of ‘Billie’ and delivers not only a wide variety of incredible accents, but a heartbreaking speech at an AA meeting that is truly some of the finest acting I have seen for years.

Episode 7 will long be remembered by fans for the final moments where Eve is seductively talked to through an earpiece by Villanelle and precedes to have sex with Hugo, essentially using him as a sex toy in the absence of Villanelle. Season two definitely has many issues but it really nailed the chemistry and dynamic between Eve and Villanelle (right up until the finale).

The finale is absolutely packed full of action, plot advancements and betrayals as Eve and Villanelle’s mission reaches its conclusion. We get great character moments, some very funny physical comedy, and a chance for both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh to really shine.

However, the final moments really switched from anything we had been building towards and seemed to betray the characters and their relationship in exchange for a quick shock and a chance to mirror the end of season one.

One of the main issues is the lack of narrative drive in this season that really excelled in season 1, and this season felt much more like a series of events that were designed for Eve and Villanelle to do things, as opposed to an organic story.

The season as a whole obviously cannot match up to the magic of season one, but it must be congratulated for providing multiple stand out moments and really getting incredible performances out of its lead two, particularly Jodie Comer this season.

Rating = 4/5

The Simpsons Season 10 (1998) – TV Review

‘The Simpsons’ has reached the decade point, and after years of simply the best comedy on TV, some cracks have started to show, but it should still be stressed how enjoyable and good fun this season was. It doesn’t live up to the unbelievable highs of the last 3 or 4 years, mainly because this season strayed slightly into the more plot or gag driven episodes as opposed to the brilliant character focused ones that the show made its name as the best show in the business.

This season has one of the very best ‘Treehouse of Horror’ episodes, that features iconic bits like Homer going on a murder spree after taking on Snake’s hair, Bart and Lisa getting sucked into a Itchy and Scratchy cartoon and having to fight for their lives in increasingly cartoonish ways, and also Maggie’s real father being revealed as an Alien, with the situation having to be resolved on Jerry Springer.

The smartly titled ‘Maximum Homerdrive’ is also a standout episode of this season for me and not only gives us a good Homer/Bart episode, but also features some great cultural references and is a strong road comedy.

There are not many particularly bad episodes here, it’s just that there are more forgettable ones that usual, which makes it feel like a weaker season. For any other show, this would likely be heralded as a brilliant season of TV.

Rating = 4/5

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards – Predictions

This years Emmy awards are not only going to be unlike any other in the show’s history due to the pandemic, but they are also going to be unlike nay awards show that has taken place since the pandemic began, as the virtual awards will be live and not pre-recorded, so expect some enjoyable chaos on Sunday night.

As for my predictions themselves, they do not cover all the categories but the major ones are all here (but every category is important and congratulations to all nominees). In order to keep it simple, I have kept my predictions of each category to three simple parts: who I think will win from the nominees, who I think should win from the nominees, and the main person/show that I think should have been a nominee.

I predict quite a few sweeps this year but let’s just see…

Most Predicted Wins – Schitt’s Creek – 4

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES –

Will Win – Succession

Should Win – Better Call Saul

Should’ve Been Nominated – Mindhunter

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES –

Will Win – Jeremy Strong – Succession

Should Win – Jeremy Strong – Succession

Should’ve Been Nominated – Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES –

Will Win – Laura Linney – Ozark

Should Win – Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Should’ve Been Nominated – Reece Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES –

Will Win – Kieran Culkin – Succession

Should Win – Matthew Macfadyen – Succession

Should’ve Been Nominated – Josh O’Connor – The Crown

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES –

Will Win – Julia Garner – Ozark

Should Win – Sarah Snook – Succession

Should’ve Been Nominated – Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE –

Will Win – Bad Education

Should Win – Bad Education

Should’ve Been Nominated – N/A

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES –

Will Win – Watchmen

Should Win – Watchmen

Should’ve Been Nominated – Normal People

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE –

Will Win – Paul Mescal – Normal People

Should Win – Paul Mescal – Normal People

Should’ve Been Nominated – Nick Offerman – Devs

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE –

Will Win – Regina King – Watchmen

Should Win – Regina King – Watchmen

Should’ve Been Nominated – Kaitlyn Dever – Unbelievable

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE –

Will Win – Louis Gossett Jr – Watchmen

Should Win – Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Watchmen

Should’ve Been Nominated – Michael Sheen – Quiz

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE –

Will Win – Tracey Ullman – Mrs. America

Should Win – Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Should’ve Been Nominated – Rose Byrne – Mrs. America

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES –

Will Win – Schitt’s Creek

Should Win – The Good Place

Should’ve Been Nominated – Bojack Horseman

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES –

Will Win – Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Should Win – Ted Danson – The Good Place

Should’ve Been Nominated – Martin Freeman – Breeders

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES –

Will Win – Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Should Win – Linda Cardellini – Dead to Me

Should’ve Been Nominated – Aisling Bea – This Way Up

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES –

Will Win – Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Should Win – William Jackson Harper – The Good Place

Should’ve Been Nominated – Nicholas Hoult – The Great

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES –

Will Win – Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Should Win – Betty Gilpin – Glow

Should’ve Been Nominated – Phoebe Fox – The Great

The Duchess (2020) – TV Review

In recent years, multiple female stand up comedians have finally been given the opportunities that were usual saved for their male counterparts and have been able to lead (and often create) their own TV shows.

This time, the honour falls to Katherine Ryan, the constantly funny guest on many panel shows and a strong stand up-comedian. However, despite her obvious talents, her writing really seems to lack the nuance and balance between drama and comedy that someone like Aisling Bea managed so perfectly in ‘This Way Up’.

‘The Duchess’ isn’t a dreadful show, and as proven by the fact that it has been the number one title on Netflix UK since it dropped, is exactly the sort of show that usually is huge on the streaming service.

However, my issue with it is that no characters or plot ever feel real or organic, and many of the lines of there to simply try and shock the audience. Instead of telling a real narrative or earning jokes, it often feels like a sketch show or a fully scripted stand up routine for Ryan.

There is a compelling story that could’ve been dug into more (one I know is close to Ryan’s real experience) and that is the unique bond between a single mother and her only child, and how that dynamic changes as the child ages. Katy Byrne plays Katherine’s daughter here and she is very likeable, and this is where the story should’ve really focused if it wanted to succeed.

Another issue is that Katherine Ryan, despite being a great comedian, just isn’t a natural actress and therefore many of her lines feel like she’s delivering a script, as opposed to a real person naturally talking.

The show does have some very funny moments though and Ryan gets her chance to shine, especially in the alleyway sequence where Katherine and her ex are struggling to have sex again, and also in the schoolyard scene where she reveals her own nude photos just to spite another mum.

I was looking forward to this show and wish it was better, but I think many people will still find lots to enjoy in this unapologetic comedy.

Rating = 2.5/5

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