TV Series

  • Fast Five Review: Utopia Season 2 (2014)


    Reviewed by Jennifer

    1. Did you like it?

    Yes! It’s an intense watch, but really well made TV.

    2. Why/Why not?

    Utopia is the story of a crazy conspiracy effecting the entire world’s population. The second season gives us more background on the origins of the conspiracy, then picks up where Season 1 left off. It’s just as sharp, brutal and darkly comedic as the first series. The flawed but well-meaning characters are excellently written and acted and it was wonderful to see them again, and meet their new allies and enemies. There’s a lot of violence but everything is in context, driving the story and developing the characters.

    3. You would enjoy this movie/TV Series/CD if …

    …you have a taste for black comedy and a nostalgia for conspiracy shows like The X-Files and Fringe.

    4. This TV show made me think…

    …This is what Stephen Moffat’s shows would be like if he knew where to stop created more twists and turns.

    5. Stars out of five?


  • Fast Five Review: Fargo Season 1 (2014)


    Reviewed by - Celia

    1. Did you like it?

    Yes. I'm Hooked.

    2. Why/Why not?

    I was very sceptical about this TV series, having been a huge fan of the movie. However, I was pleased to find that the TV series can stand alone from the film; it is not just a 'drawn out version' of the film. Rather it delves deeper into the details of this true story and explores the characters and their motivations.

    3. You would enjoy this movie/TV series/CD if…

    You like crime dramas and dark humour. I also think that if you liked 'Fargo' the film you will like the series.

    4. This movie/TV series/CD made me think…

    About rules and why we do/don't break them.

    5. Stars out of five?

    I haven't finished the series yet, so its hard to rate it, but so far I'd give it 4 stars.

  • Review: True Detective (2014)



    Review by - Jennifer

    I'd been hearing good things about True Detective for a while, but wasn't entirely sure it would be my thing. I've watched an episode of CSI here and there, but have never really got into police procedurals.

    But True Detective isn't your average cop show. A dark, brooding honesty permeates the entire story. It's like reading a Peter Carey novel, in that it begins with an ordinary (if confronting) scenario and gradually but steadily dials up the surreal, dreamlike elements. There are also overtones of what Nick Cave created in And The Ass Saw The Angel, with its frank, brutal depictions of grinding Southern poverty, musings on sin and virtue, and insight into the dark heart of human nature. Not to mention the carefully selected soundtrack of roots and Americana, which sets the scene perfectly.

    There's not much in the way of action, and the two protagonists, Rust (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty (Woody Harrelson), have barely a sympathetic quality between them. But that's part of what makes this such a standout show. The extraordinary storytelling draws you in, and somehow you care what happens to these men as things begin to spiral out of control.

    In short, True Detective is gripping television, though definitely not for the fainthearted. And it firmly cements McConaughey's reputation as a truly talented actor, rather than just some guy who takes his shirt off in romantic comedies.

  • Fast Five Review - True Detective Season 1 (2014)


    Reviewed by Maya

    Now available for pre-order - release date: 25 June 2014

    1. Did you like it?

    Yes, very much

    2. Why/why not?

    This series doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but the combination of plot, great acting and intriguing character development keeps you glued to the screen. The series is slow to start and takes time to build but it’s definitely worth the wait. One of the things I loved about this series is that the clichés didn’t come when I was expecting them to. There’s impressive acting from the whole cast but I can’t go without commenting on the stand out performance by Matthew McConaughey – brilliant.

    3. “You would enjoy this film/series if....”

    You love an absorbing, slow-to-unravel mystery and have an appreciation of the varying factors that make people think and act the way that they do.

    4. “This film/series made me think...."

    Of how horrifying life can be.

    5. Number of stars out of 5?


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