Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire TV Reviews
At the moment, myself and Mrs Geek are currently watching no less than 6 series ether on dvd or on TV. To quote Mr Peter Quill himself- some good, some bad, and some a bit of both – read on.
The Walking Dead – Season 5
Without doubt still one of the best TV shows ever made. Monday’s Season 5 premiere kicked off with an absolute barnstormer of an episode as Rick, Karl, Darryl and the rest fight tooth and nail to escape their sinister Terminus captors. Honestly, I simply cannot fault this series, brilliant writing, incredible zombie effects, outstanding acting (especially Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus) and relentless pulse pounding excitement. If you haven’t been watching this then shame on you – the previous 4 seasons are all available to buy on dvd now and I highly recommend you invest asap.
Season 5 now showing on Fox
Arrow – Season 1
DC Comics continues to lag behind Marvel with this so so Batman clone. Spoiled billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is marooned on an island for 5 years, during which he acquires a certain set of skills (including being a dead shot archer) that, upon returning to his home town of Starling City, he uses to deadly effect on the criminal underworld. I’m most of the way through season 1 and to be honest its not bad, fairly entertaining in parts and has some goodish action scenes. But to be honest I can’t get my head around how much of a rip off it is of Batman – especially the Dark Knight trilogy.
(available on dvd, with s3 now showing on Sky)
Boardwalk Empire – Season 5
Now in its final season on Sky Atlantic. Still looks good and Steve Buscemi is excellent as ever, but despite this, it has been very slow to start and isn’t nearly as engaging as it used to be. I’m certainly going to stick with it until the end but it was a wise idea by the network to make this its last season.
Showing on Sky Atlantic with other seasons available on dvd.
Under The Dome – Season 2
The further travails of the townsfolk of Chester’s Mill -still stuck under the dome with no way to get out and no clue as to what it is or why its there. Possibly the worst acted series on TV at the moment, shockingly so by some of the cast. The trouble is that the plot is very interesting and I really want to see how it all ends. It just needs to end soon!
Season 2 now showing on Channel 5
The Strain – Season 1
After the suppurating pustule of a film that was last years Pacific Rim I thought id never be able to watch anything else made by Guillermo Del Toro. Mercifully, I was dead wrong as The Strain (produced and written by GDT) is absolutely gripping. The plot involves a plane that lands at JFK airport with most of its passengers and crew dead. However those that have survived are infected with a deadly vampire virus that now threatens to infect the entire US population – unless a small team of doctors and an ageing vampire hunter can stop it first. Cracking series this, very well made, superbly plotted and intelligently written – don’t miss it!
Season 1 showing on Sky now.
The Leftovers- Season 1
Written by Lost’s Damon Lindelof and produced by Peter Berg, The Leftovers deals with the aftermath of an unexplained “rapture” like event where 3% of the world’s population have just upped and vanished. Now you would think that this would make for a damn good watch – sadly, despite being superbly put together and very well acted (Justin Theroux in particular is a standout) I am completely failing to see the appeal. The trouble is that it can’t seem to decide whether it’s a sci fi, a mystery, a human drama or all three put together. The other issue is that, whilst out promoting it, Lindelof publically stated that there isn’t going to be any explanation as to the cause of all the people disappearing. Which for me, totally diluted the initial reason I was so intrigued to watch it in the first place.
Season 1 showing on Sky now.
Author: Will Strong