Is Alice K-drama worth watching?

Alice (2020) is a sixteen part Korean science fiction drama that should have been a twelve parter. It starts out very strong and degenerates into an illogical mess. I think it would’ve been a much tighter story with fewer episodes. Having said that, I don’t regret watching it. I love the characters and appreciate the... Continue Reading →

Is Dexter New Blood worth watching?

I didn’t know if I’d enjoy Dexter New Blood as I haven’t watched the original Dexter. But I needn’t have worried. The spin off works well as a complete story, and it’s not difficult to understand the references to the earlier series. The show is set 10 years after Dexter Morgan’s apparent death in a... Continue Reading →

Bulgasal: good but not great

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls arrived on Netflix last December seeming like it might be as amazing as Hellbound or Squid Game. The first episode is set 600 years ago and looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, from episode two onwards, when the story moves to modern times, Bulgasal feels like a very different drama. That’s not to say... Continue Reading →

Is Mare of Easttown too dark?

I resisted watching Mare of Easttown because I thought it’d be too grim and serious. Reviewers at the Guardian raved about the seven-part drama’s grittiness when it first broadcast in the spring. At the end of the year they listed it as no. 3 in their list of the top fifty shows of 2021, and... Continue Reading →

How great is Superstore?

All six seasons of Superstore (2015–2021) are available to watch on Netflix. This January I watched the entire run and absolutely loved it. I’d hoped it would be a lightly amusing comedy; it turned out to be something far more profound. Superstore is about the workers at Cloud 9, a Walmart-type store in St Louis,... Continue Reading →

Raised by Wolves season one review

Raised by Wolves is a ten-part science fiction series about the colonisation of planet Kepler 22-b. The colonists – adults, children and androids – are refugees from an Earth torn apart by religious war. Amanda Collins and Abubakar Salim star as the androids Mother and Father. Their atheist creator sends them to Kepler 22-b to... Continue Reading →

Is the new Sex and the City too woke?

Like Charlotte York Goldenblatt I also read the Daily Mail. And it hasn’t escaped my notice that many of its readers don’t like the new Sex and the City. “Too woke” is one of the most common complaints. The show certainly has changed since the 1998–2004 original, but is that a bad thing? Woke is... Continue Reading →

The Silent Sea: K-scifi equals Squid Game

I thought The Silent Sea would be a formulaic drama about astronauts in danger on the Moon. There’s not much on the lunar surface, so it’s hard to imagine how anyone could come up with an original story that goes beyond oxygen shortages, aliens or interpersonal tensions. But how wrong I was! The Silent Sea... Continue Reading →

Don’t Look Up is annoying

Don’t Look Up is listed as a comedy on IMDb but it didn’t make me laugh. The movie’s message is way too serious for chuckles. On the surface it’s the story of two astronomers who struggle to convince people that a comet is heading for Earth. Of course, the comet is the climate crisis and... Continue Reading →

Why is Succession so popular?

Succession is a three-season family saga made for HBO and written by Jesse Armstrong. It’s received a plethora of awards and award nominations, including a BAFTA and an Emmy. The Guardian recently described the season three finale as “sheer, sinister perfection.” I remember seeing the trailer for the first season, back in 2018. It made... Continue Reading →

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