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 →

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 →

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 →

TV review: Is Squid Game worth watching?

It seems that everyone loves Squid Game, the nine-part drama about a contest to win 38 million dollars (US). The South Korean Netflix show is popular with viewers across the globe. Why is that? At first glance Squid Game looks like just another survival saga. Several hundred players compete in a series of schoolyard games.... Continue Reading →

TV review: You Netflix

I really love You. The Netflix drama stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a book-loving serial killer with a very dry sense of humour. The three seasons follow Joe as he chases love interests in New York, LA and San Francisco. Some wits have compared Joe to Ted of How I met your mother. There... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Gossip Girl (2007 to 2012)

I love the original Gossip Girl. This year I watched all six seasons as a first time viewer. The show held my interest over 121 episodes because it has some very strong will-they-won’t-they romantic storylines. These begin in the first season and aren’t tied up until the very end. Gossip Girl varies in tone across... Continue Reading →

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