Television

I don't review because I hate TV. I review because I'm bored, and because after this long, watching TV has become one of the few things I'm good at. Unless I explicitly state here, I really do like and enjoy everything I review and my opinions from the past may not be the same today. Give or take. The headers below are links to tags/pages listing reviews from that show. Last Updated: 2/8/15

Main TV Shows

 

Being Human

The show that began as a crazy, gimmicky pilot on BBC Three in 2008 developed into the channel's most bankable fantasy drama, and has gone through a gamut of characters in its history. From the first and second series covering Annie, Mitchell and George in Bristol, to the new team after the move to Cardiff, Being Human has covered a lot of ground. I'm really sad to see it go. I've reviewed all of the episodes; the first two on DVD, the rest immediately after broadcast.
     Overall, I'd have to say that Being Human's strengths came in its characterisation and its unwavering ability throughout its various incarnations and genres to ensure a sense of camaraderie between its leads and the reinforcement of its original themes. It managed the movement from comedy to drama in a way that didn't feel particularly forced, and it also managed to (in my opinion) maintain its quality despite a changeover of the entire cast. That is what now makes it memorable, and why I am not going to forget it in a hurry. 

Blackadder

Following the adventures of various different families of people, all played by the erstwhile Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, Blackadder is an 80s period-comedy with an incredible wit and a series of villain protagonists with tongues as sharp as very sharp things. My series overviews aren't very good, really, but fundamentally I think I cover all of the bases. Blackadder is a show that I know and love, and it's part of who I am.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a show which has its own page, as you can see in the tabs at the top of the page. I've loved it since I was a kid, both Classic and New, and it was my introduction to life, basically. I've reviewed pretty much everything from 1975 to the present day. Thanks to factors like time, Steven Moffat and a whole lotta Star Trek, I don't watch as much Doctor Who as I used to, but I'm still incredibly fond of it and I have high hopes that it can do some good things. Click on the link to go to my Who page and see everything I've done over the past four years.

The Fades

Back in 2011, BBC Three produced an awesome teen-focussed drama called The Fades which took the subject of angels and ghosts and managed to turn it into a witty and gritty modern drama surrounding the coming-of-age story of a young boy. The show was a massive hit, but for some godawful reason the BBC decided to cancel it in favour of shows like Pramface. "sigh". I reviewed all of the episodes post-broadcast.

Heroes

The amazing superhero show both deriviative of the comic-book genre and unique in the twists and turns in its narrative. Some may say that Heroes went downhill very quickly; well, I plan to find out. I'll took a look at all five volumes in long, essay-style overviews. Almost as a tribute to the show, they get worse as we progress.

Lost

One of the few US shows you'll see me review on this blog, LOST took me in its firm grip inbetween its fifth and sixth series in 2010. From 2010 onwards I've been reviewing the show, starting from Season Four. My aim is to review the entire show, even though I've approached it in a very Star-Wars-esque way. My attempt to cover all of Lost's 118 episodes has spanned the lifetime of this blog, and will continue all the way up until the end of 2014. The show has its own page here.

Merlin

I watched Merlin for all five of its long, long years. The blog didn't exist for the first two, so I've live-reviewed the last three series in an attempt to document the show ever really becoming good. I ended up developing a love-hate relationship with the series where I liked the core characters and themes but really, really despised the way that the show was written and the illogic and repetition behind most of its storytelling decisions. I'm gonna miss Merlin each Autumn, but not for the reasons the writers perhaps wanted me to.

Misfits

When Misfits started it was revolutionary - an E4 show about teens that actually managed to integrate some smart characterisations and some really well-worked sci-fi elements. It was a mix of hilarity and drama in its first two years, but the loss of Robert Sheehan and later other members of the main cast have left it adrift, and have left me wondering exactly where the series can go. Eventually I lost faith to the point where I stopped reviewing Series Four three episodes from the end, still watching but unable to gather the enthusiasm to write about a show so different than the one I watched back in 2009.

No Ordinary Family

My friend Josh and I have an amicable working relationship. Over the past few years I've allowed him to write a few articles for this blog, the first few of which were coverage of the UK premieres of the US drama No Ordinary Family, which took the superpower gimmick of Heroes and put it in a domestic setting. He never finished the series, but his reviews remain.

Pramface

The first series of this show was one that I reviewed almost out of bile fascination. I was attracted by a cast filled with actors I liked, mainly Emer Kenny, Yasmin Paige, Angus Deayton and Anna Chancellor. That premier series was one that totally failed to live up to any expectations, and didn't so much use cliches as it did bathe in them. Free of its initial structure, Series Two is turning out to be something of a different beast altogether. I picked it up for a while, but the show just entered the boring middle ground between brilliant and terrible, and I don't have the energy to talk about it any more.

Red Dwarf

I've got a page for this, as well. I started watching Red Dwarf on Dave in 2009, and for my birthday that year I got the boxset of all the episodes. Red Dwarf was the first show I reviewed en masse on this blog, taking up the beginning of Summer 2010 and bookmarking my holiday. The series is one that I love in its earlier years and then find colossally disappointing as it reaches its end. I reviewed the special Back To Earth a year later and then, as part of one of my blog goals, I live-reviewed the revival, Red Dwarf X. While it wasn't perfect, it was sufficient to revive my interest in Dwarf for a short while longer. Click the link above to check out my Red Dwarf page and see all of my articles on the subject.

Sherlock

Moffat and Gattiss, as well as Steven Thompson, have created this odd brainchild that takes the Sherlock Holmes myth and updates it with slick Moffattian style. While that unfortunately means everything that you think it means (especially in the way the series has written women), the series is one of the most interesting on modern television in the lengths it will go to deceive and confuse its audience on purpose. We're still waiting for a third series to begin filming, but luckily the series began late enough that I've been able to live-review all six episodes, albeit the first three being in my very early days. I haven't, however, reviewed the third series, in which I feel all of the problems with Moffat and his tight-knit-circle of white guys really bore their heads.

Star Trek

Star Trek is a series that I'm very fond of, thanks to its immersive atmosphere and ridiculously good continuity over what amounts to 28 seasons. Just like with my other Long Runner, Doctor Who, I've not seen it all, but I will be reviewing one of my favourite of the Trek series, Star Trek Voyager. Voyager reviews have been running since Autumn 2013 and will finish with Season 3 at the end of 2014, while there will be related articles about other things Star Trek here or there.

Survivors

The shortlived 2008-2010 drama series acted as a reboot of the 1970s series written by Terry Nation, charting a group of survivors having managed to escape a deadly flu epidemic. The characters were often annoying and carved out of very simple stereotypes, and they had very little development over the show's 12 episodes, but the sci-fi themes present are fundamentally sound. I reviewed the first series in Summer 2010 and reviewed the second series early in 2013.

Torchwood 

Torchwood felt, for a while, like Doctor Who's adolescent little brother. While many have criticised it for attempting to be adult through the use of crudity and violence, the show's boldness in the face of the censors gives it a sly charm that makes it considerably more enjoyable than a lot of recent Doctor Who. I reviewed the first series on DVD back in 2011, and at the same time I live-reviewed the fourth series, Miracle Day. Although I panned Miracle Day, in hindsight I do rather enjoy it, especially when I ignore a lot of its major plot holes. In 2013 I covered Series Two and Three, both of which are quite important to me. There's a list of my Torchwood reviews on the Doctor Who page.

The Gene Hunt Time Travel Bonanza - Life On Mars / Ashes To Ashes

Five series, two protagonists and one very bolshy side-character, the Gene Hunt Time Travel Bonanza is something of a personal creation. Life On Mars was an excellent 2006-7 series featuring John Simm as DI Sam Tyler, a 2006 cop who had been in a car accident and had woken up in a crazy, stereotypical version of 1970s Manchester. His DCI, Gene Hunt, was a racist, sexist archetype who carried forth into the sequel series Ashes To Ashes, where Keeley Hawes replaced Simm as new DI Alex Drake, this time in 1980s London. I reviewed Life On Mars in double bills in the Winter of 2010/11, and picked up Ashes To Ashes in 2012.