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There’s a War On ~ Top of the Lake

August 7, 2013

Even though it’s set in the middle of nowhere, halfway around the world, Top of the Lake feels incredibly topical. At a time when misogyny and abuse are in the headlines, its uncompromising look at gender conflict seems all the more electrifying. Although Jane Campion’s mini-series is centred around the disappearance of a young girl […]

YOLT~Duality/Sexuality in Mad Men’s The Phantom

June 24, 2012

The last few episodes of Mad Men 5 left me emotionally devastated. I watched them over the space of a few nights, ending each one with red-rimmed eyes and a sore heart. That’s when I know the show is back on incredible form. Welcome back, Mad Men. And what a way to wrap up the […]

Knock Knock ~ Masculinity and Mad Men’s Mystery Date

April 21, 2012

Mad Men is…past its peak (much like Don). I hate to say it. We’re nowhere near break-up status, but I just haven’t found s5 so far to be as gut wrenchingly fantastic as the previous seasons (I cried during every single episode of s2). But there are still nuggets of brilliance and a lot to […]

Alas, poor Seeker

April 28, 2010

We Legend of the Seeker fans knew the show was perilously close to cancellation. Alas, this week it was announced – LoTS is no more. Woe! The show has had more episodes than most UK shows ever manage, but I still feel it could have run successfully for one or even two more seasons. I […]

Mad Men Season 3 (and the nature of change)

April 21, 2010

Change isn’t good or bad. It just is. ~Don Draper Mad Men‘s Season 3 finale was perfect. I mean, every episode is perfect, but this one was particularly superb. I still think Season 2’s ‘Meditations in an Emergency’ is the best the show has done.  However, ‘Shut the Door, Have a Seat’ managed to be […]

Kiss and kill ~ Being Human 2.7

March 1, 2010

On a purely emotional level, this episode was brilliant. Toby Whithouse’s excellent script, some beautiful cinematography and bucket loads of tension made for a high quality hour of entertainment. (spoilers follow)

Being Human Super Post ~ 2.4,5,6

February 21, 2010

Okay, I hold my hands up. I have been slacking on my Being Human reviews – partially, I hate to admit, because the show just hasn’t been wowing me lately. Anyway, on to our triple bumper edition:

Move on~ Being Human 2.3

January 30, 2010

This week’s Being Human saw all three characters try to move on from their respective relationships: Mitchell and Herrick (the mentor/student relationship, I suppose, although I always suspected there could be more to Herrick’s obsession with Mitchell’s former exploits), Annie and Hugh (and by extension Hugh and Kirsty) and George and Nina. (spoilers follow)

Sticks and Rope~Being Human 2.2

January 23, 2010

This is a fly-by review as I’m a little short on time, but I wanted to get my thoughts down before the next episode! Spoilers below.

Wine and Roses ~ Being Human 2.1

January 13, 2010

Well, the powers that be weren’t lying when they said that series 2 was going to be dark! There was so much going on in this episode that it’s hard to even begin a review without spoilers, so everything’s under the cut just to be on the safe side.