TV Talk: Dark Side of the Ring “Benoit”

Dark Side of the Ring (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDbDark Side of the Ring “Benoit”
Creator: Evan Husney, Jason Eisener
Narrator: Chris Jericho
Synopsis
Finding truth at the intersection of fantasy and reality in the veiled world of professional wrestling.
In 2007, wrestling superstar Chris Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and 7-year-old son Daniel, then ended his own life. Those closest to the tragedy have never spoken openly, until now.


The season 2 premiere of Dark Side of the Ring tackled one of the most tragic and complicated events in professional wrestling history. In 2007, the world woke up to the news that the once-beloved wrestler Chris Benoit had murdered his wife, Nancy, son, Daniel, and taken his own life. Since then, all memory of Benoit and his professional accomplishments have been wiped away from WWE’s archive. As Chris Jericho, a friend and colleague of Benoit states, his actions almost destroyed the very business he loved. This two-part documentary dives into the consequences of his actions as family, friends, and colleagues come together and provide a personal insight into the man they knew him to be and the lingering effect his actions have had on the family he left behind. Continue reading

TV Talk: First Responders, Gossip Culture, and a Historical Take on the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Before falling down the rabbit hole that is the Nintendo Switch, this girl found her time being occupied by a slew of addictive TV shows. These shows could not be further apart on the spectrum, but each one of them provides hours of entertainment that will have you hooked from start to finish.

911 Lone Star

Taking a spot on the binge-worthy box sets list, 911 Lone Star spotlights the first responders of Austin, Texas. This charming show will brighten anyone’s day while simultaneously tug on the heartstrings as we follow the daily struggles our characters face. The team themselves are a diverse bunch and through them, the show respectfully explores several conflicts encountered both on the job and in their personal lives. Despite this, Lone Star never veers into the melodrama, instead choosing to explore these incidents through communication, emotion, and humour, making the characters all the more relatable. Despite the severity of the situations they face, 911 Lone Star is a feel-good show, one that makes you appreciate the dangers our first responders place themselves in to ensure the safety of others, something we can all appreciate at this time. Continue reading

TV Talk: Of Strangers, Vikings, and Psychological Warfare.

It’s official, the world has gone mad. It seems like our lives are revolving around this latest crisis, but we’re not here to talk about that. Instead, this post is spotlighting some of the most addictive shows you can and should binge. The quality of our TV shows is on a whole new level of epic, and if you’ve not already seen these shows, then I suggest you add them to your watchlist immediately.

Vikings (Season 6A)

In their final season, Vikings continue to build up towards an explosive end for the sons of Ragnar. With some shocking development and plenty of continuous tension, Vikings are laying the groundworks for a most fitting end to our beloved Vikings. This season, more than any other highlights the way Ragnar’s four sons embody the spirit of their father. Previous seasons have struggled with bringing them out of Ragnar’s shadow, but season 6 successfully establishes the sons as leaders in their own right. This is clearly evident in Bjorn’s struggle to understand and implement his own ideas of kingship, while Ivar, Ubbe, and Hvitserk undertake their own journeys. Continue reading

Midnight Movies: Award-Winning Blockbusters, the Underdog’s Struggle, and Detective Pikachu.

With the award season coming to an end in the most delightful and surprising fashion, it’s time to spotlight the movies that have occupied most of my nights and taken us on many adventures. Here is what I’ve been watching.

The Irishman

Will an all-star cast leading Scorsese’s latest blockbuster, the Irishman is an epic gangster drama that journey’s the rise of Frank Sheeran in this crime syndicate. The Irishman focuses on the politics of this crime gang, choosing to highlight the power dynamics whilst highlighting the unspoken code of conduct between gang members. It’s about knowing your place. It’s a journey that spans a lifetime yet refuses to glamourise the violent deeds of organised gangs. The biggest criticism would bein its length, with a run time of 3 and a half hours, when 30 minutes could have easily been scrapped. Nevertheless, The Irishman is a triumph in exploring the lives of these influential men and spotlighting the consequences of their actions.  Continue reading

TV Talk: Sci-fi Family Adventure, a Test of Brotherhood, and Scandi-Noir Thriller.

Currently, I’m in the middle of the second season of You, and it’s so stressful I’ve had to take a break to write this post and destress. When the time comes, a lot will be said about You. However, until then, this post will treat you to a discussion on three completely different programmes, each with a compelling storyline and interesting character dynamics.

Lost in Space (Season 2)

Looking for your next sci-fi fix? Look no further than Netflix’s Lost in Space. A surprising gem in Netflix’s catalogue, Lost in Space spotlights the Robinson family’s quest to navigate their way through space to a well-established colony on Alpha Centauri. Along the way, they have to confront the unresolved tension between family members, overcome some extreme physical challenges, and carve out their place in the family and within this space colony. Narratively speaking, the second season of Lost In Space had two primary objectives. Reach Alpha Centauri and find the robot. Some may say that this season does nothing to push the narrative along, but the core of the show has always been the relationship between the Robinsons and it did a phenomenal job at exploring the various dynamics between the family. With that, we saw the emergence of Penny. The middle child whose skills lie in her words often struggles to fit into the family of scientific geniuses, and this season provided an opportunity to get an insight into that struggle. Out of all the characters, Penny is one that we can relate to most, and it’s clear that by the end of the season she carries the emotional heart of the family. The tweet below sums up everything you need to know about season two. It is a character-driven season, but one that set up some interesting dynamics that has the potential to shake the very foundations of the Robinson family. Continue reading

TV Talk: The Witcher

Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra in The Witcher (2019)The Witcher
Creator: Lauren Schmidt
Starring: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Joey Batey
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
Synopsis
The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than monsters and beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a special gift, the three must learn to navigate independently the increasingly volatile Continent.
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Midnight Movies: A Musical Spectacle, Entertaining Action, and Fantastic Beasts.

As the countdown to Christmas loomed over the world, the day itself flew by. Now, we enter that stage of recovery as the merriment turns into content leading to the New Year. With that, it’s safe to say that many of us take the time to watch a slew of films that have long been on the backlist. Here is what I’ve been watching.

The Greatest Showman

I know what you’re thinking, how can someone go so long without watching this showstopper of a film. Truth be told, the soundtrack was good enough on its own and knowing the history of the real PT Barnum, I was reluctant to watch it. Now, I will admit I enjoyed the film. The musical productions were phenomenal and the cast gave a compelling performance. However, the story was weak and lacked the depth it needed to make people really invest in the story. It is clear that the film relies on its musical productions to carry the film, instead of bringing the depth needed to the topics it attempts to explore. The balancing act between the music and the multiple plot threads was poorly executed and while there is a wonder to the spectacle of the film, it’s failed to leave a lasting impression. Continue reading