TV Talk: Binge-Worthy Box Sets

With the world in lockdown, it’s only natural for people to use the time catching up on some box sets that have long been on their watchlist. However, if you’re looking for something new to indulge in, here are some TV shows that are so addictive you’ll fly through them.

Peaky Blinders

Let’s start with the single most compelling show in the world, Peaky Blinders. In 5 series we have seen the Shelby family rise to the top of society, and face some serious adversity along the way. Led by Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby, the Peaky Blinders are a force to be reckoned with. This is a world that is dominated by gang wars, illegal activities, and a lot of violence, but the real reason this show has amassed such a loyal following is due to its intellect. The Peaky Blinders is driven by the careful and calculated manipulation of rivalries and politics. It’s all about strategy, and Tommy Shelby always has an ace up his sleeve.
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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

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: Peaky Blinders S5

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders (2013)Peaky Blinders
Created by: Steven Knight
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sam Claflin, Finn Cole, Sophie Rundle
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
Synopsis
Series five of Steven Knight’s crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere. When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.

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TV Talk: The Best of Frenemies, Lacklustre Finales, and an Assassin With Potential.

There are so many TV shows these days, it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, with a stellar Autumn line-up of shoes, led by the return of the Peaky Blinders, the choice will basically be made for us in the next couple of the month. In the meantime, there are still many shows that deserve to be seen, and the three featured in today’s post could not be further apart, but still have an abundance of potential to warrant a viewing.

Good Omens

This six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel would not be what it is without the brilliant performances of David Tennant and Michael Sheen as demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, destined enemies turned unlikely friends who conspire to put a stop to the impending apocalypse, set in motion by the birth of the anti-Christ. Both angel and demon have become accustomed to the comforts of Earth, so they team-up to stop this anti-Christ from leading Earth’s prophesized doom. The only problem, they were guiding the wrong child and so begins the bizarre sequence of events that see Crowley and Aziraphale urgently try to apprehend the real child, whilst also dealing with the suspicions and eagerness of Heaven and Hell to bring forth the ultimate apocalyptic showdown. The pairing of Aziaphaele and Crowley is at the heart of the Good Omens, and their presence is sorely missed when they’re not on screen as their banter, quirks, and centuries of history and friendship truly drive the show. Continue reading

Best Trailers from San Diego Comic-Con, Part 1.

It’s that time of year where I wish I could teleport to San Diego for the biggest PR stunt of the year. San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate playground for comic book fans, but has since become the stoming ground for a lot of new film and TV shows. With that, fans are treated to a frenzy of new announcements to get us excited for the coming years line up. Along with these announcements come the trailers to heighten the anticipation. This summary post will be split into two halves, and here is part 1 of the best trailers at San Diego’s Comic-Con 2019.

His Dark Materials

How epic does His Dark Materials look? From the all-star cast to the stellar visuals, I gave a feeling that this show is going to take the world by storm. It has an adventure, intrigue, deception, and everything in between. Continue reading

TV Talk: Space Drama, Obsessive Assassin, and Dracula’s Revenge

With so many TV shows in development, it really is becoming harder to choose between all of these amazing shows. Your mood is obviously a massive influence, but it’s surprising to see the variey in the shows I’ve been watching.

Killing Eve

Killing Eve is one of the most addictive TV shows I’ve watched in a long time. The cat and mouse chase between Villanelle and Eve were seductive and surprising with both characters developing an unhealthy obsession with one another. Sandra Oh has already demonstrated her range as an actress, while this show gave Jodie Comer the chance to really showcase her versatility as her performance captured a child-like glee in her job whilst also demonstrating her calculating and sinister nature. The first season does a brilliant job at establishing the tension between these women culminating in a showstopping finale that set the bar for the second season. The one trap Killing Eve might fall into is in turning Villanelle into the lesser of two evils. Vinallenlle is not someone we want to relate to and the sheer brilliance of this show lies in the way writers turned this assassin into one of the most fascinating characters on TV. Continue reading