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: 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: 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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TV Talk: Swamp Thing

Image result for swamp thingSwamp Thing
Created by: Gary Dauberman, Mark Verheiden
Starring: Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Virginia Madsen
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
Synopsis
Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, only to discover the dark, terrifying mysteries of the swamp.


Swamp Thing has had an interesting journey so far. The show was a highly anticipated adaptation of one of the more unconventional heroes. However, rumours of trouble were already making waves after it was announced that production was shut down early, turning a planned 13 episode series into a shortened 10 episodes. Nevertheless, initial reviews for the show highlighted its potential, but then, after the first episode, DC pulls the rug from under and cancelled the show. It was a shocking move and one that brought about a lot of confusion and speculation. It also makes the viewers think twice about committing to a show that has no future. Nevertheless, there was something about this show that dragged me in, and the results were surprising, in the best possible way.

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