TV Talk: Swamp Thing

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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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TV Talk: High Stakes Fantasy, Cliche Period Drama, and the Most Wholesome TV Event.

Brace yourselves, this is a long one. From fantasy dramas, cliche period dramas, international sporting events, and the most wholesome show on Earth, the last couple of month have provided some highly engaging TV. Here is what I’ve been watching. 

Carnival Row (Series 1)

A neo-noir fantasy series on Amazon Prime that explores a city on the brink of collapse as tensions between the citizens and the mythical creatures seeking refuge in the city threaten to boil amidst a string of unsolved murders. It’s a tale that finds our central characters, former lovers Philo (Orlando Bloom) and Vignette (Cara Delevigne) work together to uncover the conspiracy behind these murders and confront the past that tore them apart. The mythology of this show is visually stunning and incredibly fascinating, and several aspects of the show seem to be laying the groundwork for the next season. However, their titular focus remained on our war-torn lovers. While certain aspects of their relationship are credible, there still seems to be a spark missing between them to make you really invest in their relationship. I’m hoping the next season will explore the political mechanisms while continuing to expand on the mythology of these creatures and their world. Continue reading

TV Talk: Supernatural – The Winchester’s Greatest Allies

Supernatural first came to our screens in 2005 and over the years the show has gained a massive and loyal following. Sadly, all things must come to an end and after 15 years, fans are now tuning in to the Winchester’s final battle. Sam and Dean have seen it all, but they’ve never been alone on their adventures. Without the help of these hunters, angels, and various other creatures, the outcome of so many events would be drastically different. Here is my ranking of some of the Winchester’s greatest allies.

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11. Garth

Perhaps one of the most underused allies the Winchester’s have, Garth and all of his eccentricities has proven to be one of their most valuable assets. Before his werewolf transformation, Garth stepped up and was the source on crucial information for hunters, a role that had previously been occupied by Bobby. He’s the most unconventional hunter making his dynamic with the Winchester’s hilarious.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

This Halloween freebie is the perfect opportunity to spotlight some of the spookiest and atmospheric books, films, and TV shows to get you in that Halloween spirit. Now, some might not like the spooky Halloween features, but Halloween is the height of autumn, which is known for it’s cosy magical atmosphere. Here are my Halloween recommendations.

Books

The Archived by Victoria Schwab: Any Schwab book is Halloween appropriate, but the Archived also benefits from having an air of mystery to it. The main setting is based on an old, run-down hotel that has since been converted into flats. If that’s not creepy enough, you also have the histories; spirits that represent the memory of the dead. It’s a haunting and captivating book, and in typical Schwab fashion, has equally compelling characters.
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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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Ranking: The Funniest Friends Character

It’s hard to believe that this year marks 25 years since the very first episode of Friends aired and to this day it’s still as popular as ever. There is no denying that this sitcom will always be a classic and no show has quite matched the brilliance of this show since. Much of the credit must be given to the stellar cast as the chemistry between them made it easy for viewers to invest themselves in their friendships. The comedy of the show felt natural and each core character has some stand out comedic moments, so I thought it would be fun to write this post ranking the funniest Friends characters.

6. Rachel Green

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When it comes to a character arc, Rachel takes the crown. She’s gone from a spoilt rich girl to a career woman. Looking back, her growth was one of the most beautiful arcs on the show. However, when it comes to comedy, Rachel is at her funniest when she gets to play off the other friends. This is never seen more clearly than in her interactions with Phoebe as her roommate. From channelling unagi to hunting down Monica’s wedding dress, some of Rachel’s funniest moments are usually heightened by another character’s reaction. Continue reading

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