Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Repercussions’ (3×05 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Outside of Reunion, Repercussions probably stands as the least remarkable episode of Alias’ third season yet, operating as it does in the shadow ofContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Repercussions’ (3×05 – Review)”

THE CROWN: The Ladies Not For Turning (Season 4 – Review)

The fourth season of The Crown revolves around three of the most powerful, beloved and divisive women in 20th century British history: Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales. That makes Season Four of Peter Morgan’s half-century-plus spanning political, dramatic opus perhaps the most anticipated year of the series to date. FilledContinue reading “THE CROWN: The Ladies Not For Turning (Season 4 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Having established the base foundation of Season Three, Alias is free to begin assembling the building blocks in A Missing Link, the first episodeContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘A Missing Link’ (3×04 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Reunion’ (3×03 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… Reunion is a classic example of Alias on auto-pilot, delivering the kind of throwaway hour of the series filled with scenes and moments mostContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Reunion’ (3×03 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Succession’ (3×02 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… While in one respect Succession is the unofficial second part of Season Three’s introduction, it works to engage in Alias’ tricky new mission statementContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘Succession’ (3×02 – Review)”

Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘The Two’ (3×01 – Review)

In 2018, we began a deep-dive TV review series looking at J.J. Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, we’ll be looking at Season Three’s 22-episode run in detail… You could make a strong argument that Alias peaked at the tail end of its second season, and from The Two onwards the journeyContinue reading “Series Retrospective: ALIAS – ‘The Two’ (3×01 – Review)”

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: a hot, glorious mess of cosmic horror, social justice and Afro-futurism (Season 1 – Review)

Where do you even begin to start when examining Lovecraft Country? Misha Green’s series feels like an apogee of black-fronted genre television, a show which throws everything but the kitchen sink at its audience. One recurrent aspect of Lovecraft Country across the ten episode run (which has felt like twenty given how much Green andContinue reading “LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: a hot, glorious mess of cosmic horror, social justice and Afro-futurism (Season 1 – Review)”

First Impressions & Third Time Lucky? STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – ‘That Hope Is You’

Come the end of Star Trek: Discovery’s much anticipated third season premiere, That Hope Is You, I was left wondering if the title referred to protagonist Michael Burnham in more ways than one. As premieres go, this one takes a calculated gamble. In solely featuring Burnham’s journey, having blasted her way 930 years into theContinue reading “First Impressions & Third Time Lucky? STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – ‘That Hope Is You’”

New Horrified Article: HORROR IN THE BRITCOM – ‘Only Fools and Fridays’

New article for Horrified Magazine! Horrified is a new kid on the block but is producing some fine work in the realm of British horror, both in terms of analysis and original fiction, so I was delighted when the editor, Freddy, was keen on my pitch for a recurring series called ‘Horror in the Britcom’,Continue reading “New Horrified Article: HORROR IN THE BRITCOM – ‘Only Fools and Fridays’”

The Cool, Scrappy Underdogs: STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS (Season 1 – Review)

Conventional wisdom, ever since the very first Star Trek series in the 1960s, suggests that new shows take three seasons to find themselves. Lower Decks is now the first new Star Trek show to bust that myth. The Next Generation only stopped trying to be The Original Series, and levered itself into the 1990s underContinue reading “The Cool, Scrappy Underdogs: STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS (Season 1 – Review)”