Louie Season 4…Still Pretty Shit…

Louie Season 4…Still Pretty Shit…

Yeah…I just watched Louie season 4…I’ve now watched four seasons of Louie and you know what? It’s shit. Look you’re not going to read it anywhere else but it is fucking shit, possibly one of the worst comedies on TV.

What annoys me about this show is that I keep reading from pretentious people that this show is amazing and so funny and it’s super-duper and should win every award under the sun! Are you kidding me though? I mean I wouldn’t even describe Louie as a funny show and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone because I’d be embarrassed because it’s quite frankly shit. The thing that I hate about Louie is that it isn’t funny, I can watch an episode and if I haven’t fallen asleep there is a good chance I’ve just watched 30 minutes of a comedy without even smiling once.

Here’s the thing about Louie and it really bothers me because it gets a lot of acclaim and it doesn’t really deserve it as just because something is filmed in an art house manner doesn’t mean that you have to like it, and the problem is that it seems that mainstream reviewers are scared to criticise this show because if they do it’s because they ‘just don’t get it’ or ‘aren’t intelligent enough to understand’, you know the typical condescending put downs you hear way to often from people who think they are god’s gift to intellectual conversation.

I make it sound like I hate the show and you know what I don’t really, I look back at my past reviews and I think to myself ‘yeah those are the exact same things which I feel about this season too.’ Things like Louie, Louie’s kids, Pamela and there can be standout episode amongst the mediocrity (although this season had less than the previous ones [Louie in puberty for instance was…hm…I’ll leave it at that]), the problem is that this is a comedy and it isn’t funny, to the extent that if you classify this as a thirty minute drama series I all of a sudden think it is better than it is when you classify it as a thirty minute comedy series.

That’s the thing Louie is essentially a drama but is classified a comedy despite it not being particularly funny at all and that is why it irks me. I could sit and watch something like King of Queens and laugh much more at that despite the fact that it is much lower brow than Louie. Maybe that says something about me, and I’m sure the snobs and toffs out there will be sitting back swigging their Scotch and har har haring but if I sit down to watch a comedy I want to be entertained with laughter, not with thought provoking stories about Eastern Europeans fucking a weird ginger guy despite the fact they can’t communicate with each other. For those of you who take the opinion that ‘Louie’s outgrown comedy and it is more than that now’ that’s fair enough if that were the case but it’s still being nominated for Emmy’s in the comedy section and is still at heart supposed to be a comedy, and it is a very poor one at that.

So there you have it, Louie is a piss poor excuse for a comedy and should really stop being made (the viewing figures agree with me by the way), however I see that it has been renewed for a fifth season (incredibly) and I’m sure once again I will read that this is comedy genius and this man is the ginger Jesus and whatnot. Feel free to leave a comment explaining to me why this is the best thing on TV or vice versa, I’ll happily discuss either.

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A Touch of Cloth 3 Review.

A Touch of Cloth 3 Review.

The thing about a Touch of Cloth is that they did the first one and it was ok but nothing special, they then did the second one and although the general plot was better the jokes were essentially the exact same, so I was incredibly surprised to see that they thought it would be a good idea to do a third one.

Not that the plot is terribly important and I’d stop reading on if you are really not interested in finding out what it is but basically someone is going about knocking people close to Jack Cloth off and they don’t know who it is, only for it to turn out to be Karen Gillan as the new recruit and apparently Jack’s long lost daughter.

The show is lucky that it is made in a two episode format because to be honest I don’t think anyone could stomach anymore of this, it’s all a bit too much. It’s just joke after joke and by about 15 minutes in they start re-telling jokes because they’ve ran out of jokes and they try to pass it off as something clever because they’ve already made the joke. It’s classic Charlie Brooker really, he’s a poor excuse for a satirist and is well past his best and A Touch of Cloth very much shows that.

To be honest the only reason the show has managed to get renewed twice is because it has an excellent cast who have chemistry and this series was no different with John Hannah on fine form and Karen Gillan putting in a good show as well as the newcomer. The cast has carried three lots of lacklustre scripts and this year didn’t even have antagonists as strong as last years (Stannis and that old chick that shows up in a lot of things) and worst of all no Todd Carty this year, I mean I know he got killed in the last series but they clearly don’t give a fuck about logic so why not bring him back?

It isn’t hard to review this the acting is good and they deliver, the jokes get old very quickly and it begins to become a chore to watch and the writing in general isn’t good enough for this to be considered anything other than below average, but hey John Hannah’s fucking awesome so it does have something.

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Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor Review.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor Review.

I meant to write up this episode when it was released back at Christmas but due to circumstances out with my control, or that I’m incredibly lazy and just let my show backlog get bigger and bigger waiting to see how long it would take for me to finally fix it (a bit like when you let your house get really messy and then decide to do your annual clean up only to realise that maybe you shouldn’t have let it get so messy) I have only got round to it now, which has been slightly forced upon me by the fact that the new series with the new Doctor comes out in like a week. Spoilers and shit included.

Anyway let me start of by saying that Doctor Who is essentially a children’s show which for some reason is aimed towards adults. It is typical BBC family TV, you know the shows, they are all essentially the exact same thing and follow similar patterns, leaving you cold at times when you wish that they could go down a more realistic cut throat road (I don’t need Spartacus but it is as if anyone with an actual face dying is something which can’t be shown). Nothing more so showed how Doctor Who is a children’s show than the fact that the town was called Christmas, I mean for fuck sake, I know it’s a kid’s show do you need to make me feel like any more of a nerd for watching it by making it so fucking sappy? Of course you do, this is the BBC after all.

In the end you ask yourself was this a good episode of Doctor Who and the answer is not especially, it was just sort of average. I personally have never been a fan of Matt Smith, he always seemed to be trying to out quirk David Tennant, which may endear him towards a younger audience but it wasn’t something which I enjoyed. The major problem with the episode is that they tried to make it too grand by squeezing as many bad guys into it as they possibly could, which meant that they were never really able to create a proper story. It would have worked much better as a two or three parter as it would have allowed for the story to bed out more rather than feeling rushed. In the end (as is the way of things) everything worked out and we all went home happy as the Doctor’s regeneration system was reset somehow which miraculously gave him superpowers to help save the day and also shut the super nerds up about the regeneration crap, all ending rather neatly. It’s funny in the last two episodes of the show the writers have essentially hit reset on the whole series, saying everything which went before never actually happened (similar to what they did in the X-Men films).

I didn’t like the bit at the end where Clara goes in to the Tardis and there is the Doctor looking young again after having aged so much because it was silly, I get why they did it (to give Matt Smith his last scene looking regular) but it didn’t make sense, but oh well I guess space and shit…I also didn’t like the Amy Pond bit, yeah ok he’s hallucinating but it was pretty shit (again I get why they did it).

The best bit of the episode however came right at the end when Matt Smith finally bowed out and Peter Capaldi stepped in to the role. Yes he was only on the screen for about two seconds but it was nicely set up and should make for a good story shoot in the upcoming series. Capaldi is a far superior actor than his predecessor and will bring a different style of Doctor to the role which is sorely needed after two fairly similar portrayals preceded him. The early screenings are good and although I doubt that Capaldi will bring some Malcolm Tucker to the role (which would actually be nice) I’m more than certain he will be excellent for the role.

So there you have it, it wasn’t a great episode, Matt Smith wasn’t a great Doctor but the future looks bright, so not all bad then. You can leave a comment about what you thought of the episode or the upcoming series at your will and if you are lucky enough I may just reply (I almost certainly will reply, even if it just says ‘you suck’ or something).

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Review.

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With every season that passes Game of Thrones becomes a bigger and better show, year after year you wonder can this show get better?  Invariably the answer is yes as it consistently puts in glittering display after glittering display.  Game of Thrones has become the best show on TV and rightly so it is a true masterpiece.

Now if you haven’t watched season 4 of Game of Thrones then I probably wouldn’t bother reading on from here because there will be spoilers, but if you have watched season 4 then you might as well keep on reading because you have nothing to lose.

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Season 4 of Game of Thrones covered roughly the second half of the third book and followed season 3 which was pretty damn good, had an incredible game changer in the Red Wedding but at times was a bit ponderous.  I personally have read the books and although it was a while ago I’m pretty sure that the timelines are all over the place for the last two seasons.  Naturally you get things which have happened in the books that haven’t happened in the TV show and vice versa and it is hard to not be nervous when a TV show strays from its source material (because generally that’s when quality drops) but so far Game of Thrones isn’t showing a drop off.

Usually major game changers don’t happen in episode two of a season because early episodes are usually to build to the final episodes but they were left with no choice as Joffrey got his comeuppance after being mean to some birds who were nesting in a big pie.  In fact the last four episodes of season 4 had massive game changing moments in them (Lysa’s death, Oberyn’s death, the battle at the wall and the entire last episode), and although there wasn’t anything quite as dramatic as the final fifteen minutes of the Red Wedding episodes in season 3 as a whole season 4 was much better than its predecessor.

Anyway season 4 was a busy season for the undertaker’s of Westeros with major characters like Joffrey, Ygritte, The Hound, Shae, Tywin, Oberyn, Jojen, Grenn, Pyp, Lysa but thankfully not Hot Pie (whew), yes Westeros is a dangerous place to live it would seem.  Naturally some of these deaths are more impactful than others, mainly the Joffrey and Tywin deaths due to them being major antagonists.

I’m going to break the rest of the review down into each of the many storylines going on in the world of GRR Martin.

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King’s Landing

Probably the place where the most things changed was at King’s Landing, not only did we see the death of a King but also the death of a viper, the trial of a dwarf and the death of a Kingmaker, not too bad in just one season.  I think that Game of Thrones has in the past been guilty of over saturating the show with Tyrion because he is such a popular character, this season it didn’t feel like we were just going to Tyrion because he was Tyrion but rather because his story was vital to the plot.  Joffrey’s wedding was natural a glorious affair as we received rising tensions within the Lannister family, the death of everyone’s most hated character and the realisation that weddings in this show never end well.

The repercussions of the Purple Wedding drove the story at King’s Landing the rest of the season, which included the great trial of Tyrion followed by the awesome trial by combat between Oberyn Martell and the Mountain, which didn’t end too well for the former (or Tyrion for that matter).  On that note how great a character was Oberyn Martell?  He only appeared in seven episodes but he left an everlasting memory in our hearts which was smushed along with his head when the Mountain took offence to him showboating and not using a sword in a duel (that’s a lesson for all the kids out there).

This led us onto the scary thought that maybe just maybe poor Tyrion the lovable little rogue was going to feel the sword along his neck a la poor Ned.  Thankfully after a cunning escape orchestrated by Jaime and Varys Tyrion managed to avoid Illyn Payne.  That same escape also gave us the final scenes for both Shae (who choked on something other than semen that night) and sadly Tywin.  Nobody really likes Tywin because the guy was a knob, but he was a great antagonist.  Tywin wasn’t pure evil, he was a diplomat who did what was best for him and more importantly what was best for his family’s lineage.  I felt that the loss of Joffrey was a big one but wasn’t so bad because we still had guys like Tywin to drive the story but the loss of both characters is a huge blow to the show. Both parts were executed perfectly by Charles Dance and Jack Gleeson and the loss of their chemistry with the other Lannister’s will be felt in the next season.  Also I was disappointed that Tyrion killed Tywin when he was on the shitter, every man knows that the rules of killing say that the one place you aren’t allowed to kill someone is on the toilet and no shots to the balls, Tyrion broke those rules, and I was disappointed.

That leaves us with the wonder twins who brought back incest to our TV screens this season.  Not that I think it is overly remembered now but there was that awkward scene earlier on in the season where Jaime and Cersei’s sweet love making had a bit of a rapey overtone.  Now I don’t think it was rape, it certainly wasn’t rapey in the book but it very much came across as rape in the TV show.  Maybe I’m too sensitive to these situations but generally when someone is saying things like no, I don’t want to and generally fighting against the idea of coitus, but then what do I know?  Pretty sure brothers and sisters aren’t meant to be doing it…

Season 4 finished on a cliff hanger in King’s Landing, Tywin’s dead and Tyrion has escaped along with Varys, leaving the city with a lack of characters but an instant story to start season 5 with.

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Slaver’s Bay

It’s weird Dany’s story should be a good one, after all she is going about taking over cities and kicking ass, however despite that her story still managed to be pretty damn boring.  Nothing ever seems to happen with Dany, not since the first season has she really had a good story and at times is nothing but an afterthought.  The best thing about Dany’s story is the incredibly awkward relationship between Dany and Jorah (got to feel sorry for the guy).  Sadly this ended when Dany sent Jorah away for formerly being a spy, which was made all the worse when she had teased him days before by having Daario do the walk of shame in front of him (damn pretty boy!).

That’s the weird thing about Dany’s whole story, you know she’s important, you know that eventually she will be back at Westeros and you know that dragons are super cool but you can’t help but wonder when all of this is going to happen.  There seems to be a lot of talk about it without much action.    Instead what we get is more awkward relationships (must be something in the air) between Grey Worm (the guy without the penis) and Missandei (who is meant to be like seven).  Another concern about this story is that they have made no attempt to make Daario Naharis seem like an important character (you know the guy that looked totally different last year).  If you compare Daario to Oberyn for instance it is night and day despite the fact that they’ve had similar screen time, the writers really need to develop his character more.

Dany’s tied up two of her dragons (much to her dismay) but one is still on the loose killing kids willy nilly.  Will season 5 finally bring us some cool dragon play, will Dany begin to realise Jorah was the love of her life and will Daario actually receive some character development?  I guess all these questions will be answered in season 5.

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The Wall

Nothing happened at the wall for ages, yes you knew there was impending danger because they kept talking about it but that danger never seemed to be approaching until the second last episode where it all happened at once.  I personally thought that The Watchers of the Wall was a very good episode and had a few really good holy fuck moments (generally involving giants).  There are two problems with the wall however and they are firstly that because they dedicated a whole episode to the attack it meant there wasn’t much else for them to do in the season so you felt disconnected with their story and secondly Kit Harrington (who plays Jon Snow) is a pretty poor actor which is bad when you consider he has such a big part.

The last episode of season 4 also delivered big for the wall as Stannis came to the rescue with his many formations of horses and cut into the wildling army like a fat man through butter.  This gives us an incredibly interesting dynamic heading into season 5 as Stannis and Red Woman go for a sleepover with Jon and his Night’s Watch buddies.  How will they get on?  Will Sam turn out to be the reincarnation of Azor Ahai?  What will happen to the free folks and poor old Mance?  It should be fun.

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In the Vale

After Sansa’s daring escape during Joffrey’s wedding (leaving early, how rude!) we discovered that it was Littlefinger all along that was helping her with her escape.  Now it would have been a bigger reveal if Dontos had been used last season like he should have been but hey it was still pretty good.  Almost as good as that was Littlefinger and Sansa’s (let’s call it) fucking weird relationship.  Not that Sansa has done anything really wrong here but it’s a bit like walking down the street and seeing a man in his forties making second base with a teenager, it’s just plain wrong.

Beyond Sansa’s awkward relationship with her newfound uncle the Vale didn’t offer overly much, things we learned were that Littlefinger was a fabulous lover, cousins don’t make for good matchmaking and don’t stand at the moon door when Littlefinger is in the room.  It was probably one of my favourite scenes of the season, who doesn’t find it funny to see some crazy bitch be pushed through a massive hole that goes pretty far down by her husband after telling her he preferred her sister?  I know Littlefinger is a romantic!

This season saw the development of Sansa to the extent where she has become a shrewder player in the game.  Finally she has grown up and realised that everyone in this land is selfish and plays around the rules, so she has to as well.  Are Sansa and Littlefinger going to develop into the new power couple of Westeros?  My heart says yes but my head says no…

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Dreadfort

I can recall the dread last season whenever we saw Theon, all of his scenes were pretty similar, torture this, torture that and so on, so surely this season could only be better!  Well sort of…but…how not really.  Reek (as he is now known) was a good boy this season and went on some hunts and even got to pretend that he was Theon Greyjoy again, this however was followed by a bath which you can only imagine Reek will be telling a psychiatrist about some time in the future.  Nothing really happened at the Dreadfort beyond bath time with Ramsay, oh and he got legitimised which I assume was for services to bathing.

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The Trek to the Tree

Hands up if you forgot that Bran existed until the last episode?  Yeah I thought so.  Bran’s story hasn’t really transferred well from the books yet and there really was only one worthwhile episode in the lot for this story.  Despite all that, how great was that scene with the skeletons?  It could so easily have been tacky and silly but instead what we received was pretty damn cool.  The death of Jojen didn’t have the impact which they probably wanted but that is due to them not establishing him as a character enough, I’m just glad Hodor made it through ok and smashed some shit up!  I also wonder what it is with the writers of Game of Thrones and doing the old stab the guy multiple times in the stomach move, poor Jojen got the Talisa treatment.

I can’t help but wonder who the old man in the tree is and what he wants with Bran.  I also can’t help but wonder why the social workers and the police haven’t been round to his house (can trees be houses?) because he is harbouring lots of kids and just keeps adding to the collection, I guess it’s just one of life’s many mysteries.

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Arya and the Hound

One of the best parts of season 4 was the development of the relationship between the Hound and Arya, every scene was excellent and the two actors had great chemistry.  Then the Hound goes and dies…what the fuck dude?  Honestly!  Killed by a sort of woman as well!  It’s sad to see Sandor Celgane go but how great was that fight with Brienne?  It was brutal!  I could question her actually beating the Hound (a monster of a man) in a fight but instead I’m just going to remember the good times.  Like when the Hound killed that guy, or Arya killed that guy or Arya and the Hound killed those guys…there was a lot of killing in this pair.

The development of Maisie Williams as an actress has been phenomenal; she has great comedic timing but also does the serious scenes very well.  I’m sure Pod and Brienne will become the new Arya and the Hound which everyone should be happy about.  Arya has an exciting new journey ahead as she heads along the narrow sea; her stories tend to be some of the strongest on the show, so I’m looking forward to it.

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It’s a long piece but Game of Thrones is an incredibly dense show and it is incredible how much they can squeeze into ten episodes.  Going forward into season 5 there is huge change ahead for the show; Tyrion and Arya have left Westeros, Stannis and Jon’s worlds have collided and King’s Landing has been turned on its head.

I imagine that season 5 and 6 will cover the 4th and 5th books, so in two years the show will have caught up with the books which beg the question about what will happen in the likely event of the show running out of source material.  Does the show take a hiatus (a terrible idea) or more likely does the show overtakes the books and is treated like it is the source material?  That is two years down the line though so let’s just sweep it under the carpet and hope it goes away like all my other problems…

So what did you think about season 4 of Game of Thrones?  Personally I thought it was pretty spectacular and has moved Game of Thrones into the best show on TV slot.  Do you think that GRR Martin will ever get the finger out and finish those damn books?  Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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bm23tvreviews One Year Anniversary!

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Yes who would have thought that a year ago on this day a young blog was born with the intention of reviewing TV shows left, right and centre.  I didn’t know how things would turn out or if I would even like it but it turns out that I do enjoy writing a little bit too much across this blog and its sister blog where I write about sports.  It is cool to think that thousands upon thousands of people have sat and read (or glanced at and went this is shit) things which I’ve written, and naturally it is even cooler when you people respond to things which you have written, negative and positive.

So to celebrate this joyous occasion I am going to write about my top ten viewed posts on bm23tvreviews, starting with 10

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10. The Top 10 Starring Characters of 30 Rock

I wrote a whole host of things about 30 Rock after watching the whole series again and this was one of them.  In the end Kenneth Parcell won the day and my new BFF DotCom (yeah the guy from the show) tweeted about it, so pretty cool overall.

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9. 30 Rock Season Power Rankings

Another in my 30 Rock series of posts which saw season 3 crowned the champ, again my man DotCom tweeted about this to his five followers.

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8. Where Did Homeland Go Wrong?

I wrote this about five episodes into season 3 of Homeland when I found myself sitting questioning whether or not this was the same show I thought was awesome only two years prior.  Turns out it was but it had became a ludicrous thriller which even a three year old would struggle to believe.

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7. What I Loved and Hated about Breaking Bad Season 5 Part 2

It was an incredible second half to an incredible season of an incredible series.  Quite simply put Breaking Bad was a brilliantly produced TV show which managed to live up to hype and possibly even more importantly didn’t drag out the story.

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6. What I Loved and Hated about Dexter Season 8

Dexter on the other hand is a show which ran way to long and had a very disappointing last season.  It managed to deliver up one of the worst conclusions to a TV show in living memory, I mean a lumberjack…what the fuck?

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5. 20 Greatest Comedies of All Time

A list which was a lot of fun to write and was meant to only be ten but as I went along I kept thinking of more comedies which I felt deserved the recognition.  The list started with King of Queens and ended with Curb Your Enthusiasm and took me about a month to write, so I was glad to see it finished.

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4. 5 Defining Moments of Breaking Bad

I wrote this just before the start of the second half of season 5 and it actually contributed heavily to my best day of views ever.  I really enjoyed reliving these five moments because I do believe that Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever (if not possibly the best) so any excuse to write about it is welcome.

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3. Why the Big Bang Theory Sucks

This was the first thing I ever wrote and it cracks the top three!  God how awful is the Big Bang Theory by the way?  It astonishes me that so many people think that this is a good show, I don’t understand it, it isn’t funny in any way shape or form.  It always bothers me when really poor shows like this get high viewer numbers and then because of that start receiving awards nomination which gratifies their poor excuse for comedy.  It is of course made worse when really good and smart comedies struggle against the chop because it is easier to watch trash.  Drama TV has went through a revolution in quality over the last fifteen years but comedy has hit an all time low and the Big Bang Theory is the epitome of this.

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2. 12 Reason Why Two and a Half Men Sucks

I wrote this in about twenty minutes, didn’t think it was very good and it turns out to be me second top post ever…go figure.  Two and a Half Men is of course a terrible show which after years of pitiful production is finally being put out of its misery, I’m sure we can all smile at that.

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1. How I Met Your Mother and why it Just Sucks

Yes it seems that people like reading about why a TV show is terrible rather than what is good about a TV show, and oh god was How I Met Your Mother a terrible TV show.  For a long time I had the top How I Met Your Mother Sucks search result on Google and after every episode of what was apparently a very disappointing final season I would see the old stats boost something silly as hundreds of people asked the internet why How I Met Your Mother sucked so much.  It was such a popular question that this post has more views on it than the rest of the top ten added together!

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So there you have it a years worth of writing and a top ten to boost, what’s to come in the next year?  Who knows, I certainly don’t.  I’d like to think that someone might just fall upon my blog and decide I’m exactly what they would like in their organisation and would then just pay me to watch TV all day…if only…

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Moonfleet- About Smugglers and Stuff.

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This (let’s call it review) of Moonfleet will contain spoilers so beware of jaggy things and whatnot.

Pretty much if you put Ray Winstone into things I’ll giggle with glee as I watch my favourite Eastender act his gruff tubby guy act out and Moonfleet was no different.  Who doesn’t think that Ray Winstone is cool?  The guy has a betting advert where he’s a floating head for Christ sake!  Naturally it saddens me to say that Moonfleet overall was pretty shit, not really Winstone’s fault but rather the fault of poor scripts and a rushed storyline.

On the face of things Moonfleet was set up to be great, pretty nice cast with Ben Chaplin (the guy from that show where he didn’t ever leave his apartment until one day he did and came back as another person) as some posh prick and the guy from the Parklife song (no not Damon Albarn).  It was all set up pretty nicely; add in some pretty faces and we have a show all with gorgeous Ray Winstone at the top of the cliff, perfect.  Apparently Moonfleet is some sort of book or whatever and that’s where the adaptation idea came from, but naturally reading is for weanies (unless you’re reading this and obviously you’re cool) so how would I know that?  Exactly I wouldn’t.

Anywho back to the point, the show is set up really well good cast, good source material and an interesting topic (smuggling stuff, sort of like how you used to smuggle light pens in from Spain except with booze and stuff), yet it managed to fall over because the main character (pretty boy with curly hair as I call him) wasn’t really likable and the pacing of the show was too quick.  Are we really meant to believe as viewers that Winstone and pretty boy with curly hair can develop such a strong bond when they’ve barely been on screen together?  It really could have done with being a three parter or had the episodes a half hour longer (sort of like when they did Treasure Island which I seem to recall being much better, although it is also a better source story so maybe it isn’t fair to judge them on that basis).

I have a few problems with the story as well especially the ending, it just so happens that the boat that they’re on which is travelling to the lovely Caribbean (doesn’t sound like a punishment to me) happens to crash exactly where they used to live…first off why were the British Navy allowing a Dutch boat to sail so close to British land and secondly why were all the Dutch people speaking English?  Yes it all didn’t really make sense, nor did the moment that pretty boy with curly hair (who I imagine was very popular in prison) and girly were so excited to see each other (isn’t she of the belief that he had a hand in killing her father?) after weeks of being apart, my dog doesn’t even get excited when I have seen it for weeks (that’s a lie, I don’t have a dog).  I also didn’t really get the bit where he was given a new identity and stuff allowing him to start over, surely the guard that actually shot girly’s dad would find it a bit awkward that he framed him for his murder (I know I would).

Everything wasn’t all doom and gloom with Moonfleet, there were moments of interest such as when Winstone and pretty boy with curly hair infiltrated the prison to find a shiny diamond only for pretty boy with curly hair to kill some poor guy that was only trying to get his hole and happened to stumble across their mischievous deed.  We also got to find out what Ser Barristan Selmy got up to between being dismissed by Joffrey and coming into the service of Dany (who had minister in the sweep?).

Yes Moonfleet was generally pretty shit but it was only two hours long and Ray Winstone was in it playing an East End gangsta…sorry smuggler and acting the shit out of the part like only Ray Winstone can.  If you haven’t watched this you probably shouldn’t be reading this bit, but seeing as it’s already been ruined for you I wouldn’t recommend watching this because it was shit.

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Derek Series 2 Review.

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This review will contain spoilers to Derek series 2 so I’d recommend avoiding reading this if you don’t want to know what sort of happens.

When Derek was announced two years ago there was a lot of hype about it because it could be taken as Ricky Gervais going out and slagging off people with special needs and people who are old and blah blah blah same old Daily Mail sort of rubbish.  In the end it turned out to be nothing of the sort and Gervais as Derek was endearing rather than offensive.  Derek had potential after the first series and usually a second series of a show builds on that potential, Derek series 2 did the opposite.

That’s the thing with Derek if you sat and told me it was a thirty minute drama series I would talk about how it’s pretty damn good, the problem is that Derek is supposed to be a thirty minute comedy series.  To put it simply Derek isn’t actually a funny show, instead the laughs are replaced with really soppy and self-righteous moments.

You could accept the self-righteous moments if they were accompanied by some laughs, but it is annoying to think that Gervais has went out his way to put these heart felt moments in just to prove the doubters wrong that were slagging the show off and calling for his head before it had even aired.  I mean I don’t disagree with the stuff Derek is saying, go ahead and call your mum if you don’t, be nice to old people and drunkards and who the hell eats snails?  I watch comedies to laugh not to cry, someone should remind Gervais that.

As far as the lack of laughs thing goes it is clear that the loss of Karl Pilkington hurt the show incredibly.  Yes Karl was just playing himself but he was still the best character in the show and without him it felt empty and desperately lacked laughs.  Pilkington was missed so much that the best scene in the show was actually his only scene where he electrocutes himself and quits.  I was hoping he’d show up again later in the series but it never happened and bye went the laughs along with that lovely monk haircut.

Not only did the laughs go when Pilkington exited but it also required his big shoes to be filled, which led to the increase in role for Kev.  The problem with Kev is that he isn’t that funny, and when he is it’s in a gross manner rather than a genuinely funny way.  Kev should be at best a bit part who you don’t have to sympathise with but with Pilkington gone they had to make Kev a much more sympathetic character and because of the type of guy he is it doesn’t really work.  Kev’s spot was filled with Geoff who was essentially a shit Pilkington, it didn’t really work.

Ricky Gervais is actually really good as Derek and it is hard to not like the character, but I thought that he would’ve been above jokes about going to a French restaurant.  If a lesser comedian came out with stuff like that you would be rolling your eyes and questioning why you are watching this?  Derek as a show deserved a second series; it doesn’t deserve a third one, if it gets one it will be solely down to the fact that it is written by and stars Ricky Gervais.

So what did you think of Derek series 2?  Are you also wondering where you can get a nice haircut like Dougie or where Kev gets all his Tennant’s Special?  Leave a comment and share your feelings!

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