Television Review: His Dark Materials, Series 1

His Dark Materials, BBC adaptation

Show: His Dark Materials, Series 1

Company:  Bad Wolf, BBC, HBO

Date: 2019

Plot: Based on author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy, His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organization, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.

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Television Review: The 100, Season 6

The 100, Season 6

Programme: The 100, season 6

Company: Bonanza Productions

Year: 2019

Synopsis: For five seasons, our heroes did whatever it took to survive on Earth… and nothing worked. Their inability to overcome the instinct to fight caused the destruction of the planet. Now, after 125 years in cryosleep, traveling through the stars, our heroes wake up to a new home, a final gift from their dearly departed friend Monty. A place where they can try again. They’re given one simple task: do better. Be the good guys.

With this credo in mind, Clarke and Bellamy (series stars ELIZA TAYLOR and BOB MORLEY) lead a group down to this mysterious world, hoping to start anew, to finally find peace. But old habits die hard, and when they discover an idyllic society, it quickly becomes clear that not everything on Sanctum is as perfect as it seems. Despite their determination to do better, threats both seen and unseen, internal and external, will once again force our heroes to fight for their lives and the future of humanity.

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Television Review: Supergirl, Season 2

Supergirl, season 2

Show: Supergirl, season 2

Company:  DC Entertainment

Date: 2016

Plot: Having left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant at Catco Worldwide Media in order to figure out what she really wants to do, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) continues to work with Hank Henshaw (aka Martian Manhunter) and her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) at the DEO as Supergirl – protecting the citizens of National City and searching for her missing father Jeremiah (Dean Cain) and the secret research lab Project Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with her Kyrptonian cousin Kal El – aka Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) – to battle new villains both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, from the DC Universe, as she strives to balance her personal life with friends/allies James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) and more with her busy life as a new Super Hero in SUPERGIRL Season Two.

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Television Review: Grimm, Season 6

Grim, season 6

Programme: Grimm, Series 6

Company: GK Productions

Date: 2017

Plot: All 13 episodes from the sixth season of the US supernatural drama following Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers that he’s descended from a line of Grimms, hunters who fight supernatural forces.

 Able to perceive the unearthly beings around him that nobody else can see, Nick finds himself having to keep the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the Grimm world. In this season, Nick is forced to lay low while Renard (Sasha Roiz) tries to hunt him down and the team make a terrible discovery after a body is found in a park.

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Bonus content: what am I reading and watching?

This year has been a first for me: I’ve just finished a sprint of having five things airing on television at the same time that were on my reviewing list! Typically, they also all finished at the same time, giving me a few weeks’ worth of posts I was able to write up before deciding what is coming next.

But, with both books and television, I’m trying to make a few changes this year. I was reaching a point where everything I was doing had an ulterior motive – aka writing up a review. I had entire lists of things that I either wanted to re-read, or watch with no intention of reviewing them. I wasn’t letting myself previously – and knew that had to change.

To be read and to be watched
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