Television Review: Grimm, Season 5

Television review: Grimm, Series 5

Programme: Grimm, Series 5

Company: GK Productions

Date: 2015/2016

Synopsis: In this season, Nick and Adalind (Claire Coffee) return home with their newborn baby Kelly. Nick tries to balance his responsibilities and powers with the help of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to save Rosalee (Bree Turner) when she suddenly goes missing.

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Television Review: The Gifted, Series 2

Show: The Gifted, Series 2

Company: 20th Century Fox Television

Date: 2018/9

Synopsis:
In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.

I had a strange relationship with the first series of The Gifted. I watched it for character research (anything with powers, I watch!). It was difficult connecting to the characters but there the occasional episode caught my attention.

I figured I’d watch the second series: the character development was just kicking off last time and I wondered where it would go.

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Monthly wrap-up: February

Anyone who read last month’s wrap-up will know this year hasn’t quite got off to the start I wanted. I was so optimistic that February was going to be my month and it…well, it failed.

This is definitely a case of reality being a b*tch and a few health scares in the family that led to a lot of stress and worry – still are, in fact.

I did manage a little bit of a social life though! Admittedly it was all crammed into one weekend, so the result ended up being a haze of exhaustion, but it was still enjoyable. I failed on the book club front: I wasn’t 100% and didn’t want to wait around for two hours and then have a late night. Who knows where this is going to lead!

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Television Review: Arrow & Flash (Mid-Season)

I’m so impressed with myself there are a couple of series I’m actually up-to-date with! This has never happened before – I’m always playing catch-up.

I’ve also never been caught with a mid-season break before. I expected both Arrow and Flash to come back straight after Christmas. Now it’s near the end of Feb, I’m guessing I’m going to have to wait a little longer.

I had so much fun writing my mini film-reviews the other week, I figured why not do the same here: mid-season recaps! This also translates into reminding myself what happened…

Here’s what I’ve thought so far:

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Television Review: Jamestown, Series 2

Show: Jamestown, Series 2

Company: Carnival Film & Television / Sky 1

Date: 2018

Synopsis: This second season sees the tobacco plantations provide the wealth they promised but the status quo will soon be disrupted by births, deaths and broken marriages. Our pioneering settlers find themselves at the heart of adventure once more as new arrivals attempt to find their place in this foreign land.Relationships with the Native peoples afford some great influence in the town but no man, or woman, is going to give up their share of the Virginian riches without a fight.

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Television Review: Orphan Black, Season 5

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Show: Orphan Black, Series 5

Company: BBC

Date: 2017

Synopsis: In the fifth and final series of Orphan Black, starring the Emmy award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany, Neolution is pushing the boundaries of science beyond what anyone thought possible.

But at what cost? The mysterious P. T. Westmoreland is the key to all of it. Seemingly 170 years old, he is on the brink of bringing his project to its sinister conclusion. For Sarah and her sisters, this is the start of a deadly endgame that will have extreme consequences – not just for them, but for the future of the entire human race.

Can they finally expose the terrifying secrets at the heart of this corrupt corporation?

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Television Review: Arrow, Season 6

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Programme: Arrow, Season 6

Company: DC Entertainment

Year: 2017

Synopsis: After last season’s emotional showdown between Oliver Queen and Adrian Chase, the focus shifts into uncovering the fate of each and every member of Team Arrow – with their futures left hanging precariously in the balance. Having finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team, the Green Arrow might be forced to rethink his relationships with his “family” in Season 6.

Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5

You might’ve guessed by the reviews over the last few months that I’ve been trying to catch up on Arrow. Having only got Sky in the last year, I can suddenly get on top of shows rather than having to wait for ages.

I’m not certain whether watching them so close together is affecting my opinion, but I didn’t find season 6 as engaging as previous seasons. I started to feel the story lines were getting repetitive – and this was despite season 6 taking a different approach to past seasons. You reach a point of feeling there can only be so many people determined to control Star City and/or have a personal vendetta against Oliver/Arrow.

The characterisations caused me problems. Having just got used to the new characters last season, the team fractures, they all refuse to talk to one another and the ‘newbies’ splinter off to form their own team. It’s all very well and good…only half of these characters we’ve been following for six seasons, the other half we’re only just starting to get to know. Whose side are we going to be on?

It meant that while there was nothing wrong with the scenes following the others, I just wasn’t as invested in them and actually found them a bit boring at times. Oliver, Dig and Felicity have been the characters keeping me engaged in the show: I don’t yet care about the others enough. This time, I grew to love Curtis but Dinah irritated me.

There was also a massive fight between Oliver and John. It was heart-breaking and emotional and all that, but it also felt like we had been here before. After all, John has walked away from the mission more than once, and ultimately come back. Why would this time be any different?

Despite Oliver and Felicity finally getting together properly and Oliver embracing his role as a Dad, the character development felt stunted and the divisions between the characters stopped the plot from developing to its full potential.

But enough talking about new characters…It was great to see some older characters making a return: some for just an episode, some for a few. It gives the show consistency and with the divisions, I loved seeing my old favourites turning up, usually with some insight into what was going on.

For the first season, there were no flashbacks. Which is ironic as this is the first season where the story felt stunted. But I’m glad: I was wondering what they were going to do when time had caught up with the beginning of the first season and it was refreshing they didn’t try anything unbelievable just to carry on with the same format.

While this review might not be the most positive, I did still enjoy the season and will continue to watch. I’ve watched a lot back to back and that possibly hindered how I felt. I hope the next season has a spark back though, rather than it running its course.

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