REVIEW: Perry Mason (S1 E2/8)

What’s in a name? It’s a valid question when it comes to Perry Mason, whose evergreen popularity as a fictional character has seen him gather a huge fan base over the years, which has provided producers with a lucrative slice of intellectual property for some time. But how many actual Mason fans tuned in last…

REVIEW: Perry Mason (S1 E1/8)

The character of Perry Mason has seen many permutations through the near century of its storied history, the latest being this reboot/prequel (preboot?) on HBO, a ‘limited series’, which the showrunners claim is sourced (or should we say, “inspired”) from author Erle Stanley Gardner’s original novels. Cast your mind back to 2016 and Nic Pizzolatto,…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E5&6/6)

Cardinal has always been a bit of an outlier in the crime drama world; it’s a show that has shifted through a number of different styles but never seemed to really feel comfortable in any one of them. A touch of Nordic Noir there, some high concept villains there; a dash of police procedural and…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E3&4/6)

We’ve already reached the half-way point in this final season of Cardinal without even really trying and boy, it hasn’t hung about. These two episodes packed more action into their running time then the last two seasons combined, and whether this increase in tempo is preferential toward the show’s overall style remains to be seen….

REVIEW: Cardinal (S4 E1&2/6)

Cardinal returns for it’s fourth and final series this week, with a few immediate differences – a new home (BBC Two), a new slot (midweek prime-time) and (it feels) a new sense of narrative purpose after a somewhat meandering, directionless third season. This time around, the story is based on originating author Giles Blunt’s sixth…

REVIEW: Twin (S1 E7&8/8)

Do you remember the days when every new nordic noir that popped up on our screens seemed to be pure television gold? I caught myself thinking back to that halcyon age this weekend when watching the conclusion of Twin, and how the perpetual demand for new content within this genre has – in some ways…

REVIEW : Twin (S1 E5&6/8)

Twin has developed across the past few weeks into a quietly sober family drama, with any aspects of crime largely left in the background. With the running time starting to build toward its inevitable conclusion, things naturally shifted up a few gears this week as we dug ever deeper into the brothers’ lives, with some…

REVIEW: Twin (S1 E3&4/8)

Twin left us a bit confused last week as to what tone it was trying to set in its tale of estranged brothers played by Kristofer Hivju, but with these two new episodes already bringing us to the half-way point of the season, it was clear that the show had settled into a more familiar…

REVIEW: Twin (S1 E1&2/8)

It’s been relatively slim pickings in the BBC4 Saturday Night Primetime slot this year for crime dramas so far, so the arrival of the much-publicised Twin comes as a welcome treat during these troubling times. The NRK series originally broadcast in its native Norway late last year, primarily leveraging its international promotion off the back…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E9&10/10)

Over the past few months, The Outsider has quietly become one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of the year so far; a rare anomaly in the rather lacklustre history of adaptations from its original author’s work. Some have even likened it in style to being a missing season of True Detective, obsessed as it…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E7&8/10)

There’s really no question that The Outsider has been the best Stephen King adaptation of recent years – maybe even the best ever on the small screen. But one of the main puzzles from the beginning of the show was around how well it would adapt to a change of pace when it inevitably had…