REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E8/8)

If you’ve stayed the course with Strangers these past two months, then I salute you. Unfortunately your reward for such unwavering loyalty was paltry this week, when the final episode sought to wrap everything up as awkwardly as possible in record time – a show suddenly conscious of it’s diminishing timescale after dawdling around for…

REVIEW: 54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (S1 E2/2)

There’s a very famous horror movie called Cannibal Holocaust that caused a huge amount of controversy on it’s release in the director’s native homeland of Italy. Ruggero Deodato had set out to make an exploitation movie about exploitation itself – inspired by the Italian media’s coverage of the Red Brigade murders of the 1970s, where…

Review: Strangers (S1 E7/8)

For almost two months, Strangers has been waiting to get it’s groove back to the same level of tension and intrigue that it built up in it’s first episode; this week the penultimate chapter almost came close to achieving that. For the most part, we have the complete story now – but there are some…

REVIEW : 54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (S1 E1/2)

A few years ago the UK was gripped by the manhunt for Raoul Moat, who had gone on the run after shooting his former partner and her new boyfriend. Rolling coverage of the investigation reached fever pitch when Moat was thought to be holed up somewhere near a small town called Rothbury and the media…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E6/8)

Well. We are into the final run of Strangers now, and after finding out who killed Megan last week, all that was left to discover was the why. But this show is never direct in it’s intentions and whilst the pace certainly switched up a gear this week, for most of the time my reaction…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E5/8)

Bland. Boring. A big letdown. That’s just some of the highlights from the red-top reviews this past week of ITV’s Strangers as it’s quickly hemorrhaged it’s initial 4.2 million audience share with people tuning out episode by episode – the general consensus being it was either too complex or not complex enough considering it’s ambitions….

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E5&6/6)

Our journey through Mystery Road concluded this week and while the final destination ended up being a little underwhelming, the overall experience has been of a superior serial with something interesting to say about the Australian mentality. The main theme in these concluding episodes was around legacies – those we inherit, those we live out…

REVIEW: Strangers (S1 E4/8)

We’re halfway through the run on Strangers and for some that might be a blessing – the show has become a bit of a slow mover in terms of plot, relying on a key reveal in the last few minutes of each episode to tide us over until the next week. In between those cliffhangers…

REVIEW: Mystery Road (S1 E3&4/6)

If last week’s opening episodes of Australian crime drama Mystery Road were all about establishing the idea of community and the collective weight it’s people bear when a crime dredges up old secrets, then this week’s were all about family – and the ties that bind us to keep those secrets with us to the…