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…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E5&6/10)

The Outsider continues to redefine the concept of slow-burning drama in these middle-season episodes, with a previously glacial pace drawn out ever further into almost somnambulistic territory.  Such a comatose narrative would normally wreck the viewer’s enjoyment of any other show, but here it strangely adds something tangible to the dream-like surrealism of proceedings. Not…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E3&4/10)

The Outsider had continued to impress these past few weeks, as it seeks to lure us ever further into its murky web of dark intrigue. Ostensibly a glacially-paced police procedural on the surface, it’s been wisely coy with how it works in the core chills from Stephen King’s source material, whilst successfully building an overwhelming…

REVIEW: The Outsider (S1 E1&2/10)

Stephen King has had something of a television renaissance in recent years, after a somewhat middling patch of mini-series duds in the late 80s and early 90s (The Langoliers, anybody?). Hot on the heels of the critical success around Mr Mercedes comes The Outsider, another twisting tale of murder and mystery which kicks off with…