Category Archives: TV

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 5 “Burning in Water…” introduces a new conflict

Coming off one of their strongest episodes, the self-contained “100” with the focus solely on a returning Daniel (Rubén Blades), Fear the Walking Dead pull us back into life at the supposedly safe Broke Jaw Ranch where Madison is holed up with Nick and Alicia, trying to prove their value to the suspicious community. “Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame” brings the ranch’s curious history to the forefront straight from it’s awkwardly quick cold-opener in which one of several founders – the first we, as the audience, hear of Otto having partners who helped start the ranch – awakes to find his wife has turned, making the immediate decision to end both their lives which spills over into their house-on-the-hill burning down.... Continue Reading

Win a copy of Witnesses Series 2 on DVD

A country road in northern France. A scene that sends chills down the spine: the bodies of 15 men, frozen and lined up inside a bus, as if a snowstorm had left them permanently frozen in their seats. The case is assigned to Lieutenant Sandra Winckler, who quickly finds a link between the dead men: all of them were involved at one time another with a woman named Catherine Keemer. But there’s a hitch: Catherine disappeared three years ago.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: Preacher Season Two looks set to be twisted, hilarious and action packed

Last year, we named Preacher one of our favourite shows for 2016, the show, an adaptation of the Preacher comics written by Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon whilst the tv version has been adapted by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. The show sees a small town preacher with a criminal past becomes possessed by an entity that gives him the power to command people to do as he says. The first season serves as somewhat of a prequel and our introduction to the main characters and borrowing elements from multiple comic storylines. Season Two looks to expand further on the original story.... Continue Reading

See the Camp Firewood gang reunite in the new trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Back in 2001, a small-budget comedy from David Wain and Michael Showalter that parodied 80’s summer camp films was seen as a critical and commercial failure, but became a cult classic.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The first season of American Gods revels in its weirdness

In our first impressions piece of American Gods we examined why this show even in its first episode had the makings of being one of the hot new television series for 2017. Adapted from the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, helmed by showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and starring a ridiculously talented ensemble cast, the show had all the hype at the end of 2016. Thankfully the first season has been able to live up to that and bring us an imaginative, challenging and visually beautiful series to watch.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is a glamed-up, feminist comedy in the vein of OITNB

From the first scene, GLOW‘s feminist message is openly clear. Aspiring actor Ruth Wilder (Community alum Alison Brie) is auditioning for a role as company boss “Mel”, opening the series by delivering a sombre monologue. After finishing, she explains that she is grateful for the opportunity because  “there are not roles like this for women”, yet Ruth is informed by the casting director that she was reading for the male part – the female role was the secretary.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Outcast speeds up the pace in its second season and cements its status as one of TV’s finest overlooked shows

It has been an extremely busy few weeks for The Iris, with the video game world stuck in the lunacy of E3, Supanova in Sydney and the Sydney Film Festival, we have finally calmed down a little and sunk back into some great couch time with some excellent TV and it gave me some time to finally finish the second season of Outcast!... Continue Reading