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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4 “Some Guy”

Building King Ezekiel’s regal facade has been given little screen time on The Walking Dead. The “king” with a knack for role-playing to build a sense of escapism and confidence for his “Kingdom” only took on a pivotal role deep into last season, and with the way the show is structured the writers have had to speed through his otherwise intriguing approach to the undead apocalypse with piles of thin, expository dialogue. Spending an entire episode stripping all of that away would have been much more effective had their been more than two or so scenes getting to explore why he does what he does. Although, “Some Guy” does a decent job at taking the King’s righteous fantasy and letting the reality of a caustic combo of walkers and Saviours completely eat away at it all.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3 “Monsters”

“Monsters” is very much a direct continuation from last week’s “The Damned”, and on the surface that is very wise choice for The Walking Dead, treating these as installments in a wider thread rather than thematically distinctive “episodes”. This week, we were dropped right back into the all-out assault against The Saviours, coming from Team Alexandria (et al) as Rick’s meticulous plan slots further into place, aggressively attacking outposts to cut off Negan’s defensive and offensive power. It was also a chance for the show to re-arrange what seems to be the major character arcs moving into this season, and while it’s still all very uneven in certain places at least we have optimism both in tone and a clear vision of where this show is going after a choppy seventh season; with “mercy” bring the motif, attempting to remind us that those who follow Negan are people too.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 2 “The Damned”

Complaints that The Walking Dead has tipped the scales away from action as of late are not unfounded. Previous seasons have been dragged down by a modest sprinkle of muscle that are few and far between, eschewing the more meaty and direct throws of conflict for cartoonish grandstanding and careful, often nauseating, build-up. Sure, build-up ain’t all bad, but it’s nice to finally have an episode that plays out like a middle finger to all that criticism, stuffing more action down our throats than the show has managed in entire seasons.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 1 “Mercy”

The Walking Dead hasn’t lost sight of its impressive history nor it’s central cast, and “Mercy”, the landmark 100th episode of the juggernaut survival-horror drama, is a well-rounded declaration of that. The start to what will hopefully be a return to form following a haphazard seventh season, it’s an episode imbued with the kind of optimism and leadership (both literal and figurative) that threw last year’s string of episodes into turmoil and forced the show to bend around Negan’s cartoon-supervillain shtick. From previous errors it’s clear that just because one things works well in the comics, doesn’t mean it’ll work on the small screen; it seems the writers are beginning to realise that.... Continue Reading

What we learned from the first two episodes of Top of the Lake: China Girl

Tonight sees the first episode of Top of the Lake: China Girl premiere on Foxtel’s BBC First. It is the follow up to Jane Campion’s 2013 series Top of the Lake and we were lucky enough to attend the world premiere earlier this month in Sydney to watch episodes 1 and 2.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Fire reigns in epic Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”

In a move to rival the sheer scale and CGI glory of “Hardhome”, Game of Thrones have just presented what is probably its most epic battle yet, even outranking the “Battle of the Bastards” in some ways by pitting Jamie, Bronn and the Lannister forces against Dany, Drogon, and the Dothraki army. Like all of these “big battle” episodes it was preceded by quite a few major happenings outside of the fiery clash, but not even one of the show’s most emotionally weighted reunions could quite compare to the last 20 minutes of “The Spoils of War”, a spectacle that easily primes this show for its rumored (and to be frank, necessary) feature-length episodes.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice” is uneven but eventful

The transfer of power to those most capable of running an ever-changing world tends to only happen when traditions fly out of the window. That’s always been one of the primary messages of Game of Thrones, and watching it unfold with power moves and converging character arcs is where the show’s major strengths lie. A watcher on the wall becomes a King in the North; a Lannister becomes the hand to a Targaryen dragon queen – change and progress is becoming more pronounced and noticeable, represented most intensely by a long-awaited Jon and Dany alliance. Though we may have to wait a few more episodes for that alliance to actually forge, it was exciting watching all that change and pent up anticipation released in the first 20 minutes or so of “The Queen’s Justice”, when the two finally meet and, unsurprisingly, clash.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Cersei draws first blood in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 “Stormborn”

An episode sandwiched by a brutal storm, one literal and one figurative, “Stormborn” was a momentous series of events which has moved this narrative further then many would have expected. As I mentioned last week, the time for economical storytelling is upon us, and so every – well, most – sequences are going to count for a lot, both in terms of moving the story towards the end-point and providing context or closure to previous happenings over the past six years. And that’s really where the strength is going to lie this season; it’s hard to see any episode from here on out not being completely satisfying, as the show is now able to play around with it’s own rich mythology, tie up loose ends and bring certain missing elements back into play.... Continue Reading

The Walking Dead launches Season 8 Trailer and confirms release date

Get hyped! The eighth season of The Walking Dead is set to premiere internationally on October 23 in 180+ markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere on October 22. Even more exciting is that the cast and crew on The Walking Dead panel at this past weekends Comic-Con in San Diego presented an action-packed trailer for the upcoming season.... Continue Reading

Six things we learned from the first episode of Genius of the Modern World on Foxtel’s History Channel

Historian Bettany Hughes is presenting a new series on Foxtel’s History channel called Genius of the Modern World. It’s a three-part series about Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. It also follows on from her previous television shows about the Ancient World where she covered Buddha, Confucius and Socrates. We have put together the top six things we learned from episode 1.... Continue Reading