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8 January 2013   No Comments

ripperstreetbbconeThis week’s Ripper Street plays out like a post-watershed Oliver Twist. Here’s Jamie-Lee’s review…

This review contains spoilers.

1.2 In My Protection

Imagine your worst nightmare: a plague of zombies, an infestation of giant spiders under the bed, or a massive scratch on your limited edition The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray … Now try and fathom something far more evil and you will have a vague idea of the level of depravity that the second episode of Ripper Street approaches. That’s right. Last week, it was Victorian snuff movies. This week, it’s Children Who Kill. And how. Think Oliver Twist, if Tarantino had been around offering advice to Dickens during a session in the local ale house, after devouring a year’s worth of penny dreadfuls.

The episode starts with the killing of a toymaker. A fourteen year old boy carrying the dead man’s possessions is brought to the police by a group of vigilantes who seek justice for the streets of London. This group is lead by George Lusk, played by Michael Smiley who, as usual, does not fail to impress. Assuming the role as a voice of the people with lynch mob mentality and the kind with lack of attention to details, he stirs up tension among the public and openly taunts Detective Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), claiming that he and his force are ineffectual and his mob need to do his job for him. Lusk rallies them to court and seeks the ultimate punishment for the boy, who refuses to neither speak nor deny the charge and is sentenced to death.

Enter Carmichael, played by the phenomenal Joe Gilgun of This is England and Misfits fame to stir things up as Whitechapel’s very own X-rated Fagin. Leading an army of orphan-criminals, he plays the perfect psychopath, demanding respect at all costs. And he’s not merely teaching them to pick a pocket or two. There’s something much darker going on with him.

But Reid is perturbed by the child’s silence, and aided by a concerned lawyer and orphanage governess, decides to get to the bottom of what actually happened and what is currently going on at the hands of Carmichael’s thirst for unyielding subservience, obedience and crime. Oh, and his army of teeny, tiny assassins.

Meanwhile, our American friend Captain Jackson is once more prevailed upon to do work for Reid. First though, he has his own The Hangover-style puzzle to solve in order to retrieve a ring he drunkenly gambled away – a piece of evidence that links he and Susan to their shadowy past.

Woefully underestimating Carmichael, things turn nasty for Susan and Jackson quite quickly. To save their rather attractive criminal hides, Jackson sells out the location of Reid and the boy: the local orphanage. Now this is where things get scary. Really scary. The thing with small children is that they can climb things easily, aren’t scared of falling over as much as adults and haven’t developed a full sense of conscience or consequence. They’re fearless, in other words. Especially when they’ve been trained to be that way. In a bravura piece of television, the orphanage essentially becomes a trap, with it being only a matter of time before the pesky little killers break in through roof windows and tiny spaces.

For an eight-part series, we seem to know very little about the lead characters, which keep the audience guessing and hopefully tuning in. There are hints of their pasts but no blatant explanations. For example, what makes Detective Sergeant Drake the strong and silent type? And what secrets are Jackson and Long Susan running from? More importantly, will that sexual tension ever lead to anything? We’re given a bit more of an insight into the private life of Reid. We’re aware that he’s married, that their relationship is strained and his upper body is horrifically scarred. We learn that his wife has become a Church-goer to find solace due to the loss of their daughter, but we’re not entirely sure if she’s missing or dead. Hence the personal importance of this case to Reid.

Perhaps you might think these ultimate events are described in a somewhat too black and white manner at the end with strained hugging and weepy moments. You might, that is, unless you’ve been scarred by the antics of the killer kids. I won’t lie, I recently watched the film version of The Woman in Black, so I think I’ve got a lot of recovering to do. Sleep tight.

Source (Jamie-Lee Nardone – Den of Geek)

TV Updates
4 January 2013   No Comments

An exclusive look at episode 2 of Ripper Street with Joe Gilgun, this Sunday at 9pm.

TV Updates
4 January 2013   No Comments

Joe will appear in the second episode of Ripper Street as Carmichael on BBC one at 9 o’clock, Sunday Jan 06, 2013!

Misfits TV Updates
3 January 2013   No Comments

9:30pm Tuesday, January 08 2013 on ABC2

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30 December 2012   No Comments

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Joe’s lovely sister has shared a message for all of us fans from Joe. <3 Enjoy!

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30 December 2012   No Comments

Ripper Street starts tonight on BBC one at 9 o’clock!

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29 December 2012   No Comments

There’s a new theme up, hopefully you all enjoy it. Feel free to leave comments/feeback here 🙂

Much love,
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Misfits Reviews Updates
23 December 2012   No Comments

The E4 show’s fourth season bows out on an episode that is more Misfits than anything else we’ve seen this year…

This review contains spoilers.

With series five confirmed for next year, this series finale of Misfits ends with suggestion and promise rather than the emotional climax we were handed last year. There’s madness, death, romance and – finally – powers, and it all adds up to become an episode that is more ‘Misfits’ than anything else we’ve seen this year. The writers haven’t been shy about changing things, and many fans have become disillusioned, but there’s a comforting sense that we’re now settled in for next year’s action. What this episode proves overall, however, is that, without Joseph Gilgun, the show might have been lost forever.

As an episode, this is probably one of the strongest of the year but, might it be too little too late in coming when compared to the quality of previous series? None of the new characters are bad, exactly, but they’re just not as strong of those they’re replacing, who were a big part of the reason Misfits connected with fans in the way it did. Rudy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his stepping in for Nathan last year served to freshen up the dynamic, and replacing four regulars in the space of eight weeks has given series four a haphazard and chaotic feel that has sometimes overwhelmed what’s happening on-screen.

So it’s smart to have the last outing for 2012 a Rudy-centric adventure, as these episodes have proven to be the strongest and bravest since the reboot. He and Nadine are continuing with their complicated love affair, and it’s clear that Rudy cares more about this girl than he has anything, ever. It might be sudden, but completely in character, and there was never doubt in my mind that Rudy would come out of his ordeal a changed man. Let’s just hope the character development masterfully achieved in these forty minutes won’t be jettisoned by next year’s premiere.

This love story is by the far the most compelling and emotionally engaging element of series four, and the fact that it’s coming from such an ordinarily vulgar character just increases the effect. By association, Nadine’s fate somehow had more weight to it than the four new regulars, and the ultimate tragedy too easily distracted from Alex’s similarly bad fortune. The love triangle (now a square after Finn and Abbey’s awkward encounter) has been more miss than hit, just adding to the teen-drama feel that this year’s Misfits has captured, and it means much more to long-time viewers to see Rudy’s ET-ending ruined by power-fuelled misfortune.

The main issue many had with these episodes was the show’s apparent reluctance to remain a sci-fi show. Each week had an issue tied to the storm in some way, sure, but the regular characters rarely used their abilities. This week saw the welcome return of this element, as Jess, Finn and Rudy all used their respective powers in saving the day, and the hour just brought home how much the show had been missing them. Jess and Finn both have classic, simple, powers that are useful without being all-powerful, and the superhero-heavy second and third series are now a distance and much-missed memory.

But now we have to wonder what could happen to Alex, as his new transplanted lung suggests a much more interesting year ahead. We got used to all five central characters having powers, but we’re only three up right now. Abbey, who was more irritating than intriguing this week, probably has a doozy of a secret underneath her cloud of amnesia, and it looks like the fifth series could get back to this status quo quite easily. Finn and Rudy’s comment about using their powers more often felt like a throwaway line designed to quiet uppity viewers, and action speaks louder than words.

As a finale, this was a really good-looking (the four cyclists of the apocalypse looked great), pleasingly genre-infused outing that leads quite nicely into a, hopefully more confident, fifth series. The group are settled in now, even if some are better than others, and the writers have done a great job of transitioning into this soft-reboot without completely losing what made their show so special in the first place. If you abandoned Misfits after Simon and Alisha left, it was probably premature, and there’s still a lot to love about telly’s weirdest superhero show.

Source (Caroline Preece)

Misfits TV Updates
18 December 2012   No Comments

Misfits S4 Ep8 is now streaming for free on Hulu.Com
Watch the full episode –here– 🙂

Misfits TV Updates
14 December 2012   No Comments

Misfits has had a somewhat troubled fourth series this year, with all the original cast now leaving. But recent episodes seem to have picked up rather nicely.

I went to see the premiere of a new Channel 4 series last night, Utopia, starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Curtis from Misfits (the first review ran here) and while there got chatting with all sorts of people from the channel.

During which I learnt that there had been some internal concerns about the show, but that they believed the “second block” of recording, starting with the rabbit episode, was a lot stronger.

And also that Misfits has been renewed for a fifth series.

Of course who exactly will be in it, once Hollywood has strip mined the new cast for Game Of Thrones, The Hobbit or Pip Pip Mister Phillips! (London Style) as they did the last, I have no idea…

Source (BleedingCool.Com)