This Is Us – season 2

One of the most important shows on TV. 

So many life issues addressed.

Casting director Tiffany Little Canfield did an amazing job finding younger versions of the family. I find them very believable.

No other entertainment I can recall has done such a good job switching between multiple timelines.

Season 2 is 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d say it’s even better than season 1.

This Is Us continues to follow the lives and connections of the Pearson family across several time periods …

The ensemble cast is all good. Perhaps Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon is my favourite.

Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson is fantastic too.

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Walking Dead – seasons 1/2

I’d tried Walking Dead in the past. Too gory.

But I finally got past the guts, and found it’s a well-written and nuanced cautionary tale.

Norman Mark Reedus is my favourite actor of many of the ensemble cast.

He plays Daryl Dixon,  an ill tempered and volatile southern redneck. The kind of guy I want to dislike at first impression.

He’s a bow hunter and expert tracker, efficient in killing walkers.

He becomes the series’ main protagonist starting season 9.

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BBC TV – To the Ends of the Earth

A young Benedict Cumberbatch stars as an important passenger on a voyage England to Australia in the early 1880s.

Not all that much happens over the 3 films that premiered July 2005, but you get an excellent feel for just how horrific ship travel was at that time. Life below deck: stench, flies, rotted food, rashes, injuries. Being constantly wet.

I enjoyed every minute.

The actor that impressed me most was Jared Harris, son of actor Richard Harris, in his role as Captain Anderson.

Based on To the Ends of the Earth, a trilogy of novels by William Golding, published from 1980 to 1989.

Thanks Warren.

Doc Martin – season 1

Warren got me started watching.

Doc Martin is a British television medical comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. …

The programme is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the village of Port IsaacCornwall, United Kingdom, …

Eight series aired between 2004 and 2017 …

The actor, Martin Clunes, is unusual and unusual looking. A touch of Mr. Bean.

The real star is the Cornish village of Port Isaac.

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The actress playing receptionist Elaine, Lucy Punch, is brilliant in the role. In fact the eclectic villagers are all entertaining.

But no racial diversity in Cornwall?

Before I started on the TV show I watched the 2001 movie called Doc Martin. Similar premiss. But Doc Martin is a much warmer and more charming character in the film.

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Strike – BBC TV seasons 2 & 3

  1. Book 1 – The Cuckoo’s Calling
  2. Book 2 – The Silkworm
  3. Book 3 – Career of Evil

JK Rowling has written 4 books so far featuring one-legged detective Cormoran Strike and his (now) partner Robin Ellacott.

Season 2 of Strike is The Silkworm.

The TV series sticks closely to the books. Excellent.

Watch the Silkworm trailer on Daily Motion.

Season 3 of Strike is Career of Evil, the best of the three, I’d say.

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Season 4 is anticipated for 2020.

Jack Ryan on Amazon – season 1

I’m surprised to report that the newest Jack Ryan TV series is very good. Important. Themes included the risk of terrorist attack by sarin, nuclear radiation and Ebola.

Good acting. Believable characters. Exotic locations. Big budget.

Rotten Tomatoes is only 74%, however.

You probably heard that Jack Ryan is played by Jim Halpert from the NBC sitcom The Office. That’s John Krasinski. He’s very good, actually. Likeable. Relatable.

The role was previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine.

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Season 2 premieres in November.

Carnival Row

Carnival Row is an American fantasy television series … that premiered on Amazon Prime August 2019. The series stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

The series was shot entirely in the Czech Republic throughout 108 shooting days.

On Rotten Tomatoes, Carnival Row has only a 55% approval.

“Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building—unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on to create anything cohesive.”

I agree with some of that.

Season 1 is a bit of a disappointment for me.

The racism theme FAR too heavy handed.

There are too many characters. Too many subplots.

But the acting is good. Special effects astonishing. Fantasy spectacle, intrigue, and sex all good.

It has potential. I’ll definitely watch season 2 hoping they can find a more focused plot.

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