COBRA

Massive solar flare causes nationwide power blackout – and this 6-part drama follows PM Robert Carlyle dealing with it.  Decent bit of TV in the end; the opening blows were fairly predictable, but by the end I had a good solid bit of empathy for the characters, and was getting …

Goliath – Season 3

If season 2 was difficult to describe, season 3 has upped that ante quite a bit. Ostensibly about some farmers who come to Billy McBride about water rationing in their area, the story quickly becomes entangled & starts dropping into hallucinogenic back & forths involving a web of interlinked characters …

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 3

The irrepressible Midge Maisel continues her tour de force of the comedy world of 1960, securing a tour spot as opener for crooner Shy Baldwin.  The storyline this season seems to have found its way a lot better than series 2, but in the end it still comes across as …

Bodyguard

Now I see what all the fuss was about for this one! Police/detective thriller starring Robb Stark guarding a Tory. Decently rounded characters and plenty of character-driven ambiguity/conflict. I don’t really want to say anything about this one other than definitely recommending it as a splendidly-crafted bit of telly.  👍👍

The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 3

Sometimes I find myself wondering why I watch this – the unstoppable tide of unpleasantness depicted in the story raises the stakes for the characters to succeed and to create all sorts of moral ambiguity for the oppressors’ characters… however on a much more surface level it’s a kind of …

Criminal: UK

Police procedural set around an interrogation room, as part of a larger 12-part series set in several countries in those languages… which we didn’t get around to watching.  Engaging enough, but not especially memorable.  More David Tennant facetime.

The Looming Tower

We seem to watch a lot of FBI & CIA related content, so this one examining how the breakdown in cooperation between the two over 9/11 was detrimental to the whole operation seemed an interesting and obvious watch for us.  Highlighting that often the people at the heads of these …

Big Little Lies – Season 2

The ante is upped in Season 2 with a conspiracy maintained between Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern as a result of the finale of Season 1, and now there’s additional rounding out and deepening of the characters in the small, well-to-do seaside town they …

GLOW – Season 3

Still sticking with this women-forward wrestling drama, although I feel like the writing this season took a bit of a detour because the story seemed to be more about the male protagonists (Sam Sylvia & Bash Howard).  I hope it gets back on track again.  Oh, ALSO, I just this …

Chernobyl

This was the 5-part “It’s not fun at all, but you HAVE to watch it” show of 2019, and sticking to one episode a night was the sensible option.  Splendidly presented (and the fact that the cast was entirely British seemed not that distracting, so long as you weren’t jolted …