Big Little Lies

Small-town tensions in a fabulously wealthy & attractive town interlinked with post-“happening” interviews. It’s a little maddening to know that *something* has happened, but not know what or to whom. Heavy-hitting cast… weird to see Alexander Skarsgard without fangs. Overview Cast Crew Seasons Summary Big Little Lies (2017) Genres: Drama …

Pine Gap

Australian drama set at the US/Australian joint surveillance & intelligence base near Alice Springs: has plenty of “NEED TO KNOW” security stuff and covert nonsense, and layers and layers of hierarchy, but on the whole presents an approachable approximation of day-to-day life in the kind of place that’s only ever …

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2

The hands-down must-see Netflix show of 2018 – whilst plenty fanciful/ludicrous, contained some great characters and plot, and I think portrayed an assertive & confident protagonist (who admittedly kept inexplicably wanting to go back to her husband in spite of everything else about her nature). Great production values, and a …

Sisters

Intriguing Australian comedy/drama about sisters brought together after discovering that the scientist heading up the IVF clinic was “enriching the mix”, and the nature/nurture conflicts arising from learning you have an unknown number of siblings. Neat premise, and some fairly complex characters hanging off it, making for quite a good …

Secret City

Canberra-based political intrigue based on Australia-US-China relations, featuring an actress who I kept thinking “looked a lot like Olivia Dunham from Fringe, only less boring” until I googled it and found it was the same actress. Quite well-executed, and I didn’t even find the accents too annoying! Daniel Wyllie’s character …

Breaking Bad – Season 3

Breaking Bad is a series of amazing moral ambiguity, and also probably the one thing that I’m the last person on the planet to have watched. I *love* shows where character’s explored to the point where you find yourself hoping a character succeeds despite them doing reprehensible acts because you …

The Romanoffs

Not sure what it is with vignettes/short stories – perhaps TV’s post-Sopranos trend toward longer narrative & character arcs has conditioned my brain not to enjoy short snapshots; although in this case sometimes they’re blissfully short. A real mixed bag, and critically slated.  👎 Overview Cast Crew Seasons Summary The Romanoffs …

Succession

Series playing out the scenario where successful company founder father dies (potentially) and leaves bickering family with power struggle and management responsibility. Kinda made me think of a non-comedic Arrested Development; all of the dysfunction and ineptitude, but much more at stake. Decent enough watch, but the series was pulled …

Ozark – Season 2

Our old everyman chum Jason Bateman is back, this time without a comedic backing and set in the tense world of money laundering and drug cartels in Missouri. Laura Linney also performing a tour de force. You really find yourself wishing Marty could catch a break now and then. 👍👍 Overview …

Goliath Season 2

Billy Bob Thornton’s fallen-off-the-rails lawyer in his second season, with a pretty convoluted story, some incredible characters (as in, how’d a screenwriter come up with this stuff?!), and a fairly engaging way to tell an against-all-odds story. 👍 Overview Cast Crew Seasons Summary Goliath (2016) Genres: Crime, Drama Created by: Jonathan …