The Comey Rule

This seemed like a really well-told story. Now, it’s going to be a story told from one person’s point of view – based as it was on Comey’s autobiography – but one has to assume none of it’s legally objectionable at this point. Otherwise, a story well-made and well-told. Biggest …

Borgen – Season 3

Looking back at old media roundups it seems that the last time we watched a Borgen series was before I started writing these! Season 3 (released in 2013, but only added to Netflix in 2020) is a magnificent return to form and provides a complex consensus-based political landscape which breathes …

Stateless

Fairly harrowing dramatisation of true events at an Illegal Immigrant Detention Centre in South Australia. I’ve long been critical of Australia’s policies and practices regarding refugees and this 6 part series saw many of those stories, manifest. Most gruelling of all to deal with was the way in which holding …

Little Fires Everywhere

Earnest drama set in borderline caricature town, starring Reese Witherspoon as a genuinely unpleasant mother figure. Great performances – esp. from the 2nd half of the series with the 20-somethings playing younger versions of the parent characters. Lots going on, and as you get closer to the end it’s more …

Greyzone

I really admire a series crafted to be self-contained like this – Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (Borgen, Pitch Perfect 2, very briefly Game Of Thrones) – leads this FBI-equivalent terrorist drama set in Stockholm/Copenhagen, which while seemingly straightforward contains enough plot twists and moral ambiguity to keep it compelling.  A fantasy …

Run

Sweet/amusing-enough story about ppl approaching middle-age activating a youth-sealed pact to ease the drudgery in their lives, which takes a turn for the more sinister once it’s got its hooks in you. I found the appearance of Phoebe Waller-Bridge playing a character VERY distracting, as much as looking at the …

Dead to Me – Season 2

One of those shows where seemingly normal people get caught up in an unusual but plausible circumstance, and then have you watching agape at how they choose to respond and the decisions they make. Sometimes difficult to watch because Christina Applegate’s character traits and a couple of her aspects of …

Homeland – Seasons 1 to 7

Compelling CIA thriller following a sometime-unbalanced agent in her counter-terrorism work, in which she becomes very personally entangled – and also caught in the machinations of higher-level Machiavellian scheming by career spymasters. Famously slow in seasons 3 & 4, taken overall it’s a compelling rollercoaster and though it took a …

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 …