The Last Kingdom: season 5 review (how does the show shape up compared to Vikings?)

First off, I have to say, I am a big fan of viking-based shows, particularly in recent years. As Game of Thrones (2011-2019) began to wind down I found myself looking around for a suitable replacement, and very quickly discovered Vikings (2013-2020). Initially, it didn’t have the same glamour and scheming that Thrones did, but I quickly got into it. It felt different enough, and … Continue reading The Last Kingdom: season 5 review (how does the show shape up compared to Vikings?)

Sex Education season 3: more measured and mature

It’s a funny thing with this show. Like many others, I was a fan from the first episode… the larger than life school, with its impossibly fashionable and irrepressibly horny teenage students. The fact that it tackled so many issues that young people face today in terms of sexuality, identity and body issues, and did it with confidence and conviction. It also seemed, at least … Continue reading Sex Education season 3: more measured and mature

Hawkeye season 1: Clint Barton gets his time to shine and grow as a character

I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hawkeye as a character. Perhaps it’s how Jeremy Renner played him. Or perhaps it’s because he only had limited screen time in the movies and had to compete with superhumans and gods and other equally impressive individuals (at the end of the day, he’s just a man). Whatever the reason for my trepidation I went … Continue reading Hawkeye season 1: Clint Barton gets his time to shine and grow as a character

Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes

Any show that has Ben Barnes and bone in the same sentence is already onto a winner, particularly for those that saw him as bad boy Billy Russo in The Punisher. But before I get carried away let’s backtrack. Shadow & Bone (2021) is set in a fantasy world of magic and monsters and based on a series of books by Leigh Bardugo: the first … Continue reading Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes

Jupiter’s Legacy: a family saga on what it means to be a hero

From graphic novel to the big screen, Mark Millar has superhero pedigree: he wrote Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service. All of which became great movies. He also wrote graphic novel Civil War, which formed the blueprint for Captain America: Civil War (2016). In the superhero world, much of what he does turns to gold. Indeed, Stan Lee advised him to branch out on … Continue reading Jupiter’s Legacy: a family saga on what it means to be a hero

Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review

Let’s get this out the way early, I was a fan of the first season of Love, Death + Robots (2019). Although the way this animated anthology series treated women in some of its episodes was problematic. With Season 2 they course correct, in some ways, and largely just avoid episodes with sexual content and/or nudity. Which you could argue is a little lazy – … Continue reading Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review