Note to my readers of some new series: Dark Matter on Syfy Channel, Saboteurs on More 4 and notes on Netflix series Taxi Brooklyn and The Murder Mysteries Of Miss Fisher

Note to my readers of some new series in the UK:

Dark Matter-Syfy channel numbers 135 and 165 HD on Virgin Media TV
Premièred 15th June 2015.
Nb.  There are no subtitles for Dark Matter.  This was the case with the series Extanct too.  Perhaps the Syfy channel doesn’t do them.

TV Preview:
“The crew of a derelict spaceship awakes from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board”.

Just put up a one-off review of Dark Matter.  On 18th June 2015.

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Saboteurs.
More 4
This Friday, 19th June 2015 @ 9pm on More 4 Channel-number 147 on Virgin Media TV. With channel number 203 being HD.

This sounds and looks interesting. More 4-once the home of Southland, Nashville and one of my favourite Scandinavian series: the Norwegian series Mammon.  Norwegian series being very rare.  Well here in the UK. (Although see DVD’s of Varg Veum)

TV Preview of Saboteurs:
“Dramatic recount of one of the most exciting episodes of the Second World War”

In Norwegian, English, Danish with English subtitles.

Virgin media TV Preview of Episode One:
“When the German Scientist Werner Heisenberg is accused by the Nazi regime of being politically ‘unreliable’, his mother appeals to the mother of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, and Heisenberg is allowed to join a secret Nazi nuclear energy project”

See link:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-saboteurs

Quoted from above link-Channel Four.  Sourced 19th June 2015.
Saboteurs
Description:
“Norwegian dramatisation of one of the most gripping episodes of the Second world War, recounting the Nazi’s efforts to develop an atomic bomb and the Allie’s desperate struggle to prevent it happening”

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Netflix.

On Netflix whilst watching Between in instalments (having finished the rather wonderful and madly horrific- The River)
I have checked out: (one episode each)

Taxi Brooklyn
Silly but kind of fun.  Based (rather loosely) on the original Luc Besson film: Taxi.

Kind of like a funky 1970’s Cop/ Police series met 21st century generic Cop Series.  With some terrible accents. Has a certain charm of its own.  Possibly trying to look like a French series.  Or a 1970’s one. Not sure. One to keep behind the ear for the televisual desert times..Safe to watch during dinner.  Mostly.

Nb.  Just put up a one-off review of Episode One of Taxi Brooklyn with some dialogue- on 22nd June 2015.

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The Murder Mysteries of Miss Fisher

Set in the 1920’s.  Really rather good. Think  the (1920’s) Italian series Inspector de Luca in terms of style and quality.  Then perhaps the Honourable Peter Whimsey of Dorothy Parker fame.  Mixed with the Lord Linley mysteries.

With a good dash of Puck in (the Swedish series) Crimes of Passion in terms of verve, style and sass. Plus of course that insatiable and incisively intelligent interest in murder and crime. Possessed by Phryne Fisher.

The Right Honourable Phyrne Fisher, Lady Detective is an an  English aristocratic “flapper” in the 1920’s.  Who goes to Australia to..
Well that would be telling.

Netflix description of the Murder Mysteries of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries:
“Get ready to  immerse yourself in the opulent exciting and sometimes dangerous world of Australia’s leading lady Detective, Phryne Fisher”

Coming Soon-Channel Four in the UK to launch-
 4World Drama. 
“In the Autumn” I subsequently read somewhere.  Which could mean anything really.  In my experience “Autumn”sometimes means the new year..

Sourced and quoted from the Independent newspaper Wednesday 10th June 2015. by Adam Sherwin:
“Channel Four is launching a new foreign language drama service to capitalise on the public appetite for high-quality subtitled imports”.

The on-demand service, 4 world Drama, will be available in the UK va Channel 4’s new digital hub, ALL4.  More than 400 hours of drama will be available for “box-set” viewing on All4, with a selection of the best series shown on More 4.”

“Channel four enjoyed success with the French supernatural drama seris “The Returned”.
“The new channel  is a partnership between Channel Four and Global series Network.  (GSN)  Walter Luzzolini , of GSN, said:
“4World  Drama is a heavily curated service bringing together the very best scripted content from around the world, offering viewers and outstanding selection of must-see thriller to Belgian murder capers, Argentine family sagas to German cold war pieces.  The most exciting storytelling in the world is finally coming together in one place.”

My notes.
So I have found the All4 in the On-Demand section on my tivo box. Just go for select by channel and then Four. So far All4 is a collection of Channel Four/ More4 series.  Presumably at some point it will be added to by the new All4World Drama.  Cool.

I was just thinking whilst watching The River that it was lovely to hear German spoken.  Where are the German series?  It would be nice to check one out.

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News on Tyrant Series Two-
Tyrant Series Two has already aired in America- on 16th  June 2015.   No news yet of it appearing over here in the UK.  That would be on FOX Channel.

When-Will.net: Reminder of Tyrant season 2 releasRelease date of Tyrant season 2 is on 16th June 

When-Will.net: Reminder of Tyrant season 2 release Release date of Tyrant season 2 is on 16th June 201http://when-will.net/tv-series/198-when-will-tyrant-2-arrive-release-date-2015.html

Note to my readers of some new series: Dark Matter on Syfy Channel, Saboteurs on More 4 and notes on Netflix series Taxi Brooklyn and The Murder Mysteries Of Miss Fisher

Note to my readers of some new series in the UK:

Dark Matter-Syfy channel numbers 135 and 165 HD on Virgin Media TV
Premièred 15th June 2015.
Nb.  There are no subtitles for Dark Matter.  This was the case with the series Extanct too.  Perhaps the Syfy channel doesn’t do them.

TV Preview:
“The crew of a derelict spaceship awakes from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board”.

Just put up a one-off review of Dark Matter.  On 18th June 2015.

***
Saboteurs.
More 4
This Friday, 19th June 2015 @ 9pm on More 4 Channel-number 147 on Virgin Media TV. With channel number 203 being HD.

This sounds and looks interesting. More 4-once the home of Southland, Nashville and one of my favourite Scandinavian series: the Norwegian series Mammon.  Norwegian series being very rare.  Well here in the UK. (Although see DVD’s of Varg Veum)

TV Preview of Saboteurs:
“Dramatic recount of one of the most exciting episodes of the Second World War”

In Norwegian, English, Danish with English subtitles.

Virgin media TV Preview of Episode One:
“When the German Scientist Werner Heisenberg is accused by the Nazi regime of being politically ‘unreliable’, his mother appeals to the mother of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, and Heisenberg is allowed to join a secret Nazi nuclear energy project”

See link:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-saboteurs

Quoted from above link-Channel Four.  Sourced 19th June 2015.
Saboteurs
Description:
“Norwegian dramatisation of one of the most gripping episodes of the Second world War, recounting the Nazi’s efforts to develop an atomic bomb and the Allie’s desperate struggle to prevent it happening”

***

Netflix.

On Netflix whilst watching Between in instalments (having finished the rather wonderful and madly horrific- The River)
I have checked out: (one episode each)

Taxi Brooklyn
Silly but kind of fun.  Based (rather loosely) on the original Luc Besson film: Taxi.

Kind of like a funky 1970’s Cop/ Police series met 21st century generic Cop Series.  With some terrible accents. Has a certain charm of its own.  Possibly trying to look like a French series.  Or a 1970’s one. Not sure. One to keep behind the ear for the televisual desert times..Safe to watch during dinner.  Mostly.

Nb.  Just put up a one-off review of Episode One of Taxi Brooklyn with some dialogue- on 22nd June 2015.

***

The Murder Mysteries of Miss Fisher

Set in the 1920’s.  Really rather good. Think  the (1920’s) Italian series Inspector de Luca in terms of style and quality.  Then perhaps the Honourable Peter Whimsey of Dorothy Parker fame.  Mixed with the Lord Linley mysteries.

With a good dash of Puck in (the Swedish series) Crimes of Passion in terms of verve, style and sass. Plus of course that insatiable and incisively intelligent interest in murder and crime. Possessed by Phryne Fisher.

The Right Honourable Phyrne Fisher, Lady Detective is an an  English aristocratic “flapper” in the 1920’s.  Who goes to Australia to..
Well that would be telling.

Netflix description of the Murder Mysteries of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries:
“Get ready to  immerse yourself in the opulent exciting and sometimes dangerous world of Australia’s leading lady Detective, Phryne Fisher”

Coming Soon-Channel Four in the UK to launch-
 4World Drama. 
“In the Autumn” I subsequently read somewhere.  Which could mean anything really.  In my experience “Autumn”sometimes means the new year..

Sourced and quoted from the Independent newspaper Wednesday 10th June 2015. by Adam Sherwin:
“Channel Four is launching a new foreign language drama service to capitalise on the public appetite for high-quality subtitled imports”.

The on-demand service, 4 world Drama, will be available in the UK va Channel 4’s new digital hub, ALL4.  More than 400 hours of drama will be available for “box-set” viewing on All4, with a selection of the best series shown on More 4.”

“Channel four enjoyed success with the French supernatural drama seris “The Returned”.
“The new channel  is a partnership between Channel Four and Global series Network.  (GSN)  Walter Luzzolini , of GSN, said:
“4World  Drama is a heavily curated service bringing together the very best scripted content from around the world, offering viewers and outstanding selection of must-see thriller to Belgian murder capers, Argentine family sagas to German cold war pieces.  The most exciting storytelling in the world is finally coming together in one place.”

My notes.
So I have found the All4 in the On-Demand section on my tivo box. Just go for select by channel and then Four. So far All4 is a collection of Channel Four/ More4 series.  Presumably at some point it will be added to by the new All4World Drama.  Cool.

I was just thinking whilst watching The River that it was lovely to hear German spoken.  Where are the German series?  It would be nice to check one out.

***

News on Tyrant Series Two-
Tyrant Series Two has already aired in America- on 16th  June 2015.   No news yet of it appearing over here in the UK.  That would be on FOX Channel.

When-Will.net: Reminder of Tyrant season 2 releasRelease date of Tyrant season 2 is on 16th June 

When-Will.net: Reminder of Tyrant season 2 release Release date of Tyrant season 2 is on 16th June 201http://when-will.net/tv-series/198-when-will-tyrant-2-arrive-release-date-2015.html

Dark Matter-A New series in the UK on Syfy Channel number 135 or 165 for HD Mondays @ 8pm and 11pm. Some notes and dialogue on first episode and a one-off review. Minor spoilers only. First aired 15th June 2015.

Dark Matter
UK Premiere-
Monday @ 8:00pm and 11:30pm
(#Dark Matter)

Fist aired 15th June 2015.
Channel Syfy number 135 on Virgin media with 165 being Syfy HD channel.
Nb.  There are no subtitles for Dark Matter. This was the case with Extanct too.  Perhaps Syfy channel doesn’t do them.

***

Dark Matter
TV Preview/ Description:
“The crew of a derelict spaceship awakes from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board”

TV Preview of episode one:
“The crew of a derelict spaceship awake from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. They must work together to survive.

Dark Matter.
Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Atmospheric music.  Space.  We zoom in on an enormous floating  space ship.  We as viewers then reach the stylishly lit cavernous metal inside.  Of the spaceship.

I say stylishly since there are twin red flashing neon light bulbs set along the corridor.

So a handsome man awakes from standing storage or rather stasis.

Shortly there follow an unaccountably arse-kicking gal.  Who proceeds to kick the proverbial out of the guy.
Later she explains that:
“You got in my way”.

(later)
The guy:
“I’m one”
“She’s two, three, four, five, which makes you- six”.

So far so generic.  We shall see.

So it’s a really cool spaceship. Especially the  flight deck.

The good news is that Mcgyver is in it!

The acting is a bit underwhelming. But things are getting interesting…Psychologically.

Yes the spaceship is super stylish.  Plus satisfyingly mysterious.  More neon lights of tubing.  (guess it depends if you like neon tubing-I do)

Woman:
“Calculations complete..
“Set to FTL” (speed)  What’s that then.

The girl:
“A big door, they keep it locked, always”
Guy:
“Why?”
“What’s inside?”
Girl:
Secrets..

So two of the men have found a mysterious object.

The ship is flying speedily.  At a high rate of knots through space.  Covered in flashy wavy blue neon light around it.
Which I suppose signifies the FTL speed.

“What kind of ship is this?” asks the guy of the woman.
“Is it a Moroder?”
(it sounded like Moroder-who knows there are no subtitles)
“Nice!” He says.
Then off to the surface they go..

Guess what. it’s not McGyver it’s Deacon from Nashville.  Hilarious and wonderful.  He is having a rare old time swaggering about as the all action hero with a simply enormous gun.

Although he isn’t the Boss.  A sizzlingly stern and implacable raven-locked lady is.  With her hair perfectly blow dried and curled, come to think  of it, straight out of stasis.  And who know that stasis could be carried out standing up..

***

Review

So Dark Matter was kind of fun.  I notice it is a Canadian Production.  I usually like Canadian Series.  They are fresh and different.  haven’t seen any for a while.  Although one could count Orphan Black perhaps.  Which is a BBC America production but,I believe, set in Canada.

Dark Matter is all a bit daft so far. However i like dramas that are a bit daft.  Indeed I had planned to watch Dark Matter.  That must be the first time, nope the second time that I’ve watched something on the Syfy channel.

It was hearing of Extanct and enjoying that series which led me to consider finding another Science fiction/ sci-fi series.  I was in the mood for something zany, cheerful and futuristic..

Strangely, for me anyway, Science fiction series have an odd optimism about them.  Not that optimism is odd.  But that a sci-fi series is,  I find, uplifting somehow.  Simply because it’s set in the future.  Not uplifting in a spiritual way I don’t think.  Though that could be possible. But sounds truly pretentious.

No- some Sci-fi , but not all sci-fi.  I don’t know why.  It’s just plain interesting intellectually.  Even exciting to contemplate.

I said odd optimism a while back in this long winded explanation or extrapolation on the inherent fun involved in contemplating the future.

Since no matter what kind of disturbing drama the sci-fi series is:  that upbeat OK uplifting mood entwined with sci-fi drama remains.

So it was with Extanct.  Which was pleasantly daft into the bargain.

This allure of sci-fi must lie with the future possibilities, the inventions, the science, the technologies, the monsters…

Because there (will) be monsters.  There will always be monsters. Just new and improved ones. Much like the people.

Apocalyptic dramas are in essence: the same.

There is a moment when two of the men look admiringly at the retreating derrière of the tough talking beautiful bad-ass Captain of the ship.

Well-self-appointed Captain because remember that none of them, the crew,  remember who they are. Although we find out at the end of this episode. Everyone that is bar the green haired girl. Of unspecified age.

I forgave the characters this possible objectification as described. (I felt the guys were both generally and specifically admiring)  Plus the drama itself.

Since the scene seemed to fit, the Captain did have an enviable pair of black trousers (possibly some super duper future material) with a Lara Croft style gun holster on one leg.  Plus she had plenty of swagger going on sufficient to cancel out anything else.

Not to mention performing admirably well for a Captain who couldn’t remember that she was. However the Captain had stood over the control panel of the ship and generally:
“Felt what to do”.

More specific knowledge of the ship’s systems however are provided by somebody else.  That person proves to be an interesting even fascinating character.  In a role that let’s just say is so in at the moment.  In sci-fi series.  I shall say no more.

***





Footnote.

No it’s not Deacon.  It’s the guy from McGyver and or Farscape I reckon.  I will check.

Dark Matter-A New series in the UK on Syfy Channel number 135 or 165 for HD Mondays @ 8pm and 11pm. Some notes and dialogue on first episode and a one-off review. Minor spoilers only. First aired 15th June 2015.

Dark Matter
UK Premiere-
Monday @ 8:00pm and 11:30pm
(#Dark Matter)

Fist aired 15th June 2015.
Channel Syfy number 135 on Virgin media with 165 being Syfy HD channel.
Nb.  There are no subtitles for Dark Matter. This was the case with Extanct too.  Perhaps Syfy channel doesn’t do them.

***

Dark Matter
TV Preview/ Description:
“The crew of a derelict spaceship awakes from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board”

TV Preview of episode one:
“The crew of a derelict spaceship awake from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. They must work together to survive.

Dark Matter.
Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Atmospheric music.  Space.  We zoom in on an enormous floating  space ship.  We as viewers then reach the stylishly lit cavernous metal inside.  Of the spaceship.

I say stylishly since there are twin red flashing neon light bulbs set along the corridor.

So a handsome man awakes from standing storage or rather stasis.

Shortly there follow an unaccountably arse-kicking gal.  Who proceeds to kick the proverbial out of the guy.
Later she explains that:
“You got in my way”.

(later)
The guy:
“I’m one”
“She’s two, three, four, five, which makes you- six”.

So far so generic.  We shall see.

So it’s a really cool spaceship. Especially the  flight deck.

The good news is that Mcgyver is in it!

The acting is a bit underwhelming. But things are getting interesting…Psychologically.

Yes the spaceship is super stylish.  Plus satisfyingly mysterious.  More neon lights of tubing.  (guess it depends if you like neon tubing-I do)

Woman:
“Calculations complete..
“Set to FTL” (speed)  What’s that then.

The girl:
“A big door, they keep it locked, always”
Guy:
“Why?”
“What’s inside?”
Girl:
Secrets..

So two of the men have found a mysterious object.

The ship is flying speedily.  At a high rate of knots through space.  Covered in flashy wavy blue neon light around it.
Which I suppose signifies the FTL speed.

“What kind of ship is this?” asks the guy of the woman.
“Is it a Moroder?”
(it sounded like Moroder-who knows there are no subtitles)
“Nice!” He says.
Then off to the surface they go..

Guess what. it’s not McGyver it’s Deacon from Nashville.  Hilarious and wonderful.  He is having a rare old time swaggering about as the all action hero with a simply enormous gun.

Although he isn’t the Boss.  A sizzlingly stern and implacable raven-locked lady is.  With her hair perfectly blow dried and curled, come to think  of it, straight out of stasis.  And who know that stasis could be carried out standing up..

***

Review

So Dark Matter was kind of fun.  I notice it is a Canadian Production.  I usually like Canadian Series.  They are fresh and different.  haven’t seen any for a while.  Although one could count Orphan Black perhaps.  Which is a BBC America production but,I believe, set in Canada.

Dark Matter is all a bit daft so far. However i like dramas that are a bit daft.  Indeed I had planned to watch Dark Matter.  That must be the first time, nope the second time that I’ve watched something on the Syfy channel.

It was hearing of Extanct and enjoying that series which led me to consider finding another Science fiction/ sci-fi series.  I was in the mood for something zany, cheerful and futuristic..

Strangely, for me anyway, Science fiction series have an odd optimism about them.  Not that optimism is odd.  But that a sci-fi series is,  I find, uplifting somehow.  Simply because it’s set in the future.  Not uplifting in a spiritual way I don’t think.  Though that could be possible. But sounds truly pretentious.

No- some Sci-fi , but not all sci-fi.  I don’t know why.  It’s just plain interesting intellectually.  Even exciting to contemplate.

I said odd optimism a while back in this long winded explanation or extrapolation on the inherent fun involved in contemplating the future.

Since no matter what kind of disturbing drama the sci-fi series is:  that upbeat OK uplifting mood entwined with sci-fi drama remains.

So it was with Extanct.  Which was pleasantly daft into the bargain.

This allure of sci-fi must lie with the future possibilities, the inventions, the science, the technologies, the monsters…

Because there (will) be monsters.  There will always be monsters. Just new and improved ones. Much like the people.

Apocalyptic dramas are in essence: the same.

There is a moment when two of the men look admiringly at the retreating derrière of the tough talking beautiful bad-ass Captain of the ship.

Well-self-appointed Captain because remember that none of them, the crew,  remember who they are. Although we find out at the end of this episode. Everyone that is bar the green haired girl. Of unspecified age.

I forgave the characters this possible objectification as described. (I felt the guys were both generally and specifically admiring)  Plus the drama itself.

Since the scene seemed to fit, the Captain did have an enviable pair of black trousers (possibly some super duper future material) with a Lara Croft style gun holster on one leg.  Plus she had plenty of swagger going on sufficient to cancel out anything else.

Not to mention performing admirably well for a Captain who couldn’t remember that she was. However the Captain had stood over the control panel of the ship and generally:
“Felt what to do”.

More specific knowledge of the ship’s systems however are provided by somebody else.  That person proves to be an interesting even fascinating character.  In a role that let’s just say is so in at the moment.  In sci-fi series.  I shall say no more.

***



Footnote.

No it’s not Deacon.  It’s the guy from McGyver and or Farscape I reckon.  I will check.