Wednesday, 13th July 2016.
Bitten Series One- Series TV Description:
“Catch up with Syfy’s howling new drama Bitten and follow the dangerous struggle of the world’s only female Werewolf”.
Nb. Bitten is based on “Women of The Otherworld” by Kelley Armstrong.
Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf, is summoned home from her city life after an unsanctioned werewolf attack on a human”.
Rated 15 “Contains Adult themes”.
“Elena arrives at Stonehaven where her past catches up with her. Human boyfriend Phillip meets Logan; will he learn too much?”.
Instalment Number Five-The final instalment.
The Hunt and the Heinous Happening.
In which the Stonehaven werewolf pack plan the hunt. The Mutt’s trail is followed to its source.
An earlier event results in a heinous happening and a gruesome discovery..
The Hunt and the Heinous Happening.
So Bitten became mildly interesting when the Stonehaven werewolf pack meet at Elena’s Police suspect investigation style pin board down in the basement. Of the previously described lavishly appointed Stonehaven mansion. Then, they make their plans for tracking and hunting one of the suspected Mutts.
Suspected Mutts-funny eh..Bitten is kind of like that. Kind of quaintly funny- in an archaic way. Or is it anarchic-way. Like a Tele/TV movie set in the 1990’s. Like I said.
One of those series that could become a cult series. Because it falls into the category of so bad it’s good. Yes- the so bad it’s good genre. I just made it up. But I like it.
Still, to get back to the story so far:this werewolf pack plan involves Elena and the two werewolf guys: Clay and Nick to track the latest sighting of said suspected Mutt. The men may or may not kill it, it seems they plan to. However Elena disagrees..
It’s not quite clear why the werewolf pack don’t just leave the matter to resolve itself. Since the local town and ever-evil eponymous hick hunters (so beloved of dramas) are all clamouring to kill the Mutt. ie. bad werewolf.
Perhaps if killed the Mutt would change back to human and the pack don’t want their secret getting out. Who knows. Who cares.
One of the characters in Bitten might have explained it all. They probably did. The main guy (Jeremy Danvers) most likely. I dunno.
I wasn’t really listening. Properly. Throughout. Being transfixed at the woeful wooden-ness of Elena and the mostly Stepford but wolfishly handsome werewolves. OK except for the roadie and the Italian guy/ werewolf.
I did wonder if that was really Elena doing the roll-overs in the martial arts fighting. Her face was handily hidden by hair. Elena does look strong enough-and we have already seen her go all Kung Fu on a guy in a cafe.
That was when Elena had her black jacket on. With fringe. But still..
That was when I knew that previously perfectly polished Elena: was going to go all rogue.
The fun I was having watching Bitten was sadly truncated somewhat: by the end of the last episode I watched. No longer can I make fun of Bitten: cause now it’s gone all daylight realistically serious.
The thing is: as viewers we know. Who did it. well who the Mutt is. Well I think we do..
Oh Yes and all I really wanted to know as will most watcher of Bitten would: exactly how, when and where. Even why- did Elena originally get bitten?
I mean C’mon. Are you gonna tell us or are you gonna drag it out. Dear drama. By means of those tiresomely soft focus and cringeworthy flashbacks..
Posted by Clarissima at 15:27
Friday, 8th July 2016.
2015. Nearly Five stars. 2 Seasons/ Series.
“In this absorbing crime drama, a successful and well liked nightclub owner moonlight as a drug dealer to New York City’s A-list users”. 2015. Nearly Five stars. 2 Seasons/ Series.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.
R’n’B/ Rhythm and Blues music plays and keeps playing.
Now rap, keeps playing.
I like this one.
Does he, the hero really say :”The boss is here!” as he comes into the club. He does.
So he is the boss of the club. And it’s looking like the drama is about to get horribly violent.
So he, the hero is proper stony faced. He really does not crack his face much.
So it’s all a bit daft to be honest.
But guess what Marco is in it (from the series Bloodline) as an evil cartel Kingpin.
“He’s a highly organised individual..”
So its getting a bit more interesting. Even though the acting is patchy. Tommy, Ghost’s right hand man and business partner is lively compared to the hero and pretty much everybody else.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.
Did I mention there is something of a nineties/ 90’s movie about this series.
So I think the hero will grow on me. I am liking his story arc. His story is the classic one of the criminal who wants to get out of the life. Go straight. But everybody around him wants to keep him in that life.
Uh oh. I think they might be the plant.
I keep expecting something to happen to Tommy.
Or some more shit..
Oh no, not the car scene again..
Its’ a bit like a 90’s film. Earlier it was reminding me of Jack City.
Well well. Deep subject. A well that is. Deep being the absolute opposite description of this drama. Which is unfortunately superficial and horribly cliche ridden. Plus somewhat lamentably dated in flavour somehow.
However I did watch several episodes. I didn’t ditch. I wanted to like this drama-so I gave it a chance. Quite a long chance really. In terms of time and patience. And episodes.
There was enough of a story there (in the drama) to keep me interested. There was just enough good acting to keep the drama afloat. Just about.
I just found the intermittent gory violence and goings on hard to countenance. Whilst I was taking the drama not entirely seriously. It seems I can’t do both.
What I mean is that I’m happy to watch something, a drama, that I see as a little bit daft but enjoyable. But if it starts to get too damn serious (or it becomes apparent that it is certainly meant to be taken seriously) then I’m out.
I guess I must like my gore a bit polished is all. The drama has to be really good to counteneance the gore.
So in spite of having grown kind of fond of wooden-face himself. Our hero. Who unfortunately we are stuck gazing at most of the time, including when he changes shirts in silence: Beats me. We gaze at his revolving watches on their stand. In his dressing room- wow. That sort of thing.
Yes in spite of probably forever wondering (well for a while) whether I was right in my prediction that things will get more interesting and the hero may well become more crumpled and less expressionless as his life officially goes to hell-just guessing- I think I will ditch.
Since I also predict some truly terrible forthcoming gore.
This violent sort of Goodfellas side of the drama is more Goodfellas-lite. Or bargain basement Goodfellas. Yet the drama thinks that it’s Goodfellas. When it’s not. So far it’s a strange amalgam of R n’ B/ Rhythm and Blues and rap tracks, accompanying the James Bondish style hero-wherever he goes.
Plus an ongoing sort of soap-opera containing Ghost’s personal life. This side of the story is semi-operatic yet dull. It’s almost like it’s all in Spanish-and everyone is dubbed. The believability level in this side of the story is that low. Lower than the ground.
Yeah, lower than the ground. Like down in the basement. Where in between cruising/ cruisin’ and schmoozing the guests: our mostly glum faced hero Ghost who is chivalrous with women (hence my James Bondish description) pops down for a visit. Through a door into deeper, darker things..
Where things are about to get dirty. Low down and dirty.
Can Ghost escape his past, his criminal life and a wife who prefers then both as Bonnie and Clyde? What will happen with the Saintly Velasquez, secretly investigating a cartel. I think we can guess where this side of the story is going down..
Me I prefer to think of one OK maybe more than one, particular scene as a minor hallucination. In that I was wishing that this was so for that character.
Because if it wasn’t then that scene was really real. Cringeworthy grew a new name and became a whole new cringeworthy city. In which I was momentarily (metaphorically trapped).
Power is a bit like Jack City. But Jack City was better.
For me, watching Ghost, handsome as he is, with a touch of Arnie-the Terminator style, with R n’ B/ Rhythm and Blue music playing does not necessarily make everything cool. In that scene.
I mean the hero, the vibe, everything. No more than playing Jazz makes everything cool in dramas. In my opinion. Now Motown soul-maybe. Now you’re talking.
But equally could the hero not like classical music? Or have it in the soundtrack. Maybe the hero could collect stamps. Be a real nerd about something. OK he could eponymously jog, in the morning. That will do.
Point is-does everything have to be so eponymous. Maybe he went to private school. (or got a Scholarship) I dunno. Plays the drums in a band. With his old college buddies. Wait that was actually a real series.
Posted by Clarissima at 16:54
“After a girl goes missing at a music festival, the police launch an investigation.”
The Disappearance/ Disparu
Final Short Review.
So I wasn’t going to do a final review. However- much like the series kind of hung hung over me when it ended: so did the unwritten ending.
I still can’t really decide if I want to write a final review-it’s weird. The Disappearance was that good towards the end.
I think that I subliminally classified it as being one of the series that are so good that its redundant to write about them.
The atmosphere and mood of the Disappearance certainly hung over me somehow after watching.
Such was its increasing strength and punch: as a drama. The last two episodes being a chilling masterclass in suspense..
I even forgave the semi-bumbling Cops.
Posted by Clarissima at 15:26
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Continuum-Series Four-Now on Netflix.
New Series Four of Continuum!
“New Episodes” “Watch season 4 now.”
Netflix series description of Continuum:
“Kiera Cameron is a Police officer in 2077 swept along when a gang of condemned terrorists escapes their sentence by travelling back in time to 2012.”
2015. Five stars.
Love Continuum. Wrote about it here on this blog. Great stuff.
Watching Spotless at present. Seen episode one. Was a bit of a leap from Good Witch on Netflix. Which I was watching..
Posted by Clarissima at 14:09
Clarissima a day in the life..
The above link is my first, original blog address.
Clarissima a day in the life of a tv watcher.London.
This WordPress Site above is my new blog which I have set up in order to formally publish my written work.
I write about TV and Netflix drama available in the UK to watch.
So dramas both on UK TV cable channels (my cable channels come from Virgin Media TV) and UK TV Channels such as:
BBC One and Two (BBC Three went online and is no longer on a TV Channel) Also BBC Four, Sky1/ One and ITV Channel number Three and FOX Channel for example. I also have SyFy Channel. There are many other channels-these are just some examples.
Plus Netflix in the UK.
Nb. Soon I will be officially transferring from the google blog to my WordPress site: (as above)
Clarissima-a day in the life of a tv watcher and will be posting here only.
I first started my Google blog in 2009: As below.
thursday, 18 june 2009
“A University Lecturer becomes involved in a series of supernatural events surrounding a reluctant medium in this chilling drama”. 2008. Rated 15.
Created and written by Steven Volk.
My Update on Afterlife.
So I have finished series one now and am on the third episode: I think of series two.
My very first review here was written preparing myself to ditch Afterlife: just because it was so dreary. Yes the drama, in those early episode of series one is just. So damn dreary. And depressing. I think I called this a depress-fest.
And Afterlife sure is depressing at first to watch. The cases are dark and disturbing. Whilst (earthly) lives are played out superficially on the surface.
Plus everything is in the daylight pretty much. The scenery is not prettied up. Nor is it cool or industrial looking. Or chic. In any way.
No, this is day to day (Year 2000 approximately) grainy, gritty rain slicked pavement, cloudy skies and industrial concrete windswept bus shelter bunkers. It could be Scotland. Or anywhere metaphorical I guess.
But there is a real University pictured. An English or possibly Scottish: generic University town. To where Alison Mundy has newly moved. And where the young Psychologist lecturer at the University lives. Thus the scene is set.
Alison comes to live in an adorable little house which stands, wall facing out, right ont he corner of the row of houses. Right at the top of a hill. Well I say house but I think that Alison rents a flat inside. Probably on one floor.
Actually it’s a whole house. But I digress. I am up to episode five or six maybe now of Afterlife. Series Two. I don’t want to give too much away. Other than to say that Afterlife is definitely more than the sum of its parts.
I could say that Alison has moved to a new town, as described which I have discovered now is actually Bristol, to make a fresh start. A new life.
Oh yes and Afterlife is held afloat by some very decent scenery, interiors and out. Both stylish and bleak. Horror laden scenes of the ordinary everyday: were often imbued in horror.
Plus of course there is the acting. A simply mesmerising performance by Lesley sharp as Alison Mundy. Ably partnered by Andrew Lincoln as Doctor Bridge. The psychologist.
Afterlife is not cheerful. But it is ultimately uplifting in the end I feel. I enjoyed that fresh uncluttered and ordinary day to day quality of the drama: this only enhanced the atmosphere in the end.
The drama stopped looking and appearing dated after a while and achieved that rarest thing: a timeless drama. For me anyway.
I felt this same timelessness process when watching the Van Veeteren series. But then I was seriously into the font on the subtitling of that series. And the colours. But I digress.
Yes, Stick with Afterlife. If you can make it past episode six. You will be rewarded. Ha ha. An Afterlife joke, completely randomly.
Afterlife is really rather brilliant. Really. Made up of mostly: classic horror tales. But much more besides.
Me- I had a lamp on the table. That belonged to someone who had, you know, slipped this mortal coil.
When suddenly this lamp, which was on whilst watching Afterlife- started flickering. and wouldn’t stop. And it hasn’t stopped flickering since..
Afterlife was a kind of lost dramatic world- a time when backgrounds were unpretty: people as characters sometimes shouted, explosively. Got pissed. Really pissed. and said really forthright common sense things.
Such naturalistic, nay realistic behavior in a character is so very rare now. Because everybody is just so bland. Bland. Bland.
Posted by Clarissima at 17:07