Teen Wolf-Series One. An American Supernatural series on Netflix. My final Review of Series One with a postscript written after watching series Two. Minor spoilers Only. This write-up follows on from My First Review of Teen Wolf Series One posted earlier on the 8th august 2016.

monday, 1 august 2016
Netflix Description of Teen Wolf:
“An animal bite turns a high schooler into a werewolf and he suddenly becomes a star athlete and chick magnet. But with a new set of problems.
Teen Wolf.
Final Review of Series One.

So I’m at the end of series one now and for me anyway: Teen wolf turned out to be really rather rip roaring fun. This series is one of those rare ones that is more than the sum of its parts.

Like when you might think a drama is gonna be lame and corny. And sure, some bits probably are. There is enough excellent acting in it plus believablility.

Then ether is that unpredictable swathe of indefinable style, art even: in the dram’s appearance. or indeed, the experience of watch it it. As time goes on. Everything just works. and more besides.

I started having deep thoughts towards the end of the series. Then I remembered that I had thought about this aspect of Teen wolf before: which is that the dram is effectively a dissertation and a dissection of masculinity.

****

Teen Wolf Series Two.

Written after watching Series Two.
Postscript.

There are some amazing special effects and Computer Generated Image/ C.G.I in Teen Wolf. Both spectacular and subtle. Especially the myriad nuances of the transformation of the young teenager as the Teen Wolf.

The fact that Teen Wolf is so believable as a drama larges and initially rests on that actor’s mesmerising and convincing performance. As the oft -transitioning werewolf.

Sometimes indeed after a while: they don’t even have to show us any visible change. He just convinces with a mere certain look in his eyes.

Not only this described but we watch the hero transitioning: along with some of his friends, into an older (wiser) different person. As the series progresses.

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Posted by Clarissima at 16:17

Teen Wolf-Series One. An American Supernatural Series on Netflix. My First Review of the first Few episodes. To be followed by my Final Review of Series One and a Postscript written after watching Series Two. Minor spoilers Only. See next posting dated 8th August 2016.

monday, 1 august 2016

Netflix Description of Teen Wolf:
“An animal bite turns a high schooler into a werewolf and he suddenly becomes a star athlete and chick magnet.  But with a new set of problems.


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Teen Wolf

Series One.
My First Review of the first few episodes.Yes I’m watching Teen wolf.  I don’t care. Admittedly I rejected the series initially.  when Netflix wrote to me: telling me there is a new series they thought I would/ might like.  Oh dear.  That looks deeply sad. another sort of Vampire diaries teenager-ish thing.Mind you, I watched Vampire Diaries faithfully for a while.  And enjoyed writing about it.  Until Vampire Diaries got so terribly contorted with stories as the seasons went on.Plus I couldn’t really bare to watch the inevitable happen.  To the heroine..
But I digress.

After watching: Between (Series Two), Spotless and then Stranger Things consecutively in a row-I was metaphorically glutted.  On quality drama. where could I go?  what would I do?  I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy.

I tried a few things: Lava Field, The Atelier, Muro Koro, Heartlands, even the Mako Mermaids.  But I just couldn’t settle to any of them although I gave them a good try.

Oh yes, the Morning Call-another Japanese drama.  Not quite sure why Netflix points out “Japanese Dramas” because of my interest in Drama world.  Which was South Korean.

I completely forgot Continuum in my original list at the beginning of this paragraph.  You see-I’ve used up all the good drama I told myself.  it will be ages now untill such good pickings can be grown again. Like it was an orchard.

I didn’t want anything too serious.  Too portentous.  Or pretentious. Or preachy-teachy (you know-official issues).  So how about Teen Wolf?  Maybe that will do..

Well it turns out that Teen wolf is a lot better than I expected.  Plus plenty horrific and nicely horror laden in parts.  Classic horror scenes beautifully created by the makers of the drama and lovingly done.

As in the creators of the series fondly reference many classic horror film scenes as well as embellishing further the werewolf repertoire of every werewolf film and series.

Then the series mixes these classical horror conventions all up in a great big pot with a good stir.

All this gives Teen Wolf a whole new twist on the werewolf genre.  Great fun.  Funny in parts.  Even laugh out loud.  Well once.  For me.  Some soppy romantic bits but thankfully for not too long.

Plus some really excellent acting..From all the main characters..  Particularly young Scott as the budding teen wolf and his friend the ever wise cracking sarcastic and clever: Stiles.

Then there is the gimlet eyed father of Allison, the possibly more than minorly insane gym Teacher, Bug-eyed and rapidly evolving Jackson, the jumpy and mysterious Veterinarian (the Priest from The Walking Dead) and several zany, supremely sarcastic male teachers.

You see after a while you start to realise that Teen wolf is a classic who-dunnit as well.  And you start suspecting people..I should say no more.

To be continued.

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Final Review of Series One.

So I’m at the end of series one now and for me anyway: Teen wolf turned out to be really rather rip roaring fun.

This series is one of those rare ones that is more than the sum of its parts.  Like when you might think a drama is gonna be lame and corny. And sure, some bits probably are.  There is enough excellent acting in it plus believablility.

Then there is that unpredictable swathe of indefinable style, art even: in the dram’s appearance.  or indeed, the experience of watch it it.  As time goes on. Everything just works.  and more besides.

I started having deep thoughts towards the end of the series.  Then I remembered that I had thought about this aspect of Teen wolf before: which is that the drama is effectively both a dissertation on and a dissection of masculinity.

****

Written after watching Series Two.
Postscript.

There are some amazing special effects and Computer Generated Image/ C.G.I in Teen Wolf.  Both spectacular and subtle.  Especially the myriad nuances of the transformation of the young teenager as the Teen Wolf.

The fact that Teen Wolf is so believable as a drama larges and initially rests on that actor’s mesmerising and convincing performance.  As the oft -transitioning werewolf.

Sometimes indeed after a while: they don’t even have to show us any visible change.  He just convinces with a mere certain look in his eyes.

Not only this described but we watch the hero transitioning: along with some of his friends, into an older (wiser) different person.  As the series progresses.

***

Spotless Series One. A Netflix Original. A French English joint production of a British Crime Thriller. Some notes and dialogue on episodes: One, Two, Three Four and Five with Review at the end. In English. Minor spoilers Only.

saturday, 23 july 2016

Netflix description of Spotless:

“The law abiding owner of a crime scene cleaning service is forced into business with a powerful mob boss thanks to his irresponsible older brother.
Five stars (just about) One Season/ series. 2015.

A Netflix original series-Canal + Productions. In French I presume.

More information:
First episode Description:
“He’s a professional at cleaning up the crimes of others. His own life is getting dirtier by the minute.”

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Spotless.
Series One.
Episodes One, Two, Three and Four.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Nb. I only noted down the seperate episode numbers of episodes One and Five when writing the notes.

The Episode notes were done in the chronological order of watching the episodes.
(gulls squawking)

A young boy walks home. In the country.

Oh my goodness. That was a bit of a surprise.

So it’s all a a bit Sopranos. As we are assuming that Sopranos series feeling.

Psychiatrist/ Psychologist to the man:
“Have you seen any dead people today?”

So we meet the clean up guy.

Psychiatrist/ Psychologist:
“So why do you fuck the mistress?!”
Are psychologists supposed to talk like this?!

So it becomes apparent the guy with the Psychologist is not the mob guy but is the crime scene clean up guy (Jean).

So there is some dark bits in this episode as well as mildly comic.

The clean up scene guy’s brother (Martin) to him:
“You mean you ain’t C.S.I, laser beams?”
Jean:
“No, bleach, mops and shit.”

Oh yes. and you definitely want to have had your dinner before watching. The crimes scene cleaning scenes that is. Whilst all the time jolly singing in French.

I forgot to mention that the speaking is all in English with a slight accent. For me anyway. Since Martin says English isn’t his first language.

OK. I’m with it now. Spotless is set in London.

Urgh. Urmm.
Jean:
“Yes, brain matter..”
” It’s terrible to get off..”
“Dries just like Plaster of Paris!”

So Spotless doesn’t really lend itself to notes. Or dialogue.

I have wondered if Spotless is a comedy sometimes.

However there is dark undercurrents.

Martin to Jean:
“Don’t worry, they’re not gonna kill you..
“They think you’re the crime scene Picasso.”

Things have got really rather interesting already.

Martin is the name of the irresponsible older brother as in the TV description.

I only realised Spotless was in English halfway through episode one. I swear.

Gordon Crane to Jean:
“It’s Silver Tip White China tea..”
“You don’t need milk!”

Loving the scene at the allotment.

Ha ha. I knew that was going to happen. With Martin.

Better go before I give too much away.

The brothers are charming and excellent characters.

There definitely are funny bits. And there are some very harsh.

Ha ha.
Martin to the headteacher:
“She lost her family..”
“Her home..”
“Her cat..”

There are some dark undercurrents of another story.

There are some very questionable accents, did I mention.

The brothers make the drama.

Both set of baddies and their two henchmen are funny.

So things just got a whole lot more serious.

That happens a lot in Spotless.

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My First Review.
So I can only watch one episode of Spotless at a time. And there are times when I am definitely gazing away, at the wall.

La La La La La. I’m not looking. This is the visual equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and singing the above. Most of the time I’m too late with this manoeuvre.

But some bits-I have predicted the happening correctly. In enough time. To look less than manfully I suppose away.

What happened to my usual baseball hat move-I do not know. I must have been in shock.

Still, some sights of course arrive too late. For avoidance. They’re already in your vision. And don’t the film-makers know it. They literally push the slushy sludge, of puddled blood, by mop. Towards us. Really. From backstage almost-towards the front of the screen. In close-up.

Phew. I knew there was a word for this technique. Or two. I can stop describing it now..Thank goodness.

Because it’s all a bit too real. Isn’t it. London is even realistic. For once. Although the outside scenery filming felt a bit flat somehow. For me.

More could have been made of the city and East London filmically I thought. No matter. Because the scenery is irrelevant really to the story.

Between you and me I am secretly hoping that Spotless will end soon. Thinking about watching tonight and the last night) (before watching I mean) started to feel like a bit of a chore. Not because Spotless is bad. Because it’s too good.

Thing is, I feel kind of duty bound, to keep watching it. I mean I’ve come this far. Even though I’m more in the mood for Continuum. (new series)

But I started Spotless and I’m not ditching (which I’m not in spite of considering it) then I have to continuously watch the series. I have decided.

Because I figure once you’re out of the zone so to speak-it’s harder to cruise back into the drama and on wards.

I don’t think I cant take another re-entry by slow build up into this darkly disturbing tale. Set within often surreal and real: horror. Along with real tenderness. In some scenes.

Plus they play non-specific except for genre: music at the most unexpected times..
***
Episode Five.
Some notes on first watching.

Episode five starts as if it was the beginning of the whole series.

Oh no. I knew that here was a good reason I can’t write any more episode notes. Because it’s now too spoilery. Plus I have to eat my dinner. Real quick. Before the gore.

Yup. Looking at the wall again.
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End of episode notes.

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My Final Review of Episodes One, Two, Three, Four and Five.

Yes. I both dread and urge the end forwards. Just because Spotless is so good. So intensely good. Whilst thankfully silly at times.

Trouble is: the brothers are so good. As a pair: and as actors. Whilst Jean is a quiet study: enigmatic and possessing an ordinary every man air. A useful innocence in his appearance. Yet we are realising just how clever is is.

Jean’s brother, Martin is a spell-binding performance I feel. For his character.

So we have the brothers and the baddies. The family. And some other secondary characters. Which seems wrong as a description since they play an almost equal part in the drama. Just on the side-lines. Dramatically speaking.

We just know everything and possibly everyone described: is going to finally and irrevocably meet in some dreadful dramatic showdown. There could be carnage. There could be losses. Or not.

Our hero and his irrepressibly ebullient magical almost brother: might well vanquish all in their way. Save the day.

Our sweet, oft silent hero is looking like cogs are cogitating in his brain lately. Could he become the new Kingpin? Will all the really likeable characters we like so much survive?

There are only three ways this can go I am thinking and only one of them ends up happy.
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Postscript.

It has to be said that Spotless is not for the squeamish or the faint-hearted.

Mind you, I may be squeamish but not apparently faint hearted. I made it through. To the end.

Spotless pushes the envelope. Maybe even breaks some taboos. In its treatment and depiction of death. In a drama.

So you think you’ve seen it all: C.S.I’s/ Crime Scene Investigations, Murder Mysteries, Silent Witness. Just as a few examples. We’re all inured to the gore. We think we’ve seen it all. In close-up.

But wait. You haven’t seen Spotless..

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Footnotes.

“Top pick for you!” Netflix told or rather wrote to me- they were right!

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I think Spotless was also set in South London ( I first described the location as East) Near London Bridge railway Station. Under the arches..

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Good Witch-Series One. A Canadian Supernatural drama series. Some notes and dialogue on episodes: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven Eight and Nine. With my First Review after Episode Six. Minor spoilers Only. On Netflix in the UK.

saturday, 16 july 2016
Good Witch.
Netflix Description:
“Raising her daughter in a small town, an enchanting widow with magical powers provokes the interest and exasperation of a skeptical big-city doctor”.
2016. Five stars. Two seasons/ Series.

***
Series One.
Good Witch.

Episodes one and two.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

So the Good Witch is kind of like Bewitched but updated.

The Good Witch is a fair bit older than the eponymous hero.

The good witch is really smug and supercilious and smiley. I mean she just never stops smiling.

I mean if You were the Doctor and you had just arrived in town and your neighbour came round and they were smiling that much-you would think they were insane.

All the women smile a lot.

The gentle music is verging on seriously annoying.

She (the Good Witch) talks in riddles and quotes only.

It’s all very sweet and saccharine. But somehow works. Did I mention that the meaningful music is annoying.

However things have been getting yawn-some for a while now.

***
Episode Three.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.
Did I mention that if you were the Doctor and you had just arrived in town and your neighbour came round and they were smiling that much-you would think they were insane.
(or maybe that is just the city I’m thinking of)

In fact all the women are so damn smiley. It’s like they are all on something..
I think they are. All on the Good Witches’s herbal drinks..

The Good Witch really is seriously annoying. She just superciliously smiles. All the time. Like-all the time. She sends her daughter to school on Valerian root drink.

You just know the drama will write itself. The good but annoying Witch will cure everybody in town plus the Doctor and his son. Etc. etc.

However in spite of all this described above the Good Witch is eminently watchable.

The acting is all good. Especially when the Good Witch isn’t there. The Doctor is an excellent comedy actor and is genuinely funny I felt.

As is McGyver (as Ryan). Well I think it’s McGyver (plus from Farscape).
***
Episode Four.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

The son of the Doctor is a really good actor too. All the men are good, in fact. Plus Madison, or rather Grace is excellent.

What did I tell you, before long the doctor is telling Cassie(the Good Witch) all his problems..

Yes it’s all heartwarming stuff. However it is all eminently watchable. All the teenagers are excellent characters too.

Can’t believe I’m still watching this but I am. Gentle piano or is it Glockenspiel music and all.

No. I’m in Hallmark land. I went into a portal..

Not to be cruel or anything but the whole love interest idea with Cassie and the Doctor and Ryan is a bit daft. Because she’s about twenty years older than them.. I think we’re just supposed to ignore this fact.

Watching this is like watching several Christmas episodes at once of a series.

There are some excellent characters and for once some really good parts for the men.

Much as I’m enjoying Good Witch I have been secretly imagining some fateful tragedy to occur. Like Cassie’s husband may have been… (murdered-Oops) I cannot say.

Look-I’m sorry guys-Doctor and Ryan-it’s like she’s your Grandma.

If I keep watching this I might turn into a melted sweet and sickly sauce-on the floor. That used to be some great big fat donut. Or a divine Greek pastry. All melted on the floor. From a surfeit of saccharine. A Saccharine overload..

***
Episode Five.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

I can’t believe I am still watching this. But I am. The dialogue- apart from the saccharine stuff is really good.

Ryan and Cassie together are seriously cringe.
****

Episode Six.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

I’m still watching. Its no good: there’s no hope for me now. You go on ahead. I’ll be all right..
It’s OK. I have chocolate.

Everything is wonderful. The houses are wonderful. Multicoloured potions in beautiful shaped bottles are everywhere.

There are nooks and crannies filled with cute sofas and glowing lamps.

The whole romantic story-line between Ryan and Cassie is embarrassing in the extreme. To watch.
****

First Review.
Yes, a lot of the Good Witch is a bit cringe. A bit Christmas movie. Yet amazingly: the drama works. Due solely to the eminently watchable acting. Including some fine comedy acting. In my opinion.

Comedy acting is hard I reckon. and this sort of odd as in sickly, sickly bland updating of Bewitched still retains a classic comedy feel. all this is a hard act to pull off. And I think everybody does it admirably.
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Next Episode-
Episode Seven.

There are also about a million candles everywhere. Cassie is always cooking and making something.

Bleuch. Cassie and Ryan.

Around episode seven good Witch got better. Came together.

I long ago accepted the plinky plonky music.

The scenery is magical. From the outside. Especially in the snow.

The Mayoress and her story is brilliantly acted I think.

***
Episode Eight.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

I just knew that Good Witch Cassie and the Doctor…

Yes the Mayoress and her Lieutenant, plus her husband are good characters.

The Mayoress of Blairsville:
“My MRAP..my Military Protected Vehicle..”
Ha ha.

The Doctor is so hunky in his surgeon’s gown.

So in spite of being severely soppy most of the time indeed (the) music too, Good Witch is increasingly good.

Oh yes I meant to say earlier I just knew that Cassie and Doctor Denton were going to go all World War Two on us..
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Next Episode Nine.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Actually I lost count. They just slid, seamlessly by. Like honey dripping off a Greek Baklava.

But a while back then I realised I was actually smiling. This is terrible.
Because of all the damn smiling.

OMG. Is it humanly possible for that many women to be smiling. At once. All the time.

It really can’t be humanly possible to smile for that long.

I did consider that Ryan, the ever smiling love interest to Cassie might have done something…to Cassie’s tragically murdered husband. But nope. I’ve given up on all that now.

It, the drama really is just gonna be about the simple stories of everyday life in Middleton.

Now I’m surfing on saccharine . Dunno when I’ll be back.
Or how fat.

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End of series One.

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To be continued.

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Posted by Clarissima at 15:37