Wolf Creek. Series One. An Australian Horror series based on the original film (2005) Wolf Creek. A One-Off Review. Minor Spoilers only. On FOX Channel HD only on UK Television.

Wolf Creek. Series One.

TV/ Television Description of Wolf Creek:
Episode One:
Billabong:
“When Eve Thorogood and her family take a vacation in the Australian outback, they get more than they bargained for in the shape of a monster named Mick Taylor”.
“Drama, Horror, suspense”.

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Series One.
Wolf Creek.
A One-off Review of the first few episodes.
Episodes One and Two.

So Wolf Creek is really rather wonderful I think. Although being entirely and horrifically gory. At intermittent interludes. The warning of strong scenes of violence given at the beginning of episode one: is not for nothing.

I did actually stop watching the Netflix new or updated version of Scream: because of an exact same scene. Which unfortunately had coincided with a little bit too much reality: in the news. But I digress.

First of all as anyone knows or could guess from reading my reviews of the Australian series One of The Code: I could happily watch the red ochre sands and the wide open expanse of the outback all day long.

Just like I loved gazing upon the desert and the sandstone mountains in Skinwalkers-The Navajo mysteries.

There is something about those wide open spaces, that ochre red to orange and that ever burning, blistering sun. Plus the whole very unknown-ness to us: of the land. So unusual to view that it could almost be Mars.

And who doesn’t dream of going to Mars. Except for the fact that you can’t get back. To earth.

The opening credits are the now usual almost but deeply artistic depiction of insects and animals and devourings and death.

Along with neon washed vistas of green, orange and brown. As distant and oddly posed figures stand sideways gazing:into the outback. All is sky and sun and earth.

The colours are simply glorious and continue throughout. The neon orange, green and red seemingly a feature too: of the claustrophobically weird lair or garage of the owner of the blue truck..

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Footnotes.

It was the series True Blood I reckon which first pioneered the style of the opening credit scenes.

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I did find myself gazing down at my dinner at one point: for what seemed like the longest time. Rather than watch that scene. Then I had to decide if I still felt like eating it..

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Posted by Clarissima at 15:43

Zoo-Series One. An American horror series based on the book of the same name by James Paterson and Malcolm Ledwidge. My Final Review. From Episode Five onwards until the end of Series One. Minor spoilers only. On Netflix in the UK. This Final Review follows on from My First Review on Episodes: One, Two, Three and Four of Zoo posted on 6th of September 2016.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Zoo-Series One.
“Netflix Description of Zoo:
“People have always been on top of the food chain, looking down on the animal kingdom. They’re about to get a new view”.
2015. Five stars.

Netflix-Further description of the series:
“When animal species all over the world begin attacking humans, the controversial Zoologist Jackson Oz tries to discover the cause of the sudden change”

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My Final Review

Later episode dialogue.
A Scientist:
“That’s suitably eerie!”

So you gotta love a series where they say things like that. Well I do.

I’m glad I stuck with Zoo because I was wavering at one point. Thinking that it was verging on too teachy-preachy, considering the flurry of box ticking and so on.

For example, the proliferation of women at every turn in position of authority. Yep. Very Scandinavian in flavour I felt that was. As in the Bridge series something or other.

This is not a coincidence. But then possibly I’m suffering from or at propaganda overload. You see these are positive female role models. Official female empowerment. And so on.

However there was a counterbalancing theme later luckily, I felt, to all this severe right-on-ness on the subject of animals. And the lesson-style prologue thankfully disappeared. Mostly.

Zoo is not exactly deep and meaningful as a drama although note that I just complained of that very thing above. A classic sort of save the world tale with a twist. A modern update if you like. Which manages not to be completely corny.

The drama’s strength centres around the characterisation and intersection of its main characters and their interactions with each other.

Abraham and Mitch, the two characters to whom the story first introduces us: are old friends already. In fact they consider each other brothers. We slowly learn. The rest of the main cast are then introduced one by one and meet each other by both chance and planned introduction.

Certainly the scene setting, including the opening credit scenes are stunningly dystopian and artistic to see.

For some reason the street scene with the giant Rhinoceros in the street at the beginning, set in a smoky mist reminded me of a row of colonnades (in Mussolini’s Italy) in the series Inspector De Luca.

I am not quite sure that the story itself lived up to the weightiness of its often dystopian artful setting. Sometimes the drama sagged a little in the middle.

This feeling may have been because of an ongoing inherent suspense attached to the urgency of the characters’ mission: being a tricky thing to maintain. In a drama of a good healthy thirteen or so episodes long. Which was interspersed with some slightly syrupy interludes.

However since the slushy stuff was mostly shouldered by the excellently acted, interesting and laconic Veterinary Pathologist: somehow these scenes survived mawkishness. Mostly.

However by the end or towards the end of Zoo we are fully invested in the characters. Whose own progression along the way is subtly evoked. In terms of their characterisations.

I liked how Mitch was evinced subtly to have become similar to someone we only see in video: right a the beginning. As he now films himself.

Abraham was a stolid and charismatic character as well as an enjoyable all action hero. Plus he plays an African character who for once actually has an African accent!

Chloe, who is at first distractingly beautiful, OK, she’s always going to be distractingly beautiful, is convincingly steely and brave. Right from the very beginning. But exhibits nerves of steel under eye popping pressure throughout and later- as Zoo morphs into another kind of madcap dystopian adventure and continues to surprise.

Especially when we are least expecting it and are thinking that our classical happy ending is all sewn up..
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Footnotes.

I am sticking to my original description of Jackson Oz as a Veterinary Pathologist: since this is what he calls himself in the beginning of the series.

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I could see Abraham’s back-story coming from a mile off.

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The officially evil hick American hunters from the beginning of the series are simply recycled later.

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As mentioned in the footnotes to my first review: series two of Zoo is currently showing on CBS channel in America.

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Posted by Clarissima at 16:24