On the box: What I’m looking forward to so far in 2015

With the centenary of World War I last year, a lot of war dramas have been making it to New Zealand screens lately. First we had Anzac Girls, followed by The Crimson Field, and coming in February is Nine Network’s Gallipoli, an eight-part television series following the ANZACs both during and after the battle for Gallipoli. I’m not only looking forward to this series because of my interest in military history, but also because the trailer for Gallipoli in itself is so powerful, capturing a rawness of the human spirit in wartime I haven’t seen since HBOsThe Pacific.

I also love a good thriller and Katherine Heigl, so I’m also looking forward to NBC’s State of Affairs, a television series which follows Heigl as CIA analyst Charleston Tucker briefing the President about all the big bad wolves threatening US security.

And finally for 2015 so far I’m looking forward to ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, because I love a show with a good murder that promises to wreak havoc with a few lives, especially because this bunch are on their way to being lawyers.







Revenge Season 4 Episode 13 Review: Will Emily ever get her happily-ever-after?

With Malcolm Black gone (well, peppered with bullets and incinerated…nice one, David!) and Victoria all but putting an end to her path of revenge to be a doting grandmother, there was a tiny glimmer of hope that Emily might get her happily-ever-after…until Margaux stomped all over it! With Margaux on the hunt for evidence to put Emily away (WHY, JUST WHY?!) I have the feeling that Emily’s happily-ever-after may just turn out to be happily-never-after.

While my interest for this show waned after the exit of showrunner Mike Kelley, one of the only reasons I’ve stuck with this show is in the hope that Emily might just, dare I say it, live happily-ever-after. But with the whole “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves” thing I don’t know what I was thinking. In all likelihood she’ll probably end up dead and one of her friends will pick up the revenge gauntlet and the whole entire cycle will begin again (SIGH)…

But, back to the task at hand…I said last week that I love it when Emily kicks a little butt and oh boy did she ever. First the bodyguard, then Malcolm, pure gold.

However, the only people who should be teaming up for a rescue mission are Emily, Jack and Nolan. Despite the fact that Jack, David and Ben managed to sort of pull it together in the end, they just can’t measure up to the take-down prowess of Emily and her wing men.

Although this episode didn’t deliver as many surprises as I was hoping for (Emily and Victoria teaming up was kind of inevitable), the one thing I wasn’t expecting was for Nolan and Louise to get hitched! Of all the ways to give mama Ellis a run for her money, that certainly wasn’t what I was thinking. I thought that a well thought-out revenge plot would ensue (hoping that might come later?) Points for the surprise though Nolan.

Hey, what can I say? I guess I’m just hooked on all things revengy now. So, on that note, I’ll be sticking it out to see if good ol’ Margaux’s any good at the revenge game.

Catch next week’s promo here 

You can watch Revenge on http://tvnz.co.nz/video

Revenge Season 4 Episode 12 Review: Don’t underestimate Malcolm Black

This week’s episode was titled ‘Madness’ and with everyone underestimating Malcolm Black at every turn (everyone but David of course) I thought the title was pretty apt. You’re obviously mad if you think you can get rid of Malcolm Black that easily! After all, killing his daughter Kate in a fist fight and a shootout was a bit of a mission, so it’s obvious that getting rid of Malcolm isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

David warned everyone that he’d not be an easy fish to fry (he’s way scarier than Conrad for starters, duh) and after escaping the clutches of the feds this week due to “lack of evidence” (good one, Jack!) everyone’s probably pinching themselves now! If Malcolm wasn’t on the war path before (which he was!) he most certainly is now and if abducting Victoria and Emily at the end of the episode was anything to go by, things aren’t going to be pretty (but at least we know it’s going to be oh so good!).

Victoria spilled the beans to Margaux ABOUT EVERYTHING (not entirely unexpected I must admit) and Ben overheard! I kind of get the feeling that Emily’s problems are just beginning with that one and that he might just be more of an adversary than Margaux. He’s a stickler for the rules, so there’s no way now that he won’t start digging (he’s been sniffing around for a while). I can’t wait to see what happens there…will he become another victim of the red sharpie or another ally??

And surprise, surprise, Emily said exactly what I was thinking during last week’s episode, after she found out from Louise that it was Victoria who put Kate onto her and practically killed Daniel.

I said in last week’s post that things were bound to get more interesting with Elena Satine (Louise Ellis) becoming a series regular and indeed they are. It turns out Louise isn’t crazy after all. After a visit from aspiring politician and brother Lyman (Sebastian Pigott) Emily and Nolan managed to find out that Louise’s family have been drugging her for years to control her inheritance.

I do love it when Emily shows off some moves and kicks butt, so after taking a look at the promo, next week’s episode looks even better!

You can catch the promo here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYHg6PTkdAY

You can watch Revenge on http://tvnz.co.nz/video

The Crimson Field: A Review

Recently (or should I say finally?) making it to New Zealand screens this week was the BBC’s The Crimson Field. Following the experiences of patients and medics alike at a field hospital in France during the opening of World War I, there was no question that with military history a bit of a passion of mine, I was going to enjoy this series.

Crimson Field managed to tell a beautiful story of love in wartime, paint an accurate picture of British social life, for women in particular, while in no way shying away from the reality of trench warfare and its psychological effects on the men or the injuries suffered. All of the characters held depth, even nineteen-year-old Flora Marshall, played by Alice St. Clair, and the acting was phenomenal.

Kiwi Kerry Fox as Sister Margaret Quayle had me muttering at the TV even when she was playing nice, and Oona Chaplin’s Kitty Trevelyan was my favourite character (and not just because she was in Game of Thrones or had eyes for Richard Rankin’s Captain Thomas Gillan, oh that accent). Kevin Doyle’s Lieutenant Colonel Roland Brett provided some of the most heartfelt moments of the series, due to his unbending commitment to helping a particularly shell-shocked soldier.

The only bone I have to pick with the series was the rather pathetic and open ending following the rather emotional separation of Sister Joan Livesey (Suranne Jones) and her German fiancee. However, with writer Sarah Phelps having sketched out storylines for four more series, it’s no surprise.

So, as a fantastic series with an amazing cast, I was mortified to find out that the BBC has cancelled the series. The nail in the coffin, low audiences and critical praise. As someone who is passionate about the media industry, I’m getting sick and tired of ratings being behind the axing of great shows. It shouldn’t be a numbers game. NBC’s Dracula, The CW’s Star-Crossed, Legend of the Seeker..and now The Crimson Field.

However, all in all, a beautiful series and well worth the watch.

You can catch up on The Crimson Field at http://tvnz.co.nz/video



Revenge Season 4 Episode 11 Review: What goes around, comes around…again?

‘What goes around, comes around’ has always been the best way to summarize Revenge and after this week’s episode farewelling Daniel Grayson it looks like the cycle of revenge will be continuing and it has me asking, will the cycle ever end?

‘Epitaph’ not only saw Daniel’s baby mamma Margaux LeMarchal picking up the torch of revenge and vowing to take down Emily, it also saw Malcolm Black, the new big bad wolf, arrive in the Hamptons to settle his score with David Clarke and more than likely take down Emily and Co for killing his daughter aka FBI Agent Kate Taylor in the mid-season finale.

After four seasons of a constant tit-for-tat between all of the Hamptonites, I must say it’s starting to get a little tiring. And with Nick Wechsler (Jack Porter) coming out and saying that the show could last two more seasons, I don’t know how much longer I can hold out. I mean, will Emily ever get her revenge?

The icing on the cake for me in this episode however, was Victoria Grayson once again refusing to admit her culpability. The first thing she did after finding out Daniel was dead was to ask Emily, “What have you done?”, and I was like more, “What have you done?”. After all, it was Victoria who put Kate onto Emily in the first place. Just saying.

However, despite all of the bones I had to pick with this episode, I still enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see what happens to everyone moving forward, and with Elena Satine (Louise Ellis) being promoted to series regular, things are bound to get more interesting!

You can catch Revenge on: http://tvnz.co.nz/video

And with Daniel gone, will Victoria be next? Catch next week’s promo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olzHvENimtM