The season came to a stunning climax and I can’t express enough how much of a gear up this whole season felt. This was the series which truly catapulted it into the category of one of the best TV shows you can ever watch. It was truly at its gritty, dark and seductive best. For me this has been why 'Thrones' has been in the villains so much. I used to love 'Thrones' because it would excite me at every turn, even in so called “slower” episodes, well now that baton has been well and truly passed to Mr. Thomas Shelby and his band of Peaky Blinders. The series was stunning from start to finish and left us with an ending that leaves so much open, that I am literally sat here salivating for what could come next in series 4.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (by JB)
This man can do no wrong. He is quite possibly the most relevant, satirical comic across the water right now and is doing Britain very proud. He talks about issues that no-one seems to know are even happening. Thanks to him laws are being re-evaluated involving religious groups being exempt from paying tax. The man interviewed Edward Snowden in mother Russia. He opens your eyes to so much you hadn't seen before whilst at the same time, splitting your sides at how fucking ridiculous the world is and how easy it is for us to change it. This week he broke a world record and gave away the biggest cash prize since Oprah gave a car to every audience member on her show that day. How? Watch, learn, laugh and cry.
Last week we got an episode which featured Metallica, that in itself was probably worthy of a mention. I am a truly biased man who would probably say anything was totally amaze balls as I turn into a massive fan boy at the sight of the awesome James Hetfield, but this show is really starting to strut its stuff as well. I was intrigued but not convinced by episode 1, slowly and forcefully as we have got here to episode 5 i find myself fixated in a storyline that seemed distant to me at first. I wasn’t interested in stocks or billionaires, but this has gripped me more than I thought it could and i find myself drawn to it. Once again i feel the need to mark out the two main lead performances in this, as they are about as good as it gets, watching Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis go at each other in this titanesque battle of acting is making for memorable and essential watching each week.
Preacher (by JB)
This show is like a super-natural 'Breaking Bad' in its tone. It is very dark but the humour is still there to crack a smile between the looks of horror on your face. Dominic Cooper has become my man-crush. Is it his chiseled good looks and bad boy swagger, or is it because he is a man of the church and I can never have him? Who knows. All's I know is that there are not many shows where you can refer to a scene using only a noun. All's that I will say is, the Chainsaw scene. Wow.
Top Gear (by JB)
Was it as bad as last week? No. Is it an entertaining motoring show? No. My father and I sat there and laughed at the trip to Africa, "Ooooooh"-ed at the supercar and enjoyed some of Matt LeBlanc's quips. We still had the same problems though. A voraciously loud Chris Evans who began the show wheeled out in a coma before unfortunately awakening. Then we had 4 guests being interviewed. FOUR! Graham Norton you are not Mr Evans as a section I deemed messy last week became a mighty shambles! Afterwards my dad turned to me and asked "What did you learn from that show about cars?" I couldn't really tell him anything. He then pointed out that whilst Clarkson and co did indeed fuck about, they talked about motoring. "THE NEWS!!" Clarkson would exclaim and tell us about upcoming models, current issues and changes in the law or driving standards. "This is meant to be an entertaining, motoring show and at the moment it is neither." My thoughts too dad.
Game of Thrones
I made the statement last week I felt this was the weakest season yet. I stick by that. It just doesn't seem to be exciting me anymore. I feel like I am just waiting...and waiting… and waiting for the ending where suddenly something interesting happens and everyone is supposed to forget how dull the episode has been. This is a long way away from the thrones which gave us the Red Wedding. I know not every episode can do to us what that did yet we are being sauntered through this season at such a pedestrian pace that I find it hard not to complain. I feel there have been good moments this series, more often than not involving our favourite blonde Khaleesi. On the other hand a lot of the other plot lines are simply soooooo dull. I know there are many out there thinking I am being harsh on this and I am willing to listen to that, but for me, I used to get to Monday and be so excited to get home from work and I have simply lost that feeling. This series needs to take a massive gear shift up and immediately.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST.
It’s a bit camp, it’s totally cheesy, in some parts it is actually hard to see past the sheer crapness on show. But it's a bloody tradition many of us watch year in, year out while smashing back our favourite alcoholic tipples and in my case, it's a chance to perv at some euro babes. Somehow a new points system was dropped in adding to the excitement. It was beyond any doubt the most barmy way of doing it, but it did actually work. It was in the end victory for Ukraine, with a song i thought was awful. Clearly I am not swapping jobs with Simon Cowell any time soon.
GAME OF THRONES.
Finally welcome to the heroes side after 3 fairly poor episodes. There was one easy to see reason why this episode was brilliant. Go back to how underwhelming episode 1 was with it’s horrendous titty shot, and then compare with the truly glorious boobies in flames shot we were given here. Of course boobs were not the only reason this has made it to the heroes side. It really was a much stronger episode and genuinely gets the pulse racing for next week's, which will surely follow on with something awesome from here.
Without spoilers it's difficult to really express how genuinely brilliant this has been. But poor old Tommy Shelby has had it pretty rough so far this season, and its making for some superb viewings. I think this just might be the best thing on TV right now and I tip my bladed cap to the writers on this one. I am completely hooked.
Often I see drama’s appear on ITV and think, well clearly that's shite as it's on ITV. But fair play on this one, this was a fantastic whodunnit thriller that really kept you guessing. The series came to a climactic end this week and so it gets a deserved mention on the heroes side to salute its farewell. Better than a BAFTA that.
BRITAINS GOT TALENT.
I love my trash TV, but this is becoming worse and worse. It's produced in a way that you can tell instantly whether they are good before they hit the stage which takes away why people love these type of shows. Everyone wants those Susan Boyle moments where you think they will be shite but then they come out and blow the roof off. Then you hear their story, then they show clips of them in their own fucking house telling us their hardships. It's quite bloody obvious that if you're giving them that kind of intro...they will get through. It's just so obvious now it's completely annoying. And don't even get me started on dancing groups and dancing dogs.
TV REMAKES OF FILMS.
I am adding this week a general villain of TV right now. TV Remakes of classic films. Already this year we have been subjected to the shocking portrayal of Rush Hour which hit our small screens. But now we have word that Rocky Horror too is being redone and probably tragically destroyed in front of our eyes. I just don't get why? Some people might think "Well why not?" And to you I want you to go over to your mirror and repeatedly punch yourself in the face whilst telling yourself how stupid you are. No good will come of this and this constant need to rehash old firm favourites really grates on me. Now I may be made to eat my words when the TV adaptation of Westworld hits later this year. But until then, I shall vent my fury at any director, producer or actor who lazily takes other people's ideas from yesteryear and decides to make a quick buck off of them, whilst destroying the legacy of these cult classics in the process.
MARON - US Stand up comic Marc Maron starts season 4 of his own show, this is definitely for fans of Louis CK, as it's a similar setup to the show 'Louie'. Marc plays a fictionalised version of himself in it. In this season Marc, a recovering alcoholic, battles addiction to prescription drugs and after being down and out, is forced into rehab. Despite the not so happy subject matter, plenty of humour in this makes everything fine. Well worth checking out if you haven't yet.
GEORDIE SHORE - I can hear most of you screaming “you have to be kidding?” I probably should be, but there is something that draws me into this show every week. It's stupid, it's filth, it's trash, I know all this. But I can't help but piss myself laughing at the stuff that comes out of their mouths every show. Let your guard down, this is trash tele for a post-work, non-thinking brain. It's not meant to be clever or thought provoking. It's just finished 5 years so this is a salute in their direction for being possibly the worst show but best show on TV right now... on MTV
LOUIS THEROUX, DRINKING TO OBLIVION - Confession time, I absolutely love this man. It's another fantastic doc from perhaps the leading person in this field. Louis can go and get inside the stories like no other I have seen. Often his interactions with the people involved are heartwarming and sincere. In this one we meet people suffering effects of alcoholism and it was gripping. If you are a fan of his previous work you will obviously love this. And if you haven't ever taken the time out to watch Louis in work go dig around and find his specials somewhere over the internet.
PEAKY BLINDERS - The return of the Shelby’s was exciting and tense, this show seems to gather more momentum with each episode. And i’m excited to see what we have in store this series. I’ll say little for now to make sure i give away no spoilers but lets just say the episode led us in very nicely, and i’m expecting this could be the best season yet.
GAME OF THRONES - Have to say still not feeling this season yet. Before any one says anything, here is why! The ending, was probably the most predictable story plot that I think game of thrones has tried to run. One of its major appeals before was that you never really knew who would be killed and when. But right now? It seems to obvious. I hope I am made to eat my words in the next few weeks when they hit us with the big “What the Fuck” moment! But for now... I’m waiting.
THE BIG BANG THEORY - Is anyone out there still watching, let alone enjoying, this show. I have never been a big fan of this show, but caught the latest episode and I have to say I think it's worse than it has ever been. I hate the characters and the comedy is pretty awful. Shows like this just seem to churn out episode after episode. 9 seasons probably about 24 episodes a season. That's a lot of shit right there..