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The Goggle Box – Saul Slows Down As The Walking Dead Goes Gruesome

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Dual blogged on I’m Talkin’ Here

Full spoilers below for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead

Better Call Saul S01E07 – “Bingo”

It can’t be said that BCS has stuttered with this week’s seventh episode but it is more than accurate to say that this was the quiet beginnings of the path to Saul. Jimmy was so close, ready to move out of the salon and into a swanky office of his own, which he was hoping wouldn’t hurt his chances with Kim too of course. This is likely the last time we will see Jimmy get this close to real, legit success and it was handled in a surprisingly tragic manner. With Jimmy’s quiet moment in the final scene of the episode we saw a similar “lowest ebb” from him as we did from Mike last week. With both characters reaching their lowest, may we get nothing but climbs from now on? Climbs that find them both settle comfortably in the middle tier of course.

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The Goggle Box – Yep, It’s Addictive

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Better Call Saul S01E04 – “Hero”
Four episodes in and yes, Better Call Saul is a damn fine TV show. Already it is clear that the twists and turns are just going to keep coming and escalating and the story of the rise of Saul Goodman is merely beginning. Bob Odenkirk is absolutely nailing it right now too, going above and beyond his previous portrayal of the character and he hasn’t even hit the highest highs of absurdity yet.

Like that other show before it, BCS has a huge emphasis on cinematography in each episode. The team behind the scenes well and truly outdid themselves this week, between the opening flashback in a dingy alley, the epic visuals of Jimmy growing into his new suit and billboard or that incredible bit of lunacy as Chuck experienced the morning sun of Albuquerque. The look of the show is a huge battle to win these days, score one to BCS. Continue reading

The Goggle Box – Better Call Saul Continues Strong

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below.

Better Call Saul S01E03 – “Nacho”

In only 3 episodes Better Call Saul has completely set itself out on its own while simultaneously containing the same highly intelligent writing and humour that made Breaking Bad such a great show. It is telling that after this week I may even be ready to stop referencing BB within the first paragraph of these reviews, such is the strength of BCS on its own.

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The Goggle Box – Did Better Call Saul Deliver?

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Full spoilers for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead below

Some said it was a bad move, I could never decide fully which side of the fence I sat on to be honest, but Vince Gilligan and AMC decided they would press ahead with a Breaking Bad spin off featuring the superb series’ loveable(?) sleazeball Saul Goodman as the lead. Better Call Saul takes place 6 years before the events of Breaking Bad and chronicles Saul’s rise from back when he was just lowly public defence attorney Jimmy McGill to the – ahem – lofty heights of law when he becomes Saul Goodman. Oh, and it’s really really good.

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Is The Walking Dead Actually A Good Show?

 

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Reblogged from I’m Talkin’ Here

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Remember Lost? Good. Now, remember why you watched it? Was it because week on week it was engrossing and high octane? No, it was because it presented more questions than answers, and we all watched religiously trying to get to the end of the puzzle. I was a devout follower for two seasons, then I quit. It just wasn’t good. I returned and binged to the finale only out of sheer morbid curiosity. I wasn’t disappointed I had done so, but I do know that if there had been even a false resolution by season two or three, that would have been enough for me.

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AMC Renews The Walking Dead For A Fifth Season

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AMC has announced that it has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. The number one show on television among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead returned for a fourth season earlier this month and the premiere episode set a new record for the series, delivering 20.2 million viewers, live+3, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a new record for any non-sports cable telecast.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.” Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3 Review

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So the little show that could, The Walking Dead, has now reached the end of its third season. Hard to believe really as it should have never found the audience it did given that it’s a cable TV show based on an indie comic and zombies were not yet back to being flavour of the month, but the figures don’t lie and with it breaking viewer records year on year and seeping into all popular media from memes to video games, t-shirts and it’s own panel discussion show. It is a series however that has infuriated fans at times as it drags at a horrific pace at times and takes extreme liberties with some favourite characters from the comics. So how was season 3? As usual, SPOILERS BELOW!
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The Story So Far: The Walking Dead Season 3 Part 1

walkingdeadAhead of part 2 kicking off in just over two weeks, let’s take a look back at what has happened so far in AMCs 3rd season of the hit TV show The Walking Dead. Again be warned, massive spoilers on the way. Continue reading

The Story So Far: The Walking Dead

Next up on our TV recap is AMC’s The Walking Dead, a series that on paper had no right to become as popular as it has, but has now consecutively broken all viewer ratings records two years in a row. Let’s see what makes it so good.

SOME SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD BELOW

In 2005 Robert Kirkman unleashed his seminal comic book series The Walking Dead on the world and it was instantly lauded with praise for its attempts to bring originality to the genre as well as the string focus put on the characters by the writer, usually preferring to give us scenarios of human survival rather than destruction. When Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) optioned it for a television series then there was hesitancy from fans as to whether or not he could pull it off, especially given the extremely envelope pushing nature of the series. Low and behold here we are now with a third season round the corner and, so far, no punches pulled.

We begin the series following police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who has been in a coma for the duration of the zombie outbreak after having been shot on the job. Straight away the viewer connects on a strong level as we know just as much (or little) as Rick does. It doesn’t take long for him to realise something horribly catastrophic has happened and thus sets out on his primary quest, to find some sort of safety and to hopefully find his wife and child in the process. Much like the comics, season 1 follows the trend of focus on family matters, mankind’s destructive tendencies and the logistics of survival and only sporadically intersperses these moments with gore filled scenes of undead carnage. This approach alienated some casual viewers however as many tuned in for just such moments, wanting to sherk character development in lieu of the more squeamish scenes. By the end of this pilot series it was a case of “job done, now do more”. It wasn’t a perfect start, but it assured the majority that this show could work.

Season 2 hit screens after a near year long wait and in the time that had passed, many things had changed. Behind the scenes of the show, Executive Producer and Showrunner Darabont was at odds with AMC, his grand vision for the show not sitting hand in hand with the networks grand vision of what cheques they wanted to write. It has now transpired that Darabont even had a more adventurous premiere episode for the season that would have flashed back to the outbreak and show any and all amounts of carnage, but he was not able to get the budget for it. Alas it would transpire that Darabont left the show before the first half of the season had aired, and many wondered what that would mean for the shows future. The first half of season 2 had brought about many elements from the comic that fans had screamed for, but had also taken a somewhat slow approach too, something that clearly fit into Darabont’s grand vision. Without him, could the show pick up again? As it happened, yes, yes it could.

Producer Glen Mazarra took over as Showrunner for the second portion of the season, and fast paced is the name of his game. The second portion of season 2 is so far, some of the best television ever seen. In The Walking Dead’s own unique style, characters are picked off mercilessly (seriously, if this continues to adhere to the formula of the comics, don’t get too attached to anyone!). This is the biggest selling point of the show, literally nobody is safe. The final two episodes of the season brought about a hectic finale full of loss and destruction, culminating with an ominous shot of a famous location from the books, the prison. In the original story, this is the setting for some of the series most intense and game changing moments. Hopefully RTE will pick up the new season soon enough so Irish viewers can join in but for now you would do yourself a disservice not to watch this fantastic two seasons of television.

The Walking Dead Season 1 + 2 are available now from all good retailers and Season 3 will hopefully kick off soon on terrestrial TV

Autumn Line Up Preview:Series-ously Good Shows

Summer is winding down and the cold nights are one the way. The only solution, flick on the TV and get settled into some of these fantastic shows coming your way from September!

The Walking Dead

What started as a six episode pilot season has now gone on to become a global phenomenon. The Walking Dead is based on the 101 issue (and still going) strong comic book series by Robert Kirkman and as TV goes, it is definitely one of the least likely to be universally accepted series around. It follows a band of survivors trying to survive a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, with the alternate spin on the formula being that TWD focuses on how the survivors manage more so than any gruesome flesh eating violence, though there is plenty of that too. Acted with aplomb by Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Callis and especially Norman Reedus, the writing on the show is a step above the standard TV fare and will surprise most viewers at how dramatic it can be. We are now on to the third season, boasting a new record 13 episodes, and things are about to start moving quicker and meaner so now is the time to catch up and prepare yourself for The Walking Dead!

Starts October 14th

The Office

With all the doom and gloom of a zombie apocalypse you may be in need of some comedy. Have no fear because everyone’s favourite paper company is back on our TVs this autumn! The Office follows the exploits of the wacky and slightly offbeat staff of Dunder Mifflin (-Sabre) paper company and has proven over the last few years to really be its own beast apart from its British original. Gervais’ version of the show was regarded as great situational deadpan humour but Greg Daniels and his crew decided to take a more obvious and exaggerated (let’s just say American) approach to the idea and have in turn created their own universe that no longer has any real ties to the original series, but exists tremendously on its own all the same. Last season was the first without loveable dunce Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) and it is no secret that the series definitely felt the loss, but with the fast moving conclusion to the last season and the hope that the writing crew has now learned to cope without Carrell to write for, this ninth season will hopefully bring back the show’s former glory.

Starts September 20th

Supernatural

It’s hard to believe that we’re on to the eight season of this show. Along with The Wire, Breaking Bad and more, Supernatural is in that elite club of critically adored shows that just couldn’t find strong enough viewerships. Since about the third year, there had been constant hints and rumours that the show would be finished. Yet here we are, eight years on the go and now moving to a Wednesday night anchor slot. The plot of Supernatural follows the Winchester brothers whose family business is “saving people, hunting things”. All those stories of things that go bump in the night? They’re not stories! Sam and Dean spend their time hunting and killing demons, ghosts, vampires, shapeshifters and more, all the while each season dealing with a major season long story arc to boot. It is incredibly well written stuff, playing on the real friendship between Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki to provide fantastic moments of humour, as well as incredibly heavy hitting moments of grief and tragedy. Season 8 has a little work to do after an only slightly disappointing last season, plus there are plenty of loose ends to tie up, but this is a show that always comes through, no fear.

Starts October 3rd

Revolution

The first newbie on the list, Revolution is the brainchild of Eric Kripkie who previously created Supernatural, and produced by J.J Abrams. The show is based in a post-apocalyptic world where an unknown event has rendered all modern technology useless. A world without the internet, all shudder together now. We follow the Matheson family who possess and item which can reverse the effects and possibly explain what caused them to begin with, but they must avoid the pursuit of the warlords and militia that rule the territories. It’s a series that could go either way, but Kripkie knows good TV and Lost showed us all that Abrams is the same. Hopefully this one has legs and gets a decent viewership.

Starts September 17th

666 Park Avenue

Featuring the return to our screens of Lost star Terry O’Quinn in this exciting looking supernatural mystery series. It follows the new management at a building complex, the occupants of which all appear to be harbouring something sinister. The aforementioned O’Quinn plays the owner of said complex who, it would appear from promotional material anyway, is the Devil-like creature who is pulling the strings of the whole operation. Pre-release information has been coming very slowly and thinly but it is all only adding to the intrigue and this should hopefully be a very exciting show, if done right, in the vein of Stephen King’s finer novels.

Starts September 30th

Community

Last but not least is a show in desperate need of some TLC. Community follows the exploits of a group of eccentric, to say the least, characters all attending Greendale Community College. What set the show apart from the very first episode was its ability to dedicate each episode to a particular pop culture phenomenon or movie series, whilst retaining enough affection for the subject matter at times to avoid out and out parody. It has been bandied about by NBC so much that each year a new series was debated right down to the wire, with season three even being put on hiatus half way through. Yet the critics still heap the praise and a fourth season will be airing, albeit with two new showrunners stepping in in place of original head honcho Dan Harmon, who was removed under shady circumstances on the studio’s part. Here’s hoping studio intervention hasn’t ruined something wonderful and Community still has all the charm that has made it one of the most rewarding shows airing for its fans

Starts October 19th

Along with these shows, which we will be reviewing weekly on Irish News Review, there are many others worth a watch that have wrapped up mid-season, such as True Blood, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad. Others that definitely get our thumbs up are The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and the fantastic Modern Family.