November Roundup

Things are slowing down for the year, folks. The list below is a short one. Might not do another roundup until mid-season officially starts.

The things worth your time (especially in bold):

The things that may or may not be worth your time, a.k.a. Meh:

See? So few new shows that I don’t even have anything to tell you that you definitely shouldn’t watch! I’d say it was a great month if it weren’t for all you fucking morons that didn’t vote for Hillary.

Anyways… Now that the new series have stopped premiering, I’ll probably force myself to quit being lazy and start actually writing review-y shit again. (But no promises…)

October Roundup

Some more new shiz of this season, in short:

The things worth your time (especially in bold):

The things that may or may not be worth your time, a.k.a. Meh:

The things not worth your time:

Old shit, no longer worth your time:

Okay, so, Eyewitness: The shit is good. Maybe even great. The thing about it is, though, that I’ve seen the original 6-episode Swedish series this it’s based on, which I loved. So, of course my brain is constantly comparing the two as I watch this Americanized iteration. It’s written by the creator of Shades of Blue, which I really didn’t love so that may not be much of a selling point, but what I mean to say is: it’s completely written by him. Adi Hasak sat down and fleshed out a complete, expanded 10-episode story which will have a conclusion. And the series itself was sold to USA as an anthology, so if there is a second season, it’ll be completely new. With all the hoopla these past few years with the seemingly endless cliffhangers and plot holes and unfinished stories, a proper ending is a magical thing to have and should be savored every time that comes around.

Not to mention: at the center of the small-town-murder-mystery story is a gay teenage romance that’s actually fucking respectful, doesn’t shy away from the sex real-life teenagers actually have, and doesn’t treat it like it’s something to be frowned upon while simultaneously accurately portraying the emotional struggle that comes with actually being a teenager accepting their sexuality. ACTUALLY.

The shit is good, I tell you. Just… a skosh less good than the original. Which, if I’m being honest, is probably the only reason it’s not bold in the list above. But you should watch it. Now. Go. Bye.

The Life and Times of London Spy

This ones a doozy, folks. Bear with.

I try to keep up with TV news as much as possible. Deadline is my go-to site. I visit it enough to have a list of its journalists whom I like which corresponds with the very short list of its journalists whom I hate with a passion (who also happen to hate me, I gather, given the massive amounts of comments I’ve posted that never made it past their asshole “moderation”). I’ve fallen behind on news as of late because of Valentine’s Day and a whole mess of “real world” work and in-law birthdays and partridges in a pear trees, etc. All of which is beside the point which is: when a new show is announced on Deadline and the description strikes my fancy, I put it on a list of what to watch later, if/when it makes it on air. A show about a gay spy in London did indeed my fancy strike.

When the first episode of London Spy premiered, I have to be honest: I was really impressed. Maybe I’m just American and therefor are not used to quality British thrillers. Maybe I’m just another plain ol’ gay dude who likes all things gay. Or maybe I really am someone who actually enjoys good television and this happens to be that. Either way, I wanted to know what other people thought, so I looked up reviews. Deep breath.

I won’t even link to the particular bullshit I found. I don’t wanna give the shitty reviewer any hits. His take on a subtle, nuanced love story in the middle of a mystery thriller went something like this:

“No plot, but lots of disco dancing! You might think it’s impossible to switch on the TV without seeing two gay men being all gay with each other, but the BBC seems to think we need more of those damn gay gays! And that’s all this show is. Period. Just gay music, gay dancing to gay music, gay sex, and then in the last 10 minutes something-or-other happened, but… *shrug* I don’t know what it was. I wasn’t really watching because I’m a piece of shit.”

For good measure, the “author” of that “article” squeezed in a review of a police documentary series that premiered the same night. He gave it five stars compared to London Spy‘s one. I’m guessing because the macho and assuredly heterosexual police cracked wise when pulling homeless drug addicts out of rat shit.

The shear contempt and obvious bigotry from a person who’s job it is to fucking watch television just astounded me. So, to fully counteract his bullshit, I present you with as detailed a play-by-play and as glowing a review as I can muster of each episode. Continue reading “The Life and Times of London Spy”

London Spy: TK.

Dear loyal and lovely readers of this little blog o’ mine, stop every single thing you’re doing and watch London Spy on BBC America right now.

I’ve already watched every episode in my crafty (and legal) “I have friends in the UK who Skyped with me while they watched it when it aired earlier than on BBC America” kind of way. So, my solemn promise to you is to talk about each episode once the entire run of episodes airs.

If all episodes air and you’ve watched them with baited breath waiting for my oh-so mesmerizing review of each one that never actually gets posted on this here blog, feel free to send me cyber bitch slaps until I post them as promised. (I’ll be doing the same with Hannibal, as previously promised. Just… you know… eventually. I got shit to do, y’all.)

That is all and I thank you for your time.
Stay gorgeous.