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Westworld – TV Review

It’s the future.  Westworld is a holiday destination where the average people can go to the Wild West and live their dreams, be it searching for gold, have a shoot out with the bad guys, visit the hookers – the possibilities are endless. What’s more, the guests can’t die, but the people in the world can, because they are robots. But what happens when the robots start to become self-aware?

This is intense and fun. I particularly love the parts in the real world – behind the scenes, where the robots are built and repaired. There is a lot going on, and you have to pay a lot of attention to ensure that you are following the  various plots and how they work together, and there are a couple of things that I am not one hundred per cent sure that I even get. I just hope that I can manage to keep up for season two.

Westworld (1973) Film Review

I’m really glad that I watched this after the series – not that the TV show gives away any plot points, it just seemed to work better for me. The film is great – very seventies, and I liked the fact that the film had more on the other worlds – the one set in medieval times, and the other set in ancient Rome. It was great, clever, and actually quite sad.

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Medici: Masters of Florence – TV Review

Ah, the 1400s, the rich, the poor, wars, conflicts, affairs, betrayal, plague, this has it all! It’s the story of the Medici family – Cosimo (Richard Madden) who is in charge after the death of his father, Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman) and his brother Lorenzo (Stuart Martin) and best mate Marco Bello (Guido Caprino) as they try to hold power from Rinaldo Albizzi (Lex Shrapnel – what a name! Nice one, Lex). There is everything…. It’s not as sexy and dragony as Game of Thrones, but there is a lot of cool stuff going on. Oh, and the always wonderful Brian Cox. What a man.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – TV Review

Amazing. Just amazing. This is the adaptation of the wonderful Margaret Atwood book. Starring Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the main character whose life was changed from the life that would be recognisable to most of us to that in a dystopia where woman of youthful breeding ages were forced to become handmaids and to breed for the wealthy, powerful couples who were unable to conceive.

It is such a great interpretation, receiving widespread critical and popular acclaim. The show covered the book and it has been commissioned for a second season – and with Atwood as a consultant, I can only hope that it is great as this first season.

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Rick and Morty – TV Review

Rick is a crazy old scientist who drinks a lot and takes his grandson Morty on all kinds of strange adventures, much to the chagrin of his father.

I hated the first episode and didn’t even get the whole way through it. But then a few people told me it was great, and I tried again. I nearly stopped during the first episode again, how annoying. Then I kept going, and I started to get it. It’s strange and ridiculous, but if you can find a way to enjoy it, it’s quite good. I particularly liked when the dogs became intelligent – how wonderful.

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The Defenders – TV Review

What happens when you get Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and The Iron Fist (Finn Jones) together to fight the evil force that is The Hand? Eight episodes of action? Well, kind of. There were some amazing fight scenes, and it was great to see these characters, along with their various sidekicks and the like together, but yet to me, it was lacking something. I wanted to like this more, I really did. And despite not loving it, I really want more. Plus it was great to see Sigourney Weaver in a pretty tops role.

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The Iron Fist – TV Review

The Defenders was about to be released and I realised that I’d watched three of the four series that come together. I’d better watch the Iron Fist, yes?

Well, it’s fine. There’s a multi-millionaire who everyone thought had died as a child in an accident with his parents until he reappears. Turns out, he’d been living in a monastery on another plane learning mad martial arts skills and developing a fist that glows red when he’s totally focussed. His father’s company is now run by his old childhood friends, and he needs to convince them not only that he is alive but that he is good. But who can he trust?

This was pretty average. There was some good evil villain stuff, but generally it was formulaic and cheesy. But on to The Defenders!

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Master of None – TV Review

Dev (Aziz Ansari) is a moderately successful actor living in an amazing apartment in New York and finding his way through life, love and all the things around it. He has a crew of close friends – Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu) and is trying to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.

It’s great. I like that they are investigating things that are often overlooked, or viewed from a different angle. Like, if you are the child of an immigrant, have you ever talked to your parents about their experiences? Or do you want children – what are the actual pros and cons? And what is love?  Dev is adorable and funny and mostly self-centred but in a totally charming way, and I’m loving getting into the second season.

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