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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
June (Dreama Walker) arrives in New York from small town America somewhere with a great job and apartment lined up. Unfortunately, as she arrives, the company folds and she is left out of work and homeless on the streets – until she moves in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter) , the bitch from the title. Quickly she discovers that Chloe is a self-centred nasty-pasty who will do whatever she needs to for a good time – usually accompanied by her best mate, James Van Der Beek (playing himself. Well, a version of himself. Brilliantly. I totally love him after this). There there’s the stalker down the hall, the dodgy fiancé, the pervert in the next building – so much fun,
I loved this and was so disappointed to see that it only ran to two seasons. Every time you think it’s done all it can do, they push it just that little bit further – or that huge amount further. I hope the creative team who put this together do a lot more great show and I hear about them. I want more.
Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a high-powered lawyer who is unaware of how unhappy she is until she runs into the guy she dated one summer when she was on camp as a teenager. So, she chucks in her New York job, moves to a small town in California where Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) lives in the hope of winning him back. There, she gets a job with Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner) and Paula Proctor (the amazing Donna Lynne Champlin) and tries to win Josh’s heart.
I avoided this for one main reason. The title. It sounds terrible – and the concept is quite awful – why can’t a woman be successful and why does she have to chase after her ex? Why should she be called crazy? Seriously, what about womanhood? But I kept hearing people talking about how fabulous it was, and these were people I respected, and then I heard Rachel Bloom interviewed and she was great, and I thought fine, I’ll give it a go. And I loved it. Firstly, I did not expect that it would be a musical. This allows Bloom to easily take the mickey out of the concept. Her songs are fabulous and the production is great. What’s more, the title sequence addresses the nature of the ‘crazy ex-girlfriend’ label and how offensive this is. And what saves it is the character development. And Donna Lynne Champlin and Rachel Bloom together. Amazing.