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Average User Score: 4.1May 22, 2019This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There have arguably been worse final seasons to once great TV shows, but none have ever disappointed me as much as this. The acting and production values remain as good as ever but the writing, which has steadily declined in quality since the show outpaced the books, takes a bigger nosedive than I could ever have imagined possible. Rumour has it that lead writers Benioff and Weiss chose to wrap the series up with this six episode final season despite HBO essentially giving them free reign to keep the series on air for as long as they wanted. Whatever the motivation for this decision (and rumour is they wanted to move on and take a big money offer from Disney to write the next Star Wars movie(s)) the result is an incredibly rushed finale full of plot holes and terrible character decisions and the list of issues is virtually endless...
The entire battle with the Night King for example, a threat that has been looming over the show since the pilot, lasts just one episode and we never find out anything new regarding his motivations. Daenerys suddenly goes from conqueror to committing genocide (for absolutely no reason), Jamie Lannister’s whole redemption arch is undone in the space of two minutes, Bran’s whole journey to become the Three Eyed Raven serves no purpose in any of the major battles... I could go on but you get the point!
Let’s hope George RR Martin finally gets around to finishing the books and does a much better job of sticking the landing than this show managed.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Apr 21, 2019Former Marine turned hitman, Barry Berkman, accepts a hit in Los Angeles but finds himself joining a theatre group and begins dreaming of aFormer Marine turned hitman, Barry Berkman, accepts a hit in Los Angeles but finds himself joining a theatre group and begins dreaming of a different life.
Barry is well written, expertly mixing dark comedy and drama in the same way the excellent Fargo TV series managed across its three seasons. Bill Hader, most famous for his stint on SNL, demonstrates just what a good actor he is and he is ably supported by a cast that includes the always watchable Henry Winkler and the hilarious Anthony Carrigan.
I look forward to season two.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Apr 9, 2019Resurrecting a long dead franchise, particularly one with a cult following like Star Trek, was a hugely risky proposition but in The NextResurrecting a long dead franchise, particularly one with a cult following like Star Trek, was a hugely risky proposition but in The Next Generation that gamble paid off and found arguably as big a following as the original series.
To be honest a number of the episodes, especially those in this first season, have not dated well but thanks to an impressive ensemble cast (lead by the legend that is Patrick Stewart) and a number of intelligent, well written episodes it mostly still makes for an enjoyable watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Apr 9, 2019Whilst pursuing a renegade Marquis ship the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager and its crew find themselves stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000Whilst pursuing a renegade Marquis ship the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager and its crew find themselves stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light years from Earth. Facing a journey of an estimated seventy-five years the two vessels join forces in the hope they can someday find a way home.
Rewatching Voyager more than two decades after it first aired the special effects, for the most part, still hold up and it certainly had a host of strong and interesting characters. Like all Star Trek series however Voyager was inconsistent throughout its entire seven season run and that is certainly the case even in this first season. Alongside some fantastically written episodes that could match the very best of television sci-fi viewers were also subjected to a number of forgettable, and sometimes downright awful, episodes.
In the end despite some clunky dialogue and a number of missed opportunities to push the boundaries a little further Star Trek: Voyager made a worthy addition to the franchise and, providing you didn’t think too deeply about it, usually proved to be at least a somewhat entertaining watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Apr 9, 2019The Shield's third season is every bit as well written and well acted as it's first two and cementing Vic Mackey's place alongside TonyThe Shield's third season is every bit as well written and well acted as it's first two and cementing Vic Mackey's place alongside Tony Soprano and Walter White as one of the TV's greatest anti-heroes.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Apr 9, 2019Over the course of it's first season the characters of Schitt's Creek developed and grew out of the simple stereotypes they started as andOver the course of it's first season the characters of Schitt's Creek developed and grew out of the simple stereotypes they started as and were certainly more interesting than they first appeared to be. Having said that the show is primarily supposed to be a comedy and personally, aside from the odd moment here and there, I have just never found it all that funny...… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Apr 9, 2019After finding himself suddenly bankrupt the formerly wealthy Johnny Rose, his soap-opera star wife Moira and two entitled adult children, areAfter finding himself suddenly bankrupt the formerly wealthy Johnny Rose, his soap-opera star wife Moira and two entitled adult children, are forced to move to the town they bought as a joke and take up residence in its rundown motel.
Schitt’s Creek isn't without its merits but for much of this first season the writing and characters are all too predictable to elicit little more than the odd chuckle. Fortunately these characters do show some signs of becoming more rounded and interesting towards the end of the season meaning that, even though there still aren’t a huge amount of truly laugh out loud moments, I hold out hope that this show can evolve into something worth sticking with…… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Apr 1, 2019Centring around a bar owned by a former Red Sox pitcher known as Sam Malone Cheers is considered by many to be one TV’s greatest sitcoms, andCentring around a bar owned by a former Red Sox pitcher known as Sam Malone Cheers is considered by many to be one TV’s greatest sitcoms, and it’s hard to argue with that...
With its great cast of characters and razor sharp script Cheers was able to hit the ground running from the very first episode and, not only has it influenced countless sitcoms over the last three decades, but it remains just as funny and watchable more than 35 years later!… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Mar 27, 2019If this is indeed the last we ever see of the Bluths the final episode does at least offer a relatively satisfying conclusion but the journeyIf this is indeed the last we ever see of the Bluths the final episode does at least offer a relatively satisfying conclusion but the journey to get there, despite offering a few laughs, is still as frustratingly inconsistent as everything else the show has done since its return and lacks the sharpness that Arrested Development became acclaimed for during its original three season run.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Mar 16, 2019I'll start by stating that I enjoyed After Life more than any TV show Ricky Gervais has created since Extra's but this is still a far cry fromI'll start by stating that I enjoyed After Life more than any TV show Ricky Gervais has created since Extra's but this is still a far cry from reaching the heights of that show let alone the brilliance of The Office.
Throughout the six episodes there are plenty of genuine laughs to be found but, as with much of what Gervais has created over the last decade or so, the writing and most of the characters lack any kind of subtlety with everything painstakingly explained to the viewer and a sudden character shift in the final episode that comes completely out of the blue. The usual topics of 'atheism' and 'causing offence' that Gervais likes to talk about on every chat show or podcast he's on are also shoehorned in in a way that just felt totally unnatural.
With some editing (maybe from former writing partner Stephen Merchant?) this could perhaps have been Gervais' comeback but as it is it's only a small step in the right direction.… Expand