TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 8 “How It’s Gotta Be”

December 11, 2017

I’m not quite sure what I just watched, and I find it hard to imagine a team of writers turning that script in and thinking that it would make for a satisfying, entertaining or even reasonable Mid-Season Finale. I love The Walking Dead, honestly, but “How It’s Gotta Be” was truly poor form for a […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 7 “Time for After”

December 4, 2017

Eugene is a broken man. With his loyalty and decisions a major focus of “Time for After”, the penultimate episode before the Mid-Season Finale, we get to explore this character in a much more meaningful way than before. There’s some real depth here as he visibly struggles against his own conscious and deals with the […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 6 “The King, The Widow and Rick”

November 27, 2017

“The King, The Widow and Rick” is an episode title that suggests a clear and deep focus on all three leaders of the war against Negan and The Saviours. I mean, at least that’s the logical interpretation, right? Wrong. This sixth episode in The Walking Dead’s eight season took certain liberties to slow things down […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5 “The Big Scary U”

November 20, 2017

“The Big Scary U” was The Walking Dead’s finest outing so far into Season 8, revisiting the premier’s cliffhanger and further exploring The Sanctuary as Negan was presumed dead by his lieutenants. Time is again splintered so the episode can jump between various happenings as All Out War is slowly pieced together, which means some […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4 “Some Guy”

November 13, 2017

Building King Ezekiel’s regal facade has been given little screen time on The Walking Dead. The “king” with a knack for role-playing to build a sense of escapism and confidence for his “Kingdom” only took on a pivotal role deep into last season, and with the way the show is structured the writers have had […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3 “Monsters”

November 6, 2017

“Monsters” is very much a direct continuation from last week’s “The Damned”, and on the surface that is very wise choice for The Walking Dead, treating these as installments in a wider thread rather than thematically distinctive “episodes”. This week, we were dropped right back into the all-out assault against The Saviours, coming from Team […]

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The Walking Dead launches Season 8 Trailer and confirms release date

July 25, 2017

Get hyped! The eighth season of The Walking Dead is set to premiere internationally on October 23 in 180+ markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere on October 22. Even more exciting is that the cast and crew on The Walking Dead panel at this past weekends Comic-Con in San Diego presented an action-packed […]

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Mid-Season Finale trades blood for peace

July 11, 2017

Fear the Walking Dead’s double-episode finale took the necessary steps to reveal just how far Madison is willing to go protect her family, especially after Travis and everything else that they have gone through since the infection began. It’s a success in that respect, nicely paced while it worked towards one pivotal moment – and […]

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 6 “Red Dirt” fixates on fear

July 3, 2017

“Red Dirt” continues Fear the Walking Dead’s vast improvement over its previous seasons as Broke Jaw Ranch is thrown into a panic in response to news that the show’s latest villain, Walker, is coming to claim the land by force. That’s some great material for the show to start exploring, leaving the walking dead out […]

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 5 “Burning in Water…” introduces a new conflict

June 26, 2017

Coming off one of their strongest episodes, the self-contained “100” with the focus solely on a returning Daniel (Rubén Blades), Fear the Walking Dead pull us back into life at the supposedly safe Broke Jaw Ranch where Madison is holed up with Nick and Alicia, trying to prove their value to the suspicious community. “Burning […]

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4 “100” is the show’s best yet

June 19, 2017

“100” just may be the best episode Fear the Walking Dead has done to date. Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) was always one of the more interesting characters – that isn’t saying much though – in the show, up until the point where the writers made the terrible decision to randomly send him into “crazy” mode […]

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TV Review: Outcast speeds up the pace in its second season and cements its status as one of TV’s finest overlooked shows

June 19, 2017

It has been an extremely busy few weeks for The Iris, with the video game world stuck in the lunacy of E3, Supanova in Sydney and the Sydney Film Festival, we have finally calmed down a little and sunk back into some great couch time with some excellent TV and it gave me some time […]

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 3 “TEOTWAWKI” sheds more light on Broke Jaw Ranch

June 12, 2017

Last week’s odd decision to kill off the show’s strongest and most interesting character in a very off-hand fashion was a bold move. Fear the Walking Dead’s writing team has to date proven to be inconsistent, impatient and unable to squeeze the horror-survival for all the juicy potential it has, but there have been moments […]

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FX Australia commissions Mr Inbetween its first local production with Nash Edgerton

June 8, 2017

Staying true to their ongoing commitment to acquiring more local content, FX Australia has announced the commission of its first Australian TV series entitled Mr Inbetween. The drama series will be directed by Nash Edgerton (The Square) in his debut as a TV series director. The series is written by Scott Ryan and is based on his critically […]

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TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead makes some bold moves as season three begins

June 4, 2017

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead struggled to make much of an impact during its six-episode first season and, though it gave us a strong finale, there were a few plodding narrative choices that felt like a waste of what was already a very limited stretch. One such misstep was the army quarantine and a sizable […]

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TV Review: Outcast Season 2 Episode 2 “The Day After That” adds more questions

April 17, 2017

Episode two of the FX series Outcast‘s second season hits the ground running with a crash outside of town being discovered by a local police officer. It seems that rather than following the original fabricated alibi Giles had created (Mark taking his own life), due to Maggie’s wishes of her husband not seen giving up […]

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TV Review: The Merge returns in the Outcast Season 2 premiere “Bad Penny”

April 12, 2017

Robert Kirkman’s Outcast returned this week and I had the pleasure of being around for its return. I am so glad that a well written and tight nit team of characters and story has graced the screen for another round and I will happily be reviewing the series on a weekly basis. Over the course […]

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Legion‘s first season was wildly stylised; examining reality, fantasy, mental illness and mutants

April 3, 2017

Sometimes a new show comes along and it feels like a breath of fresh air in amongst a genre that has been feeling a little formulaic and stale. Legion created and developed by Noah Hawley (Fargo) takes a deeply dramatic dive into the world of mutants and superpowers. We meet David Haller (Dan Stevens) and […]

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FX renews the mind-bending Legion for a Second Season

March 18, 2017

It’s been garnering rave reviews from critics and fans alike for its mind bendingly psychological twists and turns, so it’s no surprise that FX has announced that Legion will return for a second season in 2018. The show helmed by Emmy and Golden Globe winning creator and executive producer Noah Hawley, delves into the life […]

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Robert Kirkman’s Outcast to premiere on FX simultaneously worldwide; launch details revealed

March 6, 2017

FX has announced that the second season of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast will premiere on Monday, April 10, 2017. Created by Kirkman, developed and produced by Fox Networks Group, Outcast will launch its ten-episode second season on FX in Australia as part of a worldwide simultaneous release on FOX channels in over 125 countries outside the U.S. […]

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First Impressions: FX’s Legion takes the superhero genre and subverts it

January 30, 2017

From the guy who brought you the X-Men, Bryan Singer, and the guy who brought you the TV version of Fargo, Noah Hawley, and based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz comes an origin story series for one particular obscure character from the X-Men universe. Legion follows the story of David […]

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Foxtel confirm return date for second half of The Walking Dead’s seventh season

December 13, 2016

AMC sure do love splitting their most successful shows up, axing seasons in two with months between blocks. It’s a trend that they’ve been going at for a few years now and The Walking Dead’s seventh season is no exception, having just finished their traditional 8-episode block before taking a break. Australians will be happy […]

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The X-Men Universe hits the small screen as Marvel & FX’s Legion gets Australian release details

December 7, 2016

A new Marvel series is going to be hitting our TV screens next year – but this one is part of the ever-growing Marvel Universe. Rather, it’s an extension of Fox’s X-Men series, in the new series Legion, which is created by Noah Hawley, who also brought Fargo to the small screen. Based on the […]

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The third season of Fargo will star Ewan McGregor

May 24, 2016

Among all of the hearsay regarding season three of FX drama Fargo, we finally have some concrete news. Ewan McGregor will star and play two characters:  brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man, he sees himself as an American success story. […]

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Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC is officially happening

May 18, 2016

FX Network has confirmed that it’s moving forward with its proposed Mayans-centric Sons of Anarchy spin-off, with the series entering script development. Creator of Sons, Kurt Sutter will return and he has enlisted Elgin James who will write the pilot. “I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice,” said Sutter of James, “Because I didn’t […]

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TV DVD Review: Fargo Season 2 (USA, 2016)

May 16, 2016

Season one of Fargo was an unexpected hit. Based on (and eventually connected to) the Coen’s Brothers’ 1996 crime film, it impeccably weaved black comedy, a gripping narrative, interesting characters and quite simply, beautiful cinematography to create a show that was by all accounts universally praised. It would come as no surprise when season two was […]

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Lady Gaga confirms she’ll return for Season 6 of American Horror Story

March 4, 2016

Big news for American Horror Story fans this morning with Lady Gaga confirming in an interview with New York City radio station Z100 that she’d return to Ryan Murphy‘s horror anthology in 2016. Gaga joined the series to headline last year’s American Horror Story: Hotel as the enigmatic Countess to fill the void left by Jessica […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead – Season 4 Episode 12 “Still” (USA, 2014)

March 4, 2014

With five episodes left, ‘Still’ took a bit of a time-out to redefine two characters we never expected would interact on anything more than a superficial level. When the prison walls came tumbling down and everyone split up, Daryl and Beth was the least likely duo. Fans worried that the writers were messing up; pairing […]

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TV Review: The Walking Dead – Season 4 Episode 10 “Inmates” (USA, 2014)

February 20, 2014

With the writers seemingly placing character development first, ‘Inmates’ continues the artful slow-burn that worked so well in ‘Alive,’ but this time they have four disparate storylines to play around with. Despite multiple arcs not working so well in previous seasons, ‘Inmates’ handles the situation quite nicely, patching each tale together with not-so-subtle easter eggs, […]

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