Warning: this review of “Episode 2” of Hunted contains spoilers.
My biggest problem with Hunted after the season premiere was the lack of clarity when it came to the rules; plus the difficulty with buying into the show’s general conceit. Last night’s double-episode was still ridiculous, but it went some way in clarifying the rules and explaining how other facets of the format work, which made for a more enjoyable experience.
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Warning: this review of “Episode 3” of Taboo contains spoilers.
Boy, oh, boy. Tom Hardy really turned up the grunt-o-meter this week. After being stabbed in the gut at the end of episode two, James Delaney spent almost the entirety of this week’s episode huffing and wheezing around London, stumbling into walls, swigging brandy, and fixing his bloodied bandages. Yet he still found the time to write a will, snog his sister, shoot a pistol, and fit in a spot of theatre.
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CBS have certainly pumped up the hype machine for their latest reality game show, Hunted, a sort of Orwellian version of The Amazing Race meets a bad episode of CSI. It’s either an attempt at the next big reality hit or a Stasi-style warning to the general public that we’re under surveillance at all times and not to step out of line. What next? A show where contestants desperately try to erase their internet search history before the NCA can publically reveal their secret fetishes? You can call it Cache Finders.
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Back in October 2015, the UK’s ITV Studios signed a deal with CJ E&M for the format rights to the incredible South Korean game show The Genius Game. For those unfamiliar, The Genius Game is essentially The Wire of game shows. It’s on a level way above everything else in its genre. A show that somehow combines high intelligence with a sense of fun and levity. The press release from ITV describes the show as thus:
“The Genius Game sees 13 players from different backgrounds, from poker champions to CEOs or politicians, compete in a battle of wits by playing 12 strategic games. Every game is charged with competition, leading to thrills, twists, and shocking results.”
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Where did spoilers come from, and how has our relationship with them changed over the years?
I originally posted this article last July on my Tumblr blog, The Hippest Kids In Town, but given the recent kerfuffle over Sherlock spoilers, I felt it was worth revisiting. The season four finale of Sherlock aired this past Sunday night, but just days prior a Russian dubbed version of the finale leaked online; oh the Russians, if they aren’t rigging elections (allegedly), they’re spoiling popular TV shows!
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Warning: this review of “Episode 2” of Taboo contains spoilers.
How can a gothic period drama set in Regency England starring Tom Hardy and Jonathan Pryce get anymore testosterone-filled? You draw a tattoo on Stephen Graham’s scalp and introduce him as a blood-spattered, yellow-toothed hitman for hire with a psychopathic grin and a penchant for philosophy.
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Warning: this review of the “Shovels and Keys” episode of Taboo contains spoilers.
When we first meet James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) he’s knee deep in mud, his face covered in dirt, hurriedly burying something in the ground. It’s an image that perfectly encapsulates the tone of Taboo: grubby, dark and full of secrets. As a period drama, it’s a far cry from the lavish parlors and summery cloche hats of Downton Abbey. Taboo is Dickensian-fuelled gloomy England littered with sunken-eyed prostitutes, backstreet butchers, and toothless drunks. It’s the kind of show that requires a deep cleanse immediately after watching.
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