Taboo Episode 8 Review – Kaboom!

Warning: this review of “Episode 8” of Taboo contains spoilers.

Bloodthirst was indeed quenched in the explosive season finale to the grubby period drama Taboo. James Delaney’s master plan came to fruition, and the end result was as bloody and brutal as one has come to expect from this show. Delaney and his rag-tag group of misfits have set sail for the New World, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.

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Taboo Episode 7 Review – I Have A Use For You

Warning: this review of “Episode 7” of Taboo contains spoilers.

What a relentless penultimate episode. Funerals. Torture. Betrayals. Revelations. Like a barrel loaded with gunpowder, Taboo packed as many combustible elements into this episode as possible. Culminating with James Delaney chained in the Tower of London being relentlessly tortured by the masked henchman of the Crown.

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Taboo Episode 5 Review – Sitting On a Powder Keg

Warning: this review of “Episode 5” of Taboo contains spoilers.

I said last week that Taboo seemed to be taking its inspiration from other recent prestige dramas; the dramatic “duel to the death” cliffhanger bringing to mind the “trial by combat” from Game of Thrones. But the face-off in Taboo went down a lot differently than the violent, eye-popping viciousness of GOT. “At the time of your choosing, there will be a polite exchange of bullets,” is not an instruction you’d hear in Westeros; not that they have access to firearms, but if they did, they would be nothing polite about their usage.

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Taboo Episode 4 Review – Eternal Damnation

Warning: this review of “Episode 4” of Taboo contains spoilers.

Being friends with James Delaney comes at a hefty price. Hell, you don’t even have to be on grunting terms, just being within close proximity to the brooding rogue is enough to bring an avalanche of shit hurtling your way. “I don’t keep anybody around me that doesn’t deserve what they get,” Delaney tells his old acquaintance, now spy, Godfrey. His similarities with the Grim Reaper don’t stop at his dress sense; death and despair follow Delaney where ever he goes, and those brave or stupid enough to align with him are resigning themselves to “the league of the damned.”

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Taboo Episode 3 Review – Brandy & Bandages

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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Hunted Episode 1 Review – Wigging Out

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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Taboo: Episode 2 Review – Human Kindness

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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