A Mind-Bending Police Thriller Told In Reverse. Rellik Is British TV At Its Best

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Even though I enjoyed 2000’s Memento, I really wasn’t hat much of a fan of the whole ‘told in reverse’ narrativeSo when I started watching the first episode of the new BBC One crime thriller Rellik, I wasn’t planning on making through the entire episode. But there’s just something about the grittiness of Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude) and the intense, sexappeal of Jodi Balfour (Quarry, Bomb Girls). Throw in the excellent Paterson Joseph (Timeless, Peep Show) as a pervy Psychiatrist and you got one hell of a cast carrying out a pretty original story.


The story is shown in reverse, starting when the suspect has recently been caught and then moving backwards in sections to finish at the beginning. The period of time backwards is shown each time on the screen.

S.W.O.R.D. Is Upon Us In Season 5 Of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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I have to admit, the promos for the 5th season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. look a little weak sauce. With a more ‘out there’ direction, the move to Fridays and an amp’d up tone to appeal more to the Thor: Ragnoral / Guardians of The Galaxy audience these promos feel more like a cry of desperation than a bigger scope for the show. The lead in of Marvel’s Inhumans doesn’t help any either. I’m ‘hoping’ that the light content for the December 1st premier is ABC and Marvel trying to keep a lid on the season’s details to surprise us. I’m anticipating the introduction of Agent Brand and S.W.O.R.D., a clone of S.H.I.E.D. that deals with off-world threats.

I think the problem with this show still remains.. the scope of SH.I.E.L.D.’s missions seem to be growing. Since they’re not suppose to exist anymore, why aren’t any of the super-powered heroes in this Universe looking into these threats? Why isn’t Iron Man or Doctor Strange on top of Kree Gods trying to exterminate the planet, or wy aren’t the Avengers looking into the rise of Inhumans popping up across the globe. At first glance, having all of Marvel’s Avenger-based movie, tv and streaming shows all in the same cinematic universe seems like a stroke of genius. But with the need to escalate threats on the global scale means it would only be logical for these properties to interact.. a lot more than Maria Hill popping up on a screen from time to time.

Having said all that? I’m still looking for to this season of AoS.

My Crime Drama / Mystery Of The Moment Is Absentia

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FBI agent Emily Byrne disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, and is declared dead. Six years later, Emily is discovered held in captivity, with little memory of the villain who kidnapped and tortured her. As Emily unravels the mystery of her abduction, she tries to reconnect with her family, which has moved on in her absence. Emily’s husband and fellow FBI Agent, Nick, struggles with guilt that he stopped looking for Emily, and his feelings for her that have resurfaced—especially now that he’s married to another woman.

Just as it seems Emily is making critical emotional inroads with Nick and her estranged son, Flynn, she finds herself the prime suspect in a string of shocking new murders.  Nick is now tasked with the unthinkable: having to bring Emily into custody. Forced to prove her innocence, Emily goes on the run. But the closer Emily gets to answers, the more she puts herself and her family in danger.  Can Emily outrun her shadows?  Can she prove her innocence before it is too late?  Can she discover the truth about her abduction?

Season 2 of SyFy Channel’s
Van Helsing Looks Promising

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I was a fan of last year’s first season of SyFy’s Van Helsing. The show labeled as the vampire version of The Walking Dead had all the parts to be a great show. But it just felt like it was having trouble getting out the starting gate. There were a lot of build up about he mystery of Vanessa Van Helsing. We found out her blood could cure vampirism, and that she had powers like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But there really was no moving in the story until the last few episodes of he season.

Season 2 picks up right were we left off with a lot of action. We find out the fate of Vanessa’s daughter and we get a new direction for the show. Kelly Overton finally seems a lot more comfortable in the role, looking like a true action star. Let’s hope this season premier is just a taste of what’s to come.

Why Am I So Interested In Seeing
Maze Runner: The Death Cure?

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As young adult novel adaptations go, Maze Runner doesn’t really rank that high with the pack. For me, it’s nowhere near The Hunger Games but ranks a few notches above the boring Divergent Series. But for some reason, I enjoyed the first two films (The Maze Running (2014) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)). Due to lackluster box office returns on the first two movies, there was a pretty good chance Death Cure wasn’t going to be made. I was convinced it would follow the Divergent Series and have the third installment turned into a tv series. But it seems we’ll be getting the final installment as Thomas and Teresa (yes I know their names) try to return to the maze to.. save the world? I think that’s the plot. I don’t know. To be honest I can’t remember anything that happened in the first 2 films. All I know is that I enjoyed them. So I’m gonna ride this trilogy out.

The SyFy Channel Amps Up The Creepy in Channel Zero: No-End House

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I can easily say The Tooth Child from Channel Zero: Candle Cove is possibly the most creepy and disturbing monster I’ve every laid my eyes on. Add to that the puppets and child killers of the first season and SyFy delivered an awesome rival to FX’s popular American Horror Story. So how do you top season one? You go back to the Creepypasta well and grab another story. This time it’s a house that mysteriously appears on your street and dares you to make it through it’s 6 rooms and come out unscathed. And of course, terrifying wackiness ensues…


 

The Terrifying Exorcist Is Back With
A New Season and A New Story

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I didn’t a initially expect much from the television adaptation of 1973’s The Exorcist. Yet another reboot of a property that didn’t need to be made. Add that it’s on Fox, and you know this is going to be yet another genre show that won’t make it through the season. But man.. I was totally wrong. What we got was a great, slow burn of a story that was intact a continuation of the original film, with _______ reprising a role of Regan MacNeil, now a mother and wife. They gave the original storyline a nice finality, leaving the show to go in multiple directions if they were given a second season. From the look of the ‘first look’ trailer, it looks like the show runners are taking the show in a broader, more terrifying direction. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.


#BingeWatching All Four Seasons of
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an awesome show. Don’t let haters tell you any different. I think it could never reach the public potential do to the forces separation from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s understandable why this is happening. The more properties to tie together, the more narrow your options for creating new content. And Marvel doesn’t want their television show pigeon-holing their movies.

That being said, S.H.I.E.L.D. has done a great job of building good stories with the limitations they’re given. They’ve been able to lightly ‘touch’ on the movies (i.e. the Batlle of New York, Hydra’s takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and fallout from Avengers: Age of Ultron). They’ve been able to tell engaging story arcs with great characters without any damage to the MCU. Unfortunately, that’s also a problem. The fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. has dealt with world threats from aliens and the emerging Inhumans with not assistance or parallel investigations from ANY of the other superpowered heroes is a little lame. But again, they’ve done well with what they have.

Season 4’s great double story arcs with The Ghost Rider, The Darkhold and Life Model Decoys was amazing. We even got a little ‘what if’ scenario with Hydra taking over America, similar to this year’s comic event Secret Empire. Throw in a season-ending cliffhanger that ‘may’ include the Inhumans and the first appearance of S.W.O.R.D. into the MCU and you’ve got one hell of an action series. I’m guessing they’ve got one more season in them. Maybe they’ll find a way to end the show as part of the big Avengers: Infinity War coming in 2018.