In spite of the fact that we’ve had a glorious October, Fall is on our doorstep and my nesting instincts are kicking in.
I recently worked on finishing a few short series and thought it might be a good idea to share some thoughts on these. Warning: I abhor graphic violence and rampant mysogynism and will avoid a number of series because of this.
Agent Carter – 2 Seasons
If you haven’t already, run to watch Season 1 of this show. If you don’t have a CraveTV subscription and aren’t in the mood to get one, you can enroll for free for a month, watch the 8 episodes and move on.
Set in New York after World War II, Peggy Carter rules the screen as an agent working for a covert agency in a time where women were mostly condemned to subordinate professional roles. The actors, decors, costumes, scripts, all shine here, particularly Hayley Atwell.
Due to the need for cost cutting, the second season is set it in California, and sadly from then on, the show never recovers its magic. The fact that Peggy Carter gets two cardboard love interest doesn’t do it for me either. Series finale offers a mild cliffhanger.
Scott & Bailey [5 seasons totalling 33 episodes – » 45 min. each]
In spite of the dysfunctional personal stories, I loved, loved, loved Seasons 1-3 and most of Season 4. Season 5 felt like everyone was tired of working at this and the three episodes were a disappointing goodbye.
Call My Agent [Original French (Dix pour cent ) with subtitles, 6 episodes]
Comedy with a bit of drama and a lot of cameos from recent and less recent French stars. It’s always a plus for me to watch series and movies set in Paris, so bonus points there too. Good cast, mostly fun stories.
Riverdale [Season 1 – 13 episodes » 42 min. each – Season 2 just started]
As a kid I was a diehard fan of the Archie comics. This series is however far from a TV adaptation of the Archie world. The characters have the same names (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, etc.) but that is where the similarities end. The show’s tone is much more akin to Twin Peaks, with a murder investigation and a rural setting.
Additional plus: my old time crush, Skeet Ulrich playing a bad boy.
Annoyance: the fake red hair of the Archie character.
Paranoid [8 episodes » 42 min. each]
I’ve loved Indira Varma since Human Target (sadly not on Netflix or CraveTV). The creator, Bill Gallagher doesn’t do her any favours here however, as she is stuck playing an hysterical, unprofessional detective. Come to think of it, Gallagher doesn’t do any favours to the other detectives either, one being a raging and repressed, best years behind him old white man, and the other a young, oedipal, way too naive to be a detective young white guy.
The first two episodes held promise in spite of this, but part of the plot are evil anti-depressants and the clear message (anti-depressants are bad and you should not take them) was not a message I could endorse considering my experience.
As well, I see the message that sex with anyone would be a good thing for a person with mental distress, way off base.
That’s it for now – have a great week!!