Category: Television

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1

There’s about a dozen ways I could start writing this piece. I could talk about my relationship with Masters of the Universe as a kid in the early 80s. I had the toys. I read the mini-comics that came with the toys. And, of course, I watched the TV...

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

When I looked at the first part of this movie trilogy on Netflix, you probably got the rough idea that I was happy with it. Yes, I had to calibrate my brain back into teenage, angsty, 1990s, horror/comedy territory. But I got there, and the story really drew me...

James May: Oh Cook!

There’s probably a kind of innocent Amazon viewer, just searching around for a nice cookery show, who’s completely missed that Oh Cook! is a play on James May’s common expressions of, “Oh cock!” and even more simply, “Cock!” on shows like Top Gear and The Grand Tour. So that’s...

Michael Palin’s New Europe

When Michael Palin made Around the World in 80 Days, I was 14 years old. I thought it was amazing. I was – and still am – a major Monty Python fan, as well as many of the off-shoot projects Palin had been involved in over the years, such...

Clarkson’s Farm

Jeremy Clarkson is a polarising figure. Indeed, in the case of some people, I’d say even a triggering one. Just the other day, as I celebrated a possible second series of Clarkson’s Farm on Twitter, a (now ex-) podcast listener of mine Tweeted a seven-year-old article about him; a...

Unbreakable Machine-Doll

I’m not having a good run with anime, of late. I recently said Steins;Gate would have to be the most frustrating anime I’ve ever watched and in Unbreakable Machine-Doll we have an anime which, if it was longer than its 12 episodes, I would have cut and run after...

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate would have to be the most frustrating anime I’ve ever watched. On paper, it sounds really intriguing. Seriously, let me share with you the blurb I read about the series, leading to my purchase. The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-anointed mad scientist nuked...

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

I guess after watching Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer recently, Netflix has decided I want true crime all day, every day and promotes such material to me every time I turn it on. That isn’t true by a long shot, but when I saw The Sons...

Space Battleship Yamato 2202

When I looked at Space Battleship Yamato 2199, I was over-the-moon with how good it was. It was faithful to the original anime, yet it still did plenty of new stuff to excite and surprise. It was, frankly, one of the best remakes of something I’ve ever seen. Every...

Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer

(I watched Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer on Netflix some weeks back and totally forgot to mention it here, so a few brief words to remark on it before it disappears from my memory banks…) I’m not what you’d call a real “true crime” kind of...

Jupiter’s Legacy

Jupiter’s Legacy is the kind of TV series I should eat up. Based on a comic book series by Mark Millar – who I regard as a genuine talent – and telling the story of superheroes who have evolved through the 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond; real people who...

The Comic Strip Presents… The Hunt for Tony Blair

Similar to when I sat down to watch The Strike, I really had no idea what I was getting myself in for with The Hunt for Tony Blair, outside of the fact I know I like Comic Strip Presents material in a broad sort of sense, and it had...

The Comic Strip Presents… The Strike

I knew very little about The Strike before I fired up my DVD player, outside of it obviously being a Comic Strip Presents parody, and had something to do with the 1984 miner’s strike in the UK. If anything, I thought it might be a little dull, but I...

The Comic Strip Presents… Five Go Mad in Dorset

When I was big into Doctor Who fandom (the first time around) during the late 80s, I remember the Five Go Mad In Dorset episode of The Comic Strip being this really cool comedy to have seen and name-check when hanging out with other fans. I couldn’t tell you...

The Comic Strip Presents… Bad News Tour

When I was a kid in the mid 80s, The Young Ones was one of the best things you could watch on TV. It was anarchic, rude (people said things like “bastard”!), and basically like nothing else we were watching, local or otherwise. In the fullness of time, we...