The Fall: Chasing the Spector

Hello everyone! For this week’s tv series show we have the Netflix/BBC collaboration The Fall.

THE FALL

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DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Allan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen

STARRING: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi

NO. OF EPISODES: 11

GENRE: Crime Drama, Thriller

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

the_fallMetropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with the reviewing of investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast.

Surprise! We have yet another Netflix original (or exclusive, not exactly sure anymore) for you! Another one of BBC’s fantastic crime short series made viewable to us via the great Netflix gods, The Fall is entertaining yet difficult to watch. The main cast performances, particularly Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, are incredibly on point and easily personify each of their respective characters. Their cat and mouse chase is obviously the main focus of the series and it is incredibly enjoyable to watch while hoping Specter gets away.

The-FallI do have to warn you now, the series is incredibly slow moving. Lengthily spread over 11 episodes and two mini series (more like seasons), it could have easily been cut down to one series spanning six episodes. It took me an incredibly long time to watch it, easily growing bored after a mere two episodes. While the series as a whole is one of the better BBC dramas I have seen on Netflix, it lacks due to poor pacing.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • British drama.
  • Cat and Mouse game.

CONS:

  • Length
  • Pacing

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? Time for a Reboot!

Whose Line is It Anyway?

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GENRE: Comedy
YEAR: 1998-2007, 2013-
COUNTRY: United States/ United Kingdom
LENGTH: 9 Seasons

NOTE: This review is specifically for the 2013 reboot.

Alright everybody! It is time for another reboot of one of our favorite tv shows! Last night (07/16/2013) the CW aired the 9th season premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a hilarious improv comedy show. Great, at least now the CW has a few decent shows to watch (Arrow, Nikita). Whose Line Is It Anyway?, from now on being abbreviated as WLIIA, had its original United States run from 1998-2007. The main cast of the show consisted of the host Drew Carey (now hosting The Price Is Right) and improv veterans Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, and Ryan Stiles. The show consisted of 4-6 skits which the actors would have to improvise in order for the show to go on.

Alright lets get to the premiere. The new reboot of WLIIA included many of the original skits and cast. The new host is Aisha Tyler who is famous for her stand up and the voice of Lana Kane on FX’s Archer. Plenty of the original jokes showed up, much to my surprise. They brought back jokes about Colin’s hair, Wayne’s singing, and Ryan’s shoes.

There have been some improvements to the show, they have included a fourth actor (much like the original run), but with more popular actors and personalities. While the fourth actor has always been rather popular, i have high hopes for changes. the coolest addition is a “special guest” contestant that will perform in one skit throughout each episode. A few examples are Maggie Q (Nikita) and Lauren Cohen (Maggie of The Walking Dead). They have included a few new games as well. For example “What’s in the Bag?” features three contestants using only props from the purses donated from the audience.

Alright so I have a few things that bother me about the new WLIIA. One, I love Aisha Tyler but she isn’t as funny as Drew Carey. Well she doesn’t have the chemistry with the cast like Carey did. Second, the fourth performer gets to perform less than they did originally. That is disappointing because they were typically hilarious since they often had no idea with what they are doing. Third, it feels like they are forcing the reboot on us. We will accept you with open arms, but only if you don’t try so hard.

You can watch both of the new episodes down below:

EPISODE 9001:

Contestants: Wayne Brady, Gary Anthony Williams, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

Special Guest: Lauren Cohan

EPISODE 9002:

Contestants: Wayne Brady, Heather Anne Campbell, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

Special Guest: Kevin McHale

PROS:

  • Mainly original Cast.
  • New Games!
  • New contestants/special guests.
  • Special Guest themed games.

CONS:

  • Doesn’t feel the same without Drew Carey.
  • Aisha Tyler is trying too hard.
  • Wayne Brady lost his hair!?!

SCORE: 8.0/10

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