'Awake': Confident Premiere & Strong Production Value

‘Awake’: Confident Premiere & Strong Production Value

Awake is one of those high concept shows that will have people hanging around the water cooler and discussing over lunch. But it’s not complicated. It’s a simple idea that very quickly creates a world of mystery without making the viewer feel lost. Certainly the most confident opening from any freshman show in the 2011/2012 [...]

Kiefer Sutherland Holds Together 'Touch'

Kiefer Sutherland Holds Together ‘Touch’

The basic premise of Touch is a simple one. There’s a kid that can see ordered patterns in the random chaos of the universe, in numbers and events that we ignore as chance and coincidence. I’m sure I’ve seen this before, in the Nicholas Cage movie Knowing. Or even the awful Jim Carrey vehicle The [...]

'How I Met Your Mother': Laughter & Tears

‘How I Met Your Mother’: Laughter & Tears

It’s been over 24 hours since I watched How I Met Your Mother and I’m still reeling from what was a solid punch to the gut. Now in its seventh season, the show has never been afraid to pile on the drama (Lily leaving, Marshal’s dad dying), but I’m not sure anything before will have [...]

'Person of Interest' Gets Better

‘Person of Interest’ Gets Better

Of all the new shows airing this year, Person of Interest certainly has some of the best talent involved, created by Jonathan Nolan, produced by JJ Abrams and starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. With a slick modern concept it was generating some buzz. Then I watched the pilot. I was distinctively unimpressed in almost [...]

Dexter Season 6 Premiere

Dexter Season 6 Premiere

After many long months, our favourite serial killer returns to our screens. Now I think everyone can agree that is a bizarre sentence. Serial killers are bad. Unless they happened to be called Dexter Morgan. Season 5 ended on a grim note, with Dexter having managed to get over the death of his wife and [...]

Supernatural: Carry On My Wayward Son

Supernatural: Carry On My Wayward Son

***Spoilers!*** Simply put, season 6 of Supernatural was an absolute train wreck. Fans of the show know all too well that Eric Kripke intended for it for finish after season 5 with the greatest battle of the Winchester boys’ lives; they came up against Lucifer himself and won. Sort of. This five year arc was [...]

Torchwood Miracle Day is Full of Wasted Opportunities

Torchwood Miracle Day is Full of Wasted Opportunities

I knew this was a bad idea. From the very moment it was announced that a fourth season of Torchwood would be co-funded by a US network and that the majority of the action would be set in the US, I knew this was a recipe for disaster. Torchwood, much like its parent show Doctor [...]

True Blood S4 Premiere Review

True Blood S4 Premiere Review

Daniel Burden reviews True Blood season 4 premiere The worst aspect of the opening two episodes is that the writers seem to have totally betrayed the characters; they have all changed too much and the things we once liked about them are gone. 4×1 “She’s Not There” 4×2 “You Smell Like Dinner” Is it possible [...]

Smallville Finale Review

Smallville Finale Review

So. Ten years. Two hundred and seventeen episodes. On Friday the 13th of May 2011, Smallville came to a timely end. As a fan since the very beginning, this truly epic finale was always going to be bittersweet. But it also came as something of a relief, ten years is a hell of a long [...]