Category Archives: TV show Review

Rinzy Reviews ‘Les Miserable’ (2018)

Network: BBC

Starring: Dominic West, Lily Collins, David Oyelowo, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, David Bradley, Ellie Bamber, et al.


Putting it mildly, Les Miserable is a story of how much good can still come out of a person, even when the world is being evil.

Jean Valjean (Dominic West) has seen and lived through the harshness of this world to a very high degree, but yet outlandishly refuses to succumb to the high pressures of the dark side. Hot on his heels, through many years on the run, is Inspector Javert (played to near excellence by the very talented David Oyelowo). Throughout the course of the miniseries, Javert harbors a long hatred for Monsieur Valjean; with him claiming, more than once, that he can’t find peace until criminals like Valjean are brought to book. The farce here is that Valjean happens to be the most selfless character on the show, a fact that doesn’t bode so well for Javert when he finally realizes how wrong he’s been about him.

To Jean Valjean, Dominic West brings his A-game (well, at his point in his long career we’d expect nothing less). His facial cues and expressions are top-notch when he’s not speaking, making his character even more relatable.

The rest of the cast are wonderful in their respective roles. Olivia Colman is always a delight to watch, even when she’s playing a despicable wrench of a woman whose reward for living an awful life is rotting in jail. Not the end I was hoping for, but it’ll do.

The set is top-notch, it’s clear a lot of research and work went into the birthing of the show.

The six hours spent Les Miserable is a good investment in quality TV.

PS: This one isn’t a musical, not in the slightest.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Dracula’ (2020)

Network: BBC – Netflix

Release Date – January 1, 2 & 3

Starring: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, et al


A better title for this miniseries should’ve been ‘The Charismatic Evolution of Count Dracula’ because, a transformation story is what we get in Dracula.

Since his first introduction to the public in Bram Stoker’s 1897 eponymous novel, Count Dracula has enjoyed an ever-increasing popularity with the masses. When report had it that the BBC and Netflix were teaming up to resurrect him once more, the news was very well received because there’s always going to be a new Dracula movie.

Does it live up to expectation?

For a three-part miniseries, things went to shit real fast on Dracula. Each episode runs for about 90 minutes, so that’s basically three movies for the price of one. The episodes boasts of commendable set pieces, intense plotting and some unforgettable dialogues like the one below, courtesy of the world’s most awesome nun (Sister Agatha):

Like many women my age I am trapped in a loveless marriage, maintaining appearances for the sake of a roof over my head

As the story progressed, the miniseries reinvented itself while still telling a central story about the titular, charismatic villain. The nature of this progression allowed the show morph through various amazing locations — a castle, a ship and a graveyard, amongst others — which helped elevate it even at times when the story quality waned.

Claes Bang’s performance as Count Dracula is terrific. He’s menacing, yet charming enough to draw unsuspecting victims in for his next kill. Dolly Wells, too, puts up a good one as Sister Agatha, the nun with trust issues pertaining God-stuff. Weird, right?

Verdict

The latest peak into the life and times of Count Dracula starts strong but quickly leaves much to be desired. Is that to say it’s terrible? NO!


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘You’ Season 2

Release Date: December 26 (Netflix)

Starring: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pendretti, et al.


The second season of ‘You‘ starts cool and ends with a killer BANG! Typical You style.

It’s the same Joe, but with a new name, in a new town and with new tricks up his sleeves. You tries to reinvent itself without having to lose all of the things that made it such an awesome hit in the first place. Luckily, it pulled it off.

Last season ended with Joe’s ex, Candace, return to life with a personal vendetta against him. To escape, Joe runs to Los Angeles, a place he knows Candace knows he hates and promises to turn a new leaf. Expectedly, this doesn’t hold up as he soon finds his new YOU to pine over – Love Quinn. Joe finds himself thrust into the extra-eventful drama that is life with Love, her hippie brother, Forty, and the rest of her family and friends.

Love takes an interest in Joe and, although he tries to fight it off at first, he succumbs to his desires and a romance kicks-off between them. To further prove himself worthy of Love’s love, Joe befriends Forty, who’s trying hard not to be seen as the crazily rich drug-addict posing as a writer. Although their friendship starts flawed, it quickly morphs into something genuine before the climax of that explosive finale.

Joe (as Will) tries to stay true to his sobriety, even after his cover is exposed by Candace’s arrival in L.A., but it’s like no matter how hard he tries to cover up the universe always finds a way to bring the real him out.

In Love, Joe finds a perfect partner, someone fighting her own demons and is willingly accepts him for who he is, but with a surprising twist, an unplanned baby on the way, a new life and a new neighbor to obsess over, the real question is, how long will Joe’s victory last?


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Is ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Season 3 A Bore To Watch?

Release Date: December 13 (Hulu)

Staring: Rhenzy Feliz, James Marsters, Brittany Ishibashi, et al.


FYI, Marvel’s Runaways isn’t terrible, but it isn’t good enough to remember once you’re done watching. For me, that’s always been the biggest problem about the show; asides, of course, its cringe-worthy dialogues and painful expositions.

The titular Runaways –one of the last surviving shows from the old Marvel TV division– try to make sense of their continued war with the aliens still possessing their parents’ bodies. In 10 very long hours, the show wraps off two lingering storylines and still manages to find time for a crossover with an already cancelled sister show.

The third and final season of Marvel’s Runaways isn’t a bore; its only crime is trying to conclude a story no one really cared about.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

‘The Witcher’ Is Good, But It’s No ‘Game Of Thrones’

Release Date: December 20, 2019 (Netflix)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, et al.


The Witcher is a decent entry into the fold of fantasy TV but, is it the new Game of Thrones? Let’s find out.

Henry Cavill was most certainly a delight to watch as the brooding Witcher with a conscience, but it’s safe to say he isn’t really the star of this show, which was surprising, being that he plays the titular character. That honor arguably goes to Anya Chalotra‘s Yennefer, the true break-out star of this show, all thanks to its writing.

Although the show follows the old monster-of-the-week pattern, it still spent so much time fleshing Yennefer’s arc that, by the final episode, it felt like I really knew her, which is more than I can say for Geralt of Rivia.

The timeline of The Witcher might just be the biggest issue anyone has with this show. It takes some time before the events happening start to make sense and even more time before you correctly deduce same events are taking place in three different time periods. Once you get over this hurdle, the show really picks up and in flows the endless thread of entertainment; from Yennefer’s long-thirst for more power to solve a problem she created for herself to her fate cross-haired with The Witcher’s who, in turn, has his cross-haired with a princess who doesn’t know just how powerful she is, yet, to a dragon. Yes, a freaking dragon. The list is endless.

I do hope for its second season, The Witcher dives deeper into its mythology, we need to understand how stuff really works there. It also needs to fine tune its pacing.

Just how entertianing is The Witcher? That’s something only you can decide. For me, I give it a 3/5, which I think is fair.


🎵 Toss a coin to your Witcher, o valley of plenty. 🎵

This song line might just be what Netflix The Witcher becomes most memorable for, in the future, rather than its amazing set pieces, actors commendable performance, and so often gratuitous nudity.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Fleabag’ Seasons 1&2

Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, et al.


In 2016, Fleabag first premiered to critical acclaims. Watching the show now, it isn’t hard to see why. This is one thoughtful, insightful, and masterfully produced series.

Fleabag started as a play first performed at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2013. English actress, producer, and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote the play and, three years later, adapted it for the small screen. The series is about Fleabag (played by Phoebe) a lady whose life, to put it mildly, is in crisis.

Within the course of both seasons, Fleabag tries to navigate life’s mundanities and make sense of everything that comes her way. She battles a guilty conscience, a forbidden tryst with a certain hot somebody, her strained relationship with family members, and her own personal feelings of insecurity and worthlessness.

It’s really awesome!

There’s lots of sex in this show, even though the scenes aren’t explicit. It’s clearly a case of the story driving the scenes, but the network (BBC) strictly avoiding what it considers to be inanities. Such things make me wonder why every show can’t be on HBO? 😁

Fleabag is hilarious, entertaining, and mostly educative. It’s obvious a lot of work went into the crafting of this piece of art; great writing, awesome acting, and a very believable world; definitely worth all the hype.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Morning Show’

Network: Apple TVStarring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrel, et al.


Having been a huge fan of both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for a long time, I went into The Morning Show with high expectations. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you those expectations weren’t cut short.For those who don’t know, we’re in the age of the ‘Streaming Wars‘; an era when streaming services fight for supremacy. With offerings like The Morning Show and See on their catalogue, Apple TV seems to be on the right track.The Morning Show‘s plot revolves around the #MeToo movement; a campaign which exists to expose and stop the filthiness of sexual harassment in the work place.Mitch Kessler (played by the super-talented Steve Carell) is a predator who thinks himself a saint (like most actually would). He’s wealthy, successful, and influential. His life and career of over 15-years crumbles when reports of his unprofessionalism finally make the news. Jennifer Aniston’s Alex Levy, his narcissistic, longtime on-air partner finds herself caught in the cross-fire of this revelation. Society thinks she’s complicit but same society expects her to act strong, so she puts up an commendable show of strength even though she’s constantly welling-up on the inside.

The network, UBA, needs a Savior, Alex too. Then out of the blues comes Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), the journalistic misfit who happens to put out the wrong kind of video at the right time and finds herself thrust into the spotlight of the riveting world of The Morning Show.Alex Levy is, arguably, Jennifer Aniston’s finest role till date (apologies Rachel). Her portrayal is so absorbing it hits home every time she’s on screen. Reese, too, is superb. Actually, the whole cast is and I believe award season will smile on them. Rumor has it the two leads received a paycheck of $1M per episode… That’s a lot of money.’The Morning Show‘ does a good job maintaining its narrative pacing and balancing drama with a topic that’s dear to a lot of people, that, in my opinion, is no easy fit. You should watch it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Hello, Watchmen HBO? (2019)

Network: HBO

Starring: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jean Smart, Tim Blake, et al.


The only times in history I’ve felt pure, intense, unadulterated love for a TV show were the scenes where Ned Stark got beheaded and, also, when Damon showed up at the Salvatore mansion uttering two life-changing words to Stefan, “hello, brother”.

Hello, Watchmen?

You’ve changed my life and put a wide smile on my mostly murky face. In a year where a Game of Thrones event premiered to mostly middling reviews, you’ve added a special color and given it the grace to wrap up nicely.

I say a big thank you to Queen Regina King for ever agreeing to run around in a mask looking extra-awesome. I was watching an interactive session of the cast on ‘Build’ from Yahoo and got to know there was a chance she’d have said “no” to the role. Imagine existing in such a world. Regina is so good as Angela Abar it’s almost impossible to think of anyone else in that energetic role.

Director Lindelof had a choice, to pick up the story of the Watchmen in the ruins left in the wake of the comic/Snyder’s movie or craft something new from scratch; he choose the latter and managed to make it feel familiar as much as original.

There’s a ton of nudity and plot twists in this show; almost nothing of the former being gratuitous, both rubbing off each other as two sides of any HBO coin.

Recurrent themes on this season of the show are bordered around the topics of racism, white supremacy, godlikeness and intellect, true identity and justice, civil rights, and political beliefs. Presently, there’s no news about a second season and I hope it stays that way. No need to fix it if it ain’t broken.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

‘V Wars’ Is A Threat To Vampire Films

Network: Netflix

Release Date: December 5


To put it mildly, V-Wars is a bland, uninspiring, badly written show with very unlikable characters, the climax of it being Dr. Luther Swan played by the still incredibly sexy Ian Somerhalder. It’s a sad thing his good looks and average acting chops aren’t enough to salvage this sunken ship.

Now we have that out of the way, here’s a little depth into why this show is so terrible.

For eight seasons, we watched Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries prance terrificly as the impulsive Damon Salvatore who’d rather die than live life as a non-human. Dr. Luther Swan is a far stretch from that character even though it exists in a similar genre. After surviving his exposure to dark-age prions with the ability to imbibe people with a particular dormant gene with vampire-like powers, Dr. Swan is tasked with the chore of finding a cure for humanity. He’s human and very much revels in it to protect his son, Dez, and ex-wife, Rachel (played by his real life wife, Nikki Reed) from the pandemonium that follows the outbreak.

The writing on this show is so bad it makes some of the worst ones this TV season look good. Yes, I’m talking about Batwoman.

The whole production, too, is terrible. The shots, acting, color grading, and numerous vampire all look upsetting. It’s as though everything this season exists to lead into the next, which teases greater stakes. But, what is the point is this season has next to no impact in the mind and hearts of viewers?

What’s a vampire series without true vampirism? I think that’s a question we’ll be asking ourselves for a while. For all the works shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Strain, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and others have done humanizing vampires, V-Wars takes a few steps backwards. A show like that doesn’t inspire confidence.

If commissioned, season 2 has to be better if not, what’s the point?