Television


A Christmas Carol is a British fantasy miniseries based on the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens. The three-part series is written by Steven Knight with actor Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott among the executive producers.

The Hollywood Reporter described the miniseries as “designed to alienate the Dickens brand’s traditional core audience and probably won’t much engage the curiosity of more mature viewers.” Salon called it a “dispiriting adaptation” and called it “short on joy and very, very, very long on purgatorial slogging.” Collider gave it two stars and acknowledged that the miniseries “certainly brings something new to the tried-and-true story” but found the ending “misses out on the meaning of the story and the greater meaning of the Christmas season.” Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com also gave it two stars and described viewing it as “approximately three joyless hours of watching an adaptation try to justify its edginess.”

I have no issues with some sort of updated version of this great story from Charles Dickens, since I do love the original and I have seen most versions of it. However, the problem here is that this miniseries is just bleak and dark and misses out on the main point when Ebenezer Scrooge redeems and transforms into a person who treats everyone with kindness, generosity and compassion, thus embodying the spirit of Christmas. In this version everything is one long dragged out dark journey that spends way too little time with the essence of the tale in the end. And I personally think that Guy Pearce is not that right choice to play Ebenezer Scrooge, no matter how much I normally like him and his acting. But, I do need to say that I really like this miniseries cinematography, editing, effects and general vibe. But, it´s still a bit of a hit and miss.

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Lovely, lovely Erin Grey in “Buck Rogers – In The 25th Century”.

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I cannot wait to see season 3 of “Babylon Berlin”!!!

Today Monty Python celebrates its 50th birthday! On the 5th October 1969, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” first aired on BBC1 – going on to run for four series, spawning four original films, numerous live shows and several albums.

Reflecting on the legacy and approaching celebrations, the Pythons commented:

“Python has survived because we live in an increasingly Pythonesque world. Extreme silliness seems more relevant now than it ever was.”

😁

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So I have finally seen the first season of “Knightfall”. Initally I didn´t like the first look of it despite the fact that the storyline and setting is totally up my alley. But, I gave it a second chance. “Knightfall” is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner for the History channel. The series recounts the success, fall, persecution, and suppression of the Knights Templar, as orchestrated by King Philip IV of France on October 13, 1307. The series focuses on the fictional Templar leader Landry du Lauzon, a brave warrior discouraged by the Templars’ failures in the Holy Land who is reinvigorated by news that the Holy Grail has resurfaced.

I think it´s a nice production, solid story and it has plenty of things to like. But, my biggest issue with this series is that the acting is way too wobbly during the whole first season. It´s just not top notch which I think is a shame. However, I will see the second season as well.

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“The Mandalorian”, is a Star Wars television series that will be shown on the upcoming video streaming service Disney+. The series take place a few years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter beyond the reaches of the New Republic… Looks intriguing. #starwars

So I have finally seen the first season of the Netflix/Marvel tv-show “The Punisher” based on the classic Marvel comic character Frank Castle aka The Punisher. It´s a well made tv-show, it´s brutal and dark. However, my problem here is that they have made Frank Castle into a true Marine grunt and not how Frank Castle should be if you ask me. Jon Bernthal looks and performance adds to that very much. To me Frank Castle is a smart, sophisticated and driven killer machine and an expert on hand-to-hand combat, guerrilla warfare, strategy and marksmanship. This doesn´t fully come out in this tv-show. Jon Bernthal´s The Punisher isn´t fully Frank Castle to my mind. I will not see the second season, I wasn´t intrigued enough. And we did only get two seasons of this tv-show anyways before it was canceled.

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