Agent Carter 2x07
Whitney Frost plays the grieving widow. Her mobster buddy (Ken Marino) runs around. Peggy makes bitchfaces and is heinous. Is Sousa and his bland personality type her future husband? Why does Dottie never use her Russian accent? Dottie is menaced by Vernon (Kurtwood Smith) who misuses a real life anecdote. Nobody cares about Violet. Why is Mrs Jarvis putting up with Peggy and her crap?
Peggy is fractiously thankless. Jarvis is moronic. Dottie is stubbornly dark. Jason’s hostilities are fanned. Peggy makes looks of smug privilege. WTF is Leviathan? Was it ever made clear in season 1? Dottie’s inner socialist stews. The gangster and Vernon cower to Whitney. Dottie is caused profound distress and unhappiness by Whitney. Poor Dottie is too often maligned by others.
Whitney is far more interesting and steely than the ultimately facetious season 1 baddies. So where does Sharon Carter come from if Peggy’s brother is dead? TPTB have an over-reliance on Jarvis and his emollient tones. Does Peggy not care about Angie anymore? SHIELD is still not being set up, Howard Stark is due to be murdered by Hydra in 44 years and somewhere poor Bucky is currently being brainwashed by Hydra. Nice work saving the world Peggy.
Mrs Jarvis is resilient, upbeat and compliant. Peggy is a desperate attention seeker and Whitney plans substantial harm. Jarvis is a thumpingly bad character. What became of the Captain America radio show? Why is Peggy so beloved? Where did Jason get the suit? There are incongruous chats. Peggy is just a bitch. Jarvis tries to get dangerous but is just so extra. Whitney menaces Jason and Mrs Jarvis.
This was okay if not exactly deft storytelling. Whitney’s scar looks like leaden eyeliner. Peggy has condescending assumptions. Whitney rants. The gangster lurks. Mrs Jarvis is inept. Sousa learns the risk principle. Mrs Jarvis is shot. Peggy locks Dottie in the trunk of a car. So much for them unexpectedly allying and bonding. Dottie gets away. So it wouldn’t be until Hawkeye that a Black Widow was recruited to SHIELD? Oh nice work, Peggy. Sousa loses his job.
“I’ve pulled out my own teeth, my own nails, my own hair, I burned my own flesh with a blow torch. I’m no Nazi harlot.”
“No one questions her story for one moment.”
“You’re trying to act tough, but you’re terrified.”
“That pretty blonde monster.”
“What does Peggy Carter want?”
“Sudden and inexplicable appearance.”
“Move befitting a prowler.”
“Is this supposed to be a rescue?”
“It’s a force of destruction.”
The Durrells 1x06
So ends series 1. Will there be a series 2? Oh I hope not. Hard bitten Nancy whines and dresses inappropriately. Sven (who never existed) annoys. Larry is 22. He acts like he is 45. Sense is maddeningly off-limits. Louisa has a laissez-faire attitude to sense. Larry wants to move out, he and Nancy did have their own house at this point in time. This does not avoid clichés and is not a true embodiment of Gerald Durrell’s vision. This was not remarkably imaginative.
Louisa wants Nancy gone. Larry deduces Sven’s big secret. Nobody has commercial efficiencies and this is fatally chequered by being crap. Gerald opens a petting zoo, then he plans to let his animals go and then he changes his mind. Nancy whines and is not a beguiling companion. The Countess shows up, she did not exist either. This was ruinous total crap. The book is very poorly served. Louisa dumps Sven. Everyone is caked in fake tan. Nancy leaves and it ends. This was utterly ghastly.
“Do what I do: shout at them.”
“It’s illegal and rightly so.”
“I am very unlucky, look at my life.”
“It’s not about her.”
Agents Of SHIELD 3x18
Joyless Couslon is a tool. The real SHIELD would have stopped this. There is a flurry of bad acting. Coulson and his self-deluding deceptivity switches between being offensive and being repulsive. There is no dramatic intrigue. Coulson is turpitudinous. Daisy is sanctimoniously mocking of the late Grant Ward. Even Hive shrugs off Ward. Coulson and his macho posturing is ugly, thuggish, loud, demanding and gratuitously rude. Simmons offers Fitz duty sex. Where did Fitz’s brain damage go?
Daisy is a corrosive obsessive. Talbot rants. SHIELD doesn’t help anyone except themselves. They’re just megalomaniacs sure of their moral superiority. May, Coulson and Fitz are all racists. SHIELD is decadent, decaying callousness. There is techno-fear and SHIELD misread Hive. Hive and Daisy bother the poor man’s Gerald Butler who yells. Lincoln rants. Fitz and Simmons bore. Mack is ever-useless. This does not even arouse vague interest. Nobody draws appropriate lessons.
This was bluntly bad, drained and listless. John Hannah shows up as a doctor. Coulson has a shield, which is naff. Hydra is taken down off screen. Fitz, Simmons and Mack are tools and no one has quiet dignity.
“You’re attracted to danger.”
“That’s a rather ominous thing to say.”
“Feel’s a little 90s.”
“Stop trying to save me.”
Z Nation 2x13&2x14
This has no verisimilitude and is of little intrinsic worth. It’s like the 2010 Queen Vic fire on ‘Eastenders’ - a big lot of nothing. There is no cure. Murphy is an ass and I really don’t care about Vasquez. The cartel guy bores and nobody has an intrepid attitude. Murphy’s roguish attitude bores and shows he is cold-hearted. Roberta has calm confidence. Things go awry. There is bad SFX and this was abhorrent. Murphy snarls abuse and this was not brilliant or charming.
There are flashbacks to pre-z days. Citizen Z was a hacker and his name was Simon and he was recruited because of zombies. The gangs’ makeovers have worn off. Roberta was National Guard and then the zombies came. Doc was an addiction counsellor. Addy was at an ice hockey game and Mack was one of the players. 10K was in the woods with his dad. 10K can’t act, at all. Vasquez yells and Lord I detest him. There are voiceovers and Murphy in jail was annoying. This was good. Murphy is outrageously unpleasant and entirely irrational.
“How did it come to this?”
“Let’s hug it out.”
“This sucks. Even for us. This sucks.”
“What can you want?”
“It’s prison, nothing’s private.”
War & Peace (1972 - 1973) 1x11&1x12
Men Of Destiny
It’s 1812 and Napoleon plans to invade Russia. He’s truly terrifying in his stunning ferocity and feral presence. His defining instinct is to be confrontational in a troubled interview with a former friend. Napoleon wanted to create the EU. Andrei is an arse and his son finally shows up. Mad Dad eats what looks like Instant Whip. Did that exist in 1812? Mad Dad drools over Maria’s companion (the 1812 Ginger Alden). Natasha has a new pallor. Pierre blathers. This was relentlessly mediocre full of inaccuracies and a lack of internal logic.
“Pray god, it never will.”
“Napoleon knows no other form of friendship.”
“That worthless woman.”
Fortunes Of War
This created no serviceable sense of enjoyment. Men shout, Natasha’s brother Petya joins up and Maria is intensely appalled. Mad Dad has no moral obligations, does unholy shrieking in his outdoor voice, won’t evacuate and finally dies. The much berated Maria continues to self-martyr. You want to smack the guarded timidity out of her. The aristocrats barely concealed contempt for their serfs comes back to bite them. There is no existential dread. Maria provokes exasperation. Things get precarious. The French have a complaining tone. Nikolai yells in a forceful way. This was inconsistent. People make knowing expressions and there is a lack of conviction about sobering times.
“He’s not as clever as we are.”
“How dare you come in here with your hats on!”
The Legend Of Curtis Ballard
Kate is just the worst. Flashbacks to 2001 reveal her awful father and real name. Flashbacks to 1991 show Curtis’ back-story and how he became FBI. Kate ignores the sinister background of her new friends and their portentous talk. Martin has to recalibrate his plan. Yawn.
“She’s our in.”
“We should be leaving.”
“You must know there’s something wrong with all of this.”