Murdered By My Boyfriend (2014)
This BBC3 drama is a true story but the names have been changed. 17 year old Ashley (Georgina Campbell) meets Reece (Royce Pierreson) who at first seems handsome, charming and shy. But his true abusive personality comes out when he gets her pregnant after 3 months of dating. Ashley becomes apprehensive of upsetting Reece who leaves her bruised and checks her Facebook. She goes from happy confident teenager to a timid, dowdy, uncomfortable woman over the four years of their relationship. She has to send him selfies to prove what she’s doing, he yells, the police are useless and he cheats.
The paranoid, violent, bullying Reece tears downs Ashley’s hopes of a career and a family in-between rages and tearful displays of contrition. Ashley is afraid of him and hides it from her friends. After Reece batters her publicly she still stays with him out of emotional extortion. Finally as the beyond the grave voiceover tells us a drunken Reece beats Ashley to death with an ironing board as their daughter Jasmine watches. This was bleak, brutal and sad. The real ‘Reece’ is in jail and the police admitted they failed the real ‘Ashley’ but she is still dead.
“Is that what mummy’s wearing?”
“There were good times too.”
“I could only be happy if he was.”
“You’re scaring the baby.”
“It was never his fault.”
“Please leave him Ashley.”
“It began and ended when I fell in love. But this was never a love story.”
This was based on a terrible book. 97 years ago a nuclear apocalypse left Earth simmering in radiation. 12 nations had space stations when the bombs fell, there is now only the Ark made up of all 12 melded together. Now life support is faltering and 100 surly whining teenage criminals are sent to Earth to see if it is habitable. Which is a better alternative then the death sentence, all crime on the Ark results in a death sentence. It is population control. This seems very similar to ‘Earth 2’. There are annoying kids and the adults are the more interesting characters.
The ‘heroine’ Clarke spews exposition; her mother (Paige Turco of ‘American Gothic’) has a plan. Clarke stares as the moron teenagers damage the drop ship, destroy their link with the Ark, have fake outrage and refuse to engage in rational debate. Clarke is the self appointed leader, Wells is the son of the Ark’s chancellor, Octavia is the slut and Finn is the wilfully annoying pretty boy. The Ark’s staff are played by Kelly Hu, Alessando Juliani, Henry Ian Cusick and Isiah Washington. The chancellor (Washington) has a power struggle with Kane (Cusick).
The teenagers are on Earth and lack autonomy, have a fist fight, can’t act and are begrudgingly disinterested in their own survival. Clarke and co see a deer affected by radiation. A loony snuck onto the drop ship after trying to kill the chancellor and he stirs up trouble by being as obnoxious as possible. Octavia goes swimming in her underwear and nearly gets eaten by something. The impossibility of these twits surviving even a day is hammered home. Meanwhile on the ark Kane sees the will of the people as an obstacle to be overcome as his bolsters his jerkass cred in the hermetic community of the Ark.
Wells is blamed for everything and praised for little. The would be assassin promises anarchy and has a propensity for being stupid. Finn is disingenuous, Clarke chugs river water and I eagerly await her getting Weil’s disease. They see footprints and ignore them. ‘Avatar’ and ‘Lord of the Flies’ are ripped off and despite the acutely annoying teenagers this has promise. Especially when twit teen Japer gets killed proving not all the people on Earth died 97 years ago. This was okay and the 100 of the title are down several members by the time the end credits role. Yay!
“One station formed from the many.”
“What was that?”
“That was the atmosphere.”
“I do hate you!”
“There’s a radiation soaked forest between us and our next meal.”
“Should I care?”
“That is so not game.”
“Hiding behind the law absolves you of nothing.”
“Can’t afford mercy.”
“I’ll deal with you later.”
“We’re not alone.”
Hannibal thinks his abuse and gaslighting of the morose and unfriendly Will has turned him into someone actively seeking to murder as Dadaist performance art. The smug Hannibal mutters linguistic trash in his incomprehensible accent. Will has not only killed someone but engages in corpse desecration. Will is Hannibal’s favourite toy. Freddie is a pariah. Everyone cares about Abigail’s fate. Why? She was an annoying, lying twit. Hannibal stirs up Margot’s traumatic grievances. Mason Verger is far too seedy and has no point of any merit whatsoever as he trains pigs to eat people.
Hannibal shags Alana; Will shags Margot and Freddie points out the obvious to Alana who will not listen. This tries very hard but might as well be a Heineken ad for all its emotional integrity. Mason makes an entrepot into Hannibal’s life. Alana continues on her lazy way. Freddie pokes around Will’s barn prompting him to come after her with a tire iron. Will and Hannibal eat long pig. This was not substantive and of no evidential value.
“This is the nightmare that followed him out of his dreams.”
“Neither of you is the killer she’s writing about but together you might be.”
“The meat is bitter about being dead.”
“This meat is not pork.”
“It’s long pig.”
Don’t You Feel Me
Warlow saves Sookie and she continues being simulacra of what she was. Pam and Eric add to their inventory of bad habits. Bill is disingenuous as he denies and distorts. Jason is a bastion of banal. Sam is made to see the irregularities of his acts. The obviously insincere babbling Warlow and Sookie hang out. Sookie is detrimental to her own well-being. The stupid vamp fangs are flashed. The Governor prances. Hepatitis V shows up again. Eric grunts and is incensed with his own hypocrisy. Bill has no contrition and murders.
The Lilith storyline has the stench of boredom as she is dismissive of her kin and gives evil counsel. Stupid Emma is sent away. Arlene suffers a loss. Willa is stupid and murderous. Sam is a moronic termagant. This episode caused discontentment. Jessica bores and whines. There is a plan to kill all the wretched vampires and Sookie shags Warlow.
“If you don’t want to hurt me, why don’t you just not?”
“They call me a danger whore.”
Finch has been kidnapped by Root. Reese growls like he is in discomfort. Carter annoys. Reese lurks in shadows and has to save an annoying idiot thief (Ken Leung of ‘Lost’ and ‘Saw’) who has only one real enemy - himself. Flashbacks to 2002 show Finch training the machine. Reese gets a dog. Root talks endlessly and this was farcical.
“It’s a sex thing; you got a problem with that?”
“She’ll be just fine. In a month or two.”
Carter and Reese go to Texas to look into a missing child case from 1991 that has a connection to Root. The histrionic Root bores. Finch does stoic suffering. Reese throws rednecks around. Weeks (Cotter Smith) is tormented by Root and continues to be consistently evil. Reese and Carter uncover Root’s origin as an old sin is revealed. Reese waves a crossbow. A heavy lurks. Root wants the machine and Margo Martindale of ‘The Americans’ pops up as a librarian who refused to see the obvious. This was mediocre.
“Your knuckle dragging friend.”