The Undiscovered Country
This forgotten BBC 10 part series has dull opening credits and is mostly remembered for Mary Whitehouse having it cancelled. Tom Crane is a reporter for occult magazines and played by some guy who looks like a cut price Robert Powell. Crane has dreams and hangs out with various people who mock Uri Geller and his “mutilated cutlery.” Crane decides to look up infamous psychic Drexel who has a dangerous reputation and was big in the 1940s until people started dying around him.
This is morose, brooding, mysterious and enigmatic and oddly entertaining. It looks extremely dated and the actors are like living blocks of stone but it has an aura of dread about it. Crane tracks down and interviews Drexel who acts weird and drops hints about a woman who went missing in the vicinity. Realms of exposition of dropped and Crane acts bland and flat as the soulless Drexel prances. It is still better than the artless nadir of the genre ‘The Nightmare Man’.
Crane is menaced by 1970s SFX and finds the missing woman dead. Did Drexel kill her? Then Crane and his wife Julia are in a car crash and Julia does not survive. Crane is visited by a man from Department 7 and learns his wife worked for them, that Drexel caused the car crash and that he himself is a psychic. Crane is ordered to come work for Department 7 (the 70s X Files). This was okay.
“Where were you?”
“Witchcraft, so passé...bare bums and phoney rituals.”
“No more lubrication.”
“Have orgies every night.”
“Ghastly isn’t it?”
“Nothing is outside my capabilities.”
“Used to be quite famous.”
“Something of a Jonah.”
“Nobody makes trouble for me.”
“I should have to stop you.”
“You want me to put fear into you? I can do that.”
“You’ve become a national asset Mr Crane.”
“Power we know too little of.”
Flora is a maid to a noxious rich couple until she is murdered. Marisol is hired as her replacement and has ulterior motives. Zoila and Valentina are maids to drama queen (Susan Lucci of ‘Invitation to Hell’) and her hot son. Carmen is the maid to a singer and Rosie is the maid to a nice soap star (Grant Show) and his evil ‘serious actress’ wife. Zoila, Valentina, Carmen and Rosie know some secret of Flora’s and Marisol is determined to find out. But first she has to appease various awful employees like the rich doormat (Brett Cullen) and his trophy wife. This is more sap and melodrama from the maker of ‘Desperate Housewives’. This was okay and Marisol’s motive for going undercover as a maid is very interesting.
“She’s drunk and evil.”
“I say we let it die with her.”
“He will tell you if it is a good morning.”
“The fact that you think that’s impressive makes me want to vomit and weep for you.”
“Lord I have to clean that.”
“I was going to clean it myself, but I wasn’t emotionally capable.”
Ko No Momo
Hannibal and Will eat songbirds. Freddie’s body is found. Margot is pregnant. Mason lies to a foster child about being taken away from his foster mother and kitty cat so Mason can drink his tears. Mason isn’t witty, he’s gross. Hannibal sets things in motion as he and Will mutter intemperately at each other. Alana is fazed as things become clear. Mason likes to talk endlessly about his recollections of his even worse dead dad. Hannibal’s wanton malice causes pain for Margot as her hope is rescinded due to Mason‘s evil expediency. All this to buy Will’s fidelity. Jack mutters. There is a twist. A game is being played. Will has tenacity yet this was wholly boring.
“A rare but debauched delicacy.”
“I don’t hide from God.”
“Freddie had a longing to be noticed. She was noticed.”
“Freddie Lounds ultimate failing was her inability to keep herself out of her own stories.”
“I don’t think Hannibal is good for you and I think your relationship is destructive.”
“It’s a courtship.”
“What God do you pray to?”
“I don’t pray.”
“You’re all lying.”
In The Evening
The TruBlood is poisoned. Why are we supposed to care about the murderous Eric and the thankfully now dead Nora? Willa and Pam are judiciously annoying. Eric and Bill whine. There is yelling. Mrs Newlin has plans. Sookie gets naked again, oh put them away. Sookie can’t stop thinking with her pudenda. Arlene cries and rolls around in the cemetery. Sam is selfish. The plot arc is unreasonably long and unhurried. Jessica wants sex with James because she is a brainless slut. Jason gets no consolation and continues to be stupid. James broods. The stupid fangs are flashed. Bill further besmirches himself. Sookie meets Andy’s surviving daughter. Bill menaces people in daylight. Pam gets deviant. Eric has flashbacks to his and Nora’s bonnet action in the time of Charles II (I think). Eric cries and Nora turns to mush. This was terrible.