In an isolated town in France the dead are suddenly appearing in front of their old houses, knocking on their doors and trying to live again within their communities. Although it may look like a zombie, Les Revenants is not one. This is an intimate, beautifully assembly drama that stays in the thin line between fantasy and reality.
Penny Dreadful has always been between two worlds: fantasy and reality, television and literature, genius and boredom, Vanessa Ives and the Creature. But in its last episode both realities, the malignant witches from fairy tales and the proto-feminist witches from the medieval times, have come together and create a wonderful piece of TV.
A fly on the wall, a kidnapping, Tony Soprano’s talking fish dream, a battle on The Wall, a beach house, a sitcom episode form the 90s, Annie’s Boobs, every posible outcome of a speech, a flashback that shows the loss of a child in the 80s, a flashback that show the entire history of an island… These are all special episodes of our favorite series. Episodes that did not follow the scheme we have grown familiar with, episodes that focused on a simple, concrete storyline that did not continue the serie’s plot, but rather highlight a single idea or concept. And then there’s Louie (FX, 2010-?), could a show be only constructed from ‘special episodes’?
Nowadays, everybody knows Joss Whedon as the director of The Avengers movies but a couple of years ago he was just the freak who created one of the coolest TV’s heroines: Buffy Summers, the vampire slayer. Some (few but passionate) others will remember him as the man behind the cult hit Firefly. But who remembers him for Dollhouse? Who has even seen Dollhouse? Now, it is the moment to reclaim it.
Netflix’s Daredevil is finally here and yes, it was an entertaining and well-done TV show that makes other superhero series look like crap. Daredevil represent an evolution within the genre, but it still drags some of its biggest problems.
How good is The Prisoner for a TV show from the 60s? Surprisingly good. How good is The Prisoner compared with all the later series made for almost 50 years? An immediate cult classic. We, and many other authors, have discussed some recurring issues that contemporary serial fiction seem to emphasize, such as identity, social paranoia, conspiracies, fragmentation or otherness. The Prisoner is basically composed by all of these ingredients and it takes them as far, or even further, than any other fiction has since then.
What’s the most shocking news of the year? Twin Peaks‘ comeback? X-files‘ possible reboot? No. The ultimate mystery in the 2015 television landscape is that J. and I are watching a Spanish series. Continue reading