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Constantine 1×03 ‘The Devil’s Vinyl’: Prayer is one big negotiation

You know what sounds like a great premise for a television show? How about two people seeking out supernatural disturbances, traveling all over the country and solving said supernatural disturbances? Pretty good eh? Too bad it’s already been done, a la Supernatural. And this is the show’s biggest hurdle – making it unique for the viewers. Yeung […]

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Constantine 1×02 ‘The Darkness Beneath’: There are those who pray for you, there are those that prey on you

This week’s episode of Constantine remains as disjointed as the last. It’s still flashy as ever – explosions, wisecracks and monsters aplenty – but beneath the shiny veneer, it lacks substance and originality. Yeung Wing is an aspiring TV critic, writer and editor. You can see her past work on her Tumblr! She lives her life […]

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Constantine 1×01 ‘Non Est Asylum’: Petty dabbler in the dark arts

Quick disclaimer before we start, I did not read the Hellblazer comics. In other words, my reviews of Constantine the TV series will be purely that. I won’t have anything to compare it to (although I did watch the 2005 film) and whether or not the series stays true to the comics will be beyond me. However, reviews of Constantine […]

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The Last Ship 1×10 ‘No Place Like Home’:

Holy crap. For the first time all season, The Last Ship shocked me. I’m now wondering if all those times this show was predictable and cliche was just them playing the long con. What appeared to be a story of hope took a very dark turn. Yeung Wing is an aspiring TV critic, writer and editor. You […]

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The Last Ship 1×09 ‘Trials’: The Six

Whoa, we’ve somehow already come to the penultimate episode of The Last Ship. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I pointed out how this show has yet to make an emotional impact on viewers – yet there I was, blubbering away. This has been, by far, the most intense episode all […]

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The Last Ship 1×08 ‘Two Sailors Walk Into A Bar’: 4242022634

I never think I’m expecting this show to turn out bad, but I find myself always pleasantly surprised. This week’s episode was great. It had all the excitement and explosions earlier in the season, and one-liners that actually didn’t make me cringe. Of course, with the action-driven plot comes plot holes, but that’s all part […]

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The Last Ship 1×07 ‘SOS’: There’s nothing but death down here

It has taken a bit of time, but The Last Ship finally has my attention. For the first time this season, I’m really excited for the next episode. Looks like the plot, connection with the viewer and the acting is finally all coming together. Bonus points for turning down the dial on the cheesy one-liners. Veering […]

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The Last Ship 1×06 ‘Lockdown’: Hard thing to come back from, when you lose somebody’s trust

Another great episode this week. It seems as if my fears in the first episode regarding the lack of emotion/concern from the crew was all for naught. The Last Ship is a digestible show because first and foremost, it is focused. Each episode so far has focused on one main issue. It’s a little simple, but it […]

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The Last Ship 1×05 ‘El Toro’: A world worth saving

My biggest criticism for The Last Ship is that it hasn’t been connecting to the viewer emotionally. Well this week, I got what I asked for. Was it cliched? Yes. Was it emotionally manipulative? Yes. Did it work? Yes. Yeung Wing is an aspiring TV critic, writer and editor. You can see her past work on […]

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The Last Ship 1×04 ‘We’ll Get There’: But how long will it take?

I wanted to like this week’s episode of The Last Ship, I really did. And the thing is, the odds were in its favour. I’ve always been fond of episodes where the enemy is something they can’t fight. Unfortunately, the trick with such episodes is that it relies on strong characters instead of action sequences – […]

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The Last Ship ‘Dead Reckoning’ 1×03: Predictability can still be gratifying

This week’s episode of The Last Ship was decidedly bland. The thing is, the writers clearly know how to build suspense. They know how to write action movie-esque one-liners, albeit extremely cheesy. What they don’t know, is how to make us care. Yeung Wing is an aspiring TV critic, writer and editor. You can see her past […]

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The Last Ship 1×02 ‘Welcome to Gitmo’: Hopefully we’ll save each other

The Last Ship‘s second episode was certainly an improvement to the pilot. All in all, it’s got a pretty steady pace, a solid premise and a clear cut bad guy. This show isn’t going to blow your mind, it isn’t going to change your life, but it is entertaining and easily digestible. And at the end […]

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Penny Dreadful ‘Grand Guignol’ 1×08: The monster is not in my face, but in my soul

There is a line that has been repeated often these past few episodes, ‘There cannot be a happy end, for claw with slash and tooth will rend.’ Perhaps this is the maxim of the series; unless the characters are able to change their very natures, they will not have a happy end.   The last […]

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The Last Ship 1×01 ‘Pilot’: Boom

You definitely won’t be disappointed in this TNT’s new series The Last Ship – because you won’t expect anything of it. Although executive producer Michael Bay does deliver stunning visuals, excellent soundtrack and of course, explosions, the episode was  dull, predictable and there was absolutely no emotional connection with the audience at all. The pilot also breaks […]

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Penny Dreadful 1×07 ‘Possession’: What makes a mother?

After this week’s episode of Penny Dreadful, I’m convinced that Eva Green must have experienced demonic possession at some point in her life. The narrative has barely moved since the first episode. It hardly seems like the penultimate episode of Penny Dreadful.  We might as well call it The Eva Green Show (which should really be a thing). Yeung […]

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Penny Dreadful 1×06 ‘What Death Can Join Together’: Sex is sin

In this latest episode of Penny Dreadful, I wonder if they’ve teased us a little too much. For the first time ever while watching this series, I found myself browsing Reddit on my phone. We’re already 75% through with the season and yet the plot has only inched forward. While Penny Dreadful continues to deliver great episodes, […]

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Penny Dreadful 1×05 ‘Closer Than Sisters’: To forgive, divine

Practically every week, I say that we’ve just watched Penny Dreadful’s best episode. Yet when the next episode airs, it seems that I must eat my words, because this is Penny Dreadful’s best episode. I pride myself in always being right, but nothing would please me more than if they keep proving me wrong. Yeung […]

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Penny Dreadful 1×04 ‘Demimonde’: Duplicity

Penny Dreadful is just torturing me. We’re at the midpoint of the season because Showtime ordered (only) eight episodes and it’s just getting better and better. Penny Dreadful simply excels at pacing. It gives just enough information to whet our appetites. It gives just enough answers that lead to more questions and it gives us […]

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Penny Dreadful 1×03 ‘Resurrection’: There is no going back from this moment

It’s difficult to live up to last week’s episode, ‘Séance’, but I believe ‘Resurrection’ held its own. Our protagonists have formed the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II to battle a yet unknown creature. Frankenstein’s creature is about to tie the knot (probably) and Ethan Chandler is (possibly) a werewolf. Clearly, the only certainty is how […]

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Penny Dreadful 1×02 ‘Séance’: If one is to engage with the primordial forces of darkness, one must expect a bit of social awkwardness

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from television, it’s to never love anything. And even knowing this, as I attempt to watch Penny Dreadful with a guarded heart, I know that it is inevitable. It’s only the second episode and already I have fallen in love and gotten my heart broken. Luckily, there’s much to love […]