Better Call Saul: Season 2 (2016)

“The moral of the story is I chose a half-measure, when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half-measures, Walter.” That quote of Mike’s may be from BREAKING BAD, but it defines so much of BETTER CALL SAUL’s second season. Characters consistently pull unsustainable half-measures that the…

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)

“East symbolises the dawn. It’s why pretty much every grave everywhere faces east; so the spirit of the dead person faces the rising sun. Dead things, burial things.” As a prequel spinoff to BREAKING BAD, in some ways BETTER CALL SAUL would seem a “dead thing”. What happens to the titular character (and deuteragonist Mike)…

Chernobyl (2019)

“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.” In the style of prestige miniseries like HBO’s own TRUE DETECTIVE, CHERNOBYL was entirely written by the one man, and entirely directed by the one – a separate, but still singular – man. The writer was known for…

Pushing Daisies: Season 2 (2009)

The most defining quality of the second season of “Pushing Daisies” is that it’s longer than the first. This gives the cast more room to develop and experiment with their roles, more chance to branch out into new subplots and explore more backstories, but also exposes the hollow repetition of the show’s procedural nature in…

Pushing Daisies: Season 1 (2007)

“Pushing Daisies” is more stylised than Bryan Fuller’s previous work in TV, and represents another inch closer towards his more recognisable work on “Hannibal” and “American Gods” in that regard, but the storytelling itself doesn’t really iterate on his previous show “Wonderfalls” in any meaningful way, and actually backslides into slaving itself towards its procedural…

The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

A 2006 adaptation of a one-shot comic book, “The Amazing Screw-On Head” was a pilot that failed to be picked up for series. It was written by Bryan Fuller, in the time in-between “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies”. [There are no spoilers for this very short animation in this review.] The art style really stands out,…

Wonderfalls (2004)

Bryan Fuller’s short-lived comedy-drama “Wonderfalls” centres on a directionless philosophy graduate working a retail job who receives cryptic directions from seemingly inanimate animal figurines. It was the first television show Fuller ran (albeit together with Todd Holland) from start-to-finish, as “creative differences” saw him leave the first show of his own, “Dead Like Me”, early…