A Christmas Carol (2019)

An exceedingly strange, alarmingly dark, surprisingly powerful adaptation of the Dickens classic. Running about three times longer than it would take to read the book, showrunner Steven Knight expands out the story to really interrogate the character of Scrooge, and the society he excels in. Objections to Christmas become more philosophical than moral, Scrooge’s villainy…

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)

“All you do is wait, wanting people to give you happiness.” NEON GENESIS EVANGELION more or less translates to “Gospel of the New Century”. It broadcast over 1995 and 1996. The show’s creator, Hideaki Anno said in 1996 “I think the people who are very much involved with the Net have very narrow views toward…

Better Call Saul: Season 4 (2018)

“I don’t wanna talk / About things we’ve gone through / Though it’s hurting me / Now it’s history / …. / The winner takes it all / The loser has to fall / It’s simple and it’s plain / Why should I complain?” In the first three seasons of BETTER CALL SAUL, Jimmy McGill…

Years and Years (2019)

Melding sci-fi and soap-y domesticity is nothing new to showrunner Russell T Davies, nor is incrementally showing modern Britain descending into fascism. Yet his 2019 miniseries YEARS AND YEARS still feels delightfully new, not really the sort of “BLACK MIRROR, but six episodes!” the promotion made out, but a rumination on family and temporality (very…

Better Call Saul: Season 3 (2017)

“Don’t bother. What’s the point? You’re just going to keep hurting people….You hurt people, over and over and over, and then there’s this show of remorse….I know you don’t think it’s a show. I don’t doubt your emotions are real, but what’s the point of all the sad faces and the gnashing of teeth? If…

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)…