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…

American Gods: Season 1 (2017)

In this TV adaption of “American Gods”, brought to life by Bryan Fuller of “Hannibal” and Michael Green of “Kings”, Neil Gaiman’s story is transformed from an ambling picaresque into an ultra-stylish experiment in television storytelling. [This review contains spoilers for the first season of the show. No book spoilers except at the very end,…

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)

“Dead Like Me” returns, hellbent on inflicting as much exposition on viewers as possible. [There are no spoilers in this review beyond the premise.] A TV movie follow-up to the series, five years after the second season was broadcast, for the most part it works fairly well for what it is. It didn’t lead to…

Dead Like Me: Season 2 (2004)

The second season of “Dead Like Me” doubles down on the aspects of the first season I disliked. [This review doesn’t discuss any large plot specifics of the season.] There are more soap opera style segments with George’s family untethered to any of the main concepts or characters of the show, more lore retcons eroding…

Dead Like Me: Season 1 (2003)

“Dead Like Me” is the first television show Bryan Fuller – who’d later showrun “Hannibal” and “American Gods”, among other shows – showran. I’m so taken by his very specific and unique style in “Hannibal” and “American Gods”, and I’ve heard there are running themes throughout most of his work, that I’m watching his earlier…

This is England ’90 (2015)

“This is England ‘90” is very much in the style of “This is England ‘88” and feels like a direct sequel to it in a way the earlier entries in the series didn’t to each other. I objected to what I saw as something of a simplistic moral conclusion to parts of “This is England…