RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – ‘Heathens’ (Series 4, Episode 2)

“It’s hard to know where to start with such an action-packed episode, so let’s begin with the performances. Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory are so consistently excellent that you almost forget the spells they weave with their craft on a regular basis. In ‘Heathens’, both of them were breathtakingly brilliant as Tommy and Polly worked their way through the gamut of emotions; from grief, to fear, to cold-hard resignation. Paul Anderson was equally spell-binding as he conveyed Arthur’s gut-wrenching heartbreak at losing his little brother. He’s always great at conveying the almost childlike simplicity of the eldest Shelby brother’s emotions and his predilection to wearing his heart on his sleeve, yet he was particularly good in this episode at putting across his confusion, rage and vulnerability.” Danielle’s Recap/Review of the gut-wrenching 2nd episode. … Read More RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – ‘Heathens’ (Series 4, Episode 2)

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ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ (Season 7, Episode 7)

“…those reunions and first time meetings between friends, family and foes did indeed make the season finale incredibly watchable. However, considering all the effort that was put into building up that meeting in the dragon pit between the various factions in Westeros, it felt thoroughly underwhelming. This was particularly disappointing… because it seems like that was the point that the whole season was hinging on, and to get there certain missteps in terms of characterisation had to be made to push towards this ‘momentous’ parlay.” Our Round-Up of the jam-packed Season finale.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ (Season 7, Episode 7)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Beyond the Wall’ (Season 7, Episode 6)

“For all of the shocking moments in ‘Beyond the Wall’, and there were many, the episode was oddly flat. Prescriptive dialogue, coupled with some truly unbelievable moments that would challenge anyone to suspend their disbelief, made what should have been an epic outing for the show rather mediocre.” Our Round-Up of the rather average penultimate episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Beyond the Wall’ (Season 7, Episode 6)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Eastwatch’ (Season 7, Episode 5)

“Pacing has become a huge, glaring issue in Season 7, and nowhere was it more obvious than in ‘Eastwatch’. Amidst everybody zipping across Westeros, and much anticipated reunions being given no time to sit in the moment and unleash their full impact, it feels like we’re losing touch with the emotional resonance of earlier seasons. In fact, it’s possible to go so far as to say it’s starting to feel like a different show. Viewers cannot live on CGI and fanservice alone.” Our Round-Up of the overly fast-paced 5th episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Eastwatch’ (Season 7, Episode 5)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Spoils of War’ (Season 7, Episode 4)

“You know you’re onto a winner when an episode ends, and immediately you want to watch it again, don’t you? With it’s spectacular visual effects and compelling handling of various reunions and almost reunions, ‘The Spoils of War’ easily fought it’s way to the top to rightfully sit beside the best episodes of the series, comfortably nestling amongst ‘Hardhome’, ‘The Rains of Castamere’ and ‘Battle of the Bastards’.” Our Round-Up of the spectacular, fourth episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Spoils of War’ (Season 7, Episode 4)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Queen’s Justice’ (Season 7, Episode 3)

“With Weiss and Benioff back in the driving seat as scriptwriters, Thrones┬áreturned to form with punchy, gut-wrenching and sometimes raucously funny dialogue in ‘The Queen’s Justice’. Likewise, the various storylines from one end of Westeros to the other slotted together neatly, adding to the impending sense that the pieces of the puzzle are all coming together, as some of the main players begin to turn their attentions to the real threat: the Night King and his army.” Our Round-Up of the ‘punchy’ third episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Queen’s Justice’ (Season 7, Episode 3)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Stormborn’ (Season 7, Episode 2)

“Admittedly much improved on a second viewing, ‘Stormborn’ still had pacing issues which overall made the episode rather clunky. Nevertheless, there was plenty to chew on as various reunions were set up for the coming weeks, and clever callbacks reminded us of the journey we’ve been on with this show and its characters, and how far we still have to go.” Our Round-Up of the solid second episode. … Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Stormborn’ (Season 7, Episode 2)