REVIEW: Gunpowder – Episode 3

“The performances from the stellar cast were almost universally pitch perfect, especially in this final installment. Harington should be proud that he convincingly humanised his ancestor, Catesby, expertly moving away from a more black and white characterisation. The same goes for the other members of the cast.” Our Review of the haunting Gunpowder finale. … Read More REVIEW: Gunpowder – Episode 3

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REVIEW: Gunpowder – Episode 2

“The real accomplishment here is that the writing refuses to take sides, positioning Catholics and Protestants as equally dubious in terms of what motivates their opposing stances and actions, often finding surprising common ground in relation to the violent and brutal acts they find themselves willing to commit in the name of their respective strands of Christianity.” Our Review of the intriguing 2nd episode.… Read More REVIEW: Gunpowder – Episode 2

REVIEW: Gunpowder – Episode 1

“Obviously Gunpowder¬†is a relatively modest BBC production, but that so far hasn’t impeded the atmosphere it seeks to create. The opening scene was a masterclass in making the audience party to the sense of fear and claustrophobia that Catesby and his relatives must have felt, along with the priests they were harbouring.” Our Review of the engaging first episode of the miniseries. … Read More REVIEW: Gunpowder – Episode 1

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)