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Creamerie 4-6

Cremerie – Episodes 4-6 (The second half)

Things just keep getting weird. Now it seems to be a parody of a post-apocalyptic utopia, run by woman. And the head girl is super bad, she just wants to ‘help’ everyone. Our trio of heroes go back to the community to confront their future.

And it appears as a very not dead ex-boyfriend and a conspiracy. This involves a group of men participating in a 1970’s sex farce.
Then, after the revelation everything just ends.

Very strange.

Creamerie

 Creamerie 1-3

Eight years after a plague killed all men, three women who run a dairy farm accidentally run over the last surviving male human on the planet.

It’s difficult to categorize this program. Kiwi made, funded by TVNZ on Air. It fit’s easily into the Sci-Fi genre, being post apocalyptic. But it’s also dark, sometimes trying to be funny. But in a very Kiwi rural environment.

In the first three episodes, the premise is introduced; it’s all females, Then a bloke is found. Can he be harvested for sperm ? and where will this lead them.

Interesting enough to go to the next episodes….

Superstore 2

Superstore Season 2

With the main characters established, it’s time to see how they interact. The main two characters, will probably get together, but not this season.

One of my favorite characters is the pharmacist Tate Staskiewicz, a marvelously narcistic character.

The season ends with a tornado completely destroying the store.

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Superstore 1

Superstore is an American sitcom television series that ran on NBC from November 30, 2015, until March 25, 2021.

The series was created by Justin Spitzer. Starring America Ferrera (who also serves as an executive producer) until her departure in the sixth season and Ben Feldman (who also serves as a producer), Superstore follows a group of employees working at “Cloud 9”, store number 1217, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri.

The ensemble and supporting cast includes Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, and Kaliko Kauahi.

 

Resident Alien

Resident Alien is an American science fiction mystery comedy-drama television series, based on the comic book of the same name by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse.

After crash-landing on Earth, an alien sent to wipe out humanity takes on the identity of a doctor. He wrestles with the moral dilemma of his secret mission, while also dealing with a 9-year-old boy who can see him as an alien.

Alan Tudyk is the doctor. Nobody else could have done what he has with the character. He manages to look almost human in a way that can vary from silly and comedic, to nasty and dangerous.

The story romps along with half a dozen major characters, including a young Muslim girl and her male classmate.

The fun odd-couple is the policeman and his deputy.

There is even an appearance of Linda Halilton as General McCallister.

The story moves quickly through its ten episodes with a minor cliffhanger to lead into the second season coming soon.

Its getting good reviews; Rotten Tomatoes reported a “certified fresh” approval rating of 93% based on 29 critic reviews. Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 15 critic reviews.

Press


Press is a six-part British television drama series first aired on the in  2018.

Created and written by Mike Bartlett, the series depicts two rival British newspapers and the lives of their senior employees.

The series was cancelled after one series.

Full of actors I knew nothing of, this hooked me from the start. Probably because of the very British sense of drama. It depicts two newspapers.

The Herald is a left leaning publication, going after ‘worthy’ stories with all the gusto of investigative journalism. The Post is more conservative, focusing on entertainment and shock, with little concern for the truth.

Through a series of news stories, characters plot and scheme to get the story and one over their rival. And at the end, they are just as intractable as in the beginning.

Guardian Review

Independent Review

 

Nikita

Nikita is an American action thriller drama television series that aired from September 9, 2010, to December 27, 2013. The series is an adaptation of Luc Besson’s French film La Femme Nikita, the second such adaptation after the 1997 TV series La Femme Nikita.

The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as “Division” and, after a three-year hiding period, is back to bring down the organization.


The writers must have read ‘Death Becomes Her’, as it’s the same premise. And an old trope. The young teenager, gone bad, taken in by the mentor and trained to be a deadly weapon. Despite high production values, it does suffer from character and story problems.

The only episode I have seen, the first is just confusing. There are jumps between plot threads and it’s not clear just what is going on.

Secondly, being an American series, everyone is impossibly good looking. Even the thugs have style and grace. If this was a British series, the bad guys would look bad and grimy.

And because of this, the main protagonist is a slim model of a girl.

This makes action sequences of her taking on two or more big guys even more implausible than usual. And everything goes her way. Start a shooting war in the middle of a high class party and only the bad guys will get shot. Everyone will miss Nikita as she walks out.

But the scene that put the nail in the coffin of this series for me is at the end when the tough agent apprehends her, points a gun and manages to get himself shot by her as he ‘has feelings’ for her. Give me a break. This only happens to keep the story going. In another scene she eludes four gunmen by using a dressed mannequin to fool them. Where did she get this at such short notice.

So poorly plotted, with uninspiring action sequences and a lack of tension or intrigue.

 

Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit is a 2020 American seven part drama based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name. The title refers to “Queen’s Gambit”, a chess opening.

Beginning in the mid-1950s and proceeding into the 1960s, the story follows the life of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to the top of the chess world while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.

The series won two Golden Globe Awards: Best Limited Series or Television Film and Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Taylor-Joy. She was also nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.


Started on a whim, this quickly became a captivating series charting the rise of a Chess champion. It’s easy to see why is gained all those awards. Everything about it is excellent.

MItchell’s Back

Back is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. After the death of his father, Stephen (Mitchell) is set to take over the family business, the John Barleycorn pub in Stroud, Gloucestershire. His plans are interrupted when Andrew, a former foster child briefly raised by Stephen’s parents, returns to his life eager to renew his relationship with the family.

David Mitchell seems to be specializing in middle aged neurotic British characters. And this is one of his best. You just want to slap him and get him to be more assertive. This is illustrated early in the series when a woman gives him a smile and dumps a sick dog on him. He also seems to have trouble getting back his ex-wife, who he obviously still loves.

Robert Webb is also great as Andrew, sporting a smile somewhere between self-satisfied and devious he manages to slide himself into the family and cause chaos.

The ending doesn’t entirely resolve Stephen’s problems. However there is a second series yet to hit Netflix.

Shit Creek

Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian television sitcom created by father and son Eugene and Dan Levy that aired on CBC Television from January 13, 2015, to April 7, 2020.

The series follows the formerly wealthy Rose family’s trials and tribulations. After Rose’s business manager embezzles the family business, Rose Video, the family loses its fortune and relocates to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke.

I started this as it had gained a number of awards and seemed to be widely praised.

The premise is similar to Arrested Development. However I gave up on that show as it was just about the uninteresting problems of rich Americans.  This has a similar failing. The rich people in among the lower classes. Everyone seems to be a stereotype of something and for the half season I saw it, nobody moves past this. It also becomes clear that for the comedy to work, nothing would change.

There is one good thing about the show… Chris Elliot.

The better show with a similar premise is Cuckoo.