Category Archives: Horror
BBC America, once a network whose sole purpose was to air British content in the U.S. of A, has started growing into its own recently, producing scripted original content. It all started with the period police drama Copper, which is coming back for its second season in June. Then the network co-produced The Hour with BBC proper.
Now BBC America has three new series to add to its belt, including a contemporary adaptation of The Three Musketeers simply titled The Musketeers (starring Peter Capaldi – Torchwood, The Hour), a zombie series In the Flesh, and a 7-part mini series based on Susanna Clarke’s 2004 bestseller Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Clarke’s Hugo-Award-winning novel, set in Napoleonic-ish Britain, follows two wizards who are bringing magic back to the England.
Sci-Fi and fantasy have proven a solid match for the network, so the Jonathan Strange project seems very promising. The series will be written by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes (whose filmography includes Doctor Who and Sherlock!), and BBC America will be co-producing with BBC and Cuba Pictures. The adaptation will join BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday lineup, which is already home to Doctor Who and Orphan Black, another BBC America sci-fi original starring Tatiana Maslany as several characters who discover that they are clones and someone is trying to kill them. Orphan Black premiered a couple weeks ago, and so far I’m loving it. So keep them coming, BBC America. There isn’t enough quality television these days.
It seems even immortals don’t live forever. BBC has officially announced the cancellation of the hit television series Being Human. The popular series about ghost, vampire, and werewolf roommates trying to remain human despite their supernatural afflictions became a bonafide hit for BBC Three, gaining a cult following since its pilot in 2008, and winning several awards, including The Writer’s Guild Award for ‘Best TV Drama Series’ in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and ‘Best Drama Series’ at the 2011 TV Choice Awards. Syfy even adapted the series for American viewers.
Well, the second season of FX’s hit American Horror Story is officially over. After the first season of American Horror Story, I had such high hopes for Asylum. Unfortunately, I set my expectations too high, because this season just fell flat.
Rick continues to cope with his heartbreak, Carol’s fate is revealed, Andrea works out her… um, “place” in Woodbury, and Merle and Michonne go toe to toe. All a day’s work in the post apocalypse. Spoilers ahead.
The fifth episode this season, Say The Word is understandably slower and spends its time equally split between the aftermath of the last episode as Team Rick tries to move on, and Andrea’s antics at Woodbury. Spoilers as usual.
For those who have not seen this episode yet – GO AND WATCH. It’s pretty damn amazing. That said, spoilers ahead.
This episode opens with a mysterious someone in a prison jumpsuit guiding them toward Team Rick’s cell block. The group is currently arguing what to do with Axel and Oscar, the two remaining convicts they let live in another cell block. Rick wants to send them on their way with a week’s worth of supplies, whereas T-Dog, getting his only bit of character development after two-ish seasons, petitions for them to join their group. He is, naturally, out voted, and the two are locked away in preparation for their…excursion.
This weekend was all about Andrea, Michonne, and The Governor. Oh and Merle’s back in his twisted little glory.
This episode was a much more sedate one than usual, with nearly all of the tension coming from character interaction, and very little due to the “creepers” as the Govenor and his people call them. Spoilers will, as usual, follow.