True Detective (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A must watch detective crime thriller of epic proportion with 17 years of non-linear storyline. It’s HBO’s reply to Memories of Murder (2003).
2) Matthew McConaughey as Detective Cohle gave a great performance of a sociopathic cop.
3) Opening song: “Far from Any Road”
4) Unapologetically good ol’ misogynist show with a high level of testosterone.
5) The climactic fulfilling scene between Rust & Marty

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Marty: A man’s game charges a man’s price. Take that away from this, you’ve nothing else.”

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Chernobyl (miniseries)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Chernobyl (2019) will go down as one of the greatest mini-series in the history of TV along with Band of Brothers (2001)
2) Thanks to this series we now know the level of disaster and how entire Europe was at stake due to this man-made catastrophe.
3) The series provides great insight into the sacrifices made by Russian miners, soldiers, doctors and the common Russians conscripted in the Exclusion Zone, contrary to the constant negative portrayal of Russians in Hollywood movies.
4) Storytelling: The series is based on a real-life disaster which is part of documented history. The makers of this show did an exceptional job pulling a thriller out of it.
5) The finale with Legasov explaining how an RBMK reactor explodes. The ease with which the Nuclear disaster was explained was exemplary.
6) The eerie dosimeters clicking soundtrack will make any viewer experience the dangerous level of harmful radiations.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid.”

Barry (Season 2)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Fast paced witty screenplay
2) The comedic duo of Cristobal & NoHo Hank
3) Finale shootout
4) Ep #5 “ronny/lily : The entire Taekwondo dual between Ronny and Barry was very impressive. We will possibly see more from the mysterious “mutant” like the character of Lily.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gene Cousineau: Are you not familiar with the Japanese ritual of harakiri?
Barry Berkman: The baseball announcer?

Game of Thrones (Season 8)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Cleganebowl. Sandor Clegane will go down as the most remembered character of the series.
2) A moment of appreciation for Peter Dinklage playing Tyrion Lannister.
3) Beric Dondarrion dying to save Arya, Jorah Mormont dying to save Dany. Theon dying to save Bran.
4) Lyanna Mormont‘s giant-killing act.

 

CONS –
1) A rushed final season. A series which could’ve been the greatest series of all time choked during the final season.
2) “The Long Night”. The grand battle ruined thanks to bad cinematography, which included a lame death scene of the grand-villain.
3) All the fan theories, all the wild guesses about the Azor Ahai, etc. were whimpered down by this unfulfilling season full of bad writing.

 

QUOTE –
“love is the death of duty”

The Big Bang Theory (Season 12)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Kal Penn & Sean Astin added some freshness with their characters.
2) The D & D Vortex – best episode of this season.

 
CONS –
1) A mediocre finale of a mediocre season. The show should have ended after the fifth season.
2) Even after 12 seasons, the writers were not able to find a proper ending for Raj.

 
QUOTE –
Sheldon Cooper: I will admit the meeting did not go the way I wanted.
Howard Wolowitz: Because you barfed where no man has barfed before?

Miracle Workers (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A light-hearted fantasy black-comedy with a great central concept of God.
2) Great casting. Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi delivered as expected. Karan Soni as Sanjay is clearly the winner of this series. Dopinder was no fluke, Soni is currently the best actor of Indian-origin in Hollywood.
3) The opening sequence with a new version “The Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone.
4) The concept of God’s parents and he being the runt-of-the-litter.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
God: I’ve decided to blow up Earth.

Riverdale (Season 1)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An extraordinary teen-drama adaptation of Archie Comics characters from light-hearted comic-book stories to a well-executed dark murder-mystery.
2) Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones occupied the slot of central characters. Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom is also noteworthy.
3) Good soundtrack through-out the 13 episodes. e.g. Dean Lewis – Waves

 
CONS –
1) This show is riddled with aesthetic faces and that’s what keeps the show gripping even with mediocre sub-plots.
2) Every character is having multiple romantic link ups with every other character in every other episode. After a few episodes, the audiences will lose count.
3) Concepts of homosexuality, incest, forbidden love etc. are added left, right and center.

 

 
QUOTE –
Jughead: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m weird. I’m a weirdo. I don’t fit in, And I don’t want to fit in.