Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 5 (Strange Case)

[This review contains mild spoilers] After a spelunkingly adventurous fourth episode, with entertaining results, Lovecraft Country’s fifth instalment – Strange Case – builds on the events of Montrose’s actions as well as focusing on Letitia’s (Jurnee Smollett) sister, Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku). I am delighted to say that this episode might be the best of the series so far. There’s an emotional core to this hour, and it is filled … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 5 (Strange Case)

The Emergence of the Lesbian True Love’s Kiss

True love’s kiss is so ubiquitous a trope as to feel timeless, as though from the start humankind was telling stories about beautiful princesses being brought back to life by dashing princes laying one on them. So it’s weird that it’s pretty much just a Disney invention. Grimm’s fairy tales do feature a couple of magical kisses, but certainly not as many as you might … Continue reading The Emergence of the Lesbian True Love’s Kiss

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 4 (A History of Violence)

If Lovecraft Country’s last venture had more in common with a haunted house flick, this week’s episode (A History of Violence) is more Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones than anything else … but that’s not necessarily a bad thing perhaps. With adventurous beats, yet still retaining a handful of horrific moments, Lovecraft Country continues delivering scenes ripped straight from a pulp comic strip. Unfortunately, the pressing, and essential, question that audiences will be … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 4 (A History of Violence)

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 3 (Holy Ghost)

After a confusing, and bloated second episode, Lovecraft Country returns to familiar form in a ghoulish fashion. Deploying some usual methods of haunted house hocus pocus, Holy Ghost deals with the hard-hitting fallout of last episode’s bombastic finale, bringing us back to a Chicago entrenched in bigotry. After purchasing a property (which looks like something straight out of an R.L Stine novel), Letitia Lewis (Jurnee Smollett) aims to house people who … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 3 (Holy Ghost)

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 2 (Whitey’s on the Moon)

Triumphantly walking a line between ‘Jim Crow Era Drama’ and a ‘Science Fiction Adventure’, last week’s introductory of Lovecraft Country hit viewers with a bang of thematic exploration. It’s an impressive initial step into a system of cosmic terror, one with substantial entertainment value balanced alongside a consistent, potent, story.  Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the series’ sophomore endeavour: “Whitey’s on the Moon”. The principal issue … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 2 (Whitey’s on the Moon)

‘The Dragon Prince’ and Its Problem With Motherhood

The Dragon Prince is an animated fantasy show and Netflix Original, set on a continent divided in two. To the east are the magical lands of Xadia, home to elves, dragons, and elemental magic called primal magic. To the west are the human kingdoms, a race cast out of Xadia when unable to perform primal magic, they learnt to do dark magic instead.  The history … Continue reading ‘The Dragon Prince’ and Its Problem With Motherhood

Review – ‘Lovecraft County’: Episode 1 (Sundown)

It is no secret that the USA was notoriously built on the backs of black slaves. The systemic racism that persists in America today is historically enforced, and complimentary, to the supernatural monsters we encounter in the first episode of Lovecraft Country. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, this series, fresh from HBO’s ever-expanding catalogue, is produced for the small screen by Jordan Peele (Us, Get Out) alongside J.J Abrams (Super … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft County’: Episode 1 (Sundown)

Fantasies and Boundaries in Michaela Coel’s ‘I May Destroy You’

Trigger warning: Rape, Assault. *Spoilers ahead* Michaela Coel’s refreshing new BBC series I May Destroy You is a rollercoaster from start to finish, oozing with millennial drama and hard hitting stories surrounding the issue of consent. Set in modern day London, this new 12 part drama follows a young Black creative in London navigating agents and draft deadlines, friendships and hookups. This all changes when … Continue reading Fantasies and Boundaries in Michaela Coel’s ‘I May Destroy You’

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’: What Should We Expect?

This month saw the release of the trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks, gearing up for the show’s August the 6th launch. It will be the first animated Star Trek show since the 1973-74 run of Star Trek: The Animated Series and the first time the main characters of a Star Trek show won’t be bridge crew. Instead, Lower Decks focuses on the support crew … Continue reading ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’: What Should We Expect?

Review – ‘Cursed’ is an Exciting, Female Fronted Spin on the Arthurian Legend

Netflix has always been ambitious in its programming, and had had huge success (e.g: Stranger Things, Sex Education). But it’s rival, HBO, has had the biggest television success of the past decade with Game of Thrones. So perhaps Netflix are trying to take over the medieval genre, first with The Witcher and now it’s newest released Cursed. Based on the upcoming book of the same … Continue reading Review – ‘Cursed’ is an Exciting, Female Fronted Spin on the Arthurian Legend

“That Bitch Carol Baskin” – ‘Tiger King’ And The Pursuit Of Entertainment

When I first saw that Netflix was producing a documentary about the fascinating tale of Joe Exotic and his zoo, I’ll be the first to admit that I was excited. I’d been following Joe’s story for years, and I was looking forward to an audience outside of animal advocacy becoming familiar with the tiger cub trade, and the way that roadside zoos function, as well … Continue reading “That Bitch Carol Baskin” – ‘Tiger King’ And The Pursuit Of Entertainment

Anticipation For ‘Euphoria’ Season 2 & Popularity on TikTok

A favorite amongst many, fans of Euphoria have been anticipating the return for season 2. Time and time again, we see television shows not get the recognition they deserve with each season. However, Euphoria, an HBO series created by Sam Levinson, has blown up and since then, spread like wildfire through Tiktok, Tumblr, Twitter, and more. The cinematography, costumes, soundtrack, and brilliant acting had audiences … Continue reading Anticipation For ‘Euphoria’ Season 2 & Popularity on TikTok