The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season One—Not Bad

The Doctor Blake Mysteries
The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Available on Netflix, The Doctor Blake Mysteries is a little dark but not gruesome. It follows war veteran Dr Lucien Blake as he returns to his home town of Ballarat in Australia and takes up his father’s practice and his place as police surgeon.

1—Dr Blake

Lucien likes to stir things up. Our introduction to him is when he takes a nude painting into his stuffy men’s club and hangs it above the bar. Taking place in what I think is the ‘50s, Lucien has some rather liberal attitudes that don’t always go down well with his colleagues and fellow townsmen. Continue reading “The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season One—Not Bad”

Lucifer Season Two Part Two—Because I Didn’t Realize It Was Only the Half-Season Finale

Lucifer season two
Lucifer Season 2

So yeah, I didn’t realize the show was on hiatus mid-season, not breaking between seasons. In any case, the second half of season two of Lucifer was pretty fun, even if the romance between Lucifer and Chloe gets derailed because status quo is god. Lucifer gets more character growth, Amenadiel has whatever the opposite of a crisis of faith is, we get to meet God Johnson who is just a hoot, and we get an appropriately dramatic season finale, with happy endings of all sorts. And then of course Lucifer gets knocked out and wakes up in a desert with his wings back. Nice hook for season three, which as previously stated, I’ll be watching.

Burn Notice—Part Two—Things Get Dark

Burn Notice
Burn Notice

So I finally got around to watching the rest of this action-filled spy thriller series and despite a turn for the darker, I’m glad I did. This review is of seasons five through seven.

1—Frigging Anson

Anson is a walking spoiler so if you’d rather avoid, I skip to the next section. I entirely blame Anson for it taking me so long to finish the series. I just don’t enjoy watching him. Which isn’t to say the actor playing Anson isn’t superb or that the scenes/episodes with him in them aren’t good. I just really hate Anson. He’s the most manipulative son of a bitch in the series and Karma Houdini right up until his death, which you could still argue is too good for him. The stuff that bastard puts Mike through… Continue reading “Burn Notice—Part Two—Things Get Dark”

The Librarians Season Three—Chaotic Fun

The Librarians Season Three
The Librarians Season 3

I am still in love with The Librarians. It’s still fun and clever, with just the right amount of drama. This season the Librarians face off against Apep, the incarnation of evil and chaos, as well as a government agency who’s found out about and distrusts the Library.

1—Fast Paced

At just ten episodes per season, The Librarians keeps a tight pace. While about half the episodes in season three at first glance seem divorced from the overarching plot, there’s always something that ties into the fate of the world. There’s twists too, like Colonel Baird being an unknowing sleeper agent, but not too many for the time frame of the season. Continue reading “The Librarians Season Three—Chaotic Fun”

The Magicians—Pacing Issues

The Magicians is a tv show about students at a college for magicians. I’ve only gotten an episode and a half in. The pacing feels off to me and hasn’t allowed time for me to get attached to the characters. That said, the effects are great and it looks like an intriguing world. There’s a freaky moth-faced villain and a storyline focusing on the main character’s best friend who’s learning to be a hedge-witch after failing to get into magic college. Also be aware that the show is violent—someone’s already had their eyes plucked out. I may give it another shot but maybe not.

My apologies for not having a more well-rounded review this week. It’s the end of the semester and school and holiday/family stuffs are taking the bulk of my time. I should have a proper post next week.

The UnBook Reporter’s Favorite Mystery/Crime Shows to Relax To

You may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a murder mystery novel kick lately, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite tv shows too.

1—Midsommer Murders

A British series, Midsommer Murders follows Chief Inspector Barnaby and his Sergeant as they solve murders in the idyllic little villages of Midsommer.

2—Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Based on the character created by Agatha Christie, the titular Hercule Poirot is a Belgian private detective in 1930s England, and sometimes abroad. The show has a distinctly Art Deco look, with beautiful sets and costume. The mysteries are fun too.

3—Columbo

A classic from the ‘70s. Each episode follows the murderer from before the murder through being caught. The through line is Lieutenant Columbo from LA Homicide, who catches them. Known for its tight plotting and intriguing filming techniques, Columbo is still a unique shows decades later.

4—Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods follows a family of cops, from Police Commissioner down to Rookie, and with an ADA on the side. The show neither sugar coats nor delves into the truly gruesome, and it’s one of the few modern police dramas I’ve found to be in this middle ground. Bad things happen but I never leave an episode feeling depressed, and I like that.

5—Murder She Wrote

Running from the m’id-80s through the mid-‘90s, Murder She Wrote stars Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, a novelist from Maine who just keeps running into corpses. Light and fun, this series sometimes catches flack for not always showing all the clues needed for the audience to solve the case, but if you’re like me and don’t care then it’s still a good romp.

Killjoys Season Two—Still Excellent

Killjoys Season 2
Killjoys Season 2

Killjoys is a gritty scifi adventure series on SyFy channel. Everything I said about season one still holds true—the characters, plot, and world are all richly developed.

1—Deadly Politics

After the bombing of Old Town and subsequent wall around it is put up, Pawter leaves her practice as doctor for Q’resh to take her place among the Nine to try to use that influence to get the wall taken down. I’d have loved to see Pawter grow into that role, as well as come to term with what she had to do to get the wall down. I understand her death was used to destroy the hope spot in the penultimate episode but that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed she’s dead.

Beyond that, we see more company scheming, and finally learn what Kleyn’s is really up to. And of course with Seyah Kendry around, nothing is quite what it seems. Continue reading “Killjoys Season Two—Still Excellent”

Daredevil Season One—I’m Hooked

Daredevil web tv series

Daredevil is a web tv adaptation, available on Netflix, of yet another of Marvel’s many, many comics properties. This one is about a blind lawyer who spends his nights as a vigilante. Though part of the MCU, Daredevil’s storyline is self-contained. So you won’t have to do a ton of “homework” watching other movies and shows to be able to enjoy it. I approve of this.

1—A More Realistic Approach

Notice I said “more” and not “totally”. I’m fine with some fantastic elements, mainly the extent of Matt Murdoch’s “sight” via his other senses—he wouldn’t be Daredevil without it. I also think there must be some healing factor there, no matter what they say about meditation helping with that. I’m willing to buy a combo of meditation and genetics though. Matt’s father was renowned for being able to take a beating. Continue reading “Daredevil Season One—I’m Hooked”