Last year saw the debut of two excellent new TV shows for men. Firstly True Detective was the one we have been waiting for since Breaking Bad finished. It had the brooding atmosphere and slow burning feel, with explosive moments and super acting.
The star of True Detective was the Oscar winning Matthew McConaughey. He was helped along by the excellent Woody Harrelson. It was the former who really made the series shine. His character featured depth that we have never seen before in a TV series for men.
Just like Breaking Bad before it, True Detective had boring parts where the scene was being set. Ultimately it was an enthralling tale with an instant classic long take which will go down in TV history when people compare TV to cinema.
The second season will feature completely new characters which I will keep secret in case you don't know. I think it would be better if you just wait and see to avoid any preconceptions. Lets just say it is an interesting pairing.
My rating for the first season of True Detective is 4.5 out of 5 stars. Near perfect TV for guys who like action but also substance.
The other great new TV show in 2014 was Fargo. Based on the wonderful movie made by the Cohen brothers maybe 15 years ago. Fargo wasn't instantly as great because of comparisons to the movie, however if you can put it alone you realize that it is a superb alternate story.
The two actors who starred in Fargo were the always interesting Billy Bob Thornton and British Martin Freeman. However Allison Tolman deserves to be mentioned alongside them. Her icy yet lovely character kept the show down to earth when the other two let it go a little noir or tacky.
My rating for Fargo the TV series is a very solid 4 out of 5 stars. Hopefully they will continue the series. There is plenty more darkness out there in those snowy little towns.
For me it was a battle of two great actors, both given super parts to play. Billy Bob Thornton is one of the most fascinating men in Hollywood and McConaughey is mesmerising. In the end McConaughey takes the prize for the sheer vibes in True Detective. He was also the star of the best movie in 2014 Interstellar.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
|The moment Dexter got caught by his sister|
He works for the Miami police as a forensic blood spatter specialist. So technically he not a cop but that is where he goes to work everyday. His step sister is the second biggest character in the show. One of the poorer decisions from the writer so far has been to introduce signs of sexual tension and possibility between the two. This is not a nice idea and hopefully they will stop going down that route.
Dexter was identified as a psychopath by his father at an early age. His Dad taught him to channel his obsession with killing and taught him some life rules. This resulted in a fairly normal, well functioning member of society with a good job. Instead of killing random people, Dexter channels his urges towards more just killings. Basically he targets the worst criminals who slip through the system. The original format was to kill a new person in almost each episode, but that has gradually given way in favor of a season long battle with a more formidable criminal.
The show has a classy style and it avoids being too graphic or crude. It is not the perfect TV series but most men who have seen it are big fans. This comes highly recommended from me and is one of the better options airing at the moment.
My rating 4 stars out of 5.
Update 2014: Dexter has now ended and the last season was awful. The last episode in particular was a shambles. A truly disappointing end to a previously decent TV show; rating downgrade to 3 stars out of 5.
Update 2015: My advice is to skip the last season altogether if you watch this TV series. It is not worth it and will leave you empty. Such a terrible ending is criminal and an insult to fans of the show.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Breaking Bad quickly gained a cult following although it did take a while for the masses to catch on. This is partly due the fact that it is created by AMC rather than HBO. Nowadays it is extremely popular for men around the world. The reason is because the characters and story lines are utterly compelling. There are some fun criminal characters which come and go. Walt's family help to keep the show's feet firmly on the ground.
All of the main characters have internal conflicts and more than one side to their personality. This gives the series a greater depth than we are used to. At times it can feel like there is too much emphasis on family dynamics rather than criminal action. However we are rewarded later when the plot develops, as we then have a greater understanding of decisions and actions. The show feels like it has a precision to the filmmaking. It feels intelligent and complex, whilst always delivering exciting events.
If you haven't seen this series then I highly recommend you watch the whole lot as soon as possible. It is a rewarding experience, unlike many shows for men which are all plot and action. Part 1 of season 5 has just finished. The final part of season 5 will be aired next summer and it may be the finale. This rather short run this summer has easily been the best mens TV show of 2012.
Mr rating 5 stars out of 5.