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SILVER SPOON.

Girl with a Basket of Pamphlets. Painting. 18th Century.  This image is in the public domain.

 


A FREE PAMPHLETINO.
FROM
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WITH 
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 Netflix in the United Kingdom. 

Silver Spoon. 

A Russian Detective drama series.
 
In Russian with English subtitles.

My one-off Mini-potted Review.

Clarissima.
London, United Kingdom. 
16th April 2017.

 

 

SILVER SPOON.
MY ONE-OFF MINI-POTTED REVIEW.

So I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Granted that it took about three episodes to really come into its own and hook me. For the whole series.

The credits and music start seeming supercool. The city scenes both day and night: are stunning.

I was getting shades of similarities with Scandi-noir series: and their beautiful city panoramas. Especially at night that whole speeding up of the neon lights and traffic flow effect.

However this time, we’re metaphorically in Russia. Not exactly sure which city. But it’s beautiful. So are the close up street scenes, buildings and individual places. The interiors of office buildings, the Police Station with its burnished, black painted doors, the tiny flats and ornate old houses, villas and Dachau in the mountains. To name but a few.

Silver Spoon is also a charming tale of the transition of the character of the young playboy, Igor. From his early truculence, troublesome ways, mad cap adventures and exploits into: well let’s just say he still keeps all of these qualities. As a Policeman. Except for the truculence. Which is replaced by a whole new man. New and improved..

The story of stories themselves, since there are other stories running concurrently along with the Police investigations: are suspensefully and cleverly plotted.

The quiet and increasingly affecting, intensity of the acting is sublime.

 

 


 

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THE SANTA CLARITA DIET. A FREE PAMPHLETINO.

 

Netflix in the United Kingdom.

The Santa Clarita Diet.

An American horror drama series.

 

A ONE-OFF REVIEW OF THE FIRST TWO EPISODES.

 

Harsh. Biting comedy. if you’ll pardon the pun..And yet not really funny. Not very funny at all.. I stuck it for two episodes. Then, unexpectedly, I started to feel a little queasy..

Now this is not like me but may well be that my fake meat pie was disagreeing with me. Again.

Yet this feeling could have been an intellectually as in metaphorical queasiness instead. Including plenty visual input too. As I considered the scene before me..

On one level this drama could be said to work as a bitingly dark, there I go again, horror comedy. I think that is the term. And I can see how it could appeal to some: as this kind of comedy.

However for me, the comedy didn’t really work. This had to be truly anarchic, free, if you like, comedy for it to be successful. In my opinion.

Unfortunately instead of being anarchic enough to make it: the comedy was generic instead.

Maybe I’m just tired of he whole zombie as empowering thing: especially as in this case, for a woman. Yawn.

As soon as you see the overly meek and mild and overly fussy (as in his her husband) housewife/ heroine in the beginning: you just know that she will shortly kick ass. It writes itself.
This tiresome empowerment theme is taken to the extreme later, inexplicably, by the heroine’s daughter. When she decides, rather unfairly I felt in both cases. to officially kick ass. Too. Just like Mom. Double yawn.

The men, as is so often the case now in dramas, are depicted as the usual wimp and or high functioning nerd (this is the epitome of man now apparently) who is not even allowed to be a cool nerd. Oh no, no, no. Although as time and tribulations go on: he may well relax a bit and become officially cool. such is the dramatic rule. But I digress.

Shocking, indeed really shocking visuals aside: my feelings of impending agenda (right-on-ness as in teachy-preachy themes) did not subside .

Since Lo and behold the “H” word is soon invoked. As the giggling co-conspirators discuss how people would love them for theoretically killing the moustachioed one.

Because now the talk has moved to murder. Since you see it’s all relative, man. Everything is absolute and there is no absolutes.

Of course I will tolerate you, the loving husband croons, in spite of your rather unfortunate tendencies…

It’s all wonderful. I embrace it. As they (now) say. I’m inclusive.

Thing is, maybe the shocking visuals did do for me. As I found myself thinking: this may be the first time that has been shown on Television. Well in full, blaring daylight and realistic close -up.

From start to finish. So to speak..

Live action.

And I have seen some mad things on TV. For me this drama, well two episodes anyway, did not work as slapstick comedy.

Nor did it really work as surrealistic comedy. Nor as a biting, oops there I go again, satirical comedy.

Because due to the generically predictable elements or themes therein: I ponder that this was not satire at all. Just another, wee, extension of the norm.

Glorified.

 

 

 

Footnote.

The Santa Clarita diet reminded me of the film: The Star Chamber.

 

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Homeland Series Six. A One-off Mini-potted Review of the first twenty minutes. Of episode One. A free Pampletino.

 

 

Homeland Series six.

An American spy drama series.

A One-off mini-potted review of the first twenty minutes.

 

So this series has stacked up on my TIVO box. About six or seven episodes, laying there, ignored. Oh well. I was bored one lunchtime and Jackson Galaxy (My Cat From Hell) is no longer on. Boo hoo.

So without wanting to get political other than to say that I jumped ship from Tyrant and series Three of Tyrant (much as I enjoyed one & two) because I’m pretty much all Middle Easterned out.

Tyrant was fun to make fun of for a while. But then all this whole shebang as a genre just got too realistic. Too similar to day to day life. Not sexy, exotic or exciting at all. Just like Homeland. Homeland has had its day . In my opinion.
The original story of Homeland was based on the original Israeli series, Hatufim, or Prisoners Of War in English. Homeland went far beyond the story of Hatufim series one and two (though I haven’t seen series Three).

Homeland really squeezed every ounce of story out of the original one: which was Brody, the Prisoner of war. So to speak.

Not to mention the similar process happening to Brody. Who got rather put through the ringer himself. By who exactly, and who did the worst: you decide.
But I digress.

Yes, after all it is or was Homeland, which was always enjoyable, if that’s the right word. However I only made it through the length of two episode breaks.

First thoughts: oh no. Fucking jazz. Carrie actually riding a bus. In a cashmere scarf. Everything’s cool and groovy. Because they are playing jazz. See.

So it seems they did not tell us quite everything. At the end of the last series. Then we meet the officially sympathetic young man.. I think we can all see where this story line is going. I’m sure he’s just misunderstood.

I’m offksi. Farewell Homeland. You officially jumped the shark. Trouble is you don’t even know it. Or even about the shark.

 

 

Postscript.

Somewhere I have a silly poem about Homeland and a Shark. Written a while back. Called The Shark’s Lament.

So I must have thought that Homeland jumped the shark before this..

 

 

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Legion. New Series. FOX Television Channel in the United Kingdom. A free Pamphletino. Legion. A mini-potted review. Of the first twenty minutes.

A Pamphletino.


Legion.
A Mini-potted Review.

A hot mess. I did try. it was certainly very arty. To look at. Legion was like an old school music video: back when they were all artistic and floaty.

 

However in this drama’s case a music video would have been better. Because at least you had music, this is like the video but mostly silent.

Except for brief interludes of dialogue. Granted everything is all very arty, in the drama’s creation as a visual thing of beauty: to look at. But just not enough happens. Or happens cogently and quickly enough to be interesting. Urge you on, in interest so to speak.

 

At the same time scenes and images changed like and Attention Deficit Disorder/ ADHD toddler choosing toys. Or maybe this is the expected attention span now. For scenes. Who knows.

I didn’t really care- enough to find out more. I ditched. I am sure Legion is aiming to be one of those cultish series. But it’s all been done before.

Much of the concepts within the series: seemed derivative. Of older series gone before.

 

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The Unbound Bookshop.

 

 

A collection of original written work from Clarissima: poet, blogger, author and independent online reviewer of British & international television & Netflix series.
Illustrations:
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) A Lady Writing a Letter.
 Date. 1665. 1st Jan?
 Courtesy of Google Art Project.

A Man Reading (Saint Ivo?) Date circa 1450.

Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400-1464).

(Both images sourced from Wikipedia 10th February 2017).