Day: 23/11/2014

05 “Danse Vaudou” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]

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My reading of the Hellblazer comics is actually quite limited really. I read — and loved — the “Original Sins” collection, and have read odd other instalments. I am, though, better versed than many viewers will be in the backstory.

For many, their primer will be the Keanu Reeves film, which although I quite enjoyed it, is a poor introduction for the comics or anything really based on it. It’s not just that Reeves performance completely differs from the magician of the comics (It might be that Shia LaBeouf is in it… -Ed), but that so many things differ that it is hardly the same thing at all.

One thing, though, it did get right: the sense of heaven above, hell below, and the Earth in between. It’s a battleground, and we’re just the civilians caught in the crossfire.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

07 “Test of Strength” (American Horror Story: Freak Show) [SPOILERS]

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There comes a point, inevitably, when the weird is no longer weird. This is the tightrope that American Horror Story walks. What was bold, new and terrifying when it started four years ago isn’t necessarily bold, new and terrifying today.

Partly this is due to its own success, but it does need to beware the potential pitfall of doing the same thing again and again with different settings and costumes.

So far the series has done exceptionally well at innovation. Since starting with the haunted house trope in the first series it has moved through a succession of different ideas. Freak Show does keep it up, but I can’t quite escape the suggestion that it might be starting to retread the same ground.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)