Hidden America With Jonah Ray (Seeso)

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Hidden America With Jonah Ray (Seeso) – Starts 2nd June – Renewed

A parody of the travel show format, this has host Jonah Ray head off to a US city where he visits local restaurants, and fictitious historical and tourist sites, meeting up with quirky locals. All of which either end up going wrong, or end up with Jonah insulting whoever he is talking to, leading him to make a hasty escape.

The programme apes the travel show format to a tee, and for a parody has a decent amount of jokes in it. It’s not too bad.

4.5/10

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Chasing Cameron (Netflix)

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Chasing Cameron (Netflix) – Starts 27th December 

A reality show that follows a group of internet famous lads as they go about on the European tour of MAGCON, a convention were excitable teenage girls get to meet their favourite internet celebrities who are famous for basically doing nothing.

In it, the main fella Cameron talks about how MAGCON started up, why it stopped and the reasons as to why he’s trying to revive it. As well as the history lesson no one wanted, he introduces the other non entities he’s on tour with. The show then goes into full on reality gubbins where it generally ends up with a hissy fit being thrown, the word “bro” said a few times and footage of many young girls losing their collective shit.

It’s a painful bit of viewing.

0.8/10

 

Street Fighter Resurrection (Amazon/Machinma)

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Street Fighter Resurrection (Amazon/Machinma) – Starts 15th March

Follow on from Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, this is an 8 minute ep where Ryu and Ken get back together after finding out M. Bison and the gang aren’t dead and intent on causing some mischief.

Like the previous instalment the acting is a little shonky at times, and it’s kind of impressive that something so short can still contain a training montage. But since it’s only 8 minutes long it’s watchable, though nothing really happens.

2.9/10

Terror (Viceland)

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Terror (Viceland) – Starts 1st October

A standard Viceland docu-series offering, which looks into the different islamic terrorist groups, where they show how they came into existence, why they’re doing what they’re doing, and looks at how they’ve changed their approach of the years.

Hosted by Vice founder Suroosh Alvi, he travels to the country of the groups origin, where he interviews locals to find out how their world view has been been altered by the War on Terror, and talks to a couple of folks within the groups to explain what drives them.

The show feels like an extended episode of Vice, and does exactly what you’d expect. Though with the extended run time it doesn’t feel like you learn any more than from a 15 or 30 minute Vice segment.

4.7/10

State Plate with Taylor Hicks (INSP)

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State Plate with Taylor Hicks (INSP) – Starts 21st October – Renewed

Culinary travel show where musician, host & Paul Hollywood look-a-like Taylor Hicks, sets out to visit all 50 US states and create a full menu from dishes that are local to the area.

In each ep he visits a specific state, then heads off to towns where famed local dishes are known to originate from, and then chats to the folks that make it, while finding out how the dish is created.

After visiting the places on his list, Taylor then goes through what the state menu would look like. For a cooking/travel show it’s not the most interesting pieces or TV, especially with the host coming across pretty awkwardly whenever he has to either talk to people, or describe the food.

1.8/10

Tokyo Trial (Netflix)

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Tokyo Trial (Netflix) – Premieres 12th December

Drama that follows the judges who presided over the Tokyo Trials that took place for 10 years to find the accountability of the Japanese Military and political leaders involved in WWII, and if they should be charged with war crimes.

The majority of the programme deals with the judges working behind the scenes trying to make sense of the testaments they have listened to. And trying to make sure they are not influenced by verdicts from the Nuremburg Trials, to achieve the most unbiased verdict possible.

The opening ep itself goes by surprisingly quickly though it doesn’t ever feel like that much has happened. That said the court scenes where they merge the actual footage with the actors playing the judges is a nice touch.

5.1/10

Outsider (Viceland)

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Outsider (Viceland) – Premieres 4th May

Docu-series that looks into underground film directors who have gained notoriety by their poorly made films that have become cult classics.

After going through a synopsis of their most famous piece of work, the host then meets up with the director to find out how the film was made, the trouble they had getting it released and how it effected them after the film was finished.

For a 30 minute documentary it’s doesn’t really go into any real depth, and is held back by the fact the host is part of the reason behind the films release and already knows the director. This makes it feel that where they could have gone more in depth they avoided it.

4.7/10