Feud (FX)

Feud

Feud (FX) – Premieres 5th March – Renewed

Biographical drama focusing on the personal feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the production of the film What Happened to Baby Jane.

It kicks off just after the death of Joan Crawfords husband, where at an awards ceremony Joan is peeved with the success of Marilyn Munroe and after being interviewed proclaims that she is returning to acting.

After finding out that there are no scripts that interest her Joan starts looking into books that could be adapted to film and finds What Happened To Baby Jane. She then gets the director/producer Robert Aldrich on board and is give n the task to get a studio on board while she heads off to talk Bette Davis into signing up to the project.

After virtually every studio turn down the opportunity to take on the film sighting their doubts about having to older women in the lead roles, Aldrich ends up at Warner Brothers where both Crawford and Davis are blacklisted by the studio head.

There he manages to talk them around with the offer that they’ll be paid first. And from then on as the filming is about to start the game of oneupmanship and and visible loathing of each other begins between the two stars.

For an opening episode it’s a enjoyable start.

6.0/10

Legion (FX)

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Legion (FX) – Premieres 8th February – Renewed

Set in the X-Men universe it’s centered on David Haller, who while in a psychiatric hospital it lead to believe he has schizophrenia. After meeting a new impatient Syd, her disappearance leads to him being picked up a government agency and begins to learn that he’s in fact a mutant. Not only that, he’s the most powerful mutant to exist.

While being interrogated he’s recounting of events leads the story to flit between what actually happened, false memories and him going into dream like periods where he can talk to other communicating to him.

During one of his subsconious chats to Syd, she lets him know that her and the group she is with are going to break him out, leading him to escape to meet her boss Ms Bird, who reveals that he has mutant powers and her team need his help in their war against the government.

The show itself unsurprisingly jumps around a fair bit, similar to the film 12 Monkeys, where you’re never 100% as to what is going on as David struggles to work out what’s real or not. Though that said It’s a solid opener.

6.8/10

Taboo (FX)

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Taboo (FX) – Premieres 10th January – Renewed

Set in 1814 James Delaney, who was presumed dead in Africa, returns to London with just 14 stolen diamonds to his name to attend his fathers funeral. Delaney plans to take over the remains of his families shipping empire, which also includes some land owned in Canada, much to his half sisters annoyance who was planning on selling the business and land to the East India Company.

After the funeral Delaney discovers that the shipping empire is now just one building being used by the local prostitutes, he has a son that his guardian want compensation for taking car of him, and that after having his father exhumed he was killed by being fed a steady supply of arsenic and plans to avenge his death.

He begins by meeting with the East India Company who in a deal with his sister and her husband have settled on a fee well below its true value. Where after revealing that he knows about the impending peace treaty between the UK and US and the strategic worth of the land, cancels the deal leading to head of the East India to give the order to get Delaney to sell at any cost.

Its a decent start and one for those that want a fictious story set roughly in the same time frame as Frontier, especially if you enjoy the classic aspect of the Great British Bastardry employed by the East India Company.

5.9/10

Better Things (FX)

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Better Things (FX) – Starts 8th September – Renewed

Comedy about an actress and single mother of three, juggling her parental life along with her job and dating. It’s very much like a female version of Louie as in it’s structure, way it’s shot and the fact Louis CK is involved in it.

If you liked Louie it is more of the same.

4.8/10

Atlanta (FX)

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Atlanta (FX) – Starts 6th September – Renewed

Comedy about a fella discovers that his cousin is an up and coming rapper, and decides to try and become his manager to escape the dead end job he’s in, and to final be able to provide for his girlfriend and young daughter.

The show isn’t joke heavy, but a slow burner like Legit or early Louie.

5.7/10

American Crime Story (FX)

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American Crime Story (FX) – Starts 2nd February – Renewed

Dramatisation of the OJ Simpson case that starts from when the body of his ex-wife is discovered, and follows the case from the point of view of the lawyers working on the case.

The first ep covers the story up to the beginning of the low speed pursuit of OJ and generally does the groundwork of introducing all the legal types that would be the mainstays of the case. As well as showcasing John Travoltas emotionless, botoxed to the point that it looks like a skin mask, face.

It’s a decent start.

6.8/10

Baskets (FX)

Baskets

Baskets (FX) – Starts 21st January – Renewed

Comedy where Chip Baskets has a dream of making it as a clown, it starts off where he’s attending and failing a french clown school. He ends up dropping out and before heading back to the states, marries his uninterested french girlfriend who’s only interested in a green card.

When he gets back Buckets only manages get a low pay job as a rodeo clown, his wife only gets in contact to ask for money and his insurance agent becomes obsessed with him, plus some more additional clown pathos.

4.1/10