Claws (TNT)

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Claws (TNT) – Premieres 11th June

Comedy-drama that follows Desna, the owner of a nail salon, who has managed to get involved with the dixie mafia in laundering money for a neighbouring clinic.

After agreeing to launder the cash from the clinics oxy dealing for a year, Desna discovers that instead of getting the $20k that was promised, the head of the local dixie mafia gives her $3k and the revelation that she and her staff are no where near getting away from being used by them.

Realising the situation Desna decides to get herself further up the chain by taking out the guy that got them involved in the deal, who also happens to be the mafia bosses nephew.

The show has a faint similarity with Breaking Bad where the main character has got involved with some nefarious types in order to get cash together to help their family. But this is played out in a vastly lighter manner. For what it is it’s not too bad a watch.

5.3/10

The Keepers (Netflix)

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The Keepers (Netflix) – Premieres 19th May

Crime documentary which looks into the 1969 unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a nun who worked as a teacher in a Catholic all girls school in Baltimore. Where two of her former students, along with a reporter who covered the case at the time, try to find out what happened.

The first episode is used to go into setting the scene of the documentary, where it covers the history of the school the sister worked at, showing how the murder was covered in the press, and how the body was discovered. Along with briefly covering another murder that happened five days later with a young girl in the area in similar circumstances. As it goes through the history of the case there’s are interviews with former students, clergy who knew the sister and former police who worked the case who give their of what they thought happened.

For an opening episode it has more in common with the documentary Paradise Lost than Making A Murderer, and with it only revealing the next lead at the very end of the episode gives it a slow paced vibe. That said it’s worth watching.

6.4/10

Inside The FBI: New York (USA)

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Inside The FBI: New York (USA) – Premieres 27th April

A show that documents the agents that work in the New York FBI field office as they go about their business profiling possible terrorists and look into possible threats.

As they follow certain agents they reveal why they joined the FBI and how their role has changed since the 9/11 attacks, along with watching them as respond to incoming information.

It’s very similar to other law enforcement shows like Nightwatch, American Takedown, Keeping Canada Safe and the like. A programme where only if you have a proper interest in the subject it would appeal to you.

2.4/10

Outlaw Tech (Science Channel)

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Outlaw Tech (Science Channel) – Premieres 26th April

A show that focuses on a famous high tech crime, and then goes into detail about how the criminals managed to pull off the scam.

In it the show uses interviews with various industry experts and former government agents involved in the case where they reveal how the crime was first spotted, and how they went about arresting the perpetrators.

It also goes into detail about how the criminals pulled the crime off, and what technology they had to master, while highlighting the errors they made along the way which lead them to be caught.

It ends up being a surprisingly interesting programme. Though while it’s one you wouldn’t deliberately go out of your way to watch, you could happily sit through a couple to burn some time.

4.2/10

Rebel (BET)

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Rebel (BET) – Premieres 28th March

Cop based drama, where maverick cop Rebecca “Rebel” Knight goes on a call with her partner, only to find that the suspect is her own brother. After talking her brother into dropping the gun he was holding her partner panics and begins shooting at him. Rebel resolves that problem by shooting her partner in the foot, only for back up to arrive thinking her brother shot the partner, and killed him while he ran.

Rebel is then investigated by Internal Affairs to find out what happened, leaving her on gardening leave from the force being hounded by the press. She then gets a call from a friend to ask her to look into some suspicious behaviour that her husband is showing.

This leads Rebel to investigate both her friend and her husband, finding out the fella has a kid with another woman and her friend is having an affair with a dubious looking sort. Both she can confront them properly, the friends boyfriend murders the husband, leading Rebel to track him down and discover he’s part of a Chechnyan terrorist organisation plotting to somewhere in the States.

After getting the police down to the scene of the bomb production, the gang have cleaned the place out, leading to Rebel quitting the force to become a private detective and to hunt the gang down.

The show while come across as wanting to be a moderately serious drama ends up becoming reminiscent to the 70’s style blaxploitation cop films, where the ridiculous premise is underpinned by occasional funk bass and electric organ.

4.3/10

Shots Fired (FOX)

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Shots Fired (FOX) – Premieres 22nd March – Cancelled

Crime drama where after a black police officer shoots down an unarmed white man, the justice department open an investigation to find out what happened.

As the investigator and special prosecutor look into the case, they being to find out that the locals have a general distrust of the officers in the town and slowly find out that the police are ignoring a murder of a black teenager.

While this is being uncovered the officer under investigation is on the receiving end of incriminating video footage being released to the press making the shooting look racially motivated.

The show is similar to any Law & Order type show you can think of, and goes along at a slow pace where you begin to lose interesting in what’s actually happening.

4.7/10

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix)

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Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix) – Premieres 17th March

The fourth Marvel series to go along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. 15 years after surviving an plane crash that killed his parents in the Himalayas, Danny Rand returns to New York to meet with his fathers old business partner Harold Meachum, only to find that Meachums children, Ward and Joy, are now running the business and that Harold is deceased.

After failing to convince his old childhood friends that he is who he says is as, Danny begins to try and convince them as they believe he is a plant from the companies rivals to destabilise them before their expansion.

Between trying to gain the trust of the Meachums, Danny meets Colleen Wing who runs a struggling dojo in town and turns down his request to help teach some classes. On the way back from the dojo Danny is attacked by the security details of the Ward, who have been ordered to kill him. After brushing them aside Danny meets up with Joy who manages to drug Danny and commit him into a psychiatric hospital.

The show itself he a pretty slow and disjointed beginning, which is more in line with how the Luke Cage series kicked off. Though Iron Fist is no where as bad as it’s been made out to be, the way it stutters along means it’s one of the poorer beginning episodes.

5.2/10