Deception (ABC)

Deception

Deception (ABC) – Premieres 11th March

Procedural crime show shenanigans where after world famous magician Cameron Black pulls off the biggest illusion of his life, a scandal about him is revealed leaving his career in tatters.

After a year of doing nothing Cameron sees a news report of a criminal that supposedly died in in a mass explosion, and notices that the incident resembled one of his own tricks. So Cameron heads off to the FBI to share his theory and tries to get to help out on the case, since he believes the person that pulled off the illusion is the same one that ruined him.

While initially hesitant the FBI finally let Cameron and his stage team help out on the case where he aids them to recapture the person they thought got away. And at the same time Cameron manages to get the lead he’s looking for.

As procedurals go it almost has the same sort of vibe as Lucifer, and while it’s not the best show ever to be made it’s still enjoyable to watch. It’s a nice bit of fun trashy TV.

5.8/10

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Secrets Of The Lost (Science Channel)

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Secrets Of The Lost (Science Channel) – Premieres 25th February

A show that looks into how and why certain ancient structures were built, what problems the people of the time had to overcome and why the buildings were constructed in the first place.

During the programme it follows experts as they discover artefacts that reveal answers to how and why these constructions took place. As well as talking about their discoveries it shows people practically using techniques found to show how the ancient civilisation could produce the materials needed, and how they could move them vast distances.

As science documentaries go this goes along at a decent pace and explains the science behind certain aspects in an easy to understand way. While it’s one of the more interesting shows of its type, it’s still not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

2.7/10

Mosaic (HBO)

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Mosaic (HBO) – Premieres 22nd January – Miniseries

Starting off with the discovery of the body of Olivia, a childrens author, and revealing that the police are looking into two potential suspects.  This is a whodunit that follows Olivia over a four year period leading up to her death, while showing the possible motives of the people around her.

Starting off four years before the incident, Olivia is at a fundraising event for her childrens charity hosted by her neighbour. There she meets budding artist Joel who is working the bar. After chatting to him Olivier offers him a job as a live in handyman at her home, where he would be able to use her studio in return. Soon after Joel moves in Olivia discovers that he has a girlfriend leading her to feel jilted, while Joels girlfriend notes of the weird situation he’s in.

At the same time Olivias neighbour Michael has discovered that the land her home is on contains a rich deposit of rare metals, and after having his offer to buy the property turned down devises another way to her Olivia to sell.

After finding out about a conman named Eric who managed to romance a woman to leave him her inheritance, Michael hires him under the guise where Eric believes that a wealthy woman living abroad wants the buy the property. Though during the con Michael and his associates begin to believe that Eric is falling in love with her and potential jeopardising the job.

As murder mysteries go this is a seriously slow burning affair, where during the first episode not too much happens of note. That said, it still keeps your interest even though at time there are some jumps between the storylines that feel a bit jarring.

6.2/10

Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen)

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Mysteries & Scandals (Oxygen) – Premieres 5th January

Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, this show looks into the deaths, crimes and scandals linked to high profile celebrities.

The programme initially covers the aspect the show will look into, going through the timeline and giving a broad description on what had happened. Then with interviews to family members, attorneys and journalists they start to fill in the gaps with what they witnessed and at time assumptions as to what was going on.

Along with the interviews the programme also shows stock news footage of the subject, along with actual audio of emergency calls made during the main incidents to help add to the narrative. Though with everything that’s shown, nothing other than the previously reported facts are revealed, leaving this as an over sensationalised docu-series and doesn’t offer anything new.

It all comes across as one of the low budget schedule filler crime programmes that you normally see on Investigation Discovery, and unsurprisingly is a chore to get through.

1.8/10

Dark (Netflix)

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Dark (Netflix) – Premieres 1st December – Renewed

German drama set in the small town of Winden, where two months after his father had committed suicide, leaving a letter to be opened at a specific time. Jonas returns to school, finding out that one of his classmates Erik has been missing for almost two weeks.

After meeting up with his friend they agree to head to the local cave where Erik kept his stash of drugs so they could split it with each other and sell the rest. On the evening where they plan to raid the cave they are joined up with their friend who also happen to be the offspring of the principal. After getting the drugs, the gang are spooked by something coming from the cave leading them to make a hasty exit. When they regroup the notice the youngest of the principals kids Mikkel has gone missing.

While all of this is kicking off, a parents meeting at the school is interrupted by an old fella proclaiming that “It’s happening again”, the local copper who’s is married to the principal is continuing his affair with Jonas’ mum. And there is a couple of cuts to a bunker, made up as an 80’s bedroom with a decorated electric chair, which is housing Erik.

As opening episodes go, there is a lot happening all with a hinted time travel vibe. While it’s slow for it to reveal what is going on, it does keep the intrigue up nicely.

7.1/10

Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC)

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Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC) – Premieres 6th November – Renewed

A private detective show set in 1920’s following Frankie Drake, a daughter of a notorious criminal who uses some some the skills learned from her father to solve cases that the Toronto PD are either oblivious to or don’t want to look into.

The show is the run of the mill whodunnit type affair, but with the way it’s set out gives the feel of something that would only be shown on a Sunday afternoon to pad out the scheduling. It’s all completely inoffensive and kind of forgettable.

3.6/10

Myth or Monster (Travel Channel)

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Myth or Monster (Travel Channel) – Premieres 27th October

Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss looks into local legends of strange creatures existing, and investigates how they came to be.

Patrick heads off the town where the sightings originate from, where he interviews locals who have had sighting or know the history of the myth. Along with the interviews Patrick takes any evidence believed to be from the creature to analysis, visits site where the people have witnessed the animal and any of the stories told of sightings get a reenactment shown while it’s being told.

By the end of the ep Rothfuss gives his verdict on wether the creature is a myth or real, while giving a a quick recap on what he’s learned. For a show about mythical creatures it’s a better watch than True Monsters or True Supernatural though that said you wouldn’t go out of your way to watch it and it isn’t a patch on stuff like Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files when they cover the same kind of subject.

3.3/10