You (Lifetime)

You

You (Lifetime) – Premieres 9th September

A thriller that follows Joe Goldberg, a book store manager who after meeting Guinevere, develops an obsession on her and is intent to do anything he can to get with her.

During the episode, between Joe helping out the kid next door who is being neglected and possibly abused by his mums new boyfriend. Joe begins to do some light online research on Guinevere, that slowly develops into him stalking and learning everything about her. Then from there Joe starts to try influence events and people in her life so that she will end up in a relationship with him.

The show is like a stalkers take on Dexter, and is a surprisingly decent watch for something that’s being shown on Lifetime. The opening episode goes along at a decent pace and has more than enough going on to get your interest, it’s well worth a watch.

6.1/10

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The Purge (USA)

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The Purge (USA) – Premieres 4th September

Based on the film of the same name, this follows three people as the 12 hour purge, a period where all crime is legal, begins.

The opening episode spends the nearly the entirety of the time setting up the story where it follows Miguel who is trying to find his sister, who has joined a cult where they sacrifice themselves during the Purge. Jane a businesswoman who is working in the office during the evening, who hires a hit woman. And Jenna and Rick, a couple invited to a purge party so they can try and get funding for their charitable cause, then find out the woman they had a threesome with in the the building.

While the opener is slow going, it does show some promise in an Under The Dome type way. Where it could end up being a delightful mess of the show. And while it doesn’t show much in the first 45 minutes it does enough to warrant checking the next episode.

5.8/10

Mayans M.C. (FX)

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Mayans M.C. (FX) – Premieres 4th September

A spinoff to Sons of Anarchy set after the original series, where it’s centred on the Mayan motorcycle club. Where after being released from prison, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes has joined the club where his brother is a already a patched member.

Ez is brought into help guard a drug run the club are doing for a Mexican cartel, then ends up in disaster when the convoy is hijacked and the drugs stolen. This leads the cartel to demand that the Mayans find out what happened before they start dishing out their own retribution on them.

Remembering a tattoo on one of the hijackers, EZ tells the club, that leads them to jump a rival gang. Where they find out job was pulled by Mexican rebels intent of forcing the cartel out of their area.

As this is going on EZ is called out to attend a meeting where it’s revealed he was released from prison early on the condition that he supplies information to the police. Before EZ finds out that his brother is the leak in the club telling the rebels where and how to hijack the drug runs.

The show itself has the same vibe as Sons of Anarchy, where a member of a biker club is bringing it down from the inside. Making it something only of interest to those that liked the original.

5.1/10

One Dollar (CBS)

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One Dollar (CBS) – Premieres 30th August

Set in a small steel producing town in the US, this is a murder mystery where after a crime scene is discovered, the police deduce that seven people were murdered and the bodies hidden.

In each episode it focuses on a specific character who is carrying a marked one dollar bill, where it reveals the persons involvement in the goings on in the town. Along with that that character, it also follows the police as the look into the case, a former police detective who is now doing private jobs for the more suspect people in the town, and young couple who may have witnessed something that could help solve the murders.

While the theme of focusing on the person that holds the one dollar doesn’t really work. The actual story of the murder mystery decent, and with the slow pace makes it a relaxed, enjoyable, easy piece of viewing.

6.3/10

 

Castle Rock (Hulu)

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Castle Rock (Hulu) – Premieres 25th July – Renewed

A horror based in the Stephen King multiverse, which is set in the town of Castle Rock. Where after the warden of Shawshank Prison commits suicide, the new warden discovers that an unknown prisoner is being held captive in a hidden cell in an abandoned wing.

With the prisoner only repeats the name of Henry Deaver, a lawyer originally from Castle Rock who was the focus of a missing child case years ago. One of the guards contacts him after they find out that the new bosses are intent on keeping the recently discovered inmate a secret.

As Henry returns home to get the man freed, he begins to find out why the warden caged the man. Along with Henry starting to find out what happened when he was missing as a kid.

For an opening episode, it goes along with at a decent pace while managing to keep the story understandable. All the while managing the to keep the Stephen King vibe to it all, makes it a decent watch.

6.7/10

Sharp Objects (HBO)

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Sharp Objects (HBO) – Premieres 8th July – Miniseries

A thriller where functioning alcoholic Camille Preaker, a reporter for a St Louis newspaper, is given an assignment to cover a story in her home town of Wind Gap. Where a girl has been murdered and another is currently missing.

As Camille heads off to Wind Gap she has constant flashbacks of her childhood, which begin to intensify the longer she is there. And after arriving ends up staying with her mother, Adora, who is in constant fear of what the rest of the town thinks of her. As well as having a reluctance to move on from the past, as she has kept the room of Camilles sister Marian as it was from when she died. While transferring her overprotectiveness onto Camilles step-sister Amma.

As Camille works on the story she interveiws the parents of the missing girl, and soon after, along with a couple of other towns folk, find the missing body staged near the town centre. After being interviewed by the towns new detective Richard he confirms that he believes a serial killer is in town.

For an opening episode, it’s very much a slow burner where for an hour long programme not too much really happened. Though in the way that it’s made, it’s like Rectify where the slow pacing manages to keep your interest and make you want to check out another episode. It’s a decent watch.

6.9/10

Reverie (NBC)

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Reverie (NBC) – Premieres 30th May – Renewed

A procedural style thriller, where former hostage negotiator Mara Kint is asked by her former boss to join him at a tech company where her skills are needed. As users of a virtual reality dream simulator are ending up trapped in a coma as they start to believe the simulation is real.

Mara is hesitant in accepting the offer, as she quit the negotiation business after her brother-in-law murder her sister and niece. Despite her best attempts to stop him. But after visiting the company and seeing the comatose users accepts the job, where she gets inserted into the persons virtual reality. Leaving her to use her negotiation skills to get them leaving the simulation.

Though while she works to save the person Mara begins to see images of her niece appear. Which escalates with Mara seeing an apparition of her niece appear outside the programme, interacting with real objects.

For a network show it covers most of the well used plot points, including a big company breaking some rules in pushing forward their product. It’s a okay opening episode, though there’s something about it that doesn’t grab your interest enough to watch to check out another episode.

4.6/10