Killing Eve (BBC America)

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Killing Eve (BBC America) – Premieres 6th April – Renewed

After the murder of a Russian politician in London, Eve, a MI5 security officer is tasked with protecting the only witness. During the meeting about the killing, Eve puts forward the theory that the hitman is in fact a woman. Which is instantly dismissed by everyone bar the lady from the MI6 Russian desk. And after interviewing the witness Eve then finds out that her suspicions were correct, though the description she got pair up with no one they had on Record.

While Eve is trying to find the killer, Villanelle, the woman she’s hunting has been given a job to kill a mafia boss in Italy. Where in doing the job begins to take some liberties as she becomes more arrogant. Then after killing the mafia boss Villanelle to told to discreetly kill the witness that Eve is protecting, which she does in the most non-discreet manner possible.

As the witness is murdered Eves boss blames her for the outcome and sacks her. Only for the woman from the MI6 Russian Desk to contact Eve afterwards to get her to help with the capture of Villanelle.

For a crime drama it goes along at a decent pace, where the setup for the show is quickly put into place. Though while it’s clearly well made, there’s something about it that doesn’t make it feel like a must watch.

5.9/10

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The Terror (AMC)

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The Terror (AMC) – Premieres 26th March – Renewed

Inspired by a true story, this follows the crews of the HMS Terror & HMS Erebus during their doomed voyage. As they tried to chart the Artic and discover the Northwest passage through Canada.

When one of the crew comes down to what is believed to be scurvy, he begins to hallucinate, seeing a vision telling him that they should leave the area before dying. As the doctor relays the news, he is told to ignore what he heard and to perform an autopsy in the morning.

Then the next day, while the ice in the area begins to mount The Erebus. A crew member is sent into the water to work on the propeller. After the removing the ice blockage, the crew member turns to notices an apparition heading towards him that he avoids after being pulled up. During the same time, the doctor reveals that the person that died the night before wasn’t suffering scurvy, and had no idea on what killed him.

With the winter months drawing in and the ice thickening, the captain of The Terror Francis Crozier puts forward the the plan to change their direction and to use only one ship for them to beat the incoming freeze. Croziers plan is then then dismissed, where six days later both the ships become stranded.

As opening episodes go this is good. Very good. and well worth a watch.

7.9/10

Seven Seconds (Netflix)

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Seven Seconds (Netflix) – Premieres 22nd February – Cancelled

Drama where after an off duty detective accidentally kills a 15 year old black kid in a car incident, his commanding officer decides to cover the murder by putting it on an known drunk.

After charging the guy with murder the assistant prosecutor, and drink enthusiast KJ Harper is brought in to reluctantly work the case with detective Joe Rinadi. As KJ believes there’s already enough evidence to prosecute the guy arrested, she accompanies Rinadi to the hospital to talk to the victims parents.

While this is going on, the officer that was in the hit and run becomes riddled with guilt and decides to turn himself in. After being fobbed off with the desk sergeant, heads home where he is greeted by his boss DiAngelo, who tells him in no uncertain terms to keep what is happening under wraps.

As the programme goes on Harper and Rinadi slowly discover pieces of evidence that points them away from the person the police have charged, leading to the pair to believe something suspicious is going on.

As crime dramas go this one starts off looking as if it could be promising. But as it goes on at a slow pace with not too much happening, it starts to feel like a grind to get through.

4.1/10

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

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Altered Carbon (Netflix) – Premieres 2nd February – Renewed

Sci-fi thriller where after being killed in his pursuit of stopping people to able to transplant their memories into new bodies, called sleeves, thus living for ever. Takeshi Kovacs is ironically brought back 250 years after he was stopped.

After vaguely coming to terms that he is in a body that’s not his own, Takeshi is taken to meet Laurens Bancroft, the man who paid for him to be brought back. There he finds out that Bancroft needs his services to find out who killed him a few days earlier. Where the scene was made to look like a suicide, but the perpetrators failed to stop the remote server downloading his memories into a new body. Meaning that Bancroft can remember everything up to the point of his last memory upload, but misses out remembering who killed him.

Bancroft gives Takeshi a day to think about the offer where either he accepts and gets his freedom, or refuses and is permanently deleted. Settling on the second option, Takeshi decides to spend his remaining time on getting wasted. Until an altercation in the hotel lobby he was signing into piques his interest in the case.

It’s a solid opening episode that goes along at a decent pace, and a plot that’s easy to keep with. Along the addition of the John Wick style hotel scene and it’s a decent watch.

7.2/10

The Alienist (TNT)

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The Alienist (TNT) – Premieres 22nd January

Set in New York in 1896, this is a period crime drama that follows Dr Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist, and his cohort, newspaper illustrator John Moore.

After the police find the mutilated body of a child prostitute, Moore is sent by Laszlo to draw the scene for him to investigate the murder. When seeing the drawing and getting a description of the scene from Moore, Laszlo manages to interview the suspect that the police have arrested. After talking to him Laszlo concludes the man is innocent of that particular crime and heads off to inform the new commissioner Teddy Roosevelt.

During the meeting Laszlo reveals that they have the wrong man in custody, and that he believes the murder is the work of a serial killer. When Roosevelt dismisses the pair they manage to get the help of his secretary, Sara, to get the case file of a murder that happened to two children under Laszlos care that he believes are linked.

When Sara follows through and gets the files, Laszlo finds out there is nothing in them that describes the cause of death, leading to to him get the bodies exhumed and getting Roosevelt onside to donate two forensics to examine the remains. This activity also leads to the killer finding out what is going on where he begins to stalk Laszlo and taunting him into catching him.

For an opening episode it goes along at a decent pace, and along with the quality of the production makes it an entertaining bit of viewing.

6.6/10

Counterpart (Starz)

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Counterpart (Starz) – Premieres 21st January – Renewed

A sci-fi thriller where after working in a lowly role for a UN agency for 29 years, Howard Silk is called into a clandestine meeting when a defector from the other side requests him to attend.

Howard then discovers the defector an alternate version of himself, and the other side they have been gathering information on is a parallel dimension. in the meeting the defector Howard reveals that an agent has been sent over to with a kill list, and he needs to assume the other Howards identity as cover to stop them.

For a plot that could have been confusing to follow, it’s easy to get to grips with, while never getting in the way of the story. For an opening episode it’s probably the best one since Mr Robot.

8.1/10

S.W.A.T. (CBS)

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S.W.A.T. (CBS) – Premieres 2nd November – Renewed

Police drama that follows a unit within the LA SWAT Team. After coming to the assistance of two policemen caught under fire in a warehouse the team chase down the assailants leading to three of the four perps getting caught in a rather extravagant manner, but with the final shooter the team leader accidentally shoots down a kid in a black neighbourhood.

This leads to the team leader being relived of duty, and to try and make the unit more approachable to the community the only black member of the unit is promoted to take over the vacancy. While this instantly effects his love life where he has to break off his relationship with the Captain of the LAPD, he takes the opportunity to use his knowledge of the area to gain the trust of the locals to help with breaking the cases the they are put on.

Even for a CBS police show this is tough going to get through, ignoring that the SWAT team would hang out in an underpass shooting things after their shift is finished, this is a clunky as hell drama, that becomes laughably bad in places.

3.5/10