What We’re Watching: The Almighty Johnsons Season 3

This is a series you really, really can’t miss. Because it’s wonderful. The Norse gods have been exiled from their homeland and are living in New Zealand. Each of them comes into their god-aspect on their 21st birthday, and from then on have minor but effective powers. However, should Odin (one of the Johnson family boys) find his true love the goddess Frig, then the gods shall reclaim all of their powers and it will be – more or less in the words of the series – totally awesome. Of course the path of true love never runs smoothly, and…

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What We’re Watching: The Americans

These days, watching TV is a lot like running a triage. With more TV dramas than ever before, we only have the time to let the best ones through, giving each drama a few episodes apiece before deciding its fate. There are those we dismiss on the strength (or lack thereof) of a single episode and those we stick with for a few episodes hoping it will realise its potential. Some get through and become regular viewing while others we leave to pass away quietly next to the wheezing corpses of Revolution, Sons of Anarchy and 666 Park Avenue. Which…

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What We’re Watching: DREDD

So I watched DREDD again last night, having seen it in the cinema originally (in 3D). I’m probably biased, as I read loads of 2000AD in my youth (and am enjoying picking up the graphic novels now, although I haven’t read the weekly comic in years and years), but I really enjoyed it. It’s impossible to catch the ethos of Dredd in one film, as there are too many possible tones to cover – biting satire, gritty violence, political spoofery, full-on comedy, SF epic – but the makers obviously chose one and did it well. You can’t ask for more…

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