I posted about my Goals for 2017 last month and I thought I would outline a more simpler post per month.
I’m calling it the Month to Month post. Here, I will outline what I am doing for each month as a goal.
The following reviews were compiled during the March month challenge and are reviews of the pilot only. I can’t say for certainty that they will be spoiler free and I will not take responsibility if the rest of the series is shit. That is your risk, not mine.
- Half of the picks need to be half hours and the other half one hours which are probably dramas.
- No rewatching or try to avoid rewatching series you’ve already seen.
- Only 5 can be variety, game, other variety shows. Excluding sketch based shows entirely because I can watch those on my own damn time.
Let’s see if I can keep up…
Pilot 16: Dicte (Danish, Drama, Crime, Female Lead)
A reporter moves from the city of Copenhagen, back to her hometown of Aarhus with her daughter in tow for reasons that is her own. From the pilot, it is shown that the lead character Dicte is here for her own selfish reasons.
The pilot starts with a young teenager giving birth, she is blindfolded but after a safe delivery she insists on holding the baby. It is given early on that she is giving up the baby for adoption, as she sleeps with the baby in her arms someone comes in and scoops up the baby to be taken away. To which we are brought to present day with Dicte, played by Iben Hjejle, who is trying to reconnect with her Jehovah’s Witness parents to no avail. Dicte is a journalist who likes going for the hard details for her readers, there are parts of this pilot that suggest she feels readers have the right to know what is happening in their community. She clashes with a lead detective Wagner who is often depicted trailing behind her or possibly inert to the case as she leaves a trail of evidence for the police.
The show is fun, it has a ton of home life drama in the picture that really steers Dicte’s emotions such as her daughter starting up a relationship with an “immigrant” student who was charged and acquitted for rape. There are a few scenes with her old friends from her younger days and one with her ex-husband as he tries and fails to seduce Dicte for the night.
I wanted to point out that I am not 100% sure why there is a need to label the immigrant characters in the story. It’s possible that due to the newness of the series that the writers wanted to include immigrant storylines but to label the characters in this context is kind of unimaginative. I don’t really know what the views are on immigrants in Denmark but a grain of salt while watching.
All in all, the pilot/first episode was a fun enough romp in a would be universe if journalists and police loved playing cat and mouse games with each other in a non-arrest way. It reminded me of Castle in ways, much of the crime solving was done via Dicte’s meddling. It’s a departure from other crime shows and we can all use a break sometimes. The best part is if you grow tired of the show, the writers have written each arch into two episode parts. The first season is 10 episodes but really its 5 stories.
Moon Rating: One giant mixed bag of “can journalists get away with that?”
Pilot 17: Don’t Trust the B**** In Apartment 23 (Comedy, American, Network Sitcom, Fun)
All I knew about this show was the writer and creator works on Fresh Off The Boat and one of the leading characters is Krysten Ritter from Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones. I didn’t know just how campy and funny it was. I also mistook this show to be a multi-camera sitcom. Just putting it out there.
The show follows June, played by Dreama Walker, as a small town girl about to move to the big city and into a cushy real estate job when on day one is pulled from right under her as the company is she transferred to has been caught embezzling money and she no longer had a job there. It is shortly followed by her apartment she was going to live in gets pulled from under her since the building is frozen in the companies assets. Broke and homeless, June determined change her fate finds a posting for a roommate. There she meets Chloe, played by Krysten Ritter, a stylish New Yorker who takes June under her wing.
After many outlandish and annoying habits and situations Chloe puts June through, it seems she is willing to put up with Chloe’s crap. The scam is that Chloe takes a room mate in and attempts to annoy her out of the apartment after she pays for three months rent.
In comes the pilot’s main plot line, June’s fiancé Steven visits her at her new place with her new room mate with is lab assistant in tow. As suspected by Chloe, she finds out from June’s Fiancé’s behavioural lab subject that the good doctor has been sleeping with other women behind June’s back. To save June, she seduces Steven to prove to June that he’s a scumbag.
It’s a weird twisted little show but if you like fast paced comedy and dark humor, it’s work a look. Not to mention some great physical comedy bits from all the actors. Best side character is definitely Eric Andre’s Mark Reynolds who works with June at the coffee shop. But in all this I haven’t even started talking about the MVP of the show, James Van Der Beek who plays a version of himself. I don’t even want to tell you about his scenes because they are all great and heavy on the Dawson’s Creek nostalgia.
Moon Rating: One butt smashing a birthday cake in the pilot kind of funny
Pilot 18: Chef’s Table (Netflix Original, Documentary, Food, Cooking, Food Pr0n)
This has been in my queue for a long time. I love cooking shows but let me be clear, I love shows about cooking and not really the competition kind. A Cook’s Tour, Martha Stewart, Good Eats, etc, those are my kinds of cooking shows.
The episode starts with a story about the earthquake in 2012 and how it rocked the town of Moderna, Italy. Chef Massimo Bottura regales the viewer of the plate he designed to help the town of Moderna where his Michelin Star restaurant resides, Osteria Francescana. The dish was a reinvented rosotto and its main ingredient is one of the biggest exports of Moderna, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. All of this is given to you with lavish pictures and beautiful story telling before the opening credits.
And wow, the opening credits. A double timed film of a dinner table being set and clips of the chefs to come in the season. All masterpieces for the eye and mouth, I’m sure.
The episode runs through the life of the chef along side of how and when they made big decisions in their career to get them to where they are. For Chef Bottura, much of his decisions in the game were made with and about his wife Lara. They also go over many of his dishes and interview many of the staff that surround Massimo in his kitchen. Loads of detail in every shot of how they even form the dishes.
It’s a rich episode to say the least.
Moon Rating: No rating, it’s too fucking beautiful to rate holy shiiiiiiiit
Pilot 19: Galavant (Musical, Sitcom, Break Up Story, Network, American, Period?, Fairy Tale)
I had read a few things about the show and wasn’t entirely sure if would be my cup of tea. I’m not usually up for musical shows but it was a half hour and I have been growing tired of the hours longs. So I just jumped in and it was surprisingly funny.
The show stars Galavant, played by Joshua Sasse, and anything I could possibly tell you about the pilot episode is summed up in the opening of the episode. Y’know in a song.
I’ll break it down into a point form list…
- Galavant meets a girl, Madelena and they fall in love
- The king see’s Madelena and forces her to marry him
- Galavant goes to the castle to save his love only to find out that she chooses money over love
The story picks up a year later while Galavant continues to wallow in heartbreak, enter Isabella who is a princess with a quest for the Knight Galavant. She tells her tale of woe and is shoved out of Galavant’s house. After another chance meeting in the local pub, she tells him if he does the quest it would entail revenge against the King who took Madelena. So here you can tell that Galavant is all in but the story doesn’t end there. On the flip side, the King wanted Isabella to charm Galavant into a life ending quest so that he could be seen as desirable to his own wife Madelena. As for the new Queen Madelena, it turns out she was quite corruptible by her new found power and wealth as she pushes all of the King’s buttons.
All in all, it’s a quest story about break up and revenge with a bunch of fun songs and highly entertaining characters. But it is a musical through and through, the pilot alone had 5 songs sung by various characters in a span of 21 minutes. Viewer beware.
Moon Rating: Twenty sad pounds gained out of twenty, Galavant!
Pilot 20: Crashing (Real Life, Break Up Comedy, American, Stand Up, Sitcom)
I’ve been a fan of Pete Holmes ever since my friend showed me his Spicy Interview on YouTube one afternoon. It got me laughing and it made him memorable in my mind. I’ve since seen interviews with him on various shows and tried to catch the Pete Holmes Show once in a while. The show is an extension of the kind of humour Holmes brings, it all edges on common sense and epiphanies to yourself.
The show starts with Pete, obviously played by Holmes and Jess, played by Lauren Lapkus cooking when Jess tries to spice up their dying marriage. They unsuccessfully try and have coitus on the carpet in their living room and it spirals off into watching cat videos. Pete leaves to do a gig because Pete is a totally green stand up trying to become a great comedian. When he arrives at his open mic, which is far out of the city, he comes home only to find Jess sleeping with another man, Leif. This pushes Pete to leave the house and try and find a place to crash. Hence the title of the show.
The pilot shows a great deal of promise, there are details that help reveal his character because not only is he a bad comic but he’s also religious and a homebody. He meets comic legend Artie Lange and as they strike up a friendship, he finds himself at the bad end of Lange’s notorious antics. In the end, Lange becomes invested in Pete’s break up story and ends up offering him a bed on his sofa.
I imagine the rest of the series will be similar to this as in Pete is crashing somewhere and learning the hard facts of comic life and real life. The symbolism of Pete trying to go home multiple times to gain his wife and former life back are just the start of his journey couch surfing into other people’s perspectives on the matter.
It’s a fun comedy, it was funny and made good work of its characters. If you’re a fan of Pete Holmes, it’s definitely one to watch.
Moon Rating: Two stitches on a knife wound caused by Artie Lange out of two
Comedy: IIIII IIII
Drama: IIIII II
Just gotta crawl… alittle more…