Returning to Royston Vasey: Hype for League of Gentlemen’s Reunion

When The League of Gentlemen first ran on BBC Two, it was alienating to a lot of my fellow nine-year-olds. It was through pure virtue of my father’s high regard that its quotes sneakily entered my vocabulary. At that age, the horror mixed into the show by its creators was a lot more salient. It wasn’t an easy watch, but that’s exactly why its nightmarish characters made their way so carefully into my consciousness. However, its humour gave its terror a release valve. Oddly, even at that formative age, the accuracy of their characters to the England I knew was greater than that of anything else on television.…   [continue reading]

Samurai Jack Season 5 [TRAILER REACTIONS]

I was a mere eleven years of age when Samurai Jack first premiered on Cartoon Network.  Because of this, I can speak with first-hand clarity of its instant obvious quality.  Even at that tender age it smashed out from the screen, leaving its peers far behind with an unbelievable strength of vision.  That’s not even to denigrate the network’s surrounding programming, itself a rich buffet of well-crafted material.  It’s just that Samurai Jack is so singular.  In no way does it ever hand-hold its audience.  Instead, each frame shines with its own beauty, leading us through a slow and quietly crafted narrative.  …   [continue reading]

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [1981 Series]

In case readers didn’t notice this being posted in the TV section for a SundaySeries hashtag, I just want to make this absolutely clear: I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE AWFUL 2005 MOVIE.  Instead, this week’s television spotlight comes in the form of 1981’s pitch-perfect version of the tale – itself the second adaptation following the initial BBC radio series and the eventual book.  This alone shows how many different interlocking takes there are on the essential story, but what’s unique about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is how each of them (save the film I’ll make no further mention of) were brought into existence under the core leadership of its creator, Douglas Adams.…   [continue reading]