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Posts Tagged ‘Showtime’

Dexter: “My Bad”

Posted by therebelprince on September 28, 2010

(This review contains spoilers for the Dexter premiere. Read on.)

As with Weeds (and, indeed, all of Showtime’s current output), I run hot and cold on Dexter. And lately, the temperature fluctuations in my house during each episode are starting to give me a headache.

The first season of the show was fascinating, allowing us to have a genuine antihero – not just a Jack Bauer whose ends were always justified, but a cold-minded man whose arrest and capture at series’ end we almost hope for. This was followed by the tense-if-contrived second season, the ill-conceived third, and last season’s bi-polar attempt, which combined a terrifying serial killer storyline with the culmination of four seasons of terribly uninteresting subplots for the terribly uninteresting secondary chraacters. And here we go again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Pill-O-Matix”

Posted by therebelprince on August 19, 2009

From the LA TimesAs befits the season’s penultimate episode, everything teeters on the edge of insanity this week – although thankfully it barely ever feels like end-of-season filler. But as we essentially got a series of vignettes this week, I’m going to dispense with the usual recap format and just go straight for my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Ring Finger”

Posted by therebelprince on August 12, 2009


We’re hitting the business end of the season and for Jackie, that means her lies are beginning to pile up on top of each other. Very little direct plot happens this week. Instead, after a sweet scene in which Jackie joins Grace for mother-daughter tap classes, we really just see various moments in Jackie’s day and how each of them combines the little, and the big, lies she’s been telling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Nosebleed”

Posted by therebelprince on August 4, 2009

The song pretty much remains the same this week, as Jackie gets one step closer to being caught out over one of her many lies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Pupil”

Posted by therebelprince on July 31, 2009


This week, we unravel the chain of lies (or omissions) in Jackie’s world. “Pupil” is light on the patients and heavy on our characters which, given the talent of our cast, can only be a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Steak Knife”

Posted by therebelprince on July 30, 2009


This week, God speaks to the staff of All Saints Hospital. If only he’d tell the writers what to do with Mrs. Akalitus… Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Daffodil” and “Tiny Bubbles”

Posted by therebelprince on July 29, 2009

“What about people who can’t breathe at all?”

“They are already dead. They go to the waiting room.”

– Zoey and Jackie

This week, we get the best episode so far, and an average episode bolstered by some fabulous performances. Both episodes strongly let us know why the show is called “Nurse Jackie“: it’s all Edie, all the time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Chicken Soup” and “School Nurse”

Posted by therebelprince on July 26, 2009


In the third and fourth episodes of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, we continue to explore the complex life of our protagonist. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tudors: Season Three Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 23, 2009

As we enter the third quarter of Showtime’s marvellously campy The Tudors (see my earlier reviews of season one and season two,) a lot has changed. For a start, we’re down to only three of the original cast members – Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Henry Cavill and James Frain. The mood at court has changed in the 17 or 18 years since the show started, but no one really looks any different. In fact, possibly due to his much publicised drug and alcohol problems, Rhys-Meyers looks scrawnier than he ever has when stripped down. (Not that this reviewer is complaining).


Above: Max Brown as Edward Seymour, Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon and Alan Van Sprang as Francis Bryan: three characters who will hopefully redeem their season 3 presence in the show’s final season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurse Jackie: “Pilot” and “Sweet ‘n’ All”

Posted by therebelprince on July 22, 2009

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I’m a little late to the party on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, but I’ll be catching up speedily.

 

Despite any impression to the contrary, Nurse Jackie is one of those wonderful and rare little shows which is neither a soap opera nor a concept series. Instead, it is primarily a reflective drama on the life of Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), a nurse at New York hospital All Saints.

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