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April 17, 2012

Review: Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23 (ABC) 1x1

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Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23

In the US: Wednesdays, 9.30c/8.30c, ABC

If there's one good thing about this year's season of shows, it's that there are women in them front and centre. All kinds of women. Good women. Bad women. Secret agent women. Policewomen. Criminal women. PR women without children. Stay-at-home moms. Moms with careers. Playboy bunnies. Air hostesses. Christian women. Rich women. Broke girls. Bent women. Drunk women. Gifted women. Scared-of-commitment women. Fairy-tale women. Girls (more on them later). Not many female scientists - although what did Leslie Hope do in The River? - but a pleasing variety of women nonetheless.

Less pleasing is the growing fear of women in some of these very same shows. Apart from shows such as Last Man Standing and Work It, which are essentially about men's fear of women, we have GCB - the show formerly known as Good Christian Bitches - which is all about grown-up mean girls. Ringer has Sarah Michelle Gellar being persecuted by her own twin sister. Revenge sees a woman trying to bring down the women (and men) who led to the ruin of her father.

Shows, in other words, in which women should fear women.

Now we have another show which can't bring itself to use the word 'bitch' but kind of includes it in the title anyway - Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23. It's all about a naive woman who moves to New York and finds her life falling apart, in part because of a new, female, sociopathic roommate, whom she absolutely should not trust.

Apparently. Even though the bitch is friends with con artist James Van Der Beek. Yes, Dawson from Dawson's Creek. He's out to get you and your money. Turns out you can't trust actors either. Here's a trailer.

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March 27, 2012

Review: Bent (NBC) 1x1-1x2

Posted on March 27, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

NBC's Bent

In the US: Wednesdays, 9/8c, NBC

There are some people, it seems, who can more or less kill any project they're in, just through proximity. Jennifer Aniston, talented actress though she might be, can pretty much guarantee that any movie she's in will be terrible.

Then there's David Walton. Walton is the ebola virus to the immune-deficient patient of NBC sitcoms. He was in NBC's 100 Questions, which had its episode order cut down to six before it even aired, after which it was promptly cancelled. Then he joined one of NBC's 2011 mid-season replacements, Perfect Couples, which was practically DOA.

Now he's one of the two stars of Bent, in which he and Studio 60's Amanda Peet (could she be the next Jennifer Aniston?) are 'bent (but not broken)' individuals, she an up-tight newly-divorced lawyer, he a gambling- and sex-addicted contractor, both on the inevitable rom-com path to togetherness.

And despite the fact it has an excellent pedigree behind the scenes, zingy dialogue, and one interesting supporting character, there's not more than two laughs in the first two episodes (not even one laugh per episode) and it's got spectacularly low ratings, even for an NBC show.

David Walton has killed another show. Watch it splew blood in your face if you dare.

Here's a trailer, which actually doesn't look that bad. Don't let that fool you - wear a mask.

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March 23, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #7/Justice League #6, 7

Posted on March 23, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Wonder Woman #7 cover

Let's start off this review by first saying, "Welcome back, Cliff Chiang!"

Welcome back, Cliff Chiang!

After two issues of rather a poor fill-in artist, it's great to have Cliff back. I tell you what's also great to have back: action. Yes, issue #7 of Wonder Woman actually has things happen in it - the cover is actually less action-packed than the contents for once.

In fact, issue #7 is probably the best issue of the title since the reboot. But (and you knew there'd be one), it's also got one great big middle finger sticking up at both long-time fans and Wonder Woman's creator, William Marston, right in the centre. We'll talk about that after the jump.

We'll also talk about Justice League #6, 7, which have both come out since the last review and paradoxically are a lot more like old school Wonder Woman than her own title is right now. In fact, as well as the glorious return of Captain Steve Trevor, we also have the new-look Etta Candy. And Captain Marvel - aka Shazam, but we don't care about him. See you in a bit.

Justice League #7

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