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Reviews of new US TV programmes from 2007

January 21, 2008

Season finale: Moonlight

Posted on January 21, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Ooh look: it's another season finale forced by the writers' strike. How not at all surprising.

More surprising is that I'm still writing about Moonlight.

As you might recall, I gave the first episode of the show, which was absolutely appalling, a somewhat scathing review. But miracles do happen and Moonlight had improved sufficiently over the next few episodes for me to pass a fifth- rather than a third-episode verdict.

I still wasn't that impressed though.

But I stuck with it, mainly because I felt sorry for Sophia Myles being stuck over in the US while David Tennant was breaking up with her. And while I wouldn't say the show improved drastically, it has still continued to moderately entertain and surprise over the course of its season.

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December 20, 2007

Season finale: Dexter

Posted on December 20, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Dexter finale

Of all the books and of all the networks to adapt them, Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Showtime seemed the combination least likely to produce decent television. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is pretty rubbish, a piece of poorly written slasher fiction about a serial killer who improbably only kills other bad people. Showtime, in turn, was synonymous with nothing at all apart from not being HBO, the cable home of quality shows like The Wire.

Yet Dexter turned out to be one of the best shows of last year. Clever, well written, well directed, tense, unpredictable and with an incredible performance by Michael C Hall, it and other shows have now made HBO look like the also-rans and Showtime the home of quality, edgy TV.

So hopes were high for season two. Could the producers who had made this break-out hit strike again and maintain the quality after such a strong opening?

Initially, I was a little worried. The first two episodes of the second season were good, but not outstanding and the changes in format suggested that the second season could be something of a let-down.

Fortunately, it turned out to be even better.

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Season finale: Journeyman

Posted on December 20, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Journeyman season finale

I've been a little bit slack doing these Winter season finales. In my defence, there have only been a few so far and it's often been quite hard to work out whether something's properly finished or not. Bionic Woman's still with us and didn't have a proper finale; Life's still with us but did have a proper finale.

Journeyman, however, subject to the great gods of NBC deciding otherwise, has passed on to TV heaven, although it has left this proper - and really rather good - finale behind.

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