TV Review

Review: The X-Files Revival

SPOILER WARNING – None really but if you are still watching the original series and are yet to complete the first nine seasons save yourself the risk.

Like most Xfiles fans we have been hoping, praying (if religious) and speculating on whether our favourite show would ever come back.

Tonight, it did.

And not to be hyperbolic but it was absolutely incredible from start to finish and I currently feel like I’m riding a crazy Xfiles high.

We’ve been fans of this show since it was originally on in the 90s, the ominous theme song marked our bed time but most nights we would beg to stay up and watch, and often denied under the guise of “it’s the chicken one, it’s too scary.” But when we were slightly older we watched it religiously. And again, and again, and again.

And finally, our years of patience and our tenacity and wanting to believe have paid off.

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Reunited and it feels so good!

The feel is the same as the original show, with some added tension between our favourite team Mulder and Scully, which we are hoping will be explained soon. The old mannerisms of both characters return, from the classic Mulder phone call to the unforgettable Scully sceptic face. The whole deal and I was internally screaming while texting my CablaGoobla co-writer all in caps with hundreds of emotional emojis.

They hold no punches, covering everything from 9/11, National Security, world events, big oil and of course GLOBAL ALIEN CONSPIRACIES.

We are introduced to a new character played by Joel McHale who blends in perfectly with the atmosphere of the show, and who (like all new characters) we are very suspicious of from the get go, Xfiles 101 here; Trust no-one.

Despite the episode of normal length, our hysteria and excitement made it feel like it went for approximately two minutes and both of us wanted to watch the whole episode again immediately.

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I can not stress to you how fantastic this was, just wall to wall glory from the original Xfiles team, crushing every minute and bringing the goods from the very first frame to the very last second. The final scene particularly had me in awe, shouting at the screen as the credits began to roll, but thank you Fox because we get to watch part two tomorrow. Because we need answers, 2012 has come and gone and now that you’re back we are allowed to be irrationally impatient! BECAUSE WE ARE SO EXCITED.

If you’re not an Xfiles fan… Do yourself a favour and start from the pilot, you will never look back. If you are an Xfiles fan… well all I can say is.. you will not be disappointed, it’s everything you wanted the revival to be!!

I don’t even care if this review reads like the ravings of a complete lunatic. Because my favourite all time show is back and it’s just as fucking good as it ever was.

CablaGoobla out!

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Review: Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015)

Oh how glorious it feels to actually write a positive review!!

Jessica Jones is a fresh new series made by Netflix based on the Marvel superhero tale of the same name (or Alias Investigations if you want to get into the semantics). I am seven episodes deep right now and was going to wait until I finished the whole series to review it, but I also figure everyone will have probably binge watched it by then as is the rule with Netflix.

Jessica Jones (Kristyn Ritter) is a woman with “gifts” (superpowers) who gave the whole hero thing a try but it just “didn’t work out” as we learn in the first few episodes. Now Jessica is jaded, hates everyone (and is not afraid to tell them) and runs a Private Investigator business to make ends meet (and keep her powers on the down low).

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Cheeky Hobo Nap

This series doesn’t just bumble along following a person with super strength as they solve a series of P.I chores (I’m looking at you “Angel”) but delves into a deep back story of how Jessica became the way she is, not in terms of how she got her powers but how and why she abandoned the life of a hero.

Enter David Tennant, oh dear lord Tennant has really outdone himself here. He plays Killgrave, the sociopathic, 100% bastard, cruel and unusual villain and it is absolutely delicious. Everytime I hear his sinister voice my mind makes “nom nom nom” sounds as I feast upon the no remorse, calculated and sinister character!

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Nom nom nom evil Tennant

If you haven’t been a fan of the other superhero themed shows about lately (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham and Netflix’s Daredevil) I recommend you still give this one a try. It’s not all flashy CGI and zingers, in fact the powers of Jessica are really understated to make way for the far more powerful and extremely proficient Killgrave (who has some awesome mind control powers). Not to mention Jessica is very rough around the edges and provides a delightful commentary on how shit people are in general, which I know appealed to me more than Supergirls hopeful and optimistic view of the world.

Another thing I loved about this show is the sountrack! No overwhelming, inspirational superhero themes but instead understated jazz that matches the very film noir techniques used in the cinematography and editing. I would just like to add that I put A LOT of stock in the opening titles of a show, I have very picky taste when it comes to the opening credits and Jessica Jones NAILED IT. Out of all seven episodes I am yet to fast forward the titles which is an honour that I have usually reserve for Xfiles and Doctor Who (I’m sorry Game of Thrones but you guys kind of went into overkill).

I can not wait to get back to this series and see what new awful things Tennant will make people do, they aren’t “blow up this building” or other over the top antics but small and brutal tasks like “see how long it takes you to smash your head through that wall” or forcing children to stand in a cupboard for hours on end, yeah we quickly learn that Killgrave has no time for children. I am also on the edge of my seat to see where he takes his violent mind games in his quest to torture and reap revenge on Jessica Jones. The bad guy can really make or break a show like this and Tennant is slam dunking right in everyone’s face with every line he delivers, glory.

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“Watch the entire series in a day”

All in all I would recommend you give Jessica Jones a peek even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, at least give one episode a try and see if it leads you into the Netflix binge spiral that we all know so well!

Check out the trailer and try to resist the delightful allure of evil Tennant…

Review: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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         Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas

If you’ve been missing the fast paced, quick witted insanity of 30 Rock, this is the next show for you.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was created and written by Tina Fey & Robert Carlock and follows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who (as we see in the first episode) is rescued from an apocalypse-cult bunker and tries to start life fresh in New York City. It sounds like a lot, and it really is, but it’s SO GOOD.

Jane Krakowski (Jenna from 30 Rock) employs Kimmy as her babysitter, her character provides the same amount of insanity as Jenna Maroney and is absolutely hilarious. She’s a rich, vain and unstable person who is trying to control her “hectic” life (she, as you would expect, doesn’t do much aside from drink and nap). Kemper who plays Kimmy is also a fantastic actress who delivers her dorky yet witty dialogue extremely convincingly. The third main character is Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess, who played D’Fwan on 30 Rock) who is Kimmy’s hilarious room mate and lives to fulfill his dream on performing on Broadway.

This is… probably the craziest show I have seen since the seventh (and final.. RIP) season of 30 Rock. Literally nothing is off limits and there are almost too many jokes to comprehend in every episode.

This is why I love Tina Fey, every moment in her writing is so ridiculous yet relatable and even though I am only half way through the premiere season I have heard more one liners than in an entire run of some other “comedy” shows.

It’s shows like these that make me love this brave new world of technology, Netflix, thank you for giving this pure insanity a chance to be seen, because I know basically zero American networks would ever air this.

In Summary, if you’re ready to take a ride on the ROFLcopter, shake your head and struggle to explain what you are watching to all the people within ear shot, this is for you! BUT if you aren’t really into snarky yet incredibly camp comedies that often make zero sense.. maybe ease yourself in by watching 30 Rock first..

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is available on Netflix (USA) now and has ALREADY (it premiered less than a week ago) been confirmed for a second season next year… so… it’s pretty pretty great.

Here comes the trailer 🙂