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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: Orange is the New Black (Season 3, 2015)

Let’s just say I was a little more than excited when the third season of Orange is the New Black was released by Netflix last week! Having binge watched the first two installments within days of their release I wanted to try and pace myself with this one, so I watched it over three days instead of one mega marathon..

For those who don’t know OITNB is set in Litchfield Women’s Prison in upstate New York and follows the daily lives of the women who inhabit the prison, as well as a series of flashbacks to their lives before being sentenced.

The characters in this show are rich, clever, intelligent and this year HILARIOUS. This season has copped a fair bit of shit online for not having a clear story arc. In the first season we followed Piper Chapman (a middle class woman sent in for becoming entangled with rug trafficking) and her personal journey while she got to know the other prisoners and adjusted to life behind bars. The second season saw a villain introduced with “V” and things took a very dramatic turn as things went very dark very quickly.

This year the show returned to it’s comedy genius that we saw in the first season. There is no big all encompassing drama to follow but more personal journeys and struggles within the women of Litchfield, and I have to say I personally loved it!

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The writing this season was so on point, every episode had me in fits of laughter while also feeling deep and stirring connections with the more serious story lines. This is a true writing skill, to be able to have someone laughing and crying (simultaneously in the final scenes of the last episode for me) with your characters and truly connecting and caring for them as if they were personal friends.

There are a few arcs throughout the season, one being the business that Chapman begins work on and the other being the story of Norma and her cult following. Red as usual is up to her matriarchal business and has a very interesting story herself but the funniest story followed Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren writing her INSANE novella while the other inmates speculate and obsess about it. And the very touching and dramatic plots of Daya and her final months of pregnancy and Sophia experiencing horrifying trans-phobia threw plenty of heartbreaking moments and tears into the mix.

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This season rather than trying to bring all the women together in one big story followed a more realistic path by creating individual plot lines that occasionally intersect but mostly stay within the cliques the women operate in.

As usual there are some stunning performances, this show ALWAYS brings in the awards for the actresses and I think the true standout this year was Selenis Leyva who plays the Hispanic matriarch Gloria Mendoza. She was absolutely brilliant and I thank the writers for creating a story that allowed her to truly shine! And of course I feel it is mandatory to mention the new character Stella who is played by Ruby Rose who it seems, the entire internet is really freaking out over and obsessed with now.

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Shameless use of Ruby Rose GIF to get google image click throughs.

This show has maintained a glorious story an stuck to it’s guns of showing a range of female lead characters of different races, ethnicity’s and class backgrounds. And although it is hands down one of the funniest shows out there it also perfectly addresses the causes and triggers of crime in a realistic and sensitive approach, not an easy task.

Orange is the New Black Season 3 is available to binge on Netflix right now, here’s the trailer!

Review: Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere!

Well, well, well look who’s back in the game.

If (like us) you have been patiently waiting for the return of the biggest (and most pirated) TV show in the world, you would have been rejoicing earlier this week.

Not only did the first episode arrive, but a leak online provided savvy viewers with the first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season Five.

We wanted to stay on Santa’s good list so we have only watched the first episode, and despite the seemingly slow pace, it was very exciting.

Game of Thrones is one of those shows that slowly lower their toes, ankles and knees into the pool rather than bomb dive in all in one go, it’s one of the reasons it is so great. HBO don’t rush the story, they let moments land, tension build and characters become more than people we watch and forget about every week, but who we will yell at, cry for and rejoice in the victory (or in some instances; deaths) of each and every one of them.

Just like seasons before, this year there are many balls in the air. We have seen most characters and checked in with what they are up to (I’m being intentionally vague) from the first episode, but as usual there is one who we are yet to enocounter; Arya Stark. Who arguably is one of the crowd favourites. Usually it is Daenrys Targaryen (Khaleesi) who we are teased with tiny portions of, but it seems this year little Arya Stark is going to be the one who keeps us all waiting.

Readers of the books will no doubt be looking forward to the VAST array of new characters who come into play this season, for those who haven’t read, you will want to lay close attention or it’s going to get incredibly confusing, very fast. HOWEVER all of those (myself included) smug jerks who have read the books, you are not as all knowing as you may think. HBO have confirmed that some characters who have survived the books (so far) will face their deaths this season… So, you had better all be on the edge of your seats, as another ten episodes of glory unfold before your eyes!

As usual the acting, editing, writing, set design, cinematography, costumes and pretty much everything else is on point, this show does not fuck around.

We will be eagerly awaiting the next episode… Valar morghulis

Review: Cyberbully (2015)

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) stars in this thrilling tele-film produced by Raw TV and Britain’s Channel 4.

Williams plays Casey Jacobs, an ordinary British teenager living in a 21st Century world overflowing with technology. School life no longer ends when the bell rings, but bullies can follow their victims home, trolling Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and countless other social media websites.

Please do not be put of by the seemingly hyperbolic plot / first fifteen minutes of this, it is truly a quality thriller! The entire hour takes place in Casey’s bedroom, as her computer is hacked by a person who “helps victims of Cyberbullying.” This suspicious character leads Casey on a thrilling, sinister and honestly terrifying journey for the next hour that brutality addresses issues surrounding online bullying in today’s world.

Maisie Williams SHINES in this drama. She truly is a brilliant actress especially considering she is so young. Aside from the mysterious “hacker” character (whose voice is encrypted) she is the only character in this film. With it’s claustrophobic setting and single present character this could have been a truly bleak experience, but it isn’t, it’s thrilling and extremely well done and uses the fact there is only one star to it’s advantage. It is a HEAVY drama, very emotional, very raw and may cause upset to some viewers as it raises issues of suicide, mental illness and obviously, bullying.

Cyberbully is indeed very good, not what I was expecting but excellently executed and truly thought provoking. Especially considering the amount of youth suicide, self harm and mental illness that arises in this “brave new world” of technology and constant connectivity. It’s a valuable story for teenagers and parents alike to learn the realities of the problems that bullying can cause, especially to young minds.

Cyberbully is on ABC (Australia) Thursday April 2nd at 8:30pm.

Why not check out the trailer while you are here 🙂


If you are a victim of bullying (online or not) and are aged between 15 and 25 living in Australia there are services available to you. eHeadspace is one of the greatest resources and offer telephone, face to face as well as online counselling. Please visit if you are having trouble with any of the issues raised https://www.eheadspace.org.au/

Netflix Australia Run Down!

Netflix Australia officially launched yesterday to much fanfare and excitement! It’s about time there was an option for Australians that didn’t cost an arm and a leg each month (stupid Foxtel) and provided actual quality entertainment (let’s face it, TV here is truly bleak).

So, many of you are wondering what the dealio is… here is a little run down for you all!

Firstly, there is a free trial month, which is EXCELLENT news and means you can test the little guy out before committing to a subscription. It is important not to fear the free trial in this instance as it’s worth testing out to see if you are going to enjoy what is on there, and really, who doesn’t love free!

Packages / Subscriptions start from $8.99 a month for the basic Netflix, this is with no HD or ultra HD, one screen watching at a time (any device), Unlimited movies & Tv Shows and cancel at any time..

The next package is $11.99 per month and has HD but no Ultra HD, 2 screens at a time (any device), Unlimited Movies & TV shows and cancel at any time.

The fanciest package is Premium which is $14.99 per month (still so much cheaper than Foxtel) and has HD, Ultra HD, 4 screens at a time (any devices), Unlimited Movies & TV shows and cancel any time.

ALL of these come with the free first month, so you can test the waters and see if you need HD etc etc. ALSO no contract.

So, what is on there?

The library is EXTENSIVE and the whole thing was leaked, so we are going to put *some* those photos at the end of this post, so you can have a peek for yourself.

Just from looking through the library we can see that this is IDEAL for families. The kids and family movies and TV shows are out of control, there are so many to choose from!

Other shows of note include House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, exciting news for fans of these ongoing dramas! There is also the Doctor Who back catalogue and Arrested Development (which has four seasons currently and a fifth being made by Netflix RIGHT NOW).

As far a movie go there are PLENTY.

You may have read that the Netflix Australia catalogue is only one sixth the size of Netflix USA, this i true. But it is early days (literally, it launched yesterday) and taking into consideration the cost of Netflix vs the cost of Foxtel or Austar, PLUS comparing the catalogue to the (not that great) alternatives of Stan and Presto, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

But, don’t just take our word for it, take a look at these screenshots of some of the content provided by this lovely imgur user (http://imgur.com/a/wz74R#10mJoas)

This is not all of the categories or content available 🙂

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Action and Adventure Movies

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies

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So, there you have it!

Our advice is to sign up for the thirty day free trial, you really have nothing to lose (as long as you remember to cancel if you decide you don’t want it) and you can see how much you would really use Netflix and if it’s worth keeping around!

Review: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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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 🙂

2015 TV Premiere Dates!

Get your calenders out and prepare yourself, as the dates draw near, glory is almost upon us.

I give you the 2015 Premiere dates of the biggest, bestest shows around!

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Mad Men (Final Season) April 5th

Louie (Season 5) April 9th

Game of Thrones (Season 5) April 12th

Veep (Season 4) April 12th

Orphan Black (Season 3) April 18th

Hannibal (Season 3) June 4th

Orange is the New Black (Season 3) June 12th

So, prepare thyselves… they are coming…

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