First Impressions: Killing Eve & The Bold Type

Another round of first impressions!

This time, as you have probably already guessed from the title, it’s about BBC America’s Killing Eve and FreeForm’s The Bold Type!

These are my thoughts on the pilots of these two shows.

I didn’t research them or tried to find out a lot because of spoilers. My opinions are solely based on the first episode.

But let’s dive into the first one, shall we?

KILLING EVE

killing eve poster poster.jpgI. Was. Hooked. From. The. First. Scene.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. And this means it’s absolutely captivating.

It’s about a MI6 agent (Sandra Oh) who is trying to track down a brilliant and very elusive assassin (Jodie Comer). Sandra Oh gives her best performance. And Jodie Comer gives me the chills.

She is absolutely terrifying and her performance is magnetic. The story is so compelling and unbelievably intense. Two complex and layered women as leads.

FINALLY!!!

And one of them is Asian-American! I’m loving the inclusion and representation! The show is extremely well done.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it were nominated for a few Emmys. It has Phoebe Waller-bridge written all over it. (Pun intended). She did in fact write it and she is an executive producer.

Anyway, I’m loving “Killing Eve” and I’m in awe of the actor’s performances, the writing and the overall final product.

I totally expect to see it nominated for a bunch of Emmys on July 12th. (TODAY!!!!!!)


THE BOLD TYPE

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As the last few seconds played out and the screen went black, I murmured:

“I’m not fucking impressed”

This show stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy playing three girls working at a feminist fashion magazine. It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

I feel like they’re trying to be feminists and not really succeeding. They’re trying to be edgy and again, not succeeding.

It is supposed it be a show about empowering women, showing different types of women and yet, we are facing three thin, gorgeous and beautiful ladies working at a fashion magazine. And it’s not empowering. It’s the first episode and they have had a fight, they have judged each other’s decisions and yelled at each other on a subway platform.
And they call this feminism? Women empowering each other?
I’m a bit sceptical.
Of course, it’s not easy writing a feminist show and be inclusive: it’s such a broad topic with opposite views within itself. But let’s try not to mix up friendship with feminism. They are two separate things the show might be confusing and overlapping.

Just because they are friends, it doesn’t mean they are feminists.

Sure, the head of the magazine is a (white) woman, there is a lesbian Muslim photographer being imprisoned for smuggling vibrators into her country and there is a diverse staff… but is that enough?

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It’s so glossy and perfect. It feels like they’re trying so hard to be edgy and also maintain that camera ready, perfect and never a hair-out-of-place vibe. They’re too perfect!

Sure, I want pretty people on TV, but they come in all shape, sizes and races…

If your tag line is: “Feminism is only our second favourite F word”, you gotta deliver. Don’t come here bullshitting me around.

Maybe it was over-hyped to me, I might have had high expectations for it and this might have doomed me.It’s not bad but I’m like… meh.

And it all ends with a Lumineers song… I can’t deal with this right now.

I might change my mind as I keep watching but so far, I expected more.


So… I was completely captivated by “Killing Eve” and definitely not impressed by “The Bold Type”.

Have you seen any of these shows? Did you like them? Do you think “Killing Eve” will get any Emmy nominations? Let me know your opinions!

Leave me a comment down here, find me on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

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First Impressions: The Alienist & Riverdale

I’m back with another round of first impressions!

I did one of these “series” in January of this year. I love finding new tv shows to watch and so I reviewed the pilots I watched based only on the first impression I had of them.

It was lots of fun and so I decided to do this again! I’ll be watching some new shows in the next couple of weeks in my beach holiday and it was the perfect opportunity to write part 2 of the series.

So… Here we goooooo!!

THE ALIENIST

The Alienist PosterAired on TNT, The Alienist is a psychological thriller about psychologist Lazlo Kreisler, illustrator John Moore and secretary to the NYPD Sara Howard who investigate a series of murders in late 19th century New York City. It is particularly gruesome because these murders involved children who worked as boy prostitutes in brothels.

I loved the premisis. I truly did but I was not a fan of the acting. I thought it was stale and weird. I can’t pinpoint what it is that actually bothered me but I thought it was forced.

Maybe it was the dialogue or the acting itself but althought the story captured me completely, those issues could not be left unnoticed.

The creepy atmosphere of the show was perfect. I loved the smoke-filled and dusty rooms setting.

I like it, don’t get me wrong. I’m interested in it but there is still something off about it. Something that keeps the show fom unleashing its full potential.


RIVERDALE

Riverdale poster posterI am so ashamed.

I told myself so many times that I would not start watching Riverdale, that I had standards, that it was a waste of time.

So here I am, reviewing its pilot.

Broadcast by The CW, Riverdale is about a small town in America that is shocked by the death of a teenager and the consequent unveiling of all its citizens’ secrets.

It’s so trash, the acting is truly awful: it’s really bad, people. Middle school recital bad. No, scratch that. Even worse. I hate it. Pretty Little Liars had better actors. Yes, you’ve heard right: Pretty. Little. Liars.

Despite all of this… I can’t help but love it. It’s so good and so bad. I know it may sound confusing. You are compelled to know what happens next. You can’t take your eyes off the screen for a second that you’ll miss some stupid clue. I am desperate to know what ridiculous plot they are going to invent and I’m living for it.

And the romantic relationships! Some healthier than I expected but they can’t be all Mike Schurs, right?

LOVE IT.

Keep your eyes on this platform. I’ll be writing a review on the show’s first season and I’ll post it soon.


So… I might not have found the next big TV show in these two but at least I was entertained. Especially by Riverdale. SO TRASHY.

Let me know your thoughts on either of these shows. I’d love to chat about them. You can find me here, or on Twitter or you can send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

“We’re Gonna Rise up” – Rise – First Impression Review (Pilot)

“Rise” aired right after a quite cheesy and easily predictable finale of “This is us”. I won’t go into it. I still haven’t processed it and it’s been more than a week since then.

The first impression I got from “Rise” was of a scrappy, not at all polished cinematography. Which is exactly what I look for in a TV show.

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Josh Radnor stars as an High school English professor who takes over the theatre department. For the first 10 minutes you kind of get the idea of who the main characters are going to be.
Auli’i Cravalho plays Lilette, a shy girl who wants to get out of the town and make it into the world. (You might recognise her from “Moana”, because she was Moana. DUH.)

Damon J. Gillespie plays Robbie, one of the best athlete on the football team who also has an interest in theatre.

Auli'i Cravalho in Rise (2018)

Doesn’t this remind you of anyone? I’ll tell you later.

They get cast as lead in the musical “Spring Awakening”, a quite dark and raw play that deals with drugs, sex and other elements that are deemed “inappropriate” for a high school performance.

A nice surprise was hearing “Alexander Hamilton“ by the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton. At first, I started dancing on my bed like a crazy person and then I thought crept into my mind: how can they afford to put Hamilton into this NBC TV show? Is Lin-Manuel Miranda producing it? Did he just give them the song? The scene itself looked like a very explicit product placement. But does Hamilton need publicity at all? Then I figured it out: it’s about theatre and the lead actress worked with Lin-Manuel: that’s the connection. I connected the dots a million years later.

*insert sarcasm*

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So Ted (it’s going to take some time before I can see Josh Radnor and not think of Ted Mosby. Sorry.) holds auditions for a musical and he decides not to go with the obvious choice and keep the two actors that have done several productions. Instead he casts as main characters Lilette and Robbie.
And they are really bad at it.
And then of course, after a poetic montage, they show emotions and some shit. I’m like, seriously?!

Josh Radnor and Rarmian Newton in Rise (2018)

And this keeps going on! 3/4 into the episode there is a another montage of the kids are rehearsing the play and in the blink of an eye, they are talented actors and singers.

That I find quite stupid and unrealistic.

Something that I truly appreciated and liked about this pilot was the transgender representation, which is something that it is usually not dealt with in cable TV. Great job, Rise!
#RepresentationMatters

Damon J. Gillespie in Rise (2018)

Now let’s go back. I asked you if these characters reminded you of anyone or anything. Did you guess what? Let’s see.

As I’ve told you before, my brain was basically half asleep because all of a sudden, I have this realisation: this is High School Musical.
The girl with the pretty dark hair, the football player who is also a gifted singer and rapper. Well actually, a diverse High school musical with rap…. so YAY!

Aside from it resembling a little bit “High School Musical”, I’m quite interested in it and I am sure that I will keep watching it.

I’d rather watch 20,000 pilots instead of being subjected to the pile of shit that is the 14th season of a certain medical drama. (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m talking to you.)

xxx

Georgia

“American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” – First Impression Review

Although “American crime story: the assassination of John Versace“ aired on FX in mid January, I have only just recently decided to give it a go.

Last year, I watched season one of Brian Murphy is “The People v. O.J. Simpson“ and I found that extremely fascinating and interesting.

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I had quite high hopes this second season but to be fair, I’m not that impressed with its first episode.

Quick recap, the story is about (like the title suggests) the assassination of notorious italian fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his home in Miami Beach, Florida.

From the title of the show I was under the impression that the show would be ONLY about what happens after the murder. But in reality, they are going back and forth in time to show his killer and Versace’s relationship.

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Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace

I thought that it would be just like “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, and this change completely threw me off.

Being Italian, I kind of hoped they would cast Italian actors to play Italians but instead they cast Spanish actors. I get that all languages are similar and it’s easier for them to speak Italian but… come on!

Aside from this, the show is stunning. I absolutely loved the yellow tone that represents Florida so well, the camerawork was so good. The first scene lasts quite a long time: It’s the 10 minutes (more or less) that preceded Gianni’s death. The music that they chose was fantastic and as an opening scene, it made quite an impact.

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Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan

So far, I have only seen the first episode. And although I currently don’t think it’s as good as season one, I’ll probably keep watching. I know nothing about Gianni Versace so I’m eager to find out more about his life.

It would not “American crime story“ if it didn’t deal with important social issues of the time: in “The people versus O.J. Simpson“ racism, sexism, and police brutality were protagonists alongside those involved This one, it’s about homophobia and fear of the gay community in Florida in the mid-90s.

The show stirred some controversy in Italy because of how Ryan Murphy, creator of the show, decided to portray Gianni Versace. People who actually knew him went on programs on TV to say how little of his life and his artistic side was shown. I haven’t seen it all yet but to those people I say: “Did you not see the title of the show? It clearly states: assassination.”

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To conclude, the quality of the show is still great, the actors gave a wonderful performance and it is clear that it’s very well made. My only hope is that they can keep people interested and focused on the show despite going back and forth in time.

 

What’s your opinion? Did you see the show? Should I keep going on? Let me know!