A small round-up of stuff I've been watching.Dominion Creek
: A Western w/ a couple of twists:
1. it's set in Canada instead of the ubiquitous US, during the Yukon gold rush of 1897-98;
2. it's an Irish show, the 1st Western the Irish film industry has made, apparently.
It's in 3 languages: Irish, English, & the local 1st Nation tribe's dialect, but has hard-coded English subtitles. It's astonishing how many Irish folks, men & women, were in the Yukon! Heh. It seems like 90% of the Dominion Creek denizens are Irish. They speak Irish continually amongst each other, but slide into English when it's an outsider, or occasionally throw some English phrase into the middle of an Irish sentence. The Irish title of the show seems to be An Klondike
, anglicised into Dominion Creek for some reason.
At 1st I thought Dominion Creek was Dawson Creek renamed because famous Mountie Sam Steele is in charge w/ his no-nonsense rule of law, which includes not allowing any guns except his own within the town. But he departs a few episodes in for Dawson Creek (ETA: by which I actually meant Dawson City
, which is in the Yukon & was the heart of the gold rush; Dawson Creek is a town in BC, nothing to do w/ the Yukon or the gold rush :), so apparently not!
It's a gritty, well-done, non-romanticised Western that focuses on the adventures of 3 Irish brothers who are all distinct personalities, but close-knit (when not fighting each other!): Tom, Padraig, & Seaumas Connolly. I like the show, except....( Spoilers )Strike: Cuckoo's Calling
: 1st series of 3 episodes was ultimately disappointing because the solution to the mystery was the least untwisty conclusion ever. From the 1st episode, I kept thinking, "I hope it isn't going to turn out to be so-&-so," so when it turned out to be so-&-so, I rolled my eyes. I'm not even a well-read mystery reader or watcher; I mostly only imbibe mysteries if they happen to be set in space, or occasionally some interesting historical time, like Cadfael. So it's not like I'm familiar w/ the genre, yet it was still so painfully obvious. I guess I can see why Robert Galbraith's books didn't make much of a stir until he was revealed to be J. K. Rowling!
There's also the continuing issue of the very uninteresting relationship between Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) & his sidekick/helper/PA/trainee, Robin (Holliday Grainger). Just your typical, no-surprise male-female pairing. The only thing about this relationship that would be surprising is if they don't end up romantically involved. That would at least be refreshing. I have no expectations of its defying the well trodden route it's on.
The show's now into its adaptation of the 2nd Galbraith book, whose title I've forgotten. I'm only watching for Tom Burke. I still find him very enjoyable w/ his limp & his stubble & his down-&-outness. :)Tin Star
: I've only seen the 1st episode of this show so far (it's streaming on amazon prime, which I don't have), but I'm hoping for more. The title refers to the lead character's status as police chief. Jim Worth & his family (wife, teenage daughter, little boy) have just emigrated from London, England, to a small Albertan town at the foot of the Rockies called Little Big Bear. Magnificent scenery!
Which is under threat by tar sands development & big business hopes of profit via destruction. That's the Big Bad. Most familiar actor to me is Canadian Christopher Heyerdahl (Todd in SGA!), always excellent. He, naturally, plays an ominous guy. Though I should probably know Tim Roth, who's playing Chief Jim Worth.
So we have outsiders adapting to an entirely new culture & a small town on the cusp of catastrophic change. I particularly like the teenage daughter, who is very into the environment & protesting & bucking convention; also, she's not thrilled to have been ripped from her life in bustling London to be stranded in the Canadian wilderness. Heh. Nothing remotely boring-emo-teen about her.
But then the unthinkable happens.... So, good start. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.Teen Wolf
: As the show airs its final ever few episodes, they're pulling out all the stops in bringing back old characters! ( Spoilers )