With 9 episodes already under our belt, I thought I’d come up for air and give you a lowdown on things I’ve been reading / watching recently! Here goes:
It’s no secret that my husband and I love our comic book capers – Marvel, DC, we watch them all.
For those of you who don’t know, Daredevil is the blind lawyer Matt Murdoch by day, but at night he lives in the shadows as a masked vigilante. With his other senses heightened (don’t worry – this is all explained in the early episodes!) he is an expert in martial arts and parkour.
This is by far the darkest, grittiest Marvel TV show I’ve seen yet. I found the first couple of episodes a bit on the boring side, too stylised for my liking with long speeches and protracted silences. Then, near the end of episode two came one of the best fight scenes I have ever seen on TV (possibly even in a movie). After that it had my full attention! I decided that I actually really like the mood of this one, it’s cinematic and builds so that when you do get to the action, it’s with purpose. The payoff is huge.
Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire) plays the main role, with support from Vincent D’Onforio, Rosario Dawson and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica from True Blood).
If you like your heroes violent, mean and moody, this one’s for you. It’s available on Netflix now.
This has just finished on Sky Atlantic but if you are able to catch up On Demand I thoroughly recommend watching it. Set somewhere in the Arctic, Fortitude is an isolated town where everyone knows everything about everyone. In the first episode a gruesomely violent crime sends shock waves through the community and suddenly the town is rife with doubt, suspicion and mistrust.
Each episode is superbly cinematic due to the stunning backdrop of the polar landscape and they have a stellar cast including Christopher Ecclestone, Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon. It’s definitely not an easy ride, the episodes are slow paced but build and build into some truly unsettling scenes. It’s hard to describe the genre. I’d go with part murder mystery, part thriller and it verges on being horror near the end.
Well worth hiding behind your cushion for, although I do warn you that you’ll be left with as many questions as answers at the end of the season. Luckilly it’s been confirmed that it will return for a second season!
Set in Denmark, the first book begins with Inspector Carl Mørck sidelined into a dead end job investigating cold cases that no one cares about. He is soon joined by an eager sidekick Assad, whose background is a mystery that is slowly being revealed as the series continues. Together they become an unlikely duo who uncover some of Denmark’s nastiest secrets.Carl is the epitome of a grumpy old sod. He’s going through a very rough patch when the series begins and doesn’t have any enthusiasm for the case. As a result I found it hard to get into the book at first, but perserve and within a few chapters you will be gripped by the tale. A few more chapters, and you begin to warm to Carl and his loveably miserable demeanor. His interactions with Assad provide some much needed light relief to the sinister, unsettling nature of the main stories, which are all told through the current day investigations, as well as flashbacks told through the eyes of key characters.I have just finished book four and rushed straight on to the latest book in the series, because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!