Mary Kills People
: THIS SHOW IS GREAT. Caroline Dhavernas plays a doctor who runs a side business of assisting suicide, and she is wonderful
in the role. Almost the entire cast is strong (dude from the Kreuk Beauty and the Beast
maybe just needs some more interesting material than he got in the premiere? Which, at least, it looks like he's gonna get going forward), and that includes the teenagers, which I think Says Something!
There's dark humour, and the complications come from reasonable yet mostly unexpected areas (with one exception--I called the episode-ending "twist" EARLY), and really, the premiere was just solidly entertaining from beginning to end. It's airing on Global in Canada, and I believe it's going to be on Lifetime in the States. I strongly recommend it!
: John Cardinal is a Lone Wolf Detective with a Troubled Personal Life. He is Haunted By The Case That Got Away, and Might Be Involved In Shady Shit. His partner, Lise Delorme, is a Francophone Among the Anglos. She's introduced as a Rookie With Something To Prove, but really she's an Undercover Fed Sent In To Investigate Cardinal's Potentially Shady Shit. Their jurisdiction is an Isolated Community Surrounded By Northern Wilderness, in which the Majority White Police Force Has An Uneasy Relationship With The Local Native Community. The victim in Cardinal's Case That Got Away is a Sweet-Faced Native Youth.
...like, it's all very well done, well-written, suitably atmospheric without drowning in pretension, a strong group of actors, etc etc. But MAN, it's like a Moody Procedural Whack-A-Mole.
X Company Canada's Worst Spies
: I have resigned myself to the fact that this show is never going to be the show I want it to be. TPTB do not share my narrative priorities, or my areas of interest. They are not, by and large, trying to do much of anything particularly challenging with their subject matter or their characters. And they are blithely unconscious to all the ways in which they keep holding themselves back by relegating their female characters to being symbols/objects/generally ineffectual. ( Collapse )
--Add this to the howlers of 1) Faber, while arguing with Sinclair about why he doesn't want to work with these people, flat-out listing every canon dumbass mistake and rookie behaviour that made me start calling them Canada's Worst Spies; and 2) Alfred asserting with a totally straight face, "We're always careful," and...uuuuuuugggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, this shooooooooooooooooooooooooow.This content is also available at http://serrico.dreamwidth.org/877962.html. Please comment at DW.