Jessica Jones –
It’s much better than Daredevil because it’s obligations to continuity are slight, so it’s allowed to tell a story that’s ostensibly about obsession, autonomy, guilt and grief. It also has some bits that made me cringe a little but it’s all written and performed with so much energy and sincerity that it proved perfectly beguiling. David Tennant is incredible in it, demonstrating a corrosive charisma and later on, showing the damage that made him that way. Krysten Ritter radiates a wounded beauty, and although for television, there is still a reticence to show sex and sexuality in a way that’s honest and untitillating, the central relationship between Jones and Cage is genuinely arousing.
In a saner world, Pablo Escobar would have had to make his money smuggling exotic animals. Instead, he built a terrible and massive empire smuggling drugs across the border to the US. Narcos is uncompromising and brilliant television, in that the most outlandish actions that Escobar took to maintain and advance his position actually happened. Underpinned by great performances, a willingness to show his actions without judgement and an honest appraisal of how difficult it was to form a case and prosecute him, Narcos was fantastic television.
A tragic, slow burning epic where the sins of the past scar the present and a family are torn apart by the revenge of the exiled eldest son. Beautifully filmed, humane and yet still glittering with the greasy allure of good noir. The performance of Ben Mendelsohn is a stand out although everyone in this cast is top of their game.
Making of A Murderer/The Jinx
I’ve not really dabbled with crime fiction, although I read a lot of it. True crime has a wrenching bleakness to it that I find mesmerising. Lots of overweight people sat at kitchen tables, staring into the middle distance trying to make sense of a world that doesn’t. Making of A Murderer guarantees that if I am ever driving through certain parts of the US, that I have a lawyer on speed dial and The Jinx showed what damage a single man can do, and how so often luck and investigative flaws can allow a sizeable amount of horror to occur. Making Of A Murderer is fantastic, compelling television and it’s been inspirational in the flash fiction because as much as we expect criminals to make choices that benefit themselves, there’s something truly frightening about law enforcement coming down from the moral high ground to wallow in the dirt.