TV Review: Breaking Amish – Simple Lives or Ostracised?

This weekly American reality show on the brand new TLC channel is definitely compulsive viewing. The series revolves around five young Amish and Mennonite adults, who leave their strict communities and simple lives behind to move to the bright lights of New York City to experience a very different life … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Victoria Wood

On 19 May, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Victoria Wood CBE, the English comedienne, actress, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is interspersed with her own compositions, which she accompanies on piano. She is noted … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Sarah Michelle Gellar

On 14 April, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Sarah Michelle Gellar, the American actress & producer famous for her leading role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and most recently appearing in the well-received drama series Ringer. She has been married to Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002. The couple have two children. … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Patrick Dempsey

In this week’s Born This Day series, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Patrick Dempsey who was born on 13 January 1966. Patrick Dempsey is best known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (“McDreamy”) on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Biography Patrick Dempsey was discovered by an … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Nigella Lawson

In this week’s Born This Day series, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Nigella Lawson who was born on 6 January 1960. Nigella is renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting and has been called the “Queen of Food Porn”. Biography Nigella Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Nothing Personal”

The show’s villains: Ward and Deathlok. Nothing Personal should be the episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in which the pace and tension is fired up; preparing the audience and the characters for the season finale. After several strong, suspense-filled episodes, Nothing Personal should be the episode in which everything is … Continue reading

TV- Penny Dreadful: “Demimonde”- Perhaps this show has some bite after all

Reeve Carney as the immortal hedonist, Dorian Gray Demimonde, the fourth episode of Penny Dreadful is an improvement over the somewhat monotonous third instalment. More information is revealed about the show’s main characters and the overall story arc, and there are some fantastically eerie moments that should spook and amuse … Continue reading

TV- Penny Dreadful: “What Death Can Join Together”- A monstrous indulgence

The Master… ? As the finale draws ever closer, the events of Penny Dreadful become increasingly hectic and unpredictable. What Death Can Join Together brings back the shows’ main characters after the “prequel” episode Closer Than Sisters. Sir Malcolm’s (Timothy Dalton) pursuit of his vampire daughter finally culminates as a … Continue reading

TV- Penny Dreadful: “Closer Than Sisters”- A Powerful Prequel

Eva Green in one of her best performances. The creators of Penny Dreadful seem to relish the conventions of the supernatural procedural drama. The show is something of a love letter, not just to the Gothic literature that inspired it, but to older supernatural-themed shows like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer … Continue reading

TV- Penny Dreadful: “Resurrection”- A Stitched-Together mess of an episode

Rory Kinnear as the Frankenstein Monster, Caliban. The third episode of Penny Dreadful, Resurrection, lacks the frantic pace of the first episode and the melodramatic fun of the second episode. The show continues to be one of the most interesting things currently airing, but the third episode undeniably dips in … Continue reading

Penny Dreadful:- “Night Work”

The show has already succeeded in making vampires scary again. If one was to judge Penny Dreadful on its premise alone, it would appear to be generic in the extreme. Since the days of The Twilight Zone, the genre of supernatural horror has served as the basis for many popular … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “The Only Light in the Darkness”

Amy Acker’s Audrey: a strong performance in an otherwise empty episode. Procedural genre television shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. typically follow conventions established by the trailblazers of the genre (such as The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Supernatural/science fiction TV shows utilise many character archetypes, motifs and themes again … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “Providence”

This beautiful poster was created to promote the episode. A bizarre amount of effort for such a trivial instalment. After the fairly impressive episode Turn, Turn, Turn, Providence, the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., feels somewhat empty. So many Earth-shaking revelations, intriguing plot-twists and complex character developments were … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “Turn, Turn, Turn”

Agents of HYDRA This review contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Turn, Turn, Turn may be the first ever episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to feel like something other than the extraneous baggage of a larger, better story. The entire premise of the show is that it takes … Continue reading

TV: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “End of the Beginning”

J. August Richards as the tragic villain, Deathlok. After a long and mostly disappointing season, The End of the Beginning is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that sets the stage for the finale. With only a few episodes remaining after this, the stakes are being raised significantly- as … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “T.A.H.I.T.I”

T.A.H.I.T.I. is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to follow on directly from the last, becoming something akin to the second episode of a “two-parter”. At the end of the previous episode, Skye (Chloe Bennet) was left mortally injured by the villainous Ian Quinn (David Conrad). As a result, … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – T.R.A.C.K.S.

Stan Lee, creator of the S.H.I.E.L.D. comic books that inspired the TV show, cameos in this episode. The idea behind T.R.A.C.K.S., the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly has potential for interesting television. After an initial chaotic event separates the main characters, the episode follows each of them … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Seeds”

The good part of the episode: the Mexico City chase scene. The most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Seeds, is a mixed affair. The episode is divided into two subplots; one of which is fairly interesting and well-written. The second subplot is indicative of everything that is wrong with … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Magical Place”

Skye (Chloe Bennet) dresses as May (Ming-Na Wen) in this confused and meandering episode. The episode The Magical Place marks the return to TV for the troubled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Since the show’s pilot episode, it has struggled to connect with audiences (as evidenced by its lower-than-expected ratings in the … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “The Hub”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to try to build an identity for itself in the most recent episode; The Hub. After the sentimental and corny tone of the last episode, this is certainly an improvement (if only a slight one). Unlike the previous instalment, the emotional stakes of this episode feel … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Girl in the Flower Dress”

  Girl in the Flower Dress is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to progress the show’s overall plotline since the pilot. Various plot points that haven’t been addressed for weeks are quickly resolved or developed further. More significant events happen in this single episode than in the past … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Eye Spy”

 The dramatic opening sequence. Eye Spy is the most consistently good episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far. The episode boats an interesting premise, genuine emotional stakes, strong acting and much of the tension and suspense that was missing from the last episode. However, it retains many of the faults … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Asset”

Dr Hall’s gravity device. The Asset, the third episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is the first to feel utterly unnecessary. Nothing truly significant takes place and nothing important is revealed. That’s not to say that the episode isn’t fun or exciting; merely that for the first time, the show feels … Continue reading