What a game-changing episode. Two episodes in of k-drama Black and I’m pleasantly surprised by the sharp curveball this show has thrown me. Up until now it’s been a drama with police procedural elements but with a greater focus on the characters – the quirkiest of which is a wholly different kind of psychic. But since that apparently wasn’t enough, we’ve got an ENTIRELY new set of characters and literally a whole other world with its own rules, subplots and twists and turns thrown in.
We’ve literally only been watching half of the show up to this point.
I’m excited to see where these new developments are going to take us. There’s new sources of humour, new in-world rules and details, messier relationships, and compleely new plot dynamics. I thought the show was already cooking before, but it’s bloody marinating in itself now.
“Television Terror”, episode 16 of season 2 of Tales from the Crypt, has cheese in all the right places. I love a good haunted house tale, especially when a loutish dick of a main character has to undergo its torture. Said tool is a news presenter (Morton Downey Jr) keen to boost ratings by doing a sensationalised report from within an abandoned murder house.
Yes, it’s predictable right up until the very end, but it’s bloody good fun: gore, spooks, bug-eyed overacting – it’s an episode to play alongside a popcorn-hurling drinking contest.
The 16th episode of season 6 was pretty forgettable, despite vampires in the Alaskan wilderness. I honestly can’t find anything memorable to say about it, so I’ll just jump straight to the score.
While much of Channel Zero is about inserting the stabby-stabby where you least expect it, the season’s third episode was more about building that dread. Packed full of insidious, unnerving moments, it was a different kind of creepiness that got under my skin and never quite left.
More of the No-End’s house is built, but more questions are raised than answered (the latter: none). Despite this, it hasn’t ventured into meandering filler territory yet; much like the house itself, it plays trick after trick with your mind, until it’s a consigned puddle of goo.
And you’ll never trust your family again.
Netflix has been quietly serving up some great offerings on the Kdrama (Korean drama) front. This is one of their ‘originals’ (though that term seems to cover just exclusives to Netflix that weren’t commissioned by Netflix, such as Riverdale). Black is one of those exclusives to the UK, and I was hooked from the first couple of scenes.
Before you scroll past, take heed that this genuinely is a good show to watch if you either don’t think you’re into Kdrama, or you’re not interested in soppy romantic girls yelling ‘oppa!’ at her love interest. This one is different – I promise.
This is a bit of a cheat, but I technically watched the last few episodes of season 1. I’d wondered how they were going to fill the last few episodes after Pazuzu had been banished from one of the girls, but we get hit with a right hook with Angela/Regan’s possession – much like Regan’s mom, who gets her neck fatally snapped before being tossed down the stairs.
I’d like to go on record as saying I hate the insult ‘stinkpot’, though. Pazuzu would have infinitely worse things to say.
My friend woke up in a terrified panic while watching this.