Simon Cocks
Contributing Writer; London, England

Review: BLACK MIRROR S2E03: THE WALDO MOMENT (Or, A Cartoon Bear Makes A Mockery Of Politics)

Where is the line drawn between politics and entertainment? In the final instalment of the excellent second series of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, that issue is exactly what is under the spotlight. It's perhaps the most plausible episode of the... More »
  

Review: BLACK MIRROR S2E02: WHITE BEAR (Or, Technology Leaves Us Disconnected In This Tale Of Memory Loss, Isolation And Horror)

"White Bear" is the single darkest episode of Black Mirror so far. That's definitely saying something for a show that is far from cheerful at the best of times. However, if you found last week's "Be Right Back" just a... More »
  

TV Review: BLACK MIRROR S2E01, BE RIGHT BACK (Or, Charlie Brooker's Sci-Fi Anthology Returns, Stronger Than Ever)

When Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror began in 2011, it seemed to be focused on being an effective satire above anything else. Its opener, "The National Anthem," is a sensationalist episode that definitely got viewers talking and kept them watching. As... More »
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S7E06, THE SNOWMEN (Or, The Reluctant Doctor Is Coaxed Back Into Action By A New Companion)

Doctor Who's Christmas specials are rather fascinating occurrences. They try to appeal to a larger audience than usual and this has resulted in an interesting variety of episodes over the last few years. These installments don't always place much importance... More »
  

The Best of TV in 2012

There has a been a real abundance of great TV in 2012, perhaps even more so than in other recent years. Here are some of the performers and shows that I believe are deserving of appreciation this year.Best drama: Breaking BadSomehow able... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E08 (Or, An Uneven Series Ends With An Uneven Finale)

All things considered, there is probably just a bit too much going on in the finale of Misfits' fourth series. It wouldn't be an issue if everything focussed to a thematic point, but it's a bit muddled and spends more... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E07 (Or, Alex Searches For His Lost Appendage And Abbey Gets An Unexpected Surprise)

Misfits aims to explore modern gender roles with this week's episode but it's hard to say that it succeeds in everything that it sets out to do. The already obvious themes in Alex's storyline are made clearer here, yet there's... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E06 (Or, A Golf Club-Wielding Rabbit Causes Mayhem)

For a show that is able to make the most unusual of stories somehow work, Misfits hasn't really ventured into the crazier territory for a while. That all changes with the latest episode, though, which is easily one of the... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E05 (Or, Finn Meets His Real Dad)

While I'm feeling largely positive about the fourth series of Misfits - especially the two episodes before this one - I think that the character of Finn just isn't working. He has a really irritating manner and is devoid of... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E04 (Or, Resurrection Is Never Straightforward)

Misfits has never been a show that is afraid of killing off important characters. In some ways, it's almost surprising that Curtis lasted this long when others didn't. Now on the outside of this new and changed group, his interactions... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E03 (Or, The Third Rudy)

It's clear now that Rudy is absolutely the central character of Misfits. The assured scripting of the character is allowing the show to develop him strongly too, and this week we get to see a third incarnation of his split... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E02 (Or, Finn Keeps His Girlfriend Tied Up And Locked In His Bedroom)

Misfits has always had a very strange way of touching on themes that are much more interesting than they seem on the surface. For example, Curtis' episode in the third series turned out to be a more challenging look at... More »
  

Review: MISFITS S4E01 (Or, A Cult Hit Introduces Some Fresh Faces)

It's difficult to explain the appeal of Misfits to those who haven't watched it before. On the surface it seems vulgar, violent and unsophisticated but beneath that is a brilliant series that is exceptionally addictive and delightfully fun when you... More »
  
 
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