Good vs Bad

Dear ladies and gents,

new series I’ve checked out this week.

THE BAD

Do No Harm

Oh gawd, don’t even know where to begin with this one. It is a twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. To say it fails to deliver I think is an understatement. It is a story about a brilliant neurosurgeon Jason Cole (played by Steven Pasquale – you might remember him from Rescue Me), who has a dark secret – he has an evil alter Ian Price. This alter of his shows up every day at the same time. Cole manages to keep him in check with some type of experimental drug but after prolonged use, it doesn’t work anymore. So Ian shows up once again to wreck havoc with Cole’s life.

The premise, I mean, I guess it could work. The dialogue however is so horribly clunky, it’s just painful to watch at times. Pasquale meanwhile… the doctor dude is so earnest, it’s just… the alter on the other hand… well when he turns into his alter, he looks like he might be constipated. Or have something stuck between his teeth, can’t decide which. And I don’t think I’m the only one who didn’t like it (not that the ratings mean much). I hate to sound harsh, but don’t bother, it’s just one giant facepalm (as demonstrated by Mr. Humphries below).

THE GOOD

House of Cards

Ok I’ll try not to gripe about House of Cards being an adaptation of an UK series by the same name (also book written by Michael Dobbs), because frankly that only gives me indigestion.

Anyhow House of Cards is a Netflix production (and for what it is worth – David Fincher is on board as an executive producer). It is about a House Majority Whip and Democratic candidate Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey). He gets screwed over for the position of the Secretary of State and as Cabbagepatch so eloquently puts it in Star Trek – Frank has come to have his vengeance. And make no mistake he will have his vengeance one way or another. The cast is quite good (Robin Wright stars as Frank’s wife Claire), the writing is top notch, there is intrigue, Machiavellian machinations and whathaveyou to keep you occupied. My only (minor) gripe is that is a tad bit too slow. Not slow as any AMC show, but a bit slow nonetheless.

Anyhow thumbs up from me.

So dear ladies and gents – tell me, how you seen anything particularly good of late? Or something atrociously bad?

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