Amazon pilots: The After and Bosch

Dear ladies and gents,

I saw two really good pilots over the weekend.

The After was created by Chris Carter (yes, the X Files guy) and it’s about 8 strangers who kinda get thrown together in what *seems* to be a post apocalyptic world. Yes, I’m being vague and that is in part deliberate and in part because I really don’t know what the what is going on after seeing the pilot. It starts Aldis Hodge (from Leverage) and Adrian Pasdar (among others).

Now Bosch is based on the Harry Bosch books written by Michael Connelly and stars Titus Welliver as the titular character, who while on trial for the murder of a serial killer, is investigating a murder of a 13-year old boy.

I’ll preface this by saying that out of all the Harry Bosch books, I’ve only read The Black Echo, so I’m not an expert or anything. But I loved both pilots. Bosch is truly a thing of beauty and me thinks die hard Bosch fans will not be disappointed. Given the After could go either way – spectacularly bad or exceptionally good, but after seeing the pilot, I definitely want to see more.

So here comes the problem – both pilots were released via Amazon. Which means I was only able to find a mash up trailer for all of the pilots released (10 altogether).

Also (stupidly) I didn’t REALLY read the small print. Meaning I didn’t realize these were just that – pilots. I thought (again stupidly) this was supposed to be a Netflix kinda deal, where you’ll get ALL of the episode at the same time (insert facepalm emoji here).

Now Amazon wants your feedback and based on that and the stats, they will decide which of the pilots will get a full season pick up.

So yay for feedback! However, it freaking sucks there was only one episode!

If you are in the US you can leave your feedback for the After at the show’s page and the same goes for Bosch.

If you are in the UK you can catch both shows on LOVEFiLM – Bosch and the After (and again leave the feedback there).

Also at Amazon Originals.

So tell me dear ladies and gents – have you seen any of the Amazon pilots? And if you did, what did you think?

When enough is enough

Dear ladies and gents,

the following shows have been removed from the schedule. As in I-just-kant-with-this-anymore.

Do tell – what tips you over the edge? What gets you to say enough is enough? (for example – I might hang in there longer then most, but I do get bored easily. If the story is not grabbing me for a couple of episodes, I’m done with it).

Downton Abbey

The Following

Homeland

The Killing

(which by the way got cancelled. And then renewed. Again.)

Things I saw last week

Dear ladies and gents,

a short selection of some of the series I watched last week.

Intelligence

New procedural for CBS. It stars Josh Holloway as an intelligence officer. And get this – a super duper micro chip was implanted in his brain and now he can basically access any data anywhere. Without having to google. Or actually use a computer. I like Josh Holloway loads and I wanted to love this one, but the best I can do is meh, sorry. Yeah not even the chip is not doing it for me. The ratings were huge though, so yay for Josh Holloway!

Helix

Helix is a new Sci-Fi show for the you have guessed it the SyFy channel. It stars Billy Campbell as Doctor Alan Farragut, a scientist working for the CDC (Center for Disease Control), who leads a team of his colleagues to a research facility in Arctic where they have to investigate a virus outbreak. Helix is not punch-you-in-the-face great, but it is solid enough to keep you interested. A word of warning though – there is a lot (A LOT) of black goo involved. Also crazy monkeys. And aggressive mice. And if this song starts playing, it’d be best to look away (especially if you are the squeamish sort).

True Detective

Matthew McConaughey. And Woody Harrelson. All the incentive you might need to watch HBO’s True Detective. A story about two Louisiana detectives and their 17-year search for a serial killer. Obviously this will be a must watch for any fan of the blood and gore. Also McConaughey and Harrelson are both superb. Truly. But… BUT… there is a scene right at the beginning. Of a victim arranged in some sort of a tableau with antlers on her head. Hannibal, anyone? Don’t mind me being a snarky bish, I’ve seen so many of these crimes series, it is difficult to be surprised anymore. So yes, the pilot was kinda like Hannibal sans the cannibalism (at least as of yet). Will have to see another episode to decide whether to keep watching or not.

So tell me dear ladies and gents, am I missing something great?

Stuff I’m digging at the moment

Dear ladies and gents,

a short list of some stuff I’m digging at the moment, please share what you are watching and loving at the moment.

The Good Wife

OMFREAKING – how good is the Good Wife this season? This whole Alicia/Cary go rogue thing is the best shake up ever. Don’t get me wrong, the Good Wife was always a solid drama, but it got a bit predictable along the way. Now, all bets are off.

Supernatural

Nine seasons I’ve been watching Supernatural. 9 (!!!) Yes, Winchester boys are pretty to look at, but I like the storylines and bless them, they bring the funnies. This week’s episode had me in stitches. Also Dean is responsible for my favorite gif of all.time. because well… long story short, had a close encounter with a ferret (it’s not really a ferret, it’s a marten), but anyway. This is the gif I’ve been using to explain to my long distance friends how you react when marten invades your window at 2am.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist is the biggest success of this season. Solid ratings and all that jazz. I liked it initially, but now (like with all network crime/dramas) it got into a bit of a groove of predictability.

However James Spader? So. damn. good.

The Escape Artist

David Tennant fans – heads up! You might want to give this legal thriller a go.