Big crimes, small screen; true crime television series and TV documentaries that recreate and reexamine some of the mystifying and grisliest cases in history.
Review of 'We Hunt Together' 1.2
We Hunt Together 1.2 really upped its game. First, the killing team of Freddy and Baba got another two murders under their belts -- or, in at least one case, up hanging from a tree -- which is a lot more than the usual one you'd expect from serial killers in a single episode. And our detective team of Jackson and Lola seem even smarter than in the first episode, or at least Jackson did. Lola is revealed as a druggie, which may compromise her work (or maybe not, if we believe what Sigmund Freud said about at least one drug in his infamous Cocaine Papers).
Review of 'We Hunt Together' 1.1
A different kind of detective show, just on Showtime: We Hunt Together. How is it different? British -- well, there are lots of those. Somewhat unusual format: About equal time to the build-up to a murder, that happens three days before the detectives begin to investigate. That's interesting, but not enough to make We Hunt Together compelling.
After his son's tragic death, a Louisiana pharmacist goes to extremes to expose the rampant corruption behind the opioid addiction crisis. His son: murdered. His town: ravaged by the opioid crisis. This is how one pharmacist fought back.
The Keepers tells the story of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a 26-year-old nun living in Baltimore who was abducted and murdered back in the 1960s. The case was never solved, but was linked to a horrific history of sexual abuse by a chaplain called Father Joseph Maskell
The 5 Most Important/Surprising Moments From Wentworth 8x04, 'Revenant'
After episode three of Wentworth's eighth season focused mostly on the introduction of hacktivist/legacy character Judy Bryant, the fourth episode was truly an ensemble affair, diving back into the season's other major story lines.
Review of 'London Kills'
My wife and I binge-watched another two-season U.K. offering from Acorn TV: London Kills. It's been billed as akin to Criminal Minds and Castle, but, episode for episode (five per-season for this mini-series), I liked it better than either of those fine shows. How's that for praise?
Review of 'Striking Out'
My wife and I binged the two seasons of Striking Out, originally (in 2017-2018) on Irish TV, now on Acorn via Amazon Prime. The show only ran two seasons, and there's apparently no prospect for a third season, which is a shame, because the two seasons were quite good, and the second season ended on an unexpected turn of events.
5 Most Important Moments From Wentworth 8x03, 'Enemy Of The State'
After a shocking twist at the end of episode 2, episode 3 of Wentworth season 8 changed course, introducing an important new character that brings with her host of new storylines.
Review of 'Balthazar'
My wife and I just finishing bingeing two seasons, sixteen episodes, of Balthazar, the French series on Prime Video Acorn, made in 2018 and 2019, streaming here since April. Despite it being about a Parisian coroner (Balthazar) who cuts open dead bodies and hasn't gotten over the terrible murder of his fiance (or maybe wife) 15 years ago, the series is actually a great pick-me-up in these, our very troubled, times.
Review of 'Absentia 3'
The third season of Absentia was up on Amazon Prime Video last month. I liked it the best of the three seasons so far because, well, I like James Bond type stories more than a vanished member of the family comes home after six years of missing, even if she is a high-powered FBI agent.
Most Important Moments In Wentworth 8x02, 'Ends And Means'
SPOILERS for Wentworth ep 8x02, 'Ends And Means'. Prison drama Wentworth continued its penultimate season this week with the episode 'Ends And Means', airing on the fourth of August. For the most part, the episode was quieter than the season premiere, 'Resurrection', mostly focusing on story and character building moments.
Review of 'Hanna 2'
Hanna 2 starts a little slow, with a few too many episodes devoted to Hanna getting back to The Meadows and re-uniting with/saving Clara. But once it gets over that, this second season delivers a story with far more punch and complexity than the first season, especially the complexity part.