Finished watching October Faction (2020– )

Husband and wife team of monster hunters take a sabbatical, and return with their two children, to the hometown where they grew up. Secrets are revealed as the families actions catches up to them. Overall the writing is a little loose. It lingers over some things, and rushes others. It’s all a little “young adult” for me, but it might find a fan base among some younger teens, maybe.

Finished watching Cobra (2020–2020)

I liked the idea of this rather than the execution. The writing is a little stronger than the direction, which seems decidedly pedestrian. You want it to reach for Survivors (1975-77) rather than encircle Coronation Street. Pitched very much for a second series that it probably won’t get.

Watched A Christmas Carol (2019)

Steven Knight gives us a sublime interpretation of this classic story. He brings an emotional depth that’s lacking from previous versions. While other adaptations interpret events and actions, Knight gives us psychological profile of Scrooge. All of the neigh sayers should read the original. The story of A Christmas Carol may be our current embodiment of Christmas, but it was once a ghost story about human frailty. It’s perhaps a sign of the times that we realise Scrooge learned his behaviour from years of abuse, but this time, he’s ready to give up his wealth in a way historical versions were not.