2019 Year In Review: TV

I’ve been a bit better this year with TV shows than I have been with movies (as you can probably tell from looking at my 2019 review of films) but I haven’t been great, I still have almost all the stuff from the autumn season to catch up on and will be spending the next few weeks doing so, but what I have seen has been pretty good, so here are my top five TV shows from 2019.

The Witcher

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It was a late entry as I only saw it over the holiday period, but the Witcher is what I want from TV, and fantasy in general. Its dark and its gritty, with mythical, magical elements and with a catchy ballad thrown in, and this is one of those cases where I’ve already gone out and purchased the books just to find out what happens because I can’t wait for the next series.

Good Omens

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One of the best books I’ve ever read adapted faithfully and without fault for the small screen, with able performances from David Tennant and from Michael Sheen they really bring the apocalypse to life

The Boys

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I was dubious about The Boys being adapted for a TV series, and if I was expecting a complete rehash of the comic book I would have been sorely disappointed, but then there are some things that will never be allowed on TV.

The Mandalorian 

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Its a Star Wars space western that borrows heavily from stories like Lone Wolf and Cub, but is just full of little easter eggs for the true Star Wars fan, and also has a compelling enough story to keep newbies and novices alike enthralled too.

Lucifer (Season Four)

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Picking up where season 3 left off, we deal with the fallout of Chloe finally realising that Lucifer is actually the devil, and Lucifer resuming his relationship with Eve (yes that Eve) with a lot of references to the bible and few bits and pieces and like John Milton and some very tongue in cheek devilish moments to go along with the detective drama.

Comic Review: Lucifer (The Whole Damn Series)

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So I read the Sandman, what may be one of the finest comic series of all time, and one of the key moments of the series (spolier warning, but seriously the series is almost as old as I am) was when Lucifer Morningstar, the ruler of Hell and the infernal regions, severed his wings and abdicated his throne head upwards to a new life on Earth.

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So cut to the new series, Lucifer is on Earth running a night club (more piano/ cabaret bar), with the aid of Mazikeen, the half faced member of the Lilim, daughter of Lilith.  And we pick up where you would expect, the host of heaven wondering just what the hell (pun a little intended) Lucifer is up to. Which turns out to be his old tricks of sticking it to his dear old creator, showing that in fact he did know better.

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The series follows Lucifer’s attempts to one up his old man by making his own universe and allowing that to run itself rather than adding predestination into the mix. It raises a lot of the questions that I’ve always had about the devil, is he evil? Or is he, for lack of a better term, demonised just for offering people a choice of their own actions.

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I wont tell you what happens to throughout the series, as by now you’ve probably clocked that I don’t do spoiler filled reviews, but I will say a few things about the series as a whole, at 75 issues long Mike Carey manages to give a fully grown up and mature comic that delivers a really complex and enjoyable story, It isn’t the Sandman, and if you pick up a copy, don’t expect it to be the same sort of thing, it isn’t, it may share a few themes, and a few familiar faces may turn up, but this is really its own separate entity.

The art team changes throughout the series, but it is luckily of a consistently high calibre from beginning to end, with vivid colours that still somehow manage to capture the tone of the prince of Pulotu (Polynesian hell). It really has been one of the more enjoyable comic series that I have read over the past few years and just under 80 issues was really the right amount to do the story justice without it becoming stale as many longer running titles have done (Hellblazer being a key example). I’m not sure how I feel now knowing that the series has been revived some 10 years later, but will undoubtedly let you know how it turns out.