The Boys Season 2 – What Makes This Show So Good?

As Homelander stands there wanking off the highest perch he can find you think about this show and just the kind of cringe, rude, disgusting and quite frankly brilliant scenes it takes you through.

What’s really hard to do however is place your finger on the thing that makes it one of the best around at the moment. We talk about other shows and we say ‘how great is Dark’s story?‘ or ‘the acting in Game of Thrones is amazing‘ but with the boys you just *shrug emoji*.

Frenchie (left) is my favourite and he should be yours.

Season 2 is well aware at this stage of exactly what the show is and what it is not. In fact the show creator was quite vocal in placing it opposite the Marvel Universe and claiming that Marvel don’t do enough politically and make everything nicey nice.

Personally, I think fuck that opinion. Marvel do superhero, The Boys do head implosion or explosion and we like them all the same.

Season 2 of The Boys sees the gang continue to try and take down Vought through any means possible. The unlikely band of ”heroes’ mission includes working with Starlight, ex government officials, A-train and anyone they can find to release dirt on Vought to the media. After all Vought is largely a social media group that depend on publicity and acceptance so it’s the best way to expose them.

Their journey also becomes quite personal for different members. We explore more of the gang in particular Kimiko & Frenchie.

I hope Karen gets more in Season 3. She’s great, even without a character name.

In Vouhgts mission to make money and earn government support they try to rebuild the Seven that is now 4? (Black Noir, Homelander, Maeve & A-Train). Starlight is kinda an in between, so we won’t count her. They’re also making a movie because where would they be without Marvel, right?

To bolster the ranks they add Stormfront, an electric powered, Thor inspired bitch, sorry perfectly normal person. We are supposed to hate her, and it’s quite annoying how they go about it. Without throwing spoilers think of the horrible things she could be and she ticks most of them…

Her place is to make Vought popular which she is good at doing. As a good public speaker and down with the kids she is quickly making Homelander uncomfortable and complacent. He also has kid issues to deal with as well which puts him against Butcher pretty directly.

For however many episodes this show moves along being all gruesome and shit as it does. It’ll make you turn away for a different reason each episode and lets not talk about Doppleganger. But it is good.

Everything clicks in this show like well built Lego. Where some shows are gruesome they sometimes over do it. Some shows struggle to do rude without being cringe and this show is cringe. There’s humour and action and sex and sadness, it really has everything in the exact dose that it needs.

I would love to explore the powers more, but this show isn’t that and I don’t think we’ll understand Starlight’s power and Butcher summed that up for us perfectly.

Well that’s a shit power ain’t it.

Should you watch The Boys? Yes. Do you know why? Not really, but just do it, because it’s probably *right now* only second to shows like The Witcher or The Mandalorian.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The follow up to Flanagans Haunting of Hill House shares a gothic love story that does well to be it’s own show and provide a story that’ll bring you to tears different ways.

The Haunting of Bly Manor takes us to a creepy manor house set in Bly, England as part of a ghost story told the night before a wedding in a castle. The narrator promises something captivating based on the fact that ghosts stories with a child are always more, but this one has two.

Bly Manor’s narrative is focused on Dani (Victoria Pendretti) taking the job as the new au pair for Bly Manors two resident children Flora and Miles. As Dani decides to walk into Bly Manor we are slowly introduced to the Manor itself. A creepy, old English manor house in the middle of nowhere. Although there is nothing to separate it from the countless of mansions set into the English countryside, this one still welcomes you with a shudder.

In the first episode the feeling of dread is quick to set in. Flanagan (the shows director and writer) does this with excellent work on framing the house and its gardens to feel gothic and through the children’s demeanours.

Flora (Amelie Bea Smith) is a pleasant young girl with her catchphrase of “perfectly splendid” at anything she likes. As she takes Dani on a tour it always seems that Flora isn’t quite the young girl she’s introduced as. Miles (Benjamin Ainsworth) on the other hand isn’t shy in hiding his all to adult posture and mannerisms. His forever pissed off facial expression will ensure you keep an eye on him.

We are also introduced to Hannah (T’Nia Miller) who is never really there and always caught staring off into the distance.

As Dani’s time in the Manor lengthens so do the creepy disturbances. However unlike Hill House, Bly isn’t trying to scare you at every turn of a corner, rather just creep you out. The scares are dialled right back in comparison to Hill House’s bent neck lady or Boiler Hat man for example. The kids are never set running from demons but more we are greeted by a shadowy figure lurking in the background.

The Manor, as it’s own character, forms a relationship with each resident that is unique. Whether it’s Dani unable to look at a reflection, Flora’s fascination with talking to ghosts or Mile’s shifting personalities and violence towards the residents, Bly makes sure that whether night or day the haunting is always present.

Bly Manor carries the horror in a different way than Hill House does. It’s not long before you realise that the relationships are what’s important to this story. Hannah and Owen (Rahul Kohli) in particular share a lot of chemistry and eventually so do Dani and Jamie (Amelia Eve).

One of the only struggles I found was tying in Henry’s story to Bly Manor. Henry, the child’s uncle played by Henry Thomas, deals with his own story of grief at a distance from Bly. Flanagan does his best to show us how someone’s grief can’t always be confronted and Henry’s performance is excellent but it always feels like a spin off.

Underneath all that Bly Manor has to offer is a love story, a dark, emotional love story of heartbreak. It’s biggest strength is the way that Flanagan tells the story of Bly Manor. Bringing back his time hopping from Hill House, he slowly reveals each characters actions and their reasoning. In particular Episode 5 showcases T’Nia Millers talents along with Rahul Kohli as they turn the storytelling upside down and reveal more than we’ve seen previously.

Episode 8’s black and white historic telling fills the final gaps that were left by Flanagan. The ensemble all have excellent acting throughout Bly Manor and do an excellent job to bring out the gothic tone of the original story Henry James wrote.

Verdict

Although the scares are traded for emotion, punctuated by Dani’s story, the show has just as much to offer as Hill House does. It carves it’s own story not to be weighted by the lofty expectations of Hill House and shows us that horrors are as diverse as they come.

The tears shed at the end are equal to those that you’ll have hiding from the Lady of the Lake but you might feel more comfortable to watch this story unfold than you did at Hill House.


Where to Watch: Netflix

Starring: Victoria Pedretti, Bejamin Ainsworth, Amelie Bea Smith, T’Nia Miller, Rahil Kohli, Amelia Evans, HenryThomas

Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller

Written By: Mike Flanagan

Directed By: Ciaran Foy, Mike Flanagan, Liam Gavin, Axelle Carolyn, Ben Howling, E.L.Katz & Yolana Ramke

The Umbrella Academy Season 2

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 dropped for us on Friday just gone (July 31). As one of the more anticipated seasons to come out this year, this season lives up to the expectation and hype.

Reflecting back on season 1 I really enjoyed it as an alternative comic book/hero take. It brought a freshness mixed with maturity and story telling to carve it’s own little space in the over saturated market.

It ended with the team (known as the Umbrella Academy once upon a time) being cast back in time to avoid an apocalypse.

Season 2 picks up immediately where season 1 finished. In fact its one of the best scenes within the season (don’t worry we don’t peak early like a Lindsay Lohan career). It sees the gang back together all super’d up to prevent World War 3 in 1963. This is quickly ended when Nukes across the world go off and end the world, again and everyone is dead.

At the centre seems to be Five (Aidan Gallagher). Five seems to be mixed with time travel and at war with The Commission (like the Doctor Who’s of the world) that seems to end in catastrophe every time.

To try and prevent the next apocalypse Five travels back 10 days prior the end of the world to find his family and prevent the events, all over again. Problem is, his family didn’t land in the 1960’s together.

Throughout the seasons early episodes we see how each member landed at different points in time and adjusted to their new lives. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) had become a leader of a peace cult, Diego (David Castaneda) was convinced he needed to save Kennedy from being assassinated and locked up for it, Vanya (Ellen Paige) was on a farm after being hit by a car, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) was married and a political activist for Black Lives and Luther (Tom Hopper) was an underground boxer working for a crime lord.

Their new lives provided us with much better characters than we saw in season 1. They worked off others to give us more of their development and a look inside their thoughts more. This only adds to the shows world building and our attachment to the characters.

We begin to learn about their vulnerabilities and their motivations. It’s here that the conflict of saving the world and returning from the 60’s isn’t in everyone’s best interests. Many of the family are happy, much to Five’s unhappiness. Five hadn’t considered that some had been in the 60’s for years compared to his days.

Saving the world isn’t so easy for Five. We learn that the assassination of Kennedy and their father seem to be involved in starting World War 3, so he and Diego (and a few others) begin to track down a younger version of their dad to find out what the fuck is going on.

Reginald (Colm Feore) is still a dick, seems he always has been and will be. However we see what he was like before being a mentor (more than a father) to the children. We see he’s shady, mysterious, powerful and how even now he has control over the kids through his years or mental manipulation.

The bar certainly seems to have been raised and met.

As the season moves on we’re treated to some excellent plots and sub plots. We see how each characters lives are bigger than they seem. As the apocalypse draws nearer the events get worse, for everybody. The bar certainly seems to have been raised for this season and it has been met. The series writer Steve Blackman has done an exceptional job.

The story moves at a pace you enjoy, the set pieces of action and violence are well handled and the sombre moments are given the attention they need. The chemistry between the cast is great and shines through. The humour works and feels natural with Tom Hopper leading the way, mostly.

One of the best introductions however is Ritu Arya. She plays a character called Lila that we meet when Diego is in a mental treatment facility. Seemingly a throwaway character she attaches herself to Diego and some of the family to help them prevent the apocalypse. As we begin to learn more about her we see how much of the plot is built around her.

She has great energy and brings a sassy style of humour, something that’s been missing. She also balances out the gender power as most of the male characters feel powerful next to the females.

All in all season 2 is well written, acted, paced, scored and it is refreshing. It builds a lot on what season 1 set in place but for the most part it only adds to it. As a comic book TV series its up there with the best of them, but don’t think it’s like the rest.

The One About The Sitcoms

I’ve only ever really watched 3 sitcom series end to end, Friends, How I Met Your Mother and Brooklyn99. The American ones are way better than the crappy British ones (looking at the overrated Inbetweeners).

Naturally Brooklyn99 is the most recent and in so many ways it has made me realise how poorly written the likes of Friends and How I Met Your Mother are. I have watched other sitcoms but none as chronologically as these.

They raised the bar, but maybe got away with it a little bit.

Now Friends needs no introduction and is probably the most iconic sitcom ever made. Whether its the best will be a matter of opinion. It certainly for me was the best until last year.

How I Met Your Mother is probably on the other end of the spectrum since its series finale. Going down as possibly one of the worst conclusions to such a good show after 9 series.

I probably stand out a lot of the time as I don’t always agree with where these shows end up.

Ross was bad for Rachel. He never supported her and was always obsessive over her, like a possession. They never really seemed like a happy couple. However Joey and Rachel seemed well matched. He was everything Ross neglected to be, but is cast aside by the writers as a sexist womanizer than can’t find happiness.

The same can be said for my opinion for How I Met Your Mother. Robin and Ted? No thanks. She was always better with Barney. They seemed to be everything Ted whined on about. I mean How I Met Your Mother has a much bigger problem than my opinion of Ted and Robin.

How I Met the Worst Ending.

How I Met Your Mother leads with its plot, it is the title. We are guided by the story of how Ted meets the Mother. We’re led to believe for the 9 years that this story would end in a tale of destiny, fate and a meant to be love story that would hold true for years.

Is it cool if I bang a stranger?

What we were served was a ‘is it cool if I go bang a stranger to you?’ story.

What really gets me about this is not just that the story doesn’t end with the ‘mother’ but that its a bit of a slap in the face.

By the time we ‘meet’ the mother (if we really do) she is killed off. Killed? Are you fucking kidding me?

But what about the Yellow Umbrella? The chance encounters that never happened at the parties and the class? All these things painting this character that we already love and can’t wait to see how it Is .

Thing is, her death isn’t that impactful. Sure there’s a moody score but who is she? She has some one liners here and there and comes across that she’s a great addition to the show. She gets less than Mikes 20 episodes in Friends but are expected to like her more.

Anyway, lets me move on from that (everyone else did).

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

So Friends is the Good, How I Met Your Mother is the bad. Does that make Brooklyn99 the Ugly?

Oh contraire, Brooklyn99 has shown these shows up completely.

We all know about Friends. Based in the 90’s and Rachel gets of the plane to her obsessive, bad for her partner, Ross. Everyone gets a happy ending. But what did we watch for 10 seasons?

Rachel was the only character to show growth. She enters the show naive, immature and dependent. When we finish she is the opposite. She is a role model for females to beleive in yourself and have confidence to rise in your career, love can wait.

Joey is the same throughout (bar a couple of relationships). Ross is the same throughout. Chandler and Monica, well, you guessed it the same throughout. There’s no growth. There’s actually very little story for 10 seasons.

How I Met Your Mother is the same. Barney, Lily, Marshall, Robin and Ted all remain the same character throughout. Moreover they parallel their Friends counterparts. Joey and Barney, Lily and Monica etc.

How I Met Your Mother parallels Friends counterparts.

How I Met Your Mother would get credit if the series finale was a whole series. Barney a dad? Ted losing the supposedly love of his life. Lily and Marshall with a new start in the suburbs. These are moments of growth for these characters that was chosen to be wrapped up in 20 minutes.

Why is Brooklyn99 different?

So all this leads me to why is Brooklyn99 the exception to this rule.

Well we’ve had 7 seasons and we’ve seen more character growth for 6 characters than the other 10 mentioned (Rachel not included).

What we’ve seen in Brooklyn99 is the stupidest, most silly character in Jake Peralta mature to become a role model for those watching. We’ve seen Santiago face a power struggle in a male dominated industry. We’ve seen Rosa struggle with her sexual identity.

Furthermore the stories told make sense, mostly. Boyle maybe a little on the elaborate side. But in any sense this show is written to actually show us the development of these characters as we move through years of their lives.

The show tackles serious issues such as racism…

Brooklyn 99 really deserves credit for it’s approach to serious issues.

The show tackles important issues such as racism, sexual harassment, parenthood and discrimination. Not only does it tackle them, it becomes part of these characters in a way only a sitcom could be.

All in all Brooklyn99 shows a quality that is actually lacking from its predecessors. Sure maybe those before it we’re just there to give us 20 minutes of escapism but they’re also shows we probably relate to the most. Yet it’s so easy to out grow them.

What am I trying to say then? Be like Brooklyn 99. Have silliness that belongs on a children’s show. But at the same time, let the characters grow with its audience. Show them to face the issues not only in a funny way that life gives, but in a serious nature that life hits us with.


Just as a side note. I have watch The Big Bang Theory and its like a bridge. Half of it suffers from the same symptoms of Friends and How I Met Your Mother and some of it is like Brooklyn 99. It ran so Brooklyn 99 could fly.

Le Casa de Papel (Money Heist) Review

The Spanish Crime Drama has been an international success and for good reason. This captivating telling of multiple bank heists is TV done right.

An iconic look known all over the world from this show.

First off, if you haven’t watch La Casa de Papel it advertises itself in parts. This is actually seasons. I was told initially it was 2 parts and was like, great a few hours and I’m sorted. Then I realise part 1 is 13 episodes…

Mind you, finding out there was like 21 episodes to watch at the time was great, as I was already hooked.

There’s something about this show that draws you in. Whether its the characters, the back stories, the planning or the actual heist, something keeps you.

That’s how this show is told, everything at the same time. We see the heist of the Royal Mint at the same time we see the planning. It runs in a parallel. Amongst all of this we’re learning about these characters that we initially only know as cities they have chosen as their names.

The exception is the Professor (Alvaro Morte). He orchestrates the whole thing, together with Berlin (Mint Heist) and Palermo (Royal Bank Heist). With each heist they use the same cast of misfits.

The first we meet is Tokio (Ursula Corbero). My favourite character of them all. She is the narrator of the whole thing, keeping you in check with what is going on. She’s feirce, vulnerable, a badass and generally a leader throughout it all. In many ways the whole show is her story, or at least from her perspective.

Tokio .

She forms a relationship with the Professor who she calls her guardian angel. Together they work with Rio, Denver, Moscu, Nairobi, Helsinki and some others here and there. Each with a distinctly different role but the same aim.

As the seasons play out so do the heists. These are expertly clever and almost believable. The immersion for this show is brilliant. It’s only when we get to part 2 that things seem to get a bit dramatic but that’s also the charm.

The relationships during the heist are brilliant. It’s stressful, tense and exciting all at the same time. While they’re in the heist the idea is to become heroes of Spain.

This is where the show is clever in it’s telling of the story. The police are naturally never in charge during the heist, however it may seem. Raquel (Itziar Ituno), the head of the police lets call her, and the Professor seemingly play a chess match the whole time, but it’s like the Professor has seen the match already.

All the while you’re rooting for the guys in the masks all while they’re committing the biggest crime Spain has seen. The masks have become a symbol that is iconic within the show as much as it is outside of the show. Moreover during the heist you’re rooting for the smaller stories. Those relationships and events that are happening throughout the season between these characters.

It’s stressful, tense and exciting all at the same time.

One rule of the heist is to not talk about the heist, okay its not, it’s actually not to form any personal relationships, hence the nicknames. That was always an unlikely rule to be kept and it’s for the better.

Seasons 3 and 4 really build on this and provide heart warming and heart breaking moments as the events play out. I’m still not sure I’m over a certain event.

Neither season is packing loads of action or missing any details. They’re both well balanced in terms of characters and story.

The show isn’t without its draw backs. Each heist is over 2 parts that can feel a bit drawn out, especially the second heist as it’s yet to be concluded. There’s naturally some characters we wish weren’t in it but it wouldn’t be a good show without them.

When the action does get a little bit out of hand it does break the immersion a little bit and you remember this isn’t actually real life.

Overall, I believe this is a must watch. I know some people may not like foreign TV but this is worth getting used to. Either dubbing or subtitles are worth using. The dubbing is well voice acted.

It’s easily a top 5 Netflix show for me. Maybe I’ll do that list soon? Check out my Instagram to see that!

Stole my attention / 10

Killing Eve Season Review

Season 3 has wrapped up now and after a slow middle, it ended in superb fashion.

Killing Eve has grown tremendously over the last 4 years or so and for good reason. The BBC America book adaptation of Luke Jennings Codename Villanelle has seen Jodie Comer & Sandra Oh lead an award winning series to great heights through amazing writing and acting.

It is one of my favourite series on TV and I only picked it up last year. I was reluctant as I didn’t know what to expect and have largely not been a fan of British TV. I had some time working away and I was hooked. Its funny, dramatic, mysterious and well made.

Season 3… It Wasn’t Going Well for a While.

When season 3 started in April, it was eagerly awaited. Season 1 was a breath of fresh air and fantastically written and season 2 was more explosive. What could season 3 bring to the table?

From the very start it actually has probably the best opening episode. We are shocked with a cliff hanger that sets up the series plot. We are in truly episode 1 fashion established with the whereabouts of everyone.

Sandra Oh’s Eve is trying to get on with her life, out the way of everything after being shot and left for dead. She has lost her job, husband, house and trust. She is perhaps as vulnerable as we will see her.

Villanelle is married and enjoying life under the assumption her obsession in Eve is now dead. It’s actually at her wedding that one of her old teachers, is teacher the right word? Mentor? Yeah we’ll go with mentor, brings her back to her assassin career.

Carolyn is still at MI6 but with a new prick of a boss. She is of course thrilled with this news. Konstatin is still kicking around all mysterious, but trapped in the UK.

Generally I don’t like spoilers but I have to if I want to type any further. I guess this is your warning?

Kenny fucking dies. We liked Kenny, he was cool but not so cool as to not be shoved off a building.

So naturally everyone wants to know who did it. First thing everyone does know is it wasn’t Villanelle, but could they rule that out, she’s been quiet for a while now?

This is where the series slows right down. episodes 2-5 just don’t do much at all. We see some developments but nothing to really capture what the previous seasons had. It is a bit like a grieving period.

I did like episode 5 mind. It focused around Villanelle and finding her birth family. We learn a lot about her in this episode and it carries a certain charm to it.

But it Gets Good.

Episode 6 is where the show starts to return to its former glory. You can read my review of that episode here.

Throughout this season we’ve seen Villanelle grow. She realises she no longer wants to be a puppet to the 12. She wants out and knows only 1 person that can help her, Konstantin. But does he want to?

Eve is chasing leads and starts to get good ones about what happened to Kenny having teamed back up with Carolyn and Kenny’s old work pals. This leads her to find out that her husband was stabbed in the neck by Dasha, remember the mentor I mentioned earlier.

The show brings back the thrill, humour and the brilliant writing once more. Jodie Comer is fantastic. She plays a different side to Villanelle we haven’t seen. She is desperate, exposed and full of emotion that she hides behind killer outfits and sarcasm.

The star of this series is Carolyn however. Throughout this season we have been focused on her investigation into Kenny and the people close to her in life.

Fiona Shaw is likely to be the next winner from Killing Eve. Her journey through this series tackles her relationship with her daughter Geraldine, played by the under used Gemma Whelan, her obsession with her work and quite frankly her cold attitude.

Geraldine forces Carolyn to show her emotional side, out of frustration more than anything and Fiona truly deserves recognition. If you didn’t already you will grow to like and respect her as a character.

When I try to think of my future, I just see your face over and over again.

The Finale…

So how did this series end?

Excellently that’s how. There was blood, reveals and reunions but not in the way you would expect.

This finale is moving and connects with the emotional season it has been, not in an up and down way but in a honest way. We find out how Kenny came to be thrown from his workplace building and if Konstantin will continue to play both sides.

Eve and Villanelle naturally come together, possibly later than we wanted. When they do it’s after an admission that their obsession is part of them now. This story is about them, but this season is not.

Carolyn gets everything she wanted but is left empty. How she continues will be interesting.

Personally I think it was a excellent way to finish the season. It was explosive and revealing but also raw and sad.

Final Thoughts.

All in all I really enjoyed this season. Sure I love seeing Villanelle extravagantly murder people week in week out but I was tired of the cat and mouse chase.

This season explored the characters more, especially those not called Eve. Jodie Comer was amazing as always and Villanelle is a more fleshed out character.

As I said previously Carolyn is the stand out for this season. Everything is focused on her and her relationships.

The finale was touching and for once didn’t put it all on a cliff hanger.

As good as Villanelles fashion sense / 10.


So it has been confirmed that season 4 is on the way and EW have quoted Sally Woodward Gentle promise a ‘pitch black riot’.

I can’t wait. I know its likely 22 before we see season 4. In the meantime we should see Peaky Blinders return. If we want more of Jodie she’s in Free Guy a film I’m looking forward to after lockdown, as stated here.

After Life Review

The Ricky Gervais Netflix original has just aired its second season, so what’s the deal with this emotional telling of grief?

You could be forgiven for hearing that the British comedian and part time actor, known for his sarcastic commentary on this world, has written and directed a new series and you’d rather miss it, thank you very much.

Seasons 1 and 2 now showing on Netflix

But here’s why maybe, just maybe you should take a (small 12 x 30 minute episodes in total) amount of time to give it a chance.

After Life is a simple concept, how do we cope with grief? It centres around an early 50’s character named Tony that recently lost his wife to Breast Cancer. In a P.S I Love You style she left him a video telling him not to be the, how do I say this, grumpy old man (she uses a not so nice ‘C’ word i’d rather not include), that he inevitably will become.

“It will make you laugh and cry in equal measure”

If you’ve lost anyone or know anyone who’s been through cancer, grab some tissues.

Does he listen? Does he fuck. She asks him to do one thing. Since Lisa departed Tony has taken the opportunity to say whatever he would like because being nice doesn’t get you anywhere. Throughout Tony talks about the want to kill himself and would have, if it weren’t for his dog. He refers to this like a superpower because if he ever went to far, he’d commit suicide and that would be that.

Once we get past the establishment that Tony is played by Ricky Gervais the show begins to let us into his life. We see his job, the regular people he meets and what he’s been not getting up to. The cast are charming and full of people you mostly recognise for one reason or another.

Tony and Anne – Something in common

Its an honest as possible take that suits Ricky down to a tee. His comedy works because he explains why ‘its like a superpower‘. You excuse his behaviour, when once you may have found it not so funny or original.

The humour is consistent but not overbearing and its balanced by the emotions Ricky displays when he explains why everything is so painful. The lowest parts come when he is watching his old videos of Lisa, dealing with drugs or alcohol and seeing his Father in a care home. You’re sad for someone that used to be so happy.

“A charming slice of village life”

Tony impacts all the characters he meets and takes several steps of development in grief in season 1.In season 2 he realises its too far and dials back to his comfort zone but is less of a dick to everyone around him.

I wouldn’t expect too much of the other characters or development. They’re likable and we get to know them slightly but not attached. This can be frustrating as throughout season 2 Tony does get ever so slightly tiresome (we get it you’re Ricky Gervais and Tony is sad).

Just as you start to feel this way you’re reminded of why Tony is like this or the show shares another video and charms you in a sad kind of way.

Overall After Life does a very good job of letting you into one mans journey through grief and trying to move on. its a charming slice of a little village life and what loss can do to you and those around you.

It will make you cry and laugh in equal measure.

Definitely going to TV heaven out of 10.


p.s If you’re struggling with anything please, please reach out. We should all take care of ourselves and each other at all stages of our life. Some people do some great work for example Samaritans or Mind.