The Defenders is less a story, and more a drawn out contractual obligation

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It’s not so much that The Defenders is bad, exactly. Bits of it are quite good. The leads are, if nothing else, good at their job and keep the show afloat even as the script drags it down. Equally, though, it has to be said – it takes a special kind of programme to waste Sigourney Weaver. At the end of the day, there’s never really a sense that someone went into this with a story they wanted to tell, or any particular vision they wanted to realise.

Me on The Defenders, which I found quite disappointing on the whole.

Actually, “disappointing on the whole” is being far too kind – wasn’t it just staggeringly bad? Quite apart from the fact it managed to waste Sigourney Weaver (!!!) it moved at an absolutely glacial pace while still doing very little. One of the big things that stood out to me, actually, was that it couldn’t find the time for a scene between Matt and Claire, despite how important they’d been to one another in Daredevil. Just such a lack of focus on or interest in the characters (to say of nothing of moments of outright sloppiness, like poorly staged fight scenes and tonally mismatched musical cues), it was ultimately pretty substanceless.

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Everything you need to know about The State, Channel 4′s new ISIS drama

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Are you looking for a new TV show to watch? Something that’ll grab you and challenge you, all while keeping you thoroughly entertained? Then look no further than Channel 4’s hotly anticipated new drama The State, which comes from acclaimed writer-director Peter Kosminsky. 

It looks set to be entirely unlike anything that’s been on British television before, taking a nuanced and thoughtful approach to a controversial and difficult subject matter. Intrigued? Here’s everything you need to know about The State.

A little introductory piece I wrote about Channel 4′s new drama about ISIS, which I really enjoyed in the end.

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I can’t stand Child Genius – it’s exploitative, uncomfortable viewing

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It’s all fun and games while it’s going well, but these things can’t always go well – and it’s the response to failure that makes Child Genius rather different from an adult quiz show. There’s something almost voyeuristic about the way Child Genius presents the inevitable moments where its young prodigies begin to struggle. A long shot down a hallway, or a covert pan through a window frame – it’s little short of invasive. Does anyone actually like watching these children cry?

My article on Channel 4 quiz show Child Genius. I was nearly on the radio to talk about this, but then I wasn’t. (I got cut for time.)

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Costume designer Stephanie Maslansky on The Defenders, how to break into the industry, and more

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[Conveying character and theme] is the main job of a costume designer. We carefully read the script and have many meetings where we discuss ideas. Essentially you want to convey a character’s present, as well as the past and even some of the future. Color and texture is important as well as silhouette. Economic status, state of mind, state of health, country of origin, political leanings—these are some of the many notions to be conveyed through costume.

An interview I did recently with Stephanie Maslansky – she told me a few interesting things about Sigourney Weaver’s character in The Defenders, as well as some great tips on how to become a costume designer!

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Atypical is actually pretty typical

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In a TED Talk a few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie referred to “the danger of a single story” – essentially, the risk that a particular narrative becomes so prevalent as to be ubiquitous. There’s a sense that this is what’s happening here; that Sam, perfect stereotype that he is, is just feeding into a general impression of what autistic people are assumed to be like. It’s very much the reverse of the above maxim – the implication is that, once you’ve met one person with autism, the suggestion is you really have met them all.

Up to a point, I did actually kinda like Atypical. If nothing else, it’s actually quite watchable as a piece of television. But, by the same measure, it relies on a lot of stereotypes… but also, in other ways, does some interesting things.

I feel like I could probably talk about it at great length – greater length than I did in this article, which I think is a little more straightforwardly negative than I actually feel about it – but for now, this is probably the extent of my thoughts.

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Who is Sigourney Weaver playing in The Defenders?

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We’re not far from the debut of Netflix’s superhero team up extravaganza, The Defenders. It’s set to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, bringing each one together from their own shows to fight a new evil that threatens New York. 

We know a lot about the different characters, of course – we’ve seen their respective shows. But what about Sigourney Weaver’s new villain? Who’s she going to play? Here’s a look at some of the theories, ideas, and persistent rumours surrounding the role…

A little bit of speculation about Sigourney Weaver’s character in the upcoming Marvel series, The Defenders…

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The Defenders catch-up: what happened in Iron Fist?

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We’re not far from the debut of Netflix’s superhero team up extravaganza, The Defenders. It’s set to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, bringing each one together from their own shows to fight a new evil that threatens New York.

There’s just one problem though – what if you can’t remember what happened in the other shows? It’s been a while, after all, and you probably don’t have the time to binge watch them all ahead of The Defenders. No need to worry – here’s your explanation of everything that happened in Iron Fist

Your summary of what happened in Iron Fist, how it ended, and any unresolved plot threads that might show up in The Defenders…

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The Defenders catch-up: What happened in Luke Cage?

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We’re not far from the debut of Netflix’s superhero team up extravaganza, The Defenders. It’s set to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, bringing each one together from their own shows to fight a new evil that threatens New York.

There’s just one problem though – what if you can’t remember what happened in the other shows? It’s been a while, after all, and you probably don’t have the time to binge watch them all ahead of The Defenders. No need to worry – here’s your explanation of everything that happened in Luke Cage

Here’s a summary of what happened in Luke Cage, how it ended, and any unresolved plot threads that might show up in The Defenders

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The Defenders catch-up: What happened in Jessica Jones?

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We’re not far from the debut of Netflix’s superhero team up extravaganza, The Defenders. It’s set to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, bringing each one together from their own shows to fight a new evil that threatens New York.  

There’s just one problem though – what if you can’t remember what happened in the other shows? It’s been a while, after all, and you probably don’t have the time to binge watch them all ahead of The Defenders’ August 18th broadcast date. No need to worry – here’s your explanation of everything that happened in Jessica Jones…

Here’s a summary of Jessica Jones, which was the best of all the Marvel superhero shows. This one is absolutely, completely, worth the watch.

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The Defenders catch-up: What happened in Daredevil?

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We’re not far from the debut of Netflix’s superhero team up extravaganza, The Defenders. It’s set to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, bringing each one together from their own shows to fight a new evil that threatens New York.  

There’s just one problem though – what if you can’t remember what happened in the other shows? It’s been a while, after all, and you probably don’t have the time to binge watch them all ahead of The Defenders. No need to worry – here’s your explanation of everything that happened in Daredevil

A summary of what happened in Daredevil, how it ended, and a reminder of some of the plot threads that might show up in The Defenders…

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