New CTV Show Not So New After All


The Detail

I was looking forward to this series because it was going to be groundbreaking: two female police detectives with a female as their boss. After about four episodes, I began to see a familiar pattern.

Where had I seen those details before?

It came to be tonight as I was trying to go to sleep…


Scott & Bailey

As someone who has lived in the UK, I am always interested in TV shows that get shown on PBS or TVO. This particular show was originally telecast on ITV. I watched it because of Suranne Jones, who used to be on Coronation Street as Karen McDonald.

She and another CS alumnus, Sally Lindsay, thought up the premise of the show and pitched it to the network.

I wouldn’t have put two-and-two together except for an opening segment in the first episode.

The Restaurant Dumping


In The Detail, the younger detective has gotten herself dolled up to meet her lover in a posh restaurant, thinking that he was going to propose to her. The man, a lawyer, tells her its over, instead. She is devastated. She hands over the keys to their condo, and leaves.

Later, she uses the License Bureau to find out where he is based, goes to his upscale home and meets his wife, discovering that he has a child. She uses this information to blackmail into signing over the condo lease to her.

Much Later in the series, pillow talk from their time together is used by him to undermine her court testimony at his client’s trial: it was what she was quoted as saying to her prisoner when he was first locked up in the jail cell at the police station that first made me go: “Where have I heard that before?”


The same setup, and subsequent events, played out in Scott & Bailey, although the restaurant wasn’t as posh, and he was a barrister.




I sincerely hope the producers of The Detail give a nod to the creators of Scott & Bailey in the closing credits of their show.

And I will look forward to how they continue to ‘translate’ a Manchester story to Toronto.

There really is nothing new under the sun.

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XCU: Through the Lilacs


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Happily Ever After?

Once Upon A Time Credit: ABC

Once Upon A Time – Season 7 Finale

All fairy tales start with the words “Once upon a time” and end with “They lived happily ever after”. After seven years, Once Upon A Time came to its series conclusion.

Being associated with Disney has allowed the story to mine the cartoon (and live action) characters that are featured by that studio.

You might say that they gave us fairy tales for adults. The themes and characters were familiar, but the situations were more mature than the ‘normal’ children’s stories. (Although, if viewed through the Disney lens, all their stories had a ‘scary’ element to them, but the originals on which they were based were far more frightening, for sure.)

By series 7, the producers went off at tangents, retelling Cinderella with a Latin flavour, duplicating Captain Hook so he could have a child in the Rapunzel story, and allowing two versions of Henry to exist simultaneously. The ‘curse’ that brought the whole story to Seattle was completely unexpected, but this was a trajectory required to allow the separation from Emma Swann and the ‘saviour’ story line.

It Became a Modern “Lost”

Lost went rogue in its final season, too. It’s what happens when the writers run out of story ideas, having fully explored all aspects of a particular story in six seasons. Even now, people are still discussing the ‘sideways’ leap that the story took during that final season. I doubt if people will be debating Once Upon A Time‘s final season in the same way, ten years from now.

I guess we should be glad they didn’t have a modern chapel setting to end it all. But the castle room does make a certain sense in that this was where it all started, with the Evil Queen cursing Snow White and Prince Charming on their wedding day.

The ending has Regina finding her own Happy Ending, something she thought she’d never get. By the series end, she turned into the Good Queen. But along the way a good many characters were ‘lost’ forever, including Robin Hood (Regina’s love) and Rumplestiltskin (her oldest friend). But she was back on her ‘throne’ this time chosen democratically. And everyone left in the show seemed happy with this outcome.


Maybe there really are happy endings. Robin Hood gave Regina a red feather as a symbol of his continuing love. Rumple got to finally be with his Belle after his demise. These are the hints of life continuing after death.

Death is not the end, it’s only the beginning…



We all get a second chance.

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There’s a Moon out Today


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The Devil’s in the Detail(s)



Popular television shows and graphic novels account for the recent revival of the Devil in the form of Lucifer. He is the ‘light bringer’ and as such shows up in Enoch as Samael, the leader of the guardian angels on Earth. The Gnostics considered him to be the Demiurge. According to the movie “The Usual Suspects” he is the character Keyser Söze, with the tag line:

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn’t exist

But in reality, he is you and me, while we remain asleep.

“Lucifer” Got Cancelled

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis

Last week, the final episode of season 3 aired on the Fox network. It had been a bumpy ride this time. Pearce, a modern alias of Cain, was introduced to the show, and because he was played by the same actor who was Superboy in Smallville, it was assumed that his presence could save the show. It didn’t…

There really is no way to say this without seeming judgemental: the ensemble acting was non-existent. Only Tom Ellis, as Lucifer, was believable. His charm and charisma were evident in every scene. The rest couldn’t hold a torch to him.

The actress who played Chloe Decker was especially tepid. But the final scene was the ultimate payoff: her character got to see Lucifer’s devil face.

Lucifer’s Devil Face


This face had been missing for all of season 3. The reason for its absence was an interesting one.

Cain, as Pearce, had taken it away, and given Lucifer back his wings. That story held until the finale. Then Lucifer realized that he was the actual one who had changed himself: he no longer saw himself as a monster, because Chloe’s influence was starting to rub off on him.

That made the final scene more poignant. After killing Pearce, he reverted to his ‘usual’ self image.


There are rumours of the producers of Lucifer hoping to revive the show on another network. But, the question is: Is it necessary to keep the show going?

The world has seen him again, albeit in a nice package. The fundamentalists must have been delighted to see him unmasked. The ‘true believers’ also. This is part of the ‘plan’.

The rest of us are bemused. In season 1, episode 1, Trixie knew immediately who Lucifer was. Why did it take three seasons for her mother to catch on?



Rest in Peace. You need not concern yourself with Humanity any more.

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XCU: Through the Trees II


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Phlox x 2



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