Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Forest’ and ’Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil’

‘THE FOREST’ (NETFLIX) At some point recently, European television makers realized they had a lot of lovely, evocative forests that made for excellent crime settings, while also doing the work of creating thematic spaces for hidden secrets that could be utilized in a mystery about isolated areas. No longer are crime shows relegated to the [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Broken’ and ‘Voyeur’

“BROKEN” (BRITBOX) I’d like to say I’m surprised the BBC series, “Broken,” hasn’t gotten more attention, but I suppose I’m not. I think the reason it hasn’t has a lot to do with what makes it such a superior drama and one that I recommend over most others this past year. “Broken” focuses on the [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Bala Loca’ and ‘Nise: The Heart of Madness’

“Bala Loca” (Netflix) It’s a lot easier to find series with serial killers as heroes than journalists, but Chilean import “Bala Loca” does a great job at trying to change that. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Pinochet dictatorship — years ago, admittedly, but still weighing heavily on a society that needs to heal — there’s [...]

Viewer Discretion: ‘Ghostwatch’ and ‘Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America’

“Ghostwatch” (Shudder) This 1992 TV movie is legendary in England, remembered as the British version of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast and shown only once on the BBC. It is routinely credited as the inspiration for the found footage horror genre — the makers of the “Blair Witch Project” say it’s a major influence. And [...]

Charles Forsman: It’s the End of the Effing World

When the television show “The End of the Fucking World” debuted on British television in October, it was greeted with unanimous rave reviews. Less known amidst the acclaim is the show’s Berkshire origins: It is based on a comic book created by Adams-based cartoonist Charles “Chuck” Forsman. Forsman’s 2013 graphic novel follows troubled teenagers James [...]

Forgotten TV: The Feathered Serpent

By the description of it, The Feathered Serpent sounds like it should be a total ridiculous disaster. This 1976 British kids show is a pseudo-political thriller that takes place during the Aztec Empire. With a tone that seems inspired by I, Claudius, and predicting Game Of Thrones, it involves a critique of religious fanaticism and [...]