My Summer TV

By Justin Schultz

Summer is a great time to do anything, and over this summer, I spent it watching great TV series and some damn good movies.  I’m going to give you all a quick rundown of the shows that impressed me the most, and why I think they’re worth your time in watching them.  So without any more pomp and circumstance, let’s take a look at my summer TV viewing list.

JEKYLL:

 

This 2007 series, written by Steven Moffat, is a great reimagining and modernization of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  James Nesbitt stars as both Dr. Tom Jackman, this tale’s version of Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde, and he does an amazing job in both of these roles. 

The series is a definite thriller, where you are left wondering about what would ever happen if Dr. Jackman were to lose total control over his alter-ego of Mr. Hyde.  The relationship between Jackman and Hyde is incredible, with every episode adding or revealing to us another complex layer of their interaction. 

The supporting cast of this series definitely deserves praise as well.  Every actor belongs in their role, from the gorgeous Michelle Ryan, who portrayed the psychiatric nurse Katherine Reimer, to Denis Lawson, who portrayed Dr. Jackman’s friend and employer, Peter Syme.

I don’t want to go all too much into the plot of this series, since the show is something that you have to experience to fully enjoy it.  It is full of conspiracy, something that adds an incredible amount of tension to the show and makes it even more enjoyable.    

However, I will say that Moffat is a genius when it comes to adapting the classics of literature.  Between this series and his other modern day retelling in the series simply known as Sherlock, I am eagerly awaiting whatever Moffat’s next project will be.   

Check this show out on Netflix if you have that service, you will not be disappointed.  Unfortunately, the series seems to be only six episodes long, with no rumors or hints of continuation by the BBC or Steven Moffat.  However, these six episodes tell a wonderful and complete story that you will not regret watching.

Here is the link for Netflix if you want to start watching this series: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Jekyll/70075070?trkid=2361637

LUTHER:

 

Another series from the BBC, one that is so amazing, it defies words.  A series that takes the best from shows like Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, and The Shield and combines them into one amazing series about DCI, or Detective Chief Inspector, John Luther and his struggle to maintain sanity, a marriage with his wife, and to catch the criminals of London. 

This series is just plain wonderful.  It takes what works about a police drama, the characters and the crimes and tips it on its head by having John sometimes take the law into his own hands or letting a crime happen if he know that it will lead to the right thing.  The reason I love this concept is that it makes the viewer decide if what John is doing is the right thing to do in those situations, and if they would do the same thing. 

The casting for this show is purely amazing. Idris Elba plays John Luther and gives him all the power and menace the character needs.  Luther is not the nicest man, but he will always follow his own personal sense of justice.  This sense of justice becomes clouded when he meets Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson, who is a sociopathic serial killer, one that John knows kills people, but can never provide evidence that she did.  The dynamic between these two characters is simply wonderful.  I can’t get enough of their back and forth.

At the moment, the show has two series available for viewing, but only one of them is on Netflix.  The first series is six episodes long and the second is four.   The second series is a bit better than the first, but that is just my opinion.  Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments section.

Netflix link for those of you who are interested:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Luther/70175633?trkid=2361637

BREAKING BAD:

 

This AMC show is completely insane.  It has some of the most intense and well-developed characters I have ever seen in a television series, and that is what makes this show so amazing.

The series follows the exploits of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer.  Afraid that he won’t be able to provide for his family, he takes his immense knowledge of chemistry and applies it to cooking crystal meth, so that when he passes on, the money will provide for his wife, their son with cerebral palsy, and their expected child.  During his journey, Walter meets up with Jesse Pinkman, a former student of his and a drug dealer and user, who helps Walter begin selling his crystal meth.

The casting in this show is very solid, Bryan Cranston as Walter White is a perfect fit.  We see his character evolve constantly, showing how a good-natured man slowly becomes corrupted in his journey to provide for his family.  Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman is a perfect mirror to Walter, since Jesse goes on an arc of redemption throughout the series, and is an amazing actor.  These two actors play off each other so naturally that you feel like the characters that they are portraying are real people, something I respect a great deal.

Currently, the first three seasons of this show are on Netflix, with the current and fourth season being shown on AMC, it is on its 11th episode.  Check it out, you won’t regret it.

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Breaking_Bad/70143836?trkid=2361637

Well, there you all go.  Those are the three best shows I watched this summer, try them out and leave a comment telling me what you think about them, I would be curious to see what you think.  Look for my article next week about my top picks of the summer for movies. 

Until next time everyone.

-Justin

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One response to “My Summer TV

  1. mahoney

    That’s one hell of a summer playlist. Fantastic choices all around.

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