I thought I’d do some quick mini-reviews of things I’ve consumed recently. First of all is a little mini-series called Dead Set.
Dead Set is basically bring brother in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. It’s fantastic in many of the ways Peep Show is awesome: the terrible cringe-inducing stupidity and awkwardness. Plus anything where you get to see the vacous residents of that stupid show ripped apart and eaten gets an automatic thumbs up. As zombie stuff goes, it’s quite good with the right balance of cheese and seriousness and so me over the top effects thrown in for good measure without trying too hard to be taken seriously. It’s a black comedy really and it does it quite well if you can get over the initial shudder of watching Big Brother, even if only by proxy. Also, zombie Davina McCall automatically adds makes this a must see.
I did enjoy this, not only for the above qualities but als for the apparent sense of disdain the creators have for Big Brother portrayed not only in the characters personalities but in lots of little things throughout the mini-series. Of course, that might be my own biases instead.
Next up, Two-Headed Monster, Collide’s latest album. On first listen, I didn’t like it at all. It’s a departure with kaRIN’s usual almost ethereal style and I don’t like it at all. After a few more listens, about two songs came through as quite enjoyable but otherwise, no, I still don’t like it. I was quite disappointed. After hearing Collide’s work in The Secret Meeting, I was hoping for something more like that, but no, it wasn’t anything like it at all. Of all of Collide’s albums, Some Kind of Strange has to be my favourite and this new one had none of the qualities that made that album work for me. While technically, the album is of a good quality, stylistically it’s terrible and seems to be trying to be something it’s not. A disappointing release indeed. I really hope I get to see another album as strong as Some Kind of Strange released by Collide some time in the future and that this one is just a hiccup and not the start of a new trend.
Well, thats it for now.