The Mentalist S05E02 Devil’s Cherry (2012) – 2/10 crime detective drama TV review

Cast / crew
Creator and Executive Producer: Bruno Heller
Actor and Producer Patrick Jane: Simon Baker
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Dove Cameron: Charlotte Jane
Lee Garlington:
Yani Gellman: Julien
Writer and Executive Producer: Daniel Cerone
Producer: Matthew Carlisle
Director: Randy Zisk

The Mentalist S05E02 Devil’s Cherry (2012)

Six months after losing Lorelei to Red John, Jane is running on auto-pilot but a sip of tea at a gruesome crime scene leads him to a neighbour’s garden where he meets a young woman who claims to be his dead daughter Charlotte.


I’ve always said that writers resort to psychosis when they’re out of ideas and that’s what we have here. A gruesome coda is worth an extra star (the victim gutted himself under the influence of hallucinogens), Patrick’s daughter (Dove Cameron) is pretty and it’s slickly presented but they are the only positive features. The Mentalist needs to seriously pick things up or it’s going to lose this viewer.

This The Mentalist episode contains mild adult dialogue and extremely gory scenes.


Chuck Season 3 (2010, Espionage Action Comedy) – 2/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Zachary Levi: Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski: Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez: Morgan Grimes
Ryan McPartlin: Captain Awesome
Mark Christopher Lawrence: Big Mike
Scott Krinsky: Jeff
Vik Sahay: Lester
Sarah Lancaster: Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin: Major John Casey
Creator: Josh Schwartz
Creator: Chris Fedak
Producer: Paul Marks
Executive Producer: Chris Fedak
Executive Producer: Josh Schwartz

Chuck Season 3

With the Intersect 2.0 inside him Chuck is all set to become a super secret agent. Or is that secret super agent? If he can stop whining, that is.


Firstly, this is a season review based on the first four episodes but that is because they are so broken that they have put me off watching any more. Now Chuck has always featured a broken premise, broken plots and a lot of unconvincing peril but, until now, it’s always had an endearing goofy romantic charm. That’s gone. Chuck whines endlessly for the first four episodes and fluctuates between considered professional (he has been doing this for three years now) and reckless amateur. The writers have attempted to reset everything in the undercover plot and the Buy More plots (by shooting Tony Hale’s Emmett Milbarge in the eye; I didn’t like him but I certainly didn’t want to see that) and they failed to convince the audience to go with them. I’ll take a look at Season 4 to see if the endearing nature of the first two seasons has returned. (It does. Yay!)

Chuck contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and strong melee violence, very unpleasant and gory scenes, graphic gun violence and sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010, Drama) – 2/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison: Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
David Strathairn: Nash
Neill Barry: Donald Lozinski
Riki Lindhome: Sarah Lozinski
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Executive Producer: Russel Friend
Executive Producer: Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer (Screenplay): Russel Friend
Writer (Screenplay): Garrett Lerner
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Blake
Writer (Screenplay): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Peter Blake
Director: Hugh Laurie

House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010)

A baby disappears putting the hospital into lockdown. Wilson and Thirteen occupy themselves with a game of truth or dare. Taub and Foreman get high in Personnel. Chase and Cameron sign divorce papers. House winds up with a dying patient. Cuddy looks for the baby. The police and security team are probably useless at that kind of thing anyway.


One amazing House-ism is yer lot this week (he has fixed all his personnel records so that his malpractice suits were all brought by a patient named Lisa Cuddy). Everything else is indescribably awful.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant and mild gory scenes and sexuality.


Smallville 8.21 Injustice (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Justin Hartley: Oliver Queen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Jessica Parker Kennedy: Plastique
Alessandro Juliani: Dr. Emil Hamilton
Brendan Fletcher: Parasite
Producer: Al Septien
Producer: Turi Meyer
Writer: Al Septien
Writer: Turi Meyer
Director: Tom Welling

Smallville 8.21 Injustice (2009)

Clark hears Chloe crying out for help on the run from Davis Bloome. After he rescues her, he reveals he has come up with a plan to save Earth.


Even though Justin Hartley gets his abs out and there is no Aaron Ashmore or Sam Witwer, this is bor-or-ing. The scripting is also terrible. No-one seems to have any clue what any other character is saying and so just speak random non-sensical lines to each other. Clark is suffering particularly badly from this as he is being terribly inconsistent. He goes to all this trouble just to fill up forty minutes of screen time, er, I mean, separate Davis Bloome from Doomsday but won’t take two seconds to put across his point of view or explain why he’s being a tool to Oliver Queen. Or Chloe. Or Tess. Or the audience.

This Smallville episode contains adult dialogue and extremely gory and unpleasant scenes.


Smallville 8.19 Stiletto (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Dominic Zamprogna: Bruno Manheim
Writer: Caroline Dries
Director: Kevin G. Fair

Smallville 8.19 Stiletto (2009)

After saving Chloe from a mugger, Lois spies a chance to get closer to a story with the Red-Blue Blur by, obviously, posing as new superhero vigilante Stiletto.


This has the cheesy feeling of the 1960’s Batman television show without, unfortunately, the sense of self-knowing glee that Adam West et al brought to that particular endeavour. The central idea of Lois going after a story in an unorthodox and dangerous manner was okay but, as usual for Smallville now, it was handled clumsily and lazily. The writers, director and actors are all on auto-pilot and even Erica Durance – the best thing about Smallville this season, surprisingly – has a permanent let’s-get-this-over-with look about her. There’s a bit of Lois-Clark magic at the end of the show but in almost every way Smallville is embarrassing to watch.

This Smallville episode contains strong melee violence, graphic gun violence.


Lewis 3.04 Counter Culture Blues (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Kevin Whately: DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox: DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman: Dr. Laura Hobson
Rebecca Front: Ch. Supt. Innocent
Helen Baxendale: Caroline
Simon Callow: Vernon Oxe
David Hayman: Richie Maguire
Anthony Higgins: Franco
Joanna Lumley: Esme Ford
Hilton McRae: Mack
Perdita Weeks: Kitten
Writer (inspired By The Original Novels By) Inspector Morse: Colin Dexter
Writer (Original Story): Nick Dear
Writer (Screenplay): Guy Andrews
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: Bill Anderson

Lewis 3.04 Counter Culture Blues (2009)

Lewis is thrilled to find an old famous rock band involved in his latest case but when a possible misdemeanour turns to murder… Man, I can’t even write it, man.


Staggeringly poor murder mystery episode that is incompetently written and directed. The cast are largely quite good, especially given the astonishing sequence of events that their characters are unconvincingly put through. At one point, Lewis name-checks Morse and his methods and proceeds to layout the suspects and victims using condiments. Morse never did that. However, it is the introduction of what appears to be a mechanical Sarlacc that proves to be the element that raises the eyebrows the most and you spend the remainder of the episode suppressing groans of dismay until it inevitably is used in the fake-exciting climax. This is an atrocious end to an otherwise decent season.

This Lewis episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and substance abuse and gun violence.


Smallville 8.18 Eternal (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer: Davis Bloome
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Executive Producer: James Marshall
Writer: Brian Peterson
Writer: Kelly Souders
Director: James Marshall

Smallville 8.18 Eternal (2009)

Clark is a little put-out when Tess Mercer pooh-pooh’s his story about a previously unknown serial killer. He doesn’t know it is Davis Bloome but, thanks to a journal she nicked from the Lionel Luthor estate, Tess Mercer does and knows he’ll be impossible to kill. So she blows Davis up just to check. Fortunately, the police don’t care. Nor do the writers. Nor do we.


While the addition of Davis Bloome into the last seven series of Smallville ends up being better integrated than expected it still doesn’t mitigate the absolute insult to the audience. To be fair, it ends up making you wonder whether this was always intended to be the Smallville end-game. However, we simply don’t care. This week’s story is about the conflict inside Davis Bloome but we don’t care, partially because he has a face like a bag of walnuts. Every so often, the writers remember that Clark is on this ‘talk people around’ initiative but it’s so half-hearted and never amounts to anything except Clark going "No!", that we really don’t care. When Lois isn’t around, Smallville isn’t fun or interesting. The production team simply has no more to give. They need a break. We need a break. Stop Smallville, please.