Episode #35: ‘Doctor Who’ – S8, E4: “Listen” (2014), a review

In this episode Mark does a review of one of his favourite episodes from one of his favourite TV series: ‘Doctor Who’ – S8, E4: “Listen” (2014) written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald.

Episode #32: “Squid Game” (TV series), a review

In this episode Mark does a review of the critically acclaimed South Korean survival drama Netflix television series “Squid Game”. The series centres on a contest in which 456 players, from all different walks of life but who each are deeply in debt, participate in a set of children’s games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize – however the penalty for losing in a game is death, which leads to an intense experience for every player as they fight to stay alive and make it to the end of the game so that they can be the sole winner of the prize money.

Episode #27: “The Many Saints of Newark” (2021 film) *Spoilers*

In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 American crime film “The Many Saints of Newark” directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner. A prequel to David Chase’s HBO crime drama TV series “The Sopranos”, the film stars Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga. Set in the 1960s and 1970s in Newark, New Jersey, using the 1967 riots in the city as a backdrop for tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities, the film follows the teenage years of Tony Soprano in the midst of a violent gang war his uncle and family are involved in.

Episode #26: “You” (TV series) – Season 1, a review

In this episode Mark does a review of the first season of the American psychological thriller television series “You” developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the story follows the character of Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley), a New York bookstore manager and serial killer who falls in love with a customer, Guinevere Beck (played by Elizabeth Lail), and quickly develops an extreme, toxic, and delusional obsession with them.

Episode #21: “Lucifer” (TV series” – Season 6, a review

In this episode Mark does a review of the sixth and final season of one of his favourite TV series, “Lucifer”, which recently premiered and concluded on Netflix, starring Tom Ellis and Lauren German. And Mark also talks about what he enjoyed about the series as a whole, the cast, the characters, and whether the series ended in a satisfying way. *Spoilers within*

Episode #17: “Happy Star Trek Day!”

In this episode Mark wishes a very happy birthday to his favourite television series and film franchise: ‘Star Trek’, created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered on the U.S. television station NBC on September 8, 1966, which has boldly grown to become a cultural phenomenon all around the world. Mark talks about what “Star Trek” means to him and what it is about the franchise that has kept him a fan of it since he was a child. And Mark also recites his poem “Beam me up!”. Live Long and Prosper! 🖖

Episode #13: “Parks and Recreation” (TV series) – Season 1, review

In this episode Mark does a review of the first season of the American political satire mockumentary sitcom television series “Parks and Recreation” and he talks about the actors, the characters, and the things about the series that he loves.

Episode #10: “Field of Dreams” TV adaptation? *TV News*

In this episode Mark talks about the recent announcement of a TV adaptation of one of Mark’s films, “Field of Dreams” (1989) directed by Phil Alden Robinson – which itself was an motion picture adaptation of W.P. Kinsella’s novel “Shoeless Joe”. The story of “Field of Dreams” is about a farmer in Iowa who builds a baseball field in in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends, including Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Chicago Black Sox. Considering the original 1989 film is considered a classic to fans, cinephiles, and baseball enthusiasts around the world, Mark asks whether the television adaptation being developed by Michael Schur for the streaming service Peacock needs to be made and whether people will be drawn to watch it.

Episode #9: “What if…?” – Ep. 1: “What if… Captain Carter Were the First Avenger”

In this episode Mark does a review of the first episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ television series: “What if…?” – Episode #1: “What if… Captain Carter Were the First Avenger”.

The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #8: “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” (TV series) – Episodes 14-16: a review

In this episode Mark talks about episodes 14, 15 and 16 – the penultimate episodes of Season One – of the animated Disney+ television series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”. *Spoilers*