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 #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 #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 #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*

My Poem “Tony Soprano”

There has never been a TV show since,
and there may never be a TV show
again,
like the hit show ‘The Sopranos’ –
and there will never be another
character like Tony Soprano:
the Mob Boss of North New Jersey,
who in my opinion was the first
anti-hero on TV who was so complex,
so intriguing, and so compelling
that nobody who watched him
could help themselves from
rooting for him, no matter what
he did and no matter what he said.

Tony Soprano woke up every morning,
he walked down his driveway
to retrieve his copy of the daily newspaper,
and then after that there was
no telling what he was going to next;
but one thing was always clear:
whatever Tony did he did for his family –
both his blood family
as well as for his crime family,
and everything that he did
was all to keep the Soprano family
and the thing of theirs
that was their life going
by any means necessary.

In my opinion, no one could have
played Tony Soprano
like James Gandolfini did –
because Tony Soprano was
someone who was smart;
Tony Soprano was someone
who internalised and wrestled
with a lot of psychological trauma
because of his mother, Livia,
and because his father Johnny Soprano
had been a gangster before Tony
was even born
there was no question that he would also
become a member of the family business;
but Tony Soprano was not like
everybody else in his family:
he suffered panic attacks –
and because he loved his family
so much he sought out the help
of a therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi,
in order to be a more effective
father and boss to those who followed his lead.

You don’t get to meet too many characters like Tony Soprano,
nor from episode to episode
watch someone like him
do what only someone like him
could do…
you don’t get to see acting of the
calibre that James Gandolfini had that often –
and it is clear as day that he put
every ounce of his talent into
making Tony the engaging, the profound,
and the powerhouse of a character that he was;
which is why viewers did not
want to see what they ultimately saw
at the end,
when the screen suddenly went to black –
because nobody knew that only moments before
they had just taken one last look
at one of the greatest characters
in television history:
the one and the only Tony Soprano.

Happy Star Trek Day: “Live long and Prosper”

Happy Star Trek Day, everybody!

The first episode of Star Trek premiered 54 years ago today, on the 8th of September, 1966! Happy 54th Anniversary to one of my favourite TV shows and franchise’ – which to this day still remains a source of inspiration and hope and is a reminder to us all that if the human race works together we can accomplish anything: even journeying out into the final frontier, where no one has gone before! Live Long and Prosper, everyone! 😊🖖