I recently blogged about the great new series Aquarius that focusses on the death of the sixties leading up to the Tate murders perpetrated by the Manson Family. It seems that NBC is aware that people these days have changed the way they like to watch TV shows, taking a couple of days and binge watching a whole season. For this reason they have placed the entire Season One on their website so you can enjoy all 13 episodes of the Duchovny show in one hit. Brilliant! 🙂
Chappie is one of my favorite movies of the year, utterly captivating. Yet, the Blu-Ray cover is terrible. Why when you have a super cool robot in the lead of your film, one which has already been represented on many brilliant cinema posters, do you go down the Photoshopped floaty head route with the home version, especially when it is only that kid from Slumdog who is the only star that could be swapped out of the movie without you noticing? If you must have humans, why not Die Antwoord who are the main characters? Let’s hope the UK version is better.
So, how has life been since The X Files? Tough to start with, the stars did not seem to translate to dollars on the big screen and it looked as if a reunion was the only way we would see the two stars on primetime ever again. Then Hannibal happened. Anderson shined in one of America’s grittiest television spectaculars and suddenly she was a hot property again. Now Duchovny steps up to the killer plate and hits it out of the park with Aquarius, a view of the death of the sixties as flower power is slain by The Manson Family and Helter Skelter reigns supreme, terrifying all of Hollywood.
Duchovny is great as Sam Hodiak, a cop digging deeper and deeper into the world of Charlie unsure of what he is going to find. The interesting thing about the show, as with Hannibal, is we KNOW what is going to happen eventually, it is how the tale is told along the way that will decide if Aquarius joins the big leagues.
Of course the Manson tale has been told many times, often with hammy performances letting the story die on its feet, but here Gethin Anthony seems to get the thing that made Manson so attractive, he was essentially a mirror reflecting a better you in order to make you his. This started with his music and Aquarius seems to have the license to the songs, with Look At Your Game Girl appearing in the first episode so this may be the first time that Manson’s musical talent is actually shown as past films have just had him strumming an acoustic next to an open fire but without the soundtrack of the real tunes. One wonders how many people will search out Lie as soon as the show ends, I mean it is right there on every online shop, so perhaps we will see a Manson renaissance and he will finally get that musical success that he was denied when friends such as Dennis Wilson turned their backs (Manson was mentioned in Beach Boys interviews and Wilson claimed that The Wizard would be signing to their label Brother records), leading to his anger and hatred leading to bloody rage and the rampage of the Family that ended in the death of Sharon Tate.
Aquarius has a stellar soundtrack aside from Charlie’s musings, with The Stones, Jefferson Airplace and The Who gracing the opening episode helping to create the perfect sixties feel which goes up before it comes crashing down. And Manson’s words will be familiar to anyone who has read up on him, with the writers careful to not villify Manson to the point where the story seems unbelievable, an irony when you consider they are basically presenting a fictionalised twist on a well know factual tale. It will be interesting to see if Susan Atkins or Linda Kasabian appear later, or just how far the story is going to go down the helter skelter, but I will certainly be following the tale and with Hannibal bringing classic darkness to the small screen, let’s hope Aquarius follows suit and keeps up its early promise. You dig?
And so your life begins.
Perfect globes open onto an unknown world.
You scream “Hold me! Love me!”
And your parents instantly oblige.
You are protected like the rarest china,
Though allowed to find your own way through this crazy place.
Mother and father are always there,
To answer questions,
To stop your shivers,
To hold you when you fall
And celebrate you when you shine.
Your sisters will love you,
You will fall out
But if anyone else tussles with you
They will be first in line to defend.
Soon you will walk alone,
But never alone.
Always family, always love.