2022 – The Week on TV: Hostess; Lucy Worsley Investigations: A Witch Hunt. Deputy Tokyo Big Boys | Television

hostess (Heaven Max) | TV now
Lucy Worsley Investigations: The Witch Hunt (BBC Two) | iPlayer
Tokyo Vice (STARZ PLAY)
big boys (Channel 4) | every 4

How disappointing it is when the first series is completely riotous, eccentric, tired spy reboot and then the second series falls from the sky like an exploding balloon.

This is how you feel with the eight-part season of Sky Max hostess, developed again by Steve Yockey. Based on Chris Bohgalian’s novel, the first flight is about Cassie (Kaley Cuoco), a stubborn flight attendant who self-medicates her childhood trauma with alcohol, who wakes up next to a corpse and finds herself embroiled in a labyrinthine nightmare steeped in espionage. The crime thriller spiced up in an addictive allegory is enhanced by Cuoco’s comic style comic style update. Soldier Benjamin-Goldie Hun era with Millennium clothing added.

Season two begins with Cassie in an AA meeting, sober for about a year and in a relationship with a photographer (Santiago Cabrera). She is still a flight attendant, but has a classified “part-time job” as a “civilian benefit” for the CIA. Naturally, Cassie refuses to follow her path (the CIA agent seems annoyed by this, as if he’s never met an outsider) and finds himself caught up in a downward spiral of intrigue, explosions, and sinister complications in Berlin.

Despite all the complications – chopping up scenes and splitting screens – everything is vaguely boring. I watched the first two episodes, and dramatically, I felt like I was getting caught in red-eye flight while seatbelt warnings (no turbulence ahead!) vibrated the entire time. Gone are the chaotic vibes that made the first series sing. Chromatically, it looks like a soapy spy grave. Familiar characters are portrayed emphatically: Annie (Zosia Mamet), the nervous girlfriend (we know she’s nervous as she walks down the aisle of a Pez distributor); Rosie Perez floundering aimlessly in a subplot of North Korea.

The new characters — chief spy Sheryl Hines, flight attendant May Martin perhaps lazy — look less appealing than drawing on a sleepless TV producer’s napkin. Cuoco keeps Cassie’s brio nervous, but is constantly determined to interact with her former self (party girl, etc). If this is to satisfy viewers who crave Cassie from the first series, it backfires and makes you remember how intense and daring he was. hostess was previously. Sharon Stone will star as Cassie’s mother, an interesting cast until things get better. Right now, you feel hesitant and insecure, and no one wants to hear the pilot gulp in the cockpit.

There is a certain type of woman who lives her life believing that in a bygone era a witch would be burned. I’m a woman like (guppy, sun shy, teenage tarot reading model) so BBC Two sparked my interest. Lucy Worsley Investigations: The Witch HuntPart one of a new four-part series in which the historian revisits infamous pieces of the past.

“The Perfect Fit”: Examine Lucy Worsley. Photography: Mike Robinson/BBC Studios

Partly dramatic, the focus is on Agnes Sampson, accused with others of using witchcraft to endanger the ship of Scotland’s King James VI. After questioning the king himself, Sampson was executed in Edinburgh in 1591, leading to a century of persecution of innocents, mostly women, across the British Isles. Poor, illiterate, and powerless, often working as midwives or folk healers, “witches” like Sampson were tortured in order to “confess” and denounce others. After all, this was an age when “witch pricks” – pricking naked, shaved bodies, including genitals, with long, thick needles – was a real business.

Now, of course, there are other ways to “burn witches” — kneeling, social media — but at the time it was real. This documentary turns out to be not just a confrontation with misogynistic hysteria, but also a hidden religious-political motive: how it was a “good courtship” for King James to counteract witchcraft. Worsley’s “TV Livestock” presentation style fits the theme so well that I can’t help but wonder if she also harbors suspicions that she might have ended up tying it to a pole while licking the flames. I wouldn’t be surprised.

lurking in StarzPlay Tokyo ViceAn imperfect but touching eight-part yakuza thriller set in 1990s Japan, based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir of his days as a crime reporter in Tokyo.

who – which Michael Mann (from ChaseAnd the Safety And the Miami Vice) The co-CEO is producing and directing the first episode — actually the dirtiest episode of the five I’ve seen, and I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to figure out how “Jaygen” Adelstein got his job at a respected news outlet, only to be reprimanded for trying to right it. Photography by Edelstein, Ansel Elgort (West side story) was a bold mullet player, “Young Michael Douglas” at the time. Elsewhere, Rachel Keeler is a mysterious nightclub “hostess,” while Ken Watanabe (The last samurai) plays a globally exhausted detective and Shô Kasamatsu is a gangster full of struggles.

“Imperfect but captivating”: Ansel Elgort, left, and Hideaki Ito (center) in Tokyo Vice. Photo: HBO

partially translated, Tokyo Vice Not immune to the ‘Western outlook’ – there are narrative waves of ‘Isn’t the American Bold and Brilliant?’ – But it doesn’t happen as often as you fear. The Japanese characters are compelling, and there’s a concerted attempt to show Tokyo from behind the scenes less traveled, even outside of its dirty and violent belly. After a rough start, the story – a gritty epic tale of the ’90s revolving around organized crime, drugs, sex and suicide – takes on the character of Jim Thompson Hits Japan. In the end you made the right investment Tokyo ViceI wondered how it would appear.

big boys is a new semi-autobiographical six-part Channel 4 comedy written and created by comedian Jack Rock (Lucky man). Directed by Jim Archer, Dylan Llewellyn (James N Derry girls) as Jack, who is gay and insecure and writhes in co-dependence with his mother (Camil Kodori) after his father’s death.

After finally arriving at Brent University, Jack, who has a fashion sense for creating the amazing Build-A-Bear, befriends a narrow-minded but mentally frail Danny (John Poynting). The opening double headline sweeps across modern campus life (“You Can’t Call Yourself Working Class Unless You’ve Burned Your Flair at Greggs”) and Jack’s first LGBTQ+ night:Sherbet Poppers? ” big boys It can be a bumpy, bumpy ride (think fresh meat after dropping a few inexpensive cans of wine), but I enjoyed his Tajikist spirit and honest engagement with tough issues. Here’s a comedy that’s not afraid to jump into the dark.

John Pointing and Dylan Llewellyn in Big Boys.
“Tiggerish Spirit”: Dylan Llewellyn, right, and Jon Pointing in Big Boys. Photo: Kevin Baker/Channel 4

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Tell my religion.
Tell my religion. Photo: Dean Bleacher/Channel 4

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PRU
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