Dan Barrett

Dan Barrett is the Content Director of Televised Revolution. His musings on television have been heard across ABC Radio, on websites like The Guardian and Crikey, and drunkenly in pubs across the country. At night he spends too many hours watching repeats of Cheers.

[PODCAST] Sensible Chuckle – David Ashby [Episode 5]

In our fifth episode we sit with David Ashby (for the last time) and discuss the fifth episode of season 2 of Danger 5. We explore the differences between Iron Sky and Danger 5, why a 6-person crew manipulating a prosthetic Pierre would be a bad thing, and the secret truth behind Skill Tester arcade machines.

This is the fifth of seven podcasts that will tie in with season 2 of Danger 5. Future episodes will feature interviews with other Danger 5 actors and the creators of the show. Each episode will focus on a different episode, providing quasi-director commentaries to watch along with the show.

Sensible Chuckle is available on:

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Review: Hiding (S01E01)

There’s a strange romance attached to witness relocation. There’s the excitement and fear of dangerous criminals attached to stepping away from your identity entirely. You become someone entirely new, without the ability to touch upon your life of old for fear of recrimination. The new ABC series Hiding does a great job of touching upon everything that makes witness relocation equally exciting and terrifying, but fails to make it engaging enough to want to see how the story plays out.

This new ABC TV 8-part series concerns the Quigg family who are forced into witness relocation after father Troy agrees to give evidence against his former boss, a crime boss. His wife and teenage children are forced to join him in their new lives as the Swift family, moving from the Gold Coast to suburban Sydney. As you would expect from a drama series, things don’t go well.

Hiding was created by Matt Ford, who cites series like Friday Night Lights as inspiration for this show. While most Australians may better know Ford for his work on stage as musician ‘Pinky Beecroft’, Ford has been working as a writer on a number of good Australian series including Satisfaction, Wildside, Dance Academy, and Farscape. Ford is a solid writer and the bones are all in place here for Hiding to work, but outside of the premise, there’s nothing particularly exciting about what the show has to offer.

At least there’s nothing evident in this first episode and that’s the biggest problem Hiding has.

TV viewers today so many options that if a show isn’t willing to offer them the promise of something truly engaging, there are plenty of other shows/movies/games that will. From this first episode, the audience knows it is going to run 6-8 episodes and it will follow a reasonably predictable tract. Family go into witness relocation, family have trouble adapting to witness relocation, a member of the family is seen which reveals their location/new identities, mobsters turn up to take care of the outstanding business. Viewers are happy to be taken on that ride if they’re provided with an interesting hook, a tantalising morsel that shifts the viewer outside the expected rote plot developments that are assumed from episode one.

Instead the viewer is provided with exactly what they expect to see happen. While some viewers may be content enough with that, it limits the series and its potential moving forward.

Consider Friday Night Lights, which Ford used as an inspiration. That show built up its pilot episode with all of the dramatic expositionary moments the viewer expected – the new family in town coming to terms with their ‘celebrity’ status, the footballers dealing with each of their own individual problems, and finally the big game which the team win. It follows all the expected moments, but it builds in an unexpected climactic moment where the star football player who we’ve been following as the series lead (of sorts) is knocked down on the football field and doesn’t get up. It’s at *THAT* moment that the show hooks its viewer. It takes the rote expectation and offers that extra something.

Hiding is a solid production that looks good, offers better than average dialogue, and has a rather nifty musical score (by beloved Australian rocker Dave McCormack). But if you’re after a show that’ll hook you in and demand that you give over 8 of your precious TV watching hours to it, that’s a difficult case to make. There is nothing in this first episode that offers anything other than the expected.

Hiding debuts Thursday 05 February at 8:30pm

What To Watch? Hiding, Allegiance, and Fresh Off The Boat [Week of 1 Feb 2015]

The ‘What To Watch’ list is a primer for shows that are debuting or have an episode of note. If you want more complete TV listing site, be sure to check out the Pogdesign Calendar. Please note that all dates cited below are in accordance with their local broadcast times.

Special thanks goes to Jen Knight for assisting in compiling the list.

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10,000 BC
Airs: 02 February 2015 (Channel 5 – UK)
20 everyday Brits are set into the wilderness to survive like cavemen/women did back in the day. Because this is a reality show staring British people, explain lots of complaining. Thankfully we know everyone will come out of it okay because there are plenty of camera people around recording it… just like in the prehistoric times.

Fresh Off The Boat
Airs: 04 February 2015 (ABC – US)
Based off the memoir by US chef Eddie Huang, this is set during the late 1990’s and is about an Asian-American family dealing with the culture-shock of moving from Washington DC to Florida so that the father in the family can open a steak restaurant. While the premise for the show sounds, politely, dubious, the series is being run by the very funny Nahnatchka Kahn who created the oft-brilliant Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt 23.

Airs: 05 February 2015 (NBC – US)
A young and brilliant FBI agent is unaware that his parents are sleeper Russian spies. It’s like The Americans meets Sherlock. *Sigh*.

While a blatant effort to cash in on some of the supposed heat of The Americans has irked many TV critics, Televised Revolution maintains indifference at that. But isn’t it time to retire the current US TV trope of the brilliant detective who can recognise ridiculously impossible and arcane clues through the smallest of details?

Airs: 05 February 2015 (ABC – Australia)
A family enter the witness relocation program after their father decides to squeal on his former boss, a crime boss. Televised Revolution offers a review HERE.

[PODCAST] Televised Revolution – Transparent See (Ep 381)

Television is getting a little bit exciting again. With Australia now firmly engaged in multi-platform viewing, we are finally getting access to a wider number of shows. For many, it will be a challenge of keeping up with where to look. Today’s official launch of Stan offers the promise of what is to come.

This week the panel discuss:

  • Stan launches in Australia
  • Presto TV now available for Android
  • Netflix’s biggest competitor is… PopcornTime
  • Ten signs Richard Reid
  • Supanova stirs controversy by inviting Adam Baldwin
  • FreeviewPlus lauded for interacting with its very tiny userbase
  • Powers is coming soon to PS4 – now we know when.

We force Dennis to sit down and watch a TV show. This month he lets us know what he thought of Transparent.

At Televised Revolution, we look forward to receiving your mail and check us out on the Twitter. You can also find the podcast on iTunes (please leave us a review, it helps people find the show).

Televised Revolution is available on:

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What To Watch? Fortitude [WEEK OF 24 JANUARY 2015]

There are some high profile return series this week: The Americans, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, Midsummer Murders, Sirens, and Mr Selfridge. New series are absent from this weeks schedule, but this week does herald a series that promises to be one of the best of 2015, the new UK/US co-production Fortitude.

Airs: 29 February 2015 (Sky Atlantic – UK)
When a murder is committed in the close knit community of Fortitude, DCI Morton (Stanley Tucci) is flown in to assist the local head of police in investigating the crime. Also stars Richard Dormer, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, and Sofie Gråbøl. This is a UK/US Scandi-noir that has embraced the format so heavily as to bring on The Killing’s Sarah Lund.

[PODCAST] Sensible Chuckle – Sean James Murphy [Ep 4]

Sean James Murphy (AKA Tucker) joins Dan Barrett to discuss episode 4 of Danger 5, season 2. The two discuss the episode, the phenomenon of the sensible chuckle, and how he’s making a go of it in the US.

This is the fourth of seven podcasts that will tie in with season 2 of Danger 5. Future episodes will feature interviews with other Danger 5 actors and the creators of the show. Each episode will focus on a different episode, providing quasi-director commentaries to watch along with the show.

Sensible Chuckle is available on:

iTunes | PocketCasts | Soundcloud | StitcherRSS

Stan Is Here. Should You Subscribe?

On Monday the Nine/Fairfax streaming service Stan officially launches. Most of the people who registered their email address on the Stan site have received a sneak peek invitation to trial the service over the past week with the first invitations sent last Monday.

Stan will cost $10 per month to access its library of movies and TV shows. The question many will ask is “Should I subscribe”?

Let’s deal with the first two basic questions before going too deep:

1) What Is it?
Stan is a subscription video on demand service. For a flat monthly fee, you can access their library of content and watch any of the movies and TV shows on the service for no additional cost. The content can be watched in standard definition or in high definition, depending on your settings. It’s like ABC iView, but will cost you a small monthly charge.

Do keep in mind that streaming TV and movies will use the data provided to you by your Internet Service Provider. So, don’t be watching Stan on the train every morning on your phone. Find out what your monthly allowances are and watch the TV content accordingly.

2) How Can I Watch It?
Movies and TV shows on Stan can be watched on your computer browser by visiting the Stan website. An app is also available for Android and iOS (Apple) tablets and smart phones. Currently, there are no apps available for connected TV devices. So, if you would like to watch the service through your smart TV’s, video game consoles, or any other device that delivers internet content to your TV, you are out of luck. That said, Stan does support Chromecast and Apple’s AirPlay, meaning you can send video from your web browser/tablet/phone to the TV.

Now that is out of the way, let us deep dive into Stan.

The base question is: “Should I subscribe”? The answer to that really comes down to what is it you want from a streaming video service.

stan1For my money, Stan is the best all-round Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service currently operating in Australia. If you average everything out, Stan is a great value service. It offers a better mix of shows and movies than other providers and provides them in high definition and 5.1 surround sound when available.

Every streaming service has its positives and negatives.

Presto – The TV content on Presto is largely rubbish. Most of the best shows are also available on Quickflix and Stan. Their big lure is their access to the HBO library, but the titles available are all older HBO shows that most of us have already seen. Do you really need to pay $10 a month to see The Wire again? What is great on Presto is their movies – they offer a 1500+ range of good to great titles. If you’re interested in movies, it’s worthwhile, but their TV pack is too low in volume to find value in. With Presto, the film and TV packs are $9.99 each. or $14.99 bundled together.

Presto’s content is also only available in streaming standard definition. It’ll look okay on a tablet or smartphone, but go bigger than that and the viewing experience is awful.

Quickflix – For under $10 per month subscribers can access a far better range of TV content. The selection of movies is generally quite good too. If you want a second service to compliment a Stan or Netflix service, consider Quickflix. Content is available in HD where possible.

Stan2Netflix – It’s hard to look past Netflix – they’re the grandaddy of streaming services. Their library is constantly growing, they’re investing in large swathes of original content, and their programs can be viewed in high definition. Netflix is also available on pretty much every platform available. An official service hasn’t launched yet in Australia, but it is expected to launch in March.

Which brings us to Stan.

To make things simple, here are the pros and cons of Stan:

  • Many great TV titles in their library (approx 320 titles, tripling that of Presto TV).
  • Several exclusive series including Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, and soon the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.
  • The movie library (approx 770 titles) has a great mix of Hollywood, Australian, and international films available.
  • The user interface is easy to navigate and the design is quite good.
  • Chromecast and Airplay compatible.
  • Free month-long trial offered.
  • Ability to build a playlist
  • A kids only section is available with additional support for a kids only profile.


  • Not every show is available in full.
  • All content appears to be curated on the menu pages with recommendation engines only offering suggested content after a program has been viewed.
  • Chrome web browsers are not supported on Mac.
  • Profile switching occurs on the front page of the site which also showcases content on the site. A similar problem exists with competitor Netflix, but Netflix do have an elegant solution to this on their app. When using the app, Netflix loads a profile switching page first before letting one in to select content. Stan users can only switch profiles once a profile has been logged into, mimicking the web interface.
  • If an adult is logged in, kids are exposed to adult content (such as a large Masters of Sex banner) before being able to switch the profile over to the kids account. Of course, there is an element of parental responsibility that should be taken into consideration here. Concerned parents can switch the profile themselves before giving the child access, though the practicality of this isn’t always so clear-cut.


Whether you want to subscribe is really going to depend on the content. This is an exhaustive list of every TV show and movie available on Stan on day of launch:


Mozart In The Jungle
The Good Wife
Ray Donovan
The Tudors **
Breaking Bad **
Masters of Sex
Deadwood **
Hawthorne **
The Fall
The L Word
Hustle **
Line of Duty
Ripper Street
The Bridge
Lost Girl
Last Resort **
The Shield **
Damages **
Jack irish: Bad Debts
The Pillars of The Earth
World Without End
Sleeper Cell
The Borgias
State of Play
Lark Rise To Crandleford
Great Expectations
The Straits
The Strange Calls
Dangerous Remedy
Gallipoli From Above
Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet
Underbelly **
Underbelly A Tale of Two Cities **
Underbelly Squizzy **
Underbelly Razor **
Underbelly The Golden Mile **
Underbelly Badness **
Fat Tony & Co **
My Place
Cambridge Spies
DCI Banks
House of Cards (UK)
Jack Taylor
Silent Witness
New Tricks
Republic of Doyle
The Bletchley Circle
The Circuit
Prisoners of War

Nurse Jackie
Ja’mie Private School Girl
Extras **
Will & Grace
The Big C **
Summer Heights High
Alpha House
Betas **
Gavin Stacey **
Little Britain
The Thick of It
South Park
Wilfred **
The IT Crowd
Married With Children
Absolutely Fabulous
The Mighty Boosch
The Office **
The League of Gentlemen
Yes Minister
Yes Prime Minister
The Vicar of Dibley
Better Man
Jack irish: Black Tide
Fat Pizza
Go Back To Where You Came From
Raising The Curtain
It’s A Date
All The Way: Australia v America In Vietnam
Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia
Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries
The Mystery of A Handsom Cab
Upper Middle Bogan
The Elegant Gentlemans Guide To Knife Fighting
Redfern Now
Love Child
We Can Be Heroes
House Husbands
Mad Dogs
Top Gear
Call The Midwife
Inside Men
Pride & Prejudice
Sense & Sensibility

Dumb Drunk & Racist
World on Wheels
A-Z: The A-Z of Contemporary Art
The Crocodile Hunter
A Moody Christmas
Geordie Shore
Teen Wolf
Party of Five **
Dawsons Creek **
Teen Mom
I Used To Be Fat
My Super Sweet 16
16 & Pregnant
Beavis & Butthead
Angry Boys
Nitro Circus
Jersey Shore
Thunderbirds **
Stargate SG1
Orphan Black
Stargate Atlantis
Life On Mars
Doctor Who
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Andromeda **
Being Erica
Aeon Flux
Doctor Who Dreamland
The Nanny **
Reno 911
Drop Dead Diva **
Whites **
Just Shoot Me
Friday Night Dinner
Moone Boy
Russell Brand In New York City
Come Fly With Me **
Fawlty Towers **
Coupling **
Roast of William Shatner
Roast of Roseanne
Roast of David Hasselhoff
The Office
Roast of Charlie Sheen
Blue Bloods
Upstairs Downstairs
Waking The Dead
Jane Eyre
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

Human Planet
Wonders of The Universe
Pain, Pus, And Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines
Michael Palin New Europe
Freddie Flintoff Versus The World
Frozen Planet
Inside Natures Giants
Louis Theroux – Louis & The Brothel
Louis Theroux – African Hunting Holiday
Louis Theroux – Behind Bars
Louis Theroux – America’s Most Dangerous Pets
Louis Theroux – Gambling In Las Vegas
Louis Theroux – Under The Knife
Louis Theroux – The Most Hated Family In America
Louis Theroux – The City Addicted to Crystal Meth
Nature’s Great Events
Planet Earth
Michael Palin: Pole To Pole
Scary Therapy: Scary Sharks
She Wolves
Treasures Decoded
Wonders of The Solar System
The Natural World: Big Red Roos
Attenborough & The Giant Egg
Amazon With Bruce Parry
The Ascent of Money
Dolphin’s of Shark Bay
Great Barrier Reef
Life In The Underground
Life In Cold Blood
Seven Wonders of The Industrial World
Wild Africa
America In primetime
Bite Me With Dr Mike
East To West
French Coastlines



Sherlock Holmes
Bran Nue Dae
21 Jump St
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Get Smart
The Artist
Gran Torino
The Trip
The Vow
Mao’s Last Dancer
My Week With Marilyn
The Ides of March
The Young Victoria
The Special Relationship
Blue Valentine
Your Sisters Sister
Robocop 2014
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
As It Is In Heaven
The Imposter
Ocean’s Thirteen
This Is Spinal Tap
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Brothers Bloom
The Time Travellers Wife
He’s Just Not That Into You
Stranger Than Fiction
Synecdoche New York
Four Weddings & A Funeral
Million Dollar Baby
I Am Legend
Dear John
Fat Pizza
17 Again
Life As We Know It
Blade 2
End of Days
Drag me To Hell
After The Sunset
Arthur & The Invisibles
Arthur & The Revenge of Maltazard
An American Haunting
Alpha and Omega
Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Enemy At The Gates
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
A History of Violence
Laws of Attraction
Quantum of Solace
Casino Royale
Die Another Day
The World Is Not Enough
Tomorrow Never Dies
Licence To Kill
The Living Daylights
A View To A Kill
Never Say Never Again
For Your Eyes Only
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Man With The Golden Gun
Live & Let Die
Diamonds Are Forever
On her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
From Russia With Love
Dr No
Animal Kingdom
Australian Rules
The Hunter
Muriel’s Wedding
One Perfect Day
Phar Lap
Romper Stomper
The Craic
Young Einstein
Reckless Kelly
Love The Beast
My year Without Sex
Lucky Country
My Brilliant Career
Wake In Fright
Samson & Delilah
Paul Kelly: Stories of Me
Not Quite Hollywood
Japanese Story
He Died With A Felafel In His Hand
Ten Canoes
Mad Max
One Two Three
Last Tango In Paris
The Missouri Breaks
The producers
Arizona Dream
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now Redux
Cecil B Demented
Human Nature
Ghost Dog
An Inspector Calls
Letters To Juliet
The Ghost Wriyter
Sorority Row
The Upside of Anger
Sex Drive
Raging Bull
The Care Bear’s Movie
True Confessions
Vampire’s Kiss
The Bounty
Blue Velvet
The Woman In Red
The Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie
Carnal Knowledge
3 Days of The Condor
Wedding Daze
Lapland Odyssey
The Wedding Party
Stanley & iris
Romance & Cigarettes
The Vow
The Time Travellers Wife
Metal Skin
Leap Year
Down To You
Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Astro Boy
Spy Kids
Speed Racer
A Monster In Paris
Short Circuit
The Neverending Story
Around The World In 80 Days
Loch ness
The Secret of Nimh
Space Chimps 2
All Good Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Madeline: Lost In Paris
Spy Kids: All The Time In The World
The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion 2
American Ninja 4
Tell No One
Point Blank
The Raid
Lost Highway
Wolf Creek
Mystic River
Sword Fish
The Scapegoat
Bad Lieutenant
At Close Range
China Moon
Desperate Hours
The Falcon & The Snowman
Gang Related
Eden Lake
Berbarian Sound Studio
Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh
Ghoulies 2
Poltergeist 2
Poltergeist 3
The Fog
The Howling
Jacob’s Ladder
Prince of Darkness
Saw: the Final Chapter
Let The Right One In
Kill List
The Messenger
The Awakening
The Host
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me
Valhalla Rising
Three Musketeers
The Legend of Zorro
Walking Tall
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers (1972)
The Man In The Iron Mask
The Odd Angry Shot
A Man Apart
Blade Trinity
Snakes On A Plane
The Double
Three Kings
The Hurt Locker
Rush Hour 3
Air America
The Counterfeiters
Lions For Lambs
Navy Seals
Paths of Glory
Red Dawn
Soldiers of Fortune
A Field In England
Rules of Engagement
The Wipers Times
In The Valley of Elah
War Witch
Cutthroat Island
The Doors
Arizona Dream
Basic Instinct
LA Story
Leaving Las Vegas
Narrow Margin
The Ice Storm
The Crying Game
End of Days
Double Impact
Dead Man Walking
The Cutting Edge
At First Sight
An All Dogs Christmas Carol
Romper Stomper
Body of Evidence
Return To Me
Peter’s Friends
Angel heart
Johnny Handsome
Sid & Nancy
The Oustiders
Red Sonja
Santa Claus The Movie
Raw Deal
The Delinquents
The French Lieutenants Woman
Child’S Play
Lock Up
A Fish Called Wanda
A Guy Thing
Art School Confidential
Barbershop 2
Army of Darkness
The Great Train Robbery
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring
Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of The RIngs: The Return of The King
The Hobbit
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Twilight New Moon
Twilight Eclipse
Sex & The CIty 2
Matrix Reloaded
Matrix Revolutions
Robocop 2
Robocop 3
The Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (US)
Rocky 2
Rocky 3
Rocky 4
Rocky 5
Rocky Balboa
Austin Powers
Austin Powers: Goldmember
Scream 4
Species 2
Species 3
Species The Awakening
Rambo First Blood
Rambo 2
Rambo 3
Analyze This
Analyze That
The Amityvile Horror
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Agent Cody Banks
Agent Cody Banks 2
The Birdcage
La Cage Aux Follies
La Cage Aux Follies 2
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde 2
The Pink Panther (2006)
The Pink Panther 2
The Pink Panther
A Shot In The Dark
Return of The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Revenge of The Pink Panther
Death Wish 2
Death Wish 5
Final Destination
Final Destination 3
Cats & Dogs
Half Nelson
Much About Nothing
In The Loop
Everything Must Go
Me & Orson Welles
What Maisie Knew
Scenes of A Sexual Nature
Total Recall
Universal Soldier
Escape From New York
Flash Gordon
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted’s Bogs Journey
Dark City
Alexander The Great
Birdman of Alkatraz
The Magnificent Seven
The Long Goodbye
Midnight Cowboy
A Bridge Too Far
Raging Bull
The Unforgiven
Mystic River
The Graduate
The Alamo
West Side Story
The Great Escape
A Fistful of Dollars
For A Few Dollars More
The Good The Bad and The Ugly
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Apartment
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Battle of Britain
The Children’s Hour
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Wake In Fright
Moby Dick
Addams Family Halloween
Dr Heckyll & My Hype
An Inspector Calls
King Kong (1976)
City Slickers
The Claim
Three Amigos
The Unforgiven
The Misfits
The Missouri Breaks
Heaven’s Gate
Dead Man
Rush Hour 2
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Wedding Crashers
Miss Congeniality
The Wedding Date
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Sliding Doors
Red Heat
Brothers Grimm
Annie Hall
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex
Curse of The Pink Panther
God Bless America
Blue Caprice
The Age of Reason
The Source
Angel of Evil
Welcome To The North
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
Happy Family
The Cezzane Affair
The Right Thing
I, Don Giovanni
Wendy & Lucy
A Touch of Sin
Four Dragons
Fill The Void
The Patience Stone
The Days To Come
Lapland Odyssey
Welcome Aboard
On Air
Michael Kohlhaas
Tasting Menu
The Man Who Laughs
War Witch
The Edge
Viola Di Mare
The City Below
The Murder Farm
The Debt
The Kid
Frozen Silence
About Elly
The Minister
Do Me Love
Artificial Paradises
The Priest’s Children
Hunting Elephants
Mad Dog Morgan
Road Games
Love Like Poison
I’m Glad My Mother is Alive
Love Is In The Air
A Gun In Each Hand
Against The Wind
Viva Italy
Like Father Like Son
Bets & Wedding Dresses
Treasure Hunter
Twice Born
17 Girls
They Came Back
Deep In The Woods
An End To Killing
Cairo 678
The Act Of Killing
The Imposter
Searching For Sugarman
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Man On Wire
Hoop Dreams
Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam
Biggie & Tupac
Being Elmo
Bill Cunningham: New York
Joy Division
Sarah Palin: You Betcha
The Complete History of My Sexual Failures
Annie Liebovitz: Life Through A Lens
Chasing Ice
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Bobby Fisher Against The World
El Bulli
Page One
Sex My British Job
Tracking Down Maggie
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
The Selling of A Serial Killer
Aileen: The Life & Death of A Serial Killer
American Grindhouse
Storm Surfers: The Movie
Patti Smith Dream of Life
Joan Rivers A Piece Of Work
March of The Penguins
007 And The Word Was Bond
Bond Girls Are Forever
Desperately Seeking Susan
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Fatal beauty
Get Shorty
Getting Even With Dad
French Kiss
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
Charlie Bartlett
Fiddler on The Roof
Fatal Instinct
Evil Dead 2
Much Ado About Nothing
New York I Love You
The Switch
Three To Tango
Blame It On Rio
Frankie & Johnny
At First Sight
The Hot Spot
Alvin Purple
Alvin Purple Rides Again
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf Too


Sesame Street Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge
Sesame Street Elmo’s Potty Time
Sesame Street Elmo’s Shape Adventure
Sesame Street Counting With Elmo
Sesame Street Leaning Letters With Elmo
Sesame Street Bedtime With Elmo
Sesame Street Elmo’s Magic Numbers
Being Elmo – A Puppeteer’s Journey
Mister Maker
In The Night Garden
Dora The Explorer
Ready Steady Wiggle
Charlie & Lola
Thomas & Friends – Calling All Engines
Fireman Sam
The Adventures of Abney & Teal
Five Minutes More
True Jackson VP
Victorious Unfabulous
MI High
Doctor Who Dreamland
The Sarah Jane Adventures
House of Anubis
How To Rock
Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness
Maid Marian & her Merry Men
Julia Jekyl & Harriet hyde
Feather Boy
Johnny Test
The Troop
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Round The Twist
Hairy Maclairy
Fanboy & ChumChum
El Tigre
Horrible Histories
Dinosaur Detective
How To be Indie
Dino Squad
The Wot Wots
Thomas & Friends – Day of The Diesels
Angelina Ballerina – Princess Dance
Thomas & Friends – The Great Discovery
Angelina Ballerina – Sets Sail
Spongebob Squarepants
Lockie Leonard
My Place
The Penguins of Madagascar
Inspector Gadget
Rocko’s Modern Life
Avatar The Last Airbender
Mona The Vampire
Kung Fu Dino Posse
Bo On the Go DinoSapien
Adventures of Sonic The Hedghog
Angela Anaconda
The Adventures of Paddington Bear
Mike The Knight
Nihao Kai-Tan
Guess How Much I Love You
Postman Pat
Little Princess
3rd & Bird
Baby Jake
Woolly & Tig
Bubble Guppies
Grandpa In My Pocket
Monster Math Squad
Wonder Pets
Martha Speaks
Angelina Ballerina
Bob The Builder
Justine Clarke – Great Big World
Madeline: Lost In Paris
Agent Z and The Penguin From Mars
The Fairy OddParents
The Wild Thornberrys
Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius
Lizzie McGuire
Johnny Test

Stan is impressive for a product that has just launched. The library archive is an excellent foundation upon which to build and it provides a great number of viewing options. Where the library does fall flat is in that it doesn’t offer enough US drama and sitcoms. The service feels improportionately weighted with too many Australian and UK shows. At launch, Stan represents the best SVOD service operating in Australia. For $10 a month, the service is good value and worth a look.

Jessica Fletcher experiences an epiphany. Many of them. For an hour.

2015 saw too many people with Internet access making it through 11 minutes and twelve seconds of the sublime Too Many Cooks. That benefited nobody. Dress it up in all the post modern commentary you want, but nobody benefited from that.

This YouTube video is different. It’s spiritually enriching in the most meaningful of ways. This supercut offers just shy of an hours worth of footage of Jessica Fletcher experiencing some level of epiphany.

Editor Isaac Royffe is doing important work here. Bless him.

X Things That Need To Be Done For The X-Files To Come Back Properly

TV (and pop culture more widely) runs in 20 year cycles. Once a show concludes and enters the world of syndicated repeats, DVD/streamed relics, and almost distant memories, it has at least ten years of laying fallow and being just a little on the nose. Unless you were deeply in love, an oft-watched show begins to feel like an awkward one night stand that compels you to brush off the experience and move on with your life. But eventually nostalgia kicks in and that seems to be at the 20 year-mark. Recently we’ve seen renewed interest in Twin Peaks, Seinfeld, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The X-Files.

When it was mentioned by new Fox executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman at a recent Television Critics Association panel that they are considering bringing back The X-Files as an event limited series, it felt right. The world is ready again for The X-Files in a way that it most certainly wasn’t when Fox attempted to revive the property in 2008 for the movie sequel I Want To Believe.


In considering The X-Files, it needs to be remembered that the shows latter seasons are not remembered fondly. This is a show that defined what TV could be and played a significant role in maturing the medium, but eventually the wheels fell off the bike. Even the most die-hard of fans found their devotion tested once David Duchovny left the show with the conclusion of season 7 of the series.

A recent revival of the Fox Keifer Sutherland show 24 brought back much of the remaining cast and crew for a limited run series which highlighted the reasons as to why audiences had fallen out of love with that show initially. The X-Files deserves a better fate.

What can Fox do to safeguard The X-Files to keep it as a viable property for many years to come?

I) It cannot be an event mini-series
The absolute strength of The X-Files is that it is traditional TV with a monster of the week and a new story every week. Building an event mini-series around the property will build into it an expectation that the show will focus on a larger ‘mythology’ storyline and not where the show excelled, which was in telling stories about humanoid flukeworms in the sewer systems, a New Jersey sasquatch, and limb-extending serial killers.

Recently we saw Aaron Sorkin conclude his series The Newsroom, which many fans of the show considered to be the best of the three seasons of that series. What made the show start to work is that Sorkin brought back a feeling of network television to his writing. The X-Files needs a similar feeling. Sure, one can attempt to dress it up with longer arcs and a more streaming-friendly approach, but that isn’t working to its strengths. Be the network drama series that we all want it to be.

Besides, the prevailing attitude today when people are asked about The X-Files is that the episodes they remember fondly are the monster of the week episodes and not the ongoing ‘mythology’ episodes to do with the conspiracy around an alien invasion.

It needs to look and feel like an ongoing TV series.

II ) Mythology cannot be the bulk of episodes. But it needs to exist.
The X-Files established the ongoing mythology approach that has driven so much crime, horror, and sci-fi TV over the past 20 years. There would be no Lost without The X-Files, most certainly. Viewers, however, remember the stand-alone episodes more fondly with stories of the Cigarette Smoking Man and the disappearance of Mulder’s sister no longer favourable. And fair enough. When one goes back to re-watch the series, these episodes don’t hold up particularly well.

But to lose an ongoing narrative would be a mistake. Viewers today do want a more complex narrative built into the shows that they watch. It provides connective tissue to the episodes, compelling viewers to tune in weekly. For the show to feel modern, it will require the same narrative techniques almost all other TV dramas employ – techniques The X-Files pioneered in the mid 1990’s.

III) Keep away Chris Carter. And any of the former writers.
Chris Carter was never the strongest writer on The X-Files. While he certainly developed a great framework for the series to excel within, his creativity never drove the shows success. Rather the strength of the shows writing came from writers like Jim Morgan and Glen Wong in the early seasons, with Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan as the show continued in later seasons.

To bring back Chris Carter would be a mistake. He’s not a strong writer and his attention always diverts from the narrative strength of the series. Consider the film I Want To Believe, which he penned. The screenplay keeps apart the two protagonists for much of the film, sidelining Scully with a dull storyline set in a hospital. The film, instead of exploring notions of faith in a compelling and meaningful way as intended, felt like a charmless wet blanket.


Chris Carter is well-meaning, but its simply time to hand over the reins and give the show a fresh new take. Bringing back any of the shows other writers (and yes, this includes Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan) may deliver some good episodes, but it needs a new attitude and point of view.

Bring in a new showrunner with a very clear direction for the series. A direction that builds upon the original series, but is also willing to embrace elements that will contemporise the series. Consider the approach being taken with JJ Abrams on the new Star Wars films.

IV) Expand the team.
The Mulder/Scully dynamic was the driving force behind The X-Files and it was what made it the special series it was. But a new series needs to be bigger. If Mulder and Scully are still the only two people fighting for finding ‘the truth’, then their work until now has been for nought.

Rather than see The X-Files return for one or two limited run engagements, it would be preferable to see a framework established which creates a future for the franchise that extends beyond the willingness of Duchovny/Anderson to be involved. Their dissatisfaction with committing to the show longterm was a factor in the shows decline in the final seasons run. Bring in a team of agents to work under and with them. As would be the case with any successful law enforcement unit.

V) Keep It Prestige.
US Network TV is dying a horrible death. Within just a decade, US broadcast went from offering progressive and deeply engaging drama series on a regular basis to being a wasteland of generic formula-driven procedurals. The only hour-long drama of any value is The Good Wife. So if one is to bring back a beloved prestige broadcast show like The X-Files, it is important to make sure that the show is given the tools it needs to stand above the other series on the air. It needs a strong creative team, appropriate budget, and creative freedom.

This cannot look and feel cookie cutter like any old episode of NCIS or CSI.

VI) New beginnings.
Viewers want to be reminded of the joys they experienced with the original series along with the thematic core that kept them returning back week after week. Viewers want scares, questions about the hidden secrets that exist around them, and restrained interplay with the series leads. Bringing back any of the accoutrements that hung off the original series will feel tired and too much like fan service. This means no Smoking Man, no Skinner, and above all, no Lone Gunmen (unless it’s a new publication with a new staff).

VII) Keep the theme.
It isn’t The X-Files without Mark Snows theme song. And it can’t be a remix of the original – we had enough of that in the 90’s at peak X-Files. That novelty has been well and truly worn out.

But keep the theme shorter. That opening titles sequence is a bitch to sit through nowadays.

The villains of yesterday still exist. We still fear government control. We still fear those that operate within the shadows of power. But that power has shifted. We have large corporations that are now firmly entrenched in our personal lives that never quite had that level of involvement in the past. Our collective fears are now less entrenched in the corridors of power, but more firmly in what technology and those who control it can do to us. Xenophobic fears related to terrorism and terror cells within Western society also runs through society in a manner more reflective of the Twilight Zone cold war paranoia than The X-Files initial Bush/Clinton era.

Mulder & Scully investigate the monsters that are really controlling Google Now?  It sends shivers down my spine.

The X-Files has already stripped away the unresolved sexual tension that led to the creation of a thousand Geocities shrines. Mulder and Scully had a kid – that seems like some pretty strong resolution right there. This is a big part of why the show will need a younger generation of agents involved in the show. Introducing a sense of URST among the younger cast can drive some of the URST that the show will now be missing. And if you don’t think URST is important to the success of The X-Files as a format, just consider how dull the show became with the sexless Agents Doggett & Reyes who led the show during those final two seasons.


X) Vancouver Locations.
Let’s be honest with ourselves – The X-Files solving mysteries anywhere other than that one Vancouver forest really doesn’t feel right. For The X-Files to continue to feel like the show we have in our hearts, it needs to return to Vancouver.