Review: Okja

Okja is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. A young Korean girl and her friend the super pig Okja win our hearts. Into their charmed existence in the serene mountains comes the horror of the meat producing business.

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Reflections on Series 2 of Happy Valley

Series 2 of Happy Valley is over on BBC One, and has been available on Netflix and iTunes for several days. I assume those interested in the show have taken the time needed to watch all 6 episodes either in the UK or in the US.

I wanted to share some overall thoughts and things I didn’t get into the individual episode reviews about series 2. Continue reading “Reflections on Series 2 of Happy Valley”

Happy Valley S2 E6: Kindness to Strangers

Happy Valley S2 E6 resolves all the crime stories in this series, but it leaves us with Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) in emotional tatters. This  brief review will have spoilers. I’ve tried to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but my American readers will find the series on Netflix starting March 16, so the need to avoid spoilers is lessened. Continue reading “Happy Valley S2 E6: Kindness to Strangers”

Happy Valley S2 E5: Omnipotent and Ubiquitous

Happy Valley S2 E5 takes some major turns. A mystery gets solved. Other mysteries remain. Several of our favorite characters are still in trouble. I’ve tried to be cryptic about spoilers in these brief reviews, but there are some spoilers ahead.

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Happy Valley S2 E4: So, So Emotional

Happy Valley S2 E4 must be saving the boiling excitement for the final episode in series 2, because this one is more about boiling emotions. I figured there would be dangerous situations to go all around by now, but I was wrong. We have to wait a bit. There are some spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Happy Valley S2 E4: So, So Emotional”

Happy Valley S2 E3: Sad, Mad, Glad, Scared

Happy Valley S2 E3 begins with Sgt. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) talking to a therapist (David Crellin). She either has to get help or retire. Catherine chooses to fill the silence in the therapist’s office with shite.

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Happy Valley S2 E2: Two Funerals and a Fall off the Wagon

Happy Valley S2 E2 has a few laughs, a couple of funerals, and a mess of disasters that will tangle future episodes. I’ll keep the review as brief and spoiler free as possible, but there are some spoilers.

Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) brings home Ilinka (Ivana Bašić) after a group of Croatian women were rescued from slavery. There were more women than the various facilities in the Calder Valley could hold; naturally, Catherine brought one home. Continue reading “Happy Valley S2 E2: Two Funerals and a Fall off the Wagon”

Q&A with Sally Wainwright for Happy Valley Series 2

BBC One and Red Production Company released a Q&A session with writer and director Sally Wainwright as publicity for season 2 of Happy Valley. The new series begins in February on BBC One.

Sally Wainwright is writer, director and executive producer of Happy Valley. She directs 4 of the 6 episodes. Neasa Hardiman directs the other 2, so the entire second season has women directors. Continue reading “Q&A with Sally Wainwright for Happy Valley Series 2”