Whodunnit?, Episode 3: Ka-Boom

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Welcome back to my Whodunnit? coverage. I’m covering one episode of this mystery reality show per week as a writing exercise, with some analysis and sleuthing of my own. You can find Episode 3 here, and my friends Regan and Liam are covering the show over on their podcast. Once again, I’ll leave the premise up to the killer, before we get into episode specifics:

Dear Mortals,

You’ve all been personally selected to play my diabolical game of life and death. Your job: stay alive long enough to discover who I am. You can only do that by being the best at solving the crimes I put before you. Fail, and you may be the next to die.. here are the rules. Following each murder, I will offer you the opportunity to investigate one and only one of the following areas: the crime scene, the victim’s last known whereabouts, or… the morgue, where you can examine the corpse in a more private setting. Take a moment to decide which of the three areas you wish to investigate. Give careful consideration to your choice. Take a look around. The killer, I’m afraid, is among us.

NOTE: Do not check out that Twitter account if you don’t want to be spoiled, I’m not linking to it. I spoiled myself for the show. A couple of weeks ago I found out who won, and I just found out who the killer is, so from now on the mystery envelope will be all about the setup. I’m still interested in how the show is structured, especially in regards to how the other contestants identify the killer, so we’ll see how that goes.

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Below the Surface: Episodes 1 and 2

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Last weekend I attended Series Mania at ACMI, where I saw the first two episodes of Below the Surface, a Danish thriller from the people behind Borgen and The Killing. The entire series is about to premiere on SBS OnDemand as part of its Crime Time collection. A couple of notes: this is a brief review – I’ve only seen the first two episodes, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but I also don’t know if the show sticks the landing. The other is that I didn’t take note of the actors’ names, so I’ll be going by character names when I remember them. I didn’t take any notes until the Q&A with Kasper Barfoed after the show. On with the review!

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Whodunnit?, Episode 2: Firestarter

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As I wrote in my previous post, I am watching the ABC reality series Whodunnit? as a writing exercise. Here’s some text for the premise of the show before I get into specifics (just in case you don’t want to be spoiled). If you’d like to listen to Liam and Regan’s podcast about episode 1, you can find it here. If you’re watching along, you can find Episode 2 here.

Dear Mortals,

You’ve all been personally selected to play my diabolical game of life and death. Your job: stay alive long enough to discover who I am. You can only do that by being the best at solving the crimes I put before you. Fail, and you may be the next to die.. here are the rules. Following each murder, I will offer you the opportunity to investigate one and only one of the following areas: the crime scene, the victim’s last known whereabouts, or… the morgue, where you can examine the corpse in a more private setting. Take a moment to decide which of the three areas you wish to investigate. Give careful consideration to your choice. Take a look around. The killer, I’m afraid, is among us.

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Streaming Guide July 21 – July 27

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If you don’t want to wait a few more days for more Lyanna Mormont, watch The Worst Witch!

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July has been a very welcome quiet month in streaming. This week there are a few things to look forward to, particularly the fifth onscreen adaptation of The Worst Witch, starring Bella Ramsey of Game of Thrones fame. As I wrote yesterday, there are (free!) screenings of Below the Surface, Ozark  and The White Princess at ACMI this weekend, and a number of upcoming shows that we can look forward to. It’s a short one today, thanks for reading!

Upcoming Events: Series Mania at ACMI

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Sophie Cadieux, who bears some resemblance to Elisabeth Moss in other stills

Thanks to the Emerging Writers Festival newsletter, I learned that ACMI is hosting Series Mania Melbourne | A Free Festival of New TV this weekend. It started today (Thursday), and ACMI is hosting a series of free screenings for upcoming shows, as well as a keynote talk with Vince Gilligan, which had sold out by the time I’d learned that the festival was even on.

A note about the screenings: You can make some educated guesses (and I have a bunch of press releases and a giant spreadsheet), but it’s not clear. Also before you get too excited, Get Krack!n by Kates McLennan and McCarthy of The Katering Show is also sold out. It will be on ABC later this year.

I’d never heard of Series Mania, but it’s a French festival that aims to be television’s answer to Cannes. It began in Paris, and is moving to Lille next year. Series Mania has been brought to Melbourne by Forum des Images, and is sponsored by ACMI and film Victoria, as reported by Variety. It’s the first time Series Mania has been to another country, and I hope it continues to both expand and return to Melbourne.

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Whodunnit?, Episode 1: High Voltage

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My writing hasn’t been as prolific as I’d like it to be this year, so I’m going back to one post a week, and I’ll be covering the one season reality show Whodunnit?, which is delightful and was cancelled far too soon. I found out about this show on a Facebook group and suggested my friends Regan and Liam cover it on their podcast, Mystery Twins Detective Agency. I recently had the time to watch it myself, and decided that this would be the perfect way to ease back into writing on a regular basis. If you’d like to follow along, the entire series is on YouTube. This post is probably going to be a bit longer than the rest of them, due to the work that goes into establishing the characters and premise. Onwards!

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Streaming Guide July 14 – July 20

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One of the many gorgeous images from Chasing Coral. Image courtesy of Netflix.

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I made a choice a few years ago to not be political online. There are plenty of reasons for that which I won’t go into, but every once in a while I highlight shows and films on the streaming guide I think are important. This week I chose Chasing Coral which premiered at Sundance, and is about the attempt to visually capture coral bleaching, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. I haven’t seen Bigelow’s films because I’m not very into war as a genre, but she’s also the only female director to have won the Oscar for Best Directing. That surprises me, but also it doesn’t. Aditi Mittal is one of the first women to perform stand-up comedy in India, another thing I didn’t know.

As for my other choices, Broad City and Game of Thrones are two of my favourite shows. Broad City deserves a highlight for that fantastic DMV episode (I renewed my licence last week, which you can now do at the post office. It’s the Australian equivalent of making an appointment), and there’s no season like GoT season. My podcasts are coming back, and I’m figuring out how to deal with this strange book/show world we live in. I’m happy that A Storm of Spoilers has a separate section for production spoilers, and stopping the podcast early is going to be an exercise in self-control. At the time I’m writing, George hasn’t followed up on this possibly fortuitous Live Journal entry, so that’s something to watch. I’m also going to be keeping an eye on any possible #BlackThorn evidence. Let me know if you find anything.