Shain E. Thomas

AuthorShain E. Thomas

With a BSc focusing on geography, history and political science and an MSc revolving around communication studies, history and journalism, I’m a freelance Journalist and social historian.

Ghosts: S1.E2. – “Gorilla War”

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The second episode of the British comedy “Ghosts” dropped Monday, 22 April 2019. With a teleplay written by Laurence Rickard, the Tom Kingsley directed “Gorilla War” picks up shortly after the series premiere “Who Do You Think You Are?” After experiencing a near-fatal fall from a second floor window, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) can now see and hear the house’s dead former residents. The gaggle of...

Line of Duty: S5.E4. – “Episode Four”

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With the fourth episode of the British police corruption drama “Line of Duty” having dropped Sunday, 21 April 2019, we are more than half way through the fifth series. For the benefit of American readers, the British definition of the word ‘series’ is being used. Each episode, from the beginning of the first series to where we are in the current one, always raises more questions than it answers...

Game of Thrones: S08.E02 – “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

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The second episode in the “Game of Thrones” finale season, with a teleplay written by Bryan Cogman, drops tonight. The episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” has apparently been leaked early because of something Amazon Prime may or may not have done. In Germany, on the streaming service, this eighth season episode went live early. Because of it going live early, the episode has since been...

Film Review: “Smuggling Hendrix”

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Premiered in Hungary on 9 August 2018, “Smuggling Hendrix” was a production presented at that year’s Tribeca Film Festival and St. Augustine Film Festival. What is the film about? Trapped between the mob and the border patrol, struggling musician Yiannis (Adam Bousdoukos) must place his plans of leaving Cyprus on hold when his dog, Jimi, absconds across the wall to the island’s Turkish side...

Billions: S04.E.06 – “Maximum Recreational Depth”

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The latest episode of the Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin co-created New York set drama “Billions” landed on our screens Sunday, 21 April 2019. The Jessica Yu directed episode “Maximum Recreational Depth,” with a teleplay written by Adam R. Perlman, presents just as many questions as it does answers. SPOILER WARNING If you have yet to see this episode, it is advisable you...

Once Upon a Time in London is no Heritage Cinema nor is it “Lock, Stock…”

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If you are looking for an exceptionally entertaining London set gangster style movie, the Simon Rumley directed Once Upon a Time in London should not be it. Rumley’s film has somehow become associated with “heritage cinema,” a term which should only be used in respect to films produced by Merchant Ivory. An aspect of Merchant Ivory productions, exquisite in their execution, is that they inspire...

Warrior continues to exceed expectations

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With the third episode in the Jonathan Tropper created action drama series “Warrior” dropping Friday, 19 April 2019, based on the writings of legendary martial arts expert Bruce Lee, expectations have been met and exceeded. The Loni Peristere-directed “John Chinaman,” with a teleplay written by Adam Targum, picks up where the previous instalment left off. Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) has been accused of...

Star Trek: Discovery S02.E.14. “Such Sweet Sorrow: Part 2”

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The second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” came to an end this week with the Olatunde Osunsanmi-directed “Such Sweet Sorrow: Part 2.” In this episode we find the crews of the USS Discovery and USS Enterprise-1701 working to take down Control once and for all. As seen in other episodes of the series, teleplay writers Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman embedded numerous references to...

For The People: S02.E07. “The Boxer”

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Did you catch the latest episode of “For The People”? With a teleplay written by Kristin Newman, Tom Verica directed episode “The Boxer” was televised in these United States on the ABC network Thursday, 18 April 2019. The series, created by Paul William Davies, is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court. It revolves around the professional and personal lives of defence and the...

Have you got a feeling you can’t let go?

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I’ve got a feeling “Bosch” season five will surpass previous instalments of the Amazon Prime original series. Landing on Amazon Prime Friday, 19 April 2018, the Michael Connelly / Eric Ellis Overmyer co-created crime drama “Bosch” all ten episodes of the series’ fifth season will become available for subscribers to watch back-to-back. Of course, beginning with the fifth season premiere “Two Kinds...