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Samuel Breen runs a music column, Off Kilter, for Clash magazine, covering the weird and the wonderful. Since reviewing gigs in his teens for the Manchester Evening News, he has freelanced for a number of magazines and websites, currently including FACT, Fader, and Vice.

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Orange Is The New Black: I wasn’t ready – Season 1, episode 1, Arts

Orange Is The New Black: I wasn’t ready – Season 1, episode 1

Before she turns herself over to prison officials Piper Chapman is readying her final social media missive, “So this is my last post as a free woman,” she reflects with her fiancé Larry.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 7 August 2013 at 3:00 am

The Returned – The Horde, series 1, episode 8, Arts

The Returned – The Horde, series 1, episode 8

As the show has progressed the revenants have been eclipsed by their relations. Once full characters unravelling the plot, commanding the tone, balancing the humane elements with the supernatural, their stories have gone flat.

By | Arts | Sunday, 28 July 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Returned – Adèle, Series 1, Episode 7, Arts

The Returned – Adèle, Series 1, Episode 7

The key theme to the show has been revealed…

By | Arts | Sunday, 21 July 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Returned ‘Lucy’ – Series 1, episode 6, Arts

The Returned ‘Lucy’ – Series 1, episode 6

For the first time in the series the titular character of the episode is the most interesting one. Where did Lucy come from? Why did she pick this town? Why was she travelling alone without any money?

By | Arts | Sunday, 14 July 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Returned ‘Serge and Toni’ – Series 1, episode 5, Arts

The Returned ‘Serge and Toni’ – Series 1, episode 5

“There’s only one way to find out,” advises Mrs. Costa, to determine whether Julie is dead. It’s an indication of how morbid the show has become.

By | Arts | Sunday, 7 July 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Returned ‘Victor’ – Series 1, Episode 4, Arts

The Returned ‘Victor’ – Series 1, Episode 4

We’ve reached the midpoint in the series and equally we’ve reached a moral midpoint in many of the characters. As fantasy casts a mist over the town’s geography, our perception of the protagonists is torn by their behaviour.

By | Arts | Monday, 1 July 2013 at 11:41 pm

The Returned: ‘Julie’ – Series 1, episode 3, Arts

The Returned: ‘Julie’ – Series 1, episode 3

The idea that revenants return to bother the living has become fully realised in this latest episode, with many of the human characters now traumatised.

By | Arts | Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Returned: ‘Simon’ – Series 1, episode 2, Arts

The Returned: ‘Simon’ – Series 1, episode 2

Fragility of life looms large over an episode that closes with the scarring on Julie’s stomach. While the barmaid is offscreen battling for her life in hospital, Camille is struggling to deal with the nature of her existence.

By | Arts | Sunday, 16 June 2013 at 11:05 pm

The Fall ‘The Vast Abyss’ – Series 1, episode 5, Arts

The Fall ‘The Vast Abyss’ – Series 1, episode 5

I can’t remember the last series to offer such robust characters while still providing the viewer with such scope for interpretation. It’s been a pleasure to watch.

By | Arts | Monday, 10 June 2013 at 11:09 pm

The Returned ‘Camille’ – Series 1, episode 1, Arts

The Returned ‘Camille’ – Series 1, episode 1

The opening episode of The Returned was found embattled by its own subtlety. Its most interesting features required prizing from a direction hellbent on raising suspicion.

By | Arts | Monday, 10 June 2013 at 8:00 pm

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