Searching out unique television experiences that are truly unique can be a rare find indeed, not so with Dead Still, an outrageously original Irish six-part miniseries which introduces the audience to a by-gone historical art, and mixes in a good dose of black comedy, and scary thrills for an experience that will certainly hook viewers in.
Dead Still follows Brock Blennerhasset, a well-regarded photographer in 1880s Ireland who specialises in memorial portraiture as he is drawn into a series of murders which appear to be linked to is work.
I’m always looking for some wildly original piece of television to sink my teeth into and Dead Still did not disappoint. In terms of its context, this show is wildly original and focuses in on photographer Brock Blennerhasset (Michael Smiley), a former mortician who known specialises in memorial portraiture, or the art of taking photographs of the recently deceased in almost life-like situations, offering their bereaved relatives a unique memento for them to remember them by. That’s right, you’re reading that correctly and that’s only where the fun begins in Dead Still. As Brock, is a rather grumpy individual, who is more at peace being around the dead than the living and whose unique skill set makes him a very popular man, which leads us into the unique set up of this first episode.
Along with the grumpy Brock Blennerhasset, we’re also introduced to his niece Nancy Vickers (Eileen O’Higgins), an aspiring actress, and thus the black sheep of her respectable family who moves in with her uncle, and who is rather at ease with his ghoulish profession. Then there’s young gravedigger Conall Malloy (Kerr Logan), who aspires to a better position in life and whose artistic talents are spotted by Nancy and whom Brock begrudgingly takes on as his new assistant and apprentice. Smiley, and Logan make for a unique trio in this even more unique series and this first episode is a great set up for where they will all head next.
This first episode is all about the setup and Brock, Nancy and Connell find themselves investigating a stolen photographic plate, along with trying to survive the clutches of an enraged criminal whose long lost love has died and who demands his own photograph with her. Its serious subject matter, but handled with a great dose of comedy and even in the most inappropriate moments, you’re sure to be laughing your head off. There’s also the beginning of a brutal string of murders by a would-be serial killer who has a rather morbid, fanatical appreciation for Brock’s art.
If you’re seeking something that will catch you off guard then Dead Still is a show you need to check out immediately. It’s kooky, creepy and extremely fresh and sets the stage for a very inventive new miniseries.
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