With the loss of 24, and it wasn’t much of a loss at all, I’ve picked up Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, plus the new Halle Berry series Extant so the summer isn’t as slow as I thought it might be. This week, I’ll be taking a look at six series, including a double shot of Extant, to see which of them really are superior shows and which deserve to be better. It’s another week so sit down and enjoy TV Thursday – 7/24/14.
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As anyone who reads my J-drama reviews knows, there are two kinds of detective dramas that are almost guaranteed to be a hit with me. You either have the straight-man cop and their somewhat off-kilter consultant or you have the detective with some kind of weird twist. Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu, or Greetings from Assistant Inspector Fukuie, falls solidly into the latter. This 11-episode series ran from January 14 – March 25, 2014 on Fuji TV, Tuesdays at 9pm.
I’ve always been a writer who planned everything meticulously. I can’t stand not knowing where my story is going in great detail and I suspect this is mostly because I tend to include tons of tightly intertwined plot threads that I have to make sure get tied up by the end. However, there are a lot of writers who say they just write by the seat of their pants, they sit down without a plan and just write and see where it leads them.
So I thought I’d try it. In my current Joe Orokamono story, I knew how I wanted the first chapter, I knew the vague outline of the story I wanted to tell, but I didn’t know any of the specifics. I just sat down, knowing the characters very well, knowing the setting very well, knowing the kinds of situations the characters are likely to get into very well, and let things flow.
Okay, they didn’t really flow, this was really an exercise in frustration because I just don’t work this way.
Here’s a secret you might not know about me. When I was little, just starting to read comics, one of my favorite titles was Power Man & Iron Fist, although it started out as Hero for Hire. It’s what started my love of Luke Cage, but also my admiration of Danny Rand. Cage has been around more often in recent years but I was really happy to hear that Danny Rand was returning for some more solo adventures.
So here’s my take on the first story arc, running from issues #1-#3.
Last year, I watched the J-drama series Ataru and even though I went into it not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be a really excellent series. I had thought I’d done a full review, but in looking, I only did a short one as part of my TV Thursday post. Therefore, having now seen the 3.5 hour special that aired late last year, I’m going to give a hybrid review, both a proper review of the original series and the new adventure of Ebina and Ataru.
I started with another 5 shows and this week, and figured that 24 ends so things will slow down even more. I briefly considered looking at The Amazing Johnsons, which is starting on Syfy, until I looked it up and found that it was a 3-season New Zealand series that had already ended. I may go grab the whole thing one of these days, I just didn’t feel the impetus to start when Syfy started, any more than I did with Metal Hurlant Chronicles. Then, I remembered Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” started this week so I lose one and I gain one. It’s copacetic! So without further ado, here’s the six shows for TV Thursday – 7/17/14.
At the same time I was getting a bunch of odd reactions to another question I asked, I mentioned something about disliking the general way that traditional publishers operate in the modern publishing world. The second I did that, I got a bunch of people attacking me, saying that I just didn’t understand the traditional publishing world and they were doing everything right.
No, no they’re not.
I completely forgot to post this a while back, when I was still reading BoardGameGeek. Yes, believe it or not, there are tons of polls over on the BoardGameGeek forums and, as usual, people are strongly polarized. It asks if people love to win games or hate to lose games. Of course, I could say neither because winning and losing aren’t really why I play games. I play to have fun. Winning and losing don’t really matter so long as I have a good time.
There are tropes in mystery series and this tends to be one of the most common, the serious detective and the oddball consultant. You see it everywhere, it’s the central idea behind U.S. shows like Castle, Psych, Mentalist and Bones, as well as J-dramas like Q.E.D., Mr. Brain, Ataru and Galileo.
Well, here it is again in a new 2013 8-episode series called Hard Nut!, which refers to the cases as a “hard nut to crack” and also, I think, to the characters themselves. Is it any good? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Just five episodes this week and in two weeks time, we’ll be down to four. I’ve been toying with picking up some of the upcoming series that look marginally interesting and maybe I’ll be surprised and not disappointed as I am with so many of these flash-in-the-pan shows. So let’s take a look at how these five shows fare on TV Thursday – 7/10/14.