May 25th, 2017
Last year, I took a liking, at least in general, to Syfy’s new series The Expanse. Based on James A. Corey’s book series, The Expanse takes a look at human politics in the not too distant future, as man has spread out among the planets in our solar system.
However, while people seem to think that you get more out of the series if you read the books, I strongly oppose any series where you have to do extra homework to enjoy it. It has to stand or fall on its own merits and I questioned if it could do so in the long term. So how has it fared in the second season? Read on to find out.
May 23rd, 2017
Over on one of the woodworking forums I frequent, someone posted a question, what is it that becoming a “contributing” member gets you? It isn’t like the cost is high, just a few dollars a year that goes to keeping the site functional, but his question was actually one that I’ve considered many, many times. What is it that I actually get out of handing over money that I wouldn’t get from just using it as a free member?
May 18th, 2017
Now I don’t usually review things like this on TV Thursday. I typically reserve it for serial television and this simply isn’t. But I’m a massive fan of the original Mystery Science Theater 3000, I started watching it in season one on the Comedy Channel and when I heard it might be coming back, it scared me. I mean literally scared me. Because it’s very rare that lightning strikes in exactly the right place twice.
Wow, was I ever wrong.
May 14th, 2017
Every once in a while, I stumble across an older J-drama that looks interesting, so I pick it up and check it out. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong, but it’s always an interesting experience.
This time, I take a look at Houkago wa Mystery Totomo ni, roughly translated as “Along With After School Mysteries”. It’s a 9-episode half-hour series from 2012, based on the book of the same name by Tokuya Higashigawa, published in 2011.
May 11th, 2017
You know, this could have been such a good series. When it was originally presented at SDCC, everyone loved it. Then show creator Ben Queen left the series and it was completely redone and it went from being a legitimately clever show to the complete disaster that we got.
This would have been a full season review, but NBC yanked the last three episodes due to really awful ratings. It could have been better. It should have been better. It just wasn’t.
May 7th, 2017
Oh look what came out on Bluray! Just happened to see it while out shopping and now that I’ve seen it, it’s time for me to weigh in on the adventures of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange.
I want to say I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Doctor Strange over the years. I loved him as part of the Defenders and am looking forward to seeing him in the Netflix mini-series, but as an independent character, he’s never been particularly interesting to me. I’m not a magic guy and he’s a mystic character. So I have some trepidation going into this, we’ll have to see how the movie fares.
May 4th, 2017
I really enjoyed a lot of the first season of Legends of Tomorrow. It wasn’t perfect, but the DC television universe is becoming large enough that there needed to be an ensemble series to showcase all of the lower tier characters. While they had some mis-steps in the first seasons, I had hoped that they’d pick the best parts to focus on and drop the worst because the show had a lot of potential.
So here come my look at the second season, which ran a bizarre 17 episodes, something I really don’t understand.