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 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 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.
April 27th, 2017
Some things should be allowed to die. Last season, Sleepy Hollow co-star Nicole Beharie decided to leave the show and they should have just killed the series. Unfortunately, they decided to keep going, trading in the majority of the cast and the iconic location to move to Washington D.C. What a mistake that was! Once a really great series, it has largely fallen apart and only got 13 episodes this season. So was it worthwhile? Read on to find out.
April 20th, 2017
It seems like everyone wants to get in on the Marvel TV bandwagon. ABC has Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Netflix has their own pile of shows and now FX has Legion.
I really have no idea why they picked this particular character. The son of Charles Xavier, he is ridiculously powerful, but also insane, thus making him inherently outside of the typical superhero paradigm. That is not, in this case, a good thing, as I’m sure you’ll agree, as I take a look at the first 8-episode season of Legion.
April 13th, 2017
As much as I love the idea of street level Marvel heroes on Netflix, so far, other than Daredevil, I haven’t much cared for how they have been done.
I’ve been really critical of both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, to the point that I probably won’t bother sitting through a second season of either, unless I’m really, really bored. But that hasn’t stopped people from criticizing the newest Netflix series, Iron Fist, because… reasons, apparently.
So here’s my take on the first season and why it isn’t nearly as bad as some people want to pretend it is.
April 6th, 2017
I really don’t know how much there is to say about Murdoch anymore, after 10 seasons, you know what you’re getting and you either like it, as I do, or you just go elsewhere. Murdoch Mysteries is a long-running Canadian mystery show, based on the books by Maureen Jennings. It’s about a turn-of-the-century Toronto detective who develops some amazing techniques to solve cases. It has a great cast of characters and never fails to make me smile.
March 14th, 2017
This 10-episode series comes from a novel called Himura Hideo Series by Arisu Arisugawa, first published in March, 1992 by Kodansha. Clearly, it’s self-referential because the writer of the novel is also part of the series. But lots of J-dramas come from books and manga and they don’t always translate well to screen, so let’s see how Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa fared.