October 19th, 2017
I tried to like The Strain, I really did. I loved the books by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and I had high hopes that when the series premiered on FX, that it would be a reasonably faithful adaptation of the stories in the books.
Now why in the world would I ever think that? So now that we come to the end of the road, and thankfully so, here are my thoughts that are the slow-motion disaster that was The Strain.
October 12th, 2017
I’ll be honest, there’s always been something about this show that struck me wrong and I have no idea what it is. Given a choice between first season Killjoys and first season Dark Matter, another show that started at the same time on Syfy, I’d pick Dark Matter every time. But you can look at my review of that show where I explain where I think it fell apart.
But this one isn’t much better, even though it’s gotten a 2-season pickup, after which it dies because nothing on Syfy ever lasts longer than 5 seasons (Syfy has to start paying people more if they do).
So here’s my take on the third season of Killjoys and why… it just isn’t that good anymore.
October 5th, 2017
You know, I really used to like this show, far more than it’s “sister” show Killjoys which started around the same time. But Dark Matter soon lost the charm of the crew of strangers with amnesia trying to recover their pasts. And seriously, I am not remotely sorry that this got cancelled. It deserved it. That’s something sad to say about a show that once had so much promise.
So let’s look at the final season of Dark Matter and see what went wrong.
September 28th, 2017
You know, I thought this might be interesting, but in retrospect, knowing Syfy, it was destined to suck. Blood Drive is a Syfy original filmed in South Africa, starring Alan Richson and Christina Ochoa, ostensibly about a road race in a dystopian future where a natural disaster has struck America, resulting in millions of deaths and complete societal collapse.
The one thing it’s not is good. So let’s look at the 13 episode first season of what could have been worthwhile, but thanks to low-budget Syfy, it’s just utter crap.
September 21st, 2017
I’ve never been a huge fan of Stitchers. I mean, it’s never been terrible but it’s never been great. I think it had potential, once upon a time, but that potential has long since been squandered writing for what seems to be a female teenage audience, leaving anyone who cares about serious science fiction out in the cold.
But then again, Freeform goes after the “becomer” demographic, specifically teenage Millennials in their late teens and early 20s. So maybe I should be avoiding that channel altogether.
Anyhow, here’s my look at the third season of Stitchers. Pity me.
September 14th, 2017
I used to love Orphan Black, I was a huge fan of the first season, but as time went on, it started to fall to the bottom of my “must see” list. And it has nothing to do with Tatiana Maslany, she was great throughout, it has to do with trying to do too much and losing focus on the things that mattered to me.
So anyhow, this is my look at the end of the series and what they, and a lot of other shows, did completely wrong, at least in my opinion.
September 7th, 2017
I love Jeffrey Donovan, I don’t think there’s been a single thing that I’ve seen him in that I haven’t enjoyed. So recently, I was just poking around, wondering what he’s been up to after the end of Burn Notice and I saw that he’d been in a Hulu Original series called Shut Eye, that had just been renewed for season 2. Of course I had to grab it and take a look, and as I already knew, I loved it!
So here’s my look at the first season of Shut Eye. Enjoy.
September 5th, 2017
I really don’t watch too much anime these days, mostly because there isn’t a lot out there that interests me. I get all of the new Gundam series, of course, but there isn’t a lot of sci-fi available otherwise. Then I stumbled across the 12-episode series Atom: The Beginning, which is a loose adaptation prequel of Osamu Tezuka’s Mighty Atom for a modern audience. Hey, I’m a big Tezuka fan, so why the heck not? So here’s my look at Atom: The Beginning, as I see if classic anime can have a new life.
August 31st, 2017
I’ve been both looking forward to and dreading this series. Netflix’ Marvel series have been a mixed bag so far. The first season of Daredevil was amazing, the second a little less so. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were problematic at best. Iron Fist, while most disagree, I thought it was passable. So getting these four characters together could have been really great or really awful and I had no idea what we’d get. So keep going and I’ll reveal what I thought of this 8-episode “mini-series” event.
August 24th, 2017
Every once in a while, I stumble across a Japanese movie that I say “what the heck”. Such is the case with “I Am A Hero”, a 2016 zombie movie from director Shinsuke Sato, based on a horror manga series by Kengo Hanazawa.
Now I’m not the biggest zombie fan in the world, but something about how it was described sounded different enough to me, particularly one element, that I decided to give it a go. This is a good thing and a bad thing because that element never actually happened in the movie. But I’ll talk more about that below the fold.