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.
March 11th, 2017
Wow, this one was a long time coming, wasn’t it? We have had it sitting in our “to be watched” pile for a very long time, although certainly not since 1999, and finally got around to sitting down to see it. Keizoku is seen as a “groundbreaking” police drama in Japan and for good reason. But how does it measure up to some of my favorite shows of the past? Let’s find out.
March 2nd, 2017
This was a year full of time travel-esque stories, some reasonably good, like Netflix’ Travelers, some not so good, like Frequency, and then there’s NBC’s Timeless, which comes down pretty close to the top, but really struggled in the ratings. So I guess that now that their 16-episode season is over, I have to give my views on the show. See you below the fold.
February 16th, 2017
This has certainly been the year for time travel shows, but time travel is hard to do well, as shows like Frequency proved. Now it’s time for Netflix to enter the fray with Travelers, a not-particularly-original series that originally aired in Canada, but now finds itself on Netflix. So was it any good? Strap in and find out.
February 2nd, 2017
Based loosely on the 2000 film of the same name, Frequency, the televised reimagining changes characters but doesn’t significantly change the story. Instead of Frank Sullivan being a firefighter, he’s a cop. Instead of his son John, we get his daughter Raimy. Otherwise, if you’ve seen the movie, you won’t be very surprised at how the series plays out. Still, it’s an interesting enough concept, so let’s see how season 1 of Frequency played out.
January 29th, 2017
It was time to dive into my very deep pile of J-dramas that I’ve had sitting around forever, with no time to actually watch them. Higanbana, or Whispers From a Crime Scene, is a 2016 series which ran 10 episodes on NTV. It’s another one of those quirky cop dramas that seem to show up on Japanese television all the time, so what the heck, let’s give this one a shot?
So did Higanbana turn out to be any good? You’re not going to find out unless you click below!
January 26th, 2017
I’ve been a fan of Luke Cage since his original Power Man days back in the 70s. One of the first comics I clearly remember reading as a kid was Power Man & Iron Fist #50. This is is a character I’ve loved and followed for nearly 40 years off and on.
So when I heard it was coming to TV as a series, I was really excited, far more than I was for Jessica Jones and nearly as much as I was for Daredevil. That Iron Fist was following it up made it all extra special.
But there are ways to do this series right and ways to do it really, really wrong. Let’s see which way they went as I look at the first season of Luke Cage.
January 19th, 2017
Let’s be honest, Z-Nation has never been a really good show. It falls into the so dumb it’s tolerable category, just like most Asylum productions. What’s made it somewhat fun have been the genre episodes, where they grab a TV or movie genre at random and go crazy. If they ever tried to make this show serious, they’d lose whatever charm it has.
Which is unfortunately what they tried to do this season.
January 15th, 2017
My first reaction to this series was “Dead Like Me with giant pink rabbits” and that pretty much describes what it is. It falls outside of our normal fare but it looked interesting and hey, it was summer, there wasn’t much on TV, so what the heck?
That said though, I could tell right off the bat that I’d enjoy it and, spoiler alert, I did. So what is it that made this 9-episode 2016 supernatural comedy fun? Read on to find out.
January 12th, 2017
To be honest, watching this series was a mistake. I saw it go by and remembered having heard something about a series on National Geographic by the same name. And really, the NatGeo show still sounds a lot better than what we got. Space usually does some pretty decent shows so we decided to give Aftermath a go, but was that a mistake? Only clicking below will tell.